Treemont Retirement Blog

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

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

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

Nursing Homes Houston: Spotlight on Admissions Director Marion Hattix


Posted by Lisa Witt on Sep 1, 2018 8:45:00 AM

Nursing Homes Houston: Spotlight on Admissions Director Marion Hattix

Residents often come to skilled nursing and rehab or assisted living following medical setbacks, like 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 help you navigate rehab after a hospital stay or just have a question about assisted living and long-term care. The person to contact is our new Health Care Admissions Director Marion Hattix! Marion is responsible for admitting patients to Treemont’s HCC. Marion is generally the first point of contact for Treemont residents and families who have questions about health care options. She works with a variety of referral sources, including discharge planners at local hospitals such as Memorial Hermann, who rely on her to assess residents before they are admitted.

Marion has worked 18 years as an LVN and 26 years in the medical field. Most recently Marion

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

Treemont Rehab Promotes Return to Independence


Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 18, 2018 8:30:00 AM

Treemont Nursing and Rehab Promotes Return to Independence 

Residents often come to skilled nursing following medical setbacks, like a complicated infection, a fall resulting in a fracture, or a stroke resulting in the need for retraining in daily living tasks. What sets Treemont Health Center apart is its top-notch therapy team. The therapy program in the HCC consists of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Each plays a large role in the strengthening process. HCC takes great pride in helping residents get stronger and return to an independent lifestyle.  

Treemont’s fantastic success rate and unique approach are why many residents choose to work with the therapy team in the HCC. “The only way our residents will get better is if we make therapy fun to encourage residents to complete their daily regimen,” says Jobert Macas, head of Treemont’s therapy group. “Often our residents don’t realize

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

Nursing Homes in Houston: Spotlight on Administrator Cynthia Lamison


Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 5, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Nursing Homes in Houston: Spotlight on Administrator Cynthia Lamison

Administrator Cynthia Lamison took the helm of our nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living program on campus in May 2018. We are delighted that Cynthia will bring her many talents to Treemont Health Care Center (HCC). Cynthia brings to Treemont a strong clinical skills background and customer service orientation. This will reinforce Treemont’s focus on top quality patient care. 

For the past 3 years, Cynthia has been Corporate Director of Resident Care for Retirement Center Management, overseeing the clinical care for 13 facilities. Cynthia has also held Administrator/Executive Director positions for home health care and independent living communities and has served as an ADON at a nursing facility. 

Early in her career, Cynthia was Director of Treemont’s Assisted Living facility. Many of you will recognize Cynthia as she has stayed connected to the Treemont Campus in her role as a nurse for

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

5 Tips on Navigating Rehab after a Hospital Stay


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 30, 2018 8:20:00 AM

5 Tips on Navigating Rehab after a Hospital Stay  

If your senior family member is in the hospital following a serious illness, injury, or surgery, the next likely step is therapy in a rehabilitation center. Therapy is essential to ensure seniors regain their strength and independence. However, the hospital discharge planner may ask you to make multiple decisions quickly, which catches families off guard. Even if your loved one had a short hospital stay, you’re left with dozens of questions: Here are a few guidelines to smooth the transition.

What is Rehab?

The primary goal of rehabilitation is to regain independence. If your family member has had a hip or knee replacement, for example, they will need to perform exercises to be able to walk again. Make sure the nursing home prioritizes rehabilitation. “The only way our residents will get better is if we make therapy fun and encourage

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

Nursing Homes in Houston: Spotlight on Assistant Administrator Brian Byrne


Posted by Lisa Witt on May 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Nursing Homes in Houston: Spotlight on Assistant Administrator Brian Byrne

In mid-December, Brian Byrne returned to the “Quilted Care Family” as Assistant Administrator of Treemont Health Care Center. His immediate focus is Customer Service Enhancement and Employee Satisfaction, as these are the keys to providing top quality care to Treemont’s nursing and rehab residents. Brian’s tasks include:

~  Surveying HCC customers after an HCC stay about customer  care issues.

~  Hiring top quality, caring nurses and CNAs. 

~  Admissions support and census building

~ Interacting with Rodney, Lupe and Linda when customers tour our Continuum of Care Retirement (CCRC) Campus.

Brian has a long history with Quilted Care. Upon graduation from Penn State in Business Management, Brian returned back to New Mexico to be with his high school sweetheart (now wife),

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

Nursing Homes in Houston has Success with Music and Memory Therapy


Posted by Lisa Witt on Apr 14, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Houston Nursing Home Uses Beloved Music to Renew Lives of Dementia Residents

Seniors and their family memories are often reticent about their loved one moving to a nursing home. But if you choose the right one, the quality of life of your family member can be greatly enhanced. Each resident at Treemont Health Care Center, for example, has a care plan” that makes sure the resident receives the best care to make their quality of life as good as their situation permits. One unique tool in Treemont’s hip pocket is the Music & Memory program. 

Music and Memory (M&M) is a relatively new and innovative program at Treemont nursing and rehab, designed to use beloved music favorites that will tap into an Alzheimer’s or dementia individual’s deep memories, help renew their past life connections, thereby improving their quality of life. Treemont Health Care Center participated in a Texas Department of Disabilities pilot test two years ago designed to help nursing homes and assisted living Houston facilities reduce the use of psychotropic drugs  in dementia patients and increase resident socialization and interaction though the use of beloved music delivered via  iPods.

The Music & Memory program is part of the care plan for many Treemont residents

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