How Elderly Care Can Prevent Food Poisoning in Seniors

Elderly Care Seven Hills, NV: Food Poisoning in Seniors
Elderly Care Seven Hills, NV: Food Poisoning in Seniors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one of every six people in the United States gets ill from food poisoning each year. That’s about 48 million people. Of those, 125,000 end up in the hospital and 3,000 die. Unfortunately, older adults are more likely to get seriously ill from food poisoning than younger adults are. This is in part because their immune systems aren’t as strong. Fortunately, food poisoning is preventable and elderly care can help your aging relative to avoid getting a food borne illness. Below are some things that elderly care can do to reduce the risk of your aging relative getting food poisoning. 

Wash Hands Frequently 

It’s important for older adults to wash their hands before handling food, while cooking, and before eating. The bacteria that cause food poisoning can be transferred from one food to another by touching something that is infected and then touching another food. So, for example, if your older family member touches a piece of raw chicken and then handles vegetables, they may transfer bacteria from the chicken to the vegetables.  

An elderly care provider can observe the senior while they are cooking and remind them to wash their hands. They can also make certain the older adult washes before eating. 

Disinfect Surfaces 

The bacteria that cause food poisoning can survive for a time on kitchen surfaces, like the countertop or faucet handles. 

An elderly care provider can disinfect surfaces in the kitchen to destroy bacteria. They can also wash cutting boards and utensils to ensure they are safe. 

Keep Raw Foods Separate 

Raw meats, poultry, and seafood can transfer bacteria to other foods when they come in contact. Keep them away from ready-to-eat foods at all times, including in the grocery cart, grocery bags, and in the refrigerator. It’s also a good idea to have a separate cutting board for meats and vegetables.  

Elderly care providers can help your older family member to grocery shop and put foods away, ensuring meat products don’t touch other foods. 

Cook Food Thoroughly 

Undercooked foods can harbor the bacteria that cause food poisoning. To reduce the risk, all foods should be cooked thoroughly. Using a food thermometer can ensure foods are completely cooked. 

When preparing meals for your aging relative, an elderly care provider can make sure all foods are cooked through. 

Keep Cold Foods Chilled 

Prevent foods from spoiling by keeping the refrigerator set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Put leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours of being cooked.  

An elderly care provider can make certain all groceries are put away properly and refrigerate leftovers to prevent spoiling. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Eldery Care in Seven HillsNV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Sources 

https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/food-poisoning.html

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/preventing-food-poisoning

https://www.eatright.org/homefoodsafety/safety-tips/food-poisoning/older-adults-and-food-poisoning

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How Elderly Care Can Prevent Food Poisoning in Seniors

Elderly Care Seven Hills, NV: Food Poisoning in Seniors
Elderly Care Seven Hills, NV: Food Poisoning in Seniors

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that one of every six people in the United States gets ill from food poisoning each year. That’s about 48 million people. Of those, 125,000 end up in the hospital and 3,000 die. Unfortunately, older adults are more likely to get seriously ill from food poisoning than younger adults are. This is in part because their immune systems aren’t as strong. Fortunately, food poisoning is preventable and elderly care can help your aging relative to avoid getting a food borne illness. Below are some things that elderly care can do to reduce the risk of your aging relative getting food poisoning. 

Wash Hands Frequently 

It’s important for older adults to wash their hands before handling food, while cooking, and before eating. The bacteria that cause food poisoning can be transferred from one food to another by touching something that is infected and then touching another food. So, for example, if your older family member touches a piece of raw chicken and then handles vegetables, they may transfer bacteria from the chicken to the vegetables.  

An elderly care provider can observe the senior while they are cooking and remind them to wash their hands. They can also make certain the older adult washes before eating. 

Disinfect Surfaces 

The bacteria that cause food poisoning can survive for a time on kitchen surfaces, like the countertop or faucet handles. 

An elderly care provider can disinfect surfaces in the kitchen to destroy bacteria. They can also wash cutting boards and utensils to ensure they are safe. 

Keep Raw Foods Separate 

Raw meats, poultry, and seafood can transfer bacteria to other foods when they come in contact. Keep them away from ready-to-eat foods at all times, including in the grocery cart, grocery bags, and in the refrigerator. It’s also a good idea to have a separate cutting board for meats and vegetables.  

Elderly care providers can help your older family member to grocery shop and put foods away, ensuring meat products don’t touch other foods. 

Cook Food Thoroughly 

Undercooked foods can harbor the bacteria that cause food poisoning. To reduce the risk, all foods should be cooked thoroughly. Using a food thermometer can ensure foods are completely cooked. 

When preparing meals for your aging relative, an elderly care provider can make sure all foods are cooked through. 

Keep Cold Foods Chilled 

Prevent foods from spoiling by keeping the refrigerator set to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Put leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours of being cooked.  

An elderly care provider can make certain all groceries are put away properly and refrigerate leftovers to prevent spoiling. 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Eldery Care in Seven HillsNV please contact the caring staff at Compassion Crest Home Care.

Sources 

https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/food-poisoning.html

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/preventing-food-poisoning

https://www.eatright.org/homefoodsafety/safety-tips/food-poisoning/older-adults-and-food-poisoning



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