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5 Health Tips for Senior Living This Fall

Posted on: September 25th, 2017 by hhmin

Senior Living Fall Health Tips

Fall is officially in Texas, and that means a lot of things for our senior loved ones. The air begins to get cooler, sweeter flavors become the preference, football has started back up, and decorations of warm colors are aplenty.

Holly Hall Retirement Community believes that your loved one deserves to enjoy the fall season without having to worry about the troubles that come with age as the seasons change. We are committed to serving the needs of our independent living, assisted living, and healthcare residents to the best of our ability during the fall season. Here are five health tips that your senior loved one can follow in order to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling fall.

5. Get Your Vitamins from Pumpkin Treats

When we think of fall, things like Jack-O-Lanterns usually come to mind. However, your pumpkin can be more beneficial than a simple decoration in a bedroom. They offer a variety of health benefits that make eating fresh Pumpkin snacks like roasted seeds and pumpkin spread a welcome treat. Pumpkin pulp is full of vitamins A and C, and the seeds of the fruit are rich in phytosterols, which help in lowering cholesterol.

4. Avoid Fall Illnesses

As the weather in Texas begins to cool down, assisted living facilities recommend that seniors make extra efforts to avoid falling ill with the flu or a cold. No one wants to spend a week of their independent living being cooped up in their apartment with fatigue and fever.

Take the steps to avoid the flu by taking your loved one to get a flu vaccine at the beginning of the season. Another tip is to hydrate with water throughout the day to strengthen the immune system and help prevent catching a nasty cold.

3. Step Outside

Many loved ones in Texas assisted living facilities have had to be weary of going outside during the hot summer months. With fall now in full swing, your loved one can enjoy the bright leaves on the trees outside and the moderate temperature that can be enjoyed before a Texas winter. Getting outside is great for emotional and mental health, while also increasing vitamin D levels, according to Harvard Medical School.

2. Moderate the Sweets at Your Senior Living Community

Halloween is one of the sweetest times of the year, literally. No matter what age, people enjoy candy. Remember, that while they don’t have to swear off all candy, your loved one in assisted living should only have sweets in moderation throughout the season. As seniors, too much sugar poses a health risk that can be avoided by simply approaching the holidays with caution.

1. Eat In-Season

If your loved one is in an independent living facility and enjoys meals from the comfort of their own kitchen, we recommend that you take a trip to a local farmer’s market and buy vegetables and fruits that are in-season. Not only will these foods taste great, but your loved one can enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet. These benefits include diabetes prevention, hypertension control, and heart health.

Spend the Fall with Holly Hall

If you have a family member that is interested in independent living, senior living apartments, or assisted living, reach out to Holly Hall today. We are Houston’s first retirement community, with a strong background of community support that has kept our legacy alive throughout the years.

For more information on our communities and our history, get in touch with our staff to have your questions answered.

5 Reasons Why Skilled Nursing Facilities Are a Great Option for Seniors

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by bigdcreative

Skilled Nursing in HoustonHelping your loved one recover after a hospital stay due to illness, a fall, or other accident can be a challenge. It requires time, diligence, attentiveness, and above all, patience. Skilled nursing facilities like Holly Hall Retirement Community are a wonderful alternative for seniors as they rehabilitate and restore their health. Here are 5 reasons you should consider a skilled nursing facility for a senior in your life.

What is Skilled Nursing?

Before diving into the advantages of skilled nursing, it’s important to understand exactly what it is. Skilled nursing refers to a patient’s need of care that can only be performed by licensed nurses, not caretakers. Examples of care include complex wound dressings, rehabilitation, and tube feedings. A skilled nursing facility is a residential community where residents receive care 24 hours a day as their health changes and/or improves.

Now that we’re familiar with the role of a skilled nursing facility, let’s explore the many benefits they provide to seniors and their families.

1. Medication Management

Depending on their health, many of our elderly loved ones have a list of medications they must take regularly to help them manage common conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. After a stroke, fall, or serious illness, the list of daily medications will only multiply – making it very difficult to keep up with the dosage for each one. A skilled nursing facility will keep track of every resident’s medication schedule, ensuring that every dose is administered on time and in the appropriate amount.

2. In-House Physical Therapy and Activity

Engaging in movement is extremely important to senior health, especially for those who are recovering from an accident. Unfortunately, seniors who live alone often become sedentary due to risk of falling or lack of encouragement. Skilled Nursing facilities offer both physical therapy and various physical activities to keep seniors moving at whatever level they are able, allowing them to both restore movement in joints affected by an accident and/or maintain their function.

3. Balanced Diet & Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential at every age – however, it is critical during recovery. Seniors recovering from a health issue who live on their own will be limited in their mobility, making it difficult (sometimes impossible) for them to prepare healthy meals at home. A retirement community with skilled nursing will prepare a variety of delicious meals to fit every dietary need, while keeping track of their caloric requirements.

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4. Social and Spiritual Support

Sudden health changes can take a toll on seniors, especially if they are temporarily or permanently unable to enjoy many of the things they used to. Living in isolation can cause them to fall into depression, which can actually stall them on their road to recovery. While living at a skilled nursing facility, your loved one will be surrounded by nurses, staff, and other residents from whom they can receive social and spiritual support. Staying in high spirits is essential to both physical and emotional wellbeing.

5. Peace of Mind

While you may want to be with your loved one every minute of every day as they recover after an illness or accident, that may not be an option depending on your living situation, job, or other responsibilities. Knowing they are somewhere safe, comfortable, and being monitored will give you peace of mind as you navigate through different parts of your day. Of course, visits are always allowed and encouraged.

Visit Holly Hall Retirement Community for Skilled Nursing in Houston

The skilled nursing unit at Holly Hall Retirement Community offers a full range of therapy services including physical, occupational and speech therapies – all available on site. Whether their personal goal is to be able to walk back into church on Sunday or hold their newborn great-grandchild again, our skilled nurses in Houston will do everything in their power to help them get there. Contact Holly Hall today to schedule a tour of our facility.