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Adaptive Equipment Can Make Life Easier

Posted on: October 4th, 2021 by hhmin

Today’s seniors are living more vibrant, fun, and independent lives than ever before. Improvements in healthcare, the science of diet and exercise, and the increase of transportation options have all contributed. With all the breakthroughs in so many areas related to aging, there’s never been a better time to be a senior!

One of the areas that has evolved quickly in recent years is the technology of adaptive equipment. These are pieces of equipment that provide assistance to older adults who value their independence, but could use a little help in some areas of their day-to-day life. 

 

This list will break down  the areas of your life where adaptive equipment can be helpful. From the mechanical and basic to the most technologically advanced, here are some available assistive devices: 

Movement Around the Home

  •     Railings for stairways and bathrooms
  •     Walker
  •     Motorized scooter
  •     Cane
  •     Lift chairs to stand from a seated position
  •     Stair lift
  •     Ramps at entryways

Hearing and Seeing

  •     Hearing aids
  •     Wearable microphone
  •     Computer screen magnifying software
  •     Telephone speaker
  •     One-touch or large-button telephone
  •     Smart phone text magnification
  •     Talking clock
  •     Talking wrist watch
  •     Voice-activated alarm clock
  •     Large-button TV remote control
  •     TV headphones
  •     Night lights

Bathroom Assistance

  •     Toilet seat riser
  •     Bidet attachment
  •     Handrail  around toilet and shower
  •     Shower bench
  •     Hand-held shower head
  •     Walk-in bathtub
  •     Bath water level alarm

Kitchen Assistance

  •     Mechanical can opener
  •     Jar opener tool
  •     Reacher/grabber for cabinet items
  •     Adaptive eating utensils and dining aids
  •     Automatic shut-off systems for kitchen appliances

Self-Care Assistance

  •     Medication organizer
  •     Medication dispenser with reminder alarm
  •     Appointment reminder alarm
  •     Adjustable bed
  •     Over-bed table
  •     Waterproof mattress pad

General Home Maintenance and Safety

  •     Security system
  •     Emergency services phone presets
  •     Wearable medical alert device
  •     Video doorbell
  •     Robotic vacuum
  •     Voice activation technology for lights, TV, door locks

Research Before You Buy

There’s so much adaptive equipment to choose from that it may be hard to decide what to buy at first. Start with online searches about what your needs may be, and then see which specific assistive devices look like they could be helpful to you.

Then read customer reviews, but don’t rely on one customer opinion or sales websites alone for information about usefulness, quality, and value. Look at credible review sources like Consumer Reports. And talk to any healthcare professionals and people you trust who may be using adaptive equipment in their lives.

When you’ve made your decision about what to buy, you can look at online retailers like Amazon or visit the websites of the manufacturers of the items. You may also be able to find technological adaptive equipment at tech stores like Best Buy or big box stores for low prices. And make sure you learn about the return policies, so you can get a refund if an item doesn’t work out for you.

 

Incorporate Services

Along with the adaptive equipment and assistive devices listed above, it’s important to take advantage of any services that may be available in your area. Transportation services are commonly available now to help you get to appointments, social events, family gatherings, shopping, or anywhere you’d like to go.

It’s important to remember that getting out of your home and socializing is one of the most important activities for your physical and emotional health. Isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, and lack of exercise. With all the technology and services available to you, it’s never been easier to get out and have fun!

Research other in-home services that may be available in your area. Caregiver visits, grocery or meal delivery, cleaning services, and home and lawn maintenance services are all available.

  

Consider Any Possible Downsides to Adaptive Equipment

Assistive technology can be extremely helpful for anyone who needs it. But, you may not be entirely comfortable with items such as motion sensors that alert loved ones or video surveillance technology that records your movements. Being tracked so closely may leave you feeling like you’ve lost your privacy. 

Motion sensors, alarms that sound when a door is opened, and wearable GPS trackers may only be desirable for seniors who live with some form of memory loss or dementia that might cause them to wander or potentially get lost.

You may also consider a piece of adaptive equipment like an assistive eating device if you have arthritis or some degree of tremors. But they could overcomplicate what should be the simple task of feeding yourself. These items can be wonderfully helpful, but you’re the only one who can ultimately decide if they’re right for you.

 

Using Adaptive Equipment at Holly Hall

You can enjoy more independence at the Holly Hall assisted living community. We’re experts in the use of adaptive equipment, including assistive eating devices as you enjoy your dining experiences prepared by our world-class chef. We have all the expert knowledge, tools, and technology to maximize your freedom and help you find joy in your life every day.

 

The Importance of Socialization in a Retirement Community

Posted on: March 26th, 2018 by hhmin

Retirement Home SocializationEven though getting older naturally means that parts of our lives slow down, socialization is one thing that you and your family can help your loved one keep up to par.

Many of us take for granted our current friendships and constant interaction with the world around us. When you stop, think, and take a step back, you will realize that socialization is what keeps our minds sharp. This is exactly why it is important for you to encourage socialization with your loved one in a retirement community.

Why is Social Isolation a Risk Among Seniors?

Social isolation among the elderly demographic is something that has a serious impact on this group’s health. With age, health conditions deteriorate, the body becomes substantially less mobile, and these issues contribute to someone being less social than they once were.

Social isolation is a direct cause of several problems with loved ones living out their Golden Years. These problems include:

  1. High blood pressure
  2. Decreased physical and emotional health
  3. Depression

Not surprisingly, all of these factors lead to the ultimate negative: a poor quality of life leading into a greater risk of death.

3 Benefits of Being Socially Active in a Retirement Community

Not only can you keep your loved one’s blood pressure under control, but there are several other benefits to encouraging social activity on a regular basis.

1. Raised Self-Esteem

Some seniors struggle with self-esteem issues. Socialization brings about a sense of community and belonging that directly results in higher self-esteem.

2. Mental and Physical Health Improves

Where loneliness can become feelings of despair and longing for interaction, socialization makes your loved one feel exactly that–like a loved one. This is a great way to keep mental health intact and encourage activities that make the mind sharp.

Physical health improves because when positive interaction occurs like good conversation, the body releases natural chemicals that help to improve the immune system.

3. Sense of Community and Belonging

Having interaction with one’s family does a lot to improve health but having a community does wonders for giving your loved one a sense of home in a retirement community. Having their own friends and private conversations help to form a place in what may be a trying point in their life.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Offers a Social Life for Your Loved One

Growing older can be a challenge for everyone and it is important that every aspect of your loved one’s life is taken care of well. At Holly Hall Retirement Community, we have a Christian background that helps our community members overcome the challenges of age with our different levels of care.

If you are looking for the right fit in communities for your loved one, we offer independent living, assisted living, and healthcare living. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour or have one of our team members answer any questions you may have. At Holly Hall, your loved one is not just a community member, but a part of our family.

How to Have a Safe New Year’s Eve With Your Senior Citizen

Posted on: December 16th, 2016 by hhmin

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Once the holidays come to a close, we have about a week left to reflect on our year and usher in the New Year. While you’re planning your New Year’s Eve celebration, there are a few things you need to consider. Food, drinks, and entertainment usually consume the majority of a party planner’s thoughts. However, there are other things to take into consideration such as the comfort of your guests. If you plan to have guests that are older or live in an independent living community, there are a few things you might consider avoiding during your party.

Forget the Fireworks For Independent Living Communities

Bringing in the New Year usually involves shooting off fireworks and banging a few pots and pans together for added fun. If older guests are coming to your gathering, then consider forgoing the fireworks in favor of something that makes less noise and won’t unnerve any assisted living guests. A good alternative to fireworks are sparklers sold in most retailers offering New Year’s Eve party supplies.

Avoid Balloons That Could Cause a Fall

Blowing up traditional black, silver, and gold balloons for party decorations is a fun, simple way to decorate your home for a party. However, balloons that will float around on the floor or have long strings can be a tripping hazard for anyone, but especially seniors. If party balloons are a must, make sure they are filled with helium so they won’t be on the floor and keep their strings short to avoid any falls.

Offer Older Assisted Living Guests Alternatives to Alcohol

A glass of champagne to toast at midnight is tradition for many people. However, as people get older, alcohol may conflict with any medications they take or might simply make them feel sick. If you’re hosting senior citizens, consider serving sparkling cider or some other festive but non-alcoholic drink. Partaking in a celebratory toast is lots of fun for everyone and no one wants to feel left out because they aren’t drinking champagne.

Have a Wide-Variety of Music

A little party music is always nice to have playing in the background for any large gathering. For a party with multiple generations of people attending, play music from multiple decades to please everyone and get them involved. While younger people may enjoy more recent music hits, senior living guests will appreciate a few hits from their youth as well. Remember not to play the music too loudly as it can both some guests who are particularly sensitive to loud noises.

Join the Senior Living Community at Holly Hall in the New Year

Are you or your senior citizen looking for a new place to call home in the New Year? Look no further than Houston’s favorite senior living community! Take a tour of our beautiful property and see why so many residents enjoy living with us. Contact us today to learn more!

Importance of Including Older Family Members in Holiday Festivities

Posted on: November 16th, 2016 by hhmin

As the holiday season approaches, we tend to be busier than ever with endless lists of to-dos and shopping trips. With all of the hustle and bustle of the season, we often forget what’s actually important—family. We often take for granted the fact that we have our families constantly around us, where as particularly older members of the family in senior living communities don’t always have that luxury. Unfortunately, during the holidays, many older loved ones end up feeling left out of the festivities or even totally forgotten. Senior isolation impacts mental health in profound ways. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to include older family members in your holiday festivities.

Senior Living Doesn’t Substitute For Family senior isolations

An adult living community is a great place to find friends, community, and a sense of belonging. However, it doesn’t replace quality family time. We know you won’t forget your loved one on the actual holiday, but keeping them involved throughout the season is important, too. Some of their favorite pastimes might be finding the perfect tree, shopping for goodies, or even helping prepare the turkey. Including them in these activities will mean so much to your loved one.

Combats Senior Isolation

As adults become older and less active, they often experience loneliness and social isolation. Mental health is a big concern for people as they get older. Depression and anxiety can be detrimental to their overall lifestyle and may even shorten their lives. The holidays can be a particularly depressing time for older family members as they’re not always included in everything. Getting your loved one out of their home and involved with your family’s holiday activities is a simple way to help combat senior isolation. Even if it’s just sitting at the dining room table decorating cookies, little things like that can mean the world to some people.

Gives Assisted Living Residents The Chance to Carry On Traditions

Do you ever wonder why you celebrate the holidays the way you do? More than likely you learned those traditions from older family members. Including them in your celebration gives them the chance to pass down their beloved traditions to you and your children and explain how they became traditions in the first place. Traditions are important to every family, and adults living in assisted living communities appreciate the chance to share their favorite parts of the holidays with their loved ones.

Help Your Loved One Stay Active in The Retirement Community

At Holly Hall Retirement Community in Houston, Texas, we like to keep our senior living residents active. We know how important mental and emotional health can be, so we encourage residents to get out and enjoy the company of others as well as their families. If you or your loved one would benefit from finding a new place to call home, get in touch with us today! Our active adult lifestyle experts will be able to answer your questions and assist you with whatever needs you have.

Long Distance Tips: How to Watch Over Your Aging Parent

Posted on: July 15th, 2016 by hhmin

Long Distance Tips How to Watch Over Your Aging ParentPlacing your parents into a retirement home can be a tough decision, especially if you live out of town or a long distance from them. For many children with retirement-aged parents, they are faced with the feeling or thought that they will lose the ability to oversee their parent’s care and daily happenings. However, that does not have to be the case. There are several ways that you can handle your responsibilities of caring for your parents while also giving them the ability to live in a place like a retirement or assisted living home.

4 Helpful Tips To Keep An Eye On Your Loved One

If you live a long distance from your parents, don’t worry. You can still be a devoted daughter or son. Here are four helpful tips that can help you watch over your parents even from afar.

Communicate and Listen

It’s always been said that communication is key in any relationship. The same goes for your aging parents, except now you also need to listen more than ever.

Communicating and listening to your parents can make a world of difference in determining what your parents actually need. From financial support to emotional help, whatever it may be, allowing your parents to stay involved in the decision and effectively communicate will only make the process easier for both them and yourself.

Set Up Regular Video Chats

Obviously, if you live out of town or out of the state,  you will have to speak with your parents to efficiently communicate and listen. While conversations on the phone might suffice, video chats can be much more informative. Think about it. When talking on the phone, it is a lot easier to mask things, whether it be emotionally or physically. That is why it is a good idea to give your parents a smartphone or tablet that is equipped with an easy-to-use video chat app like Facetime or Skype. Also, regular video chats between you and your parents can even help with senior isolation.  Holly Hall regularly helps residents Skype with family members around the world.

Build a Relationship with the Staff

Since you won’t be around daily, building relationships with the staff at your parents’ new independent living home is vital. This requires you to go far beyond the initial meeting you had with the staff during your tour. Ideally, these people will be your contact when you need to address any concerns involving your parents. Therefore, it is best to communicate with them on a regular basis as well. This opens up the lines of communication and makes it a bit easier for them to reach out to you when needed.

Be Organized

Organizing your household and your parents’ things may be tedious, but it is a must and can make caring for your parents from afar a bit easier. From their birth certificates to their social security cards to their living wills and beyond, is imperative that you find a safe place for these important documents. Plus, instead of your parents worrying about these documents, they can focus more on their new carefree lifestyle in their new residence.

Holly Hall Retirement Community in Houston

Located in Houston, Texas, Holly Hall Retirement Community is committed to providing your retirement aged loved one with the lifestyle they deserve.  From amazing amenities to living care options, Holly Hall Retirement Community is the ideal community for seniors of all walks of life.

Are you interested in finding out what Holly Hall retirement Community can do for you and your family? Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a tour.

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.