Home Care in Queen Anne WA
For most people, the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Thanksgiving is food. As a family caregiver this means that you need to also be thinking about food safety. Elderly adults are particularly vulnerable to foodborne illness and infection, which can make them more susceptible to further health issues. Focusing on preventing these issues throughout the cooking process is an important step in making sure that your loved one is able to enjoy Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season in a safer and healthier way.
Use these tips to help maintain food safety throughout the Thanksgiving cooking process:
• Use a thermometer. The only true way to determine if the turkey is done cooking is to test its internal temperature. A pop-up timer or shaking the leg is not sufficient as neither take into consideration the temperature within several areas of the turkey. Use a meat thermometer to take the temperature within the breast, thigh, and wing to ensure that it reaches the safe temperature of 165 degrees. Be sure not to touch the bone with the tip of the thermometer as this will not give an accurate measurement.
• Do not stuff the turkey. Stuffing is called stuffing for a reason, but this year, opt for dressing instead. Stuffing the turkey may be a classic approach, but it makes it much more difficult to cook the turkey itself to the proper temperature and can put the stuffing at risk of cross contamination. Instead, cook the dressing on the side and serve as a casserole, or stuff into the turkey after both are thoroughly cooked for the classic presentation.
• Keep hot foods hot. Avoid heating up dishes and then letting them cool at room temperature before heating them up again. Once you have cooked food either keep it hot in the oven or on the stove, or put it in the refrigerator to bring the temperature down quickly so that you can then heat it back up safely. Consider investing in heating dishes where you can transfer the food and keep it hot throughout the rest of the cooking process.
Elder care can make a tremendous difference in your parent’s ability to enjoy Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season safely and healthily. An elderly home care services provider can help your parent to engage with the preparations for the holiday as well as the celebration itself while also offering a highly personalized set of services tailored to addressing their individual challenges, needs, and limitations so that they are able to stay at their best throughout the season. When it comes to helping your parent maintain food safety during Thanksgiving cooking, this care provider can encourage your loved one to stay organized, maintain control, and only handle tasks that they are able to do confidently and effectively. This encourages them to be involved with the cooking tasks, which boosts their mental and emotional health and helps prevent disengagement from the holiday, but also helps to ensure that they stay as healthy and safe as possible.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Queen Anne, WA, or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Seattle at 206-420-4934.