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3 Thanksgiving Activities to do With Your Senior Living Family Member

Posted on: November 20th, 2017 by bigdcreative

Senior Living ThanksgivingThanksgiving is a wonderful time for celebration, gratitude, and reflection, especially among the Christian community. At Holly Hall we believe that your loved one deserves to have the best experience at our community year-round, but there are always ways to make events like the holidays extra special.

Here are some of our favorite ideas for you to incorporate Thanksgiving festivities with your loved one in a senior living community.

Have a Recipe Competition

What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Thanksgiving? If you said ‘the food’ then you are not wrong. From fried turkey to different styles of stuffing, families of different cultures have numerous ways of cooking their Thanksgiving feast.

This year, try to make a game out of Thanksgiving with your loved one in assisted living. Since there is always room for leftovers after the table has been cleared, encourage two different styles of the same dish by different members of your family.

Your loved one will be encouraged to think back on their traditional Thanksgiving dishes, and be able to provide some input on what would make the perfect Thanksgiving dish.

Make a ‘Thankful Tree’

There are Halloween trees and there are Christmas trees; so why not a Thanksgiving tree? By purchasing a small plant that can look beautiful in your loved one’s room, you can have the beginnings of a Thankful Tree. The decorations on the tree will be pieces of paper that have things that your loved one and your family are thankful for this Thanksgiving. If your tree is big enough, feel free to take the thankfulness outside. Walk around the community with your loved one and have their friends write down the things that they are thankful for.

Have a Thanksgiving Celebration

Although this may seem like an obvious choice for the holiday, there are ways to make your Thanksgiving celebration a unique one at Holly Hall. While preparing for the big day, sit down with your loved one and make specialty Thanksgiving place cards.

Encourage your loved one to invite other members of the senior living community to enjoy Thanksgiving with you and your family. Being in an assisted living community never means that you have to give up the traditions you love. By continuing traditions, and keeping up an attitude that is aligned with the warm season, you can make this Thanksgiving one to remember.

Holly Hall Senior Living Makes a Home for Your Holidays

If you are preparing for your first Thanksgiving with your loved one at their senior living community, let the staff at Holly Hall help make your holiday a special one. Call us today with any questions that you have regarding our visitor policies.

Also, if you are in the situation where your family member or loved one may be prepared to enter into an assisted living community in the Houston area, reach out to us today to set up a visiting appointment to walk our community grounds.

5 Reasons Skilled Nursing Facilities Are a Great Option for Seniors

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by bigdcreative

Helping your loved one recover after a hospital stay due to illness, a fall, or other accident can be a challenge. It requires time, diligence, attentiveness, and above all, patience. Skilled nursing facilities like Holly Hall Retirement Community are a wonderful alternative for seniors as they rehabilitate and restore their health. 

What is Skilled Nursing?

Skilled nursing refers to a patient’s need of care that can only be performed by licensed nurses, not caretakers. Examples of care include complex wound dressings, rehabilitation, and tube feedings.

What is a Skilled Nursing Facility?

A skilled nursing facility is a residential community where residents receive care 24 hours a day as their health changes and/or improves.

Now that we’re familiar with the role of a skilled nursing facility, let’s explore the many benefits they provide to seniors and their families. Here are 5 reasons you should consider a skilled nursing facility for a senior in your life.

1. Medication Management

Depending on their health, many of our elderly loved ones have a list of medications they must take regularly to help them manage common conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. After a stroke, fall, or serious illness, the list of daily medications will only multiply – making it very difficult to keep up with the dosage for each one. A skilled nursing facility will keep track of every resident’s medication schedule, ensuring that every dose is administered on time and in the appropriate amount.

2. In-House Physical Therapy and Activity

Engaging in movement is extremely important to senior health, especially for those who are recovering from an accident. Unfortunately, seniors who live alone often become sedentary due to risk of falling or lack of encouragement. Skilled Nursing facilities offer both physical therapy and various physical activities to keep seniors moving at whatever level they are able, allowing them to both restore movement in joints affected by an accident and/or maintain their function.

3. Balanced Diet & Nutrition

Proper nutrition is essential at every age – however, it is critical during recovery. Seniors recovering from a health issue who live on their own will be limited in their mobility, making it difficult (sometimes impossible) for them to prepare healthy meals at home. A retirement community with skilled nursing will prepare a variety of delicious meals to fit every dietary need, while keeping track of their caloric requirements.

Contact Holly Hall today to learn more about how we approach health and wellness at our community. 

4. Social and Spiritual Support

Sudden health changes can take a toll on seniors, especially if they are temporarily or permanently unable to enjoy many of the things they used to. Living in isolation can cause them to fall into depression, which can actually stall them on their road to recovery. While living at a skilled nursing facility, your loved one will be surrounded by nurses, staff, and other residents from whom they can receive social and spiritual support. Staying in high spirits is essential to both physical and emotional wellbeing.

5. Peace of Mind

While you may want to be with your loved one every minute of every day as they recover after an illness or accident, that may not be an option depending on your living situation, job, or other responsibilities. Knowing they are somewhere safe, comfortable, and being monitored will give you peace of mind as you navigate through different parts of your day. Of course, visits are always allowed and encouraged.

Visit Holly Hall Retirement Community for Skilled Nursing in Houston

The skilled nursing unit at Holly Hall Retirement Community offers a full range of therapy services including physical, occupational and speech therapies – all available on site. Whether their personal goal is to be able to walk back into church on Sunday or hold their newborn great-grandchild again, our skilled nurses in Houston will do everything in their power to help them get there. Contact Holly Hall today to schedule a tour of our facility.


How to Successfully Transition Your Senior to Assisted Living

Posted on: August 10th, 2016 by hhmin

How to Successfully Transition Your Senior to Assisted LivingHave you decided that assisted living is the best option for your aging senior? If so, it is probably fair to say you have done a fair amount of research and touring of facilities, however, the hard part is not quite done. In fact, the next part of the process might be the most taxing as you want to help your loved one make a smooth transition to their new home at the assisted living community.

This step will involve a lot of support from everyone in your family, but if done correctly, can be less invasive.

If you are in the process of helping your loved one transition from living at home to living in an assisted living community, these tips will help.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

Preparation is the key when it comes to having a successful transition for your retirement-aged senior. From packing to preparing the paperwork and making sure the payments have cleared, preparing for the transition is very important.

In order to prepare, you may need to delegate tasks to certain family members to ensure it is done correctly. This is especially true for the small things that can easily fall through the cracks once you are overloaded.

Be Positive

During this process, it will be mentally and emotionally challenging for everyone involved. That is why positivity will be well needed and appreciated from everyone. It is also vital that you keep in mind why you are doing this in the first place. You want your loved one to be safe and you feel that will be accomplished in an assisted living community. Keep reminding yourself of this when the process gets tough.

Be Open and Honest

There will undoubtedly be a lot of questions when moving and it is best that everyone is open and honest. Whether the questions are about finances or about legal situations that need to be answered ahead of time, everyone needs to be open. This helps set clear expectations and will help minimize any issues that could arise at a later date.

Transitiioning To Senior Living Apartments - Holly Hall - Houston, TexasMake Their New Home Like Home

A great way to ensure that your loved one feels at home is by making sure their new place feels like it. Decorate, hang pictures, put down accent rugs. Maybe even hang the same or similar window treatments that were in their previous home. Every little thing will help to make the transition smoother and easier.

Assisted Living at Holly Hall Retirement Community

At Holly Hall, we understand the process that is ahead of you and your loved one. However, we also know the joy, laughter, and care that our residents experience while living in an assisted living community like Holly Hall.

Our professional staff is committed to assisting our residents on a daily basis so they feel at home and experience the best hospitality ever.

Contact Holly Hall Retirement Community to find out more about our historic community or to learn how we can help your loved one successfully transition to assisted living.

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.

Senior Isolation: 5 Ways to Avoid It

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by hhmin

Brain Stimulating Activities in Assisted Living - Holly Hall - Houston TexasWhen your loved one resides in a retirement community, it can be easy for he or she to feel isolated or lonely. For many seniors, they may find it hard to adapt to being away from the home they lived in for many years. And on top of that, dealing with a new surrounding can make it even tougher.  However, this does not have to be the case. There are some ways you as the child or family member of a senior can help prevent senior isolation.

How to Prevent Senior Isolation in Your Loved One

If your family member is finding it hard to adjust to their new senior care center and is showing signs of loneliness, here are five ways you can help them.

1.      Introduce Technology

The newest technology has made it easier for us to keep in contact with our loved ones. Technology also provides us with hours and hours of entertainment. Why not give your senior the gift of technology to help them cope with their new living situation? With social media, video calling, and countless gaming apps available on cell phones and tablets, it would be a great investment to gift your loved one with a device. That way, they can stay in contact with you and your family, which will also help ease that lonely feeling. Although today, a lot of seniors are technologically savvy, make sure you give a tutorial on how to work their new device to make sure they can use it to the fullest potential.

2.      Plan Necessary Holiday Visits

Holidays are a prime time for senior isolation to kick in so make sure you plan visits to see your loved one during key holidays. This is especially true for those seniors who live at a retirement home that is not in close proximity to you. This will make the world of difference in the mental and emotional health of your loved one.

3.      Make Transportation Readily Available

Before entering a retirement home, your loved one probably had full access to a car which allowed them to live a mobile life. When your senior is living in a retirement home, they may feel that they are a burden if they have to continually ask for a ride when they need to leave the home. To combat this feeling, ensure you choose a retirement home that has adequate transportation. This will allow your loved one to still feel that sense of independence.

4.      Cheer on Socialization

Socializing is something we are taught at a young age. As you grow older, that learned behavior is still very relevant. By encouraging your loved one to dine with other residents or participate in community activities, they will feel a sense of purpose which will play a positive role in preventing senior isolation.

5.      Encourage Churchgoing

Feeling connected to a higher being is also very important in preventing and coping with senior isolation. Encourage the senior in your life to get involved with their local place of worship. This can also encourage social interaction and socialization, too.

Holly Hall Retirement Community in Houston

Holly Hall Retirement Community is the preferred community amongst seniors and their families’ in Houston, Texas. Built on Christian values, this community offers residences for Independent Retirement, Assisted Living, and Healthcare Living.

To learn more about Houston’s first retirement community or to schedule a tour, contact Holly Hall Retirement Community today.