Treemont Retirement Blog

Assisted Living Houston: Spotlight on Manager Antoinette Wiggins


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 4, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Spotlight on Houston Assisted Living Manager Antoinette Wiggins

Treemont is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) which means our residents move into Independent Living, but have the option of additional care options on campus. This might be Personal Assistance or Medicare Home Health through Senior Allegiance Home Care. Alternatively, residents might have the need for a short or long-term stay in Treemont’s Health Care Center for Assisted Living or Nursing Care. Meet Assisted Living Manager Antoinette Wiggins who oversees Treemont’s Assisted Living Community. Under the leadership of Administrator Cynthia Lamison, Treemont has seen a growth in independent living residents transitioning to assisted living care.

In this role, Antoinette is responsible for the care of all residents in Assisted Living

  • providing customer care to everyone
  • ensuring all staff is trained according to Treemont guidelines and regulations
  • providing medical care as needed
  • communicating with her resident’s doctors and nurse practitioners on a weekly basis.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Nursing Home Information

Nursing Homes Houston: Spotlight on CMA Roma Habtestsion


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Spotlight on Houston Nursing Home CMA Roma Habtestsion

Treemont is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) which means our residents move into Independent Living, but have the option of additional care options on campus, including with Senior Allegiance Home Care. If you visit Treemont’s Health Care Center (HCC) for a short-term Medicare Rehab visit or a long-term assisted or nursing stay, you’ll likely meet Certified Medication Aide Roma T. Habtestsion. Roma is one of our dedicated caregivers at HCC who passes medication to residents, following state rules and according to individual resident schedules.

Roma is from Eritrea, located in East Africa, by the Red Sea Coast. She moved to Houston via the Diversity Visa lottery, with her two boys and two girls, and parents who have since passed away. In Eritrea she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting and went to the international Italian school in Eritrea. In the U.S. Roma has worked one year as a Certified Nursing

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

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

Nursing Homes Houston: Spotlight on Nursing Home Activity Director Jeanette Mitchell


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 24, 2019 1:20:39 PM

Spotlight on Houston Nursing Home Activity Director Jeanette Mitchell

As Activities Director for Treemont Health Care Center (HCC), Jeannette Mitchell’s job is multi-faceted. Jeannette develops all activities programming for assisted living and skilled nursing residents. Programs are designed to enhance resident’s overall well-being. Jeanette’s monthly calendar of events reflects a balance of activities that are reflective of physical, social, sensory stimulation, parties and special events. Jeannette also manages the HCC volunteer program.

Jeanette is a Certified Activities Director with a specialty in activities for residents at different levels of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Jeannette also serves as a valued member of the Treemont Interdisciplinary Team, representing the activities and social department as a clinician.  She assesses residents in this area.

Jeannette is new to her Activity Director position, but not to Treemont. Jeannette is one of Treemont’s notoriously long-tenured staff, serving our residents as a CNA since 2008!!I attended Texas Health School and performed my training and clinical at Treemont. I fell in love with the residents and I’ve been here ever since.  On her

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

Spotlight on Medicare Home Health Nurse Meredith Roubion


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 6, 2019 6:30:49 PM

Medicare Therapy Supports Houston Independent Living Residents

A key reason Senior Allegiance is on campus, is to provide an extra helping hand of support to Treemont residents so they can remain independent in their apartments. You might recognize Nurse Meredith Roubion, RN, BSN as she is a steady presence on the Treemont Campus. For our residents on Medicare Home Health, Meredith assesses their physical therapy regimen, identifies health problems and concerns, communicates with their physicians and interdisciplinary teams, initiates and continues their Plan of Correction and does patient education.

Meredith has been a nurse for 7 years, first at Senior Allegiance and then at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. “I had such a great experience at Senior Allegiance, I wanted to come back,” Meredith says. “Working with seniors is very rewarding. It brings me joy to make a difference in both the health care and personal life of the seniors I care for. I also love to learn from my senior patients!”

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?

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

Nursing Homes Houston: Spotlight on Business Manager Anny Ortiz


Posted by Lisa Witt on Oct 26, 2019 9:27:00 AM

Spotlight on Houston Nursing Home Business Manager Anny Ortiz

Being admitted to an Assisted Living Facility or Nursing Home in Houston can be a stressful event. Not only are you or your loved one not well, but there is a morass of rules surrounding what your insurance will cover. That is where Business Manager Anny Ortiz compassionately and knowledgeably steps in to guide your family. Anny’s daily responsibilities include:

~  Billing and Collections for Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance companies and private pay residents.

~  Verifying Benefits. Anny creates and maintains claims for all residents, including financial folders for all admissions.

~  Advice to Residents on Financial Questions. Anny keeps residents informed of benefits or changes and provides options to them when questions arise or their insurance services are ending.  Anny investigates questions directly with the insurance or financial entity, informing the resident or family of necessary steps to achieve a positive final outcome.

~  Support of Residents. Anny is available to respond to resident questions and help them resolve concerns regarding benefits.

Explaining Medicare. Anny contacts residents’ insurance

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

Nursing Homes Houston: Spotlight on ADON Simone Johnson


Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 14, 2019 11:58:16 AM

Spotlight on Houston Nursing Home ADON Simone Johnson

The Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) Simone Johnson plays a key role in ensuring the smooth functioning of Treemont Health Care Center’s nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living community. Simone Johnson’s primary goal is to enhance the efficiency of the nursing staff.

Simone’s responsibilities include the development of optimal resident care plans, evaluation of the different systems followed during the treatment, planning rotations for the staff and making sure that each and every patient is receiving the required amount of attention. Says Administrator Cynthia Lamison, Simone is a perfect pair for our DON Sheree Wade, she assists in quality monitoring, training and mentoring of our staff and assures our residents our well taken care of.  Simone is hands on, making a minimum two supervisory rounds in a day.

Originally from Dallas, Simone came to Houston to get her nursing degree at Prairie View A&M University. “Nursing school has always been a passion of mine. I knew that I wanted to be a nurse ever since I was in high school,” says Simone. In 2011 my grandfather passed away from cancer and while we

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

Psychiatric Nurse Dina Gudas Helps Seniors Maintain Their Independence


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 22, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Psychiatric Nurse Dina Gudas Helps Treemont Residents Stay Independent

The purpose of Senior Allegiance is to permit Treemont residents to maintain an independent lifestyle in their own apartment for as long as possible. Seniors want to maintain their independence and a small, helping hand can mean all the difference between staying healthy or having continued health setbacks that require hospitalization or a higher level of care, such as assisted living or nursing. We are fortunate that Senior Allegiance, as part of its Medicare Home Health Program, has a full-time Psychiatric Nurse Dina Gudas, RN.

Senior Allegiance Administrator Karina Walker says:  With her extensive psychiatry knowledge and compassion, Dina has contributed to one the factors that make Senior Allegiance so unique and such as asset to the Treemont Community. The passion she has for psychiatric nursing shows in the way she cares for her patients. From teaching patients coping skills, working with psychiatric and primary

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

Spotlight on Medicare Quality Assurance Nurse Sheila Quia


Posted by Lisa Witt on Jun 8, 2019 3:57:39 PM

Medicare Therapy Supports Houston Independent 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

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

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