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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.

What’s Cooking at Holly Hall This Summer

Posted on: July 1st, 2022 by hhmin

Dining is an essential aspect of life for seniors in retirement communities. It provides a social opportunity to interact with others daily. This communal gathering can help reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness, which are common among older adults. Having an incredible dining experience can also stimulate mental activity, keep residents active and provide an opportunity to enjoy the company of others while savoring delicious food. When residents feel connected to others and can enjoy tasty meals, they are more likely to be satisfied with their overall experience in the retirement community.

At Holly Hall Retirement Community, we pride ourselves on providing an elevated dining experience that nourishes our residents and allows them to enjoy their meals, whether it’s together with their community or from the comfort of their homes. Our facility spans a beautiful 20 acres and boasts three formal dining rooms. We also offer take-out meals plus a private dining room for family meals and special occasions.

Savor the Flavors of Summer

When it comes to summertime on the Upper Gulf Coast, there is nothing quite like cold, refreshing, crisp meals and treats to cool down during those high temperatures. At Holly Hall Retirement Community, our chef-inspired summer menu items allow residents to enjoy a lighter fare during those hotter months while enjoying various seasonal favorites. These meals bring out summer’s bright and vibrant colors that get the senses going! Here are some of the menu options residents are savoring this summer.


  • Eggs benedict
  • Bagels topped with smoked salmon, lemon butter, and a caper sauce
  • Spinach and goat cheese frittatas

Watermelon Salad

This salad has an arugula base and is topped with watermelon, feta cheese, cold-boiled shrimp, and fresh dill. The watermelon and dill sure bring a burst of flavor that is refreshing and light.

Strawberry Sensation Salad

A mix of lush greens is combined with strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, yogurt chips, and honey-roasted almonds. It’s topped with a raspberry walnut vinaigrette, and there is an option to add goat cheese or other natural aged cheeses. 

Seasonal Main Courses

  • Jumbo lump crab cakes
  • Hawaiian fried rice
  • Korean BBQ short ribs
  • Pulled pork and slaw sandwiches
  • Blackened salmon topped with mango salsa 

Dining Options to Meet Any Needs

Holly Hall is a close-knit community that offers independent living, assisted living, and short-term rehab. Our residents are always given the best possible culinary experience at every level of care. If you’re a foodie considering our living accommodations, you can rest assured that every meal is made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and cooked to order. 

Our variety of dining options is designed to meet the needs of all our residents. We have formal dining, take-out, and a la carte options so residents can choose what’s best for them. In addition, our nutritionists are available to provide counseling and guidance on making healthy choices that fit each resident’s individual needs and preferences. Whether you are looking for a gourmet meal or comfort food, Holly Hall has something for everyone.

Visit Our Community

Tour our beautiful grounds and meet our kind and caring staff; you’ll see what makes us so special. Our community is designed to provide seniors with the care and assistance they need to live happy, healthy lives. But we don’t just stop there; we also offer a wide range of amenities and activities to keep our residents engaged and active. Whether it’s enjoying a delicious meal in our dining rooms or participating in one of our many social events, there’s always something to do at Holly Hall. Contact us or call us today at (713) 799-9031 to schedule a tour. We can’t wait to show you everything that Holly Hall offers.


5 Times Caregivers Should Use Respite Care

Posted on: January 24th, 2022 by hhmin

If you’re of a certain age, you may remember those old TV commercials for Rolaids® antacid. The announcer would ask a housewife, blue-collar worker, or celebrity, “How do you spell relief?” If you’re a caregiver, particularly if you’re caring for a spouse, parent, or older adult 24/7, your answer may well be “respite care.”

What is respite care?

Respite care is a form of short-term substitute care that provides temporary relief for caregivers. You can receive a break for a few hours, a few days, or several weeks. Services may take place in the home, at an adult day care program, or in a residential setting such as an assisted living community. A trusted relative or friend may also be available to provide informal respite care.

At Holly Hall, we offer respite care services for periods ranging from a couple of days to a week or two. Seniors who stay with us for short-term respite care benefit from private rooms, chef-prepared meals, life-enriching activities, and attentive, caring staff.

When should you use respite care?

There are many situations where respite care can provide much-needed help. Here are some examples of how respite care can fill the gap when a full-time caregiver isn’t available.

  1. You need a break. Caregiving is exhausting, especially when you’re the sole caregiver in your family. If you’re feeling stressed out, burned out, depressed, or feeling frustrated or angry, you need respite care. A short break will allow you to recharge your batteries and be a better caregiver.
  2. You’re going on vacation. Caregivers rarely get a vacation unless they plan for it. Give yourself permission to step out of your caregiving role and get away for an extended break. Caregivers are at greater risk for many chronic conditions. Don’t wait until you have a health crisis of your own. Prioritize your own health needs so you can look after the health of your loved one.
  3. You need to travel out of town. When you need to travel for work or an important family event without your loved one, respite care can provide the help you need. It also gives your loved one a chance to meet new people and enjoy new experiences.
  4. You’re renovating your home. If you’re renovating a bedroom or bathroom for an aging parent, they may prefer a quieter place to stay while the work’s being done. A respite-care stay offers a safe, supportive environment for your loved one and less stress for everyone concerned.
  5. You want to give senior living a trial run. If you’re thinking about moving a loved one to a specific community, a respite care stay allows you to test it out before making a final commitment.

What are the signs of caregiver stress?

Caregiving can be emotionally and physically exhausting. To determine if you need a much-deserved break, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you feel emotionally and physically drained on a regular basis?
  • Are you concerned that in the event of an emergency, there is no one you trust to take care of your loved one?
  • Do you find yourself becoming easily irritated with things that previously never bothered you?
  • Are you neglecting your own health needs due to lack of time or lack of desire?
  • Are you experiencing resentment toward other family members who could help you but don’t?
  • Is your social life suffering?
  • Is there an unusual change in your eating habits?
  • Do you have feelings of helplessness?
  • Have you been resorting to unhealthy behaviors like smoking or drinking too much alcohol?

Don’t wait until you’re at a breaking point. Support is available at Holly Hall.

As a caregiver, you’re constantly thinking of someone else’s needs. But to be a better caregiver, you must think of your own needs too. To learn how respite care at Holly Hall can help you help yourself and give your loved one the care they deserve, get in touch. Even if you don’t need respite care now, it’s a good idea to research your options so when you do need a break, you’ll know exactly where to go.

A short-term stay is also helpful after your loved one has been discharged from the hospital. Our Healthcare Center offers 24-hour skilled nursing, along with a full range of rehabilitation therapies to help your loved one regain their strength so they can return home safely.

How to Make Senior Living Feel Like Home

Posted on: February 8th, 2021 by hhmin

How to Make Senior Living Feel Like Home for Your Loved One

Even when your loved one knows it’s time to move to a senior living community, it can still be an overwhelming decision. They may be hesitant to leave their long-time home, the place where they house so many memories and feel safest. While leaving can feel bitter sweet, making this move can be an exciting event in their life – especially if their new residence feels like home.
If your loved one is feeling a bit anxious about the move, one way you can help ease their mind is by re-creating their old living environment in their new senior living residence. Creating a familiar, comfortable atmosphere for your loved one can truly make them feel like they’re right at home and help them adjust to to the move faster.

5 Ways to Decorate a Senior Living Apartment

Decorating your loved one’s new senior living residence is crucial to their happiness and comfort. You’ll want to ensure that your loved one is relaxed in their new space and that they aren’t feeling homesick. Here are five ways you can help make your loved one’s new senior living residence feel like home:

  1. Display Family Photos. Having family photos up around the residence is a great way for your loved one to feel like they’re surrounded by the people they care about the most. Encourage your loved one to bring their favorite photo albums and framed pictures to display around the residence. These valuables can alleviate homesickness and help them feel joy and a sense of pride when talking about them with new friends and neighbors.
  2. Paint the Walls. At Holly Hall, residents are welcome to paint the walls of their new residence. Pick out one or a few colors that remind your loved one of home, then watch your loved one’s new home come to life. New colors will make their residence feel more home-like and help create a unique space they enjoy.
  3. Bring Their Favorite Items. Your loved one is welcome to furnish their new home with some items from their previous residence. Maybe they have a favorite chair they would like to bring or have heirlooms with which they don’t want to part. Bringing some of their items from their previous home will add a greater sense of familiarity to their new place.
  4. Fill the Apartment with Familiar Scents. A great way to make a new place feel like home is by filling it with comforting and familiar scents. Maybe your loved one’s home always smelled like lavender or fresh laundry. Help your loved one fill their new home with flowers, wall plug-ins and essential oils to fill their new residence with scents they love.
  5. Hang Their Favorite Artwork. Don’t forget your loved one’s favorite wall décor when decorating their new home! Your loved one’s artwork is a part of their old house and can oftentimes be sentimental, making it even more important to display in their new residence. If your loved one didn’t have any wall décor before, maybe you can help them pick out some new pieces to display.

Holly Hall Gives You the Freedom to Live Life Your Way

At Holly Hall, we want residents to make their new residence feel just like home. Your loved one can change the paint colors in their rooms, hang their own artwork and make additional changes that create a space they’ll love. We believe that allowing residents to have this freedom helps acclimate them to this new setting and chapter of life.

Is your loved one ready to enjoy a vibrant, active lifestyle in senior living? Our senior living residences include unique cottages and apartment styles of living. Contact us today to learn more about life at Holly Hall!