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How to Help Seniors Prepare for Senior Living

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by hhmin

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The process of aging and the progressing limitations that an older adult encounters can be difficult for a senior with which to come to terms. Often times they are met with resistance or flat out denial. While there are many things a senior citizen can do easily on his or her own, there are also things that one shouldn’t do without assistance or at least someone nearby to check on them. If you and your family think it’s time that your aging parent or loved one move to a senior living community, it’s important that you help them prepare for it and see the necessity of it.

Let Them Choose an Active Senior Living Community

Presenting your loved one with information on different independent living communities can be helpful, however let him or her make the ultimate decision on where to live. Empowering them to make their own living decisions makes them feel like this was their own choice and that it wasn’t forced on them in any way. No one likes to feel as though they don’t have a say in things that pertain to their senior living situation.

Make the Move as Easy as Possible

Anyone who’s ever had to move knows how stressful the process can be. For someone transitioning to assisted living, it can be even more difficult. Packing things up and deciding what to keep or toss is particularly hard for older adults because so many things often have memories attached to them. Allow them time to figure out what they want to keep and offer to store things that they might not be able to take with them. Forcing them to throw things away can make the entire process of transitioning to senior living that much harder for them.

Schedule Your Visits to Their 55+ Community in Advance

Many seniors transitioning to senior living communities fear being forgotten by their loved ones. It can feel as though you’re trying to get rid of them by putting them in a home to be cared for by someone else. We know that this isn’t your intention, but it’s important that you reassure your loved one that you’ll be there for them. Before the move even happens, schedule tentative weekly or bi-weekly visits to their senior living apartment so they know you’ll be coming back to see them.

Holly Hall Can Help Care for Your Aging Loved One

Our senior retirement community in Houston caters to the needs of our residents. We provide high-quality care and an active environment to encourage your loved one to enjoy all the benefits associated with retirement living. If your loved one needs a great place to call home, then contact us today to set up 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!

How to Stay Active During the Winter in Your Retirement Community

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by hhmin

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During the winter months, most people prefer to stay in their homes and keep warm as opposed to going outdoors and battling the chilly wind. For senior citizens living in retirement communities, getting out seems like even more of a chore. Part of living an active lifestyle is making sure you get out amongst friends to socialize. It’s easy to become complacent and stay in most days, but it isn’t good for you. Here are a few things you can do to maintain an active lifestyle this winter.

Plan a Weekly Bible Study Within The Senior Living Community

Starting up a weekly Bible study is a great way to get friends together while learning something in the process. There are many different types of studies to choose from that focus on various topics that will interest the whole group. Plan to meet up in someone’s apartment or in a common area at your senior living community. Fellowship like this can really boost everyone’s spirits and make the winter seem less daunting.

Take a Walk

While not easily done for some people, those who enjoy independent living should make time everyday to go outside and take a walk for some fresh air. Bring someone with you to chat with and share the experience. Bundle up with a cozy jacket and brew a warm cup of coffee to sip while on your walk. Fresh air is so important for your mental and physical health. If going outdoors doesn’t seem like something you’d enjoy, walk the halls with a friend everyday to get some exercise!

Find a Hobby to Share with Senior Living Residents

Some people have life-long hobbies, while others find them later in life. If you don’t have a hobby, consider finding something new to enjoy with other people. For some people, scrapbooking is a great creative outlet that’s fun to do with others. Get a group together and share memories, ideas, and fellowship while making something you and your family will cherish for years to come.

If crafting isn’t your thing, try something that will give you a mental challenge like chess. As people grow older, it’s important that they keep learning new things and developing their minds. Chess or other games of strategy, are a great way to do this!

Get Involved with the Assisted Living Community

Depending on your ability to do so, consider volunteering in the local community. Whether it’s simply sitting at a desk greeting visitors at a museum or something more active, get involved with a non-profit and stay busy! Keeping your mind and body active can significantly improve your health.

Find New Friends and Community at Holly Hall

Growing older doesn’t have to be boring. Join our independent living community in Houston! Our residents mean the world to us and we’d love the opportunity to show you around our community. Get in touch with us to learn more or schedule a tour!

How to Have a Safe New Year’s Eve With Your Senior Citizen

Posted on: December 16th, 2016 by hhmin

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Once the holidays come to a close, we have about a week left to reflect on our year and usher in the New Year. While you’re planning your New Year’s Eve celebration, there are a few things you need to consider. Food, drinks, and entertainment usually consume the majority of a party planner’s thoughts. However, there are other things to take into consideration such as the comfort of your guests. If you plan to have guests that are older or live in an independent living community, there are a few things you might consider avoiding during your party.

Forget the Fireworks For Independent Living Communities

Bringing in the New Year usually involves shooting off fireworks and banging a few pots and pans together for added fun. If older guests are coming to your gathering, then consider forgoing the fireworks in favor of something that makes less noise and won’t unnerve any assisted living guests. A good alternative to fireworks are sparklers sold in most retailers offering New Year’s Eve party supplies.

Avoid Balloons That Could Cause a Fall

Blowing up traditional black, silver, and gold balloons for party decorations is a fun, simple way to decorate your home for a party. However, balloons that will float around on the floor or have long strings can be a tripping hazard for anyone, but especially older people. If party balloons are a must, make sure they are filled with helium so they won’t be on the floor and keep their strings short to avoid any falls.

Offer Older Assisted Living Guests Alternatives to Alcohol

A glass of champagne to toast at midnight is tradition for many people. However, as people get older, alcohol may conflict with any medications they take or might simply make them feel sick. If you’re hosting senior citizens, consider serving sparkling cider or some other festive but non-alcoholic drink. Partaking in a celebratory toast is lots of fun for everyone and no one wants to feel left out because they aren’t drinking champagne.

Have a Wide-Variety of Music

A little party music is always nice to have playing in the background for any large gathering. For a party with multiple generations of people attending, play music from multiple decades to please everyone and get them involved. While younger people may enjoy more recent music hits, senior living guests will appreciate a few hits from their youth as well. Remember not to play the music too loudly as it can both some guests who are particularly sensitive to loud noises.

Join the Senior Living Community at Holly Hall in the New Year

Are you or your senior citizen looking for a new place to call home in the New Year? Look no further than Houston’s favorite senior living community! Take a tour of our beautiful property and see why so many residents enjoy living with us. Contact us today to learn more!

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!

Why Senior Living is a Great Choice for Veterans

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by hhmin

As October is winding down and as we gear up for the coming holiday season, we tend to forget a very important day: Veteran’s Day. On November 11, the many men and women who have served our nation are honored for their sacrifice and bravery in the armed forces. At Holly Hall, we honor our veterans with a Veteran’s Day breakfast! We want our residents to feel a part of our community in every way possible, and that includes recognizing their previous service. For those who have not yet joined our community, here are a few reasons why Holly Hall is great for retired veterans.

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We emphasize community because it contributes so much to the happiness of our residents. Members of our community who served in the military appreciate the sense of camaraderie and friendship that is deeply ingrained in every branch of service. As adults get older, they often find themselves lonely or without many people around with whom to connect. Social interaction is vital to the mental health of everyone. We host many events throughout each month that focus on bringing people together for a good time.

Independent Living for Veterans

Being able to survive independently is part of military training. Independence is something no one likes to give up, especially when they can be entirely self-sufficient. Veterans who are still independent but don’t want the responsibility of caring for a house will enjoy independent living in Houston. We offer cottages and apartments perfect for the person who simply wants to relax through retirement. At Holly Hall, you can be entirely independent without sacrificing the community atmosphere our residents love.

Senior Living that Keeps You Active

A physical fitness regimen is often an important part of retired veterans’ lives. Having been in shape during their service for so long, it can be a huge change of lifestyle when staying in shape is no longer part of their daily routine. Staying physically fit keeps your body healthy and allows it to heal quicker if it’s injured. From Tai-Chi to low impact aerobics, we offer our residents several kinds of fitness classes to attend.

On Site Rehabilitation Services

For veterans who might have been injured during their service, often times those injuries rear their ugly heads when they get older. Many times, surgery is needed to fix the injury and the rehabilitation period can be long and difficult. Going through rehabilitation shouldn’t mean worrying about getting to a physical therapist, which is why, at Holly Hall, we offer rehabilitation services in house! Our veterans should focus on getting better and learning to work with their previous injuries. It’s also worth nothing that we’re conveniently located 10 minutes from the VA hospital and transport our residences there and back for treatments frequently. 

Contact Holly Hall Assisted Living for More Information

For the veterans whom have served our country, we offer our sincerest thanks. Our senior living community is the perfect place for our veterans to come and enjoy their retirement. If you or your loved one is interested in joining our community, then get in touch with us!

Which Retirement Community Level of Care is Best for Your Loved One

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by hhmin

Which Retirement Community Level of Care is Best for Your Loved OneWhen it comes to moving your loved one into a retirement community, you will undoubtedly face a plethora of options. That is why doing thorough research is very important to help you make the best decision. From the cost to the location to the amenities, each community will have its own differences, however, finding the correct type of care for your family member should be the top priority.

Depending on the level of care your aging loved one will need should greatly impact you and your family’s decision. That is why, at Holly Hall Retirement Community, we believe in options. In fact, we offer three different levels of care from which our residents may choose.

Three Levels of Care Available at Holly Hall

If you are on the hunt for the best retirement community for your aging parent, here is a guide to help you decide which level of care is best.

Assisted Living

Assisted living at Holly Hall is great for aging adults who need help with daily living tasks like bathing and dressing, but not the 24-hour attention and care that you would find at a nursing home.

At Holly Hall, our assisted living residents experience the joys of living in a retirement community but can also enjoy a sense of independence. This level of care is ideal for residents who are mobile and can appreciate the private rooms or suites, dining programs, on-hand health professionals, housekeeping services, transportation, and the 24-hour maintenance services our assisted living care provides.

Independent Living

Independent living is perfect for the retirement-aged adult who enjoys living in their current home, but no longer wants or can handle the responsibilities of being a homeowner.

Located in our beautiful community are our independent living cottages and apartments which come equipped with kitchens and weekly housekeeping. With independent living at Holly Hall, our residents have the ability to live privately and independently within a retirement community while still reaping the benefits of our many amenities.

Healthcare Living

Once your loved one is a resident at Holly Hall, should he or she ever require a little more TLC as far as medical care and daily living tasks, our healthcare living will be available to them. This includes residents who need…

  • Short-term care
  • Skilled nursing stays after a surgery
  • Medical incident that necessitates physical, speech, or occupational therapy

With Healthcare living at Holly Hall, they will receive our standard community amenities as well as the additional medical attention they need. They will also receive benefits like an individually focused care plan developed by our certified medical staff, 24-hour nursing oversight, and an urgent call system which is available in every semi-private and private room.

Choosing the right level of care for your ailing or aging adult is a very important decision. Why not eliminate the guesswork by choosing Holly Hall, the retirement community that has everything your family member will need?

Contact Holly Hall Retirement Community today or download our online brochure to learn more about our experience and everything we have to offer.