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What Our CMS 5-Star Rating Means for Your Care

Posted on: July 23rd, 2021 by hhmin

As you begin researching senior living communities or stand-alone skilled nursing facilities for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to keep in mind that they’re not all created equal. Different communities and facilities offer varying amenities, services, and levels of care. But did you know facilities can earn important and esteemed ratings that highlight their quality of care?

When it comes to researching residential and continuing care options, you can feel more comfortable and confident about a senior living community whose skilled nursing facility has received high marks in care and support of its residents.

That’s why receiving a 5-Star rating from CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) is so important for senior care facilities. It signifies the highest quality of care and ensures that all residents receive clinical services that are second to none.

Understanding exactly what a CMS 5-Star rating means and the individual factors on which skilled nursing providers are evaluated is essential to planning for care you may need now or in the future.

This article will explain the deeper implications behind a CMS rating and help you better understand the superior care you’ll find at Holly Hall’s continuing care retirement community.

Nursing Home Ratings: What Is a CMS 5-Star Rating?

CMS offers the five-star quality rating system to over 15,000 nursing homes across the country. The system includes data on every CMS-rated nursing home, as well as a rating between 1 and 5 stars  for each, so you can get a quick view of the best facilities. While Holly Hall isn’t a nursing home, but rather a continuing care retirement community that offers multiple levels of living, our facility and services are included in this rating system.

The top 10% of nursing homes with the best health inspection scores in each state get a health inspection rating of 5 stars.

Additionally, a CMS 5-star rating for staffing means residents living there receive greater access to RNs  and nursing care than other retirement communities and nursing homes.1

The Importance of a CMS 5-Star Rating

The CMS star rating system helps seniors find the very best senior care facilities within their area. Also, the ratings make it easier to identify retirement communities trying to provide the best clinical staff and highest-quality measures to all residents.

That’s why, if a facility has received a CMS 5-Star rating, it means it is a reliable, high-grade setting for older adults needing various levels of care.

It also enables prospective residents to make an informed decision about a senior living community, knowing that a CMS 5-Star rating means the community has been properly inspected and approved by outside agencies monitoring quality of care within the geographic area.2

How the CMS 5-Star Quality Rating System Translates into Real-Life, Quality Care

The CMS rating system encourages people to use the rankings and stars as one tool when deciding on a skilled nursing facility or retirement community. It offers information regarding how individual senior care facilities provide for residents, how the facilities are staffed, and how their inspections have historically been scored.3,4

  • At Holly Hall, our culture is characterized by the alignment of goals and plans at all levels of the organization.
  • Our staff members are dedicated to providing excellent care, understanding their responsibilities and being held accountable for their performance and commitment to the residents.
  • Our culture is one that promotes teamwork for the common good and success of our ministry.

Our 5-Star rating is immensely important to our entire community. It signifies the time, effort, and care we put into every individual we have the pleasure of serving.

Since our founding, Holly Hall has stayed true to a quest of “adding years to life and life to years” by concentrating on the health and well-being of the whole person—spiritually, physically, and mentally.

This approach has enabled us to provide the highest-quality care to our residents. It has also helped create an atmosphere in which providing 5-Star quality care isn’t  just a rating, but a lifestyle we aspire to daily.

Get the Best Care at Holly Hall

From location to cost to quality, identifying the elements that mean the most to you is essential to picking the very best senior living community.

With compassionate, whole-person services, you’ll find the best care at Holly Hall. Learn more about our 5-Star-rated health and rehab services:

 

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At Holly Hall, we understand that choosing a senior living community for yourself or a loved one is a major decision with a lot of factors to consider, and we’re here to help you as you research and navigate this process. What questions can we answer? Contact us today or easily schedule a tour:

 

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Resources:

1Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS’ Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes. Accessed July 5, 2021. https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/cms-five-star-quality-rating-system-nursing-Homes.

 

2AMFM. Understanding the Nursing Home Five-Star Rating System and how you can choose the right nursing home. Accessed July 5, 2021. https://www.amfmwv.com/blog/understanding-nursing-home-five-star-rating-system-and-how-you-can-choose-right-nursing-home.

 

3Very Well Health. The Medicare Five-Star Rating Program for Hospitals and Nursing Homes. Accessed July 5, 2021. https://www.verywellhealth.com/medicare-five-star-rating-system-4691662.

 

4Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Five-Star Quality Rating System. Accessed July 5, 2021. https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/CertificationandComplianc/FSQRS.

Senior Health Services Available at Holly Hall

Posted on: July 22nd, 2021 by hhmin

As we age, we often don’t bounce back as quickly as we once did. A fall can lead to other complications or may take more time to fully heal. A bout of pneumonia can require a lengthy hospital stay, or a planned surgery may require more recovery before heading home. A stroke may require extensive therapy to regain our cognitive and physical function. Or perhaps a health condition makes it very difficult to meet our health and personal needs.
These are just some examples that might require more specialized senior health services. And the need for health care services for seniors is higher than you might think.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that in 2015, 1.3 million Americans were living in a long-term care setting, receiving some sort of senior health services. If you’re confident that won’t be you or an older adult you care about, you might want to look at the odds. A 2017 study published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that 56 percent of Americans between the ages of 57 and 61 will spend at least one night in a nursing home setting in their lifetime.
And a study by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services showed 70 percent of adults 65 and older will need some sort of long-term services and support.

Conditions in seniors requiring health services & rehab

Many conditions may require some form of rehabilitation to regain independence and improve overall quality of life. Common types are stroke rehab; speech, physical, occupational; and pulmonary rehab.
Stroke: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, strokes are the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States, with more than 795,000 people suffering a stroke every year. And, the CDC says a stroke reduces mobility in more than half of survivors 65 and over.
Depending on the severity, a stroke can cause impaired movement, slurred speech, and paralysis. Most people have physical therapy, coupled with stroke rehab, to regain their strength and independence, relearn skills like communicating effectively, and improve their quality of life. Speech therapy can help with aphasia, the loss of language abilities after a stroke, and dysphasia, which is problems swallowing food.
Falls: The CDC also reports that every second of every day, an older adult over 65 in the U.S. suffers a fall. Out of every five falls, one results in an injury such as a head injury or broken bone. For older adults who are recovering from a fall, physical therapy can improve their balance and muscle strength and may help prevent future falls. Occupational therapy may help them regain their ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as walking, bathing, or housekeeping. If the older adult has suffered a traumatic brain injury after a fall, speech therapy may be needed to help the adult get back their ability to communicate effectively.
Chronic lung disease: Adults 65 and older are at greater risk of pneumonia, which can weaken the lungs. Older adults may also suffer from chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder, or COPD, which obstructs airflow from the lungs. Pulmonary rehab is often prescribed to improve lung function and reduce breathing problems.

Types of care settings for senior healthcare services

Some therapies and certain types of rehabilitation services can be provided in a short-term care setting. For example, an older adult may have suffered a fall that required a hospital stay. They’re well enough to be discharged from the hospital, but they’re not yet strong enough to return home.
However, some older adults are unable to return home or stay in their homes due to their health condition and may require 24-hour care and extensive assistance with their ADLs.
Retirement communities like Holly Hall in Houston offer a range of five-star-rated health care services for seniors to assist with each resident’s unique health needs.
Short-Term Rehab: For older adults who need a few days or a few weeks to recover after hospitalization, an operation, or a medical event, Holly Hall offers a full range of rehabilitation services to get them back home, doing what matters most to them. Holly Hall’s staff-to-resident ratios exceed state and federal standards. Residents have access to physical, occupational, and speech therapies seven days a week, right on the Holly Hall campus.
Extended Stays: Holly Hall also offers safe, home-like and comfortable extended-stay apartments for people undergoing longer-term therapies, such as immunotherapy, chemotherapy, or other medical interventions. Our proximity to the renowned Texas Medical Center makes our retirement community a convenient choice: It’s just a quick seven-minute drive from door to door. And, extended-stay residents enjoy three meals daily, plus housekeeping, transportation to and from medical appointments, and access to the full calendar of activities Holly Hall offers.
Long-Term Nursing Care: Residents who need 24-hour care and extensive assistance with their activities of daily living find remarkable care with compassion at Holly Hall. Our highly skilled staff includes an on-site medical director. Every resident has an individually focused care plan developed just for them by our certified medical staff.

Discover all the senior health services options at Holly Hall

You may not know which senior healthcare services setting is right for you or someone you love. Our professional team members at Holly Hall are happy to meet with you and your family members to help you understand the differences and discover the benefits between each level of care.
To get more information, contact us or schedule your personal tour of our retirement community.

Why Young Seniors Choose Gated Retirement Communities

Posted on: July 12th, 2021 by hhmin

If you’re trying to find an ideal living environment as you transition into retirement, the benefits of a gated retirement community for seniors are truly unmatched. 

Whether it’s the sense of exclusivity or the added layer of security, it’s clear that more senior residents are discovering that gated retirement communities are an all-encompassing, convenient residential choice. 

In particular, if you’re someone who fancies living a quiet life while still situated in an urban area with access to an array of modern facilities and amenities, life inside a gated retirement community could be the right choice for you.

Keep reading to learn more about this great retirement option and discover Holly Hall’s vibrant gated retirement community in Houston.

What is a Gated Community?

A gated community is an exclusive form of housing enclosed within walls or fences, accessible only to the residents who live there and their invited guests. Typically, controlled access is used to protect the privacy and safety of those living within the protected, gated area.

Most gated communities are well maintained, offering beautifully kept grounds and exclusive amenities as a means of creating a peaceful environment and communal feeling. 

At Holly Hall, we have over 20 acres of lush, garden-like green space, providing our residents a countryside living experience while residing within the heart of Houston.

The Benefits of Living in a Gated Retirement Community

Some desired and beneficial aspects of choosing a gated retirement community include:

An added level of personal security

One of the most important characteristics of a gated community is its top-tier safety and security. After all, this is one of the most attractive benefits of residing within a gated community. 

When choosing to retire inside this type of community, retirees tend to live a worry-free lifestyle. This allows you to travel anywhere within the community with complete peace of mind about your safety and well-being.

An increased sense of community

Another pleasant benefit of living in a gated community is the sense of social connectivity that it brings. There is an unspoken understanding between residents who feel connected and supported, engaging in community events that work to gather people together to enjoy shared company. 

Additionally, the communal facilities help you get to know your neighbors more intimately, which results in a sense of familiarity and trust among all the residents.

Greater access to exclusive amenities

Gated communities are designed to be ideal for young seniors transitioning into their new season in life. With the presence of premium facilities and amenities, you can make some of the most unforgettable memories with other residents enjoying the shared spaces.

Activity and wellness rooms, card and game rooms, on-site salons, and more can be found in Holly Hall’s gated community, providing every resident the opportunity to focus on their physical health and personal well-being however they see fit.

Less traffic to contend with

Because it’s a restricted access community, there is no public traffic moving through the community — only residents and their guests. This can be a tremendous safety benefit for seniors of all ages due to fewer people  passing through and less noise to bother and distract.

No solicitors to worry about

Another benefit of living in a gated community is not having to worry about solicitors knocking on your door. The fact that you can restrict or allow entry makes it a safe haven from solicitations. 

This increased sense of freedom can save you from the frustration of unwanted guests, such as salesmen or other unauthorized people or guests.

Best Gated Retirement Communities in Houston

While every young senior looking for a potential retirement community has their own preferences, the options afforded to the residents of Holly Hall tend to set this community apart from other facilities in the Houston area. 

From the chef-managed dining program to the sprawling gardens, the options and amenities at Holly Hall are second to none. You’ll wonder why it took you so long to visit our gorgeous campus. 

Whether the expansive rose gardens catch your eye, or the Southern trees inspire tranquility, we know that once you visit our flourishing community, you’ll find yourself feeling completely at ease.

Come Live in One of the Highest Rated Gated Retirement Communities in Houston

Gated communities like Holly Hall are a popular option for young seniors and for good reason. The benefits of living in a gated retirement community can be quite attractive when deciding on a comfortable and secure home for all the years ahead. 

As you learn more about our spirited community, we’re here to answer any questions and help you see how Holly Hall can best suit your lifestyle and personal needs. Learn more about our retirement community that inspires independence and a walkable lifestyle:

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Get in touch with us today to discover more or to schedule a tour. We look forward to meeting you and welcoming you home. 

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What Is the Difference Between a Retirement Home vs. A Nursing Home?

Posted on: July 9th, 2021 by hhmin

If you’ve started researching senior living and care options for yourself or someone you love, you’ve probably come across terms like “retirement home” and “nursing home.” At first blush, it might seem there’s little to no difference between nursing homes and retirement homes – and quite often, the two terms are used interchangeably, though not correctly.

In fact, there are several important distinctions between nursing homes and retirement homes. Learning more about retirement homes versus nursing homes and what truly distinguishes the two can help you understand which one is right for you or your family member.

What is a retirement home?

First, it might help to understand what a retirement home is, and how it differs from a nursing home.

A retirement home – more modern terms you might come across are Life Plan Community, retirement community or Continuing Care Retirement Community – is a community that offers older adults multiple levels of living so that each resident can experience purposeful aging in place at their own pace, free from home maintenance, cooking, house cleaning and other responsibilities.

Generally speaking, most older adults initially move into independent living, then as their health needs change over time, they can move seamlessly into assisted living, skilled nursing, long-term care or memory care that’s available on the same campus. Instead of needing multiple moves to other care settings around town, older adults can move within the same retirement community when they need a higher level of care. They’re still close to their spouse and friends, and they’re still receiving the care they need from staff members they know and trust.

Yet when it comes to a retirement home versus a nursing home, a retirement home with independent living offers you much more than care if you need it someday. Independent living at Houston’s Holly Hall, for example, offers people 65 and older an active, vibrant lifestyle they can enjoy today. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find when you choose independent living at Holly Hall:

  • Private, stand-alone garden cottages or apartments in a range of floor plans; both offer lock-and-leave freedom and no maintenance worries
  • A gated, 20-acre campus that’s peaceful and secure, yet just minutes from all the activities and amenities Houston has to offer
  • An executive chef-managed dining program with flexible, restaurant-style dining, along with private dining and takeout options
  • A monthly calendar full of daily activities, along with numerous on-campus amenities like activities rooms, indoor gardening spaces, game rooms and more
  • A pet-friendly campus with plentiful walking paths and lots of green space to stroll together

Again, this is just a fraction of what a retirement home like Holly Hall offers you.

It may help to think of a retirement home like this: It’s a community that offers most everything residents want and need, right on campus so they can successfully age in place. And one feature of the community is its continuum of care, which often includes skilled nursing care, something you may have heard referred to as long-term care.

What is a nursing home?

A nursing home is a somewhat dated term to describe what are today’s long-term care communities. At a long-term care facility you’ll typically find highly skilled, certified nursing and medical staff members who are able to provide care and extensive assistance with activities of daily living on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week.

Here’s a short list of the long-term care services provided at Holly Hall:

  • On-site medical director
  • Staffing ratios that exceed both state and federal standards
  • Individually focused care plan developed by our certified medical staff
  • Urgent-call system available in every room

As you can see, when comparing the two bulleted lists, there are quite a few differences between a nursing home and a retirement home. Long-term care – or nursing home – is just one of the levels of care you’ll typically find at a retirement community or retirement home. And a retirement community (or home) is the term for the overall, larger community that offers independent living and higher levels of care all on one campus.

You could think of it like this: The retirement community is the hand; long-term care is just one of the fingers that make up the hand.

What are the other levels of care?

Continuing with the hand analogy above, the other fingers on the hand, or levels of living, that you’ll find at Holly Hall are as follows:

Independent living – for active older adults who want to continue to enjoy their independent lifestyles in a community setting without the hassles of home maintenance, cooking, cleaning, etc.

Assisted living – for older adults who may need a bit of assistance with activities of daily living

Cognitive support – for those with some type of cognitive decline, memory care support helps them with their day to day and enhances their quality of life

Respite care – ideal for caregivers who need a break from their caregiver responsibilities

Health services and rehabilitation – this include short- and long-term care, rehab and extended stays

There are many stand-alone independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care communities all across the Houston area. If you need a hand in determining which might be the best choice for yourself or someone you love, we’re here to help.

Trust Holly Hall’s senior living experts to help you find the right fit

You might be just starting your research into retirement homes for yourself. Or you may need to find the right nursing home setting for a spouse or parent. Maybe you may still have questions about retirement homes versus nursing homes. Whatever your need, we’re here to help you. At Holly Hall, we welcome the opportunity to assist you. Please contact us whenever you’d like to start the conversation.

What Is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

Posted on: July 1st, 2021 by hhmin

Whether dealing with a chronic condition, recovering from a recent surgery, processing an experienced trauma, or managing another disease or ailment, short-term rehabilitation at a skilled nursing facility is often necessary after a hospitalization.

When the only concern you have for yourself or a loved one is achieving the highest level of recovery possible and returning home, seeking out the best rehabilitation services is important. But with so many different types of specialized care avenues, it’s easy to get overwhelmed in your search for the best option for you.

Let’s start by addressing a common question: What is a skilled nursing facility? Then we’ll discuss what you can expect from skilled nursing facility services, including today’s typical requirements for admission.

 

What Is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

A skilled nursing facility is an in-patient rehabilitation and medical treatment center staffed with trained medical professionals that provide care and therapies prescribed by a physician. The clinical staff consists of registered nurses, qualified clinical and medical professionals, and therapists that provide nutritional support, personal hygiene assistance, and nursing care around the clock.  Every resident’s care is overseen by attending physicians.

 

What Is the Difference Between a Skilled Nursing Facility and an Assisted Living Facility? 

The difference between a skilled nursing facility and an assisted living facility is the level of care offered on a daily basis.

An assisted living facility is a long-term residential option for seniors who may be relatively independent, but need help with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs), including bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, and managing medication. When you move into an assisted living facility or community, you receive a personalized care plan designed to address your specific needs and preferences. Here you can lead a basically independent lifestyle in a safe environment, with caregivers close at hand when and if you need them.

A skilled nursing facility is a short-term rehab option that’s designed for the transition from hospital to home after surgery, illness, or an accident. Residents receive a personalized, around-the-clock care plan that includes physical, occupational, speech and/or other therapies. Focusing on these therapies, as well as pain management, cardiac care, wound care, respiratory therapy and more, patients are often able to regain the most mobility, functionality, and cognitive abilities possible before returning home.

Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements for Admission

Generally speaking, admission into a skilled nursing facility is a viable, clinical option after you’ve experienced three inpatient days in the hospital. Additionally, you have to enter into the skilled nursing facility within 30 days of your discharge from the hospital to meet additional intake requirements.

In all occasions, it’s always best to contact the skilled nursing facility directly to have any of your questions or concerns addressed prior to completing the intake process.

In most cases, when you’re admitted and begin the admission process, a team of staff from different medical fields works together to plan your care.

Your skilled nursing care team evaluates any existing physician’s orders and uses that information, in conjunction with clinical reports from the hospital and information gathered upon admission, to assess your specific condition.

While diagnoses can differ, some specific situations in which a skilled nursing facility will prove necessary can include:

If Your Illness or Injury Requires a Hospital Stay 

Some examples of these types of events include a fall, stroke, heart attack, pneumonia, worsening heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or surgery.

If Your doctor Thinks You Require Daily Skilled Nursing Care 

This type of referral for skilled care needs to be provided under the supervision of skilled nurses and therapists before being able to return home safely. It also must be directly related to a condition that was treated during a Medicare-qualifying hospital stay within the last 30 days.

 

Skilled Nursing Facility Services

Skilled nursing facilities generally offer a variety of specialized care services to help individuals currently dealing with a wide array of medical conditions. Skilled nursing facilities provide 24/7 skilled nursing care and their services can include:

  • Pain Management
  • Medication Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Cardiac Care
  • Wound Care
  • Neuro-Muscular Therapy
  • IV Therapy

A Full Continuum of Care Found at Holly Hall’s Skilled Nursing Facility

Holly Hall offers skilled nursing care for any residents who need 24-hour care and extensive assistance with activities of daily living.

If you or a loved one is in need of this type of care, please contact us directly to discuss Holly Hall’s process. We’ll review your medical needs and diagnoses with the referring hospital to ensure we are able to meet your specific medical and recovery needs. We’ll also walk you through available payment options.

With experienced, expert care teams and state-of-the-art equipment, we’re prepared to manage your needs and care as we work together to meet your goals before returning home. We invite you to learn more about our short-term rehab and how your complete and sustained recovery is our top priority.

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How to Improve Springtime Allergies

Posted on: April 8th, 2021 by hhmin

Sneezy? Dopey? Sleepy? Grumpy?

With apologies to Snow White’s pint-sized friends, these words describe why this time of year so many of us wrestle with how to prevent seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergy, sometimes called hay fever or seasonal rhinitis, affects more than 9.8 million adults ages 65+. Spring allergy symptoms run the gamut from sneezing, stuffiness and a runny nose to itchy eyes and general fatigue. Seasonal allergy, sometimes called hay fever or seasonal rhinitis, is commonly caused by the weather swings in spring and fall. Blooming plants and falling leaves release pollen into the air, which settles on our clothes and skin and is inhaled into the nose and lungs. The pollen in our body can trigger an immune response in the form of an allergic reaction.

How to Avoid Allergies in the Spring

Seasonal allergies are particularly bothersome for seniors. As we age, our nasal membranes become less elastic and tend to dry out. This predisposes us to chronic allergic rhinitis and nasal stuffiness. It’s why   the percentage of elderly people with nasal symptoms is usually more than the general population. And it’s a concern for seniors whose health is already compromised by a respiratory condition such as asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Read on for tips and tricks on how to prevent seasonal allergies from getting the better of you.

Reduce Your Exposure

It’s a wonderful time of year to be outside enjoying the sunshine and fresh air. Reducing your exposure to allergens outdoors is a big factor in how to prevent spring allergies.

  • Wear a mask or nasal filter, available at pharmacies.
  • Stay indoors on dry and windy days. The best time to go outside is after it rains, which clears pollen from the air.
  • Wait until midday to go outside, as pollen levels are highest in the morning.
  • Don’t mow the lawn, pull weeds, or tackle other gardening tasks that stir up pollen.
  • Change out of your clothes as soon as you come inside, and take a shower to wash off the pollen clinging to your hair and skin.
  • Wash your clothes in a separate load to avoid spreading pollen to other garments.

Take Extra Precautions

If you want to learn how to prevent seasonal allergies, these tips will help you plan for and avoid any allergen triggers in your surroundings.

  • Check the National Allergy Bureau website to see updated pollen forecasts for your area. If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medications before symptoms start.
  • Download an app to keep track of pollen levels in your area. My Pollen Forecast is a popular iPhone app.
  • Check local TV or radio stations for updates on pollen forecasts.
  • Keep doors and windows closed, even at night, when pollen is high.
  • Keep your car windows closed when you’re driving, and set the air conditioning to recirculate.
  • Don’t air blankets, towels, comforters, or other items outdoors, as pollen will settle on the surfaces.
  • Shower before bed so you remove potential allergens from your hair and skin and aren’t breathing them in while you sleep.

Keep Indoor Air Clean

It’s impossible to control outside air quality, but there are things you can do to keep the air inside your home and car free of allergens.

  • Remove your shoes and leave them outside your home so you don’t track allergens onto the flooring.
  • Turn the air conditioning on to filter the air in your house or car.
  • Replace the filters in your home and car more often during allergy season.
  • An indoor air purifier with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter will help remove pollen and other allergens in your home.
  • Vacuum your home and car more frequently during allergy season. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter is a good choice for allergy sufferers.

Try a Variety of Remedies

  • Start taking allergy medications before the season starts, and be consistent in their use.
  • Ask your physician to recommend a prescription or nonprescription, over-the-counter medication. See whether a combination of oral or nasal medication has any effect.
  • Irrigating your nasal passages is a nonmedicated treatment that can relieve nasal congestion. neti pots or other devices for nasal cleansing are available at pharmacies.
  • Traditional therapies such as acupuncture have been shown to have some effect on allergy symptoms.

For most seniors, avoiding allergens and taking over-the-counter medications are enough to control seasonal allergies. If you’re not finding relief, it may be worth talking with a specialist and getting tested to see exactly which allergens trigger your symptoms. Testing can help you decide what steps to take and which treatments will work best for you.

No Need to Be Bashful!

Let your well-being take center stage. Our wellness programming nurtures every dimension of your wellness: physical, social, emotional, mental, spiritual, and more. Enjoy a foundation of healthy meals prepared from scratch, energizing activities planned on and off campus, and a program of Fit and Friendly fitness classes that keeps you at your vital best. Spring, summer, winter, fall — there’s no time like the present to reach out and learn more about Holly Hall, a community where you can be Happy year-round.

Maintaining Freedom with Independent Living at Holly Hall

Posted on: April 2nd, 2021 by hhmin

It’s easy to take independence for granted. We enjoy different forms of independence throughout our life: We learn how to walk, earn a driver’s license, get a job, and make our own way in the world. How we lead our independent lives defines us, and everyone should have the opportunity to live independently with dignity.

Maintaining independence in old age is equally as important to our physical and mental well-being. As more and more boomers retire, they’re transforming what it means to be a senior in this century. This, in turn, has transformed the notion of retirement. In this blog post, we describe how senior living communities are satisfying the demands of the new generation of older adults like yourself.

Say Hello to More Freedom

If you think moving into senior living means giving up control, think again. Communities nowadays offer a full-service, maintenance-free lifestyle that can be more liberating than living in your current home. Maintaining independence in old age is easier when you don’t have to clean rooms you no longer use, fix appliances, or mow the yard. You can live much as you did in your house, but with security, amenities, and services walking distance away. If you work full time, your residence can still be your home base. When you want to travel, simply lock the door and leave. It’s a modern, flexible lifestyle you can tailor to your liking.

Set Your Own Schedule

The ability to make our own choices throughout the day has a big impact on maintaining independence in old age. Independent living in a senior living community allows you to stay in control of your surroundings and schedule. You live in a private residence that you’ve personalized, with belongings that you care about and enjoy. You can choose to cook meals at home or walk over to a dining room where you have an array of chef-prepared meal choices. (For an idea of what we mean, check out our menus here.) You come and go as you please. At the same time, you can choose to participate in a wide variety of daily activities when you feel like it. Here’s a great example of the monthly events, classes, and celebrations we provide at Holly Hall.

Keep Your Body Healthy

A big part of maintaining independence in old age is tied to physical fitness. However, fitness routines that worked for us in our 40s or 50s no longer work for us in our later years. Factors such as core strength and balance come to the forefront in helping us avoid the risk of a dangerous fall. Special attention must also be paid to maintaining muscle mass and bone density, as these decline with age. Senior living communities support these findings by offering fitness classes and wellness programs designed specifically for seniors. Our Fit and Friendly fitness classes accommodate all fitness levels and interests — take a look.

Claim a Sense of Purpose

Independence gives us a sense of purpose. We’re able to set and achieve goals and contribute to the lives of our family, friends, and neighbors. Seniors who are living alone at home can feel isolated or lonely, but in a community setting, they find opportunities to make new friendships and engage with others in meaningful ways. Join a resident-run club, help maintain our community garden, fundraise to help others, deepen your faith — all these activities and more provide a sense of belonging essential to maintaining independence in old age.

Defy the Expectations of Aging

What is the average age of a senior in a retirement community? Well, it used to be that someone who moved into a retirement community was either very elderly and/or they needed health care of some kind. While senior living communities such as ours provide a very high level of professional senior care on campus, we also cater to young and active seniors. We’ve seen that the earlier seniors move into our community, the more they get out of the activities and amenities on campus, and they maximize their enjoyment of our maintenance-free independent lifestyle.

Explore Spirited Independent Living

At welcoming, inclusive Holly Hall, we’re highly invested in independence and autonomy for older adults. We invite you to learn more about our community, a place where it’s easy to make friends, and there’s a host of events, committees, and activities to pique your interest. Call us today, and we’ll be glad to tell you more about our spirited senior lifestyle.

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!