When you bring food to a relative or friend staying in a residential aged care in Sydney (or any other city for that matter), try to bring just enough to be consumed during the visit. This way, you don’t have to worry about food storage after you leave. However, if you want to bring them some extra food for them to enjoy even when you leave, there’s no harm in doing so as long as proper food storage is practiced.
If your friend or relative does not eat the food you prepared immediately or does not eat all of the food at once, the food needs to be stored in a refrigerator. It is important to remember that perishable food cannot sit for too long at room temperature, and some facilities actually have rules in place concerning externally prepared food that has been exposed to room temperature for a significant amount of time.
For instance, some facilities have rules where food that has been at room temperature for less than two hours can be refrigerated while food that has been sitting at room temperature for more than four hours should be properly discarded. It may seem like a waste, especially if there still a lot of the food left. However, it must be remembered that the immune system of aging people (especially those receiving high care) living in is not as strong as it once was, and even the tiniest trace of germs or bacteria can have devastating effects on their health.
Some residents of aged care facilities and retirement resort like to may like to keep extra food in their rooms in drawers or bedside tables for eating later. This is okay when we’re talking about shelf stable foods like biscuits and crackers. However, it’s a different case when it comes to perishable food like cream or custard filled cakes, salads, or meat dishes. In addition, many residents often forget how long the food has been there, which then increases the likelihood of them consuming the food as they think that it has probably been there only for a short time. Needless to say, this increases their chances of becoming ill from food poisoning.
Storing food in the refrigerator is a good idea, but it does not mean that residents in the aged care facility can safely consume them. It often happens that many residents forget how long the food has been taken out of the refrigerator. Though there really isn’t anything that can be done about this, you’ll have to really on the staff to remind your friend or relative about consuming foods that they’re given from the refrigerator. Fortunately, the staff of many facilities offering care respite in south west and retirement villages in NSW are well-trained for these kinds of situations and can be relied upon to perform their tasks dutifully.
Through preparing, transporting, reheating and storing food safely, your friend or loved one can enjoy a lovely home cooked meal without the risk of getting sick. On admission in aged care nursing homes, families can be educated about your policy guidelines to ensure they are aware of the risks, and how to safely provide food. It is always a good time to remind resident’s families of the importance of safe food handling practices when bringing in food for their loved ones. As most residents are elderly, they have weaker immune systems and take longer to recover from food poisoning and more likely to suffer more severe consequences.
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