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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.

The Basics of Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Chronic Lung Diseases

Posted on: February 1st, 2022 by hhmin

What is pulmonary rehabilitation?  

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an exercise, therapy and education program for people with chronic lung disease that makes it hard for them to breathe. It helps to rebuild fitness and reduce the severity of their symptoms.


Who is pulmonary rehabilitation for?

People with lung conditions such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), emphysema, chronic bronchitis or asthma are candidates for pulmonary rehabilitation. Doctors also recommend it for those with muscular dystrophy, scoliosis, cystic fibrosis, or other health problems that limit their lung function. This form of rehabilitation may also be needed before and after lung surgery.


Where is pulmonary rehabilitation administered?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is typically an outpatient program in a hospital or clinic. It’s delivered by a specialist team of doctors, nurses, therapists, nutritionists and social workers. After you’ve been going for a while, you may be able to do some of the exercises at home. Make sure to check with your health care team that you’re ready to start an exercise routine yourself.


What are the benefits and risks of pulmonary rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps you feel in control of your lung disease. By exercising your lungs and muscles, you’ll become stronger and more active. You’ll be less out of breath and find it easier to manage daily activities such as work, social outings and activities you enjoy. This type of therapy rarely poses a risk of injuries or other problems.  


What can you expect during a session?

Your rehabilitation program will likely be a series of two to three weekly sessions over a period of several weeks or months. A health care provider will design a plan for lung therapy based on your overall health, the health of your lungs, your age and other factors. To do so, they will test your oxygen, blood pressure and heart rate while you exercise, and perform a series of tests to check your breathing. They’ll measure and compare your lung function at the beginning and end of the program to see if your breathing has improved.

  • Exercises: You’ll have a personalized exercise plan to help your lungs and heart work better. Most plans include leg and arm workouts to improve your endurance and muscle strength. These may be simple strengthening movements for your arms and legs or use fitness equipment such as a treadmill or exercise bike.    
  • Breathing techniques: You may learn specific breathing techniques such as yoga breathing, blowing into a mouthpiece or use a computer to learn to control your breath. These techniques teach you how to avoid feeling out of breath when you are active or under stress.
  • Education: Your health care team will help you understand your treatment plan, including using an inhaler the right way. They will also teach you how to avoid situations that make your symptoms worse and how to avoid infections. They may also teach you how to “save your breath” while doing everyday tasks that involve bending, reaching, and lifting and how to control and manage your lung disease. If you smoke, your team may be able to help you give up the habit.  
  • Counseling: Emotional support is vital for anyone affected by a chronic disease. Stress can take up energy and affect your breathing, so learning how to control stress is vital. Individual or group counseling is helpful in managing emotions and keeping a positive outlook.
  • Nutritional guidance: Depending on your situation, you may work with a nutritionist or dietician.  Nutritional counseling ensures you’re aware of what to eat for the nutrients you need, help you maintain a healthy weight, and continue to feel your best.
  • Support groups: It’s scary to have a disease that affects breathing. Support groups allow you to meet others with your condition and understand what you’re going through. It’s an opportunity for you to get the social and emotional support you deserve and to give support to others in return.


Is supplemental oxygen used during pulmonary rehabilitation?

If you need oxygen therapy, your therapist will determine whether you receive it through your nostrils or with a facemask. You may also need to carry or wheel around a portable oxygen tank. Oxygen therapy can reduce bouts of breathlessness by boosting the amount of oxygen in your blood. This boosts your energy and helps you sleep better.  Your therapist will assess the amount of oxygen you need by measuring the levels in your blood. The amount of oxygen will vary during different types of exercise. You’ll be guided on how to use oxygen as you exercise.


What can you expect after pulmonary rehabilitation?

Everyday activities such as walking or climbing stairs should be more manageable. You should also feel fitter and breathe more easily.


How much does pulmonary rehabilitation cost?

Your insurance coverage and the type of pulmonary rehabilitation will determine how much you pay. Medicare Part B covers a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program for moderate to very severe COPD and may also cover pulmonary rehabilitation for other chronic lung disease. Check your eligibility for coverage on the Medicare website here.


Where can you find a pulmonary rehabilitation program near you?

We offer an exceptional pulmonary rehabilitation program directed by Dr. Rupesh Vakil, located in our comfortable and welcoming senior living community in Houston, Texas. We offer care and therapy for respiratory illnesses such as:

  •   Emphysema
  •   COPD
  •   Bronchitis
  •   Pneumonia
  •   Hypertension
  •   And many others


If you need help getting back your respiratory function after a hospital stay and before going home, our dedicated team will help you feel your best and improve your ability for daily activities.  Check out our health care and rehabilitation services earning a top 5-Star quality rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Contact us today to arrange a personal appointment.

The Key Benefits to Rehab Therapy Services at Senior Care Centers

Posted on: February 19th, 2018 by bigdcreative

Rehabilitation Therapy at Holly HallPhysical therapy in a skilled nursing facility is excellent for community members of senior care centers because it offers a full range of services that are available to community members seven days a week. Since Holly Hall has these professionals readily available, community members that require physical therapy can be helped in numerous ways, including battling chronic illness.

1. Arthritis

Arthritis is a very common ailment in the age demographic of someone who resides at a senior care center. Many people 65 and above develop this illness and are forced to live with its pain. Luckily, physical therapy available at assisted living communities help prevent future pain and alleviate discomfort.

2. Stroke

Stroke sufferers often display symptoms that include loss of muscle strength on one side of the body. Physical therapy has methods to treat this symptom using constraint-induced movement therapy. This is a method that focuses on strength training for weaker limbs and stimulating the parts of the brain that control muscle movement.

3. Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are prevalent within senior care center communities. PT helps with this ailment by focusing on creating exercises that improve memory functions and delay the onset of other serious memory impairments.

4. Parkinson’s Disease

Around 1.5 million Americans are living with Parkinson’s Disease, a condition that is unfortunately irreversible and progressive. PT and medication, however, can help to decrease some of the involuntary movements that are associated with the disease.

Physical Therapy Provides General Benefits

A senior in an independent living or assisted living community does not have to suffer from debilitating illnesses in order to reap the benefits that physical therapy can provide them. At Holly Hall, we use physical therapy to help our community members reach some of their personal, physical goals.

1. Reduced Fall Risk

Older loved ones are at an extremely high risk of falling due to bone fragility, slower reflexes, and loss of footing. At an older age, a fall risk can be life-threatening; therefore, working with physical therapy at a senior care center can help build up flexibility and strength.

2. Reduced Infection Risk

Infection risk runs higher in senior-aged loved ones that are not active. A sedentary lifestyle could put your loved one at risk of getting pneumonia, ulcers, or other medical problems. These problems can be reduced through regular visits to community physical therapy.

3. Treating General Pain

Physical therapy is a great way to treat general aches and pains in seniors at senior living communities. Yes, they may still have to take some of their prescribed medications, but through physical therapy, some of the chronic pains could be alleviated and help avoid unnecessary surgery.

Holly Hall Provides Loved Ones with a Better Path to Wellness

At Holly Hall, your loved one’s well-being is our number one priority. That is why we have a top-of-the-line skilled nursing program that provides a full range of therapy services to our community members. Get in touch with us today if you are curious about how Holly Hall can improve the life of your senior-aged loved one.

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.