As we reached the senior years or adult old aged, our body systems also changes depends on our health conditions and other related situations. This is natural because of the human cycle and it is natural aging changes. Plus, common conditions like arthritis and diabetes or the side effects of the medications you have taken can leave senior adults at higher risks for food-related illness and even with food poisoning.
To help us avoid food-related illness and to protect older people when handling, preparing and consuming liquids and foods by simply following these steps in food and cooking safety:
- When cooking meat for your elderly or seniors, you should heat the meats and even poultry thoroughly to a safe internal temperature – It is best that we should use a food thermometer to check the internal food temperature that we will serve to our seniors. Guides on safe minimum cooking temperatures generally advise most raw meats should be done and cooked to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit before serving it.
- Before handing and preparing food to serve to your elders or seniors, wash your hands to avoid any unnecessary bacteria in the food – Bacteria can spread throughout the kitchen and home by means of food, the use of cutting boards, countertops and through utensils used. Always remember to wash hands in warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after you hand over the food or if you are going to use the bathroom or touch pets.
- Before cutting using them, rinse all the fruits and vegetables under running tap water to wash away all the chemicals used and bacteria around the food – Wash them all even those who have marked as prewashed. You need to make sure to wash them before using so that you can be sure that it is safe to cook and prepare for your elders.
- When handling or preparing foods for your seniors, you need to avoid cross-contamination of one raw food to another to make sure that you are really preparing safe food – Be extra diligent when handling raw poultry, meat, seafood and eggs. Do not reuse marinades used on raw foods unless you boil the marinades before using.
- Always make sure that you refrigerate the foods you have bought properly and promptly– Remember that all perishable foods are required to be chilled ideally within one hour of purchase of cooking so that it won’t be contaminated from bacteria. Also, you do not thaw foods at room temperature. Always make sure to clean the utensils to use before you cook them to avoid any unwanted bacteria in your food preparation.
- Lastly, if you are in doubt of your cooking and all the process of your food preparation throw them all out in the bin – Do not unnecessary decisions when in doubt. For seniors, whose sense of smell and eyesight is limited, you need to always be at best when you toss foods to them. They have no idea whether the food is on expiration date or not have been properly refrigerated when cooked.
You can search online for some food planning and meal preparation as well as other homemaking and adult companionship services for better home care services. What are your greatest concerns about food and cooking safety for your older loved ones? Share it with us below at the comment section.