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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 or senior assisted living.

Social Isolation is a Risk

Social isolation among the elderly demographic is something that has a serious impact on this groups 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:

  • High Blood Pressure,
  • Decreased Physical Health
  • Decreased Emotional Health
  • Depression

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

Being Socially Active in a Retirement Community has its Benefits

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.

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.

Tips for Keeping Your Loved Ones in Assisted Living Feeling Young

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by hhmin

Staying Young with Assisted LivingAssisted living is a great way to ensure that your loved one receives the proper care that they deserve as they age. However, sometimes the number involved with the age can take a toll on a person’s mental and emotional health and they begin to “feel” old in their community.

Age is nothing but a number, and the adage that you are only as old as you feel is true. Here are some of our tips for keeping your assisted living loved one feeling young at heart.

Aging is an Opportunity with Assisted Living

A recent study published in the US National Library of Medicine shows that older individuals who see aging as a positive experience to enjoy life through new perspectives lived 7.5 years longer than those who viewed aging as a negative process. By helping your loved one view age as just a number, you could help lead them into a healthier emotional and physical life as they continue to age.

Don’t Act Your Age

Age is nothing but a number. Many things in life can be enjoyed by anyone of any age. Take comedy for example. The next time you visit your loved one at their assisted living community, take the latest joke ready to tell or have a funny viral YouTube video saved in your history to show your loved one. Keep your family member feeling young by forgetting that there are age requirements on fun activities that you can choose to do together.

Turn Down Mobility Aids

Some seniors are required to make use of mobility aids like wheelchairs and walkers to get around.

If your loved one can get around without any pain and just moves a little slower than they used to, take the time to slow down with them and encourage that they walk around with you and only turn to mobility aids if they begin to feel pain or just grow too tired.

Set Healthy Goals

Goals are an important way to establish a regimen that will help your loved one feel physically and mentally younger as the days go by. Make sure that when setting these goals, you are focusing on healthy ways to improve your loved one’s life at their age. Help them pick up a new or forgotten hobby, or learn a new language together via online courses.


Holly Hall Retirement Home Will Keep Your Loved One Young At Heart!

If you have a loved one who is ready to experience the opportunity to live in an assisted living community that improves their lives, then the staff at Holly Hall Retirement Community is ready to welcome your loved one with open arms. Get in touch with us today to find out all that an assisted living community has to offer in a Christian environment.

We are happy to have you visit and tour our community in order to see everything we have to offer your loved one when they are welcomed in as family.

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!

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, give 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.

Why Senior Living is a Great Choice for Veterans

Posted on: October 27th, 2016 by hhmin

As October is winding down and as we gear up for the coming holiday season, we tend to forget a very important day: Veteran’s Day. On November 11, the many men and women who have served our nation are honored for their sacrifice and bravery in the armed forces. At Holly Hall, we honor our veterans with a Veteran’s Day breakfast! We want our residents to feel a part of our community in every way possible, and that includes recognizing their previous service. For those who have not yet joined our community, here are a few reasons why Holly Hall is great for retired veterans.

A Sense of Community Within Retirement Communitiessenior community houston

We emphasize community because it contributes so much to the happiness of our residents. Members of our community who served in the military appreciate the sense of camaraderie and friendship that is deeply ingrained in every branch of service. As adults get older, they often find themselves lonely or without many people around with whom to connect. Social interaction is vital to the mental health of everyone. We host many events throughout each month that focus on bringing people together for a good time.

Independent Living for Veterans

Being able to survive independently is part of military training. Independence is something no one likes to give up, especially when they can be entirely self-sufficient. Veterans who are still independent but don’t want the responsibility of caring for a house will enjoy independent living in Houston. We offer cottages and apartments perfect for the person who simply wants to relax through retirement. At Holly Hall, you can be entirely independent without sacrificing the community atmosphere our residents love.

Senior Living that Keeps You Active

A physical fitness regimen is often an important part of retired veterans’ lives. Having been in shape during their service for so long, it can be a huge change of lifestyle when staying in shape is no longer part of their daily routine. Staying physically fit keeps your body healthy and allows it to heal quicker if it’s injured. From Tai-Chi to low impact aerobics, we offer our residents several kinds of fitness classes to attend.

On Site Rehabilitation Services

For veterans who might have been injured during their service, often times those injuries rear their ugly heads when they get older. Many times, surgery is needed to fix the injury and the rehabilitation period can be long and difficult. Going through rehabilitation shouldn’t mean worrying about getting to a physical therapist, which is why, at Holly Hall, we offer rehabilitation services in house! Our veterans should focus on getting better and learning to work with their previous injuries. It’s also worth nothing that we’re conveniently located 10 minutes from the VA hospital and transport our residences there and back for treatments frequently. 

Contact Holly Hall Assisted Living for More Information

For the veterans whom have served our country, we offer our sincerest thanks. Our senior living community is the perfect place for our veterans to come and enjoy their retirement. If you or your loved one is interested in joining our community, then get in touch with us!

Retirement Community Must-Haves for Seniors

Posted on: September 20th, 2016 by hhmin

The point at which an elderly person can no longer live alone without experiencing danger regarding the ability to care for himself or herself is a difficult time in anyone’s life. Whether it’s the children who must help make a decision or the senior who must come to terms with his or her own declining health, one thing is for certain: seniors have a pretty strong list of must-haves for what they want in their retirement community. Here are some of those must-haves.

An Affordable Home, But a Home with Value

The cost of aging isn’t insignificant, particularly when you consider people are living longer than ever and into their seventies, eighties, and even nineties. The cost of long-term care is one of the main considerations for seniors, as well as for their children and anyone else responsible for ensuring an elderly loved one has the support he or she needs.

While searching for the most affordable home is one way to go about finding a retirement community, the absolute lowest priced residence isn’t always going to represent the best value. Seniors will pay more for their lodgings when there are valuable features and amenities included that would represent a boost in quality-of-life.

Retirement Communities with Continuum of Careassisted-living-for-seniors

Retirement communities provide assistance at many levels from independent living to the significant help offered at a skilled nursing facility. One helpful facet of some retirement communities is the opportunity to increase the level of care received or move into another facility on the same grounds that provides increased assistance.

Once a senior moves into a retirement community, it can become a daunting task to accept that additional help might be required even beyond the initial amount of assistance sought. A health issue or mobility problem may mean the senior would fare better at a facility with a greater level of care. Some retirement communities have different levels of care at the same location, so a second move isn’t required.

Freedom with Supervision

Once a senior has accepted that he or she requires daily assistance for life, moving into a retirement community can feel like one’s freedoms are being taken away. At Holly Hall, this is not the case. Our community is home, where residents are free to live as they please and enjoy the amenities and receive our assistance as they see fit.

Attentive Staff

As much as seniors value their freedom, the common purpose of residing in a retirement community is to live in a situation where help is always close at hand. Even if they don’t realize it before they move into the community, seniors want a retirement community that doesn’t stretch its staff too thin to care for residents properly.

Moving into a retirement home or community where there isn’t adequate availability of staff can have a debilitating impact on seniors who need help with daily activities. Having a staff member who isn’t stressed and overworked and who is readily available to help can ensure a senior feels safe and cared for in his or her new home.

Holly Hall, A Houston Retirement Community

Are you interested in exploring Houston’s first dedicated retirement community? Visit us to learn more about the gracious lifestyle and caring warmth of living at our community for long term and short term nursing care.

15 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

Posted on: August 25th, 2016 by hhmin

15 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Assisted Living FacilityWhen searching for an assisted living facility, it is important that you come prepared. Whether you are actually touring the community or are just speaking with someone over the phone, you need to be equipped with questions.

With every assisted living community having its own unique qualities and amenities, it is ideal that you ask as many questions as you can to help you determine which is right for your loved one. However, ensuring that you do not miss the most pertinent ones can be hard. To help, we have put together a list of the top 15 questions you need to ask when choosing an assisted living facility.

Assisted Living Questions

Question 1: What experience and training does your staff have?

Having an experienced and trained staff should be really high on your list when choosing a facility for your retirement-aged senior. By asking this question, you can put yourself at ease knowing that your loved one will be in good hands.

Question 2: How many staff members are on duty at night?

Usually, since things are calmer, most facilities choose to have less staff available overnight. This is why it is important to know what the staff-resident ratio will be during these hours.

Question 3: Which staff members can administer medications?

There is a possibility that at some point during your loved one’s residence, they will need to take medication. Whether it is something serious or minor, you want to ensure the people that administer the meds at the assisted living community have the best experience and education when doing so.

Question 4: Are nurses available 24/7?

Nurses are very important at a senior living facility as they are in charge of the examinations, tests, and medical management. When going through your choices, keep this in mind.

Question 5: Are you able to care for a patient with  _____ diagnosis?

If your loved one is diagnosed with a certain illness, be sure to ask specifically if they have experience dealing with it.

Question 6: Is there an initial admissions assessment?

Most facilities have an assessment that is required before the admission of a new resident, however, ask to be sure.

Question 7: What types of living plans are available?

Next to staffing and medical care, your loved one’s living situation is another highly important factor. Discuss with the facility their living options and take those back to your loved one to see what they feel will be most comfortable.

Question 8: What is the monthly cost?

For some families, figuring out how to pay for assisted living is a major hurdle. By understanding how much each community costs, you can make an informed decision.

Question 9: What is included in the monthly fee?

This is a given, but during the conversation about the cost, get concrete information on what is included in the cost. This way, you have no surprises when it is time to make the first payment.

Question 10: If there is a wait list?

Asking about wait lists is especially important if you need your family member to be relocated immediately. If you have flexible time constraints, this question might not be as vital.

Question 11: How do your current residents interact with each other?

While living in the community, your loved one will have daily interaction with the other residents. By asking this question, you can better gauge the atmosphere of the place. Also, you may learn more about the different programs and amenities available to the residents.

Question 12: Do you have outdoor spaces for the residents to use?

No one likes to be cramped up in a building all day, and sometimes fresh air is just what a person needs. Be sure to ask about secured outdoor spaces that are available to the residents to walk or just sit and read a book.

Question 13: What is the discharge policy?

There are a lot of rumors that suggest assisted living facilities to have a strict discharge policy. Asking this question ahead of time is the best way to keep down confusion and be better informed.

Question 14: If the needs of my loved one change, what options or additional services would be available?

Unfortunately, your loved one’s health can change without expecting it. Therefore, it is important to know how the facility would adapt the care and living situation of your loved one if this happens.

Question 15: What are your billing and payment policies?

The type of payment the facility accepts and the tentative payment dates are also important and should be understood before choosing a community.

Get the Answers at Holly Hall Retirement Community

Are you looking for the perfect assisted living facility for your loved one? Look no further than Holly Hall Retirement Community located in Houston, Texas.

Contact Holly Hall Retirement Community to today to learn more and get answers to the questions above and more!

Which Retirement Community Level of Care is Best for Your Loved One

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by hhmin

Which Retirement Community Level of Care is Best for Your Loved OneWhen it comes to moving your loved one into a retirement community, you will undoubtedly face a plethora of options. That is why doing thorough research is very important to help you make the best decision. From the cost to the location to the amenities, each community will have its own differences, however, finding the correct type of care for your family member should be the top priority.

Depending on the level of care your aging loved one will need should greatly impact you and your family’s decision. That is why, at Holly Hall Retirement Community, we believe in options. In fact, we offer three different levels of care from which our residents may choose.

Three Levels of Care Available at Holly Hall

If you are on the hunt for the best retirement community for your aging parent, here is a guide to help you decide which level of care is best.

Assisted Living

Assisted living at Holly Hall is great for aging adults who need help with daily living tasks like bathing and dressing, but not the 24-hour attention and care that you would find at a nursing home.

At Holly Hall, our assisted living residents experience the joys of living in a retirement community but can also enjoy a sense of independence. This level of care is ideal for residents who are mobile and can appreciate the private rooms or suites, dining programs, on-hand health professionals, housekeeping services, transportation, and the 24-hour maintenance services our assisted living care provides.

Independent Living

Independent living is perfect for the retirement-aged adult who enjoys living in their current home, but no longer wants or can handle the responsibilities of being a homeowner.

Located in our beautiful community are our independent living cottages and apartments which come equipped with kitchens and weekly housekeeping. With independent living at Holly Hall, our residents have the ability to live privately and independently within a retirement community while still reaping the benefits of our many amenities.

Healthcare Living

Once your loved one is a resident at Holly Hall, should he or she ever require a little more TLC as far as medical care and daily living tasks, our healthcare living will be available to them. This includes residents who need…

  • Short-term care
  • Skilled nursing stays after a surgery
  • Medical incident that necessitates physical, speech, or occupational therapy

With Healthcare living at Holly Hall, they will receive our standard community amenities as well as the additional medical attention they need. They will also receive benefits like an individually focused care plan developed by our certified medical staff, 24-hour nursing oversight, and an urgent call system which is available in every semi-private and private room.

Choosing the right level of care for your ailing or aging adult is a very important decision. Why not eliminate the guesswork by choosing Holly Hall Retirement Community, the senior care center that has everything your family member will need?

Contact Holly Hall Retirement Community today or download our online brochure to learn more about our experience and everything we have to offer.

Senior Isolation: 5 Ways to Avoid It

Posted on: May 24th, 2016 by hhmin

Life At Holly HallWhen 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.