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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 seniors. 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!

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 Holly Hall Retirement Community 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 Retirement Community, 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. Get in touch with us today to learn more!