View In: English or Spanish

How to Bring Food into Aged Care Facilities Safely

One of the best things to do for your friend or relative residing in an age care facility or retirement village in NSW is to bring them a home-cooked meal. This is even if their stay is just a short one like in care respite programs. This is one way of showing them that you care and remember them, and this act can really brighten up their day. However, you need to remember that there are certain rules you need to follow when planning to bring home-cooked meals to your loved ones in the nursing home.

 

Different Facilities, Different Rules

 

Before thinking about what foods to bring to your friend or relative in the age care facility, it is important to know that most aged care homes have different rules about accepting food brought in for their residents. Regardless of the differences, all these rules are for the safety of the residents who have weaker immune systems, meaning that elderly people are more vulnerable to harmful foodborne illnesses. If older adults get food poisoning, they often suffer from more severe consequences than younger, healthier people.

So before doing anything, it is essential to talk to the staff at the aged care facility or retirement resort about their rules. Ask if there are any specific dietary requirements or restrictions that you may be unaware of. If bringing food into the facility is allowed, inform the staff that you are bringing food in and what type of food you are bringing. When leaving, let them know if you have left any perishable food items in the person’s room. Also, to ensure that the meals you’re bringing to your loved ones are not potentially harmful, it is important to practice clean and safe food preparation, transportation and storage.

For more information, contact us  at Residential Gardens today.