Food poisoning can knock the proverbial stuffing out of anyone. It can be a nasty and quite violent condition to have, with sickness and diarrhoea developing within hours or days of eating the offending food. This is partly why it can sometimes be difficult to work out which food caused the poisoning in the first place.
In the case of food poisoning in the elderly, there are situations where people can be very ill as a result of eating something that has been contaminated in some way. Since some elderly people may be frail already, contracting an illness like this can be harder for them to recover from than it would be for someone who is much younger.
How could food poisoning in the elderly occur?
There are many potential situations where it could possibly crop up. While it is important to note the majority of outlets serving food have exceptionally high standards, this is not always the case. For example someone may be served contaminated food in a care home or perhaps even in a hospital (although both situations are unlikely).
If a takeaway or restaurant is used by an elderly person, they could potentially be unlucky enough to be affected by contaminated food there as well. Even eating food from a supermarket that had not been cooked or kept properly could lead to problems.
As you can see, the potential for food poisoning in the elderly to occur is present just as it is for all other age groups. The key is to discover what to do about it.
Care and attention
Ideally someone should be available to care for the person while they are ill. Food poisoning doesn’t generally last very long but it can be an unpleasant 24-48 hours to go through. Furthermore it may mean there are a few more days in which the individual will feel ill before they return to their best form.
There is also the question of whether the affected person has an opportunity to consider claiming compensation for their experience. For this to be possible, negligence must be proven against those who provided the food.
Accident Advice Helpline might be able to help. Call us on 0800 689 0500 now to see whether this is the case, and we’ll assess whether you have good evidence to help you in seeking compensation very soon.
Date Published: July 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen