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Summer Tips for Visiting Loved Ones in Their Assisted Living Community

Posted on: July 26th, 2017 by hhmin

Summer in Houston is a time for enjoying time with family and friends, but don’t forget to include quality time with your loved ones at an assisted living or retirement community.  We at Holly Hall understand that these visits aren’t always as simple as dropping in on your family member.  Read through our tips on planning your visit and making the most of your time spent with your  loved one.

Plan Your Assisted Living Visit

Relatives hoping to visit with loved ones in assisted living must remember to plan their trip out in advance.  Regardless of if your loved one is across the state or across town, making a plan with your family member of when your visit will take place is important.  Many people in assisted living communities not only follow a potential schedule, but may have energy boosts during specific times of the day.  Remember, they are your family member, they love you, and want to be able to give all of their available energy to your visit.

When planning your visit to a relative in assisted living, take into consideration their current health situation.  You know your family member best, so keep their physical and mental state in mind when planning the length of your visit.  Sometimes a shorter visit with happy conversation is better than a longer visit with long silences because the energy of your relative in assisted living is depleted.

Bring Comforting Items with You

Assisted living, while comfortable and accommodating for your relative, may require a sense of home in some cases.  When you visit your family member, bring some gifts with you that can remind them of their importance in your life.  Bringing family photos, recipes that you have shared together, movies, or even an old collectible that can strike up a conversation.  Bringing along items like this will not only comfort your relative but also takes the pressure off of you for having to come up with a conversation starter.

Tips for Visiting Assisted Living RelativesBe Present with your Assisted Living Loved One

Don’t rush your visit with your family member.  They have most likely missed your company and are excited for this planned visit.  Slow down the daily rush and take time to enjoy a quiet, deep conversation as a family.  Pay attention to your body language.  Don’t take out your phone or fidget with another object.  This can make your loved one think that you may not want to really be there with them.  Be 100 percent present with your loved on in an assisted living community and make the most of your visit with them.

Welcome the Chance to Evaluate Health

Visits are a chance for you to keep your family member feeling active and involved with your life.  However, it is also important for you to remember that you need to be involved in their life.  Take the time when visiting a loved one in an assisted living community to step back and evaluate your family member’s health.

Assisted Living at Holly Hall

If your loved one is looking for an assisted living community that guarantees their comfort and a professional care staff, contact Holly Hall today to set up a tour and schedule your first visit to our Houston facility.

Signs It’s Time for Assisted Living

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by hhmin

Age-related diseases and maladies can make it difficult or even impossible for a retiree or senior to live alone. Problems like dementia and mobility problems can also create difficult living environments when children or loved ones must care for a senior relative who is no longer ambulatory.

At a certain point, discussions about assisted living, in-home nursing care, and other options for assistance become necessary. Concerns regarding cost and the ability of the family to afford assisted living can create stressful situations, but keeping the aged family member safe remains important, particularly when the family member begins showing any of the following signs.

Stress and Health of the Caregiver

Although it’s not a health problem experienced by the senior, stress experienced by a caregiver can prove harmful to the caregiver, as well as the person who needs daily assistance. Stress may have debilitating physical effects on the caregiver, which means the ability to care for the person who needs help may be negatively impacted, too. Although it may feel heart-wrenching to think about assisted living, the health of the caregiver and the person receiving care may depend on it.

Needs That Require Professional AssistanceNursing Care Houston, TX

For many familial caregivers, basic needs are things that don’t necessarily require professional assistance. Responsibilities like cooking, basic hygiene, and reminding someone to take their medication are projects that may be accomplished without fear of keeping the senior in good health. At a certain point, a person’s needs may become so great that the best person to offer assistance is someone with experience in healthcare. The availability of an immediately available medical staff may also become important.

Safety in the Home

Today’s seniors have access to a wealth of in-home options that can help them lead a safer life when they remain at home. Non-slip floors, walk-in tubs, and homes that don’t have stairs can help a senior remain safe, even when a caregiver is away at work for the day. However, during the aging process, it’s essential to consider alternative accommodations or assisted living before an accident happens.

Issues with Aggression and Abuse

A problem like dementia may allow a formerly loving individual to become verbally or physically abusive. Not only is it difficult for the senior to remain on good terms with his or her family or caregiver, but the abuse may also create resentment in the family that leads to a reduction in the quality of care he or she receives. Allowing a skilled professional in a retirement community to administer care is a great alternative. 

Experiencing “Sundowner Syndrome”

It’s a classic sign of Alzheimer’s Disease, and Sundowner Syndrome, or “Sundowning,” occurs when a person becomes increasingly incoherent as the day turns into evening. A person who seems completely at ease and coherent in the morning may become confused, agitated, and unable to function without complete assistance by the evening.

A Habit of Wandering

There are frequent stories that hit the news where an elderly person goes missing because he or she wanders away from home or becomes confused while out of the house. One of the scariest things about caring for a person who has a habit of wandering is that they can disappear in the length of time it takes a family member to go to the bathroom and return.

Consider a Beautiful Retirement Community

Are you and a loved one considering assisted living? Do you want to give your elderly family member the best life possible? Are you reaching an age where you believe a retirement community may offer you the comfort and safety you require? Reach out to the Houston retirement community of Holly Hall and explore the options you have with us.

15 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 by hhmin

15 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Assisted Living FacilityWhen searching for an assisted living facility, it is important that you come prepared. Whether you are actually touring the community or are just speaking with someone over the phone, you need to be equipped with questions.

With every assisted living community having its own unique qualities and amenities, it is ideal that you ask as many questions as you can to help you determine which is right for your loved one. However, ensuring that you do not miss the most pertinent ones can be hard. To help, we have put together a list of the top 15 questions you need to ask when choosing an assisted living facility.

Assisted Living Questions

Question 1: What experience and training does your staff have?

Having an experienced and trained staff should be really high on your list when choosing a facility for your retirement-aged senior. By asking this question, you can put yourself at ease knowing that your loved one will be in good hands.

Question 2: How many staff members are on duty at night?

Usually, since things are calmer, most facilities choose to have less staff available overnight. This is why it is important to know what the staff-resident ratio will be during these hours.

Question 3: Which staff members can administer medications?

There is a possibility that at some point during your loved one’s residence, they will need to take medication. Whether it is something serious or minor, you want to ensure the people that administer the meds at the assisted living community have the best experience and education when doing so.

Question 4: Are nurses available 24/7?

Nurses are very important at a senior living facility as they are in charge of the examinations, tests, and medical management. When going through your choices, keep this in mind.

Question 5: Are you able to care for a patient with  _____ diagnosis?

If your loved one is diagnosed with a certain illness, be sure to ask specifically if they have experience dealing with it.

Question 6: Is there an initial admissions assessment?

Most facilities have an assessment that is required before the admission of a new resident, however, ask to be sure.

Question 7: What types of living plans are available?

Next to staffing and medical care, your loved one’s living situation is another highly important factor. Discuss with the facility their living options and take those back to your loved one to see what they feel will be most comfortable.

Question 8: What is the monthly cost?

For some families, figuring out how to pay for assisted living is a major hurdle. By understanding how much each community costs, you can make an informed decision.

Question 9: What is included in the monthly fee?

This is a given, but during the conversation about the cost, get concrete information on what is included in the cost. This way, you have no surprises when it is time to make the first payment.

Question 10: If there is a wait list?

Asking about wait lists is especially important if you need your family member to be relocated immediately. If you have flexible time constraints, this question might not be as vital.

Question 11: How do your current residents interact with each other?

While living in the community, your loved one will have daily interaction with the other residents. By asking this question, you can better gauge the atmosphere of the place. Also, you may learn more about the different programs and amenities available to the residents.

Question 12: Do you have outdoor spaces for the residents to use?

No one likes to be cramped up in a building all day, and sometimes fresh air is just what a person needs. Be sure to ask about secured outdoor spaces that are available to the residents to walk or just sit and read a book.

Question 13: What is the discharge policy?

There are a lot of rumors that suggest assisted living facilities to have a strict discharge policy. Asking this question ahead of time is the best way to keep down confusion and be better informed.

Question 14: If the needs of my loved one change, what options or additional services would be available?

Unfortunately, your loved one’s health can change without expecting it. Therefore, it is important to know how the facility would adapt the care and living situation of your loved one if this happens.

Question 15: What are your billing and payment policies?

The type of payment the facility accepts and the tentative payment dates are also important and should be understood before choosing a community.

Get the Answers at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Are you looking for the perfect assisted living facility for your loved one? Look no further than Holly Hall Retirement Community located in Houston, Texas.

Contact Holly Hall Retirement Community to today to learn more and get answers to the questions above and more!

What to Look for in an Assisted Living Community

Posted on: May 14th, 2016 by hhmin

Happy elderly couple looking at laptop at retirement home optionsLooking for the ideal assisted living community for you or your loved one is a big decision. No matter where you live, there are more than a handful of communities from which to choose. But, choosing the right one to meet your needs is what counts. To do so, it is imperative that you pay attention to the community’s features and make them a part of your deciding factor.

What Your Retirement Home Needs

If you are on the hunt for the perfect local assisted community home for yourself or for your parents/family member, here are four things you should pay attention to when selecting a home.

Great Location and Size

Like any place you live, you want the location to be good. Determining whether you want to live closer or further apart to your family should be the first thing you consider. Also, think about if you prefer a local community or one in a popular retirement city like Florida.

At the same time, you want to think about the size of the community in which you would like to reside in. Do you prefer a small community that makes it easier to build personal relationships or a larger one that gives you a bit more independence? All are factors you need to take into consideration.

Fun Activities and Amenities

The great part about living in an assisted living home is being able to socialize with other people in your age group. During your downtime, you want to have the liberty to partake in leisure activities and events. This is why it is important to think about the listed activities and amenities for the retirement home. If you like to knit, ask about those types of activities. If you like swimming, make sure the community has a swimming pool available.

Good Accessibility

Along with the location, pay attention to the accessibility of the community. Is the community hard to navigate through? Would walking to the different amenities you would frequent be easy? Also, look at the amount of ramps available. Are thoroughly located around the retirement home?

Happy Residents and Faculty

The facility’s faculty and residents will play a huge part in the experience you have at your new retirement home. When you tour, look at the how the faculty and the residents interact and communicate. Don’t be afraid to ask the residents for their opinion of the community, too. By getting a good feel of the people that live and work at the home, you will be able to make a more educated decision on which is the best choice for you.

Tour Our Beautiful Retirement Home in Houston

Are you looking for the ideal assisted living facility in Houston? We want to invite you to visit our beautiful facility at Holly Hall Retirement Community.  As Houston’s premier retirement community, we are built on Christian values and are committed to making our residents feel right at home. With three different levels of care available, you are sure to see why our residents love the Holly Hall community.

To schedule a tour of the facilities or to get more information, contact Holly Hall Retirement Community.