Part of elderly care may be that you are in charge of helping the senior patient with their food preparation. If that is the case, then you should make sure that you pay attention to not only the type of foods that the senior will like, but also the foods that will help them stay as healthy as possible.
For some individuals, there are certain foods that can cause allergies. Some allergic reactions to food could include minor issues, such as an upset stomach or fatigue while others can actually be more serious, including leading to anaphylactic shock.
That’s why it is essential that you pay attention to these potential food allergies. How can you take steps to protect the senior for whom you’re providing elder care services?
Ask the senior if they are allergic to any types of foods.
Depending on the elderly individual’s health and well-being, he or she may be able to tell you right away what they are allergic to. This will help you devise a healthy menu for them. If they aren’t sure, then you may need to have them consult with their doctor.
Ask the senior’s family.
Sometimes when a person doesn’t know a lot about their own health, you could be able to ask his or her loved ones. Adult children or spouse may know what food allergies or problems that the individual may have. Even if they are not certain, but can give you a list of foods that they know the patient likes, this can help you focus on foods that are clearly not going to cause a problem for their health.
Understand the basics of food allergies.
If you begin cooking or preparing meals for an elderly individual, you should understand the basics of food allergies. Even if you cook something that contained nothing that was listed to you that could be problematic, you may end up including ingredients that might cause an allergic reaction.
Know what to look for, what signs that you may see that could indicate that the senior is having an allergic reaction. Hives on the skin, especially around the neck and upper chest area, tend to be the most common first sign of a reaction. If you notice anything strange about the elderly individual’s behavior after eating, consult with them. If they are experiencing tingling in the neck or other parts of the body, contact a medical professional.
If you notice any type of swelling suddenly, dial 911 right away as this could lead to anaphylactic shock.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Fairfield, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Fairfield, CT at (203) 304-7303.