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Celebrating Independence Day with Independent Living Seniors

Posted on: June 27th, 2018 by hhmin

Independent Living Independence DayThere are few greater causes for celebration than the birthday of our beautiful country. The 4th of July is one of the only holidays unique to the U.S. and is the perfect opportunity to spend time with friends and family, including our elderly loved ones in Independent Living. Although some aspects of traditional Independence Day celebrations may be difficult for some older adults living in retirement communities, with some planning, flexibility, and a few slight modifications, it is possible to have a perfectly patriotic 4th of July the entire family can enjoy and remember for years to come.

Senior-Friendly Menu Modifications

Food is an integral part of every celebration, and the Fourth of July is certainly no exception! From burgers to hot dogs, potato salad, chili, and popsicles, there are many staples that are commonly enjoyed during this holiday. However, as many seniors have certain dietary restrictions, it may be necessary to make modifications to the menu to accommodate their needs. Consider including healthy options, such as a cool fruit salad, fresh vegetable platter, and veggie burgers, and swap out ingredients in your favorite recipes for healthier options. Greek yogurt, for example, makes a wonderful substitute for mayonnaise!

By making these slight adjustments, you’re not only being considerate of your senior loved one’s health concerns, you’re also preparing a healthier meal for the entire family.

Come Prepared for Outdoor Activities

If there’s one thing you can count on to be present every Independence Day, it’s the heat. While many seniors residing in independent and assisted living communities still enjoy time outdoors, it’s important to make sure to come prepared for those high summer temperatures – both for their wellness and comfort. A few items to pack with you are:


  • A light jacket or blanket to keep them warm inside air-conditioned facilities,
  • A portable chair with enough cushioning to support their back,
  • A favorite beverage to encourage them to drink and stay hydrated, or
  • A mini, handheld fan for those in particularly warm areas – our Houston retirement community residents will appreciate this!


In addition to the supplies above, be sure to limit direct sun exposure by finding a nice shady area where you can settle in. Also, take regular bathroom breaks to reduce the risk of an accident. For older family members with Alzheimer’s or dementia, limit the size of the group to keep them calm and prevent them from feeling any agitation, anxiety, or anger.

Bring the Party to Your Loved One’s Senior Living Facility

While most Independence Day activities traditionally take place outdoors, many older adults are no longer able to leave home anymore. A good way to be sure that they are not missing out on the family activities is to bring the celebration to them.

Enjoy group activities such as a backyard barbeque at their community, which allows them to enjoy the fun while preventing them from getting tired or overstimulated. You can also have a patriotic sing-along using a karaoke soundtrack of songs like America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land, and of course – the National Anthem. Independence Day is all about the fireworks, and you can easily find a televised fireworks show to ooh and ahh at together. No matter what indoor activities you plan to do together, encourage everyone to break out their red, white, and blue clothing and decorations to create a festive and patriotic setting!

America is for Everyone, Including Our Independent Living Friends and Family

Whether they’re in a retirement community, assisted living facility, or living with you at home, it’s possible to share our nation’s birthday with the seniors we love. By making slight adjustments where necessary, planning in advance, and making their comfort and health top priority, you can make this Independence Day your family’s best one yet! If you have questions about activities occurring at Holly Hall this season, contact us today to find out about our services and community.

7 Independent Living Father’s Day Gifts and Activities

Posted on: June 5th, 2018 by hhmin

Independent Living Father's DayFather’s Day is just around the bend and it is time to start thinking about how to thank Dad for just being himself. If your father is in independent living, you may think that the options for fun are limited. However, you’d be very wrong. Here are 7 Father’s Day ideas that you can implement to make this year’s Father’s Day count!

1. Visit a Local Museum or Other Historic Sightseeing Spot

Many dads love history and enjoy taking in as much information as possible. Sure, you could get him a book with historical facts in it but think about taking the gift a step further with a special outing. Take him to a local historical museum or another landmark that will bring up some topical conversation you can both enjoy.

2. Take Dad to a Baseball Game

Sports is always a fun pastime. With baseball season in full-swing, take Dad out for a day at the ballpark. Enjoy a hotdog and soda while also ensuring that both of you play it safe in the sun.

3. Treat Your Dad to a Spa Day

Even dads love a good spa day. Schedule a massage for him this year and help him relieve any tension that you may have inadvertently caused over the years.

4. Drive Him to a Friend’s House for a Game Day

When parents live in an independent living community, sometimes it may be difficult for them to just get out to meet with their old friends. Surprise Dad this Father’s Day and schedule a game day or barbecue at an old friend’s or your house. Pick him up and be his personal chauffeur of fun for the day. Having the chance to catch up with old friends over a game of Poker is sure to put a smile on his face.

5. Watch an Old Favorite Movie Together

For an easy day in, turn on some Netflix or rent an old favorite. Make sure it’s one that he has already seen so that you can enjoy the inevitable yet funny dad jokes or insightful commentary that will surely come during the viewing.

6. Get Him Connected with Audiobooks

Your dad most likely has a smart device that allows him to use applications. Surprise him this year by paying for a subscription to Audible and grabbing him a few audiobooks and headphones. This is truly the gift that gives all year, especially with the monthly credit that comes with the affordable subscription.

7. Enjoy Nature Together

After you have enjoyed the day, take the time to wind it down as the sun sets. Take a walk around a local park with Dad and just talk about life, the fun times in the past, and how much he is appreciated.

Plan A Fun-Filled Father’s Day with Your Visit to Holly Hall

If your parents are thinking about moving into an independent living community, get in touch with Holly Hall Retirement Community today. Our staff will be happy to schedule a visit or answer any of the questions that you or your family may have.

Stay Safe and Prevent Heat Exhaustion at Independent Senior Living

Posted on: May 31st, 2018 by hhmin

Dealing with Heat Exhaustion - Independent Senior Living at Holly Hall in Houston, TexasTexas has had a long bout of winter this year, but finally, the sun is starting to shine, and its time for independent senior living community members to get outside. Now is the perfect season to enjoy gardening, golfing, or just socializing outdoors. However, doing outdoor activities safely is key, and avoiding heat exhaustion should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

With independent living at a senior care center, the goal is to live life in comfort and safety. This is why we think it is important to follow these simple tips for avoiding heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Know the Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a common problem during the warmer months. What makes it so dangerous is that it can easily lead to a heat stroke, which is an extremely serious health problem. Knowing the danger of heat stroke and signs of heat exhaustion in you or a friend could save a life.

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Muscle cramps,
  • Fatigue,
  • Clammy hands,
  • A headache,
  • Nausea, and
  • Feeling the urge to faint.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can sneak up on anyone, especially senior citizens. So, it is important to make sure that your loved one in independent living has the means to remain hydrated. In order to stay hydrated, it is important to constantly sip water even when you don’t feel thirsty. Other drinks like juice, milk, and sports drinks can also contribute to preventing dehydration, but water is the most effective deterrent.

Avoid Peak Heat Times

Remember, the hottest time of the day occurs around 3 p.m. We know that your loved one may enjoy being outdoors at their independent living community, but it is important that they make an attempt to avoid extreme temperatures.

Recommend taking a walk in the early morning or directly after dinner-time. These are great times of the day where they can still get their sunny fix but not have to worry too much about the heat. During the hotter times of the day, think of some indoor activities that they can do like puzzles, board games, or innovative apps that keep their mind sharp.

Dress for the Weather

Clothing is a key factor in beating the heat. Active seniors in independent senior living should start preparing their warm-weather wardrobes in order to stay comfortable and cool. Shorts and tee shirts are in season, but so are some specific fabrics. Some recommended fabrics for warmer weather are:

  • Cotton,
  • Linen,
  • Khadi.

The way that these fabrics make seniors in independent living look and feel is bound to be a complete win on all fronts.

Holly Hall Independent Living Makes Your Loved Ones Comfortable Year-Round

If you have a loved one in independent senior living and are concerned about them being exposed to the heat, put your trust in Holly Hall Retirement Community. Our trained staff knows how to spot the signs of heat exhaustion and will make sure that your loved one in independent living is taken care of while still feeling independent. Get in touch with us today to schedule a visit and learn more about our community.

6 Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors in Independent Living

Posted on: May 3rd, 2018 by hhmin

Independent Living Spring CleaningIndependent Living is an excellent option for seniors living out their golden years. Since your loved one is living alone, making sure that spring cleaning gets done safely is important. Use some of these helpful tips to get your loved one’s independent living quarters in excellent condition this spring.

1. Make a Checklist

You can’t come up with a proper cleaning plan without having a checklist. If your loved one is unable to determine what type of cleaning needs to be done at their home, then a collaboration between you and him or her on a checklist is a great idea.

Go through each area of his or her community cottage with them and find out the spots that require special attention, like the bathtub needing cleaning. Put the ‘special attention’ spots at the top of the list. Then, go over the list with your loved one so that he or she can feel involved in these seasonal changes that you are creating together.

2. Use the Right Cleaning Tools

If your loved one in independent living decides that they want to be responsible for spring cleaning their living space, then provide him or her with the tools to get the job done safely. There are plenty of senior-friendly cleaning tools that will help make the job effortless. Some of these cleaning sources include:

  • A duster with an extending handle,
  • Squeegee for the windows,
  • Vacuum with an instant cord retractor, and
  • A dustpan that stands on its own and requires no bending.

3. Get the Family Together for a Spring Cleaning Day

Sometimes your loved one in independent living may need a little help. Take the opportunity to get your family involved and make a day visit out of the occasion. Getting unnecessary clutter out of a home can be stressful and having family around to help out alleviates some of the stressors involved with spring cleaning.

4. Clean Out Expired Medicines

Sometimes our loved ones tend to hold onto medicines for far too long, and, sometimes your loved one can even hide things away.

Gathering up the medicines that you can find and properly disposing of the expired or loose tablets can help keep your loved one organized throughout the year as they continue fulfilling their medical needs.

5. Buy Bins for Safe Access

Instead of having clutter all over his or her living quarters, go out and purchase some small bins that you can store in your loved one’s new home. Let him or her help you decide what goes into them. Then, ensure that they are labeled and placed in safe locations where they can be reached with little effort.

Holly Hall Invites You to Visit Our Community This Spring

If you or your loved one is ready to start considering moving to independent or senior assisted living, keep Holly Hall in mind. Our community is based on our Christian values and we truly believe in providing the best quality-of-life for our community members.

We know that this decision can lead to several important questions that need to be answered. Schedule a visit to Holly Hall Retirement Community so that our professional staff can help you get the information that you need. We look forward to serving you.

3 Spring Gardening Tips for Independent Living Seniors

Posted on: April 13th, 2018 by hhmin

Independent Living and Gardening TipsSpring is officially here in Texas, and it is time for amateur gardeners to create beds of beauty in their front yard. Texas is home to many popular lawn flowers, so it is no surprise that gardening is such a popular hobby in our lovely state.

Even elderly loved ones in independent living communities enjoy dabbling in the gardening trend. However, the most experienced gardener can come across some aches and pains that the elderly may want to avoid. Here are three of our best tips for independent senior living spring gardening safety.

1. Get the Right Tools

The perfect gardening tools for senior independent living gardening are a must. However, you have to be very specific with the types of tools that you purchase.

Invest in a Coiled Hose

A regular hose makes your loved one run the risk of getting tangled up and falling. Dragging the long, hose can be dangerous, so investing in a coiled hose could help. These senior-friendly hoses are more light weight and flexible making them easy to avoid in the yard.

Focus on Grip

Standard gardening tools can be hard on the independent living community member with arthritis. When picking out gardening tools, try to focus on tools that have an easy-grip option. These tools are usually larger and meant to function while putting less stress on the hands.

2. Be Conscious of How You’re Kneeling

Gardening usually involves getting down on the ground and kneeling to plant your flowers. This can be problematic for loved ones with more delicate bone structures. When squatting down, we want to remind you to never let the heels lift off of the ground. This puts a strain on your ligaments and creates moderate to severe discomfort.

We suggest if you must kneel, take a knee. However, investing in a stool, chair, or other similar kneeling object that can help avoid squatting is your best bet for safe gardening.

3. Practice Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening is an excellent way to garden without experiencing the issue of having to squat or be in any uncomfortable position. By utilizing a trellis, you can easily grow some of your favorite vegetables and plants without having to worry about any pain.

If a trellis is not something you see yourself using, then investing in a raised bed for your flowers will also prevent you from having to squat. Both of these techniques also make harvesting, pest control and general maintenance much easier as a whole.

Independent Living at Holly Hall Ensures a Safe Spring for Your Loved One

At Holly Hall Retirement Community, we want all of our community members to be able to enjoy the highest quality of life. If you or a loved one are interested in taking the next step into an independent living community, then Holly Hall is the community for you. We are a Christian organization that offers the best in skilled nursing and senior healthy living.

Get in touch with us today to arrange a visit and witness our beautiful grounds for yourself.

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.



5 Things to Love About Senior Living

Posted on: June 21st, 2017 by hhmin

Things to love about senior living in Houston

Getting older isn’t something most people like to think about. It can be scary and full of unknowns. For whatever reason, aging is something people avoid talking about with others. Senior living is a topic that has a negative connotation attached to it and it’s unfortunate because there’s a lot to look forward to as we get older. To bring a positive light to aging, we’re sharing 5 things to love about senior living.

Doing What You Enjoy

Transitioning to retirement can be a huge adjustment for most people. Recognizing the good things that come with it can help make the transition easier. If you’ve been working a 9-5 job for the last 40 years, you’ll certainly appreciate having your days open to do what you love. Instead of waiting for the weekend, you’ll be able to get your time in on the golf course during your weekdays.

Senior Living Lets You Travel

Finding time to travel when you have a full-time job is difficult. When you live in senior living community, you can pack up and go whenever you want. Many retirees sell their homes and use some of the money to go RVing around the country. Others enjoy traveling abroad to exotic places. Getting older means more freedom to go where you want!

Try the Things You’ve Always Wanted To Do

Most people have always wanted more time to try new things like sailing, painting, or even baking. Once you’ve retired, you finally have the time to try new hobbies! Keeping your mind active by learning and doing new things is one of the best ways to combat mental and physical aging. At our Independent Living community, we love to see that our residents are getting out and staying active.

More Time With Family

If you’re a grandparent, you probably enjoy spending time and making lasting memories with your grandkids. During the summer months in our Houston Senior Living Community, many of our residents take their grandchildren out during the week and do fun activities around the city. Time with family is what most people want more of, and now you have the luxury of it.

Creating Your Own Schedule

Living under the constant constraints of your job schedule can really make everyday life less enjoyable. Senior living lets you make your own schedule- or not have one at all! You can wake up when you want, go to bed when you choose, and make plans in the middle of the day. Retirement living lets you do whatever you want when you want.

Enjoy Senior Living at Holly Hall

If you’re ready to enjoy life at at our senior living community, then come join us for a tour! Retirement shouldn’t be boring and we do our best to make sure our residents are happy with their active lifestyles. Get in touch with us to learn more!

Busting 5 Myths of Indpendent Living Communities

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 by hhmin


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!

4 Exciting Trends Among Senior Citizens

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 by hhmin


This May, we’re celebrating Older Americans Month at our senior living community! There’s an unfortunate stigma associated with growing older in America. Instead of being something everyone celebrates, it’s something that most people dread. At Holly Hall, we believe that it’s an honor to grow older and be able to impart your wisdom and life experiences on those younger than you. In recent years, we’ve noticed a shift in how older Americans are enjoying life. We’re sharing a few of these trends with you!

Older Americans are Working Longer

Retirement is something more and more seniors are putting off. Sometimes it’s for financial reasons, but often enough it’s because retirement isn’t something they’re ready for yet. Senior living is taking on a whole new meaning within this group of people. Some seniors are choosing to only partially retire by taking part time jobs that keep them busy a few days a week. Seniors want to be active even if they are retiring.

Retirement Communities are Including New Activities

Many senior citizens choose to live at an Independent Living community because they want the amenities that come with it. Now more than ever, older Americans are branching out of their comfort zone to try new things. At Holly Hall, our residents take part in things like cooking demos, computer classes, and Tai Chi. Learning a new skill or taking up a new hobby is becoming one of the best parts of growing older!

Seniors are Becoming More Independent

As technology has improved, so has the quality of life for older individuals. Being independent, even in an Assisted Living community, is incredibly important to most seniors. Demand for products and services that help seniors maintain a certain level of independence continues to grow each year and understandably so. Our Houston, Texas senior living community strives to help each resident keep their independence and value their abilities.

People are Opening Up About Aging

It’s always been taboo to talk about age or the process of aging. More and more Americans are breaking down those barriers and talking openly and honestly about the aging process and how to handle it. These open lines of communication are helping both the young and old understand what age means and what it doesn’t. For example, turning another year older means you’re turning another year older, not losing your abilities.

Holly Hall Values Active Seniors

Looking at retirement communities can be overwhelming and even off-putting. Our community strives to make sure every senior feels at home here whether they’re very active or not. We offer active senior citizens a wide-range of activities and social events to make sure they get the most out of living with us. Get in touch with us for a tour of our community!

How to Help Seniors Prepare for Senior Living

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by hhmin

Help Seniors Prepare For A Retirement Community Or Assisted Living

The process of aging and the progressing limitations that a senior encounters can be difficult for a senior with which to come to terms. Often times they are met with resistance or flat out denial. While there are many things a senior citizen can do easily on his or her own, there are also things that one shouldn’t do without assistance or at least someone nearby to check on them. If you and your family think it’s time that your aging parent or loved one move to a senior living community, it’s important that you help them prepare for it and see the necessity of it.

Let Them Choose an Active Senior Living Community

Presenting your loved one with information on different independent living communities can be helpful, however let him or her make the ultimate decision on where to live. Empowering them to make their own living decisions makes them feel like this was their own choice and that it wasn’t forced on them in any way. No one likes to feel as though they don’t have a say in things that pertain to their living situation.

Make the Move as Easy as Possible

Anyone who’s ever had to move knows how stressful the process can be. For someone transitioning to assisted living, it can be even more difficult. Packing things up and deciding what to keep or toss is particularly hard for older adults because so many things often have memories attached to them. Allow them time to figure out what they want to keep and offer to store things that they might not be able to take with them. Forcing them to throw things away can make the entire process of transitioning to a senior care center that much harder for them.

Schedule Your Visits to Their 55+ Community in Advance

Many seniors transitioning to senior living communities fear being forgotten by their loved ones. It can feel as though you’re trying to get rid of them by putting them in a home to be cared for by someone else. We know that this isn’t your intention, but it’s important that you reassure your loved one that you’ll be there for them. Before the move even happens, schedule tentative weekly or bi-weekly visits to their senior living apartment so they know you’ll be coming back to see them.

Holly Hall Can Help Care for Your Aging Loved One

Our retirement community in Houston, Texas caters to the needs of our residents. We provide high-quality care and an active environment to encourage your loved one to enjoy all the benefits associated with retirement living and being a senior. If your loved one needs a great place to call home, then contact us today to set up a tour!