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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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Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Executive Director Rachel Unverzagt

Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 1, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Senior Living Houston: Welcome Executive Director Rachel Unverzagt!

We are delighted to welcome Executive Director Rachel Unverzagt to the Treemont family. Rachel brings a wealth of experience in all levels of senior livingindependent living, assisted, memory care and nursing — to her new position. For the past 21 years, Rachel has been an Administrator/Executive Director or Regional Director of Operations for communities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. She also served as Executive Director of Garden Terrace Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence. This depth of senior living experience is especially helpful to the Treemont Campus and our Continuum of Care.

Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Long term Care from South West Texas State University (now known as Texas State University) and moved seamlessly from Activity Director, Housekeeping Supervisor and Admissions Coordinator roles, to the Administrator positions at a Rehab Tech Hospital, an Outpatient Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing. She has done it all!

Many of you have met Rachel, initially hired this summer as a consultant to help with marketing projects. Rachel brings a personal touch to her daily interactions, enjoying interacting with residents and families in a way that instills confidence that she cares about the well-being of our residents. Says Rachel, “I love hearing about seniors’ lives and their contributions to their families and community. I appreciate their history and love helping make their lives better.”

Owner Tom Witt says ,”Many residents and families have developed a strong bond with Rodney, and we are grateful for his strong leadership for almost 10 years. I am excited, though, about the depth of experience Rachel brings in senior living, her calm temperament and keen problem solving abilities. For those of you who have already interacted with Rachel, I believe you will share my enthusiasm for her warmth and many talents.” Of this new opportunity, Rachel says, “I am so excited to join the Treemont family. I have had the privilege to meet so many wonderful residents, families and staff. It is an honor to serve Treemont residents. Looking forward to meeting everyone and spending many years together.”

Rachel is a native Houstonian. Her father passed away when she was 22, and her mother passed away two years ago from Alzheimer's disease. Rachel has a sister who lives nearby that devotes her time to bettering Children’s lives as a counselor.  Rachel has been married 20 years this coming August to her husband Emile who is the Program Director at Amazing Place, an Alzheimer’s Day Center in the Galleria area. Rachel’s mom lived with Rachel and her husband for several years, and went to work daily with Emile, participating joyfully in his Alzheimer’s adult day care program.

Rachel and Emile have two children. Mia, just graduated from high school and is enrolled in Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX, and 15-year old Landon is a devoted year round soccer player who attends Friendswood High School. Both kids are named after Professional Soccer players (they love soccer!) and dad Emile played in college and post-college in Europe.  Rachel loves spending time with her family traveling, watching her son play soccer, Pilates, and riding their motorcycle with her husband, with her favorite trip with her husband in the Austrian Alps. Rachel was attracted to Treemont by the family environment. Please welcome Rachel Unverzagt as the new leader of the Treemont team. She can be reached at Click here to print this as a flyer.

To learn more, read Assisted Living Options Explored. Or to join us for a free lunch and tour, call Lupe or Linda at (713) 783-6820. This Houston retirement home is part of a CCRC campus. A CCRC or Continuing Care Retirement Community typical includes a continuum of care for their residents, that includes nursing homes in Houston (skilled nursing and rehab), traditional assisted living) and independent living care. To learn more about this nursing home Houston care, please call Kelli Walleck LeLacheur at 713-783-4100 or 713.816.2033. 

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Healthy Tips for Seniors: Treemont Doctors

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jul 25, 2021 3:22:14 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Need a Primary Care Doctor that Makes House Calls?
Meet Visiting Doctors: Dr. Nasiya Ahmed & Dr. Adrian Zaharia  
  1. A key benefit of having Senior Allegiance as Treemont’s Preferred Provider Home Care agency is that Senior Allegiance can arrange to have its patients seen by a doctor at Treemont. Senior Allegiance has partnered with two doctors: Dr. Nasiya Ahmed and Dr. Zaharia to provide on-site primary care physician (PCP) services for Treemont residents.

Dr. Nasiya Ahmed, founder of Village Physicians, specializes in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. Value is placed on the doctor-patient relationship, offering convenient and longer appointment times as well as after hour physician services. Dr. Ahmed will see residents through the entire continuum of care offered here at Treemont as well as Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, then back to Treemont Independent Living or to Treemont Health Care Center if a rehab stay is needed. The idea is for your doctor to follow you wherever you go. For an on-site appointment at Treemont, contact Dr. Ahmed’s office at (832) 408-8575.

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: How to Talk with Your Healthcare Provider

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 21, 2021 7:00:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Tips on Improving Communication with your Healthcare Provider

Having good communication between you and your healthcare providers is important for your health. Sharing all information with your healthcare provider about your health situation is key to receiving the proper quality of care. The challenge is that most appointments with your healthcare provider are short. Here are a few suggestions to help get the most out of your visits when seeing your healthcare provider. 

Before your Appointment:

  1. Make a list of 2-3 things you most want to talk about with your provider and bring this list to your appointment.
  2. Make a list of past and current health problems, including surgery or treatments. It is also important to include medications that have caused unwanted side effects.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

My Reflections on 14 Years at Treemont

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 19, 2021 5:47:49 PM

My Reflections on 14 Years at Treemont, a Senior Living Houston Community
By Nancy Aldredge  Treemont Resident

I moved to Treemont 14 years ago, when I was 80 years old. I’m now 94 and I have to say this was one of the best decisions of my life. I started my journey by talking with Resident Counselor Ann Lawler. I was fortunate to have had the financial wherewithal to be able to pick wherever I wanted to live. I chose Treemont over a nearby CCRC that had a six figure buy-in because that community was “beautiful” but Treemont felt like “home.”

I’m a long-time bridge player and I have made some fabulous new friends playing bridge. We play bridge in the library in the afternoons and sometimes after dinner until 10pm once we get going. My friendship with other bridge players has been heartwarming. I feel like having contemporary friends is important!

I also enjoy going to the dining room 3 times most days and having family dining style meals with friends. I enjoy the people and camaraderie of my neighbors

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Fall Safety for Seniors

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 16, 2021 2:20:00 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Fall Safety for Senior Citizens

 Falls are a very common occurrence among the senior citizen community. According to the CDC, more than one out of four older people fall each year and just one fall doubles the chances of falling again. The majority of falls occur in the home setting, making any senior citizen susceptible to a fall. More than 3 million citizens are treated for fall injuries a year. Although many of the falls that occur do not result in serious injuries, statistics, show 1 out of 5 falls cause a serious injury. The following injuries can result from a fall:

  1. Broken bones such as wrist, arm, ankle, and hip fractures
  2. Head injuries
  3. Reduce the level of activity due to fear of a recurrent fall
  4. Can affect a person’s ability to live on their own
  5. New medications may be prescribed (such as blood thinners)
  6. Death 

Even though falls are common, there are a wide range of reasons that can increase the chances of a fall.

  1. Lower body weakness
  2. Vitamin D deficiency
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Food Service's Aurora Sandoval

Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 13, 2021 1:02:25 PM

Senior Living Houston: Dining Room's Aurora Reyna Sandoval

A key reason seniors choose retirement living is a desire to have the option of three meals a day, seven days a week. This helps residents to stay healthy and also creates casual social opportunities as part of residents’ daily living experience. Since most Treemont residents 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. But 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. Recently, Aurora Reyna Sandoval was hired as a server. It soon became apparent that Aurora had the personality and patience to take on the role of answering the Dining Room phone.

Resident experiences are the best testimonial. As Resident Ann Oyen says, “You are the crème of the crop. Thank you for being so patient with me!” During the COVID19 pandemic, Aurora took on the key role of responding to resident dining orders, a

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

Pros and Cons of Senior Living in Houston

Posted by Lisa Witt on May 15, 2021 8:45:00 AM

Evaluating the Pros and Cons of Senior Living Options
Security & Peace of Mind

The rise of violence against older Americans makes this population particularly vulnerable. Age and deteriorating health can compromise older adults’ ability to protect themselves from danger, making them prime targets for scams, burglaries and physical assault. Senior living communities tend to offer more security against these threats. In fact, many are equipped with locked doors, security guards, gates and/or security systems. 

Increased security can be very beneficial to older adults who may not live in the safest neighborhoods or near family that can check on them regularly. Thankfully, in addition to the security measures mentioned above, living in a senior living community typically means that older adults will be in close proximity to neighbors and staff who can look out for them. Other benefits that provide peace of mind include the availability of extra care options, inside corridors, safety checks and an emergency call system. Senior living resident Maggie talks about why she feels safe in a retirement community.


When you retire, lose a mate or have little in common with your youthful neighbors, life can get lonely. Avoiding loneliness and isolation is especially

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

Easy Hobbies to Pick Up in Independent Living for Houston Seniors

Posted by Lisa Witt on May 13, 2021 1:46:04 PM

Easy Hobbies to Pick Up in Independent Living for Houston Seniors
By Cassie Garcia. Cassie has lived more life than she cares to admit (don't dare ask her age). She's been a cattle rancher, a scuba instructor, and a botanical garden curator. Now, she spends her time writing, gardening, and chasing after her three grandchildren.  Photo Credits: Source  Source      Source

They're called the 'golden years' for  reason. We can now do all those things we never had time for in the past. Retirement has its rewards....whether you finally pick up that crochet needle, build a birdhouse, or just want to develop new hobbies.

Independent living for seniors in Houston has so many options and activities that stimulate the mind and keep hands busy. It's never too late to learn something new. Here are a few easy hobbies to put on your to-do list.


Simple modes of physical activity for adults prevent some of the health problems that crop up as we age. It also helps our muscles stay strong for those day-to-day tasks. You’ll sleep better after enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.

Gardening - Outdoor gardening in raised beds or containers improves motor skills while enhancing the five senses. Plant

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

Spotlight on Houston Nursing Home Receptionist Deante' Sigears

Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 25, 2021 6:48:22 PM

Spotlight on Houston Assisted Living Receptionist Deante' Sigears

Residents and families can feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes time to seek information about transitioning to an assisted living and nursing center, or doing short-term rehab. That’s why it’s key to have a warm and enthusiastic person such as Receptionist Deante’ Sigears at the Front Desk, to greet and be the first point of contact.

As Receptionist, Deante greets and checks in visitors, manages family essential care visits, answers phones, keeps our reception area clean and organized, distributes mail, maintains files, orders office supplies, among many tasks for Administrator Cynthia Lamison. “Deante’ is an amazing person. She is extremely organized and able to provide support to both families and visitors. She has the right temperament to successfully manage a busy front desk. She’s a keeper!” says Cynthia.

Like many others, Deante’ moved to Houston from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Deante’ says, My Mother raised three girls, including me. Since I was the eldest, the taught me responsibility at a young age, so I guess you could say I was her little helper. Looking back, I am happy she did, as it helped to make me into the person I am today, and I thank her so much.”

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

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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