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The 5 Cs of Choosing a Senior Living Houston Community

Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 8, 2021 7:00:00 AM

The 5 Cs of Choosing the Right Senior Living Option in Houston
By Hal Salazar at ( Elders.Today was created to lend a helping hand to seniors. These resources were carefully curated by site creator Hal Salazar. Hal is newly retired and as he embarked on planning and preparing for his golden years he realized there was a lot of information to keep up with so he started gathering it all here to help out his fellow seniors

For many seniors and senior family caregivers, there comes a time when finding an alternative senior living option or assisted living community becomes imperative. Whether it’s to provide help with basic everyday activities or simply to provide more connection, making sure that you find the right new home is crucial for that senior’s health, happiness and quality of life.

It’s why Treemont Retirement Community wants you to understand the five “C’s” that every senior and/or family should consider when weighing the options for senior care and living.


 Understanding costs and having a plan to cover them is a crucial factor when you’re searching for the right senior living option. One way that seniors and caregivers can offset assisted living expenses is to sell the senior’s current home. If you currently own a home, you can look up local home prices and information about the market, to see if this is a viable option for your family.

Average expenses and options for paying for senior care and

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Business Manager Star Flores

Posted by Lisa Witt on Feb 2, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Senior Living Houston: Business Manager Star Flores

A smooth operating business office, balancing “the books,” listening to residents and employees and helping both start off on the right foot are key parts of a business office manager. Barbara McNeal will be joining her husband in retirement at the end of February. Until then, she will be training a new employee to receive the hand-off of a very busy business office. Thus, we are now welcoming Business Office Manager Star Flores to our Treemont family.

Star says, “Working in the retirement industry has been so rewarding. I appreciate my resident’s life stories and wisdom. The fun and knowledge working with this population is unmatched” In her new role, Star will take over resident billing, community finances and human resources.

Treemont Management believes that a top-quality Business Office Manager is important in our day to day operations for both residents and employees and having an “open door” policy is key. Executive Director, Rodney Brooks said of Star, “We are excited to have such a bright Star

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

Treemont Says "Bring on the New Year!"

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jan 31, 2021 8:00:00 AM

Treemont says "Bring on the New Year!" 

Aren’t we all ready for 2021?! Treemont Retirement Community and Health Care Center, like many senior communities, were all jolted into new territory last March when the Covid-19 virus raged through Houston and upended our normal routines. Executive Director Rodney Brooks and Administrator Cynthia Lamison acted swiftly to modify our dining procedures and social distance our activities. Our HCC Activity Director Jeanette Mitchell, a licensed beautician, started giving haircuts to residents so they didn’t look like 1960’s hippies! Life changed, but the care and love for our residents remained steadfast.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Spotlight on PAS Coordinator Cindy Harrell

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jan 30, 2021 1:21:00 PM

Spotlight on Personal Assistance Services Coordinator Cindy Harrell

Residents move to a senior independent living community with the desire to stay independent as long as possible. Thus, Treemont introduced the concept of “Independence Plus on our campus. Seniors who need help with activities of daily living can receive home health services in their apartment instead of moving to a licensed assisted living facility. Senior Allegiance is the “Plus” in Independence Plus.

  • Personal Assistance Service (PAS) Coordinator Cindy Harrell is the key Senior Allegiance manager to contact if you have such questions as:
  • Activities of Daily Living Support. A little support can keep seniors independent. This might be an occasional shower or getting dressed. Senior Allegiance’s (SA’s) Medication Management Program can keep seniors healthy and out of the hospital by timely taking their blood pressure, diabetes, or Parkinson’s medications.
  • Medicare Home Health Nursing/Therapy Program. Under supervision of a doctor, SA provides Medicare paid services including: Therapy; Wound Care; Psychiatric/Other Nursing Care.
  • War-Time Veteran Benefit of $1,936? Call Cindy to see if you qualify to use VA Aide & Attendance benefit for rent at Treemont.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Home Health Care Houston

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Sleep Time

Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 15, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Sleep Time

An appropriate amount of sleep is essential for any age group, but especially for senior citizens. Along with the physical changes that occur with age, changes in sleeping patterns can be a part of the aging process. It is recommended that senior citizens get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day. Learning how to manage sleeping problems can be challenging, but the importance of sleep for physical and mental health is very important. Not being able to get control of sleeping issues can affect senior citizens in the following ways:

  1. Proper amount of sleep helps maintain brain health and lowers the risk of age-related cognitive decline.
  2. Inadequate sleep can affect ones moods. A lack of sleep can decrease hormone levels that can result in irritability, stress, and depression in severe cases
  3. Lack of sleep can affect concentration
  4. Sleep deprivation impairs learning by affecting the ability to store and recall information
  5. Without an adequate amount of sleep, the body’s healing process can be delayed. Your body depends on rest to fight
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season during Covid, Be Prepared

Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 11, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season during Covid, Be Prepared

In the United States Flu Season most commonly occurs during the Fall and Winter. Influenza activity is more active during October and can last until late May, although peaks of Flu cases are seen in December and February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the most important method of protection from the flu and its potentially serious complications.

Although receiving the Flu vaccine is the first and most important prevention method, there are other habits to keep in mind that will reduce the risk of getting the FLU or getting sick in general. The following are steps recommended by the CDC that can aid in fighting the FLU this season.

  1. Vaccination: The Flu vaccine protects against virus strands that are considered to be common during the Flu season. Those at a higher risk for these virus strands are the elderly and those with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Long-Tenured Treemont Staff are Key to Resident Happiness

Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 8, 2020 7:35:11 PM

The Key to Resident Happiness? Long-Tenured Treemont Staff
When searching for a retirement community, a key Tip to ask is: “Does the Community have Long-Tenured, Caring Staff?”
Treemont Executive Director Rodney Brooks says, “The people make all the difference. Many members of Treemont’s team have worked here for decades because they truly believe in helping people and caring for seniors. Our staff sees this as more of a calling than a career.”

Retirement community residents become “family,” fostering new friendships and relationships as they transition to a mutually supportive lifestyle. Part of the glue that cements this feeling of fellowship and well-being is the staff at a senior living community. At Treemont about 40% of employees have worked there for 10 years or more. A number have worked here for more than 30 years.

This includes Treemont’s Maintenance Director Don Ibanez who is approaching a

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Assisted Living Houston: Spotlight on Manager Antoinette Wiggins

Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 4, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Spotlight on Houston Assisted Living Manager Antoinette Wiggins

Treemont is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) which means our residents move into Independent Living, but have the option of additional care options on campus. This might be Personal Assistance or Medicare Home Health through Senior Allegiance Home Care. Alternatively, residents might have the need for a short or long-term stay in Treemont’s Health Care Center for Assisted Living or Nursing Care. Meet Assisted Living Manager Antoinette Wiggins who oversees Treemont’s Assisted Living Community. Under the leadership of Administrator Cynthia Lamison, Treemont has seen a growth in independent living residents transitioning to assisted living care.

In this role, Antoinette is responsible for the care of all residents in Assisted Living

  • providing customer care to everyone
  • ensuring all staff is trained according to Treemont guidelines and regulations
  • providing medical care as needed
  • communicating with her resident’s doctors and nurse practitioners on a weekly basis.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Nursing Home Information

Nursing Homes Houston: Spotlight on CMA Roma Habtestsion

Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Spotlight on Houston Nursing Home CMA Roma Habtestsion

Treemont is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) which means our residents move into Independent Living, but have the option of additional care options on campus, including with Senior Allegiance Home Care. If you visit Treemont’s Health Care Center (HCC) for a short-term Medicare Rehab visit or a long-term assisted or nursing stay, you’ll likely meet Certified Medication Aide Roma T. Habtestsion. Roma is one of our dedicated caregivers at HCC who passes medication to residents, following state rules and according to individual resident schedules.

Roma is from Eritrea, located in East Africa, by the Red Sea Coast. She moved to Houston via the Diversity Visa lottery, with her two boys and two girls, and parents who have since passed away. In Eritrea she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and went to the international Italian school in Eritrea. In the U.S. Roma has worked one year as a Certified Nursing

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Stay Safe, Wear a Mask. Protect Each Other

Posted by Lisa Witt on Oct 28, 2020 3:15:00 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Treemonters, Protect Each Other. Stay Safe, Wear a Mask.

It is likely an understatement to say that most of us have “Covid Fatigue.” We yearn to return to “normal.” As we enter into cooler weather, however, nation-wide and locally, we are seeing a spike in Covid19 cases. No one is immune from this disease.

It is critical to safeguard ourselves and our neighbors. Studies show the risk for exposure reduces with the use of a mask. As we begin Flu season and continue dealing with COVID, it is imperative that we continue to wear our mask and follow social distance. It is easy to have the urge to relax but we must keep doing our part. As activities resume in Independent Living, we must make sure that everyone in the activity is wearing a mask. This includes small gatherings

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