Treemont Retirement Blog

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

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

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