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Handling Relocation Stress Syndrome During a Retirement Move

Posted on: April 29th, 2018 by bigdcreative

RSS Symptoms and HelpChanging up a daily routine in your life can trigger certain stressors. It can be hard enough to have to adjust to a new diet in your life but imagine having to relocate from your home as a senior. The move from regular routine to retirement-community life can be quite jarring for some and can produce what medical professionals are diagnosing as Relocation Stress Syndrome (RSS).

The move to the right retirement community can be an exciting experience for your loved one. However, it is important that you are able to understand that overwhelming emotions can occur and how you can best help manage them.

What is Relocation Stress Syndrome?

RSS is when your loved one begins to display the symptoms of stress that occur with changes in the environment. Your loved one may not be openly speaking out about their stress, so it is important that you can pinpoint some of the telling signs surrounding RSS.
If you suspect that your loved one is experiencing this syndrome before, during, or directly after a move or life-changing event, be on the lookout for signs of:

• Loneliness,
• Depression,
• Anxiety,
• Bursts of Anger,
• Apprehension, or
• Increased Confusion.

How Can You Prevent RSS During a Retirement Community Move?

On the surface, RSS seems like a daunting issue and can be, unless you know some of the best ways to prevent this reaction during the move to a retirement home.

Tour Facilities

One great way to help alleviate any apprehension during a move to a community is to involve your loved one in the decision making. If a retirement community is a necessity for their safety, take them around to numerous communities in your area and let them socialize and participate in activities.

Their Feelings Matter

Remember to let them feel whatever they need to feel. This can be anxious or excited; no feeling is a wrong feeling and if you validate that their feelings matter to you, they may be able to navigate past this moment in their life. By way of acknowledging their fears and feelings, Loved Ones Feelings Matterreassure them that this will be a learning experience for everyone involved. Instead of lying and telling them what you think they want to hear, respect your loved one’s feelings and help them keep an open mind.

Recreate Their Environment

If possible, try to recreate their old living environment in their new home. The staff at the community will already be taking the necessary steps to ensure your loved one is comfortable. This will open up the time for you to make their new home aesthetically pleasing because only you will know your loved one best.

What Should You Avoid if Your Loved One Has RSS?

If your loved one has RSS, remember that this is temporary and should fade away in a matter of months. Be patient and do not move them again because of this syndrome. Your loved one will need some time to adjust to their new home. Moving them to a new assisted living community so directly will only start the process over and create more grief for your loved one.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Will Make Your Loved One Feel at Home

If your family is going through a transition with a loved on to an assisted living or retirement community, Holly Hall is here to help ease the tension involved with such a change. Get in touch with us today to schedule a visit to our community and let us answer any questions that you or your loved one may have about living in a Christian retirement community.

Spreading the Love for Assisted Living at Holly Hall

Posted on: February 9th, 2018 by hhmin

Assisted Living Valentines DayEveryone wants to feel special when Valentine’s Day rolls around. Some well-placed roses or a box of fancy chocolates are enough to brighten up anyone’s day.

Although your loved ones in assisted living know that you do, in fact, love them, it may help them feel like a consistent part of your life if you take some time out of your schedule to plan some Valentine’s Day fun around their community with them. Take a look at our top five ideas for how to make a memorable assisted living Valentine’s Day.

1. Get Their Sweet Tooth Excited

Senior living comes with several dietary needs, and one of them is clearly not a large amount of chocolate. Instead of going all out and buying the largest heart-shaped chocolate box you can find, consider purchasing a kid-size amount of candy. Also, keep in mind that some chocolate companies provide sugar-free offerings.

For an extra special gift, find a gelatin mold that will suit the occasion, and make a creative sugar-free red colored Jello for your loved one.

2. Take a Quick Trip

This can be something as simple as taking your loved one out for a dinner at their favorite restaurant. If your loved one likes a good steak and potatoes dinner, buy them a new outfit and take them out for a night on the town. This gesture will really make your loved one feel like the Belle or Baron of the ball at their assisted living community.

3. Make the Environment Festive

Take some time to purchase some pink and red construction paper. Cut out an assortment of hearts and other love related shapes. Then spend the day helping them to make their apartment Cupid’s nest. The time that you put into this type of a gift is something that will stick with your loved one and let them know that you put some planning into this fun holiday.

4. Enjoy Valentine’s Day Activities

Take the Valentine’s festivities back to their roots. Go to a grocery store and pick up some fun Valentine’s Day cards, or take some time with your loved one to create your own. Then, take a walk around the community and pass out your loved one’s cards to all of their friends and local community members.

5. Consider a Colorful Gift

You can also keep Valentine’s Day a very simple, yet elegant celebration. Pick out a nice bouquet of flowers and have them sent to your loved one or hand deliver them yourself if possible. Also, balloons and a well-placed stuffed animal are always a great way to spice up a room with color on this fun day for romantics.

Holly Hall will Help Make Your Visit Special

If you are planning a visit to your loved one’s assisted living community at Holly Hall this Valentine’s Day, get in touch with us so that we may help you to maximize your time on your visit. Our Christian values combined with our love for family and community will help to make your Valentine’s plans a hit.

 

Staying Connected With Your Loved One in a Retirement Community

Posted on: January 19th, 2018 by hhmin

Skype in a Retirement Community is PopularIf you have a loved one in senior assisted living or in a retirement community, then you already know that it is crucial to stay connected with them. By staying connected with your loved on in assisted living, you are contributing to the improvement of their social and emotional health as they enjoy their new home within their community.

Being able to communicate with loved ones at a retirement community has never been easier than it is in 2018. We live in a modern age of technology, and here are some of the best ways that you can use technology to stay connected even when you can’t make a physical visit.

FaceTime and Skype

With the invention of video calls, you can now not only talk on the phone, but have an actual screen-to-screen conversation where you can speak with your loved one’s face on video.

Although these methods may take a couple of trials to get your loved one accustomed to using them, once you start using Skype you will find out why they are one of the more popular methods of communication. Not only do you get to see the expression on your family member’s face when you call, but you are able to get a good look at them and see how healthy they are looking on the outside.

Text Messaging and Email

Some elderly family members may prefer to communicate with the written word. Although snail mail is not as widely used these days, text messages and emails are a great way to meet their wishes in this way.

There is just something about written words that tend to bring out the eloquence in people, and a text or email is easily saved for those times when you need to pull up a warm memory or conversation with your loved one.

Other Social Applications

Some senior citizens are more tech-savvy than others and rely on modern phones and tablets to stay in touch with their families. By using social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, you can not only stay in touch with your loved one, but do it on a social level that allows them to feel connected and creative at the same time.

Good Old-Fashioned Phone Call

Sometimes nothing can beat the sound of the dial tone ringing and the sound of a loved one’s voice to brighten up a day. Some people simply enjoy chatting on the phone for a few minutes a day. It’s a communication method that has lasted throughout the decades.

Holly Hall Retirement Community Helps You Keep In Touch

How you choose to communicate with your loved one in a retirement home is a decision that needs to be made between you and your family member. The possibilities are virtually endless, and it has been proven that seniors in touch with their loved ones live longer lives.

If you are looking for a Christian retirement community for your loved one get in touch with Holly Hall today. We are eager to introduce you and your family to our community.

4 Immune System Boosters for Loved Ones in Senior Care Centers

Posted on: October 23rd, 2017 by hhmin

Senior Assisted Living Flu SeasonFlu season can be a nightmare for seniors enjoying life in their assisted living community. Yes, it is bad enough when you are a younger person to be affected by this illness, but as a senior citizen, a simple flu or even the common cold can lead to some pretty disastrous consequences.

Here are some of the best ways that you can help your loved ones in assisted living facilities get through flu season without catching a single chill. These simple ways to boost the immune system of your loved one will help them to remain healthy, happy, and comfortable throughout the cooler seasons.

1. Always Get Vaccinated

At this time of the year, the flu shot is always available to those who want to avoid missing out on life due to the sickness. We recommend that you get your loved one vaccinated as well. There are specific flu shots for members of the community aged 65 and up that provide stronger protection against the flu than the average vaccination.

2. Get Plenty of Sleep While Enjoying Senior Assisted Living

Sleep is the body’s natural immune system booster. Make sure that your loved one in assisted living is getting their required amount of sleep. By getting the maximum number of hours of sleep, your body responds better to stress, inflammation, and improved response to the flu vaccine.

3. Wash Your Hands

No matter how pristine your independent living community is, your loved one is liable to come into contact with thousands of germs a day. Spreading germs is one of the most common ways to catch the flu.

Avoid spreading germs by reminding your loved one to constantly wash their hands after touching hand rails, lunch trays, or going to the restroom. Also, if your loved one has friends who have the flu or a cold, make sure that they keep their distance. This is especially true when travelling in cars, elevators, or anywhere where large groups of people meet.

4. Eat the Right Things

From superfoods to multivitamins, what your loved one puts into their body can help them boost their immune system during this risky season. Certain foods that are great to incorporate into a diet as superfoods include:

  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Avocados
  • Mushrooms
  • Berries

Eat Healthy to Stay BoostedAlso, as seniors, multivitamins and herbal supplements can be extremely beneficial to add to a well-balanced diet. These can help increase the nutrients of a diet and ward off infection. However, it is important to note that vitamins and herbal supplements can counteract medications that someone over 65 is taking. It is always important to tell your loved one’s primary care physician before incorporating any new vitamins or supplements into their daily routine.

Holly Hall is Dedicated to Your Loved One’s Well-Being

At Holly Hall, we believe in treating your loved one like a member of our own family. Through our Christian values and our licensed staff, we strive to keep your family member well during this time of the year.

If you are interested in taking a tour of our retirement home, give us a call today to find out more about the benefits of living at Holly Hall.

3 Major Health Benefits of Assisted Living Facilities

Posted on: October 4th, 2017 by hhmin

Making the decision to move your loved one from in-home care to a retirement home can be one that sparks several conflicting feelings among family members.

“Will your loved one be well taken care of? What can an assisted living facility provide that family can’t?” are some of the questions that may arise. We understand that taking this step represents a new stage in your loved one’s life, and we are here to let you and your loved one know that moving to senior living apartments or a retirement home can be extremely beneficial to his or her health.

Whether your loved one is an independent living candidate, or a person who requires more attention from an assisted living community, we believe that the benefits of a senior living community exist for the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of your loved one’s life.

1. Proper Nutrition About in Assisted Living FacilitiesAssisted Living Nutrition

At Holly Hall, we believe in providing the proper nutrition for your family member in assisted living. We understand that even in independent living, planning a daily menu and grocery shopping can become a burdensome task as aging occurs.

At a senior living community, members can receive three meals a day that represent the changing palates that age brings. An assisted living facility is able to access fresh foods and have them prepared by professional on-site chefs.

2. Safe Facilities

Safety is key as your loved one begins to age. The decision to have them moved to a retirement home may have been based on the enhanced health risk of living at home alone.

With assisted living, your loved one can thrive in a community that is built around the safety of seniors. Your loved one will be able to take advantage of proper lighting, grab bars in bathrooms, emergency systems, handrails in the hallway, and more. The health benefits of senior living at an assisted living facility are plentiful, from the extra safety precautions involved, to licensed staff available to assist when called upon.

3. Reduced StressReduced Stress Assisted Living

Even seniors who are on the more independent side may find it difficult to keep up with the daily stressors of keeping up a completely independent home environment. From housekeeping to home maintenance, things can easily become a struggle and a hazard.

By getting your loved one enrolled in independent living, you are opening them up to an environment that has been designed especially for their comfort.

Your loved one will be able to enjoy their golden years without having to worry about the stress of mowing lawns, taking care of landscaping, or dealing with home repairs. Instead, they can make new friends and simply enjoy every day that they have at our community doing the things that they love.

Learn About Independent and Assisted Living Communities Through Holly Hall

If your family is at the crossroads with a loved one on what the next steps of care should be, contact Holly Hall. We are a Christian retirement community that specializes in independent living, assisted living, and healthcare living for seniors in the Houston, Texas area. Contact us today to find out about our options for your family member and let us set up a tour with you of our community facilities.

5 Health Tips for Senior Living This Fall

Posted on: September 25th, 2017 by hhmin

Senior Living Fall Health Tips

Fall is officially in Texas, and that means a lot of things for our senior loved ones. The air begins to get cooler, sweeter flavors become the preference, football has started back up, and decorations of warm colors are aplenty.

Holly Hall Retirement Community believes that your loved one deserves to enjoy the fall season without having to worry about the troubles that come with age as the seasons change. We are committed to serving the needs of our independent living, assisted living, and healthcare residents to the best of our ability during the fall season. Here are five health tips that your senior loved one can follow in order to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling fall.

5. Get Your Vitamins from Pumpkin Treats

When we think of fall, things like Jack-O-Lanterns usually come to mind. However, your pumpkin can be more beneficial than a simple decoration in a bedroom. They offer a variety of health benefits that make eating fresh Pumpkin snacks like roasted seeds and pumpkin spread a welcome treat. Pumpkin pulp is full of vitamins A and C, and the seeds of the fruit are rich in phytosterols, which help in lowering cholesterol.

4. Avoid Fall Illnesses

As the weather in Texas begins to cool down, assisted living facilities recommend that seniors make extra efforts to avoid falling ill with the flu or a cold. No one wants to spend a week of their independent living being cooped up in their apartment with fatigue and fever.

Take the steps to avoid the flu by taking your loved one to get a flu vaccine at the beginning of the season. Another tip is to hydrate with water throughout the day to strengthen the immune system and help prevent catching a nasty cold.

3. Step Outside

Many loved ones in Texas assisted living facilities have had to be weary of going outside during the hot summer months. With fall now in full swing, your loved one can enjoy the bright leaves on the trees outside and the moderate temperature that can be enjoyed before a Texas winter. Getting outside is great for emotional and mental health, while also increasing vitamin D levels, according to Harvard Medical School.

2. Moderate the Sweets at Your Senior Living Community

Halloween is one of the sweetest times of the year, literally. No matter what age, people enjoy candy. Remember, that while they don’t have to swear off all candy, your loved one in assisted living should only have sweets in moderation throughout the season. As seniors, too much sugar poses a health risk that can be avoided by simply approaching the holidays with caution.

1. Eat In-Season

If your loved one is in an independent living facility and enjoys meals from the comfort of their own kitchen, we recommend that you take a trip to a local farmer’s market and buy vegetables and fruits that are in-season. Not only will these foods taste great, but your loved one can enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet. These benefits include diabetes prevention, hypertension control, and heart health.

Spend the Fall with Holly Hall

If you have a family member that is interested in independent living, senior living apartments, or assisted living, reach out to Holly Hall today. We are Houston’s first retirement community, with a strong background of community support that has kept our legacy alive throughout the years.

For more information on our communities and our history, get in touch with our staff to have your questions answered.

Stay Cool this Summer in your Retirement Community

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by hhmin

The Houston summer is now at its peak, and Holly Hall Retirement Community is here to discuss ways that our independent living residents and prospective residents can remain cool and active in order to support the healthy lifestyle and Christian roots on which Holly Hall was founded.

With a community that is not just focused on the assisted living aspect of retirement homes, but also emphasizes independent living, there is a variety of ways that community members living out their golden years can enjoy the summer season without being exposed to excessive Texas heat.

Enjoy the Summer with Holly Hall

For members of the Holly Hall community, there are several ways to take advantage of their available surroundings while the summer sun hangs over Houston.

This summer, take advantage of our garden paths and lavish courtyards without having to stray far from your own doorstep.  Enjoy the day indoors at our top-of-the-line dining facility while the sun is at its hottest.  Take in a gorgeous garden view at your favorite spot, while enjoying a game of cards inside of an air-conditioned facility.  Then, when the sun begins to simmer down, take a relaxing evening stroll around the community grounds with the evening rays warming both your body and soul.

Also, what would independent living be without some summer leisure reading?  Peruse our library that holds countless words of enjoyment for all of our community members.  Solve a mystery or go on an adventure, all from the comfort of your Houston independent living community.

Staying Cool in your Retirement CommunityIndependent Living at its Finest

For our independent living community members, enjoy a summer at your local cottage without having to worry about the outdoor maintenance that usually comes with a home in the summer.  Holly Hall has all of your landscaping needs taken care of so that you can take care of enjoying your time with us.

Aside from our restaurant-style dining and available take out, there are several other amenities that make our retirement home unique for its community members.

Take advantage of our full-time Resident Life Enrichment Coordinator this summer.  Come out to one of our daily activities, exercise programs and community outings with scheduled transportation available.

Also, for those who prefer to stay in and relax, Holly Hall is proud to offer salons that provide full salon services for men and women.

 Choose the Right Place to Call Home this Summer

Senior living does not have to be slow moving in today’s society, and we at Holly Hall Retirement Community fully understand this as we strive to fulfill your active adult lifestyle both physically and spiritually.  If you are an independent senior in the Houston area, and are looking for the right place to call home during your senior years, contact us today.  We will be happy to provide you with more information and the next steps to take in order to become a part of our community this summer.

 

 

Busting 5 Myths of Indpendent Living Communities

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by hhmin

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Independent living communities are popping up all over the country as more and more active seniors are choosing to live in close-knit communities designed for them. At Holly Hall, our independent living community is where many retired residents have chosen to call home, and we couldn’t be more excited! Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about communities like this and we’re here to bust the top 5 myths associated with Independent Living.

Myth 1: Independent Living Will Be Boring

For whatever reason, people associate retirement communities with being boring. That’s simply not the case, especially here at Holly Hall. our community comes together for various events throughout the week to add a little variety to our resident’s days. Many community members even plan their own events and meet ups every week.

Myth 2: Retirement Communities Look Like Hospitals

A community should never resemble anything like a hospital and our community certainly doesn’t. Whether a resident chooses assisted living or Independent Living, we strive to make sure that our senior community feels and looks like home.

Myth 3: I Won’t Be Able to Keep My Car

If you want to drive, then you can keep your car! Independent living is all about maintaining independence, not giving it up. Many of our residents keep their cars and still opt to use our transportation system if they don’t feel like driving sometimes. We give our residents options and that’s one of the best things about living at Holly Hall.

Myth 4: My Family Won’t Visit Me

We completely understand this fear because for many potential residents, it’s very real. One of the ways our retirement community tries to bring families together is through community events with activities that are appropriate for kids. When grandkids have something to keep them busy, family visits become much more frequent and enjoyable for everyone involved.

Myth 5: Independent Living Communities are Too Expensive

This is one of the most common concerns we hear. Luckily, we offer independent living floor plans in a variety of sizes and price ranges to suit most budgets and needs. Retiring shouldn’t be focused on worrying about money, but living an active, exciting lifestyle with friends.

Visit Our Houston Independent Living Community

If you’re looking to live an active lifestyle in Houston, Texas then come visit Holly Hall! Our staff will take you on a tour of our community and answer all of your questions. We want you to choose the right place for you that fulfills all of your needs and wants. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour!

Holly Hall Gives Back to the Community

Posted on: April 17th, 2017 by hhmin

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A great senior living community should give residents opportunities to give back to others and meet new people. At Holly Hall Retirement Community, we host an annual Easter Egg Eggstravaganza for our residents and children in the Houston community. Our residents help out with the event and the kids bring so much energy and excitement to our retirement community. Each year, we have special activities for both residents and kids to do. Here are a few fun things we did his year to bring our community together.

Holly Hall Egg Bash

Days before the actual egg hunt, our residents get together and stuff plastic eggs with candy for the kids to find. They also dye traditional Easter eggs, make cards, and enjoy the fellowship with each other. This pre-egg hunt Independent Living activity is fun for residents and staff to do together. Activities like this gives our residents something to look forward to and helps keep them active.

Senior Living Community Egg Eggstravaganza  

The day of the Easter egg hunt, our senior living residents help out with different activity stations. This year, our residents and staff hid over 300 eggs for kids in our community. We also hosted a sugar cookie making station with sprinkles, fun icing, and lots of different Easter-themed cookies for the kids to choose from with the help of our resident volunteers.

To work off all the energy from the Easter candy, we had a dance-off for the kids. Parents and residents alike enjoyed watching the children delight in the music. For the younger children, they were able to get photos with the Easter bunny.

Senior Community Events are Important for Everyone

People of all ages need strong community ties. Our assisted living community provides these ties through the events we host like our Easter Eggstravaganza. It gives residents a reason to get out of their rooms and join others in fellowship. Having things to look forward to and a purpose in life is incredibly important for mental health and we recognize and provide for this need in our residents.

Join Holly Hall for an Active Senior Community

If you’re looking for a retirement community with lots of activities and a love for the Lord, then come and tour our Houston, Texas senior community. We pride ourselves in our dedication to living an active lifestyle and being active in the Houston community as well. Reach out to us to schedule a tour!

Spring Cleaning in Your Senior Living Apartment

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by hhmin

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As spring rolls into Texas, many people are throwing open their windows and airing out the rugs to prepare for the warm sunshine ahead of them! At Holly Hall, we’re helping our senior living residents prepare for spring with a little spring cleaning. If you’re unsure of where to start with your own home, we’re offering up a few helpful tips to get you started and keep you safe while cleaning.

Senior Living Cleaning Risks

Before we jump into our spring cleaning suggestions and tips, it’s important to recognize safety risks for independent living seniors. We understand that you want to be independent and rely on yourself as opposed to others. You can still do this, but it’s vital that you exercise caution when it comes to cleaning your space. Avoid doing things that require you to climb a ladder or stand on a chair. Don’t attempt to lift up or move pieces of furniture that might be too heavy. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be strenuous and frankly, it shouldn’t be. For added safety, clean your home while someone else is nearby just in case something were to happen.

Cleaning Tips for Independent Living

Over the course of a year, things can get dirty and need a good scrub in your senior living apartment. While you’re making your list of things to clean this spring, look around every room for hidden places where dirt and grime often accumulate. Write down these areas so you can remember to go back and clean them later. Head to your kitchen and look through your refrigerator. Is there anything expired that needs to be thrown away? Should the shelves be cleaned? Anytime there’s food involved, things tend to get messy.

If organizing is usually part of your spring cleaning routine, throw open your linen closet and remove your linens so you can wash, dry, and neatly fold them. Remove any linens that you no longer use or want and donate them to local animal shelters. Also, consider putting a few scented freshening packets inside the closet for a crisp, clean smell.

For those in our senior living community, Holly Hall offers a cleaning service to residents who would prefer to let a professional take care of their spring cleaning.

Join the Senior Living Community at Holly Hall This Spring

If you’re looking to upgrade your lifestyle this year, we invite you to join us at Holly Hall. Our preeminent senior living community is designed for seniors in every phase of life. Enjoy activities with old and new friends and learn how to relax in our Houston retirement community. Contact us to learn more or schedule a tour!