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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.

7 ways assisted living improves quality of life

Posted on: January 17th, 2022 by hhmin

You may be wondering if a loved one would be better off in an assisted living community where they could get the help they need. After all, you could hire a caregiver to provide assistance in your loved one’s home. But would help be available 24/7? And do you really want to manage the caregiving schedule and have to scramble when plans go awry?

As you’ll discover, assisted living communities offer much more than personal care. From social opportunities and transportation services to nutritious meals and wellness programs, assisted living offers older adults an active, enriching lifestyle, as well as help with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and mobility.

To learn how assisted living can improve quality of life for your loved one — and for you if you’re struggling with caregiving or just worried about your loved one — consider the following benefits.

The benefits of assisted living

If a parent or loved one isn’t able to live safely on their own or needs more care than you can provide, assisted living can give you peace of mind and give your loved one a new lease on life. Here are some of the benefits you can look forward to.

  1. Personal care. Assisted living communities provide a range of personal care services, including help with bathing, dressing, toileting, mobility, eating, and medication management. These are known as activities of daily living (ADLs). Help is tailored to individual needs and provided by dedicated caregivers who typically receive training in helping seniors with ADLs to reduce the risk of falling and injuries.
  1. Safety and security. Assisted living communities are designed to make life easier and safer for residents. Physical safety features typically include hallway handrails, low- or no-entry walk-in showers, grab bars in bathrooms, and good lighting. Many communities offer 24/7 security and some, including Holly Hall, are gated. Residences are also equipped with emergency call systems, and some communities offer personal emergency call devices so residents can get help no matter where they are.
  1. Nutritious meals. Grocery shopping, meal planning, and cooking can become a challenge for loved ones as they age or lack motivation to cook for themselves. This can negatively affect their health. Meal programs at assisted living communities give seniors access to healthy, nutritious meals three times a day. In addition to good food, residents can enjoy good conversation with friends and neighbors in the communal dining room.
  1. Socialization. Living alone, especially if you can no longer drive, is a recipe for isolation — a situation that can lead to depression and other health problems like cardiovascular disease and cognitive decline. In assisted living, residents become part of a supportive community designed to foster social connection. There are common areas where residents can gather, as well as group classes and activities, including bridge and board games, art and music classes, book clubs, guest lectures and performances, movie showings, worship services, and field trips.
  1. Fitness classes. Assisted living is designed to support residents’ independence. Fitness classes help residents maintain their independence and autonomy. At Holly Hall, assisted living residents can participate in group fitness classes to improve balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance. Certified instructors and fellow class members help make fitness fun and keep everyone motivated. And if you just want to go for a walk, our 20-acre campus offers walking trails and greenspace to enjoy the great outdoors.
  1. Transportation. Most assisted living communities offer transportation for shopping and outings. Even though residents may still drive their own cars, many prefer to go with a group to make trips more social and not have to worry about careless drivers or finding a place to park. Transportation can also be arranged for doctor appointments.
  1. Less work and worry. Aging in place at home gets harder as you get older. There are chores to do, bills to pay, repairs to manage, and stairs to climb. At an assisted living community, residents don’t have to deal with homeownership hassles. To make life easier, housekeeping, laundry and linen services are provided, along with all maintenance in your assisted living apartment. Residents are free to do what they want.

Count on us to make life better.

If a parent or loved one can no longer live independently at home, an assisted living community like Holly Hall could provide the support they need to stay healthy and safe. To learn if Holly Hall is right for you, contact us. We’re always happy to answer your questions or schedule a tour so you can see for yourself what makes Holly Hall the first choice for Houstonians for over 70 years.

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living

Posted on: March 16th, 2021 by hhmin

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

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

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

What is Independent Living for Seniors?

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

What is Assisted Living for Seniors?

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

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

Independent Living vs. Assisted Living at Holly Hall

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

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

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

Independent Living Residences at Holly Hall

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

Benefits of Independent Living at Holly Hall

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

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

Assisted Living at Holly Hall

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

Benefits of Assisted Living for Seniors

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

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

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

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

Find Vibrant Senior Living Options at Holly Hall

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

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

 

Benefits of 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.

 

6 Tips for Communicating with a Loved One Who Has Dementia

Posted on: June 25th, 2019 by hhmin

Communicating with Assisted Living Loved One Who Has DementiaAssisted Living and Skilled Nursing communities cater to families with loved ones who may be living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. These and other types of neurological disorders can be difficult for a family to live with and to understand.

Interacting with an individual living with neurological disease can be stressful for all parties if approached too forcefully. Keep in mind that your loved one is still “yours,” you just have to know how to approach communication for a family member or friend with dementia. Here are six tips that will help make communication a comfortable experience.

1. Make Sure You Have Their Attention

Anyone can become distracted from a conversation when things like television or a podcast are on in the background. For someone living with dementia, you will want to limit distractions before starting your interaction.

Some ways to set a positive and calming mood are:

  • Turning off appliances,
  • Shut the door where you are talking,
  • Draw in the curtains,
  • Or simply move to a quieter area.

2. Keep The Conversation Simple

When starting a conversation, remember to keep the topics and questions simple. Asking questions that require simple yes or no answers is your best option. Asking too many questions or questions with open answers can lead to frustration in your loved one.

3. Always Remember to Be Patient

Patience is key when dealing with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Let your loved one take his or her time to gather his or her thoughts and take in what you are saying. Also, don’t attempt to correct the minor inaccurate statements he or she may make. That is a quick way to end what could potentially be a fulfilling conversation for your Assisted Living community member.

4. Use Names in Conversation

Making use of specific names in conversation can help keep the interaction on track. Avoid using pronouns during a conversation.

“Hi, Grandma, it’s me, Richard,” is a more successful introduction than, “Hi, it’s us!”

5. Planning Activities? Break Them Down into Steps

Most visits result in the visitor performing daily tasks with their loved one. When you are discussing the tasks you plan on performing for the day, you can calmly remind your loved one of the steps that they may forget on a regular basis. By breaking down tasks into steps, your communication will become more direct and less likely to leave your loved one confused and frustrated if something goes wrong.

6. Remember That Senior Living Community Members Have Up and Down Days

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are progressive diseases, so consistency in how the disease shows during interactions will vary. Even though there is a decline in quality of life with these diseases, you must remember that there will be good days mixed in with the bad ones. This will help you to maintain a caring and affectionate approach each time that you attempt communication with your loved one.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Ensures Your Loved One Stays Social

If it is time for your loved one to enter into an Assisted Living community, Holly Hall is ready to welcome your family in with open arms. Our Christian retirement community has the qualified staff and experience to meet all of your loved one’s needs. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our Houston community.

5 Reasons Families Fight About Senior Care Before Assisted Living

Posted on: July 31st, 2018 by hhmin

Aruging Over Assisted LivingFamilies fight about a lot of things, but senior care for an elderly parent is one of the biggest subjects. Here are five of the top reasons families fight in the months leading up to realizing that a loved one is best suited for assisted living.

1. Having to Care for Both Parents at One Time

Living with one parent who suffers from dementia, Alzheimer’s or any other type of ailment that requires constant care can be difficult on its own. However, when both parents are in need of 24-hour care, this can cause some issues. Not only does the decision have to be made about who will care for the parents, but families may tend to argue about the care methods that may differ from person-to-person.

2. Knowing How to Pay for Senior Assisted Living

Paying for anything major in someone’s lifetime can be stressful for anyone; senior living is no exception. Financially, assisted living may seem like a goal that Is simply out of reach and unaffordable. Money problems cause arguments, but it is important to keep in mind that senior living communities understand the financial hardship that families face. Talk with your preferred community and find out about financing options, payment plans, or any other solutions to having your loved one taken care of and solving the payment dilemma.

3. One Person Has to Do the Hard Work

Caring for a medically delicate loved one is hard work and a labor of love. If one person in the family is doing all of the heavy lifting, they are eventually going to get tired and vent their frustrations. These arguments can be painful and can be avoided by making plans to visit a local senior care community that can help ease the emotional and physical burden of care on the family.

4. The Difficulty of a Loved One’s Individual Needs

Some parents or loved ones may have specific needs that require extra help in order to deal with daily life. Some examples could be:

  • Difficulty bathing,
  • Difficulty with getting dressed, or
  • Needing assistance with eating.

Individual needs are unique but having to deal with them in your own ways can create an emotional friction among families, especially if methods differentiate or if there is no professional or medical advice involved.

5. Parents Can Be Resistant to Care

Knowing when to talk to your loved on about it being time for assisted living and handling the transition properly is important. However, not everyone will see things your way; sometimes that includes your parents or loved one. Resistance leads to arguments. Try to ease them into the idea by taking them on brief visits, to open community outings or a simple scheduled tour that helps them to become more comfortable with the idea of leaving their comfort zone.

Let Holly Hall Retirement Home Help with Your Family’s Assisted Living Needs

Don’t let your loved one’s care become the subject of family discontent. Knowing that it is time for senior living will get the entire family on the road to recovery. Contact Holly Hall today to find out about our Christian community and the specialty services that we offer to our members.

Helping Your Assisted Living Loved One with Sundowners

Posted on: March 5th, 2018 by hhmin

sundowners in assisted livingAround 40 million people in America each year suffer from sleep disorders. Some sleep disorders can occur in the elderly with mental disorders like depression, dementia, or Alzheimer’s. One sleep disorder that science is still grasping to understand in the elderly is sundowners. Here is some important information on what it is, the symptoms to look out for, its triggers, and some ways to mitigate the problem with your loved one in assisted living.

What Is Sundowners?

Sundowners syndrome, or “sundowning,” is a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Another reference to the syndrome by name is “late-day confusion.”

The term sundowners is a term that describes patterns of behavior problems that onset in the late afternoon and early evening. Aside from Alzheimer’s disease, this syndrome is also sometimes found in older people recovering from surgery. Someone exhibiting the symptoms of this syndrome may frighten loved ones experiencing this for the first time. That is why it is important to understand the symptoms of sundowners.

Symptoms

When your loved one is sundowning, some of the symptoms that you may notice include:

  • Agitation
  • Restlessness
  • Irritable
  • Disoriented
  • Suspicious
  • Demanding
  • Pacing
  • Hearing or Seeing Things That Aren’t There
  • Mood Swings

It is known that 1 out of 5 people with Alzheimer’s are susceptible to sundown syndrome.

What Triggers Sundowners?

Sundowners is probably the most direct name that could be given for this illness. Scientists believe that changes in the brain of someone that has dementia or Alzheimer’s is what triggers sundowners in people. These brain changes impact a person’s inner body clock and they become unable to properly determine when they need to be awake or sleep.

Some common triggers for the syndrome are:

  • Less light in the house
  • Being unable to separate dreams from reality

What Are Some Ways to Soothe Symptoms?

There are several ways to help your loved one in a retirement home deal with life and sundowners. Some basic approaches include:

  • Encouraging exercise to expend energy
  • Limit caffeine intake
  • Plan family activities during the day so that the transition to the evening is easier
  • Create a private spot where your loved one can relax
  • Calm them with music or other therapeutic sounds
  • Consult with their doctor about medications that support those with the syndrome

Another key approach to easing sundowning is to regulate your loved one’s sleep. Knowing his or her routine will help you to understand when sundowners usually sets in for him or her. Once you understand his or her sleep cycle, you will be able to prevent excessive napping and help your loved one sleep through the night.

Holly Hall Offers Skilled Nursing at Our Facility that Helps with Sundowners

If you or your loved one are considering a move to our Christian retirement community, but are concerned with the onset of sundowners, you have nothing to worry about. The professional nursing staff at Holly Hall has the experience and capabilities to handle sundowners and other medical conditions that make senior living difficult at home. Get in touch with us today to arrange a tour and find out more about our assisted living community.