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Elderly Care Foods to Avoid | Comfort Keepers® of Fredericksburg, VA

Jan 13, 2016 by Comfort Keepers of Fredericksburg

Elderly Care Foods To Avoid

Your loved one might want to steer clear of these five common foods.

For caregivers, part of providing elderly care is knowing what foods to avoid. This is extremely important because a number of foods can cause undesirable interactions with medications or can affect seniors differently than other adults. Some of the most important foods for seniors to avoid include:

 

Grapefruit
While grapefruit and its juice is delicious, it may not be the best option for seniors. Grapefruit has been proven to interact with medications in various ways, altering the characteristics of medications for blood pressure, stomach acid prevention and more. To ensure that seniors are not affected adversely by this interaction, it is best to reduce or completely avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.

 

Sprouts

This includes broccoli, alfalfa, bean sprouts and more. While they are a great source of nutrients and can also help with digestive regularity, sprouts have been known to carry bacteria. The humid conditions needed to grow sprouts are also ideal for growing bacteria. While these vegetables can be cooked, seniors can still ingest the bacteria in the sprouts, which can make them seriously ill.

 

Raw fish, oysters, clams and mussels

It is also recommended that seniors avoid eating sushi and raw seafood dishes like oysters, clams and mussels.  If you’re on vacation near the beach, it may seem enticing to order one of these options, but steer clear to avoid any chance of getting sick. With this type of food, you never know when you’re going to order a bad oyster or clam that could ruin your evening or cause an extended illness.

 

Raw Eggs

Seniors are even more susceptible to food poisoning than other adults. Because of this risk, seniors should avoid ingesting raw eggs in any form, including raw cookie dough, French toast, Hollandaise sauce or unpasteurized eggnog.

 

Comfort Keepers in Fredericksburg, Virginia is a great resource for information about in-home care and senior nutrition. Our caregivers can provide elderly care for aging adults and also cook nutritious meals while teaching them which foods to avoid for their health. To learn more about our full range of in-home care services, please contact us today.

 

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