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How to Handle Relocation Stress Syndrome with a Loved One

Posted on: April 29th, 2018 by bigdcreative

Changing 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).

Although RSS is a common hurdle that families face during the process, the move to the right retirement community can be an exciting experience for your loved one. It is important that you are able to understand that overwhelming emotions can occur and how you can best help manage them.

What Are the Symptoms of Relocation Stress Syndrome (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
  • Increased Confusion

Seniors experiencing Relocation Stress Syndrome (RSS) may begin to display symptoms of stress before, during, or directly after a move. 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.

3 Ways to Prevent RSS When Moving to a Retirement Community

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.

1. Tour The Community’s 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.

2. Recreate Their Old Living 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.

3. Acknowledge Your Loved One’s Feelings

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, reassure 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.

What to Avoid if Your Loved One Has Relocation Stress Syndrome

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.

Make Your Loved One Feel at Home at Holly Hall

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.

The Key Benefits to Rehab Therapy Services at Senior Care Centers

Posted on: February 19th, 2018 by bigdcreative

Rehabilitation Therapy at Holly HallPhysical therapy in a skilled nursing facility is excellent for community members of senior care centers because it offers a full range of services that are available to community members seven days a week. Since Holly Hall has these professionals readily available, community members that require physical therapy can be helped in numerous ways, including battling chronic illness.

1. Arthritis

Arthritis is a very common ailment in the age demographic of someone who resides at a senior care center. Many people 65 and above develop this illness and are forced to live with its pain. Luckily, physical therapy available at assisted living communities help prevent future pain and alleviate discomfort.

2. Stroke

Stroke sufferers often display symptoms that include loss of muscle strength on one side of the body. Physical therapy has methods to treat this symptom using constraint-induced movement therapy. This is a method that focuses on strength training for weaker limbs and stimulating the parts of the brain that control muscle movement.

3. Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are prevalent within senior care center communities. PT helps with this ailment by focusing on creating exercises that improve memory functions and delay the onset of other serious memory impairments.

4. Parkinson’s Disease

Around 1.5 million Americans are living with Parkinson’s Disease, a condition that is unfortunately irreversible and progressive. PT and medication, however, can help to decrease some of the involuntary movements that are associated with the disease.

Physical Therapy Provides General Benefits

A senior in an independent living or assisted living community does not have to suffer from debilitating illnesses in order to reap the benefits that physical therapy can provide them. At Holly Hall, we use physical therapy to help our community members reach some of their personal, physical goals.

1. Reduced Fall Risk

Older loved ones are at an extremely high risk of falling due to bone fragility, slower reflexes, and loss of footing. At an older age, a fall risk can be life-threatening; therefore, working with physical therapy at a senior care center can help build up flexibility and strength.

2. Reduced Infection Risk

Infection risk runs higher in senior-aged loved ones that are not active. A sedentary lifestyle could put your loved one at risk of getting pneumonia, ulcers, or other medical problems. These problems can be reduced through regular visits to community physical therapy.

3. Treating General Pain

Physical therapy is a great way to treat general aches and pains in seniors at senior living communities. Yes, they may still have to take some of their prescribed medications, but through physical therapy, some of the chronic pains could be alleviated and help avoid unnecessary surgery.

Holly Hall Provides Loved Ones with a Better Path to Wellness

At Holly Hall, your loved one’s well-being is our number one priority. That is why we have a top-of-the-line skilled nursing program that provides a full range of therapy services to our community members. Get in touch with us today if you are curious about how Holly Hall can improve the life of your senior-aged loved one.

3 Thanksgiving Activities to do With Your Senior Living Family Member

Posted on: November 20th, 2017 by bigdcreative

Senior Living ThanksgivingThanksgiving is a wonderful time for celebration, gratitude, and reflection, especially among the Christian community. At Holly Hall we believe that your loved one deserves to have the best experience at our community year-round, but there are always ways to make events like the holidays extra special.

Here are some of our favorite ideas for you to incorporate Thanksgiving festivities with your loved one in a senior living community.

Have a Recipe Competition

What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Thanksgiving? If you said ‘the food’ then you are not wrong. From fried turkey to different styles of stuffing, families of different cultures have numerous ways of cooking their Thanksgiving feast.

This year, try to make a game out of Thanksgiving with your loved one in assisted living. Since there is always room for leftovers after the table has been cleared, encourage two different styles of the same dish by different members of your family.

Your loved one will be encouraged to think back on their traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and be able to provide some input on what would make the perfect Thanksgiving dish.

Make a ‘Thankful Tree’

There are Halloween trees and there are Christmas trees; so why not a Thanksgiving tree? By purchasing a small plant that can look beautiful in your loved one’s room, you can have the beginnings of a Thankful Tree. The decorations on the tree will be pieces of paper that have things that your loved one and your family are thankful for this Thanksgiving. If your tree is big enough, feel free to take the thankfulness outside. Walk around the community with your loved one and have their friends write down the things that they are thankful for.

Have a Thanksgiving Celebration

Although this may seem like an obvious choice for the holiday, there are ways to make your Thanksgiving celebration a unique one at Holly Hall. While preparing for the big day, sit down with your loved one and make specialty Thanksgiving place cards.

Encourage your loved one to invite other members of the senior living community to enjoy Thanksgiving with you and your family. Being in an assisted living community never means that you have to give up the traditions you love. By continuing traditions, and keeping up an attitude that is aligned with the warm season, you can make this Thanksgiving one to remember.

Holly Hall Senior Living Makes a Home for Your Holidays

If you are preparing for your first Thanksgiving with your loved one at their senior living community, let the staff at Holly Hall help make your holiday a special one. Call us today with any questions that you have regarding our visitor policies.

Also, if you are in the situation where your family member or loved one may be prepared to enter into an assisted living community in the Houston area, reach out to us today to set up a visiting appointment to walk our community grounds.

5 Reasons Skilled Nursing Facilities Are a Great Option for Seniors

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by bigdcreative

Helping 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. 

What is Skilled Nursing?

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.

What is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

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. Here are 5 reasons you should consider a skilled nursing facility for a senior in your life.

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.

Contact Holly Hall today to learn more about how we approach health and wellness at our community. 

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.


Which Senior Housing Option is Right For Your Loved One?

Posted on: August 14th, 2017 by bigdcreative

Independent Living vs Senior LivingIndependent Living, senior apartments, nursing home, retirement home – these are many of the words associated with senior care. Although they are sometimes mistaken to be synonymous to one another, they are each different and vary in the services and accommodations offered.

When it comes to senior housing, there are multiple options to consider. If you are new to the world of senior homes and retirement communities or looking for the perfect place for your loved one, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the possibilities. Let’s break down the differences between independent living and senior apartments.

Senior Living Apartments

Senior apartments are a wonderful option for healthy seniors in the early years of retirement. Most senior living apartments include the following features:


Senior living apartments are designed with the older adult in mind. Each unit and community includes conveniences such as limited stairs, in-unit laundry, and many other physical characteristics that allow ease of movement.

Maintenance Services

Many seniors find apartment living to be much easier than living in a home, as senior apartments eliminate the hassle of yard work and household repairs. While it’s beneficial for older adults to maintain an active lifestyle by handling daily tasks around the home, cutting out mundane work allows time for other, more enjoyable activities. After all, isn’t that what retirement is all about?

Active, Social Environment

While most apartment complexes offer maintenance services, senior apartments have the added benefit of being age restricted – meaning senior residents are surrounded by people of similar age and interests. In addition, many retirement communities offer occasional parties and events. This allows them to maintain active and social lifestyles.

Limited Additional Services

Beyond the conveniently design units, maintenance, and occasional social events, other available services are usually limited and vary with each retirement community.

Independent Living Social CommunititesIndependent Living

Independent living is best suited for healthy seniors who want an independent lifestyle, but require some conveniences.

Comprehensive Care Services

Independent living communities offer all of the same advantages of a senior apartment, and then some. All services included in an independent living facility are offered to enhance their residents’ quality of life in addition to allowing them to remain independent for as long as possible. These services typically include prepared meals, transportation, housekeeping, laundry service, social as well as educational activities, a 24-hour emergency call system, and access to medical after a hospitalization.

Active Lifestyle

Independent living communities often offer more activities and social gatherings than senior care complexes. This could include everything from group exercise classes, gardening clubs, and holiday festivities. Similar to senior living apartments, independent living communities enforce an age restriction, surrounding residents with other seniors.

Peace of Mind

Due to the additional services and conveniences available, independent living communities have more staff on site. This gives seniors and their loved ones a feeling of comfort, knowing that their needs – whether it’s a maintenance request or medical emergency – will always be promptly attended to.

No Need to Move 

With all the additional services and support that independent living communities offer, there is no need for seniors to move to another type of facility – even if they face a health setback. Residents can be selective about the types of services they would like to take advantage of and adjust in the future based on their changing needs.

Choose Holly Hall Retirement Community

At Holly Hall, we pride ourselves on educating both seniors and their loved ones on all of the options available to them. Knowing the difference between each type of living arrangement will help you find a solution that not only best suits their needs, but also feels like home. If you would like more information about the services we offer at Holly Hall, get in touch with us today!