Happy World Health Day From CHAP!
Ensuring that all individuals around the world have access to food that is both safe and nutritious has been a constant struggle. That is why this year the World Health Organization chose global food safety as the theme of World Health Day, celebrated worldwide on April 7.
Food safety is not always a major concern in communities across the United States, but illnesses caused by ingesting foodborne bacteria can lead to serious complications. The CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Cases of foodborne illness are especially dangerous among high risk populations including pregnant women, young children, people with chronic illnesses and weakened immune systems and adults over 65.
As people age, certain tasks such as shopping and preparing meals can become challenging, and their susceptibility to diseases caused by foodborne illnesses also increases. It is important that a support system in place to provide the assistance they need to maintain their health as well as their independence. That is where CHAP comes in.
Through accreditation, CHAP is raising the bar for private duty agencies that provide patients with the support they need to maintain their independence as well as their health. These nurses and aides provide a wide range of services including food preparation, grooming and day to day errands for individuals with chronic illnesses and special needs. Beyond that, they offer patients comfortable companionship so that they can safely remain at home.
Through these services, private duty agencies are helping to prevent complication and disease that can result from an unhealthy environment. For more information on World Health Day, and foodborne illness prevention visit the World Health Organization website.