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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.

Planning Memorial Day With Older Family Members

Posted on: May 23rd, 2017 by hhmin

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Memorial Day is often the start to everyone’s summer here in Texas. Being that it’s a very patriotic state, most people do something to celebrate Memorial Day with their friends and family. Families with senior citizens often forget that their plans might not be inclusive of older family members. We’re sharing a few tips on how to include older people in Independent Living communities in your Memorial Day plans!

Choose a Comfortable Location

Houston is a hot and humid city, so choosing a location that provides shade for everyone during your Memorial Day celebrations is important. Your loved ones in senior living communities are particularly prone to heat strokes and exhaustion if they’re in the sun and heat for too long. You might even consider choosing an indoor location for your celebration to keep everyone comfortable.

Keep in Mind a Variety of Diets

Every good hostess will do his or her best to provide an assortment of food that everyone will like. Individuals that receive Assisted Living care or otherwise might have additional diet restrictions to consider before they can munch on tasty treats. Some senior citizens are diabetic and others might not be able to digest dairy products. Before setting your Memorial Day cookout menu, make sure you know of dietary restrictions of everyone invited.

Avoid Loud Noises 

Any patriotic celebration will likely include fireworks or other noisy elements. For the most part, this doesn’t bother most people even if they are older. But people often forget to consider the needs and conditions of people receiving memory care treatments. For aging veterans with poor memory or even PTSD, loud noises like exploding fireworks can trigger flashbacks and confusion. If you’re planning on setting off fireworks, have an indoor area ready for those that might not enjoy the noise.

Also, be sensitive to the fact that Memorial Day is a holiday but also a day of remembrance. Older family members will most likely know someone who died while in combat and they’ll appreciate you taking the time to honor those individuals during your celebration.

Consider Transportation for Senior Citizens

Many individuals living in our Houston senior living community are unable to drive a car anymore. We provide transportation to local shopping areas as well as doctor’s appointments when our residents need to go. If you’re inviting older adults, then you should consider their transportation options. If they are unable to drive a car, then be gracious and offer to pick them up.

Consider Holly Hall for Your Older Family Members

When family members start need a little extra help, you need to make a plan for their care. Senior living communities like ours are great places to make sure your loved one is getting the care they deserve. Get in touch with us today for a tour of our community!

4 Exciting Trends Among Senior Citizens

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by hhmin

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This May, we’re celebrating Older Americans Month at our senior living community! There’s an unfortunate stigma associated with growing older in America. Instead of being something everyone celebrates, it’s something that most people dread. At Holly Hall, we believe that it’s an honor to grow older and be able to impart your wisdom and life experiences on those younger than you. In recent years, we’ve noticed a shift in how older Americans are enjoying life. We’re sharing a few of these trends with you!

Older Americans are Working Longer

Retirement is something more and more seniors are putting off. Sometimes it’s for financial reasons, but often enough it’s because retirement isn’t something they’re ready for yet. Senior living is taking on a whole new meaning within this group of people. Some seniors are choosing to only partially retire by taking part time jobs that keep them busy a few days a week. Seniors want to be active even if they are retiring.

Retirement Communities are Including New Activities

Many senior citizens choose to live at an Independent Living community because they want the amenities that come with it. Now more than ever, older Americans are branching out of their comfort zone to try new things. At Holly Hall, our residents take part in things like cooking demos, computer classes, and Tai Chi. Learning a new skill or taking up a new hobby is becoming one of the best parts of growing older!

Seniors are Becoming More Independent

As technology has improved, so has the quality of life for older individuals. Being independent, even in an Assisted Living community, is incredibly important to most seniors. Demand for products and services that help seniors maintain a certain level of independence continues to grow each year and understandably so. Our Houston senior living community strives to help each resident keep their independence and value their abilities.

People are Opening Up About Aging

It’s always been taboo to talk about age or the process of aging. More and more Americans are breaking down those barriers and talking openly and honestly about the aging process and how to handle it. These open lines of communication are helping both the young and old understand what age means and what it doesn’t. For example, turning another year older means you’re turning another year older, not losing your abilities.

Holly Hall Values Active Seniors

Looking at retirement communities can be overwhelming and even off-putting. Our community strives to make sure every senior feels at home here whether they’re very active or not. We offer active senior citizens a wide-range of activities and social events to make sure they get the most out of living with us. Get in touch with us for a tour of our community!

Summer Safety Tips for Senior Living

Posted on: April 24th, 2017 by hhmin

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Houston-area residents are no strangers to the hot, humid summers that roll around each year. Even so, the summer months are still something people look forward to every year. However, for older members of the Houston community and those who live in our senior living community, summer can represent some unique challenges to the health and wellness of their everyday lives. If you’re enjoying Independent Living in Houston this summer, here are a few safety tips to make your summer more enjoyable.

Stay Hydrated Inside and Outside of Your Senior Living Home

Drinking the recommended daily water intake is so important to keeping your body healthy and functioning. Many older adults fall victim to severe dehydration, which often ends up putting them in the hospital for a short time. If you’re going to be outdoors, bring a water bottle with you to sip while you enjoy the sunshine. We love it when our residents are able to go outside and get fresh air, especially if they’re in our Skilled Nursing Facility!

Avoid Being in the Heat for Too Long

Heat exhaustion and heat strokes are very common in older adults. At our retirement community in Houston, we take every precaution to make sure none of our residents fall victim to it. On particularly hot days, we recommend only being outside for short periods of time or waiting until the hottest part of the day (usually the late afternoon) has passed. Summers are certainly meant to be enjoyed but you must be careful to not overexpose yourself to intense heat.

Apply Sunscreen Throughout the Day

Many of our residents enjoy taking walks during the day to get in some exercise and be with their neighbors. If you’re venturing out from your Independent Living cottage, apply a generous amount of sunscreen to any exposed skin. Sunburns can be particularly dangerous as you age as it can easily lead to sun poisoning.

Wear Breathable Fabrics Around Your Retirement Community

One of the best things you can do to keep cool is by wearing fabrics that are breathable and made of cotton. Retirees in our Houston senior living community are particularly fond of their Hawaiian print shirts and for good reason! They’re lightweight and super festive for the summer season.

Come Live at Holly Hall

If you’re looking for a new place to call home, then consider our Houston 55+ community! You’ll love being a part of a Christian neighborhood that features plenty of activities and friendly faces to greet you every day. Contact us today for a tour!

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!

Valentine’s Day Activities to Enjoy At Your Senior Living Residence

Posted on: February 10th, 2017 by hhmin

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Valentine’s Day is a favorite holiday for many people, senior living residents included. It’s a holiday all about love and it helps break up the monotony of the long winter. For some residents, they’ll spend the day with their loved one, but for others, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend time with their friends and enjoy each other’s company. If you’re looking for fun activities to do, we have some ideas for you!

Senior Community Movie Night

If your senior community enjoys getting together for movie nights, then they’ll love a Valentine’s movie night featuring classic romantic movies from yesteryear. Include yummy Valentine-themed snacks and a tasty punch to gather residents together. Select films that they’ll remember from their youth that they may not have seen in a while. A few memorable, classic romantic films your residents may love are:

  • Casablanca
  • Singin’ In the Rain
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • His Girl Friday
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • How to Marry a Millionaire

Decorate Sugar Cookies

Who says sugar cookies are just for Christmas? Buy some pre-baked sugar cookies in the shapes of hearts and gather your independent living seniors together to ice and decorate the sweet treats. Stock up on pink, red, and white icing along with icing tubes for easy use. Add some fun sprinkles and little Valentine’s candies like conversation hearts for an even better outcome. Activities like these are fun to host and residents love them!

Play Valentine’s Bingo

Senior citizens always enjoy a good game of bingo. Create a Valentine’s themed bingo game complete with fun prizes to win. A few prizes could include gift cards to local restaurants, a single cup coffee maker, retro memorabilia, or even a new laptop as a high ticket item. These games will be full of laughs and great competitive spirit for everyone involved.

Valentine’s Tea With The Independent Living

Invite your health care living residents to come together for a special Valentine’s Day tea. Play romantic songs and classic swing music during the event. Create a “tea bar” with several kinds of teas, sugars, and milk for residents to choose from. Have a variety of tea sandwiches and cookies for residents to munch on during the event. Consider inviting local high school theater groups to perform during the tea for your residents. Students would appreciate the chance to get more experience acting and senior living adults will love having young people breathe new life into the community!

Let Holly Hall Assisted Living Be a Resource

If you’re planning events for your senior community or are looking for a place to call home, look no further than Holly Hall. Our staff are experts in retirement living and want the best for our residents and yours as well. Contact us for more information!

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!

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!

Benefits of Assisted Living vs. Living at Home

Posted on: August 2nd, 2016 by hhmin

Benefits of Assisted Living vs. Living at Home As aging seniors grow older, there are certain lifestyle changes that can occur. Over time, preparing meals or even maintaining a home are can be challenging and call for daily help. One option to relieve the stress of needing increased help is to reside at an assisted living community which can provide your loved one with many benefits and eliminate those challenges.

If you and your family are trying to weigh your options on whether assisted living or living at home is better for you again senior, here are some key benefits for you to ponder.

Senior Living vs. Living at Home

Social Life

At an assisted living community, there is no shortage of social activities. From special events to various clubs and classes, meeting and greeting your fellow residents is easy. These activities can also lead to lasting friendships for your loved one. On the other side, when your family member lives at home, they have fewer chances to socialize with other retirement-aged adults which can lead to senior isolation.

Transportation

As we grow older, the ability to drive from one point to the another diminishes. The need for available transportation is vital when living at home. With assisted living communities, they typically have scheduled transportation to help their residents get around when needing to run an errand or get to a local appointment.

Dining

As mentioned earlier, cooking is a major part of most adults’ lifestyle, so being able to prepare a well-balanced meal can be very difficult for an aging loved one. It is very important for seniors to have nutritional, well-balanced meals, especially since many require special dietary restrictions or experience changes in taste buds due to medication. Having your loved one reside at an assisted living facility completely takes away the burden of meal preparation for the resident.

Housekeeping

Keeping a home clean can be a full load for anyone, no matter the age. However, that necessity can be even more daunting for a retirement-aged adult. Cleaning and basic housekeeping like laundry and household maintenance require a lot of strength and endurance. At an assisted living community, professionals can assist with housekeeping so your loved one never has to worry about having clean linens.

Emergency Assistance

Having your elderly loved one live at home can be stressful for everyone. There is always the thought of them having an emergency and not being able to get help until it is too late. Unfortunately, that is a situation that many families have to deal with every day. You can eliminate that scenario with assisted living because there is always on-site staff members that are aware of the residents’ medical conditions.

Exercise/Physical Activity

When aging, there are a lot of inevitables and one of those is our bodies weaken over time. Many doctors recommend that retirement-aged seniors add some sort of exercise regime to their daily lifestyle to keep them active and mobile. Doing so can be hard for someone living at home, but most assisted living facilities have exercise classes available daily and encourage residents to attend.

Independence

Just because your loved one has aged doesn’t mean their want and need to feel independent has faded. In fact, most seniors feel even more strongly about their independence. They don’t want to feel like a burden to their loved ones, however, by living at home, that may feel less possible. Assisted living allows them to receive inconspicuous supportive care, which is tailored to each resident’s needs and goals, which can lead to them feeling more independent.

Make Your Home at Holly Hall Retirement Community

At Holly Hall, we understand and see the many benefits of living in an assisted living community. As the leading retirement community in Houston, we invite you to learn more about why assisted living is the ideal place for your loved one.

To get more information or to tour our community, contact Holly Hall Retirement Community today.

Overcoming These 4 Assisted Living Fears

Posted on: June 10th, 2016 by hhmin

Overcoming These 4 Assisted Living FearsIf you have recently started living in an assisted living home or are considering residing in one, you may have some qualms about the change. If this is your current situation, you should know that having some reservations about assisted living is pretty standard for anyone making such a huge change. However, it is also important that you know that what you have heard or what you speculate about assisted living for senior isn’t always true.

So if you or your elderly loved one is having some uncertainties about assisted living, here are some ways to overcome the four most common fears.

4 Assisted Living Fears

#1. The Cost of Assisted Living

Finances is that one thing that every adult has to think about on a daily basis. But, when you are considering residing in a senior living community, the task may seem a bit more unnerving. While paying for your new residence may require some budgeting on behalf of you and your family, there are also options to help you like veteran benefit programs and long-term care insurance plans.

#2. Losing Your Independence

Losing independence or a sense of privacy is a major fear amongst seniors who move into an assisted living home. However, at a senior assisted living community, your room or home is yours. That means you are free to continue doing the tasks you normally did when you lived in your previous home. With transportation and on-site social activities, senior living actually offers you more liberty to do what you choose with your time. So, instead of thinking about assisted living as being less independent, think of it as being independent with a little extra help at your leisure.

#3. I’ll Be Forgotten by My Loved Ones

In society, we have it ingrained in our heads that assisted living communities are places where kids drop off their aging parents and never return. This is false. Moving into senior living doesn’t mean you will indefinitely lose your relationships. In fact, your family will more than likely value the time they spend with you even more.

#4. Boredom or Senior Isolation

Senior isolation is real. However, that is something you don’t have to encounter when you move into senior living. All of the great assisted living facilities have a number of on-site amenities and activities to help bring its residents together. This will help keep you busy and active, as well as form new relationships. With the activities offered by today’s senior living communities, there will be no time for you to be bored.

Experience The Best Assisted Living Community Right in Houston, TX

Don’t let the fear of senior living keep you from enjoying the next best chapter of your life!

If you are looking for the best assisted living facility in Houston, look no further than Holly Hall Retirement Community. With three different levels of care available, we are deeply committed to making sure each of our residents hold on to their independence and feel right at home.

To get more information about our beautiful community, contact Holly Hall Retirement Community.