Food safety is a concern for all people, but elderly adults tend to be far more vulnerable to contracting foodborne illness or infection and suffering severe consequences as a result.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that one out of every six people in the United States will experience a foodborne illness or infection each year, accounting for more than 48 million cases.
Of these, approximately 128,000 will be hospitalized, and 3,000 will die. As a family caregiver, it is extremely important for you to understand that food safety should be considered anytime your senior is going to eat, or there is food involved. As we move into a time of year when traveling is frequent, it is a valuable time to review food safety while traveling.
Use these tips to manage food safety when traveling:
-Consider availability of ice, gel cold packs, and other chilling systems when planning the food you will bring with you if there is a need to keep it cold. Perishable foods such as those with dairy, raw meats and poultry, eggs, and chopped fruits and vegetables will need to stay cool during the journey
-Avoid storing chilled foods and non-chilled foods together, as this makes it more likely people will continuously be reaching for something in the cooler, exposing the chilled food to warmer air
-Do not keep the cold drinks and cold foods together
-Ensure hot foods are kept at a safe temperature. This means storing them in a container that will maintain their heat, such as an insulated bag, a heat-containing vessel, or a travel-cooking crock. If this is not possible, cool the food down before bringing it, and heat it up when you arrive
-Do not keep a cooler in the trunk. This is the warmest part of the car, even during cool days, and will quickly diminish the benefit of the cooler
-Encourage everyone to use hand sanitizing gel throughout the trip so they do not distribute germs into food that is being shared.
Simply because you can be with your parent, your parent lives with you, or you are enjoying an activity together does not mean your parent cannot benefit from home care. In fact, these are the times when having an in-home senior care services provider as a part of your care network can be most valuable.
When spending quality time with your parent, you do not want to worry about them, and they don’t want you to miss out on your experience just to manage their needs. Having a home care provider with you during activities, outings, and gatherings ensures your senior gets the care they need to feel comfortable, safe, and healthy while giving you the flexibility to focus on caring for your children and enjoying the activity.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Care in Alpharetta, GA, please call the caring staff at Always Care Nursing Service today.
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Always Care of Georgia since 2001
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