Elder Care Deerfield IL
A clean and safe kitchen is critical in order to keep your elder parent healthy. One mistake could cause the elder to develop food poisoning, salmonella, or worse. Older adults who live alone may especially find it difficult to take the necessary precautions to keep their food in the perfect condition for consumption. If your loved one lives alone, here are seven ways to help them stay safe when preparing and cooking their meals.
Get help. From chopping and rinsing the food to cooking it, preparing their own meals may prove to be too difficult for older adults. An elder care provider can be hired to assist your loved one with this and many other tasks around their home. This caregiver can also provide transportation to appointments and to run errands, such as grocery shopping.
Watch your hands. One of the most common injuries in the kitchen is burns, which is often the result of grabbing a pot or pan that is either on a hot stove or they are taking out of the oven after cooking.
Leave the meat alone. Many people are under the impression that they have to rinse their fish, meat, or poultry before cooking. That could not be farther from the truth. Doing this could actually cause harmful bacteria to spread in the skin and other areas that were touched by the meat.
Refrigerate immediately. Once the elder is done eating, any leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator as soon as possible, even if it is still warm. Harmful bacteria can grow on perishable food after two hours, so the sooner it is refrigerated, the safer it is to eat.
Think twice before cutting a bagel. Bagels are a quick breakfast or meal any time of the day, but can be dangerous when trying to cut into it. According to AARP, almost 3,000 people cut their fingers or hands while cutting a bagel. The safest way to set one is to buy it pre-sliced or have someone else cut it for the elder.
Refrigerate all marinated foods. Marinades, sauces, and foods that contain them can quickly cause bacteria to grow and spread if left on the counter. Remind your elder parent to refrigerate all marinades and sauces.
Use the microwave with caution. Microwaves can heat up food extremely quickly, making the container hot as well. Once something is done cooking in the microwave, allow it to cool for a few minutes before removing it.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services Deerfield IL, contact the caring staff at Gentle Home Services. Call today (800) 860-9823.