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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.

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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.

Retirement Community Must-Haves for Seniors

Posted on: September 20th, 2016 by hhmin

The point at which an elderly person can no longer live alone without experiencing danger regarding the ability to care for himself or herself is a difficult time in anyone’s life. Whether it’s the children who must help make a decision or the senior who must come to terms with his or her own declining health, one thing is for certain: seniors have a pretty strong list of must-haves for what they want in their retirement community. Here are some of those must-haves.

An Affordable Home, But a Home with Value

The cost of aging isn’t insignificant, particularly when you consider people are living longer than ever and into their seventies, eighties, and even nineties. The cost of long-term care is one of the main considerations for seniors, as well as for their children and anyone else responsible for ensuring an elderly loved one has the support he or she needs.

While searching for the most affordable home is one way to go about finding a retirement community, the absolute lowest priced residence isn’t always going to represent the best value. Seniors will pay more for their lodgings when there are valuable features and amenities included that would represent a boost in quality-of-life.

Retirement Communities with Continuum of Careassisted-living-for-seniors

Retirement communities provide assistance at many levels from independent living to the significant help offered at a skilled nursing facility. One helpful facet of some retirement communities is the opportunity to increase the level of care received or move into another facility on the same grounds that provides increased assistance.

Once a senior moves into a retirement community, it can become a daunting task to accept that additional help might be required even beyond the initial amount of assistance sought. A health issue or mobility problem may mean the senior would fare better at a facility with a greater level of care. Some retirement communities have different levels of care at the same location, so a second move isn’t required.

Freedom with Supervision

Once a senior has accepted that he or she requires daily assistance for life, moving into a retirement community can feel like one’s freedoms are being taken away. At Holly Hall, this is not the case. Our community is home, where residents are free to live as they please and enjoy the amenities and receive our assistance as they see fit.

Attentive Staff

As much as seniors value their freedom, the common purpose of residing in a retirement community is to live in a situation where help is always close at hand. Even if they don’t realize it before they move into the community, seniors want a retirement community that doesn’t stretch its staff too thin to care for residents properly.

Moving into a retirement home or community where there isn’t adequate availability of staff can have a debilitating impact on seniors who need help with daily activities. Having a staff member who isn’t stressed and overworked and who is readily available to help can ensure a senior feels safe and cared for in his or her new home.

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Are you interested in exploring Houston’s first dedicated retirement community? Visit us to learn more about the gracious lifestyle and caring warmth of living at our community for long term and short term nursing care.

How to Successfully Transition Your Senior to Assisted Living

Posted on: August 10th, 2016 by hhmin

How to Successfully Transition Your Senior to Assisted LivingHave you decided that assisted living is the best option for your aging senior? If so, it is probably fair to say you have done a fair amount of research and touring of facilities, however, the hard part is not quite done. In fact, the next part of the process might be the most taxing as you want to help your loved one make a smooth transition to their new home at the assisted living community.

This step will involve a lot of support from everyone in your family, but if done correctly, can be less invasive.

If you are in the process of helping your loved one transition from living at home to living in an assisted living community, these tips will help.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Preparation is the key when it comes to having a successful transition for your retirement-aged senior. From packing to preparing the paperwork and making sure the payments have cleared, preparing for the transition is very important.

In order to prepare, you may need to delegate tasks to certain family members to ensure it is done correctly. This is especially true for the small things that can easily fall through the cracks once you are overloaded.

Be Positive

During this process, it will be mentally and emotionally challenging for everyone involved. That is why positivity will be well needed and appreciated from everyone. It is also vital that you keep in mind why you are doing this in the first place. You want your loved one to be safe and you feel that will be accomplished in an assisted living community. Keep reminding yourself of this when the process gets tough.

Be Open and Honest

There will undoubtedly be a lot of questions when moving and it is best that everyone is open and honest. Whether the questions are about finances or about legal situations that need to be answered ahead of time, everyone needs to be open. This helps set clear expectations and will help minimize any issues that could arise at a later date.

make assisted living community a homeMake Their New Home Like Home

A great way to ensure that your loved one feels at home is by making sure their new place feels like it. Decorate, hang pictures, put down accent rugs. Maybe even hang the same or similar window treatments that were in their previous home. Every little thing will help to make the transition smoother and easier.

Assisted Living at Holly Hall Retirement Community

At Holly Hall, we understand the process that is ahead of you and your loved one. However, we also know the joy, laughter, and care that our residents experience while living in an assisted living community like Holly Hall.

Our professional staff is committed to assisting our residents on a daily basis so they feel at home and experience the best hospitality ever.

Contact Holly Hall Retirement Community to find out more about our historic community or to learn how we can help your loved one successfully transition to assisted living.

3 Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Assisted Living Help

Posted on: April 15th, 2016 by hhmin

3 Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Assisted Living HelpAging is a natural part of life, and with it comes a lot of changes. This often includes special health and medical needs. As your mom and/or dad begin to age, there are a lot of decisions that will need to be made to ensure they are healthy and safe. One of those decisions is whether or not they should continue living in their own home or move to assisted living housing.

Assisted living provides seniors with long-term housing and care including personal services like medication management, meals, and transportation.

 

Signs That Assisted Living Is Needed

While this a tough subject to discuss with your parents, as they grow older, it is very necessary. You will need to take into consideration your parent’s current housing situation, health status, and medical needs.

If you are currently weighing the options of assisted living care for your parents, here are three major signs you should look out for.

1.) Decrease In Quality of Life

For some mature seniors, basic tasks that were once easy are now a bit harder to tackle. This includes laundry, cooking, cleaning, bathing and even dressing. Maybe you have noticed that your parent is having trouble getting up and down the stairs at their home or difficulty sitting and standing? When this happens, it is almost impossible for them to live without daily assistance.

2.) Memory Loss

If your loved ones are frequently forgetting things like taking their medication or paying utility bills, this is a major tell-tale sign that assisted living may be beneficial. For many elders, their memory is one of the first things that starts to fade. This can seem very minuscule, however, forgetfulness can actually affect the health of your parents more than you know. 

3.) Excessive and Unexplained Injuries

Another huge sign that assisted living may be needed for your parents is if they are frequently injured while living at home alone. Although there are medical alert devices out there, falling and breaking a bone can be extremely dangerous. It is also important to look out for unexplained bruises. Since no one likes to give up their independence, especially an aging adult, your parents may not mention all of their injuries, so be sure to make not of injuries and how they occurred.

If your parents or loved ones are experiencing any of these three major signs, don’t hesitate to have a candid conversation with them about their ability to live alone. Once you have an idea of what your loved one is having issues with, you will be able to make a more informed decision about the next steps like moving to an assisted living facility.

Assisted Living and Care in Houston

During your conversation with your parent, make sure you explain the benefits of assisted living. For many seniors, they feel as if assisted living means giving up their independence. Instead, it is the complete opposite. At Holly Hall, our residents are able to enjoy their independence in their private rooms and suites. They also have access to our community amenities like exclusive activities, transportation, and even a full-service salon.

For more information about Houston’s first retirement community, contact Holly Hall today for more information.