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Handling Relocation Stress Syndrome During a Retirement Move

Posted on: April 29th, 2018 by bigdcreative

RSS Symptoms and HelpChanging up a daily routine in your life can trigger certain stressors. It can be hard enough to have to adjust to a new diet in your life but imagine having to relocate from your home as a senior. The move from regular routine to retirement-community life can be quite jarring for some and can produce what medical professionals are diagnosing as Relocation Stress Syndrome (RSS).

The move to the right retirement community can be an exciting experience for your loved one. However, it is important that you are able to understand that overwhelming emotions can occur and how you can best help manage them.

What is Relocation Stress Syndrome?

RSS is when your loved one begins to display the symptoms of stress that occur with changes in the environment. Your loved one may not be openly speaking out about their stress, so it is important that you can pinpoint some of the telling signs surrounding RSS.
If you suspect that your loved one is experiencing this syndrome before, during, or directly after a move or life-changing event, be on the lookout for signs of:

• Loneliness,
• Depression,
• Anxiety,
• Bursts of Anger,
• Apprehension, or
• Increased Confusion.

How Can You Prevent RSS During a Retirement Community Move?

On the surface, RSS seems like a daunting issue and can be, unless you know some of the best ways to prevent this reaction during the move to a retirement home.

Tour Facilities

One great way to help alleviate any apprehension during a move to a community is to involve your loved one in the decision making. If a retirement community is a necessity for their safety, take them around to numerous communities in your area and let them socialize and participate in activities.

Their Feelings Matter

Remember to let them feel whatever they need to feel. This can be anxious or excited; no feeling is a wrong feeling and if you validate that their feelings matter to you, they may be able to navigate past this moment in their life. By way of acknowledging their fears and feelings, Loved Ones Feelings Matterreassure them that this will be a learning experience for everyone involved. Instead of lying and telling them what you think they want to hear, respect your loved one’s feelings and help them keep an open mind.

Recreate Their Environment

If possible, try to recreate their old living environment in their new home. The staff at the community will already be taking the necessary steps to ensure your loved one is comfortable. This will open up the time for you to make their new home aesthetically pleasing because only you will know your loved one best.

What Should You Avoid if Your Loved One Has RSS?

If your loved one has RSS, remember that this is temporary and should fade away in a matter of months. Be patient and do not move them again because of this syndrome. Your loved one will need some time to adjust to their new home. Moving them to a new assisted living community so directly will only start the process over and create more grief for your loved one.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Will Make Your Loved One Feel at Home

If your family is going through a transition with a loved on to an assisted living or retirement community, Holly Hall is here to help ease the tension involved with such a change. Get in touch with us today to schedule a visit to our community and let us answer any questions that you or your loved one may have about living in a Christian retirement community.

3 Spring Gardening Tips for Independent Living Seniors

Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by hhmin

Independent Living and Gardening TipsSpring is officially here in Texas, and it is time for amateur gardeners to create beds of beauty in their front yard. Texas is home to many popular lawn flowers, so it is no surprise that gardening is such a popular hobby in our lovely state.

Even elderly loved ones in independent living communities enjoy dabbling in the gardening trend. However, the most experienced gardener can come across some aches and pains that the elderly may want to avoid. Here are three of our best tips for independent senior living spring gardening safety.

1. Get the Right Tools

The perfect gardening tools for senior independent living gardening are a must. However, you have to be very specific with the types of tools that you purchase.

Invest in a Coiled Hose

A regular hose makes your loved one run the risk of getting tangled up and falling. Dragging the long, hose can be dangerous, so investing in a coiled hose could help. These senior-friendly hoses are more light weight and flexible making them easy to avoid in the yard.

Focus on Grip

Standard gardening tools can be hard on the independent living community member with arthritis. When picking out gardening tools, try to focus on tools that have an easy-grip option. These tools are usually larger and meant to function while putting less stress on the hands.

2. Be Conscious of How You’re Kneeling

Gardening usually involves getting down on the ground and kneeling to plant your flowers. This can be problematic for loved ones with more delicate bone structures. When squatting down, we want to remind you to never let the heels lift off of the ground. This puts a strain on your ligaments and creates moderate to severe discomfort.

We suggest if you must kneel, take a knee. However, investing in a stool, chair, or other similar kneeling object that can help avoid squatting is your best bet for safe gardening.

3. Practice Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening is an excellent way to garden without experiencing the issue of having to squat or be in any uncomfortable position. By utilizing a trellis, you can easily grow some of your favorite vegetables and plants without having to worry about any pain.

If a trellis is not something you see yourself using, then investing in a raised bed for your flowers will also prevent you from having to squat. Both of these techniques also make harvesting, pest control and general maintenance much easier as a whole.

Independent Living at Holly Hall Ensures a Safe Spring for Your Loved One

At Holly Hall Retirement Community, we want all of our community members to be able to enjoy the highest quality of life. If you or a loved one are interested in taking the next step into an independent living community, then Holly Hall is the community for you. We are a Christian organization that offers the best in skilled nursing and senior healthy living.

Get in touch with us today to arrange a visit and witness our beautiful grounds for yourself.