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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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Nursing Homes Houston: Spotlight on Admissions Director Kelli Walleck


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jan 20, 2019 2:50:57 PM

Spotlight on Houston Nursing Home Admissions Director Kelli Walleck

Welcome to Kelli Walleck, Director of Marketing & Admissions Director!  Residents often come to skilled nursing and rehab or assisted living following medical setbacks, such as a complicated infection, a fall resulting in a fracture, or a stroke resulting in the need for retraining in daily living tasks. One benefit of residing at Treemont is that there is a Health Care Center (HCC) on the campus, just off Building B, to provide rehabilitation after a hospital stay. Kelli is responsible for sharing our historic community with families of seniors who are searching for strong short-term nursing and rehabilitation services or transition to an assisted living setting.

Kelli is generally the first point of contact for residents and families with questions about health care options. Please introduce yourself. You will be impressed with Kelli’s knowledge

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

Nursing Homes Houston: Spotlight on DON Sheree Wade


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jan 6, 2019 8:22:00 AM

Spotlight on Houston Nursing Home Director of Nursing Sheree Wade

Leadership is the key ingredient in the success of any operation. Treemont’s Director of Nursing (DON) Sheree Wade, RN  is the kind of person you want at the helm. Sheree basically grew up in a nursing home, following in the foot steps of her CNA mom and LVN grandmother. “My mother passed away when I was 12 but her work ethic inspired me to become a nurse. I remember visiting the Nursing Home and residents knew me by name, how great I was doing in school. They were like family. I became a CNA at 17 at that same nursing home and obtained my LVN license at 19,” says Sheree. “I feel like I am doing God’s work, no job is ever too small for me to do. I truly believe that nursing is a calling and it takes a special, compassionate person to dedicate their lives to taking care of others.”

Sheree oversees the nursing care and those staff responsible for providing care. “I educate and find new exciting ways for the staff to be engaged and excited about the work that we do. I work hand in

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

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Barbara Morgan


Posted by Lisa Witt on Dec 29, 2018 8:50:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor:  Barbara Morgan

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Lovely lady Barbara Morgan had no doubt in her mind when it came time to retire that she wanted to come to Treemont because she had friends who lived here.  Because she is outgoing and had already visited before, being a newbie for her was easy and she quickly made more friends.  She said she thinks now that she definitely made the right decision.

A native Texan, Barbara was born in 1935 in Noonday, Texas, a small town just outside Tyler.  Due to lack of employment opportunities in Noonday, she and her family moved to Houston when Barbara was five.  Her father worked for Carnation Milk Company.  Barbara attended George Washington Elementary School in the Heights.  She later graduated from Reagan High School and occasionally took college courses in both business and art.

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

Home Health Nurse Provides Medicare Support to Senior Living Residents


Posted by Lisa Witt on Dec 22, 2018 9:45:00 AM

QA Nurse Provides Medicare Support to Houston Assisted 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 reviewing our documentation that is submitted to Medicare for compliance and reimbursement. She plays a crucial role as our liaison with our Medical Director, Dr. Zaharia, as well as our Psychiatrist, Dr. Merkl.  Sheila is a team player that is willing

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

Seniors Remain Independent in Houston Retirement Communities


Posted by Lisa Witt on Dec 9, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Retirement Communities Help Houston Seniors Maintain Their Independence

The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family. It can, however, be a wake up call for adult children that their parent’s or grandparent’s gait has slowed, and they might need a bit of help with activities of daily living.

Here are some key telltale signs that a more supportive environment might be helpful: more accidents, chronic health conditions, difficulty managing daily activities (not eating well, poor hygiene, inconsistent taking of medications), lack of social connection and overall feeling less safe.

What to do? Don’t panic. There are options short of assisted living or a nursing home to keep your family member independent and safe. Initiate a direct, but loving conversation. "We are worried that you are living

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Activity Director Monica Muniz


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 2, 2018 9:19:13 AM

Senior Living Houston: Welcome Monica Muniz, Activity Director

Social interaction, activities, companionship and making new friends are key reasons many seniors choose to move to a senior living community. It’s convenient to be able to walk out of your apartment and enjoy activities, including entertainment, and one’s neighbors. At Treemont, the goal is to sponsor activities that our current residents value. We’ve been fortunate to have Activity Director Nikki Andress at the helm for most of 2018. We are now welcoming another experienced Activity Director Monica Muniz to the Treemont family.

Monica says, “I envision my role is to fulfill the lives of our residents with active engaging activities such as exercise, outings, brain games and socials that will be beneficial for our residents.” This includes working with the community to bring in relevant instructors, performers, and speakers as well as designing appropriate programs.

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

Houston Assisted Living Director on Community Improvements


Posted by Lisa Witt on Oct 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Houston Assisted Living Director on Community Improvements
by Rodney Brooks, Executive Director, Treemont Retirement Community

Treemont is making headway on many items of improvement to the community.  

The automated doors have been installed in the lobby area leading to the back patio. If you haven't noticed, the new "auto" doors are located just near the fireplace closest to the dining room side.  

The new buffet line equipment is up and running and is a nice addition to the dining room remodel.  We still have a few things we will be adding such as tile wall behind the buffet line and new built in cabinetry for the beverage station.  We will be doing these items with our "in-house" maintenance crew. 

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Events at Treemont

Houston Assisted Living Activities: Residents Enjoy Smoothie Workshop


Posted by Lisa Witt on Oct 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Houston Assisted Living Activities: Residents Enjoy Smoothie Workshop with Healthy Benefits

Nutrition is one of the hottest topics in health today, with many doctors and nutritionists treating and even curing chronic diseases through proper nutrition. Of course, much of this information is available on the internet, but residents at Treemont Retirement Community have been treated to in-person monthly seminars this summer, taught by Columbia-educated Nutrition Professor Martica Heaner. Dr. Heaner, who has written eight books and even had her own TV program in the UK, is working with residents to help them understand the role of different nutrients in the body, and teaching them how to plan a well-balanced diet from the options available to them in the community dining room.

“Our residents were especially intrigued by the data and studies

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Events at Treemont

Spotlight: Meet Assisted Living Community Liaison Tanace Foster


Posted by Lisa Witt on Oct 6, 2018 6:47:00 PM

Spotlight: Meet Assisted Living Community Liaison Tanace Foster

Treemont residents will see a friendly face walking around Campus. Tanace Foster has been promoted to the Community Liaison at Senior Allegiance, providing support to our Independent Living residents.  Tanace will soon have an office in the first floor main lobby across from the library, making it easier for residents and family members to stop by and ask questions instead of going to the main Senior Allegiance office in F309.  When not in the office, Tanace will be participating in community events, including scooping ice cream at the monthly Ice Cream Social.

Residents move to a senior independent living community with the desire to stay independent as long as possible.  Treemont introduced the concept of “Independence Plus.”  Seniors who need assistance with Activities of Daily Living can receive Personal Assistance Services and/or Medicare covered Home Health services in their apartment instead of moving to an assisted living facility.  Senior Allegiance is the “Plus” in Independence Plus.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, home health care in houston

Treemont Nursing & Rehab Certificate of Accomplishment Ceremony


Posted by Lisa Witt on Sep 29, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Treemont Nursing & Rehab Certificate of Accomplishment Ceremony

Everyone faces setbacks; character is defined by our response.  Should the setback come from health issue(s) that result in injury or surgery, Treemont has resources in place to aide in recovery.  The real work comes from mentally preparing and then physically pursuing rehabilitation goals that make you safer and stronger.  ‘Our goal is that we minimize the chance that residents have to return to the hospital or the healthcare center after an inpatient stay,’ according to Marion Hattix, the Admission Director at Treemont Health Care Center.

The most recent Certificate of Accomplishment Ceremony was held Monday August 20, 2018 in the main lobby of independent living.  Residents were able to reconnect with the therapy and nursing staff that helped them transition back home.  It was a great opportunity to reflect on their progress while enjoying drinks, fruit, and an epic cheese ball handcrafted for the event by Chef James and the kitchen staff

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