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    Good Food Choices for Seniors with Type 2 Diabetes

    Last updated 2 days 22 hours 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 12 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 13 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 19 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.

    Everything You Need to Know About the Million Hearts Initiative

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Heart attacks and strokes are among the leading causes of deaths among Americans. Because increasing age is a risk factor for both stroke and heart disease, it’s extremely important for seniors to take charge of their cardiovascular health. Familiar Surrounding Home Care invites you to take part in the Million Hearts Initiative to make the changes that will bring you a healthier, happier life.

    What Is the Million Hearts Initiative?

    The Million Hearts Initiative was organized by the Department of Health and Human Services with the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Since 2011, this national initiative has encouraged individuals, healthcare providers, and many other companies to make healthy lifestyle changes and improve access to high-quality cardiovascular care.

    How Do I Fit Into the Million Hearts Initiative?

    As a senior, you can take part in the Million Hearts Initiative by becoming one of the million hearts saved by this program. Learning more about heart disease and stroke, including discovering your personal risk factors, is the first step in improving your health. Making positive lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly and eating a healthy diet will help you to reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke.

    Is My Caregiver Part of the Million Hearts Initiative?

    Senior caregivers play an important role in the Million Hearts Initiative. Your caregiver can help you create balanced meals and manage medication for a healthier heart. Caregivers can help you take part in daily physical activity to strengthen your heart as well. Your caregiver will also provide transportation to medical appointments so you can continue to receive the care you need to prevent a future stroke and heart attack.

    At Familiar Surrounding Home Care, our caregivers provide non-medical home care to help seniors remain independent and healthy at home. We offer a variety of personal and specialized care services including personalized exercise and activity programs. You can learn more in-home senior care serving Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties by calling (408) 549-1044 or visiting us on the web.


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