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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.


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%



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.”


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.

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.

Hurricane Preparedness at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Posted on: June 23rd, 2022 by hhmin


Hurricane season is nothing new for Houstonians. However, when it comes to finding a retirement community for your loved ones (or yourself) on the Upper Gulf Coast, you want to ensure specific standards of safety in the event of hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, or even extreme winter weather. At Holly Hall Retirement Community, our residents’ well-being and protection are of the utmost importance at all times, including having extra measures of protection for natural disasters.

Since June 1st officially kicked off hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic seaboard, we wanted to share a preparedness checklist and more about our retirement community’s backup generation that can withstand inclement weather. No matter what storm comes in the path of Holly Hall Retirement Community, you can have peace of mind.

Holly Hall is the first retirement community with On Demand Electric Reliability

Even a light flickering can be unsettling when a big storm is projected to hit. At Houston’s Holly Hall Retirement Community, residents can relax knowing there is a consistent power supply. You might be wondering how our community that spans 20 acres can have backup generation. Using Enchanted Rock’s proprietary natural gas microgrid design and Texas Microgrid’s services, Holly Hall has full electrical reliability in all weather conditions and emergencies. 

Before the On Demand Electric Reliability service, Holly Hall experienced around four eight-hour outages yearly due to storms. Electricity is an absolute necessity for residents who rely on medications that require refrigeration, breathing machines, and other life-dependent power-operating devices. Since this installation, Holly Hall hasn’t lost power or even experienced a light flicker. The microgrids provided assurance, heat, and power during the Winter Storm Uri in February 2021, while millions were without electricity.

At Holly Hall, we ensure our residents have a peaceful environment, and providing reliable power is just one of the many measures we take to make this happen. 

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

Hurricane season is a time of year when residents of the Houston area need to be extra vigilant. Although the hurricane season officially runs from June 1st to November 30th, the peak of hurricane activity usually occurs between August and October. Utilizing a hurricane preparedness checklist can help you and your loved ones stick to a plan in the event of a storm. 

  • Make sure all doors and windows are securely shut; consider using storm shutters.
  • Secure or remove any outdoor furniture and plants.
  • Have plenty of non-perishable food and water on hand and a manual can opener.
  • Fill up your car with gas in case you need to evacuate.
  • Charge all of your electronic devices and have backup batteries handy.
  • Keep cash on hand in case ATMs are down or power is lost.
  • Have a first-aid kit and any necessary medications readily available.
  • Know your community’s evacuation routes if you need to leave quickly.
  • Stay tuned to local news and weather reports for the latest updates on the hurricane.
  • Put important documents like your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate in a waterproof bag.

Click here to download the 10-page METRO Hurricane Preparedness Checklist and Guide from the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, the City of Houston OEM, and the METRO Office of Emergency Management.

Add Years to Life and Life to Years at Holly Hall Retirement Community

If you are looking for a place that feels like home and offers peace no matter the storm, consider moving to Holly Hall. Our Christian retirement community provides a full spectrum of options, including independent living, assisted living, and short-term rehab. Call us at (713) 799-9031 or contact us for more information.


What is a Caregiver and When Should You Consider Senior Housing?

Posted on: May 18th, 2022 by hhmin

For many families dealing with an aging parent who needs help, caring for them in their home makes the most sense. And as their care needs increase, it can become more and more challenging to be a caregiver. But what is a caregiver? Does care have to be provided by a family member, or are there other options? If you’re trying to decide the best way to look after your family member, this blog post will provide a caregiver definition and look at the best way to provide caregiver services to your loved one. 

What is a Caregiver?

There are two types of caregivers: professional caregivers and family caregivers. Professional caregivers are paid for their services and have had training and education in providing care. Family caregivers care for an aging parent, spouse, other relative, or someone else who is ill or disabled, without payment. 

In the U.S., most long-term care is provided by family and friends in the home; only 11% of care is provided in a nursing home or an assisted-living community. According to AARP, there are currently 53 million family caregivers. About 86% of caregivers are related to the care recipient, with about a third caring for a parent. The average age of a caregiver is 49, and 66% of caregivers are women. 

What are a Caregiver’s Duties?

A caregiver assists with activities of daily living including bathing, getting dressed, walking, eating and assistance with going to the bathroom. Caregivers can also provide help with instrumental activities of daily living including shopping, meal preparation, medication management, housekeeping, transportation and managing finances.

Are You Ready to be a Primary Caregiver?

Deciding to care for a loved one is not something to be taken lightly. While undoubtedly rewarding, it can be a huge strain on your life and the lives of your family members. Before you decide what to do, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Am I physically able to provide the needed assistance? Could I continue doing this work for weeks? Months? Years? Do I have physical limitations for the work involved?
  • How much time is needed to help care for my loved one in their home? Is this likely to increase or decrease over time?
  • What skill level is necessary to provide the best care for them in their home?
  • Are other family members and friends able to share the necessary care without any one individual becoming overburdened?
  • Am I prepared to perform intimate caregiving chores like bathing and helping with using the toilet?
  • Am I able to keep from getting upset and angry? Am I able to stay calm and treat family members with patience and kindness, even when I feel tired and overworked with the responsibilities of being a caregiver?
  • Can I be available for caregiving duties when needed?
  • Can I afford to reduce or stop working? Or do I need to continue to work to meet my family’s and my current or future financial needs?
  • Am I willing to reduce my other obligations to give the care needed? If other people depend on me (children, etc.), can I find alternative care for my loved one to free up my time to take care of others who also need me?
  • Am I confident that other family relationships (e.g., with my spouse) won’t be negatively affected by the stress of caregiving?
  • Do I have a list of contacts to ask for help when I need a break? Am I willing to ask for help if I need it? How will I protect myself from getting so involved that I never take a break or get help?
  • Would I be willing to hire outside care to supplement what I can give? Do I have the financial resources for supplemental care? Would I be willing to pay someone to help me provide the care that is needed?
  • Do the people around me support me in my decision? Are they willing to share some of the responsibilities?  

If you answered “No” to two or more of these questions, you may want to consider other options for your family member. 

Finding the Best Option for Your Loved One

At Holly Hall, we’ve been helping seniors lead more active lives for over 70 years with an engaging lifestyle tailored to their unique wants and needs. To learn how our independent living and assisted living communities can provide peace of mind to your loved one and your family, contact us here.

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.

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.


Best Apps For Senior Living Family Members

Posted on: December 5th, 2017 by hhmin

Best Apps for Senior Living Family MembersEveryone is connected to each other through technology these days. From Facebook gossip to endless hordes of online play to win video games, one could say that technology has made people detached and overly reliant on something that really doesn’t help us too much in our daily lives.

Sure, phone apps can be a great way to kill a few mindless hours during the day, but by definition, an application is something that was made to fulfill a purpose. That purpose can be for pure fun or for something useful.

If you have a loved one who is in assisted senior living, they most likely have a smart phone or tablet to keep themselves up-to-date and entertained. However, these electronics can be so much more helpful than the next game of Candy Crush. Here are our favorite apps that are useful for seniors in assisted living.

Magnifying Glass With Light

This free app available on the iPhone and iPad is extremely useful for senior citizens that have decreased eyesight. Reading small print in books, magazines, and menus, can be a struggle for our older loved ones. This app helps to solve these issues by illuminating small print and allowing the option of magnifying for ease of reading.

Skype is Great for Senior Living

Staying social is extremely important for seniors in assisted living communities. Yes, your loved one will make friends with us, but we understand that many families are spread out across the state or country. This makes visits from distant relatives a rare opportunity.

With Skype, your loved one will be able to have a simulated face-to-face interaction via a video conference. This app can be set up on a mobile device, computer, or tablet. Being able to see family members during a discussion does worlds for the emotional management of your loved one in senior living.

iPharmacy Pull ID and Drug Info

With this interesting app, assisted living community members and caregivers alike can help stay on top of the daily medicine intake that seniors face. This app allows you to identify pills by color and shape, as well as understand the side effects of a medication.

It can be difficult to stay on top of your medication schedule, and this app helps overcome this issue with reminders of when the next dose of medication is due.


This app was created to connect seniors and their families in a safe electronic environment. This social media app brings the message, photo, and video connections, of Facebook and Instagram without the worries of privacy or robust bells and whistles. This is a great ad-free and spam-free way to stay connected while keeping your information secure.

Senior Savings

Although this app does cost $.99 in the iOS store, this is a great, simple way to find out which grocery stores, hotels, restaurants, and more offer senior discounts in your area. You’ll never have to worry about asking for the senior special again.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Goes Beyond the Screen With Our Senior Living Care

Although we understand that applications can be a useful way to improve one’s daily life, we also believe that real-time interaction with your loved one in senior assisted living is important.

Through our Christian values, licensed staff, and up-to-date apartments, Holly Hall is able to ensure that your loved one is treated like family when they are with us. Give us a call today to find out more about our services or schedule a visit.

New Years Resolutions for Caring for Your Senior Living Loved One

Posted on: January 9th, 2017 by hhmin


Since the holidays are over and all the sugar cookies have been eaten and the decorations taken down, you’re probably making your New Year’s resolutions. While most people vow to eat healthy and go to the gym, there are other less generic resolutions you can make. One of them should be spending time with and caring for your senior loved one. At Holly Hall, we know how important it is for our residents to keep close connections with their families. Here are a few things you can do to take better care of your older family members this year.

Spend Time With Them in Their Senior Living Home

You would think this would be obvious to most people, but sometimes it isn’t. Or, more often than not, people simply get busy and their priorities shift to other things. This year, make a promise to yourself that you’ll visit your loved one several times a month, providing that you’re local to the Houston area. If you aren’t, make it a priority to call him or her a few times a week. Whether your loved one is part of an independent living community or simply lives on his or her own, make communication an important part of your life.

Keep Up With Their Medical Issues

For some seniors, a yearly checkup is all they need, but for others, the medical problems span much wider than just a doctor’s visit. It’s easy to get lost in all the medical terms and not understand what’s going on with your loved one. However, it’s important that you try to keep yourself abreast of any medical issues he or she is having, who his or her doctors are and in which areas t they specialize. This matters not only because your family member needs you to know what’s going on, but also because you want to make sure he or she is getting the best care possible. At Holly Hall, we strive to provide our health care living residents with the care they deserve.

Send Fun Surprises To Assisted Living Residents

Everyone loves to get mail, particularly those who didn’t grow up in the social-media era. Older adults will love having a surprise waiting for them in their mailbox every once in a while. Sometimes, things like a book to read or children’s artwork can really brighten the day of an adult living in an independent living community. Make an effort to simply send a letter or something of the sort every so often.

Let Holly Hall Senior Community Help

We understand that you have a busy life and might not always have time to care for an aging adult in your family. That’s where we come in. Our staff at Holly Hall makes your loved one a priority every day. Their happiness is vital to the health of our community and we want your family member to feel loved and cared for here. To learn more about us, give us a call!

Overcoming These 4 Assisted Living Fears

Posted on: June 10th, 2016 by hhmin

Overcoming Fears Of Assisted Living - Holly Hall - Houston TexasIf you have recently started living in an assisted living home or are considering residing in one, you may have some qualms about the change. If this is your current situation, you should know that having some reservations about assisted living is pretty standard for anyone making such a huge change. However, it is also important that you know that what you have heard or what you speculate about assisted living for seniors isn’t always true.

So if you or your elderly loved one is having some uncertainties about assisted living, here are some ways to overcome the four most common fears.

4 Assisted Living Fears

1. The Cost of Assisted Living

Finances is that one thing that every adult has to think about on a daily basis. But, when you are considering residing in a senior living community, the task may seem a bit more unnerving. While paying for your new residence may require some budgeting on behalf of you and your family, there are also options to help you like veteran benefit programs and long-term care insurance plans.

2. Losing Your Independence

Losing independence or a sense of privacy is a major fear amongst seniors who move into an assisted living home. However, at a senior assisted living community, your room or home is yours. That means you are free to continue doing the tasks you normally did when you lived in your previous home. With transportation and on-site social activities, senior living actually offers you more liberty to do what you choose with your time. So, instead of thinking about assisted living as being less independent, think of it as being independent with a little extra help at your leisure.

3. I’ll Be Forgotten by My Loved Ones

In society, we have it ingrained in our heads that assisted living communities are places where kids drop off their aging parents and never return. This is false. Moving into senior living doesn’t mean you will indefinitely lose your relationships. In fact, your family will more than likely value the time they spend with you even more.

4. Boredom or Senior Isolation

Senior isolation is real. However, that is something you don’t have to encounter when you move into senior living. All of the great assisted living facilities have a number of on-site amenities and activities to help bring its residents together. This will help keep you busy and active, as well as form new relationships. With the activities offered by today’s senior living communities, there will be no time for you to be bored.

Experience The Best Assisted Living Community Right in Houston, TX

Don’t let the fear of senior living keep you from enjoying the next best chapter of your life!

If you are looking for the best assisted living facility in Houston, look no further than Holly Hall Retirement Community. With three different levels of care available, we are deeply committed to making sure each of our residents hold on to their independence and feel right at home.

To get more information about our beautiful community, contact Holly Hall Retirement Community.