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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 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

Treemont Residents Supported During COVID-19


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 19, 2020 5:31:53 PM

Treemont Residents Supported During a Time of Coronavirus
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

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 Seniorfriendly.info, offers plenty of senior-friendly tips, tricks, and products to keep seniors active and engaged as they age. sharon.wagner@seniorfriendly.info

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

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Housekeeper Esther Renteria


Posted by Lisa Witt on Dec 21, 2019 7:06:00 AM

Senior Living Houston: Housekeeper Esther Renteria supports residents

The beauty of retirement living is that life is maintenance-free, with daily tasks such as housekeeping a task of the past, as this service is included in Treemont’s monthly rent. We are fortunate to have Esther Renteria tending to our residents’ apartments.  With her friendly demeanor and great work ethic, Esther is a valued employee.

Esther is one of the many long-tenured employees (31 years!) that support our residents. Esther is the housekeeper for many of our Building A residents. Her duties also include upkeep of common areas in the community. Each Treemont resident is assigned to a housekeeper to do weekly housekeeping in their apartment, as part of Treemont’s all-inclusive monthly senior apartment rental. This covers vacuuming, dusting, wiping down counters and cleaning the bathroom. Extra services include weekly change of bed linens

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

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Manuel Orapeza


Posted by Lisa Witt on Dec 16, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor: Manuel Orapeza

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Is there a Doctor in the House?  Yes!

Newbie Resident, Dr. Manuel Oropeza, moved to Treemont March 19, 2019. When his daughter first mentioned Treemont, Manuel was not sure if he would like it, but now that he is here, he finds there are a variety of things to do; but most of all he likes the people!

Manuel was born in Venezuela; however, he was in the United States between 1979 and 1984, receiving his Masters in Radiological Sciences, and his Doctorate Fellowship in Nuclear Medicine from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Manuel practiced medicine in Venezuela as the Director of the Institute of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Los Andes. He also was the Director of Nuclear Medicine in Paris, France in the Sorbonne.

Eight years ago, his wife succumbed to triple cancer. She left a wonderful family of three children, Manuel, Jr., and two daughters, Catherine and Erika.  His son, Manuel

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

Treemont Honors Residents' Rehab Accomplishments, Return to Independence


Posted by Lisa Witt on Dec 1, 2019 2:18:31 PM

Treemont Honors Residents' Rehab Achievements, Return to Independence

Seniors main motivation for a move to a retirement community is to seek a more supportive environment, with meals, housekeeping, transportation to doctor’s appointments and shopping, activities, entertainment and an overall maintenance-free lifestyle. Seniors might be living in a home that is hard to maintain, especially after a spouse has passed. Mom might no longer drive and feel isolated — no longer able to get to church or play bridge or mah jongg with friends as she used to. It’s also a plus to have staff and fellow residents around to keep an eye on one another. 

Because Treemont Retirement Community has multiple care levels on campus, there’s more peace of mind, knowing that if you have a health setback, you can get a helping hand through Treemont’s on premise home

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