Senior Care Tequesta FL
As we get older, our immune systems, bones, and muscle mass becomes weaker. Foods that were once healthy and important to include in our diets should now be avoided because it could cause food-borne illnesses, especially foods that are raw. The food itself may be extremely healthy, but if not properly prepared the senior could get salmonella, food poisoning, or worse. If your loved one is receiving elderly care from an in-home care provider who assists with the cooking and grocery shopping, make sure these items are not on their grocery list.
1. Soft cheeses. Soft cheeses could contain a large number of bacteria. The types of cheeses that should avoided include Camembert, Brie, and blue-veined cheeses. Cheese is an excellent source of vitamin D, but seniors should consume cheddar, Swiss, and Monterey jack cheeses instead of soft ones.
2. Raw eggs. Raw eggs can put seniors at risk for salmonella, which could cause dangerous health problems for them. Eggs are a super healthy food that should be included in your loved one’s diet, but cooking them properly is important to prevent the elder from getting sick. Scrambled eggs and hard-boiled eggs are both excellent ways to get all of the health benefits of this food without the risk.
3. Unpasteurized milk. Milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, which will help strengthen the senior’s bones, but they should stick to pasteurized milk. Unpasteurized milk does not go through the same heating process pasteurized milk does in order to kill all of the bacteria, causing unpasteurized milk to be a breeding ground for high levels of bacteria.
4. Unpasteurized juice. Unpasteurized juice also contains dangerous amounts of bacteria because it lacks the same heating process that pasteurized juice goes through.
5. Sprouts. Sprouts are considered a health food because they provide digestive support and numerous vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, sprouts can also easily grow bacteria like e-coli and salmonella that can get trapped inside the seed as it grows. Consuming a bacteria-filled sprout could lead to weight loss, pneumonia, or worse. Sprouts that should be avoided include the sprouted greens of broccoli, bean seeds, or alfalfa. Instead, seniors should eat Swiss chard, kale, collard greens, and spinach to get the same health benefits.
6. Foods that contain undercooked eggs. This includes Monte Cristo sandwiches, homemade Caesar salad dressing, French toast, raw cookie dough or cake batter, hollandaise sauce, and tiramisu.
7. Raw oysters, mussels, clams, or fish. Eating raw fish should go without saying, but older adults need to avoid this type of food. A spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association said, “Eating these foods is like playing Russian roulette – you never know when you are going to get a bad one.” If bad fish is eaten, it could lead the senior to vomit, have diarrhea, or become dehydrated.
8. Sashimi and sushi. Sushi is considered a healthy meal because it contains an abundance of vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need, especially those of elders. As healthy as it may be, this type of food could contain a harmful bacteria that will leave the elder ill.
9. Rare or raw hamburger. This includes steak tartar and carpaccio, which is thin shavings of raw beef fillet.
If your loved one is receiving senior care, avoid buying these items in order to keep them healthy.
If you or an aging loved one are in need of elderly care in Tequesta, FL or the surrounding areas, contact the caring professionals at Treasure Coast Home Health Care. Call today at (772) 678-3324.
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