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Best Apps For Senior Living Family Members

Posted on: December 5th, 2017 by hhmin

Best Apps for Senior Living Family MembersEveryone is connected to each other through technology these days. From Facebook gossip to endless hordes of online play to win video games, one could say that technology has made people detached and overly reliant on something that really doesn’t help us too much in our daily lives.

Sure, phone apps can be a great way to kill a few mindless hours during the day, but by definition, an application is something that was made to fulfill a purpose. That purpose can be for pure fun or for something useful.

If you have a loved one who is in assisted senior living, they most likely have a smart phone or tablet to keep themselves up-to-date and entertained. However, these electronics can be so much more helpful than the next game of Candy Crush. Here are our favorite apps that are useful for seniors in assisted living.

Magnifying Glass With Light

This free app available on the iPhone and iPad is extremely useful for senior citizens that have decreased eyesight. Reading small print in books, magazines, and menus, can be a struggle for our older loved ones. This app helps to solve these issues by illuminating small print and allowing the option of magnifying for ease of reading.

Skype is Great for Senior Living

Staying social is extremely important for seniors in assisted living communities. Yes, your loved one will make friends with us, but we understand that many families are spread out across the state or country. This makes visits from distant relatives a rare opportunity.

With Skype, your loved one will be able to have a simulated face-to-face interaction via a video conference. This app can be set up on a mobile device, computer, or tablet. Being able to see family members during a discussion does worlds for the emotional management of your loved one in senior living.

iPharmacy Pull ID and Drug Info

With this interesting app, assisted living community members and caregivers alike can help stay on top of the daily medicine intake that seniors face. This app allows you to identify pills by color and shape, as well as understand the side effects of a medication.

It can be difficult to stay on top of your medication schedule, and this app helps overcome this issue with reminders of when the next dose of medication is due.

Tapestry

This app was created to connect seniors and their families in a safe electronic environment. This social media app brings the message, photo, and video connections, of Facebook and Instagram without the worries of privacy or robust bells and whistles. This is a great ad-free and spam-free way to stay connected while keeping your information secure.

Senior Savings

Although this app does cost $.99 in the iOS store, this is a great, simple way to find out which grocery stores, hotels, restaurants, and more offer senior discounts in your area. You’ll never have to worry about asking for the senior special again.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Goes Beyond the Screen With Our Senior Living Care

Although we understand that applications can be a useful way to improve one’s daily life, we also believe that real-time interaction with your loved one in senior assisted living is important.

Through our Christian values, licensed staff, and up-to-date apartments, Holly Hall is able to ensure that your loved one is treated like family when they are with us. Give us a call today to find out more about our services or schedule a visit.

New Years Resolutions for Caring for Your Senior Living Loved One

Posted on: January 9th, 2017 by hhmin

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Since the holidays are over and all the sugar cookies have been eaten and the decorations taken down, you’re probably making your New Year’s resolutions. While most people vow to eat healthy and go to the gym, there are other less generic resolutions you can make. One of them should be spending time with and caring for your senior loved one. At Holly Hall, we know how important it is for our residents to keep close connections with their families. Here are a few things you can do to take better care of your older family members this year.

Spend Time With Them in Their Senior Living Home

You would think this would be obvious to most people, but sometimes it isn’t. Or, more often than not, people simply get busy and their priorities shift to other things. This year, make a promise to yourself that you’ll visit your loved one several times a month, providing that you’re local to the Houston area. If you aren’t, make it a priority to call him or her a few times a week. Whether your loved one is part of an independent living community or simply lives on his or her own, make communication an important part of your life.

Keep Up With Their Medical Issues

For some seniors, a yearly checkup is all they need, but for others, the medical problems span much wider than just a doctor’s visit. It’s easy to get lost in all the medical terms and not understand what’s going on with your loved one. However, it’s important that you try to keep yourself abreast of any medical issues he or she is having, who his or her doctors are and in which areas t they specialize. This matters not only because your family member needs you to know what’s going on, but also because you want to make sure he or she is getting the best care possible. At Holly Hall, we strive to provide our health care living residents with the care they deserve.

Send Fun Surprises To Assisted Living Residents

Everyone loves to get mail, particularly those who didn’t grow up in the social-media era. Older adults will love having a surprise waiting for them in their mailbox every once in a while. Sometimes, things like a book to read or children’s artwork can really brighten the day of an adult living in an independent living community. Make an effort to simply send a letter or something of the sort every so often.

Let Holly Hall Senior Community Help

We understand that you have a busy life and might not always have time to care for an aging adult in your family. That’s where we come in. Our staff at Holly Hall makes your loved one a priority every day. Their happiness is vital to the health of our community and we want your family member to feel loved and cared for here. To learn more about us, give us a call!

Overcoming These 4 Assisted Living Fears

Posted on: June 10th, 2016 by hhmin

Overcoming These 4 Assisted Living FearsIf 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.