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Senior Isolation: 5 Ways to Avoid It

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by hhmin

Life At Holly HallWhen your loved one resides in a retirement community, it can be easy for he or she to feel isolated or lonely. For many seniors, they may find it hard to adapt to being away from the home they lived in for many years. And on top of that, dealing with a new surrounding can make it even tougher.  However, this does not have to be the case. There are some ways you as the child or family member of a senior can help prevent senior isolation.

How to Prevent Senior Isolation in Your Loved One

If your family member is finding it hard to adjust to their new senior care center and is showing signs of loneliness, here are five ways you can help them.

1.      Introduce Technology

The newest technology has made it easier for us to keep in contact with our loved ones. Technology also provides us with hours and hours of entertainment. Why not give your senior the gift of technology to help them cope with their new living situation? With social media, video calling, and countless gaming apps available on cell phones and tablets, it would be a great investment to gift your loved one with a device. That way, they can stay in contact with you and your family, which will also help ease that lonely feeling. Although today, a lot of seniors are technologically savvy, make sure you give a tutorial on how to work their new device to make sure they can use it to the fullest potential.

2.      Plan Necessary Holiday Visits

Holidays are a prime time for senior isolation to kick in so make sure you plan visits to see your loved one during key holidays. This is especially true for those seniors who live at a retirement home that is not in close proximity to you. This will make the world of difference in the mental and emotional health of your loved one.

3.      Make Transportation Readily Available

Before entering a retirement home, your loved one probably had full access to a car which allowed them to live a mobile life. When your senior is living in a retirement home, they may feel that they are a burden if they have to continually ask for a ride when they need to leave the home. To combat this feeling, ensure you choose a retirement home that has adequate transportation. This will allow your loved one to still feel that sense of independence.

4.      Cheer on Socialization

Socializing is something we are taught at a young age. As you grow older, that learned behavior is still very relevant. By encouraging your loved one to dine with other residents or participate in community activities, they will feel a sense of purpose which will play a positive role in preventing senior isolation.

5.      Encourage Churchgoing

Feeling connected to a higher being is also very important in preventing and coping with senior isolation. Encourage the senior in your life to get involved with their local place of worship. This can also encourage social interaction and socialization, too.

Holly Hall Retirement Community in Houston

Holly Hall Retirement Community is the preferred community amongst seniors and their families’ in Houston, Texas. Built on Christian values, this community offers residences for Independent Retirement, Assisted Living, and Healthcare Living.

To learn more about Houston’s first retirement community or to schedule a tour, contact Holly Hall Retirement Community today.

What to Look for in an Assisted Living Community

Posted on: May 14th, 2016 by hhmin

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

What Your Retirement Home Needs

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

Great Location and Size

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

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

Fun Activities and Amenities

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

Good Accessibility

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

Happy Assisted Living Residents and Faculty

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

Tour Our Beautiful Retirement Home in Houston

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

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