Elderly Care in Westport, CT – From the Grocery Store to the Refrigerator, Food Safety is an Important Topic for Aging Seniors
Storing food in the refrigerator is a no-brainer right? Put leftovers in sealed containers, store fruit in the correct drawer, keep all of the meat together, etc. The refrigerator may seem like one of cleanest places in the house – or at least it should be considering everything inside of the refrigerator usually ends up in our bodies.
There are many times your food may be stored incorrectly, and this could lead to the food becoming spoiled, contamination of other foods, or someone getting sick. Below are some simple tips to help you keep a clean, well-kept refrigerator:
- Don’t unwrap animal products – Meat, fish, and poultry should be kept in their original packaging from the grocery store, as opening them and re-packaging them could result in contamination to bacteria. Also, try not to stack meat, fish, and poultry on one another – if one of them leaks, it could leave bacteria on the others. If you notice something is leaking, pack it as best you can in plastic wrap and a sealable bag and put a plate or tray under it to keep it from spilling.
- Be strict with dairy – When using products like milk, cream, or even cottage cheese, do not put any leftovers that have been out back in the original containers.
- Apples to apples – When storing fruits and vegetables, store them with similar types (berries, apples and pears, carrots and broccoli, etc.). Never wash them before refrigeration as they can grow bacteria.
More often than not, food bought at the grocery is already prepared and packaged to be put in the refrigerator. Expiration or use by dates let us know when things may spoil. But more often, the refrigerator is often filled with leftovers from lunches and dinners. Follow some of these safe tips when storing leftovers to avoid getting sick or contaminating foods:
- Always thoroughly clean and wash storage containers –they could carry bacteria and other contaminants from previous foods.
- Store leftovers within two hours of their cooking time.
- Try to label containers or create a place you can write down the date.
- Try to use glass or storage materials that clean well and won’t transfer bacteria.
Not being able to keep their refrigerator clean and organized is a sign your senior parent needs some extra help at home. Have you noticed there are expired foods in your senior’s fridge? Moldy containers of forgotten food? Is he unable to tell if a food has gone bad or not? This is the time to call on elder care services. A caregiver can help your dad or mom plan and prepare healthy meals, keep the fridge clean and discard expired or spoiled food. Consider hiring an elderly care provider for your parent today.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Westport, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at (203) 304-7303.