Treemont Retirement Blog

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Covid19 and Doctor Visit Options


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 14, 2020 3:12:57 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Covid19 and Doctor Visit Options at Treemont

Coronavirus precautions will continue for the immediate future with the need for continued social distancing. Therefore, Senior Allegiance and Treemont want to make sure that our residents continue to have access to the doctor care necessary to maintain their health.  This includes access to: (1) a Primary Care Physician and (2) Emergency Care.

Need a Doctor? If you need a Primary Care Physician (PCP) Senior Allegiance is working with Dr. Nasyia Ahmed of Villa Physicians. Dr. Ahmed recently joined the Treemont Family to offer her services as an on-site primary care physician specializing in Internal Mediciine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care. Dr. Ahmed will see residents across the entire continuum of care offered here at Treemont as well as Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, then back to Treemont

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Hurricane Season: Emergency Preparedness


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 10, 2020 10:08:59 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Hurricane Season Emergency Preparedness Checklist

According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane season at the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th.

Other types of emergencies include:

  • Chemical, Drought, Earthquake, Fire, Flood, Flu, Heat Wave, Highway safety, Hurricane, Landslide, Power Outage, Terrorism, Thunderstorm, Tornado, Wild Fire and Winter Storm.

Benefits of living in retirement community include:

Living at Treemont and/or having services with Senior Allegiance provides a layer of comfort since the community works with you in preparation for all types of emergencies. Independent Living has a small power generator that can keep our kitchen refrigerators and freezer operational. From that Treemont can also power its phone system for the front office and connect some lighting for the lobby area. Treemont staff will be present to distribute flashlights and attend to resident needs. Treemont has extra water on hand and continues to provide meals to residents. If power is out, and residents are unable to walk stairs, meals are delivered to their apartments. Treemont does what it can to make sure residents are attended to during power outages.

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

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

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Mental Health Awareness


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 16, 2019 9:10:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Mental Health Awareness

Just as physical health is important for one’s overall well being, mental health plays an important role as well. Often mental health is something that many do not like to talk about, and therefore will delay getting help.  It is estimated that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern. That is roughly 1 in 5 individuals over the age of 55. Addressing any potential mental health issues can improve your or your loved one’s quality of life.

Older adults are more likely to report physical symptoms rather then psychiatric symptoms, and will often seek care from their primary physician more often than from a psychiatrist/psychologist. Knowing risk factors that can play a role in mental health, can aid in identifying symptoms quicker and receiving the appropriate care.

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

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

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Physical Activity and Heart Disease


Posted by Lisa Witt on Feb 23, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: The Role of Physical Activity in Maintaining Heart Health

As people get older, is very common to see a decline in mobility. A person’s level of activity or type often changes as we age, due to illness, injuries, or general decline.  It is very important, however, to stay active to maintain a healthy life style. Adults who maintain a level of physical activity are at a lower risk for multiple diseases including Diabetes, Cancer, Obesity, Muscle Atrophy, Depression, and overall cognitive function.

Physical Activity can greatly benefit your overall, health, but especially your heart. Without proper functioning of one’s heart, a person becomes susceptible to different conditions such as Coronary Artery disease and Hypertension that can lead to a Heart Attack or a stroke. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that heart disease is the number one cause of death for most people in the U.S.  Almost 525,000 Americans

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season, Be Prepared


Posted by Lisa Witt on Sep 23, 2018 6:15:49 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season is Upon Us, Be Prepared

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 remain the same from previous years, the highest hospitalization rates are among people 65 years and older.

Although, receiving the Flu vaccine is the first and most important prevention methods, there are other habits to keep in mind that with reduce the risk of getting the FLU or getting sick in

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

Why Traditional Medicare is Best for Treemont Senior Living Residents


Posted by Admin on Jul 25, 2018 11:54:17 AM

Why Traditional Medicare is Best for Treemont Senior Living in Houston  Residents 

 

Treemont recommends Traditional Medicare, with a supplemental plan, for residents age 75+. In fact we feel so strongly, we are offering Treemont residents an incentive to choose Traditional Medicare (see discussion later in this blog post.)  
 
In discussions over the past month with Treemont families and residents, I realize there is much uncertainty regarding whether residents have Traditional Medicare vs a Medicare Advantage Plan. Everyone over age 65+ has Medicare. If you would like us to do a 
“quick check” on which Medicare coverage you have, please call or email me with 3 pieces of information:

Name of Senior
Medicare Number
Date of Birth

Click to Email Lisa to Verify Your Medicare Plan  

 

We recommend Traditional Medicare  for seniors 75+ for the following reasons:

 

  • Traditional Medicare provides the Maximum Flexibility to choose one’s doctors, hospitals, specialist, rehab center, nursing home, home health care and hospice providers without having to be
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors