Food Poisoning in Assisted Living Centers
It is a requirement of every assisted living facility to provide its residents with at least three meals per day. While this requirement may always be met, it is possible for individuals in an assisted living center to contract food poisoning if the food that the facility provides to them is not cooked properly or if it is not fresh. The Center for Disease Control estimates that 81% of all food-borne illnesses are caused by unknown disease spreading agents in food. Infants and the elderly are at the highest risk of contracting food poisoning as a result of their weakened immune systems. In an assisted living center, the chances increase due to the amount of residents and the amount of food that is served to residents in a facility.
There are many symptoms associated with food poisoning. Being aware of these symptoms and ensuring that the facility your loved one resides in is providing the highest possible level of care is very important. Food handling and food safety is very important to the healthy living of your loved ones. You can ensure the facility they reside in maintains proper care and food handling techniques to prevent any occurrence of food poisoning.
Symptoms of Food Poisoning
- Abdominal cramping
- Rapid heart beat
- Weakness, numbness or tingling in extremities
Although food poisoning is not serious and it runs its course after a maximum of 48 hours, it could still put your loved ones at risk of contracting other diseases. If food poisoning constantly persists in a facility, it could put individuals at risk for such diseases as anemia, bulimia or other diseases caused by malnutrition. It is very important to ensure your loved ones are cared for in assisted living centers. Always make sure the facility maintains proper food handling and preparation and a high level of care for your loved ones.
If your loved ones have been put at risk or have contracted food poisoning while residing in an assisted living center, you can contact an Arizona Nursing Home Attorney to get the proper compensation you deserve for any damages that have occurred.
Contact An Arizona Assisted Living Attorney
Your loved ones should never have to be put in a situation where they are at risk of contracting food poisoning or other diseases related to malnutrition improper food handling. If your loved ones have suffered from food poisoning as a result of negligence on the part of an assisted living center in Arizona, you and your family can get compensation for the emotional and/or physical damages that have occurred. You can contact an Assisted Living Attorney who can assist you in these legal matters. The facility should be held accountable for their lack of assistance and for not taking proper care of your loved ones. If you would like more information or if you would like to speak to an attorney, please contact us for a free and confidential consultation.