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    A Guide to Smart Nutrition for Seniors

    Last updated 6 days ago

    The foods you eat provide your body with essential nutrients to maintain good health. Developing and following a healthy meal plan also helps to maintain weight and manage health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Seniors have unique nutritional needs that differ from those of younger adults. Familiar Surrounding Home Care offers nutritional education and help creating meals as part of our comprehensive care management services.

    Determine Caloric Needs

    As a senior ages, his metabolism begins to slow down. Foods are not processed as efficiently and his caloric needs may be much less than when he was a more active younger adult. Continuing to eat the number of calories required by a younger adult can result in unhealthy weight gain. It’s important for seniors to determine their caloric needs based upon age, health, and activity level. Because seniors have a lower caloric intake, they should focus on eating filling and nutrient-rich foods to feel satisfied and healthy.

    Follow a Healthy Eating Plan

    USDA recommends that seniors devote half their “plate” during any meal to fruits and vegetables, and the remaining two quarters to lean proteins and whole grains. Low-fat dairy provides an excellent source of protein and calcium. Incorporating these recommendations into a meal plan prior to a trip to the grocery store can make shopping for and preparing healthy meals much easier.

    Choose Fortified Foods

    Seniors’ bodies are less adept at absorbing certain minerals and vitamins—particularly vitamin B12. To compensate for the body’s reduction in vitamin absorption, choose foods that are fortified with vitamin B12 and other nutrients when shopping. These foods provide an additional source of these essential nutrients to help maintain good health.

    At Familiar Surrounding Home Care, we offer the information and assistance seniors need to stay healthy, safe, and comfortable at home. We are the leading in-home care provider in San Jose, with additional locations in Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, and Menlo Park. Call (408) 549-1044 to speak with a caregiver about companionship, transportation, personal services, and more. 

    Good Food Choices for Seniors with Type 2 Diabetes

    Last updated 10 days ago

    As your body ages, your risk for type 2 diabetes increases. Today, nearly 25% of seniors aged 60 or older suffer from this condition. Management of blood sugar levels can be maintained through eating healthy meals, getting regular exercise, and taking medications. Seniors who suffer from type 2 diabetes can often benefit from in-home care services to help them prepare meals, manage medications, and maintain a personalized exercise program.


    Oatmeal is a popular and healthy choice that many seniors enjoy for breakfast. This delicious food choice is easy to prepare, endlessly customizable, and easy to chew for seniors who wear dentures. Whole-grain oatmeal products have been shown to improve heart health and help to control blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of glucose. Add low-sugar fruits or nuts to gain additional health benefits.


    Yogurt is another easy-to-eat food that contains many health benefits for seniors with type 2 diabetes. Low-fat yogurt is available in a variety of flavors or can be paired with fruit, nuts, granola, and honey. Yogurt contains beneficial bacteria and yeasts that aid with the digestive process. It is also a good source of protein and carbohydrates, which combine to slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and maintain healthy glucose levels.


    Fish is an excellent source of lean protein and beneficial fatty acids necessary for good health. Choose fish such as cod, salmon, tilapia, or catfish and grill or bake rather than fry your selection to reduce unnecessary fat and calories. Seasoning with herbs and spices enhances the fish’s flavor and adds even more healthy nutrients. Pairing a meal of fish with beans or vegetables will further help to stabilize blood sugar levels for hours after eating.

    Could your loved one benefit from in-home assistance with meal preparation, medication management, and more? Contact Familiar Surrounding Home Care today by calling (408) 549-1044 to discuss your loved one’s home care options in Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and San Mateo County.. You can find more important information about diabetes care for seniors on our blog.

    Understanding Our Service Levels

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Familiar Surrounding Home Care offers three levels of customized care services to ensure your loved one gets the personalized care and companionship he needs. Each level of service is provided by our fully-trained and compassionate caregivers. Our Level I care services include companionship, mobility assistance, light housework including meal preparation and laundry, pet care, transportation and escort services, and assistance with physical exercise to maintain fitness. Familiar Surrounding Home Care Level II services include bathing, grooming, incontinence care, and assistance with dressing and personal hygiene in addition to Level I services. Our Level III care services include Level I and II care, as well as assistance using specialized mobility equipment or transferring from beds, wheelchairs, and cars. Level III caregivers can also provide specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease. 

    Familiar Surrounding Home Care is certified by the California Association for Health Services at Home to provide a wide range of senior home care services in San Jose and beyond. Click through our website to find out more about our services and levels, or call (408) 549-1044 to discuss care for a senior loved on in San Jose, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Menlo Park.

    Be One in a Million: The Million Hearts Initiative [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Did you know that there are approximately 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes that happen in the U.S. every year? Though certain risk factors for heart attack and stroke such as age and ethnicity are uncontrollable, there are steps you can take to lower your risk for cardiovascular events. The in-home care providers of Familiar Surroundings Home Care are proud to support the Million Hearts Initiative, which aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by the year 2017. With at-home care, seniors can stay on top of their current medications and make healthy lifestyle changes such as eating more home-cooked, heart-healthy meals. Take a look at this infographic to learn more about the Million Hearts Initiative, and to see how in-home care can help your senior loved one be one in a million. Please share with your friends and family.

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    Healthy Eating Ideas in Honor of March's National Nutrition Month

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Nutrition plays an important role in senior health and quality of life. Eating a variety of healthy foods provides essential nutrients to help seniors to maintain energy levels, cognitive function, and musculoskeletal health. Check out this video for some excellent tips on choosing, preparing, and enjoying nutritive foods during March and throughout the rest of the year.

    Familiar Surroundings Home Care provides a variety of in-home care options for seniors that include grocery shopping, meal preparation, and medication management. You can learn more about how we can help your loved one eat the healthy, nutritious meals he needs to maintain good health by calling (408) 549-1044. Visit our website to find out more about our care services in Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and San Mateo County.


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