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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 Treemont Cook Donna Ann Alexander

Posted by Lisa Witt on May 11, 2019 9:15:00 AM

Senior Living Houston: Welcome Cook Donna Alexander!

A key reason seniors choose retirement living is a desire to have the option of three meals a day, seven days a week, to help residents stay healthy and also provide more social opportunities. Since most Treemont residents, however, 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. 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. Most recently, Donna Ann Alexander was hired as our senior living Houston's newest Cook.

Says Chef James, “Donna has 14 years of experience in senior care, cooking, providing customer service so that she offers a valued perspective on what we do at Treemont. Donna is a quick learner and has gained the respect of fellow staff.

 She is working with James, Myra, BJ and the Team on rolling out the new menu items.

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

Treemont’s 1st Annual “Drive & Drop” in Support of our Veterans

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

Treemont Senior Living's "Drive & Drop" is this Friday, May 10th!

We hope the community will support two events at Treemont this Friday, May 10th and then on May 17th

Treemont Retirement and Health Care, along with Senior Allegiance Home Health, is sponsoring its 1st Annual “Drive & Drop” on Friday, May 10th from 9:30am to 5:00pm to support AMVETS (American Veterans Organization). BE A HERO TO OUR HEROES by supporting AMVETS (American Veterans Organization).  Take the opportunity to do some Spring cleaning by donating children’s and adult clothing, bedding, house wares, small appliances, laptops and TV’s/Monitors. Put your donated goods in boxes or clear plastic bags and drop off in the back of Treemont Health Care Center at 2501 Westerland Drive, located in the Memorial / West chase neighborhood.  

Then join Treemont for a “" the following Friday, May 17th from 3pm to 6pm with “appetizers on sticks.” The community is invited in appreciation for being a HERO to a HERO! Treemont’s Chef James Renshaw will be cooking up the scrumptious appetizers. Please join the festivities at Treemont. Music entertainment will be provided. Come join the fun! Questions? Call Treemont Admissions Director Kelli Walleck at 713-816-2033 or or 713-783-6820.

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Carmin Cleavenger

Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 27, 2019 7:30:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor:  Carmin Cleavenger

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Always sweet and smiling is the platinum, curly haired Carmin Cleavenger. Outwardly, she is friendly and fun-loving, but her true spirit is helpful, patient and kind; her life story explains both sides.

Carmin was an only child, born in Dallas, Texas on the day after Thanksgiving, December 1, 1933 (Thanksgiving’s date was changed during WWII).  She was 8 years old on Pearl Harbor Day December 7, 1941 and remembers WWII. Carmin still remembers the line, “day of Infamy.”  Her dad, who had been in WWI, signed-up for WWII, so Carmin swam in the officers’ family pool.

But when Carmin was 6 years old, her friends teased her that one day she would someday become a teacher – mainly because she was already teaching them!  She attended and graduated from Incarnate Word High School and had 2 years of college at Incarnate Word College.  She then finished at Georgetown with a major in Christianity and minor in Philosophy.  She went back to the University of Houston

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Spring Allergies Advice

Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 20, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Physical Activity and Heart Disease

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Don't Let Spring Allergies Get the Best of You

As spring time approaches, so does Allergy season! As flowers begin to bloom and people start to cut their grass more frequently, sniffling and sneezing begin to affect the more than 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies. This is a reminder for those residents at Treemont senior living in Houston community as you return to your Gardening Angel projects and walks around the campus.

As flowers and trees begin to bloom, they release pollen in the air. As pollen goes into the air, it causes one’s immune system to identify pollen as a danger and release antibodies that attack the allergens. The antibodies released in the blood are called histamines. Histamines are responsible for symptoms such as runny nose and itchy eyes that most people experience. This

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

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Sherry Taylor

Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 13, 2019 11:14:45 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor:  Sherry Taylor

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Smiling, friendly and talkative Sherry Taylor has lived at our senior living Houston community about one year with her cute little chihuahua dog, Eve, as Treemont is pet-friendly.  She loves the food and the friends she has made in such a short time; after living on her own, she moved here after a bad ankle break that required surgery. She has completely recovered now, but is so impressed by Treemont Retirement Community and all it has to offer, that she has decided to relax, retire and enjoy herself.  And why not?


Born in Oklahoma in April, 1952 makes Sherry one of our “Baby Boomer” population.  Sherry’s father was transferred to Brown & Root’s Houston location while she was growing up.  Sherry took part in the Distributive Education program at Austin Senior High School here in Houston, attending classes half days and beauty college half days.  She passed her State Board and received her beauty license when she was age sixteen, and worked 45+ years as a hairdresser.

Sherry worked at “Hair Tamers” in Alvin, which was a unisex salon/barber shop combined.  She did housewives’ hair mostly, along with men’s, and even cut Nolan Ryan’s hair!

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

Nursing Homes Houston: Spotlight on Social Worker Melanie Groves

Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 8, 2019 6:30:00 AM

Spotlight on Houston Nursing Home Social Worker Melanie Groves

The Social Worker in a Nursing Home & Assisted Living Community has the key role of making sure our residents’ varied needs are met. Health Care Center Director of Social Services Melanie Grove has been serving Treemont residents since June 2012.

Melanie’s many responsibilities include:

Coordinating Resident Care Plans.
Each nursing and assisted living resident has a personalized care plan. Melanie coordinates this plan with the nursing, activities, therapy, social work team and family. This might include coordinating dental, podiatry and eye care needs.
  • Safe Discharge Planning. Once a Medicare or other resident is discharged, Melanie is responsible for making sure they are discharged safely back to their Treemont apartment or home. This might include ensuring that they get durable medical equipment such as a walker or wheelchair. It could also be making sure the senior receives doctor’s orders for home health therapy, possibly with Senior Allegiance, or hospice care.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Nursing Home Information

Meet Your Assisted Living Houston Neighbor: Linda Hopwood

Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 23, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Meet Your Treemont Neighbor:  Linda Hopwood

by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident

Lively Linda Hopwood has a smiling, friendly face to be seen around Treemont.  During the two years she has been here, Linda has assisted the activity department with many tasks, such as teaching ribbon embroidery in crafts and serving food and beverages at Treemont functions.  Around the time of Hurricane Harvey, she helped organize donations from neighboring communities for clothing and supplies that new Treemont residents, placed here due to flooding, needed.  Linda now works part time for the Activity Office:  teaching knitting, showing movies and making popcorn on Monday nights, serving at the 3:30 Social Hour on Friday afternoons, and various other events like our recent Christmas Party.

Originally from New York state, Linda was born the first of four children in 1947.  Her father was in the Army so the family relocated often.  When he retired in 1961, they planted roots in New Jersey, where Linda went to high school and met her husband.  After high school she began

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

Treemont Earns Two Accolades for Top Assisted Living Community 2019

Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 16, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Treemont Named Top Assisted Living Community in Houston for 2019 

Treemont Retirement Community has been selected for two Best of Assisted Living in Houston, TX honors in 2019. listed Treemont as one of the Top 3 Assisted Living Facilities in Houston, TX in 2019. This is the third year in a row for this accolade, which is based on the following selection criteria: “Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. That's not all... businesses do not pay us to list them. You deserve only the best!”

In a letter to Treemont, Three Best states, "On behalf of Three Best Rated this Certificate of Excellence award is proudly presented after duly checking extensive customer reviews, ratings, history, complaints, satisfaction, trust, cost and the general excellence. Your commitment to these values and your consistent high quality in your area of business is hereby acknowledged and certified."

The second Treemont accolade is for Best of Assisted Living in Houston” in the annual

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

Therapist Monte Provides Medicare Therapy to Assisted Living Residents

Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Physical Therapist Monte Montecillo Provides Medicare Therapy to Houston Assisted Living Residents

Monte Montecillo, Senior Allegiance Physical Therapist, is an integral person on the Treemont Campus. He evaluates and treats independent living residents admitted for Home Health Care physical therapy services with Senior Allegiance, so they can get stronger and back to where they were prior to a health setback.

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.

Once qualified for services, Monte is one of the therapists who will visit you in your apartment for therapy services. To see if you qualify for Medicare therapy, please call Senior Allegiance team

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Walker Safety

Posted by Lisa Witt on Mar 2, 2019 9:10:00 AM

Physical Activity and Heart Disease

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Join the Walk and Roll, Learn about Walker Safety

Join us March 8th at “Walk and Roll,” 2pm to 3pm, Green Room

Assistive Devices such as Walkers are very common among the elderly population.  Walkers can be used temporarily or as a 

means of maintaining safety precautions when ambulating.  Although a walker can aid a person with moving around more safely and independently, it is important to make sure the walker is being used correctly.  Improper use of a walker can increase the risk of fall and/or injury.

Safety precautions when using a walker include:

  1. Adjusting the height of the walker is very important. The correct height will ensure that the proper posture of the body is maintained. Your hands should lay on top of the walker with arms relaxed and slightly bent at the elbow at about 15 degrees.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors