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Introversion Ideas for Senior Living

Posted on: August 29th, 2018 by hhmin

Introversion Ideas for Senior LivingIn life, there are two prominent personalities that people will meet; extroverts and introverts. When it comes to senior community members, these personality types are something that have either developed over the years or in the case of introversion, could be part of a memory disorder.

Extroverts tend to enjoy being social in a senior living environment, but if you have an introverted loved one entering an assisted living community, it may be a good idea to consider some criteria and activity ideas that will help keep them comfortable in their new home.

Consider a Ready-Made Community

A ready-made community like Holly Hall has the experience and expertise to help care for people who have different types of personality needs. A ready-made community will be able to respect your loved one’s needs while also ensuring that they will not become isolated and become depressed due to the lack of social interaction.

Introversion does not necessarily mean that someone likes to be alone. Their quiet nature simply means that they have a social limit and need some time to recharge after exerting themselves through social interactions.

Understanding the activities that your potential assisted living community offers is important to knowing how the location will benefit your loved one.

Consider Their Usual Favorite Pastimes

Outside of activities offered within the community, it is a good idea to keep track of your loved one’s favorite pastimes. This way, you have possible activities to stimulate their mind when you come over for a visit. Some activities that are perfect for those who are prone to introversion include:

  • Reading books from a local library,
  • Leisure walks,
  • Bird watching,
  • Drawing, and
  • Various games.

The main goal of these stimulating activities is to ensure that your loved one feels safe and has the time to become quiet if their personality calls for it.

Pick Up a New Hobby Online

Privacy is one of the things that introverts care about the most. That is why picking up online-based hobbies can be a lifesaver for introverts in assisted living communities. Developing a hobby online gives your loved one the chance to find ways to entertain themselves without having to interact with someone if they don’t have the energy for it. Some fun hobbies that your loved one can pick up include:

  • Learning a new instrument via YouTube tutorials,
  • Watching online cooking courses,
  • Knitting ideas,
  • Free, online poker and card games.

Finding a hobby is one of the best things for an introvert. The next time you visit, sit down with your loved one and help him or her discover his or her new favorite pastime.

Introverts and Extroverts Alike Are Welcome to the Holly Hall Family

If you have a loved one that is an introvert and is concerned about their privacy in assisted living, finding the right home for them is important. At Holly Hall Retirement Community, we offer activities and privacy options to please people from all walks of life.

Contact Holly Hall today to find out how to schedule a tour. We look forward to making your loved one comfortable in our community.

 

5 Tips for Making Assisted Living Affordable

Posted on: August 10th, 2018 by hhmin

Financing Assisted LivingWhen caring for a loved one becomes too difficult for a family to properly do, assisted living is usually the next ideal step. Although the safety and comfort of senior living is a goal for many of our loved ones, sometimes the price point of a retirement home can leave a family feeling cornered.

While most senior living communities are not negotiable when it comes to a price tag, the good news is that there are several ways to plan and approach the cost of assisted living that make the finances more manageable.

1. Don’t Be Afraid to Sell Your Home

Some people who enter a retirement community leave behind a home that stays in the family. One excellent option for helping to ease the financial process of assisted living is simply selling the home and using the funds to help finance your community needs. Most people entering into assisted living are leaving behind homes that they don’t plan on using. After discussing with your heirs, if everyone is comfortable with the decision to sell, this is an excellent way to approach your future expenses.

2. Shop Around for What You Can Afford

When shopping for any good, most people don’t usually go with the first option that they see. Looking for the most affordable good should always be a key goal. Looking for a senior living or assisted living home is no different.

When looking for a Houston retirement home that fits your price range, don’t be afraid to treat the process like you are interviewing an employee. Shop around, ask questions, and make sure you know what you can afford before signing on the dotted line.

3. Leverage Your Life Insurance Policy

If your loved one has been paying for a life insurance policy for more than ten years, borrowing from the policy is a viable option to help pay for assisted living. As long as you understand that there will be less money, in the end, to pass on to the heirs, then this is a great way to get some extra money without racking up debt.

4. Are You a Veteran?

Knowing the veteran status of yourself or your loved one considering assisted living can help you afford the cost. Veteran benefit eligibility of veterans or veteran survivors means that there may be access to an increase in their monthly pension benefits. Speak with your local VFW association to understand what the various criteria are to gain extra funds from benefits.

5. Find Out How Their Services Are Charged

Knowing how an assisted living home charges for their services is important to understand how you will be able to pay for the service. By examining your loved one’s needs, you will be able to ask the right questions on how they will charge you for specific care. Is pricing a la carte or upfront? These options matter and should not be ignored during the decision process.

Holly Hall Makes Sure Our Houston Community is a Financial Fit For You

Making a move to assisted living in Houston is a huge decision for any family. If you know that it is time to prepare for an assisted living move, get in touch with Holly Hall to discuss your options. We look forward to making your loved one a part of our Christian community.