Treemont Retirement Blog

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Penny Johnson


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 19, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Penny Johnson

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

 

With a pretty-eyed smile and an open-heart, resident Barbara ‘Penny’ Johnson - so nick-named by her husband Kenneth - greets her new neighbors at Treemont.  Penny's advice to all: meet new people, remember their names, and really get to know them.  It’s the motto she has lived by all her life, and it’s served her well! 

 

Penny was born Barbara Pennnington in Wauneta, Nebraska and grew up in a farming community.  She signed up for a Methodist Youth conference in Cleveland, Ohio in the winter of her senior year in High School 1979.  There were 10,000 young people attending, and it was there that she met Kenneth Johnson, her husband-to-be.  After that, Penny went to college and Kenneth was teaching.  In Penny's sophomore year, she and Kenneth were married at the end of May. Penny finished college and taught 4th grade for 3 years.  

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: An Inside Look at Osteoporosis


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 12, 2018 9:45:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: An Inside Look at Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that leads to bone loss.  It causes bones to become fragile and increases the risk of fractures (breaks). Some bone loss is a normal part of aging. Osteoporosis causes bone loss to occur too fast. When this happens, bone becomes very weak. It can cause: loss of height, spinal change, such as a stooped posture, and severe back pain from fractures to the vertebrae. Many people have osteoporosis and don’t even know it. At first osteoporosis doesn’t have any symptoms. Most people don’t know they have osteoporosis until they fracture a bone like the hip, wrist, or spine. By the time a fracture occurs, the person may have had osteoporosis for many years.

 

Bone is always changing as old bone breaks down, and new bome is formed. After about age 30, the body slowly begins to lose more bone than

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

Nursing Homes in Houston: Spotlight on Assistant Administrator Brian Byrne


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Nursing Homes in Houston: Spotlight on Assistant Administrator Brian Byrne

In mid-December, Brian Byrne returned to the “Quilted Care Family” as Assistant Administrator of Treemont Health Care Center. His immediate focus is Customer Service Enhancement and Employee Satisfaction, as these are the keys to providing top quality care to Treemont’s nursing and rehab residents. Brian’s tasks include:

~  Surveying HCC customers after an HCC stay about customer  care issues.

~  Hiring top quality, caring nurses and CNAs. 

~  Admissions support and census building

~ Interacting with Rodney, Lupe and Linda when customers tour our Continuum of Care Retirement (CCRC) Campus.

Brian has a long history with Quilted Care. Upon graduation from Penn State in Business Management, Brian returned back to New Mexico to be with his high school sweetheart (now wife),

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

A Message from Your Senior Living Houston Activity Director


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 30, 2018 5:17:04 PM

A Message from Your Senior Living Houston Activity Director   

Dear Treemonters:

Thanks for making April such a fun month! It was great to see so many of you laughing, dancing, and getting involved in last month’s activities programs. I hope you’ve had a chance to catch up on your beauty sleep, because May is going to be even busier! With our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Kentucky Derby Party, Mother’s Day Social, and Memorial Day Celebration, there will be plenty of opportunities to get out and have some fun.   

We’re also rolling out a few new programs this month. Our ‘Virtual Trip’ will explore the culture, geography, and history of France, while our weekly language classes will teach us the basics of polite conversation in French.  We’ll end the month by sampling the local fare with a ‘Taste of

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

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Libby Davis


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 29, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Libby Davis

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

We have in our midst an up and coming literary author, just beginning her exciting, busy and successful career with a new series of children's collection of books.  The first in the series, The Tale of Fredrica the Fox, was recently published by resident Libby Davis, whose advice to friends and fellow residents is "Follow your dreams always, no matter how old you are."  Those with hidden talents should take note because Libby's book is not only carefully written, but brilliantly planned to lead a cause for preservation of the wilderness and the wildlife inhabiting it.  It may be simply written for a child to understand but has great bearing on a subject that most of us are not aware of or would think matters at all.  Only a kind and gentle spirit like Libby could

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: New Medicare Cards are Coming


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 28, 2018 6:35:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: New Medicare Cards are Coming

Beginning April 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be issuing new Medicare cards to its current members. For those who will be obtaining a Medicare care for the first time, you will receive the new card automatically. The change is prompted by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 that requires the removal of Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards by April 2019. Removing the social security number from the Medicare card is intended to prevent fraud and identify theft. 

10 things to know about your new Medicare card

  1. Your new card will automatically come to you. You don’t need to do anything as long as your address is up to date. If you need to update your address, visit your mySocial Security account.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Betty Terry


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 21, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor:  Betty Terry

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

We make new friends throughout our lives, and new resident Betty Terry is adjusting to a whole new way of life as well. Upon seeing her glowing smile and meeting her, one would never guess the disastrous ordeal she has recently been through.  She already has the Christmas spirit, with her walker decorated with red and green décor; and her warm, merry personality is inviting and memorable.

Betty came through Hurricane Harvey after being rescued, and spent 3 days at the George R. Brown Center before her daughter discovered where she was.  She then spent a month with her granddaughter in Kingwood before her daughter found Treemont to be her new residence.  Even though her new apartment here is very small and she has always been a homeowner, she says she plans to stay here and make the Treemont her new home.

Betty and her (third) husband Art moved into their home in Bellaire in

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

Nursing Homes in Houston has Success with Music and Memory Therapy


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 14, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Houston Nursing Home Uses Beloved Music to Renew Lives of Dementia Residents

Seniors and their family memories are often reticent about their loved one moving to a nursing home. But if you choose the right one, the quality of life of your family member can be greatly enhanced. Each resident at Treemont Health Care Center, for example, has a care plan” that makes sure the resident receives the best care to make their quality of life as good as their situation permits. One unique tool in Treemont’s hip pocket is the Music & Memory program. 

Music and Memory (M&M) is a relatively new and innovative program at Treemont, designed to use beloved music favorites that will tap into an Alzheimer’s or dementia individual’s deep memories, help renew their past life connections, thereby improving their quality of life. Treemont Health Care Center participated in a Texas Department of Disabilities pilot test two years ago designed to help nursing homes reduce the use of psychotropic drugs  in dementia patients and increase resident socialization and interaction though the use of beloved music delivered via  iPods.

The Music & Memory program is part of the care plan for many Treemont residents

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

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Activity Director Nikki Andress


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 7, 2018 9:05:00 AM

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Activity Director Nikki Andress

Social interaction, companionship, and making new friends are key reasons many seniors choose to move to a senior community. It’s convenient to be able to walk out of your apartment and enjoy activities, entertainment, and intellectual programs all in your own community. At Treemont, our goal is to sponsor activities that our current residents value. With our new Activity Director Nikki Andress at the helm, this retirement community in Houston is taking the opportunity to re-evaluate its activity program. The March 12th Activity Planning Meeting was the first of four quarterly meetings to be held in 2018. Designed to listen to resident suggestions and spark fresh ideas for programming, the meeting was held in collaboration with an Activity Planning Survey. The most popular ideas from the survey will debut in the April Activity Calendar.

Nikki says, “My role is to coordinate programs that will be interesting,

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

Healthy Tips for Senior Living Houston Residents: Downsizing Your Home


Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 31, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Senior Living Houston Residents: Tips on Downsizing Your Home

by Julia Aldrich from www.Homelight.com

A big and spacious home is the dream for many American families looking to settle down. However, two or three decades later, after the kids have flown the nest and found their own places to grow their lives in, most retirement-age adults may be landing in a somewhat unprecedented predicament: a large house with an unnecessary amount of space. And, when we say unnecessary, we mean expensive and burdensome to take care of. Downsizing is a smart move for a lot of seniors who find themselves in this situation and the act can save them a lot of stress, as well as a lot of money if they go about it in the right way.

Here are a few tips to consider when making your downsizing house plans:

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