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What Makes Holly Hall The Best Retirement Community in Houston

Posted on: October 24th, 2022 by hhmin

Moving a loved one into an Independent or Assisted Living facility can be difficult. You want to ensure they will be in a safe and comfortable environment, receive the best quality of life possible, and have plenty of activities and social opportunities. At Holly Hall Christian Retirement Community, we understand the importance of making this decision and want to help you every step of the way. Our staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of your loved ones. Here are four ways our retirement community offers the best senior care.

  1. Entering Holly Hall, you are immediately greeted with the sights and sounds of a Southern village. The architecture is warmly welcoming, showcasing our rich heritage mixed with new light for tomorrow’s generation.
  2. The community spirit here at our wonderful retirement home has been carefully curated to offer each resident an exceptional lifestyle filled with comfort without compromise! Our residents enjoy locally grown, healthy foods prepared by our talented culinary team and have a robust calendar of social and wellness activities to participate in.
  3. Our beautiful grounds span 20 acres of lush green and offer a wide range of Independent Living (cottages or apartments) and Assisted Living options so that you can find the perfect fit for your loved one. We also offer short-term and pulmonary rehab, extended-stay apartments, and long-term nursing care.
  4. Holly Hall Christian Retirement Community is a top-notch facility that provides top-quality care for its residents. We do this by hiring a highly-skilled and compassionate staff dedicated to providing the best possible care for our residents and ensuring their needs are met. We want to introduce you to a few of the many staff members that make out retirement community the best choice in Houston and the surrounding areas.

Meet Some of the Friendly Staff Members at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Earnestine Bell

Earnestine Bell, Special Events Manager, has been a beloved employee at Holly Hall for over 30 years. She is a joyful spirit that exudes fondness for everyone she encounters. She says she enjoys coming to work daily “just to see the happy faces and the joy she can bring to residents.”

Earnestine came to be a part of the mission to take care of the residents in their retirement. She wanted to positively impact their lives and be instrumental in providing for their comfort, needs, and well-being. Earnestine lives with a purpose in life to be a role model for her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. She strives to be an example of how you should work hard, be fair when dealing with people, and know that you can achieve anything you want. It is not surprising that Earnestine is well-loved. She truly thinks of her fellow employees as family and is always appreciative of how Holly Hall has supported and loved her over the years.

Lillian Lankford

Lillian Lankford, Certified Medical Aide in Assisted Living, has worked at Holly Hall for more than 23 years. She has always enjoyed helping others and giving back to the community. She started at Holly Hall as a CNA for certain shifts, and over time she became truly valued for her work effort and was asked to come on full-time. The supervisors at Holly Hall saw Lillian’s excellence in all of her work and soon asked her to take the courses she needed to become a Certified Medical Aide. 

When you talk to Lillian, you can easily see the joy she has working at Holly Hall. She speaks fondly about all of the residents that she helps and will be quick to tell you that the residents are the ones that bring her joy in life. Over the years, she has always tried to be an example and to do her part to provide the best care possible. She believes that the first impression is the most important in life and that you should always show Christian values toward others.

Receive the Best Senior Care at Houston’s Holly Hall Retirement Community

Our residents and staff make Holly Hall the close-knit, caring, and genuine retirement community it is. If you are interested in setting up a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities, please contact us or call us at (713) 799-9031. We look forward to showing you how Holly Hall Retirement Community adds life to year and years to life.

Purpose Full: The 2021-2022 Annual Impact of Holly Hall Retirement Community

Posted on: October 13th, 2022 by hhmin

Moving Forward With Purpose

Not many people contemplate their purpose or how they can help give purpose to others. Here at Holly Hall, we believe our purpose is to help those that feel they have limited purpose find their true purpose. Mark Twain gave us poignant words to live by when he said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Holly Hall was founded to add years to life and life to years. 

Over 70 years later, it is still pretty easy to see that our purpose is to inspire service and provide excellent, compassionate care while respecting the individual. I feel that my role as CEO of Holly Hall is to steward our purpose. I am honored to be a part of the team that continually looks for ways to improve this community, respects our history, and upholds the needs of all vested individuals. This year we are looking to the future of Holly Hall and what we need to do today to help ensure we continue to provide a safe and loving home for our seniors. We are already working on plans for both interior and exterior improvements.  

Our Dining team is working hard to further enhance our dining program. The Wellness team plans to add activities and life enrichment programs to enhance the quality of life and provide even more purpose for our residents. These are just some of the things we are working on to guarantee Holly Hall is here for years and years to come. As I continue to learn about the legacy that Holly Hall has provided for many generations in the Greater Houston area, I am truly grateful to be given the mission to provide Holly Hall with a bright and purposeful future.

With the help of the dedicated staff at Holly Hall, we will carry on the core values of providing our residents with peace, excellence, compassion, and respect.

Sincerely,

Peter Drew, CEO at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Holly Hall Retirement Community By The Numbers

The following data shows the impact of Holly Hall from 2021-2022.

Residents Served

Healthcare: 363

Assisted Living: 73

Independent Living: 102

Total volunteers: 111

Total volunteer hours: 1,911

 

Fundraising Revenue 

Churches/foundations/corporations | 49%

Fundraising events | 28%

Individual giving | 23%

 

Expenses

Healthcare services | 88%

General & administrative | 8%

Fundraising | 4%

 

A Grateful Heart

We count our many blessings as we prepare to exit the worst of a worldwide pandemic. Like most retirement communities, we are grateful that Holly Hall survived Covid without a major outbreak or any Covid-related deaths. Although the pandemic took its toll, isolating our residents, they bounced back with resilience, renewed purpose, and passion for life.

We are grateful for our residents. We have the most special residents in the world; they strive to keep their minds sharp, their bodies strong, and their spirits filled with God’s love. Caring for one another and our staff and residents, offer encouragement and wisdom by sending thoughtful cards, making calls to check in on a friend, and delivering hot meals to those who feel ill.

We are grateful for our one-of-a-kind staff. Although Holly Hall has long been known for its loving and attentive staff, they have surpassed the highest expectations these last couple of years by devoting extra hours to keep our residents safe and comfortable during Covid. How our staff truly cares about our residents sets Holl Hall apart from other communities.

We are grateful for our enthusiastic community, who attended numerous fundraising events using a virtual format. From the Book Reviews and Games People Play to a Silver Tea at Jan and Tyson Greer’s historic Victorian home, all events successfully raised funds and strengthened close-knit friendships. We are grateful for our dedicated Board members who give selflessly of their time yearly. We are grateful for our donors, friends, and partners; your support and generosity enable Holly Hall to continue its mission to “add years to life and life to years.”

Sincerely,

Jerry L. McNeill, Board President at Holly Hall Retirement Community

 

Discover Purposeful Living at Holly Hall

Holly Hall is a nonprofit retirement community offering Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Rehab, and Long-Term Care for individuals 65 and older. Founded in 1949, Holly Hall was Houston’s first retirement community. To discover more about purposeful living at Holly Hall, contact us. We’d love to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

2022-2023 Upcoming Book Review Series at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Posted on: September 16th, 2022 by hhmin

Book Series Review speakers for 2022-2023

The annual Holly Hall Book Review Series is a longstanding tradition and fundraiser for the Holly Hall Retirement Community that features reviews and discussions about current best sellers or noteworthy books. Guests enjoy a quick 30-minute discussion about the book without the pressure of reading it beforehand; however, many attendees state that they plan to read it after the event.

This season is inspired by the gathering power of food and how it brings us together. The entire season includes three local speakers from October to April who will bring you a new perspective on food and its role in our lives. And what would a book series about food be like without enjoying some fine cuisine? Brunch will also be served at all three of these events. We hope you will join us for these carefully curated speakers at Holly Hall. 

“I am truly thrilled about this year’s Book Review Series. We are exploring the passion that is put into everyday meals and how food can create a community in exciting and new ways,” said Hayley Hall, Director of Development at Holly Hall Christian Retirement Community. “I hope everyone attending will find a renewed vigor for the food they eat each day and possibly learn how to cook a few new meals.”

 

October 25, 2022

Johnny Carrabba | Texas Restaurateur/Author

Discussing his book: With Gratitude

If you’re a fan of Carrabba’s Italian Grill, you’ll love With Gratitude by Johnny Carrabba, celebrating 30 years of recipes, stories, and family. This coffee table-style cookbook is a must-have for anyone who loves good food. This cookbook features more than 100 of Johnny Carrabba’s favorite recipes from Carrabba’s, Grace’s, Mia’s, and Common Bond, as well as treasured family dishes that have been passed down for generations and are sure to please. 

In addition to the delicious recipes, you’ll also find Johnny’s family history and his remarkable success story in running a restaurant business. The cookbook includes spectacular photographs from Houston’s best food photographer, Debora Smail, and designers Linda Limb and Elise DeSilva. So whether you’re looking for a new recipe to try or want to learn more about the man behind the restaurant, be sure to check out With Gratitude.

 

January 10, 2023

Anita Jaisinghani | Founder & Executive Chef of Pondicheri

Discussing her book: Masala

From her roots in Gujarat, India, to the heart of Houston, Texas, award-winning chef Anita Jaisinghani has created Masala: Recipes from India, the Land of Spices, an exciting cookbook with simple recipes that celebrates ancient Ayurveda food as it should be: seasonal, textured and colorful. Using only spices for flavor without overwhelming you or your taste buds–this book is perfect if you’re looking forward to bringing more Indian cuisine into your home this year!

The flavor of an Indian meal is rich and complex, with fresh spices that give it a snap. But how do you know which spice to use and when? Masala will teach you the wisdom behind cooking like a pro! The book includes detailed information about cooking with fresh whole spices, when to use them properly, and much more! 

April 11, 2023

Dolores Woods, MA, RD, LD | Nutritionist, Nourish Program UTHealth/Contributing Chef

Discussing the book: How Good Food Works from Seed to Plate

The Nourish cookbook, How Good Food Works from Seed to Plate, is a beautiful book with award-winning food photography. Recipes were developed by Dr. Wesley McWhorter, Director of Culinary Nutrition for Nourish, and tested by Chef/RD Dolores Woods – a Nourish team member and lecturer for the program. How Good Food Works from Seed to Plate begins with Laura Moore, MEd, RD, LD, showing us how food can be an empowering force in our lives. She shares the vision and mission of the UTHealth School of Public Health Nourish program and how they educate the next generation with tools to unlock the potential of what we eat while celebrating the functional and emotional role that food plays in our lives.

If you are looking for a cookbook to help you make healthy, delicious, and easy-to-prepare meals in your kitchen, this book is for you! Inside, you will find more than 100 recipes that are perfect for any occasion, as well as helpful tips and advice on preparation techniques, entertaining ideas, and interesting facts on many vegetables, spices, and herbs. So whether you are looking to impress your guests at your next dinner party or simply searching for some nutritious and flavorful meal ideas, this cookbook is sure to have something for everyone. Bon appetit!

Dolores will also be giving a cooking demonstration during this presentation from the book How Good Food Works from Seed to Plate

A Fundraising Tradition

Holly Hall has been a constant in the Houston community for over 70 years, and the Book Review Series has raised funds for the Resident Subsidy Program since it began in 1949. Proceeds from the annual Book Review Series help cover the cost of care for residents who outlive their retirement savings and can no longer afford the total amount of their care as they transition from Independent Living to Assisted Living and then to Healthcare. As a sponsor or ticket holder, you will give residents the peace of mind that they will receive the same level of support, regardless of individual circumstances. If you have questions about the Book Review Series event or would like to tour our retirement community with a friendly neighborhood feeling, contact us here or call us at (713)-799-9031.

Celebrating Friendship Month at Holly Hall

Posted on: September 9th, 2022 by hhmin

Friendships are some of the most important relationships we will ever have in our lives. Since September is Friendship Month, we want to take a moment to share how friendships blossom and grow at Holly Hall Retirement Community. This month, we’re featuring three unique friendship stories from our residents–one that developed when residents worked together before coming to Holly Hall, one that grew out of family relationships over the years, and one between residents who met for the first time at Holly Hall.

Work Friends: Diana Bertrand and Ruth Moore

Friendships blossom at Holly Hall Retirement Community

It was around 1968 when Holly Hall residents Diana and Ruth’s professional paths began to cross. Both women received their Bachelor’s degrees and worked as Medical Technologists. Diana, Ruth, their friend Patti Harrison, and other colleagues car-pooled to professional meetings across Texas. At various times, the friends served as local and state officers of the Medical Technology Society and were members of the Medical Center bowling league. 

Their professional relationship gradually turned into a personal friendship. They both loved to travel and signed up for numerous adventures – northern Italy, a Baltic cruise, the St. Lawrence River, the Danube River, and even a cruise across the Atlantic from Barcelona to Galveston!

In 2013, after retiring, Diana moved to Holly Hall. She had no family to care for and wanted a safe and comfortable place where she could continue traveling. Patti Harrison joined her at Holly Hall in 2018 (sadly, she has since passed away). Ruth and Diana continued to see each other and travel together until finally, in 2021, Ruth decided that she, too, should move to Holly Hall. She had visited Diana and had attended an Open House before Covid shut those down. 

Their last trip together was an Alaskan cruise in 2019, and they are not likely to take more, given their ages and the uncertainties of Covid. But the strong friendship that grew out of their shared profession continues at Holly Hall, where Diana and Ruth eat together, go to activities, and enjoy swapping tales about their trips and mutual friends.

Family Friends: Calista Schneidau and Anne Chatoney

Friendships blossom at Holly Hall Retirement Community

 

Residents Calista Schneidau and Anne Chatoney became friends through their children around 1995 when Calista’s son Stephen began dating Anne’s daughter Mary. The large Schneidau family became so fond of Mary that they decided to ask her to marry them all if Stephen didn’t make a move soon! Stephen took the hint, and the couple married in 1997, much to the delight of both mothers. The combined families shared holidays, took beach vacations, celebrated birthdays and weddings, and attended cocktail gatherings. Anne says that Calista was always welcoming to her whole family.

In 2012, Anne’s husband became ill, and they both moved to Holly Hall Assisted Living, where he could receive palliative care. After he died, Anne left for a brief period but moved into Independent Living in 2013. In 2019, Calista also moved to Holly Hall, first into Independent Living and, more recently, into Assisted Living. She says it has been enormously helpful to have Anne here and assist her in adjusting to life at Holly Hall.

The Holly Hall connection extends further: resident Lucy Ruiz’s son Joseph is married to Calista’s daughter Lauri, so Lucy attends the same family functions as Calista and Anne. These relationships have led to multiple intertwining friendships among multiple generations of the Schneidau, Chatoney, and Ruiz families. How fortunate the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren are to be the beneficiaries of the love stories that came before them and to form friendships with aunts, uncles, and cousins!

New Friends: Sonia Townsend and Donna Coulson

Friendships blossom at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Sonia Townsend moved to Holly Hall in 2016, briefly into healthcare after an accident, and now she resides in Independent Living. She didn’t know any residents but found it a friendly place. Sonia had led an eventful life – growing up in Austin, attending the University of Texas for a degree in fashion design, then to New York to the Parsons School of Design. She returned to Texas for a job at Houston’s new Sakowitz store, but she took a temporary position with Exxon and never gave fashion design another chance. Sonia had married “the boy next door,” whom she had known since they were eight. The couple adopted two at-risk infants. Sonia’s husband died when the boys were young, so she was a single working mother for years. By the time she retired, Sonia was administering a program that managed healthcare for 600 sailors on off-shore tankers and was ready for a quieter life when she moved to Holly Hall.

Meanwhile, Donna Coulson had led a relatively quiet life. She was brought up in Virginia in a large family of six children, then attended college in Florida to obtain a library science degree. In 2000, Donna moved to Houston to become the administrator of Houston Community College’s library systems. After retirement, many of her friends began to move away, and Donna realized that she would eventually need help as she aged. She had friends who had heard good things about Holly Hall, so she visited, saw an apartment, and thought it looked like home. Donna liked that it was not a high-rise, so she could look out her windows and see the trees and gardens. She moved into Independent Living in 2017.

Donna remembers meeting Sonia first at lunch, and Sonia remembers seeing Donna in their Independent Living cluster. Their schedules meshed, and they walked together to meals and activities. They gradually learned they liked many of the same things and had similar values, including a strong Christian faith. Donna says that her friendship with Sonia has been significant during this last year when three of Donna’s siblings died. Holly Hall brought Sonia and Donna together and enriched each other’s lives. But as Donna says, “Really, everybody at Holly Hall is a friend – that’s a benefit you don’t expect.”

Friendships Blossom at Houston’s Holly Hall

Friendship month is a time to celebrate our friends and nurture the relationships important to our happiness and well-being. After all, studies have shown that close friendships can have several benefits, including improved mental health, increased life satisfaction, and even a longer lifespan. Schedule a tour for our Assisted Living or Independent Living to see just how friendships grow and add life to years at Holly Hall Retirement Community.

Tips to Stay Cool and Beat The Houston Heat

Posted on: August 10th, 2022 by hhmin

It’s no secret that Houston summers are brutally hot. With the scorching heat wave currently sweeping across Texas that might break record temperatures, it is essential to take precautions for senior citizens and aging loved ones to stay cool. We’ve compiled a list of tips to help keep you safe and beat the heat. Whether you’re staying at home or heading out for the day, these helpful hints will ensure you don’t overheat.

Stay hydrated

As any Houstonian knows, the summer months can be brutally hot. The key to beating the heat is to stay hydrated. Cold water is best, and you should aim to drink eight glasses daily. Other fluids like unsweetened iced tea or fruit juice can also help keep you hydrated. 

  • Avoid caffeinated drinks like coffee or soda, as they can cause you to lose water. 
  • Alcohol and sugary drinks should also be avoided, as they can cause you to lose water. Stick to cold water or unsweetened iced tea to help beat summer’s heat.

Avoid hot foods and heavy meals

When the weather is hot, it’s important to pay attention to what you eat and drink. Heavy meals, hot foods, and spicy dishes can make you feel even hotter, as your body has to work harder to digest the food. 

  • Stick to light meals and snacks that are easy to digest.
  • Some foods that are good for keeping you hydrated include melons such as watermelon, honeydew, and cucumber. 

Get an idea of the light and refreshing meals we serve in the hot Houston summer months at Holly Hall.

Best clothing options

Always dress for the weather. Tight clothing can trap heat and make you feel even hotter. Loose-fitting, light-colored clothes allow your skin to breathe and help keep you cool while dark colors absorb heat. It’s best to wear light colors that reflect the sun’s rays. 

  • Opt for lightweight materials like cotton or linen.
  • Wear a hat and bring your sunglasses when going outdoors. 

Apply sunscreen

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and less elastic. We also become more susceptible to damage from ultraviolet (UV) radiation. That’s why it’s crucial for everyone, especially senior citizens, to use sunscreen during the summer. UV radiation is a known risk factor for skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. It can also cause skin damage, including wrinkles, sunspots, and dryness. And while UV exposure can occur year-round, seniors are especially vulnerable during summer when the sun’s rays are strongest. 

  • Applying sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher can help protect against UV damage. 
  • Be sure to apply sunscreen evenly over all exposed skin, including the back of the hands, ears, and feet. 
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if you’re sweating or swimming. 

Carefully plan your time outdoors

The heat can be dangerous, particularly for vulnerable populations such as young children, the elderly, and those with chronic medical conditions. Limit your time outdoors to stay safe during the summer months.

  • Try to stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Take breaks often in a cool place with air-conditioning.
  • Plan your outdoor activities for cooler times of day, such as the early morning or evening hours. 

Stay active indoors 

There are plenty of ways to stay active indoors at Holly Hall Retirement Community. From social activities to friendly fitness classes, you don’t have to sacrifice being active in our community in the summer.

  • Attend one of our many fitness classes, including Tai Chi, Zumba Gold, Exercise with Tape, or Sit & Fit.
  • Play a game of cards, bridge, Mahjong, or Bingo. 
  • Attend Bible study, Communion, or worship service.
  • Take a relaxing evening stroll around the community grounds after the sun has simmered down.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Keeps Your Loved One Comfortable

Our trained staff has the resources and knowledge to help your loved ones stay cool and beat the summer heat. All our residents can still get an outdoor feeling with exquisite views of our lush green campus that spans 20 acres during the high summer temperatures. Put your trust in Holly Hall Retirement Community. Schedule a tour if you are an independent senior looking to live in an active and gated community or if you are looking for assisted living for an aging loved one.

Benefits of Assisted Living

Posted on: November 2nd, 2020 by hhmin

When is it Time for Assisted Living?

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

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

What is Assisted Living?

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

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

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

3 Benefits of Assisted Living at Holly Hall

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

Assisted Living Services at Holly Hall

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

Assisted Living Features

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

Assisted Living Services

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

Receive Vibrant Assisted Living at Holly Hall

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

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

 

5 Tips for Making Assisted Living Affordable

Posted on: August 10th, 2018 by hhmin

Financing Assisted LivingWhen caring for a loved one becomes too difficult for a family to properly do, assisted living is usually the next ideal step. Although the safety and comfort of senior living is a goal for many of our loved ones, sometimes the price point of a retirement home can leave a family feeling cornered.

While most senior living communities are not negotiable when it comes to a price tag, the good news is that there are several ways to plan and approach the cost of assisted living that make the finances more manageable.

1. Don’t Be Afraid to Sell Your Home

Some people who enter a retirement community leave behind a home that stays in the family. One excellent option for helping to ease the financial process of assisted living is simply selling the home and using the funds to help finance your community needs. Most people entering into assisted living are leaving behind homes that they don’t plan on using. After discussing with your heirs, if everyone is comfortable with the decision to sell, this is an excellent way to approach your future expenses.

2. Shop Around for What You Can Afford

When shopping for any good, most people don’t usually go with the first option that they see. Looking for the most affordable good should always be a key goal. Looking for a senior living or assisted living home is no different.

When looking for a Houston retirement home that fits your price range, don’t be afraid to treat the process like you are interviewing an employee. Shop around, ask questions, and make sure you know what you can afford before signing on the dotted line.

3. Leverage Your Life Insurance Policy

If your loved one has been paying for a life insurance policy for more than ten years, borrowing from the policy is a viable option to help pay for assisted living. As long as you understand that there will be less money, in the end, to pass on to the heirs, then this is a great way to get some extra money without racking up debt.

4. Are You a Veteran?

Knowing the veteran status of yourself or your loved one considering assisted living can help you afford the cost. Veteran benefit eligibility of veterans or veteran survivors means that there may be access to an increase in their monthly pension benefits. Speak with your local VFW association to understand what the various criteria are to gain extra funds from benefits.

5. Find Out How Their Services Are Charged

Knowing how an assisted living home charges for their services is important to understand how you will be able to pay for the service. By examining your loved one’s needs, you will be able to ask the right questions on how they will charge you for specific care. Is pricing a la carte or upfront? These options matter and should not be ignored during the decision process.

Holly Hall Makes Sure Our Houston Community is a Financial Fit For You

Making a move to assisted living in Houston is a huge decision for any family. If you know that it is time to prepare for an assisted living move, get in touch with Holly Hall to discuss your options. We look forward to making your loved one a part of our Christian community.

Tips for Keeping Your Loved Ones in Assisted Living Feeling Young

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by hhmin

Staying Young with Assisted LivingAssisted living is a great way to ensure that your loved one receives the proper care that they deserve as they age. However, sometimes the number involved with the age can take a toll on a person’s mental and emotional health and they begin to “feel” old in their community.

Age is nothing but a number, and the adage that you are only as old as you feel is true. Here are some of our tips for keeping your assisted living loved one feeling young at heart.

Aging is an Opportunity with Assisted Living

A recent study published in the US National Library of Medicine shows that older individuals who see aging as a positive experience to enjoy life through new perspectives lived 7.5 years longer than those who viewed aging as a negative process. By helping your loved one view age as just a number, you could help lead them into a healthier emotional and physical life as they continue to age.

Don’t Act Your Age

Age is nothing but a number. Many things in life can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. Take comedy for example. The next time you visit your loved one at their assisted living community, take the latest joke ready to tell or have a funny viral YouTube video saved in your history to show your loved one. Keep your family member feeling young by forgetting that there are age requirements on fun activities that you can choose to do together.

Turn Down Mobility Aids

Some seniors are required to make use of mobility aids like wheelchairs and walkers to get around.

If your loved one can get around without any pain and just moves a little slower than they used to, take the time to slow down with them and encourage that they walk around with you and only turn to mobility aids if they begin to feel pain or just grow too tired.

Set Healthy Goals

Goals are an important way to establish a regimen that will help your loved one feel physically and mentally younger as the days go by. Make sure that when setting these goals, you are focusing on healthy ways to improve your loved one’s life at their age. Help them pick up a new or forgotten hobby, or learn a new language together via online courses.

 

Holly Hall Retirement Home Will Keep Your Loved One Young At Heart!

If you have a loved one who is ready to experience the opportunity to live in an assisted living community that improves their lives, then the staff at Holly Hall Retirement Community is ready to welcome your loved one with open arms. Get in touch with us today to find out all that an assisted living community has to offer in a Christian environment.

We are happy to have you visit and tour our community in order to see everything we have to offer your loved one when they are welcomed in as family.

Thank Your Loved One in Senior Assisted Living this Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 7th, 2017 by hhmin

Thanksgiving at Assisted LivingWith October in the rearview mirror and a family-filled November on the horizon, Thanksgiving is the next big holiday for your loved one in senior assisted living to look forward to. Yes, this holiday brings about family gatherings, traditional dishes, and delightful desserts; but there is also so much more that can be done with your loved one.

This season, prior to your visit with your family member in senior assisted living, talk with the members of your family and come up with some ways to thank your loved one and show them that they are appreciated. Here are some of our favorite ideas for this time of the year.

Tell Them Thank You

Simply letting your loved one know that they have made an impact on your life is one way to help spread the Thanksgiving joy. You don’t have to have an elaborate expression of gratitude in order for it to be meaningful for your senior assisted living family member.

While they are definitely getting the best treatment and emotional care in their community, your personal expression of thanks is one that will make them feel absolute love and appreciation.

Take a Family Picture

Family photos at holiday events are lifelong traditions no matter where a member of the family ends up. Schedule some time with your loved one to sit down and take a family photo. Getting the whole family together can be a rare moment, and by organizing this event and documenting it, you are showing your loved one that they are a special member of your family.

Do Some Favors Around the House

If you are visiting your loved one in assisted living or an independent living community, you have the opportunity to express your thanks through action. Look around their living quarters and find little ways to help them out. Do some of their dishes, re-organize their refrigerator, make sure their television is set to their specifications. Even though your assisted living coordinators take all of the steps needed to care for your loved one, just having you come in and do little favors for them helps promote your gratitude and love.

Write Them a Personal Letter

Giving thanks to your loved one should be an intimate experience and a time of personal reflection. One way to really personalize this moment is to write your loved one in a retirement home a heartfelt letter. In this letter you can talk about a favorite memory with your loved one, or talk about the reasons why you enjoy visiting them in their community.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Thanks You for Letting Us into Your Family

If you have found yourself at a crossroad with your loved one and feel they need more care than you can presently offer, reach out to Holly Hall to schedule a visit to our community today. We are a Christian-centered retirement home that believes in treating your loved one like our own family. For any questions about our services, give us a call.

4 Immune System Boosters for Loved Ones in Senior Care Centers

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by hhmin

Senior Assisted Living Flu SeasonFlu season can be a nightmare for seniors enjoying life in their assisted living community. Yes, it is bad enough when you are a younger person to be affected by this illness, but as a senior citizen, a simple flu or even the common cold can lead to some pretty disastrous consequences.

Here are some of the best ways that you can help your loved ones in assisted living facilities get through flu season without catching a single chill. These simple ways to boost the immune system of your loved one will help them to remain healthy, happy, and comfortable throughout the cooler seasons.

1. Always Get Vaccinated

At this time of the year, the flu shot is always available to those who want to avoid missing out on life due to the sickness. We recommend that you get your loved one vaccinated as well. There are specific flu shots for members of the community aged 65 and up that provide stronger protection against the flu than the average vaccination.

2. Get Plenty of Sleep While Enjoying Senior Assisted Living

Sleep is the body’s natural immune system booster. Make sure that your loved one in assisted living is getting their required amount of sleep. By getting the maximum number of hours of sleep, your body responds better to stress, inflammation, and improved response to the flu vaccine.

3. Wash Your Hands

No matter how pristine your independent living community is, your loved one is liable to come into contact with thousands of germs a day. Spreading germs is one of the most common ways to catch the flu.

Avoid spreading germs by reminding your loved one to constantly wash their hands after touching hand rails, lunch trays, or going to the restroom. Also, if your loved one has friends who have the flu or a cold, make sure that they keep their distance. This is especially true when travelling in cars, elevators, or anywhere where large groups of people meet.

4. Eat the Right Things

From superfoods to multivitamins, what your loved one puts into their body can help them boost their immune system during this risky season. Certain foods that are great to incorporate into a diet as superfoods include:

  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Avocados
  • Mushrooms
  • Berries

Eat Healthy to Stay BoostedAlso, as seniors, multivitamins and herbal supplements can be extremely beneficial to add to a well-balanced diet. These can help increase the nutrients of a diet and ward off infection. However, it is important to note that vitamins and herbal supplements can counteract medications that someone over 65 is taking. It is always important to tell your loved one’s primary care physician before incorporating any new vitamins or supplements into their daily routine.

Holly Hall is Dedicated to Your Loved One’s Well-Being

At Holly Hall, we believe in treating your loved one like a member of our own family. Through our Christian values and our licensed staff, we strive to keep your family member well during this time of the year.

If you are interested in taking a tour of our retirement home, give us a call today to find out more about the benefits of living at Holly Hall.