Having to place your loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision. While many people might look into how the residents are cared for, it is equally as important to scrutinize the food preparation methods used by nursing homes. Even if your loved one is going into an assisted living facility, it is important to ensure that proper methods are used for communal meals.
The fact of the matter is that senior citizens usually have weakened immune systems. That means that foodborne illnesses that wouldn't do much damage to other members of the population who have stronger immune systems can wreck havoc on a senior citizen. Death caused by infectious diarrheal disease is five times more likely in people over 74 years of age than in the age group ranked in second place. That shows just how serious simple foodborne illnesses can be for a senior citizen.