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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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Know a Senior That Needs More Support?


Posted by Lisa Witt on Oct 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Seniors Stay Independent in Retirement Communities; RSVP to Road Map Series, Oct 24th

If you know a senior that needs more support, we hope that you will call Treemont Retirement Community. Our resident counselors, Lupe Sepulveda and Linda Parra, are available to talk through the range of senior care options, and help direct you to the right level of care and senior community, even if that community ends up not being Treemont. As part of the education process, Treemont is pleased to be hosting a six-part educational seminar, The Road Map to Senior Care, designed to help families navigate the maze of senior care options.

The next presentation entitled, “The Talk: Effective Discussion of Senior Care Options” is September 26th at 6pm in the Treemont Auditorium, located at 2501 Westerland Drive, Houston, TX 77063. Refreshments will be served.

Our presenter is Stephen Andriko, author of The Road Map to Senior Care, a book which examines all of the options available for senior care. As a noted public speaker he delivers presentations regarding senior care options, including with the Alzheimer’s Association Speakers Bureau.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Charles Stephens


Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 31, 2019 10:34:09 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor: Charles Stephens

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

We have many residents at Treemont with talent and great happenings and achievements in their lives, but newbie Charles Stephens can claim fame in show business.  A talented singer and pianist, Charles was also a well-known name in radio in his home town Kansas City, Missouri, at KPRS Broadcasting Corp.; New York City and Washington D.C.  He was both a disc jockey and recording artist, appearing with his band, the Skylarks, in night clubs and other live gigs, like the small Madison Square Garden in NYC, where fans came to hear them and dance.

The Skylarks are all seniors now, and have lost touch, but Charles continues to play piano, though he no longer sings due to his recent open-heart surgery at the Michael E. DeBakey

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

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Arden Thornton


Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor: Arden Thornton

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

There were many residents who came to Treemont due to Hurricane Harvey.  When the City declared her neighborhood as a boat ramp for boats to rescue dogs and people, Arden Thornton had to leave.  She came to Treemont before the storm ended and was taken in as a tenant, and provided the necessities she needed through an emergency donation program here in the activity department.  She smiled when the volunteers outfitted her with new clothes, and said, “They all match!”  Since then Arden has become a pleasant addition to our community.  She decided to sell her home and make our senior living in Houston community her permanent residence, though she plans to travel to Europe extensively in the future.

Arden was born in Orlando, Florida. She attended Florida State University, majoring in French and Spanish, and minoring in music and education. 

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

92% of Treemont Seniors Never Even Considered Moving to a Retirement Community


Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 15, 2019 3:58:15 PM

92% of Treemont Residents Never Even Considered a Senior Community Until...

Change is scary – especially for a loved one who has lived in the same home for decade.

Even as Marilyn and Bob got older, they never considered moving into a retirement home for many reasons. But as their health continued to decline, they realized a senior community was a good option.

“After talking with our family, we decided it would be better to do so sooner than later, when we could make the decision without someone making it for us,” they said. Marilyn and Bob are part of the majority of seniors who only considered the move after significant health issues forced them to. Ironically, they are also like many of Treemont Retirement Community’s residents in Houston who now tell their friends they wished they made the change to avoid the severity of their health problems, or to have an earlier start on enjoying a renewed social life, improved comfort and boosted confidence.

What allowed them to take a new look at the possibility that retirement living might actually be worth some serious consideration?

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Nursing Homes Houston: Spotlight on ADON Simone Johnson


Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 14, 2019 11:58:16 AM

Spotlight on Houston Nursing Home ADON Simone Johnson

The Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Simone Johnson plays a key role in ensuring the smooth functioning of Treemont Health Care Center’s nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living community. Simone Johnson’s primary goal is to enhance the efficiency of the nursing staff.

Simone’s responsibilities include the development of optimal resident care plans, evaluation of the different systems followed during the treatment, planning rotations for the staff and making sure that each and every patient is receiving the required amount of attention. Says Administrator Cynthia Lamison, Simone is a perfect pair for our DON Sheree Wade, she assists in quality monitoring, training and mentoring of our staff and assures our residents our well taken care of.  Simone is hands on, making a minimum two supervisory rounds in a day.

Originally from Dallas, Simone came to Houston to get her nursing degree at Prairie View A&M University. “Nursing school has always been a passion of mine. I knew that I wanted to be a nurse ever since I was in high school,” says Simone. In 2011 my grandfather passed away from cancer and while we

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

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