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Independent Living vs. Assisted Living

Posted on: March 16th, 2021 by hhmin

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living: Which is Right for You?

Deciding it’s time for senior living is an exciting, life changing experience. When you choose to make the move, you will get the opportunity to embark on a new chapter of life. The hardest part of this new chapter, though, will be deciding which level of care is right for you.

Choosing between independent living and assisted living usually depends on how well you can manage your daily activities without assistance. On one hand, independent living is ideal if you can handle daily tasks with ease and move around freely. On the other hand, if you struggle with day-to-day tasks, assisted living may be best. Knowing the differences between the two can help you choose the right level of care for your unique needs.

What is Independent Living for Seniors?

Independent living is ideal for individuals who are still able to live an independent lifestyle but could benefit from having access to assistance when needed. When you join an independent living community, you will be able to continue to live freely, with easy access to healthcare options. Independent living communities provide you with a safe living environment that includes minimal assistance and hospitality services.

What is Assisted Living for Seniors?

Assisted living is designed to help those who struggle with daily activities of living. When you join an assisted living community, you will still be able to live independently, but you will also receive support with a range of daily activities.

Depending on which assisted living community you choose, there will be a variety of care services available meant to enhance your quality of living. For example, you can receive assistance with medication management, dressing and moving around, if needed.

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living at Holly Hall

Jeff Luna, Admissions Coordinator for Independent and Assisted Living at Holly Hall, put it simply when discussing how Holly Hall approaches the two different levels of senior living: “We really want residents to be happy where they are, but the most important thing is that they have a good quality of life while they’re here.”

At Holly Hall, we strive to provide all residents with the same opportunities and possibilities. No matter which senior living option you select, you will be able to experience all of our services and amenities to some degree.

“We try to provide the same experience for all of our residents, because we really want everyone to participate in every aspect of our community,” explained Jeff.

Independent Living Residences at Holly Hall

Holly Hall offers spirited independent living to seniors in the Houston area. Our active, vibrant community empowers you to live as independently as possible. With our delicious dining options, uplifting programming and variety of social events and activities, you will have the opportunity to live the lifestyle you’ve always wanted without worrying about home maintenance and housekeeping.

Benefits of Independent Living at Holly Hall

Here are just a few of the reasons our independent living residents love living at Holly Hall:

  • Pet-Friendly Campus – Your BFF (best fuzzy friend) is welcome to come with you when you join the Holly Hall independent living community. Your furry friend will love our spacious, scenic outdoor areas on campus. Our walking paths are also a great place to unwind and take in some fresh air together.
  • Secure Living Environment – Our independent living option provides you with a secure, gated community in a welcoming neighborhood. When you’re a member of our independent living community, you will feel an increased sense of safety for peace of mind.
  • On-Site Amenities – Our independent living residents can enjoy delicious dining options, a variety of exercise classes and an ever-changing event calendar to fuel their mind, body and spirit. You will never be bored when you become a Holly Hall resident.
  • Freedom to Live Your Life How You Want – With the maintenance-free lifestyle our independent living community offers, you won’t have to spend your time doing anything you don’t truly want to. Forget about household chores and spend your time pursuing your interests and hobbies.

Assisted Living at Holly Hall

Assisted living at Holly Hall is unlike any other assisted living experience. You’ll find the help and care you need while being surrounded by beautiful views, a welcoming community and a safe, comforting lifestyle.

Benefits of Assisted Living for Seniors

Here are just some of the reasons our assisted living residents thrive in our community:

  • A Full Activities Calendar – Being an assisted living resident means you have the opportunity to participate in daily activities and programs. You will be surrounded by friends and staff members who will encourage and help you participate in social activities and keep you active.
  • On-Site Team of Health Professionals – When you become a member of our assisted living community, you can have peace of mind knowing you will have easy access to a variety of healthcare professionals right on our campus. You will always be able to receive the care you need, when you need it.
  • Spacious Apartment Options – Living in our assisted living community means living comfortably. We offer both one-bedroom apartments and two-person rooms for spouses or family members. Our spacious apartments boast nine-foot ceilings, abundant closet space and large windows.
  • 24-Hour Service – Being an assisted living resident means feeling safe in your community. Holly Hall provides 24-hour, on-call maintenance service for emergencies. No matter what happens, someone will be there to assist you and help ease your mind.

No matter which senior living option you ultimately select, know that Holly Hall can offer you the home you’ve always wanted in your golden years.

“We are a big family here,” Jeff said. “Someone is always going to be looking out for you or your loved one, whether it’s a staff member or another resident.”

Find Vibrant Senior Living Options at Holly Hall

Whether you’re looking for independent living, assisted living or another form of senior living, Holly Hall has a variety of options available to suit your unique needs. In addition to independent and assisted living, we also offer respite care and a multitude of health services.

Contact us today to learn more about our senior living options and to determine which one is the right selection for you.

 

Benefits of Senior Living

Posted on: February 18th, 2021 by hhmin

Reasons to Choose Senior Living at Holly Hall

As we age, personal responsibilities can get in the way of what we really want to do. For example, home maintenance and yard work may replace you getting lost in a good novel or learning a new language. Monthly bills may prevent you from enjoying travel and nearby attractions. Fortunately, senior living communities like Holly Hall offer the freedom to choose how you spend each day.

Our active retirement lifestyle offers you the opportunity to create the life you’ve always wanted; a life free from household worries and full of nurturing new experiences.

Benefits of Senior Living at Holly Hall

Joining the Holly Hall senior living community means adopting an active, vibrant lifestyle. Here are just some of the benefits of senior living for residents at Holly Hall:

  • Scenic Campus Views. Our campus is full of breathtaking views no matter where you look. From beautifully landscaped lawns and lush green garden spaces filled with flowers to our scenic walking paths, you will love spending time outdoors on our peaceful, 20-acre campus.
  • Wellness Programming. Maintaining wellness as you age is very important to your overall health. At Holly Hall, we provide wellness programming designed to enhance your physical, mental and emotional well-being. We provide a variety of fitness classes, documentary showings, bus tours and more to keep you engaged and help you maintain an active lifestyle.
  • Easy Access to Healthcare Services. When you join a senior living community like Holly Hall, you will have access to a multitude of healthcare options, should your health needs change over time. We provide short-term rehabilitation, extended stays and long-term nursing care services to all residents. We also provide assisted living and respite care services, all right on our campus. We are also located in close proximity to the Texas Medical Center and can even provide transportation to the center if needed.

Holly Hall Resident Testimonials

You don’t just have to take our word for what makes Holly Hall a great place to live, though. Instead, you can hear from our own residents about why they love living on our campus!

For our resident Nell R, she felt Holly Hall offered the safe and secure environment her and her spouse needed.

“We came to Holly Hall because we were ready for a retirement community,” Nell said. “My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and we felt we needed to move somewhere where we could plan better and where our needs could be met. We felt like Holly Hall suited us best.”

Safety was also a key factor for our resident, Dr. James. He urges that people move here sooner rather than later for peace of mind.

“If I were talking to somebody that was on the fence about moving to Holly Hall, I would tell them to get off the fence and get here while you still have some opportunity to select where you want to be and get here and be safe,” Dr. James explained.

For other residents, Holly Hall offers the beauty and active lifestyle they wanted in a retirement community. For Nat W., another resident at Holly Hall, she loves how many programs are available to keep her busy.

For Fran D., the campus offered the scenic home she always wanted in her golden years:

“When you come onto the Holly Hall campus, you’ll find greenery and flowers, this is part of what we see every day,” Fran D. said. “We’ve got windows where we can view the outside, including the birds, trees, every part of nature and it’s so inviting.”

Discover Vibrant Senior Living at Holly Hall

At Holly Hall, we provide senior living options that inspire independence and promote an enhanced lifestyle. When you become a Holly Hall resident, you will find yourself surrounded by beautiful views and endless opportunities to enrich your retirement years.

Contact us today to learn more about our senior living options and envision what your life could be like at Holly Hall.

How to Make Senior Living Feel Like Home

Posted on: February 8th, 2021 by hhmin

How to Make Senior Living Feel Like Home for Your Loved One

Even when your loved one knows it’s time to move to a senior living community, it can still be an overwhelming decision. They may be hesitant to leave their long-time home, the place where they house so many memories and feel safest. While leaving can feel bitter sweet, making this move can be an exciting event in their life – especially if their new residence feels like home.
If your loved one is feeling a bit anxious about the move, one way you can help ease their mind is by re-creating their old living environment in their new senior living residence. Creating a familiar, comfortable atmosphere for your loved one can truly make them feel like they’re right at home and help them adjust to to the move faster.

5 Ways to Decorate a Senior Living Apartment

Decorating your loved one’s new senior living residence is crucial to their happiness and comfort. You’ll want to ensure that your loved one is relaxed in their new space and that they aren’t feeling homesick. Here are five ways you can help make your loved one’s new senior living residence feel like home:

  1. Display Family Photos. Having family photos up around the residence is a great way for your loved one to feel like they’re surrounded by the people they care about the most. Encourage your loved one to bring their favorite photo albums and framed pictures to display around the residence. These valuables can alleviate homesickness and help them feel joy and a sense of pride when talking about them with new friends and neighbors.
  2. Paint the Walls. At Holly Hall, residents are welcome to paint the walls of their new residence. Pick out one or a few colors that remind your loved one of home, then watch your loved one’s new home come to life. New colors will make their residence feel more home-like and help create a unique space they enjoy.
  3. Bring Their Favorite Items. Your loved one is welcome to furnish their new home with some items from their previous residence. Maybe they have a favorite chair they would like to bring or have heirlooms with which they don’t want to part. Bringing some of their items from their previous home will add a greater sense of familiarity to their new place.
  4. Fill the Apartment with Familiar Scents. A great way to make a new place feel like home is by filling it with comforting and familiar scents. Maybe your loved one’s home always smelled like lavender or fresh laundry. Help your loved one fill their new home with flowers, wall plug-ins and essential oils to fill their new residence with scents they love.
  5. Hang Their Favorite Artwork. Don’t forget your loved one’s favorite wall décor when decorating their new home! Your loved one’s artwork is a part of their old house and can oftentimes be sentimental, making it even more important to display in their new residence. If your loved one didn’t have any wall décor before, maybe you can help them pick out some new pieces to display.

Holly Hall Gives You the Freedom to Live Life Your Way

At Holly Hall, we want residents to make their new residence feel just like home. Your loved one can change the paint colors in their rooms, hang their own artwork and make additional changes that create a space they’ll love. We believe that allowing residents to have this freedom helps acclimate them to this new setting and chapter of life.

Is your loved one ready to enjoy a vibrant, active lifestyle in senior living? Our senior living residences include unique cottages and apartment styles of living. Contact us today to learn more about life at Holly Hall!

Why Choose an Active Retirement Community?

Posted on: February 3rd, 2021 by hhmin

Why You Should Choose an Active Retirement Community

When you’re ready to retire and begin your search for the perfect retirement community to call home, you may not know for which qualifications to look. Sure, you probably have a rough idea of what your ideal retirement community looks like, but are you aware of what makes a community a good choice? One aspect you should pay close attention to when selecting your retirement community is how active the community is.

Benefits of an Active Retirement Community

An active lifestyle can significantly improve your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

That’s part of the reason it’s so important to choose an active retirement community, like Holly Hall, to ensure you’re able to live a healthy lifestyle throughout your golden years.

“Our wellness programming promotes a culture of wellbeing; staying active both physically and mentally through a variety of activities that support the residents’ interests and that fosters a sense of independence,” explained Liliana Burnett, Wellness Director at Holly Hall. “This is one of our ultimate goals at Holly Hall – to prolong independence for as long as possible and make sure residents feel good about themselves.”

Physical Benefits

Residents of an active retirement community have the opportunity to continue to stay active, healthy and independent through a variety of wellness classes and opportunities. The benefits of being physically active in a retirement community range from preventing injuries and improving blood pressure to reducing the risk of diabetes and other illnesses.

These health benefits are, in part, due to how staying active helps you manage your body weight and improve your physical strength. Your metabolism naturally slows down as you age, so you need to stay active to burn calories, maintain muscle mass and give your metabolism a much-needed boost. Daily activity also strengthens your bones and joints, reducing your risk of falls and helping you control pain associated with arthritis and joint swelling.

Emotional and Mental Benefits

There’s no doubt that your physical wellness is heightened by living a more vigorous lifestyle. However, doing more each day also improves your mental and emotional wellness. In fact, adopting an active lifestyle at an active retirement community can help you avoid loneliness and isolation.

“Regular exercise has been linked to improved cognitive function and increased ability to fight off depression,” Liliana explained. “The social aspect of a group fitness activity is also a positive for seniors, as it’s a time for them to get out of their room, feel good about themselves and exercise with their neighbors.”

Improvements in Everyday Life

Seniors who are regularly active tend to experience improvements in what we tend to take for granted – walking up and down stairs, doing the laundry, bathing and other activities of daily living. In fact, overall quality of health is higher for residents at an active retirement community because of the activities, enrichment programming and personalized support available.

“Holly Hall provides residents with a mixture of wellness classes to help them stay active. I’ve incorporated every aspect of wellness, so that residents have a variety from which to choose,” Liliana explained. “We also have our professionals and healthcare providers that routinely come and help our residents find safe ways to move and be active.”

At Holly Hall, residents have access to a range of wellness programming, activities and events. For example, residents can participate in exercise classes that include balance and core, HIIT, resistance band, upper/lower body RX and chair dancing. Our wellness programming goes beyond physical health, though, with National Geographic, art and historical documentaries, sightseeing and educational bus tours, tea parties and symphonies, and so many more engaging activities.

At Holly Hall, you can maintain the active lifestyle you’re used to or enhance it – taking part in activities you love and trying new ones you’ll come to enjoy.

Holly Hall Provides Residents with an Active Lifestyle

Holly Hall’s Wellness Department offers plenty of opportunities for residents to be active and healthy. Our wellness programming encompasses the mind, body and spirit to ensure residents have everything they need to live a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. And, as a resident at Holly Hall, you’ll always be surrounded by people passionate about what they do and willing to find new and creative ways to help you enhance your active lifestyle.

“Holly Hall is a great place to be,” Liliana said. “I love coming to work, I love what I do. I am always looking for new opportunities and ways to keep seniors active both physically and mentally. I’m always looking to do more to support the residents.”

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

Questions to Ask Skilled Nursing Facilities

Posted on: January 15th, 2021 by hhmin

Skilled Nursing Facilities: What are They and What You Need to Know

If your loved one has recently experienced a fall, undergone surgery or encountered another change to their health, they may require additional care and support. This is where places like skilled nursing facilities can come into play. A skilled nursing facility can offer the personalized care your loved one needs and help them recover so they can get back to living their life the way they always have.

What is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

A skilled nursing facility provides post-hospital care to your loved one following an illness, surgery or injury. A skilled nursing facility is designed to provide your loved one with the support and care they need to efficiently recover and get back on their feet in a timely manner. Services that your loved one may experience include medication management, physical, speech, and occupational therapies, and wound care.

 3 Questions to Ask Skilled Nursing Facilities

If your loved one requires additional health care, chances are you have a lot of questions about  choosing the best skilled nursing facility possible. Here are three questions you should ask as you begin your search for a qualified skilled nursing facility for your loved one:

  1. How Do You Determine What Care My Loved One Needs? This question will help you better understand the skilled nursing facility’s approach to providing personalized care to each of its patients. It’s important that your loved one receives a customized care plan that is created with information from their doctors and family members to ensure it meets their needs effectively.
  1. Is a Nurse Available 24/7 at Your Skilled Nursing Facility? It’s important for your loved one to have access to a registered nurse at all times in the instance that any unexpected needs occur. Having 24/7 access to a nurse at a skilled nursing facility, like the one at Holly Hall, ensures the safety, security and wellbeing of your loved one.
  2. What Kind of Training Does Your Staff Have? It’s crucial to find out the level of education, certification and expertise of the staff at the skilled nursing facilities you’re considering. This type of information can help you better understand the quality of care your loved one will receive and decide if the staff will be able to meet their unique needs.

Skilled Nursing Services at Holly Hall

At Holly Hall, our skilled nursing services are designed to provide rehabilitation services that can help your loved one recover after a stroke, chemotherapy, a joint replacement, or a hospitalization.

Our Healthcare Center is located just minutes from the world-renowned Texas Medical Center and offers 24-hour skilled services and a full range of rehabilitation therapies including speech, physical, occupational, and respiratory therapies.

When your loved one chooses Holly Hall for their skilled nursing needs, they will have access to the following benefits, amenities and services:

  • A five-star rated facility with staff ratios exceeding both state and federal standards
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation services that focus on treating the whole person – physically, emotionally, and socially
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy seven days a week, depending on what they require
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation, diabetes management, medication management, wound care, IV and respiratory therapies
  • Personalized therapy programs that are tailored to your loved one’s needs to help maximize their recovery
  • Private and semi-private rooms with private bathrooms
  • Three daily meals, all of Holly Hall’s activities, and assistance with daily activities of living
  • Palliative and hospice care in collaboration with the hospice provider of you and your loved one’s choice
  • We accept Medicare and insurance from a variety of providers.

Holly Hall Provides Your Loved One with Dedicated Skilled Nursing Services

Holly Hall’s skilled nursing services can provide quality care to your loved one and peace of mind for you knowing they’re receiving the personalized attention and support they require. Our dedicated and experienced skilled nursing team is here to care for your loved one and help them recover as quickly as possible.

Contact us at 281-936-2878 to learn more about our skilled nursing services and how we can help your loved one recover to their desired level of independence.

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 during COVID-19:

  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 ViewClix and 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. Since CATIE is designed for seniors, all of these tasks are simple and easy to learn and do.

Holly Hall Provides a Safe Environment for Seniors During COVID-19

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. Our retirement community promotes an active lifestyle which results in a higher quality of life for our residents.

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.