Showing that you care for loved ones who are residents in aged care facilities by bringing them little treats or perhaps their favourite food is wonderful, but the last thing that you want to do is make them sick! As people age their immune systems become weaker and their stomachs produce less of the acid that helps prevent germs from causing harm to their bodies. If an elderly person does get food poisoning then they are more likely to suffer more severe symptoms or consequences than someone who is younger. Naturally, under these circumstances, it often takes longer for an elderly person to recover from food poisoning. Some foods provide a higher risk of food poisoning than others. For example foods that have been made with raw egg can be very dangerous for the elderly and should not be provided under any circumstances. Follow these basic tips to keep the elderly you visit safe and healthy :
1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry thoroughly before handling food
2. If taking frozen food, make sure food is not left to cool down at room temperature
3. Food should be kept at 5 degrees or cooler and above 60 degrees
4. If reheating food at the facility always check with staff concerning their rules but food must be reheated to at least 75 degrees for a minimum of two minutes
5. Always check with the facility staff if any of the residents have any special dietary requirements (particularly if food is to be shared)
6. Remember to check with the facility first as to whether they allow food to be brought in and what guidelines they may require to be met Now go and enjoy your time with your loved ones!
Source : Food Safety Information Council