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The Importance of Continuous Learning for Seniors

Posted on: October 15th, 2021 by hhmin

You may not be in school anymore, or have even set foot in a classroom in many years, but it’s never too late to learn something new. In fact, there’s growing research that says seniors should always be putting effort into intellectual pursuits.

The cognitive benefits of exercising your mind have become quite clear in recent years. And there are more benefits of learning new things throughout your lifetime than only preventing cognitive decline.

 

Here are several benefits of continuous learning:

 

Revisit Familiar Interests

It can remind you of a subject you were interested in years ago. If you were to revisit a foreign language you used to study, you could be energized by remembering the fun you had when you first learned it. You could also become motivated to visit the part of the world where that language is spoken. An exciting bit of travel is a great motivator and something wonderful to look forward to.

 Find New Interests

Maybe it will spark an interest in something new! A new skill or craft that you’ve maybe wondered about for years. Or perhaps something you’ve never even considered before, but now that you’re retired and have the time and freedom to spend your days as you wish, there’s never been a better time to try something new.

 Cure Your Boredom

You can work yourself out of a rut. If you’ve found that your days have become monotonous with the same old routine, mix it up! Continuous learning is going to always give you something new to try, a new challenge to overcome, an activity you’ve never done before. That’s what learning is all about!

Get Moving

It’s a great motivator. Trying new things can inspire you and drive you to be more active. If you’ve discovered a new activity or intellectual pursuit that you enjoy, you’ll want to spend time doing it. That will get you out of bed in the morning with a spring in your step, and you’ll be planning your day to make sure you have time to focus on your new endeavor. 

Meet New People

Your interpersonal skills will benefit as well. It’s well known that spending time socializing is extremely important, especially for seniors. Getting out and around other like-minded people keeps you out of isolation and away from depression, anxiety, and even the possibility of some physical health problems. Shake off the blues by engaging with others for an intellectual challenge.

Improve Some Skills

Improvements in professional skills can spark creativity, improve problem-solving skills, and improve your abilities in the areas of critical thinking, leadership, and adaptation to change. And it can provide a real boost to your self-confidence. Knowledge is power, and feeling powerful means feeling confident. When you’re experiencing the satisfaction of spending time and effort learning, growing, and improving yourself, you’ll feel better all-around.

Continuous learning doesn’t have to always be a formal process of finding classes and organizations. You can go online and find self-directed courses, or even informal instructional videos, websites, and books as resources for learning. 

 

How Do You Start?

Start by simply making a list of some of the things you’d like to try, used to like to do, or subjects you find interesting. Are you interested in science? Nutrition? History? Geology? The list of possibilities goes on and on. You could even investigate the possibility of a formal classroom setting. More and more older adults are attending classes at nearby or online colleges and universities all the time. Investigate classes in your area or online. Signing up is easy.

 

Make Time for Continuous Learning

Your goal of becoming a lifelong student is going to take some planning and effort. You’ve got to schedule your learning time into your day. It will take commitment, motivation, and effort to see it through. But the great news is that if you’ve picked a subject of great interest to you, you’ll seek it out and look forward to each new lesson as it comes.

 

Cognitive Benefits

Exercising your mind continuously is the very best way to prevent or slow the progression of cognitive decline and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. And feeling like a student can make you feel young again. You’re never too old for lifelong learning!

The independent and assisted living communities at Holly Hall will have you as busy with learning activities as you want to be. And the cognitive support and memory care we offer makes continuous learning a priority for all residents. It’s healthy both physically and mentally, it’s motivating and,best of all, it’s fun!

Adaptive Equipment Can Make Life Easier

Posted on: October 4th, 2021 by hhmin

Today’s seniors are living more vibrant, fun, and independent lives than ever before. Improvements in healthcare, the science of diet and exercise, and the increase of transportation options have all contributed. With all the breakthroughs in so many areas related to aging, there’s never been a better time to be a senior!

One of the areas that has evolved quickly in recent years is the technology of adaptive equipment. These are pieces of equipment that provide assistance to older adults who value their independence, but could use a little help in some areas of their day-to-day life. 

 

This list will break down  the areas of your life where adaptive equipment can be helpful. From the mechanical and basic to the most technologically advanced, here are some available assistive devices: 

Movement Around the Home

  •     Railings for stairways and bathrooms
  •     Walker
  •     Motorized scooter
  •     Cane
  •     Lift chairs to stand from a seated position
  •     Stair lift
  •     Ramps at entryways

Hearing and Seeing

  •     Hearing aids
  •     Wearable microphone
  •     Computer screen magnifying software
  •     Telephone speaker
  •     One-touch or large-button telephone
  •     Smart phone text magnification
  •     Talking clock
  •     Talking wrist watch
  •     Voice-activated alarm clock
  •     Large-button TV remote control
  •     TV headphones
  •     Night lights

Bathroom Assistance

  •     Toilet seat riser
  •     Bidet attachment
  •     Handrail  around toilet and shower
  •     Shower bench
  •     Hand-held shower head
  •     Walk-in bathtub
  •     Bath water level alarm

Kitchen Assistance

  •     Mechanical can opener
  •     Jar opener tool
  •     Reacher/grabber for cabinet items
  •     Adaptive eating utensils and dining aids
  •     Automatic shut-off systems for kitchen appliances

Self-Care Assistance

  •     Medication organizer
  •     Medication dispenser with reminder alarm
  •     Appointment reminder alarm
  •     Adjustable bed
  •     Over-bed table
  •     Waterproof mattress pad

General Home Maintenance and Safety

  •     Security system
  •     Emergency services phone presets
  •     Wearable medical alert device
  •     Video doorbell
  •     Robotic vacuum
  •     Voice activation technology for lights, TV, door locks

Research Before You Buy

There’s so much adaptive equipment to choose from that it may be hard to decide what to buy at first. Start with online searches about what your needs may be, and then see which specific assistive devices look like they could be helpful to you.

Then read customer reviews, but don’t rely on one customer opinion or sales websites alone for information about usefulness, quality, and value. Look at credible review sources like Consumer Reports. And talk to any healthcare professionals and people you trust who may be using adaptive equipment in their lives.

When you’ve made your decision about what to buy, you can look at online retailers like Amazon or visit the websites of the manufacturers of the items. You may also be able to find technological adaptive equipment at tech stores like Best Buy or big box stores for low prices. And make sure you learn about the return policies, so you can get a refund if an item doesn’t work out for you.

 

Incorporate Services

Along with the adaptive equipment and assistive devices listed above, it’s important to take advantage of any services that may be available in your area. Transportation services are commonly available now to help you get to appointments, social events, family gatherings, shopping, or anywhere you’d like to go.

It’s important to remember that getting out of your home and socializing is one of the most important activities for your physical and emotional health. Isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, and lack of exercise. With all the technology and services available to you, it’s never been easier to get out and have fun!

Research other in-home services that may be available in your area. Caregiver visits, grocery or meal delivery, cleaning services, and home and lawn maintenance services are all available.

  

Consider Any Possible Downsides to Adaptive Equipment

Assistive technology can be extremely helpful for anyone who needs it. But, you may not be entirely comfortable with items such as motion sensors that alert loved ones or video surveillance technology that records your movements. Being tracked so closely may leave you feeling like you’ve lost your privacy. 

Motion sensors, alarms that sound when a door is opened, and wearable GPS trackers may only be desirable for seniors who live with some form of memory loss or dementia that might cause them to wander or potentially get lost.

You may also consider a piece of adaptive equipment like an assistive eating device if you have arthritis or some degree of tremors. But they could overcomplicate what should be the simple task of feeding yourself. These items can be wonderfully helpful, but you’re the only one who can ultimately decide if they’re right for you.

 

Using Adaptive Equipment at Holly Hall

You can enjoy more independence at the Holly Hall assisted living community. We’re experts in the use of adaptive equipment, including assistive eating devices as you enjoy your dining experiences prepared by our world-class chef. We have all the expert knowledge, tools, and technology to maximize your freedom and help you find joy in your life every day.

 

How to Make Your One-Bedroom Apartment Feel Spacious

Posted on: September 21st, 2021 by hhmin

A bright mid-century modern pastel living room

If you’re an empty nester, having rooms in your home you no longer need or use is, well, a waste of space. And that’s just one reason moving to an apartment home that fits your needs now makes a lot of sense. It’s also an opportunity to simplify your life and showcase your style.

With a few expert tricks, you can make a one-bedroom apartment feel spacious and airy. Especially if you no longer need room to house loads of furniture, cookware, dishes, and tools. (Welcome to senior living!)

To make the most of your new living space, consider the following design tips for decorating a one-bedroom apartment.

 

Big ideas for decorating small spaces.

Rightsize your furniture.

The biggest mistake people make when downsizing their living space is taking their furniture with them. For small spaces, less is more. When shopping for new furnishings, pay attention to scale and size. Everything looks smaller in a big furniture store. Know your measurements. And make sure the furniture you buy will fit into your elevator and through your new doorway.

Have curves in all the right spaces.

Furniture with rounded sides and edges is easier to move around, breaks the hard angles in a boxy room, and gives the illusion of more space. Try to find a balance between weighty, linear shapes and curved furnishings. Sometimes all it takes is a single piece to make a statement. A Lucite or glass table, for example, is less obtrusive than wood and helps open up a small room.

With natural light, paint walls white.

White walls create an airy feel that makes a small room look more spacious. A white wall presents a clean, uncluttered base for showcasing artwork. White walls also make plants really stand out. Work with different hues of white — ivory, beige, straw, dove, light wood tones, and silvery metals — to suit your decorating tastes. You can also mix textures and layers for an attractive tone-on-tone effect.

If a room doesn’t have much natural light, bright white walls can feel sterile and flat. The solution is to stay on the lighter side and consider a rich cream or light gray. Your space will still look larger than it is and, by contrasting the trim color, you can give your small space a lot of life.

Extend your space with mirrors.

Mirrors can help make a small space feel bigger and brighter. A large mirror over a sofa or behind accent chairs can really open up a room. A small mirror behind a lamp will bounce the light back into the room, adding depth and infiltrating corners or highlighting walls. Installing mirrors at the back of shelves is another way to create depth and reflect light.

Hang your curtains high.

Install an extra-long curtain rod at or near the ceiling for floor-to-ceiling draperies. It’ll make your window appear both taller and wider. The fabric you choose for your curtain can also create an illusion of a larger space. Fabrics with vertical patterns add height. Floor-to-ceiling sheer white curtains will not only lengthen a room; they can brighten it too.

Hang large paintings to open up a room.

One secret for making a small room seem larger is to go big with a large piece of art. Large works of art can be the defining element of a small space, tying together a color scheme, and creating a single focal point that anchors other items in the room. It could be anything: a painting, a map, signage, or a rug hanging on a wall. As a central piece, it sets the tone for everything, so make sure you love it.

Put corners to work.

Sectional sofas were invented for a reason: They maximize available space. This same philosophy can be applied in just about every corner of your apartment. Create a cozy lounging nook with a chair and an oversized plant. Install floating corner shelves to showcase knickknacks and prized possessions. Keep books in decorative crates or bins in the corner, next to your favorite reading chair or sofa.

Go vertical with storage.

Save valuable space with vertical storage options such as shelves and standing cabinets. Tall and narrow options allow you to get the most storage out of a small amount of space. In the kitchen, use a standing utensil holder to avoid cluttered drawers. Hanging organizers in the bedroom closet can help you steer clear of rows of shoes and boxes under the bed.

 

Live life to the fullest at Holly Hall.

Downsizing to a one-bedroom apartment opens up a lot of possibilities at Holly Hall. Instead of having to plan, shop for, and prepare every meal, you can have a chef cook for you. Inviting common spaces are a short walk from your door where you can meet friends for coffee, join an art class, or discuss a bestseller with your book club buddies. A variety of fitness classes are available on campus to help improve your health and well-being. And that’s just the beginning.

To learn more about the benefits of moving to Holly Hall, get in touch. In the meantime, you can explore floor plans and start picturing how you’d like to decorate your apartment.  

 

How to Rightsize to a Senior Apartment While Keeping What You Love

Posted on: September 13th, 2021 by hhmin

Senior couple downsizing, packing away belongings.

If you’re moving from a large space to a smaller space, you can’t take everything with you. So you have to decide what things you want to keep and what you want to give away, throw away, or sell. If you’re like most older adults who’ve accumulated more stuff over the years than they need, want, or use, facing the sorting process can be daunting. That’s why it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to sort through your possessions, declutter your living space, and “rightsize” your life. Once you get going, you may well find it liberating.

What is rightsizing?

Rightsizing is the process of downsizing the space you live in and — for adults moving to a senior living community — outsourcing the chores and responsibilities that go with homeownership. In exchange, you can upsize the things you’d rather focus your time and energy on — social activities, physical fitness, volunteering, lifelong learning, and more.

10 tips to help you downsize to rightsize.

When it comes to downsizing, if you try to sort out everything at once, it can be overwhelming. But if you approach the downsizing process methodically, you’ll gain confidence and energy as each step takes you closer to the finish line.

To get off on the right foot, here are 10 downsizing tips to help you pare down your belongings so you take only what you can’t live without — leaving space for the things you love and use.

  1. Make a plan — If you have a moving date in mind, you can plan workdays to get the job done without exhausting yourself. Define goals for each workday on your calendar, and write down who’ll need to be involved to accomplish those goals. Involve friends and relatives early so they can be ready to help when those days arrive.
  1. Start early — Give yourself time to approach the process methodically. Start months ahead of moving day, and sort one room at a time. The key to downsizing is not finishing the process; it’s starting it.
  1. Keep sorting sessions short — About two hours is ideal. Begin with the simplest room first. If you start with the most complicated area, you may get discouraged and quit. Tackling a simple room helps build your confidence.
  1. Use the new space as a guide — When deciding what to take with you, it’s essential to know the measurements of your new living space. Taped off floor space in your current home can help you visualize where each item will fit in your new home. If you know your old furniture won’t fit in your new home, it’s time to let it go and start thinking about new pieces to enjoy in your new environment.
  1. Focus on the most-used items — Don’t go by the newest and the best; go by what you regularly use. If you’re not sure, set the items aside, preferably out of sight, and see how you get along without them. You might be surprised how little you notice they’re gone.
  1. Identify why it’s important to you — Be able to articulate each item’s purpose. Is it necessary? Is there sentimental value to the item? Is it of significant financial value? Would a family member or friend appreciate it or use it? Most of all, will you use it in your new home?
  1. Sort items into five categories — Start with boxes or containers to separate items into five piles: those to keep, gift, donate, sell, or throw away. Toss anything that’s chipped, broken, or stained. Check with local donation centers to see which items they’ll accept; many donation centers offer free pickup, which can be a real time-saver.
  1. Digitize photos and important documents — Consider hiring a company to digitize photos, memorabilia, and collections you won’t have space for in your new home. Important documents can be digitized at a reasonable price. You can also have copies made to give to family members.
  1. Think twice before selling items on your own — Craigslist, eBay, and other options are time-consuming when you’re trying to downsize a houseful of stuff. If you’re selling something of high value, consider getting it appraised by an auction house.
  1. Feeling overwhelmed? Call in the professionals — If you’re struggling, find yourself short on time, or simply prefer to have a professional help you decide what to do with your possessions, senior move managers are available to help. Services range from downsizing and space planning to packing and unpacking.

Make the most of your new space.

The best way to maximize a small space is to use household accessories and furniture that are vertical and multifunctional. Here are some ideas.

  • Invest in tall bookcases and wall-mounted shelves for beautiful storage spaces that won’t take up much space.
  • Showcase memories in shadow boxes to display on the wall.
  • Hang quilts.
  • Use the backs of doors and cupboards for bonus storage space with hooks and over-the-door organizers.
  • Shop for multifunctional furniture, such as a height-adjustable dining/coffee table or a captain’s bed with built-in storage underneath.
  • Downsize other furniture and household items to make room for a large item you love.

Find a living space that’s just right for you.

Whether you’re rightsizing to an apartment home or a stand-alone cottage, you’ll find floor plans that fit your needs perfectly at Holly Hall. Each residence can be customized with a choice of finishes, paints, and floorings. And of course, you can leave the chores to us. Weekly housekeeping and all maintenance inside and out are just part of the package — giving you more time to do the things that bring you joy and fulfillment.

How Senior Living Benefits Those with Diabetes

Posted on: August 31st, 2021 by hhmin

A senior woman measuring her glucose level

In the last 20 years, the number of people with diabetes has more than doubled as the American population has aged and become more overweight. Left unchecked, diabetes can cause serious complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, hearing loss, nerve damage, and amputations.

Fortunately, you can manage your diabetes and live a long and healthy life by taking care of yourself each day. Monitoring your blood glucose level, eating a healthy diet, exercising, and taking your medications are all important steps to feeling better in the short term and preventing complications in the long term.

 

5 ways senior living communities help manage diabetes.

Senior living communities are designed to support a healthy lifestyle. And for people with diabetes, they’re just what the doctor ordered. Here are five ways a senior living community can help you or someone you love with diabetes:

 

Personalized diabetes management

At Holly Hall, for example, we offer to create a personalized wellness plan for each resident. A team of health professionals, a nutritionist, and a wellness coach can help residents regulate their diet, get daily exercise, check blood sugar levels, and manage medications. We can also assist residents to access regular eye exams, skin assessments, and podiatrist visits to help prevent complications.

 

Nutrition management

Senior living communities strive to provide healthy, delicious meals residents enjoy. At Holly Hall, a dietitian works with our chef to plan tasty, nutritious meal options, including specialized menus that cater to residents with diabetes. Everything is homemade and includes foods high in nutritional value and low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

 

Fitness programs

Exercise, along with a healthy diet, helps people with diabetes maintain a healthy weight. In addition, regular physical activity helps control blood sugar levels not to mention lowering your risk for heart disease and stroke.

Most senior living communities offer a fitness center where residents can take a variety of group fitness classes or just work out on their own. Many senior living communities also offer an indoor pool where residents can swim, do water aerobics, and play water volleyball. 

At a senior living community like Holly Hall, residents benefit from a wide range of fitness classes tailored to their needs, including Zumba, yoga, strength training, and balance training. Fitness instructors are always available to provide fitness evaluations, prescribe individual exercise programs, and ensure you’re performing exercises safely and effectively. 

 

Health education

Senior living residents can take advantage of a number of health education classes, lectures, and activities. Healthcare professionals are available to explain how to monitor the disease and what to do when blood glucose levels aren’t where they should be.

Staff members educate residents on nutritional topics, help them communicate with their physicians, and promote greater independence and quality of life. Most senior living communities also offer health and wellness lectures, including those that address daily diabetes-management issues.

 

Access to care

Senior living communities come in all shapes and sizes and offer a variety of living options, such as independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Some may have a dedicated health center on-site that provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation. At Holly Hall, we offer a full range of living options, including skilled nursing at our top-rated health center. It gives residents added peace of mind, knowing they can get the care they may need right on campus from people they know and trust.

 

To learn how we can make living well with diabetes easier, get in touch. We’re here to help you or someone you love live healthier and happier.

How Music Improves the Lives of People With Dementia

Posted on: August 16th, 2021 by hhmin

A senior man puts his feet up on the desk and listens to his over the ear headphones

 

Imagine not being able to complete a sentence because the words you’re searching for aren’t there anymore. You’d probably feel embarrassed and, after repeated attempts, stop trying to communicate because not being able to express yourself is so darn frustrating.

Then, one day, you hear a song from your youth, and you remember every single word and every single note. You might even start singing along or tapping your feet to the rhythm. For a while, you feel like your old self again.

Why is music one of the last things to go for people with dementia? And how can you use music for dementia to connect with a loved one, calm them down when they’re feeling anxious, and help them engage in activities they enjoy?

Music for dementia: Reconnect with golden oldies.

Studies show that a person’s ability to enjoy music may be preserved even in late stages of dementia. The area of the brain that serves as the hub for music, memories, and emotions is one of the last areas of the brain to atrophy as a result of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Another reason music from our formative years is so unforgettable is those songs are charged with emotions from the most vital years of our lives. Even songs you remember but don’t particularly like still have the power to evoke vivid memories. And that’s good news for people with dementia and the therapists working to improve their quality of life.

Music therapy helps at every stage of dementia.

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, listening to music can help people relax and reduce depression. Singing or playing music can boost brain function, enhance mood, and give a sense of success and accomplishment. Music therapy groups can challenge cognitive skills and encourage social interaction.

In the middle stages, when behaviors can sometimes be challenging, music is an effective way to distract someone. For example, you can sing a song with a person while you walk together. Often, the person walks farther while singing along and has a more enjoyable time while exercising. Music therapy has also been shown to help people with dementia sleep better at night.

In the later stages of dementia, music can help calm agitation or aggression. It can awaken people who’ve become isolated and help them become more engaged and aware of their surroundings. Even when verbal communication has been lost, moving to music or dancing with your spouse can help you stay connected.

5 tips to help you hit the right notes.

Consider these tips when using music for dementia to connect with a loved one:

  1. Think about your loved one’s preferences. What kind of music does your loved one enjoy? What music evokes memories of happy times in their life? Involve family and friends by asking them to suggest songs or make playlists.
  2. Set the mood. To calm your loved one during mealtime or a morning hygiene routine, play music or sing a song that’s soothing. When you’d like to boost your loved one’s mood, use more upbeat or faster-paced music.
  3. Encourage movement. Help your loved one clap along or tap their feet to the beat. If possible, consider dancing with your loved one.
  4. Sing along. Singing music together can boost mood and enhance your relationship. Some songs that are personally meaningful may even stimulate unique memories.
  5. Pay attention to your loved one’s response. If your loved one seems to enjoy particular songs, play them often. If your loved one reacts negatively to a particular song or type of music, choose something else.

 

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care at Holly Hall.

We use a variety of sensory activities, including music therapy and art therapy, to engage residents with cognitive impairment. Our goal is to maintain a high quality of life and provide compassionate care for all stages of memory loss. 

As a MUSIC & MEMORY® Certified Care community, staff members at Holly Hall receive special training in the therapeutic use of music for memory loss. To learn more about how Holly Hall serves its residents with dementia, visit our Cognitive Support page.   

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.