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Lisa Witt

Lisa Witt is an Owner and Marketing Manager for Treemont Retirement Community in Houston, TX. Lisa also supports the outreach efforts for a number of other retirement communities in Albuquerque, Reno, NV, Corpus Christi and Harlingen, TX. Previously, Lisa was the owner/Principal of Avista Video Histories that specialized in family video histories to preserve the stories of beloved seniors for future generations. For two decades, Lisa has worked with seniors and their adult children to find the best solution to late-life transitions to a retirement community and to preserve their family memories. Lisa's goal is to make sure that seniors are placed in a comfortable, secure and stimulating assisted living environment they will soon happily call "home."
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Psychiatric Nurse Dina Gudas Helps Seniors Maintain Their Independence


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 22, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Psychiatric Nurse Dina Gudas Helps Treemont Residents Stay Independent

The purpose of Senior Allegiance is to permit Treemont residents to maintain an independent lifestyle in their own apartment for as long as possible. Seniors want to maintain their independence and a small, helping hand can mean all the difference between staying healthy or having continued health setbacks that require hospitalization or a higher level of care, such as assisted living or nursing. We are fortunate that Senior Allegiance, as part of its Medicare Home Health Program, has a full-time Psychiatric Nurse Dina Gudas, RN.

Senior Allegiance Administrator Karina Walker says:  With her extensive psychiatry knowledge and compassion, Dina has contributed to one the factors that make Senior Allegiance so unique and such as asset to the Treemont Community. The passion she has for psychiatric nursing shows in the way she cares for her patients. From teaching patients coping skills, working with psychiatric and primary

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Mental Health Awareness


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 16, 2019 9:10:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Mental Health Awareness

Just as physical health is important for one’s overall well being, mental health plays an important role as well. Often mental health is something that many do not like to talk about, and therefore will delay getting help.  It is estimated that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern. That is roughly 1 in 5 individuals over the age of 55. Addressing any potential mental health issues can improve your or your loved one’s quality of life.

Older adults are more likely to report physical symptoms rather then psychiatric symptoms, and will often seek care from their primary physician more often than from a psychiatrist/psychologist. Knowing risk factors that can play a role in mental health, can aid in identifying symptoms quicker and receiving the appropriate care.

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

Spotlight on Medicare Quality Assurance Nurse Sheila Quia


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 8, 2019 3:57:39 PM

Medicare Therapy Supports Houston Independent Living Residents
 

Many of you have seen a warm, friendly face walking around the Treemont campus. Sheila Quia is Senior Allegiance’s Medicare Quality Assurance (QA) Coordinator. She is also the liaison with Medical Director Dr. Adrian Zaharia, a physician for many Treemont residents, and their families. 

Are you aware that Medicare covers the cost of many of the services that allow you to remain active, especially if you have been hospitalized in the past year?  Senior Allegiance will work with your doctor to help identify service needs that can be provided under the Medicare program, including physical, occupational or speech therapy as well as nursing care. In her Quality Assurance role, Sheila reviews nurses’ Medicare notes to make sure they comply with doctors’ orders, and verifies that they qualify for Medicare home health and therapy.

Director of Nursing Karina Walker says, “Sheila has been an integral part of the Senior Allegiance team. She has a keen eye for details which comes in handy when

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

Treemont Nursing and Rehab Reports Stellar Survey


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 8, 2019 2:17:15 PM

Treemont Nursing and Rehab Center Reports Stellar Quality of Care Inspection

Treemont Health Care Center recently completed an excellent survey process in May. Each year, nursing homes have an annual survey, conducted by the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) surveyors. The Nursing Facility Inspection survey is an in-depth look at the facility’s policy, procedures and practices, typically by a team of 4 to 6 surveyors. The Survey includes 17 areas, including: Resident Rights, Quality of Life, Resident Assessment Quality of Care, Nursing Services, Dietary Services, Infection Control, Physical Plant and Environment, and Administration.

“This was a stellar survey and the best survey Treemont has had in the recent years. I’m very proud of the hard work that our new Administrator Cynthia Lamison and Director of Nursing Sheree Wade have done, with the support of the full Treemont team, which is reflected in this year’s survey results,” says Owner Tom Witt.”

According to Cynthia, “One of the surveyors made an observation that our medication technician Steven Gardner deserves an award for his work. His attention to detail and care for the residents reflects the type of devoted employee Treemont has on its team.”

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Charles Revilla


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 1, 2019 12:35:56 PM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor: Charles Revilla

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Handsome resident Charles Revilla is a coal miner’s son, born July 6, 1926 in Imboden, Virginia.  His father quit mining when he got married in Rose Hill, Va. and tried farming, but was not fond of the profession.  Nor was he happy with Ford’s Detroit industries he tried, so he returned to Imboden as a coal miner.   His father retired at 65 years old and had many stories to tell about mining, including a close call he had when a rock roof collapsed, killing his partner. 

Needless to say, Charles chose a different career path, with the aid of the U.S. Navy during WWII.  He was drafted, served from 1944-46 and had experience with atomic bomb testing at Bikini lagoon in the Pacific.  The great thing about serving in the Navy was his eligibility for college on the GI bill, although he worked for his father in the timber yard outside the coal mine immediately after leaving the service.

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

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Lois McCall


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 25, 2019 9:10:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor: Lois McCall

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Always pleasant, smiling and beaming with joy, Lois McCall glides through Treemont in her power chair on her way to the dining room, activities or to meet a friend.  She always acknowledges those who speak or simply offer her a smile.  After residing at Treemont for 10 years, she knows many people and has many friends through her volunteer work here.  Lois leads the Monday afternoon Bible Study class in the Green Room and began the “Meet Your Neighbor at Treemont” articles, which yours truly now writes due to Lois’ busy schedule.  Originally, she thought it would be a nice idea if residents knew each other, and how right she was!

Editors  note: Click here to view a story about Ms. McCall in the Houston Chronicle. Lois has also written about the Top 10 Reasons Residents Chose Treemont

We all have a story to tell, including Lois, who was born in Dallas, TX and raised by a single mom, who was a woman of strong faith.  Lois describes her as “big as a minute, strong as an ox and stubborn as an army mule.”  She was so certain that Lois should go to Baylor

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

Flexibility is the Watch Word at Treemont


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 18, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Flexibility is the Watch Word at Treemont Senior Living 

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) such as Treemont offer a full and flexible approach to senior living. That means independent seniors who move to Treemont can have peace of mind, knowing that extra care options are available when needed.  Treemont provides the initial flexibility of allowing residents to move in to independent living, assisted living or skilled nursing.  Treemont then makes it easy for residents to transition to a different level of care as their needs may change.  Interestingly, Treemont has as many residents who’s care need decrease and are able to move from nursing to independent living, as the other way around.

For residents who move in fit but have an unexpected fall or stroke, they have a variety of extra care options available to help get them back to independence. This includes the ability to do rehab therapy in Treemont’s Health Care Center. Upon return to their independent living apartment, the senior can get additional help with showers or other services when desired.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Treemont Cook Donna Ann Alexander


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 11, 2019 9:15:00 AM

Senior Living Houston: Welcome Cook Donna Alexander!

A key reason seniors choose retirement living is a desire to have the option of three meals a day, seven days a week, to help residents stay healthy and also provide more social opportunities. Since most Treemont residents, however, dine three times daily at our community, it is extra important that our Dining Staff make dining a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Naturally, food preparation is important. A key ingredient to a wonderful dining atmosphere is also the attitude of staff.  Dining Service Manager Chef James Renshaw works to hire capable team members that are in tune with customer service. Most recently, Donna Ann Alexander was hired as our senior living Houston's newest Cook.

Says Chef James, “Donna has 14 years of experience in senior care, cooking, providing customer service so that she offers a valued perspective on what we do at Treemont. Donna is a quick learner and has gained the respect of fellow staff.

 She is working with James, Myra, BJ and the Team on rolling out the new menu items.

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

Treemont’s 1st Annual “Drive & Drop” in Support of our Veterans


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Treemont Senior Living's "Drive & Drop" is this Friday, May 10th!

We hope the community will support two events at Treemont this Friday, May 10th and then on May 17th

Treemont Retirement and Health Care, along with Senior Allegiance Home Health, is sponsoring its 1st Annual “Drive & Drop” on Friday, May 10th from 9:30am to 5:00pm to support AMVETS (American Veterans Organization). BE A HERO TO OUR HEROES by supporting AMVETS (American Veterans Organization).  Take the opportunity to do some Spring cleaning by donating children’s and adult clothing, bedding, house wares, small appliances, laptops and TV’s/Monitors. Put your donated goods in boxes or clear plastic bags and drop off in the back of Treemont Health Care Center at 2501 Westerland Drive, located in the Memorial / West chase neighborhood.  

Then join Treemont for a “" the following Friday, May 17th from 3pm to 6pm with “appetizers on sticks.” The community is invited in appreciation for being a HERO to a HERO! Treemont’s Chef James Renshaw will be cooking up the scrumptious appetizers. Please join the festivities at Treemont. Music entertainment will be provided. Come join the fun! Questions? Call Treemont Admissions Director Kelli Walleck at 713-816-2033 or KelliW@TreemontHC.com or 713-783-6820.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Carmin Cleavenger


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 27, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor:  Carmin Cleavenger

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Always sweet and smiling is the platinum, curly haired Carmin Cleavenger. Outwardly, she is friendly and fun-loving, but her true spirit is helpful, patient and kind; her life story explains both sides.

Carmin was an only child, born in Dallas, Texas on the day after Thanksgiving, December 1, 1933 (Thanksgiving’s date was changed during WWII).  She was 8 years old on Pearl Harbor Day December 7, 1941 and remembers WWII. Carmin still remembers the line, “day of Infamy.”  Her dad, who had been in WWI, signed-up for WWII, so Carmin swam in the officers’ family pool.

But when Carmin was 6 years old, her friends teased her that one day she would someday become a teacher – mainly because she was already teaching them!  She attended and graduated from Incarnate Word High School and had 2 years of college at Incarnate Word College.  She then finished at Georgetown with a major in Christianity and minor in Philosophy.  She went back to the University of Houston

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