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Benefits of Independent Living

Posted on: December 17th, 2020 by hhmin

Why Your Loved One Should Move to Independent Living

There’s one thing that holds true no matter what age you are – the yearning to be independent. As a teenager, you wanted a later curfew, and as a college freshman, you wanted to move away from your parents and live on your own for the first time. Your senior loved one feels the same way now that they’re in retirement, hoping to maintain their independence for as long as possible.

Continuing to live life on their own terms is important for both their physical and mental wellbeing. When your loved one is able to live independently, they can feel more in control of their own decisions and maintain a sense of purpose in their life. This is why senior living options, like independent living, provide your loved one with the opportunity to do just that: live independently.

What is Independent Living?

Independent living is ideal for individuals who can still live independently, but enjoy having access to assistance when needed. An independent living community, like the one at Holly Hall, provides your loved one with a secure, comfortable environment that has convenient access to dining, medical care, social activities and more.

When your loved one makes the move to an independent living community, they will be able to live their life the way they want with the comfort of knowing care is available if they need or want it.

5 Benefits of Independent Living at Holly Hall

Here are just some of the benefits your loved one can look forward to when they move to the independent living community at Holly Hall:

  1. Nutritious Meals Every Day. At Holly Hall, we understand the importance of consuming three, well balanced meals a day. That’s why our executive chef-managed dining program focuses on fresh, made-from-scratch foods. We also provide flexible, restaurant-style dining and private dining room options for residents to enjoy their meals.
  2. Full Activities Calendar.* Your loved one will have ample opportunities to enjoy social, educational and recreational activities every month. Our dedicated team members schedule different activities, outings and exercise programs to help residents maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit.
  3. On-Site Services. Your loved one will have access to optional dental, podiatry and hearing-aid services, in addition to a variety of other healthcare options that are readily available on our campus. We also offer residents on-site wellness checks that are performed daily to ensure resident safety.
  4. Scheduled Transportation Options.* Your loved one will no longer wonder how they will get to a doctor appointment or the grocery store when they join the independent living community at Holly Hall. We provide scheduled transportation to appointments, shopping and event outings to ensure your loved one can safely get to where they need to go.
  5. Cottage and Apartment Living Options. Unique to the Holly Hall independent living community, your loved one has the choice of both cottage and apartment living. Both living options come with a variety of maintenance-free services and amenities that are designed to meet your loved one’s unique needs. They have the opportunity to explore each option and select the one that is most inline with their living expectations.
*Due to COVID-19, some of our activities and events are not taking place at the moment. Please contact us directly with any event related questions.

Holly Hall Provides Unique Independent Living Options

Your loved one will appreciate all of the different independent living options, services and amenities our senior living community has to offer. At Holly Hall, we strive to provide everything your loved one needs to live a comfortable, healthy lifestyle within our community.

Contact Us today to learn more about our independent living lifestyle and how your loved one can benefit from joining our community.

How to Boost Your Immune System

Posted on: December 8th, 2020 by hhmin

Did you know your immune system works around the clock to keep your body healthy and functioning properly? There are countless illnesses and disorders that can impact your health, but a complex collection of cells and organs play a key role in keeping you healthy.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to avoid getting sick during cold and flu season. That’s why it’s important to understand how your immune system works and maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your immune health up.

How Does the Immune System Work?

Your immune system functions to keep your body free from germs, bacteria and viruses. Large networks of organs, white blood cells, chemicals and proteins work together to protect you from disease-causing parasites.

When your immune system is strong and working as it should, it protects you from getting sick. However, when your immune system is weak or not functioning properly, harmful bacteria are able to make their way into the body and cause infections. While getting sick from time to time is a natural part of life, there are behaviors and lifestyle changes you can make to keep your immune system strong.

4 Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Here are a few ways you can update your normal routine to boost your immune system and keep yourself healthy this winter season:

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet. Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is imperative to your overall health. Foods that are rich in vitamin A such as carrots, sweet potato, spinach and broccoli are considered immune system boosters. You should also include a decent amount of vitamin C in your diet by eating citrus fruits, red bell pepper and kiwi. Be sure to also include high levels of zinc, vitamin E and protein in your diet, as these are necessary to maintain your immune health.
  2. Exercise Regularly. Another great way to boost your immune system is to incorporate exercise into your normal weekly routine. When you exercise regularly, you’re helping to increase your blood flow, reduce stress and inflammation, and strengthen antibodies in your body. At Holly Hall, we offer our wellness programs that provide you with a variety of safe and engaging workouts designed to improve your health and fitness.
  3. Follow a Normal Sleep Schedule. Studies have shown you’re more likely to get sick from being exposed to a virus like the common cold if you don’t get enough sleep each night. This is because your immune system releases proteins called cytokines when you sleep. These proteins help combat infections and inflammation. If you’re not sleeping well, your body may not be able to produce the number of cytokines it needs to efficiently fight off infections.
  4. Take Steps to Avoid Infection. A simple way you can keep your immune system in good working condition is by practicing proper hygiene. Your hygiene actually serves as a first line of defense against germs. Washing your hands regularly, covering your mouth when you cough, not sharing dishes and avoiding direct contact with napkins used by others are all actions that can help your body avoid germs that could potentially cause you to become ill.

Experience a Safe Living Environment at Holly Hall

At Holly Hall, nothing is more important to us than the health and wellbeing of all our residents and team members. That’s why we strive to provide a safe, healthy environment for all to live in and are following the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s guidelines to ensure Holly Hall remains a safe place to live.

Contact us today to learn more about our senior living options and everything we’re doing to keep residents healthy!

Staying Connected with Loved Ones During a Pandemic

Posted on: November 24th, 2020 by hhmin

Communication is a part of nearly every aspect of our daily lives. From building trust with your friends, family and neighbors to efficiently telling the woman at the bakery what kind of bread you want –communication is essential to living a normal, balanced lifestyle. When you are a good communicator, you know how to listen attentively, offer empathy and keep an open mind.

With the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic ramping up through the winter season, you may be wondering how to stay connected with your loved ones without putting yourself at risk of exposure to the virus. Luckily, there are a variety of ways you can stay in touch with your family members without even having to leave the comfort of your home.

5 Ways to Stay Connected During COVID-19

Just because you can’t do your usual activities doesn’t mean you still can’t socialize with family and friends. Here are five ways you can safely connect with your loved ones this winter season:

  1. Call Your Loved Ones Regularly.

    This might be the simplest way to stay in touch with your friends and family members. Pick up the phone and call someone, whether it’s your grandkids, a family member or an old friend. Your simple phone call might make the other person’s day and help both of you avoid feelings of loneliness and isolation.

  2. Use FaceTime or Skype for Video Calls.

    Both FaceTime and Skype are great ways to virtually visit with loved ones. These apps allow you to host video chats with your loved ones, both individually and in group settings. This opens the door for you and your loved ones to host events like virtual movie nights and dinners. At Holly Hall, we provide you with assistance on using these different forms of technology to ensure you are able to stay connected with your loved ones.

  3. Exercise Virtually Together.

    Spending so much time at home probably means you aren’t able to get out and exercise as frequently as you should. A great way to solve this problem is to exercise virtually, by following a free online workout video from the comfort of your own home. To make this even more enjoyable, have a friend join you virtually from their home and the two of you can exercise together.

  4. Join an Interactive Online Discussion.

    More time spent at home means more time spent reading your favorite books. You can join an online book club and invite your friends and family to do the same. This is exactly what Holly Hall’s residents are doing, using Zoom to continue their book club meetings! An online book club allows you to interact in real-time with others who share the same interests as you and allows for some safe social activity to mix up your normal weekly routine.

  5. Connect with ViewClixand CATIE.

    At Holly Hall, we have both of these systems available for residents to use to remain connected to loved ones. ViewClix allows loved ones to have video calls with residents on-demand in a very easy way that doesn’t require residents to have any experience with technology. Family members can also upload photos to the device at any time, which doubles as a digital photo frame when not in use. Every Independent Living resident also has a CATIE iPad in their unit that allows them to order meals, submit maintenance requests, sign up for activities, and communicate with loved ones through audio and text emails. Residents will also very soon be able to video chat through the device. SinceCATIE is designed for seniors, all of these tasks are simple and easy to learn and do.

Holly Hall Provides a Safe Environment for Residents

The safety and wellbeing of all residents is our number one priority at Holly Hall. That’s why we’re taking necessary precautions to keep our community safe. This includes restricting campus visits and helping residents stay connected with remote and virtual family visits through FaceTime and Skype.

We are also following CDC guidelines and cleaning common and high touch areas daily, permitting limited visits from vendors and making sure that all individuals are screened prior to entering the campus. You can view our full list of precautions here. Contact us today to learn more about our safety protocols and senior living options.

Why is Wellness Important for Seniors?

Posted on: November 12th, 2020 by hhmin

“It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.”―Steve Maraboli

Wellness is about so much more than simply exercising occasionally and seeing a doctor for annual check-ups. While physical health is important to reduce your risk of various diseases and illnesses, your mental health, emotional wellness and several other components of wellness are equally important. For instance, your emotional wellness alone can play a significant role in your overall quality of life and impact your relationships, mental health and ability to handle stress.

To live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle for as long as possible, it’s necessary to understand and incorporate the 8 dimensions of wellness.

The 8 Dimensions of Wellness

What are the 8 dimensions of wellness? Each dimension is broken out in detail to provide more insight into how you can incorporate them into your regular routine.

1. Physical.

The physical dimension of wellness is all about caring for your physical body and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Simple ways to practice physical wellness are to consume nutritious meals, exercise regularly and take daily vitamins.

2. Intellectual.

This dimension explores your ability to continue to grow and remain curious about the world around you. It’s important to indulge in lifelong learning and continue to fuel your brain with new, interesting skills. To maintain your intellectual wellness, you can enroll yourself in an online course or watch tutorial videos on YouTube to learn more about a subject you’re passionate about.

3. Emotional.

A high-level of emotional wellness helps you understand your personal feelings and values and respect those of others around you. You should ultimately be able to adopt a positive outlook on life and feel optimistic about what the future holds. A simple way to boost your emotional wellness is to start your day with either meditation or yoga. Both are designed to help you get in touch with your inner thoughts and feelings.

4. Social.

Maintaining a socially active lifestyle is very important to your overall level of wellbeing. When you are not actively participating in social activities with others, you can experience increased social isolation. Isolation and loneliness can put you at greater risk for sickness and disability. A great way to continue to be social while social distancing is to participate in some of Holly Hall’s upcoming virtual events and our monthly Tuesday Talk events. Our Tuesday Talk events are free and virtual, you simply have to RSVP online beforehand to attend.

5. Spiritual.

For spiritual wellness, focus on activities that help you find purpose, value and meaning in your life. Whether you practice a specific religion or have a distinct set of beliefs, it’s healthy to fuel your spiritual side. You can attend church regularly or partake in meditation each morning to connect with your inner self. Incorporating these types of activities into your regular routine is key to feeling an overall sense of balance.

6. Occupational.

While you may be retired and no longer working, you should still make an effort to participate in work that brings you personal satisfaction and fulfillment. For example, you could find an organization you’re passionate about to volunteer for or you can host a virtual painting class on campus for your fellow residents. Allow yourself to explore your passions and find activities you enjoy.

7. Financial.

Maintaining your finances are skills you should practice all throughout your life and are especially important as you reach retirement age. Whether you organize your finances on your own or hire someone else to help you, be sure to make a clear plan to help you stay on track financially as you progress through your retirement.

8. Environmental.

It’s imperative to take note of the community you live in and the environment that surrounds you. After all, we only get one planet Earth. Making educated decisions to recycle and live more sustainably are necessary for preserving the environment and helping you live in a healthy world.

Live a Well-Balanced Lifestyle at Holly Hall

At Holly Hall, we put residents’ health and wellbeing at the very top of our priority list. Our wellness programming is crafted to include nutrition, wellness, fitness and psychological elements to ensure every resident is able to live a well-balanced lifestyle that incorporates all 8 dimensions of wellness.

Residents at Holly Hall enjoy an active lifestyle. Each resident can expect a personalized approach to wellness that is designed to help each resident achieve their fitness goals and enhance their overall lifestyle.

Contact us today to learn more about the wellness programming options available at Holly Hall.

Benefits of Assisted Living

Posted on: November 2nd, 2020 by hhmin

When is it Time for Assisted Living?

Change is inevitable, whether it’s changes in your diet, how much you exercise, the amount of help you need to complete daily activities or the place you call home. None of these changes have to be scary or overwhelming. In fact, many of them can actually enhance your lifestyle and make your retirement years more enjoyable!

Take where you live as a prime example. Your home should be a safe and comfortable space where you can do more of what you love, instead of struggling to walk up and down stairs or complete yardwork. If this is what you want as you age, assisted living can help.

What is Assisted Living?

Assisted living communities are for people who require minor assistance with daily activities, but do not require constant supervision. Assisted living helps residents live as independently as possible in a safe environment while getting the care they need, when they need it.

When you join an assisted living community, like the one at Holly Hall, you can expect to enjoy an independent lifestyle accompanied by a long list of amenities and services. These services and amenities range from housekeeping and maintenance to transportation and dining options.

With a maintenance-free lifestyle and a full calendar of activities and events to enjoy, you’ll have a multitude of opportunities for personal fulfillment and social engagement.

3 Benefits of Assisted Living at Holly Hall

  1. Increased Social Activity. Living alone raises your risk for social isolation and increased feelings of loneliness and depression. As a resident of our assisted living community, you will be surrounded by friends and staff members who encourage participation in social events. At Holly Hall, we provide you with a monthly activity calendar to ensure there is always activities and events for you to participate in.
  2. More Free Time. At Holly Hall, we provide residents with maintenance-free living so they won’t have to worry about household chores or yardwork. When all of these time-consuming tasks are taken care of for you, you’ll have more time to focus on activities and hobbies you’re passionate about. From catching up on your reading list to enrolling in a new class, you’ll have all the time you’ll need in order to do what you love!
  3.  An Elevated Dining Experience. If there’s one thing you can count on for sure when you decide to call our assisted living community home, it’s a memorable dining experience. We are proud to provide you with a vast, homemade menu prepared by our professional, world-class chef. Gone are the days of grocery store runs and time spent preparing meals. You can expect three healthy, well-balanced meals a day prepared freshly in our kitchen.

Assisted Living Services at Holly Hall

At Holly Hall, we provide you with assisted living designed to meet your needs. Our features and services include the following:

Assisted Living Features

  • 20-acres of gardens with walking paths and outdoor rooms
  • Flexible, restaurant-style dining
  • Activities room
  • Full-service salons
  • Gated entrance with 24-hour security
  • Proven safety procedures for hurricane season

Assisted Living Services

  • Weekly housekeeping services with laundry and linen services
  • On-site geriatric physician visits
  • 24-hour, on-call maintenance service for emergencies
  • On-site team consisting of health professionals
  • A full calendar of daily activities, outings and programs

Receive Vibrant Assisted Living at Holly Hall

At Holly Hall, we understand that making the move to an assisted living community is a life-changing decision that requires a great deal of thought and consideration. That’s why we’re proud to offer you so many great services, amenities and apartment options as part of our assisted living services.

Contact us today to find out what life could look like for you as an assisted living resident at Holly Hall.


Healthy, Seasonal Fall Recipes

Posted on: October 29th, 2020 by hhmin

Prepare Healthy and Delicious Fall Recipes this Holiday Season

October is upon us and that means that fall is in full swing and the holidays are right around the corner! Now is the time to start thinking about which delicious, healthy fall recipes you will make for your friends and family this holiday season. There are so many great recipes that not only taste amazing, but are actually healthy for you, as well. With the right ingredients, you can give your taste buds what they’ve been craving and help boost your immune system during cold and flu season.

3 Healthy Seasonal Fall Recipes

Below are some simple, healthy recipes made with seasonal ingredients that are rich in nutrients and essential to an overall well-balanced diet.

1. Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

Do you love the taste of pumpkin? We do, too! For this easy healthy fall recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups of rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg and salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened milk

Step One: Mix the dry ingredients together first and then add in wet ingredients.

Step Two: Allow the mixture to set and thicken for about 5 minutes before beginning to spoon into a muffin pan.

Step Three: Fill muffin cups almost completely full of batter. Bake for 30 minutes, then use a toothpick to check that the center of each muffin is set. The toothpick should come out clean. Allow muffins to cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!

2. Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Tortilla Soup

Nothing warms you up more than a hearty bowl of soup on chilly fall or winter nights. This delicious fall recipes requires the following ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or a good amount of cooking spray
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin puree
  • 1 (15 oz) can of black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can of corn kernels
  • 1 (15 oz) can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 (3 oz) jar of chicken broth
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup of nonfat Greek yogurt

Step One: Heat the olive oil add the onion, stirring and cooking these items together for about 3 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.

Step Two: Add in black beans, corn, tomatoes, pumpkin and chicken broth. Stir this mixture generously and then add in the chicken breast. Continue to stir to combine all ingredients. Bring the soup to a boil and then lower the heat to let the soup simmer for about 10 minutes.

Step Three: Before serving, make sure to stir in the Greek yogurt and add any garnishes you see fit. Fresh cilantro, cheese, avocado and tortilla chips pair well with this dish.

3. Healthy Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Bread

If you loved baking bread with your parents when you were a child, this recipe is definitely for you. This simple, healthy fall recipe will require the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

Step One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease the bread pan and set aside.

Step Two: Stir together the pumpkin, egg, vanilla, coconut oil, Greek yogurt and brown sugar until all ingredients are well combined. In a separate bowl, stir together the salt, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, flour and baking soda

Step Three: Mix the wet and dry ingredients together until combined. Pour batter into the bread pan and bake between 40 and 55 minutes. Insert a fork or toothpick into the center of the bread to ensure it comes out clean, indicating that the bread is done.

Enjoy Healthy, Well-Balanced Dining at Holly Hall

At Holly Hall, you’ll never have to worry about consuming a healthy, well-balanced diet when you dine with us. Our professional, Executive Chef Peter works around the clock to provide residents with delicious, unique dining options. Our menus provide a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh breads, scones and pastries to ensure residents enjoy a healthy, well-rounded diet.

Contact us today at 713-799-9031 to learn more about the dining features and amenities at Holly Hall.

Wellness Programming at Holly Hall

Posted on: October 12th, 2020 by hhmin

Why is Wellness Important for Seniors?

Wellness is an important component of every stage of life but becomes even more important to maintain as we age. One part of living a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle is exercising regularly. This is because exercise has proven health benefits and can even help reduce your risk of different illnesses and injuries.
But another part of wellness is your mental and emotional health. Wellness programs, like the one offered at Holly Hall, can help ensure you’re tending to all the dimensions of wellness during your golden years.

What is a Wellness Program for Seniors?

The National Institute of Wellness defines wellness as “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.” Therefore, a wellness program for seniors is designed to help you do just that – make choices that help you live a more balanced, successful lifestyle.

Wellness programs designed for seniors are meant to offer older adults a variety of health benefits, as well as, educational resources to help guide behaviors, habits and lifestyle changes that can enhance their quality of life.

Wellness Programming at Holly Hall

Liliana Burnett, Director of Wellness at Holly Hall, understands the importance of wellness programming for seniors and has used her background in nutrition, wellness, fitness and psychology to create Holly Hall’s current wellness programming options.

“When I first joined Holly Hall last year, the residents were listening to an old YMCA tape from a previous instructor and following along to maintain their fitness,” Liliana said. “I knew they needed to have something else in place, so I began to create wellness programming based on the National Institute of Wellness’s Model of Wellness.”

“I knew they needed a robust wellness program in place, so I began to create wellness programs and activities based on the Six Dimensions of Wellness developed by the National Institute of Wellness. The goal is to ensure that every resident is able to maintain a pleasant state of wellness and provide opportunities that support them.”

Holly Hall’s wellness programming address these Six Dimensions of Wellness – physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional and occupational. To kick things off, Liliana started with physical wellness, assessing the functional fitness of the residents with a simple series of test items to determine their appropriate fitness levels.

“The assessment was comprised of six tests measuring lower body strength, upper body strength, endurance, agility, lower body flexibility and upper body flexibility,” Liliana explained. “It’s six simple exercises that allowed me to identify their weak areas and limitations so that I could tailor the programs to specifically meet their needs.”

Once Liliana had a better understanding of what residents needed and their own personal physical fitness goals, she was able to create a new wellness program for all residents.

The Physical Components of Wellness Programming

The new wellness programming at Holly Hall is comprised of different ways for residents to improve their physical, mental and emotional wellness. There are a variety of different classes available through Holly Hall’s wellness programming:

Balance and Core Classes – These classes are designed to help residents improve their balance and core.

HIIT Classes – This is a quick, high intensity interval training class focusing primarily on cardio. The high intensity is at the residents’ intensity, to ensure they are safely able to participate.

Resistance Bands Classes – This class incorporates different levels of resistance or exercise bands to help strengthen their biceps, triceps, shoulders and back. Residents are encouraged to continue to use the bands and progress onto the next level.

Upper / Lower Body RX Classes – These classes focus on strengthening the upper and lower body by using your body weight in addition to equipment, such as Pilates rings, circular bands, dumbbells and foot gliders to strengthen their muscles.

Chair Dancing Classes – These classes involve doing exercise routines in chairs while listening to familiar oldies music.

Activities and Events to Address the Other Dimensions of Wellness

In addition to these physical classes, there are also different components of Holly Hall’s wellness program that focus on all the other dimensions of wellness for seniors:

National Geographic, Art, and Historical Documentaries – Residents can continue to learn and stimulate their minds through all different types of documentaries played on campus.

iPhone and Zoom Classes – These classes are designed to help residents become more familiar with different technologies in order to better stay connected to loved ones. These have been especially useful during this year’s pandemic, as our residents can easily interact with loved ones from afar.

Resident-Led Classes – Residents can even take more of a leadership role in Holly Hall’s wellness programming, helping to keep everyone stimulated. Our residents have hosted events like painting, woodshop and succulent potting classes to help keep everyone entertained and engaged.

Tea Parties and Sip & Symphonies –Residents will enjoy each other’s company and sip on some tea or wine while listening to various performers, such as a pianist or cellist play classics, like Mozart.

Bus Tours – Residents can hop on a bus tour and travel to various locations and attractions in Houston. Previous tours such as the Botanical Gardens, Memorial Park, Discovery Green and Rice University included historical facts which the residents enjoyed.

Enjoy an All-Inclusive Wellness Program at Holly Hall

Wellness is a lifelong journey and at Holly Hall you’ll never have to worry about achieving it – because we’ve got you covered! From our variety of fitness classes, hands-on activities, cognitive and mental activities to our Broadway musical showings, we truly have something to help everyone strengthen their mind, body, and spirit.

Contact us today at 713-799-9031 to learn more about our wellness programming and senior living options.

What is a Life Plan Community and is it the Right Option for Me?

Posted on: September 25th, 2020 by hhmin

So, you’re ready for retirement and wondering if a life plan community is the right option for you. You may be asking yourself – what exactly is a life plan community? Life plan communities are designed for older adults who want a continuum of care specifically designed to address their changing needs as they age.

When you become a resident at a life plan community, like Holly Hall, you will have the options of independent living, assisted living, short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care . Life plan communities are also known for providing you with extensive social activities, events and additional amenities to give you a well-rounded lifestyle.

Research from the Mather Institute Age Well study shows that residents that live in a life plan community are prone to living a healthier lifestyle and a better overall state of well-being.

The Age Well Study Conducted by Mather Institute

The Mather Institute is conducting a five-year study with Northwestern University to assess the impact of residing in a Life Plan Community on residents’ health and wellness over time. The findings from the second year of the study focus on healthy behaviors and outcomes among residents living in life plan communities. Below are key findings that indicate some of the benefits of living in a life plan community.

5 Key Findings about Life Plan Communities

  1. Loneliness – Resident loneliness can lead to decreased social activity, unhealthy diets and more stress. However, the study’s year two results found that living in a life plan community, like Holly Hall, and being surrounded by seniors with similar interests can help residents combat feelings of loneliness and therefore develop healthier habits.
  2. Social Connection – The study’s results also showed that residents with a greater sense of social connection in their living environments were more physically and socially active and tend to spend more time on personal contemplation. These residents also reported better health and a sense of overall well-being. When you become a resident at Holly Hall, you will be surrounded by fellow residents and neighbors who will help you stay socially active.
  3. Community Belonging – This aspect of the Age Well study looked at the different levels of attachment individuals feel to their community. It was reported that residents with a greater sense of community belonging tend to eat healthier diets and spend more time on meditation and personal contemplation. These same residents also reported better well-being and less amounts of stress in their lives. You can definitely count on a great sense of community belonging when you join the Holly Hall community.
  4. Number of Amenities – The study’s year two results found that life plan communities that offered more amenities had more residents who were physically active. Including normal physical activity into your everyday routine can help you achieve an overall state of well-being. At Holly Hall, we provide all residents with a social and events calendar to ensure you always have a way to be social and active within the community.
  5. Religious Beliefs – The second year of the Mather Institute Age Well study also examined religious activity at life plan communities. The results showed that residents who were able to participate in more religious activities in their communities, such as prayer and meditation sessions, lived healthier and fulfilling lifestyles.

Live a Healthy Lifestyle at Holly Hall

At Holly Hall, our top priority is the health and well-being of all residents. When you become a member of our independent living community, you’ll have a variety of uplifting programs, delicious dining experiences and special events every day to keep your days full and active.

Our life plan community provides you with an active, vibrant lifestyle that allows you to continue to do all of the things you love, with additional services available as your health changes over time. Please contact us today at 713-799-9031 to learn more about our life plan community and explore our senior living options.

6 Tips for Communicating with a Loved One Who Has Dementia

Posted on: June 25th, 2019 by hhmin

Communicating with Assisted Living Loved One Who Has DementiaAssisted Living and Skilled Nursing communities cater to families with loved ones who may be living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. These and other types of neurological disorders can be difficult for a family to live with and to understand.

Interacting with an individual living with neurological disease can be stressful for all parties if approached too forcefully. Keep in mind that your loved one is still “yours,” you just have to know how to approach communication for a family member or friend with dementia. Here are six tips that will help make communication a comfortable experience.

1. Make Sure You Have Their Attention

Anyone can become distracted from a conversation when things like television or a podcast are on in the background. For someone living with dementia, you will want to limit distractions before starting your interaction.

Some ways to set a positive and calming mood are:

  • Turning off appliances,
  • Shut the door where you are talking,
  • Draw in the curtains,
  • Or simply move to a quieter area.

2. Keep The Conversation Simple

When starting a conversation, remember to keep the topics and questions simple. Asking questions that require simple yes or no answers is your best option. Asking too many questions or questions with open answers can lead to frustration in your loved one.

3. Always Remember to Be Patient

Patience is key when dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Let your loved one take his or her time to gather his or her thoughts and take in what you are saying. Also, don’t attempt to correct the minor inaccurate statements he or she may make. That is a quick way to end what could potentially be a fulfilling conversation for your Assisted Living community member.

4. Use Names in Conversation

Making use of specific names in conversation can help keep the interaction on track. Avoid using pronouns during a conversation.

“Hi, Grandma, it’s me, Richard,” is a more successful introduction than, “Hi, it’s us!”

5. Planning Activities? Break Them Down into Steps

Most visits result in the visitor performing daily tasks with their loved one. When you are discussing the tasks you plan on performing for the day, you can calmly remind your loved one of the steps that they may forget on a regular basis. By breaking down tasks into steps, your communication will become more direct and less likely to leave your loved one confused and frustrated if something goes wrong.

6. Remember That Senior Living Community Members Have Up and Down Days

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are progressive diseases, so consistency in how the disease shows during interactions will vary. Even though there is a decline in quality of life with these diseases, you must remember that there will be good days mixed in with the bad ones. This will help you to maintain a caring and affectionate approach each time that you attempt communication with your loved one.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Ensures Your Loved One Stays Social

If it is time for your loved one to enter into an Assisted Living community, Holly Hall is ready to welcome your family in with open arms. Our Christian retirement community has the qualified staff and experience to meet all of your loved one’s needs. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our Houston community.

Introversion Ideas for Senior Living

Posted on: May 5th, 2019 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.