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.
Treemont Management believes that a top quality Activity Program is essential to attracting new residents and keeping our current ones happy and engaged. We believe that social interaction is a key component of a long, healthy life. At a retirement community, you have new friends all around. You have people to share meals with and a full calendar of activities to help you stay active and engaged. Studies have shown that seniors who socialize and stay active among their peers, are happier and maintain a better quality of life.
Monica has worked in the healthcare field for 18 years and as an activity director for 6 years, most recently at Elmcroft of Rivershire, Conroe, TX in the assisted living, independent living and memory care communities. Monica went to Kingwood College to pursue a nursing degree but work and children took her in another direction which looking back, Monica says, was a great move.
Originally from Corpus Christi, TX, Monica’s parents were from Malaga, Spain. Her first marriage brought her to Houston. She has a brother and is married to her loving husband Robert, who is a senior living dining service director. She has six children total, 4 boys, 2 girls and 2 grand babies. Monica loves to sketch and fish, although husband Robert thinks she talks too much on their fishing trips!
Monica says what attracted her to apply for the Treemont Activity Director position “is the beautiful building and that it was so warm and inviting upon entry.” Monica loves working with seniors. She says, “Seniors are the best. They have this knowledge you just can’t get anywhere. Their sense of humor — we just have this connection like old souls. They bring life to me!” Monica recalls a favorite experience of going on a dolphin tour with a veteran Colonel resident who hadn’t been on the water for about 40 years. “We had the greatest time.”
Just as Nikki initiated a quarterly Activity Outreach meeting, you can expect Monica to continue this practice of reaching out to residents monthly or quarterly to determine which presentations, parties and outings are of most interest to continue or create anew. This is your opportunity to provide input on how we can better provide activities that you value and enjoy. We are delighted to have such a talented and passionate person such as Monica Muniz to guide our Activity Program. If you have suggestions, feel free to email Monica@Treemont.com.
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 Marion Hattix at 713-783-4100..