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Four Ways Food Poisoning Happens During Picnic Season

July’s National Picnic Month brings many families out to the beach, park, or natural areas for family picnics. Staying safe should be a priority. In addition to insects and sunburn, food poisoning is a risk families face.

These are the four common ways food poisoning happens during a picnic.

Home Care Services Oakmont CA - Four Ways Food Poisoning Happens During Picnic Season

Home Care Services Oakmont CA – Four Ways Food Poisoning Happens During Picnic Season

Improper Refrigeration

Items like potato or pasta salad that are made with mayonnaise must be refrigerated. Pack a cooler with block ice on the bottom. Place the salad bowl on top and surround the edges of the bowl with some crushed ice. This keeps the mayonnaise cold and prevents spoiling.

Undercooked Meats

Raw meats need to be cooked properly. If you’re grilling hamburgers, chicken, or hot dogs at the picnic area, bring an instant-read thermometer, paper towels, and some bleach solution (1 tbsp to 1 gallon of water). Use the thermometer to check internal temperatures of all meats.

Make sure you sterilize the thermometer in between usages. Spray it well with the bleach solution and wipe clean with a paper towel. Cook chicken to 165 and burgers and hot dogs to 160.

Failure to Check or Pay Attention to Recalls

Check food recalls and warnings regularly. Recent recalls have included items like frozen chicken, deli meats/sausages, and flour. Don’t use products that have been recalled.

Foods Are Outdated

Foods have a certain shelf life. If the item is past its prime, there’s always the risk of food poisoning. That jar of mayonnaise that’s in the fridge that smelled okay but expired six months ago could put your family at risk of poisoning.

When you’re making items for the picnic, be sure that you check dates and avoid using anything that expired months ago. It’s best to go through your mom and dad’s fridge every season to check the dates on items.

After the family picnic is over, how often are your parents alone? When you have work, children, pets, and your own home, it’s easy to become overwhelmed also trying to find time to spend with your parents. You may have to limit your visits to every other week. If you live farther away, you may only get to see them once a year tops.

If you hire home care services, you’ll have help and your parents won’t be alone. Caregivers assist their client with housework, meals, and transportation. Home care services providers also offer companionship. It’s a win-win as your parents have someone to socialize with. You have peace of mind knowing the home care services aide is keeping your parent happy and safe.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring Home Care Services in Oakmont CA, call At Your Service Home Care.  Call today! (707) 573-1003

Lucy Andrews DNP, RN, MS

In 1988, after working as a clinical nurse in the University Health System at UC San Francisco, Lucy Andrews started understanding home care.

She became a discharge planner and immediately fell in love with the concept of home care and the autonomous clinical practice it affords nurses. Dr. Lucy was hooked and has been a strong supporter of home care ever since.Believing people need advocates in healthcare systems, she has championed that cause across the acute care and post-acute care setting.

Dr. Lucy has worked in every aspect of home care from Medicare Certified, DME, Infusion, Hospice and finally Private Duty/Private Pay services. She also works as a home care consultant across the country and as a legal nurse consultant for the home care industry.

Having worked in all areas of home care, Dr. Lucy has a well-rounded perspective of the challenges facing patients, families and the home care industry, and as a provider she advocates for patients through the maze of health care services. Dr. Lucy celebrated over 37 years as a nurse and patient advocate.

Dr. Lucy has a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois.In 1994, she received her Masters of Science in Health Service Administration from St. Mary's University, Moraga, California. Dr. Lucy received her Doctor of Nursing Practice awarded in 2016, graduating with Distinction and a 4.0 GPA.

She did her doctoral work on the global dementia crisis, aging and prevention strategies for healthy living. Developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease plans for aging patients leaving the hospital setting or entering long-term care or home health and hospice environments. She also developed a specialized program for those at risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

In 1992, Dr. Lucy was designated CAHSAH Certified Home Care Administrator in the inaugural offering of this designation through the California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She is the founder and CEO of Creative Solutions Home Care Consulting Services and At Your Service Nursing & Home Care, a concierge nursing & home care agency that provides the services she believes are essential for seniors to age in place.She offers a higher level of care allowing people to be in their own homes with an emphasis on independence, safety, and quality of life.

Dr. Lucy is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) and sits on the Board of Directors for California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH).

She has served on the boards for both state and national board associations, and is currently on the following boards and committees: Board of Directors, California State Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH), 2002-present, National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC's) Private Duty Home Care Association Director, and multiple state and national home care committees.

Dr. Lucy goes to Washington, DC, several times a year to advocate for senior services and home care issues. She was past Commissioner for the Sonoma Commission on Human Rights.She is past chair of the local Senior Advocacy Services.

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