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How to cook , prepare and serve food for the elderly

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´╗┐How to cook , prepare and serve food for the elderly Talk to the senior's doctor to get the individual's recommended dietary restrictions. In general, most seniors need to follow a low salt, low fat diet, and have smaller portions as they do not exercise as much as someone younger ________________ ________________ Make sure you Involve the elderly person as much as possible when planning and preparing meals to give them sort of independence . ________________ 1. Ask the elderly person what they wish to eat and prepare it in a manner I witch they can eat it. 2. Take them to the local supermarket as much as possible in order to let them chose what they want to eat with restrictions making them gain independence 3. ...read more.

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________________ Do not serve the same meals everyday. Avoid serving the same thing every day as this can get boring and cause the service user to have a lack of appetite 5 ________________ Add extra flavour to the food to avoid the overuse of salt and other sauces. Some elderly service users are easily lead to reach for the salt and sauces because the food they are eating has no flavour to them this is because as we get older some of our taste buds aren?t as good as they used to be . ________________ 1. Use a low salt or no salt stock/broth when preparing meals . 2. Add fresh herbs to meals to add more flavour without increasing salt or fat content. ...read more.

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3. Cook all meats thoroughly; checking the internal temperatures with a thermometer to make sure it is done. The oven temperature should always be set to 325 degrees or higher. 4. Wash your hands thoroughly with hot soapy water or sanitation gel before cooking and after touching raw meat. 5. Sanitize cutting boards and other surfaces that come in contact with raw meat, using 1 teaspoon of bleach in a quart of warm water 6. Make sure that you use different boards for different food types. Serving 1. Remove all bones especially in fish as the small bones can cause the service user to choke 2. Cut into small pieces that are easy to chew 3. If the food can be mashed do so e.g. carrot squash and banana 4. Even if the food is mashed and cut into pieces try and make it look appetising by adding garnish and other homemade sauces ...read more.

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