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Stay Cool this Summer in your Retirement Community

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by hhmin

The Houston summer is now at its peak, and Holly Hall Retirement Community is here to discuss ways that our independent living residents and prospective residents can remain cool and active in order to support the healthy lifestyle and Christian roots on which Holly Hall was founded.

With a community that is not just focused on the assisted living aspect of retirement homes, but also emphasizes independent living, there is a variety of ways that community members living out their golden years can enjoy the summer season without being exposed to excessive Texas heat.

Enjoy the Summer with Holly Hall

For members of the Holly Hall community, there are several ways to take advantage of their available surroundings while the summer sun hangs over Houston.

This summer, take advantage of our garden paths and lavish courtyards without having to stray far from your own doorstep.  Enjoy the day indoors at our top-of-the-line dining facility while the sun is at its hottest.  Take in a gorgeous garden view at your favorite spot, while enjoying a game of cards inside of an air-conditioned facility.  Then, when the sun begins to simmer down, take a relaxing evening stroll around the community grounds with the evening rays warming both your body and soul.

Also, what would independent living be without some summer leisure reading?  Peruse our library that holds countless words of enjoyment for all of our community members.  Solve a mystery or go on an adventure, all from the comfort of your Houston independent living community.

Staying Cool in your Retirement CommunityIndependent Living at its Finest

For our independent living community members, enjoy a summer at your local cottage without having to worry about the outdoor maintenance that usually comes with a home in the summer.  Holly Hall has all of your landscaping needs taken care of so that you can take care of enjoying your time with us.

Aside from our restaurant-style dining and available take out, there are several other amenities that make our retirement home unique for its community members.

Take advantage of our full-time Resident Life Enrichment Coordinator this summer.  Come out to one of our daily activities, exercise programs and community outings with scheduled transportation available.

Also, for those who prefer to stay in and relax, Holly Hall is proud to offer salons that provide full salon services for men and women.

 Choose the Right Place to Call Home this Summer

Senior living does not have to be slow moving in today’s society, and we at Holly Hall Retirement Community fully understand this as we strive to fulfill your active adult lifestyle both physically and spiritually.  If you are an independent senior in the Houston area, and are looking for the right place to call home during your senior years, contact us today.  We will be happy to provide you with more information and the next steps to take in order to become a part of our community this summer.

 

 

Busting 5 Myths of Indpendent Living Communities

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by hhmin

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Independent living communities are popping up all over the country as more and more active seniors are choosing to live in close-knit communities designed for them. At Holly Hall, our Independent Living community is where many retired residents have chosen to call home, and we couldn’t be more excited! Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about communities like this and we’re here to bust the top 5 myths associated with Independent Living.

Myth 1: Independent Living Will Be Boring

For whatever reason, people associate retirement communities with being bored. That’s simply not the case, especially here at Holly Hall. Our community comes together for various events throughout the week to add a little variety to our resident’s days. Many community members even plan their own events and meet ups every week.

Myth 2: Retirement Communities Look Like Hospitals

A community should never resemble anything like a hospital and our community certainly doesn’t. Whether a resident chooses Assisted Living or Independent Living, we strive to make sure that our community feels and looks like home.

Myth 3: I Won’t Be Able to Keep My Car

If you want to drive, then you can keep your car! Independent Living is all about maintaining independence, not giving it up. Many of our residents keep their cars and still opt to use our transportation system if they don’t feel like driving sometimes. We give our residents options and that’s one of the best things about living at Holly Hall.

Myth 4: My Family Won’t Visit Me

We completely understand this fear because for many potential residents, it’s very real. One of the ways our community tries to bring families together is through community events with activities that are appropriate for kids. When grandkids have something to keep them busy, family visits become much more frequent and enjoyable for everyone involved.

Myth 5: Independent Living Communities are Too Expensive

This is one of the most common concerns we hear. Luckily, we offer Independent Living homes in a variety of sizes and price ranges to suit most budgets and needs. Retiring shouldn’t be focused on worrying about money, but living an active, exciting lifestyle with friends.

Visit Our Houston Independent Living Community

If you’re looking to live an active lifestyle in Houston, then come visit Holly Hall! Our staff will take you on a tour of our community and answer all of your questions. We want you to choose the right place for you that fulfills all of your needs and wants. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour!

Holly Hall Gives Back to the Community

Posted on: April 17th, 2017 by hhmin

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A great senior living community should give residents opportunities to give back to others and meet new people. At Holly Hall, we host an annual Easter Egg Eggstravaganza for our residents and children in the Houston community. Our residents help out with the event and the kids bring so much energy and excitement to our retirement community. Each year, we have special activities for both residents and kids to do. Here are a few fun things we did his year to bring our community together.

Holly Hall Egg Bash

Days before the actual egg hunt, our residents get together and stuff plastic eggs with candy for the kids to find. They also dye traditional Easter eggs, make cards, and enjoy the fellowship with each other. This pre-egg hunt Independent Living activity is fun for residents and staff to do together. Activities like this gives our residents something to look forward to and helps keep them active.

Senior Living Community Egg Eggstravaganza  

The day of the Easter egg hunt, our senior living residents help out with different activity stations. This year, our residents and staff hid over 300 eggs for kids in our community. We also hosted a sugar cookie making station with sprinkles, fun icing, and lots of different Easter-themed cookies for the kids to choose from with the help of our resident volunteers.

To work off all the energy from the Easter candy, we had a dance-off for the kids. Parents and residents alike enjoyed watching the children delight in the music. For the younger children, they were able to get photos with the Easter bunny.

Senior Community Events are Important for Everyone

People of all ages need strong community ties. Our Assisted Living community provides these ties through the events we host like our Easter Eggstravaganza. It gives residents a reason to get out of their rooms and join others in fellowship. Having things to look forward to and a purpose in life is incredibly important for mental health and we recognize and provide for this need in our residents.

Join Holly Hall for an Active Senior Community

If you’re looking for a community with lots of activities and a love for the Lord, then come and tour our Houston senior community. We pride ourselves in our dedication to living an active lifestyle and being active in the Houston community as well. Get in touch with us to schedule a tour!

Spring Cleaning in Your Senior Living Apartment

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by hhmin

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As spring rolls into Texas, many people are throwing open their windows and airing out the rugs to prepare for the warm sunshine ahead of them! At Holly Hall, we’re helping our senior living residents prepare for spring with a little spring cleaning. If you’re unsure of where to start with your own home, we’re offering up a few helpful tips to get you started and keep you safe while cleaning.

Senior Living Cleaning Risks

Before we jump into our spring cleaning suggestions and tips, it’s important to recognize safety risks for independent living seniors. We understand that you want to be independent and rely on yourself as opposed to others. You can still do this, but it’s vital that you exercise caution when it comes to cleaning your space. Avoid doing things that require you to climb a ladder or stand on a chair. Don’t attempt to lift up or move pieces of furniture that might be too heavy. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be strenuous and frankly, it shouldn’t be. For added safety, clean your home while someone else is nearby just in case something were to happen.

Cleaning Tips for Independent Living

Over the course of a year, things can get dirty and need a good scrub in your senior living apartment. While you’re making your list of things to clean this spring, look around every room for hidden places where dirt and grime often accumulate. Write down these areas so you can remember to go back and clean them later. Head to your kitchen and look through your refrigerator. Is there anything expired that needs to be thrown away? Should the shelves be cleaned? Anytime there’s food involved, things tend to get messy.

If organizing is usually part of your spring cleaning routine, throw open your linen closet and remove your linens so you can wash, dry, and neatly fold them. Remove any linens that you no longer use or want and donate them to local animal shelters. Also, consider putting a few scented freshening packets inside the closet for a crisp, clean smell.

For those in our senior living community, Holly Hall offers a cleaning service to residents who would prefer to let a professional take care of their spring cleaning.

Join the Senior Living Community at Holly Hall This Spring

If you’re looking to upgrade your lifestyle this year, we invite you to join us at Holly Hall. Our preeminent senior living community is designed for seniors in every phase of life. Enjoy activities with old and new friends and learn how to relax in our Houston retirement community. Contact us to learn more or schedule a tour!

New Years Resolutions for Caring for Your Senior Living Loved One

Posted on: January 9th, 2017 by hhmin

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Since the holidays are over and all the sugar cookies have been eaten and the decorations taken down, you’re probably making your New Year’s resolutions. While most people vow to eat healthy and go to the gym, there are other less generic resolutions you can make. One of them should be spending time with and caring for your senior loved one. At Holly Hall, we know how important it is for our residents to keep close connections with their families. Here are a few things you can do to take better care of your older family members this year.

Spend Time With Them in Their Senior Living Home

You would think this would be obvious to most people, but sometimes it isn’t. Or, more often than not, people simply get busy and their priorities shift to other things. This year, make a promise to yourself that you’ll visit your loved one several times a month, providing that you’re local to the Houston area. If you aren’t, make it a priority to call him or her a few times a week. Whether your loved one is part of an independent living community or simply lives on his or her own, make communication an important part of your life.

Keep Up With Their Medical Issues

For some seniors, a yearly checkup is all they need, but for others, the medical problems span much wider than just a doctor’s visit. It’s easy to get lost in all the medical terms and not understand what’s going on with your loved one. However, it’s important that you try to keep yourself abreast of any medical issues he or she is having, who his or her doctors are and in which areas t they specialize. This matters not only because your family member needs you to know what’s going on, but also because you want to make sure he or she is getting the best care possible. At Holly Hall, we strive to provide our health care living residents with the care they deserve.

Send Fun Surprises To Assisted Living Residents

Everyone loves to get mail, particularly those who didn’t grow up in the social-media era. Older adults will love having a surprise waiting for them in their mailbox every once in a while. Sometimes, things like a book to read or children’s artwork can really brighten the day of an adult living in an independent living community. Make an effort to simply send a letter or something of the sort every so often.

Let Holly Hall Senior Community Help

We understand that you have a busy life and might not always have time to care for an aging adult in your family. That’s where we come in. Our staff at Holly Hall makes your loved one a priority every day. Their happiness is vital to the health of our community and we want your family member to feel loved and cared for here. To learn more about us, give us a call!

Making Christmas Enjoyable At Holly Hall Retirement Community

Posted on: December 12th, 2016 by hhmin

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Christmas is only a few weeks away, and while we’re all out in the hustle and bustle trying to get things ready for the big day, we often lose sight of what the season is all about. One of the best things about Christmas is that you get to spend time with family and friends. The festivities and traditions should be enjoyable for everyone across all generations, whether they’re in an assisted living home or not. Whatever your Christmas plans are, here are a few simple ways to make the holiday enjoyable for older family members.

Take Independent Living Resident to See Christmas Lights

Going out to look at Christmas lights around town is a tradition in many families and rightfully so. At Holly Hall, we take our senior living residents on an annual Christmas light outing to give them the opportunity to see the beautiful, twinkly lights. If you plan on doing the same for your older family members, we suggest making sure that the route you wish to take doesn’t involve too much walking. While it may seem like an easy walk for younger generations, older family member may not enjoy it half as much. You may even consider a driving route instead for the comfort of everyone. Bring along a thermos of hot cocoa and enjoy the lights in your warm car!

Christmas Movies Watching At The Senior Facility

Many families enjoy sitting around sipping eggnog and watching Christmas movies together. As a special treat for older generations, make it a point to include Christmas classics in your movie playlist. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “It’s a Wonderful Life” are both great picks that will certainly bring back memories and even make some new ones.

Involve All in the Cooking and Baking

During the holidays, the cooking usually falls on one or two people, making it an incredibly stressful season. This is the perfect time to get younger and older generations involved in the cooking and baking. Depending on their health and mobility, if an older family member has a special recipe they have enjoyed making in the past, ask them to show grandchildren how to make it. Getting everyone involved in the preparations for Christmas is an easy way to make everyone feel included and important.

Ask Your Senior to Read the Christmas Story

As per tradition, many families read the Christmas story aloud together this time of year. Bestow the honor on your independent living senior. Gather the whole family together and munch on Christmas cookies while relishing in the story of Jesus’ birth.

Let Holly Hall Help Assisted Living Care for Your Loved One

Caring for an older family member is a year-round concern. While everyone is together for the holidays, it’s a good idea to have a plan for the months after. Contact us today to learn more about our senior living community!

Avoiding Christmas Decorating Falls and Injuries For Independent Living Residents

Posted on: December 2nd, 2016 by hhmin

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Since the Christmas season is getting started, people are beginning to trim their trees, hang up their lights, and get ready for company. For most people, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year. However, for older members of the community, it can be one of the more dangerous times of the year. No matter if you’re a senior citizen living at an independent living community or living on your own, the risk of falling and being injured is still there. Here are a few of the riskiest things you should avoid while decorating during the holidays.

Using a Ladder to Reach Things

While very convenient for hanging Christmas ornaments up high, ladders are not stable surfaces and present many problems. For one, they easily tip over with the slightest movement. Most people are rather shaky when it comes to climbing up the rungs of a ladder. Older adults even have trouble with stability on smaller step ladders. Even if you think you can climb one safely, let someone else be there to assist you.

Too Many Cords in Senior Living Homes

With Christmas lights and decorations comes extra cords and power strips. Everyone wants their home to be festive and full of merriment for the season, but cords are a trip hazard that can lead to broken bones. Try to use battery-powered decorations whenever possible to cut down on the amount of cords in your home. You’ll reduce the risk of falling and get rid of the eyesore that can be ugly cords on the floor.

Avoid Putting Things on the Senior Apartment Floors

Cluttered spaces seem to get even more cluttered during this time of the year. In your senior apartment, avoid decorating with things that go on the floor like miniature Santas or reindeer. Consider keeping gifts away from the base of the tree until you really need to have them there. All of the excess clutter on the floor becomes a major trip and fall hazard, if left there.

Stringing Garland in Unsafe Places

Adding a bit of greenery around your home is traditional and something we all enjoy doing. However, it can be dangerous, depending on where it’s hung. Places like stair banisters, counter tops, or anything that people tend to hold onto when walking can create a hazard. If garland is a must for your home, hang it in areas where you tend not to be near too often.

Living Alone When It Isn’t Safe

Some people want to be independent for as long as possible. At Holly Hall, we understand that. However, at a certain point you’re putting your health and safety at risk during the holidays and every other day of the year.

Be Part of Our Senior Living Community in Houston, TX

Are you worried about not having the help you need? Have you recently fallen and decided that you need to be in a safer environment? Then come join our adult living community in Houston. Our staff is comprised of trained experts in helping you live a better, safer life in your senior years. Contact us today to learn more!

Fall Activities That Bring Retirement Communities Together

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 by hhmin

After a long, hot summer, everyone looks forward to the cooler temperatures that fall brings every year. Although Texas may not enjoy these temperatures until much later on in the season, we certainly embrace the fun fall-themed activities that come around every season here at Holly Hall in Houston. Our adult senior living community loves to get together for events and to celebrate each season. We think retirement should be fun and exciting, and we want our residents to feel the same way. Here are a few fun fall activities that residents always enjoy.

Oktoberfest For Independent Living Residents

Since Texas has many German influences intermixed with it’s western identity, many Texans enjoy celebrating the sights, sounds, and tastes of Oktoberfest. People sample many different German beers in traditional “beer tents” and get their fill of delicious German food like bratwurst or schnitzel. Many also sport laederhosen for fun! Holly Hall hosts an Oktoberfest event for our senior living residents that always brings a crowd. Social drinking events are an easy way to get people together for some laid back, relaxing fun.

Cooking Demonstrations

Events like these are fun to do throughout the year, but our favorite time to do them is during the fall. Making traditional fall dishes like apple pie, sweet potato casserole, and even pressing apple cider will always be a big hit for residents. Our October cooking demo is focused on creating pumpkin creme brûlée. This dish, although normally served at fancier restaurants, is the perfect thing to make that will have any senior living community in awe. Better yet, Holly Hall has it on their dining menu every month!

Holly Hall Senior Living Indoor Football Tailgate

Here in Texas, football is king! Your residents will love getting together to watch a good football game with all of the classic tailgating food. Gather everyone together and enjoy loading up your plates with things like chili, chips and dip, and a veggie tray. If you have residents that love to cook, consider doing a chili cook off. Nothing gets people excited like a little friendly competition! Holly Hall is conveniently located across the street from NRG Stadium, where the Texans play. When the Texans make the playoffs, we host many football themed events that our community looks forward to!

Trick-or-Treating

Your adult senior living community isn’t going to want to go door-to-door in costumes, but they probably miss having trick-or-treaters coming to their homes. Have staff bring their children for an evening of trick-or-treating in the retirement community. Residents will love passing out candy to the kids and seeing their cute costumes. Your staff will also enjoy being able to incorporate their families into their daily work life. It’s a win for everyone!

Contact Holly Hall’s Senior Facility

We strive to be an important part of the retirement community in Houston. Our fall activities are geared toward bringing our residents together and making sure they feel like they’re vital members of Holly Hall. If you or your loved one might be interested in joining our thriving community, then give us a call! We’d love to show you around.

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!

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.