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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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Healthy Tips for Seniors: Covid19 and Doctor Visit Options

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 14, 2020 3:12:57 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Covid19 and Doctor Visit Options at Treemont

Coronavirus precautions will continue for the immediate future with the need for continued social distancing. Therefore, Senior Allegiance and Treemont want to make sure that our residents continue to have access to the doctor care necessary to maintain their health.  This includes access to: (1) a Primary Care Physician and (2) Emergency Care.

Need a Doctor? If you need a Primary Care Physician (PCP) Senior Allegiance is working with Dr. Nasyia Ahmed of Villa Physicians. Dr. Ahmed recently joined the Treemont Family to offer her services as an on-site primary care physician specializing in Internal Mediciine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care. Dr. Ahmed will see residents across the entire continuum of care offered here at Treemont as well as Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, then back to Treemont

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Hurricane Season: Emergency Preparedness

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 10, 2020 10:08:59 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Hurricane Season Emergency Preparedness Checklist

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane season at the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th.

Other types of emergencies include:

  • Chemical, Drought, Earthquake, Fire, Flood, Flu, Heat Wave, Highway safety, Hurricane, Landslide, Power Outage, Terrorism, Thunderstorm, Tornado, Wild Fire and Winter Storm.

Benefits of living in retirement community include:

Living at Treemont and/or having services with Senior Allegiance provides a layer of comfort since the community works with you in preparation for all types of emergencies. Independent Living has a small power generator that can keep our kitchen refrigerators and freezer operational. From that Treemont can also power its phone system for the front office and connect some lighting for the lobby area. Treemont staff will be present to distribute flashlights and attend to resident needs. Treemont has extra water on hand and continues to provide meals to residents. If power is out, and residents are unable to walk stairs, meals are delivered to their apartments. Treemont does what it can to make sure residents are attended to during power outages.

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

Spotlight on Home Health Caregiver Leslie Foston

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 3, 2020 5:12:38 PM

Home health Care Spotlight on Caregiver Leslie Foston

Welcome Caregiver Leslie Foston, one of Senior Allegiance’s newest employees, who has taken on a big role during COVID-19. Her primary task at this time is taking temperature checks on Senior Allegiance’s Treemont customers, Mondays to Fridays. Leslie then assists where ever needed with activities of daily living, typically on the morning shift, but she is flexible.

Administrator Karina Walker says, “Leslie is a very caring and loving caregiver that recently joined our team in February. During such difficult and uncertain times, it is refreshing for many residents to have someone to visit them on a daily basis, not only to check on their well being, but also to lift their spirits with a smile. We are honored to have Leslie as part of our team and look forward to her continued growth within our company.”

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Home Health Care Houston, covid19

Treemont Residents Supported During COVID-19

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 3, 2020 10:50:18 AM

Treemont Residents Supported During a Time of Coronavirus

The primary benefit of senior living communities such as Treemont Retirement Community is its ability to provide a package of services designed to give seniors the support and care they need while also helping them maintain a good quality of life, all at a cost effective price.  “Treemont’s understanding of senior’s needs and our experienced staff are especially important during difficult times.  As a community that cares for each other and watches out for each other, these aspects have even greater importance in difficult times,” says Executive Director Rodney Brooks. “Treemont Retirement Community has been able to successfully weather hurricanes and power outages and is committed to being good stewards for our residents and staff during this time of coronavirus concerns.”

Treemont is following CDC and health department requirements and guidelines to protect its residents.  Treemont has restricted visits to its Health Care Center to essential people only, and those that enter are screened, have their temperature checked and must wear a mask.  The Independent Living side is discouraging all

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Driver Jessica Hinojosa

Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 28, 2020 10:30:00 AM

Senior Living Houston: Driver Jessica Hinojosa provides support during COVID-19

Transportation service is often a key reason Treemont residents choose to move to a retirement community. Jessica Hinojosa joined the Treemont Transportation Team two years ago in January to provide additional support to Mark Thomas in providing transportation services for our residents.

What is the role of our Transportation driving team? Treemont offers scheduled transportation for: (1) doctor’s appointments within a 5-7 mile radius; (2) grocery store and Wal-Mart shopping trips; (3) pharmacy pickups and (4) personal trips such as to the bank. With about 300 residents, residents are asked to call the Front Desk (or leave a message for Mark or Jessica) one week in advance, to reserve a spot on the Treemont van or car. With fewer outside excursions these days, Jessica is also making sure all visitors answer the “coronavirus questionnaire” and get their temperature checked.

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

Looking for Extra Income in Retirement?

Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 17, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Looking for Extra Income in Retirement? Consider Working from Home
By Sharon Wagner - As a senior herself, Ms. Wagner understands that an older body and mind impacts the daily life of many seniors. However, her site, offers plenty of senior-friendly tips, tricks, and products to keep seniors active and engaged as they age.

Retirement can be an exciting, relaxing time…or it can be dreadfully boring. For many older adults, retirement leads to boredom and dissatisfaction. When most of your life is spent working, and then that work is taken away, it can be hard to find purpose and self-motivated productivity. Moreover, many seniors living on a fixed income miss the money they made from their old jobs.

If this sounds like you, you might want to consider looking into a job you can do from home. Thanks to the technology boom, more and more companies are looking to employ remote workers. Some companies don’t even have an actual office, instead allowing their entire staff to work from the comfort of their homes.

This can be an excellent avenue for seniors since work-from-home jobs often

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Healthy Tips for Seniors: COVID-19 and our Community

Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 30, 2020 12:06:02 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Coronavirus and Community Precautions

As the spread of Coronavirus continues to be a main concern throughout the world it is important to stay informed and do our part to  respond to this emerging public health threat. As we are bombarded daily on television and social media with  information about the Coronavirus, it is important to obtain information from trustworthy sources. As a home health agency we, at Senior Allegiance, rely on organizations such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). These websites  provide the most up to date information with regard to COVID-19 prevention, management, and status of the virus.

Senior communities such as Treemont Retirement Community are a focus of concern for many, due to the age demographic of residents in these communities. Treemont has the unique opportunity to house Senior Allegiance Home Health agency that has become a great resource and partner in responding to COVID-19, along with Treemont Health Care Center.

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

Treemont Introduces Gyrotonic® Exercise Program for Seniors

Posted by Lisa Witt on Feb 23, 2020 11:50:52 AM

Treemont Introduces Gyrotonic® Exercise Program to Benefit Seniors

Turning back the hands of time? Treemont Retirement Community is proud to have Julia Maule on our campus showcasing her training in Gyrotonic® exercise.  Great for all ages and the benefits for seniors is remarkable.   Julia Maule said, “I am very happy to be here at Treemont Retirement Community introducing this method of movement to the senior community.”

Gyrotonic® is a unique method of exercise that allows the body to stretch and strengthen with movement.  Great for joint mobility, flexibility, coordination and balance.

Treemont’s Executive Director Rodney Brooks, had his 82 year old father, T.C. Brooks, try Gyrotonic® when struggling with two arthritic knees.  T.C. said, “The results were amazing after just a few sessions.” This is when Rodney knew this would be great for Treemont’s 300 plus residents.  “It’s a new and exciting way to get moving again!”

Treemont resident, Nancy Evans who mobilizes herself in her motorized scooter said, "I love it. Julia was so patient with me and it helped me so much." Felix Meyer stated," At first I was a little scared, but once I started I really enjoyed doing it. I want to come back, it made me feel so good after."

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season Healthy Tips

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jan 27, 2020 9:45:06 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Healthy Tips for Flu Season

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. This year Texas is one of the four states that has experienced high influenza-like illness activity according to the CDC. Although hospitalizations due to the Flu have remained the same from previous years, the highest hospitalization rates are among people 65 years and older.

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

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Amy Vernon

Posted by Lisa Witt on Dec 28, 2019 2:00:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor: Amy Vernon & Sprout

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Friendly resident Amy Vernon is literally a licensed driver at Treemont; she has a West Virginia license plate on the back of her manual wheelchair.  Needless to say, she is careful when she rides, especially when she has Sprout, her black and white cat, on her lap. (Sprout is friendly, too, and loves to venture out to say Hello to neighbors; and Amy has to retrieve).This senior living community in Houston is pet-friendly!

Amy and Sprout are both newbies at our independent living in Houston community. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Amy spent most of her life in West VA.  Her father was an attorney for Gulf Oil Co., so they were constantly on-the-move.  Her mother was a housewife after she married, and they often entertained family, and friends of Gulf Oil.

Amy began working in retail clothing stores she was fifteen.  Afterward, she attended

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