Treemont Retirement Blog

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Fred and Marion Jinkins


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jul 21, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Fred and Marion Jinkins

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

He was BOI (born on Galveston Island) - she was born in the north Duluth, Minnesota.  On the surface, they couldn’t be more different. He is aesthetically inclined, while she is athletically inclined.  He taught art, she taught gym classes.  But when you delve deeper, you find that they go together like bread and butter. Their talents complement one another: he paints portraits; she takes the photographs from which he paints them. It’s no wonder that Fred and Marion Jinkins have been happily married for 55 years!

In 1939 Fred's family was transferred to the Panama Canal.  During WWII they moved every 14 months – to Key West, Florida, Washington D.C., Ft. Myers, and a variety of other military bases.  Fred's mothers' husband was a West Point graduate and thus served in the service during WWII.  Fred returned to Galveston in 1948-1955 after the war and worked for a shipping company.  After that he went into real estate, then into printing, and opened a restaurant before answering his life's calling,

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Shingles Clinic, Thursday, July 18th at 10am


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jul 17, 2018 5:17:24 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Shingles

Shingles is a viral infection that causes a painful rash. Although shingles can occur anywhere on your body, it most often appears as a shingle stripe of blisters that wraps around either the left or the right side of your torso. The reason for shingles is unclear. But it may be due to lowered immunity to infections as you grow older.

Shingles is more common in older adults and in people who have weakened immune systems.

Shingles is caused by the Varicella-Zoster Virus. This iss thee same virus that causes chickenpox. After you’ve had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may become reactive as shingles. The virus that causes chickenpox and shingles is not the same virus responsible for cold sores or genital herpes.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Food Server Deborah Hughes


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jul 8, 2018 9:05:00 PM

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Food Server Deborah Hughes

Treemont provides three meals daily, seven days a week, which is atypical for most independent living communities. Residents benefit from staying well-nourished, having built-in social opportunities as well as minimizing grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning. That being said, the service in the dining room is an important contributor to resident happiness, particularly for those who tend to eat most meals in the Treemont Dining Room.

The dining room team members play a key role in the dining experience — and Food Service Server Deborah Hughes is a new team member that epitomizes the type of food service employee Treemont desires.  “Deborah is the most positive individual we have on our team! When asked how she is doing,, Deborah  responds “fan flipping tastic!” It’s really

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, spotlight on senior living houston employees

5 Tips on Navigating Rehab after a Hospital Stay


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 30, 2018 8:20:00 AM

5 Tips on Navigating Rehab after a Hospital Stay  

If your senior family member is in the hospital following a serious illness, injury, or surgery, the next likely step is therapy in a rehabilitation center. Therapy is essential to ensure seniors regain their strength and independence. However, the hospital discharge planner may ask you to make multiple decisions quickly, which catches families off guard. Even if your loved one had a short hospital stay, you’re left with dozens of questions: Here are a few guidelines to smooth the transition.

What is Rehab?

The primary goal of rehabilitation is to regain independence. If your family member has had a hip or knee replacement, for example, they will need to perform exercises to be able to walk again. Make sure the nursing home prioritizes rehabilitation. “The only way our residents will get better is if we make therapy fun and encourage

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Nursing Home Information

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Kathy Samford


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 23, 2018 9:23:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Kathy Samford

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

With a melody in her voice and a merry smile and laugh, resident Kathy Samford has greeted those she does not know since she moved into the Treemont last December.  Born in 1954 in Austin, Texas, Mary Katherine Samford moved to Houston in 1975 and has lived in the city since then.

Her sister Jodie Dornak (married to Steve Dornak) and Jodie's daughter Julianne are close to Kathy.  (Julianne's sister Jennifer lives in Friendswood. Texas.)  Kathy, Jodie, Julianne and husbands belong to Second Baptist Church on Woodway, and frequent services, Bible study, volunteering, pageants and other programs there.  Last month Kathy sang a solo in the hymn, "Because He Lives" during a play at the church and received a standing ovation! 

At home at the Treemont, Kathy enjoys many activities, like Zumba, Tai Chi, foreign language

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor

Compare the Value of Senior Living Houston vs Staying Home


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 15, 2018 1:07:00 PM

Compare the Value: Calculate the Incredible Value of Senior Living Houston vs Staying Home 

Use the table below to quickly and easily calculate the incredible value of life at Treemont Retirement Community vs staying at home. Many families new to senior living think that senior living in Houston will be more expensive than staying in one's own home. We recommend completing the table below to compare what you are currently paying for monthly expenses and how that would compare to a one bedroom all-inclusive apartment starting at $1,700.00.  Put pen to paper and see if Treemont is the best value for seniors. Click here to download the Compare the Value form below.

"By the time I paid my bills and expenses, I was spending more money than I do here." says Joanne Driscoll, a resident of Treemont Retirement Community in Houston. "And I get three meals a day and weekly housekeeping. I can't imagine a better way to live at this age."

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Alcohol-Medication Interactions


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 9, 2018 10:45:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Alcohol-Medication Interactions

In the U.S. 13 percent of people are over the age of 65, and this same group is responsible for over one-third of the purchased prescription drugs in the country. It is more probable for elderly patients to use prescribed medications on a long-term basis or several prescribed medications at the same time due to different medical Issues.  Some medicines that you might never have suspected can react with alcohol, including many medications which can be purchased over the counter. Even some herbal remedies can have harmful effects when combined with alcohol.

As the population ages, the problems associated with mixing alcohol and medications are certain to increase.   Older adults are at a higher risk for harmful alcohol-medications interactions. Aging slows the body’s ability to break down alcohol, so alcohol remains in a person’s system longer. In older adults alcohol use may increase the

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Spotlight: Meet Assisted Living Home Health Care Lead CNA Ronnisha Dupree


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 2, 2018 9:20:00 AM

Spotlight: Meet Assisted Living Home Health Care LVN Specialist Ronnisha Dupree

Employees are key to providing top quality care and creating a trust with residents. Ronnisha, Dupree, the Lead CNA for Senior Allegiance Home Care embodies the qualities we want in our staff: confidence, commitment, concern and a love for both employees and residents. Ronnisha serves as the second in command to Personal Assistance Service (PAS) Coordinator Cindy Harrell.

Says Cindy, “Ronnisha works hard every day, hand and hand with me to keep the floor running smoothly. When I’m not in the office I have no worries because I know she’s there putting her best foot forward.” Residents need care, but the caregivers also need to know they are appreciated and supported in their work. “Ronnisha is proactive with the care attendants and residents…The love and concern she brings is amazing. Ronnissha makes sure the attendants get their daily updates each morning on new/existing resident service changes…I appreciate the hard work and great job she does,” says Cindy.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, home health care in houston

A Message from Your Senior Living Houston Activity Director 6/2018


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 1, 2018 4:54:36 PM

A Message from Your Senior Living Houston Activity Director   

Dear Treemonters:

May was quite a busy month - thank you for coming out and getting involved! I hope you enjoyed the parties, new entertainers, cultural programs, & Community Health Fair.

There will be plenty more opportunities to get out and about this month. The Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social will feature ice cream floats, 50’s décor, and live music by Bobby Socks & Doo Wop. The Polka Party will offer refreshments, live music, and a chance to show off those moves you learned in Ballroom Dancing!

Many of you have expressed an interest in nutrition & so we are delighted to welcome Nutrition Professor Martica Heaner, PhD, to Treemont on June 8th for a special showing of the documentary ‘Forks over Knives’, followed by a Nutrition Q&A Session with Dr. Heaner. Every participant will also get a copy of the Treemont dining menus with Dr. Heaner’s recommended choices outlined for each meal.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Events at Treemont

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Katherine Suttill


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 26, 2018 9:50:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Katherine Suttill

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

A third generation Houstonian, fifth generation Texan, Katherine Suttill is definitely a local Southern belle!  Her family, the Burgies have a place in the Houston Historical Society with two homes, one in the Heights and 18th Street and the other, a green and yellow painted house with a turret on top, on Fannin nicknamed The Witches Hat.

Katherine attended River Oaks, Lamar and Lanier schools and her family owned the Burgie Manufacturing Co.  The Burgie family was one of Houston's first founding families.

Her great-great-great-great grandmother's family, the Kennedys came from Ireland to New York and traveled by wagon train to Taylor, Texas. From Taylor to Blalock Dr. they brought horses to Houston and everybody rode!

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor