Treemont Retirement Blog

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Sleep Time


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 15, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Sleep Time

An appropriate amount of sleep is essential for any age group, but especially for senior citizens. Along with the physical changes that occur with age, changes in sleeping patterns can be a part of the aging process. It is recommended that senior citizens get about 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day. Learning how to manage sleeping problems can be challenging, but the importance of sleep for physical and mental health is very important. Not being able to get control of sleeping issues can affect senior citizens in the following ways:

  1. Proper amount of sleep helps maintain brain health and lowers the risk of age-related cognitive decline.
  2. Inadequate sleep can affect ones moods. A lack of sleep can decrease hormone levels that can result in irritability, stress, and depression in severe cases
  3. Lack of sleep can affect concentration
  4. Sleep deprivation impairs learning by affecting the ability to store and recall information
  5. Without an adequate amount of sleep, the body’s healing process can be delayed. Your body depends on rest to fight
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season during Covid, Be Prepared


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 11, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Flu Season during Covid, 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.

Although receiving the Flu vaccine is the first and most important prevention method, there are other habits to keep in mind that will reduce the risk of getting the FLU or getting sick in general. The following are steps recommended by the CDC that can aid in fighting the FLU this season.

  1. Vaccination: The Flu vaccine protects against virus strands that are considered to be common during the Flu season. Those at a higher risk for these virus strands are the elderly and those with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease.
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, Healthy Tips for Seniors

Long-Tenured Treemont Staff are Key to Resident Happiness


Posted by Lisa Witt on Nov 8, 2020 7:35:11 PM

The Key to Resident Happiness? Long-Tenured Treemont Staff
When searching for a retirement community, a key Tip to ask is: “Does the Community have Long-Tenured, Caring Staff?”
 
Treemont Executive Director Rodney Brooks says, “The people make all the difference. Many members of Treemont’s team have worked here for decades because they truly believe in helping people and caring for seniors. Our staff sees this as more of a calling than a career.”

Retirement community residents become “family,” fostering new friendships and relationships as they transition to a mutually supportive lifestyle. Part of the glue that cements this feeling of fellowship and well-being is the staff at a senior living community. At Treemont about 40% of employees have worked there for 10 years or more. A number have worked here for more than 30 years.

This includes Treemont’s Maintenance Director Don Ibanez who is approaching a

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living

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

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Stay Safe, Wear a Mask. Protect Each Other


Posted by Lisa Witt on Oct 28, 2020 3:15:00 PM

Healthy Tips for Seniors: Treemonters, Protect Each Other. Stay Safe, Wear a Mask.

It is likely an understatement to say that most of us have “Covid Fatigue.” We yearn to return to “normal.” As we enter into cooler weather, however, nation-wide and locally, we are seeing a spike in Covid19 cases. No one is immune from this disease.

It is critical to safeguard ourselves and our neighbors. Studies show the risk for exposure reduces with the use of a mask. As we begin Flu season and continue dealing with COVID, it is imperative that we continue to wear our mask and follow social distance. It is easy to have the urge to relax but we must keep doing our part. As activities resume in Independent Living, we must make sure that everyone in the activity is wearing a mask. This includes small gatherings

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

Spotlight on Medication Aide Myrtle Evita Lambert


Posted by Lisa Witt on Oct 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Home Health Care Spotlight on Caregiver Leslie Foston

Residents move to a senior independent living community with the desire to stay independent as long as possible. Treemont introduced the concept of Independence Plus on our campus. Seniors who need help with activities of daily living can receive personal assistance services (PAS) and Medicare home health services in their apartment instead of moving to a licensed assisted living facility. Senior Allegiance is the “Plus” in Independence Plus.

Many of you recognize Medication Aide Myrtle Evita Lambert who administers medication daily to our residents and reports changes.

A key Senior Allegiance PAS Program is Medication Management. The most basic program is for a resident to be reminded twice daily to take their pills. A more robust plan involves the

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

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Maintenance Worker Cezar Garcia


Posted by Lisa Witt on Oct 9, 2020 11:43:21 AM

Senior Living Houston: Maintenance Worker Cezar Garcia

A key reason seniors choose retirement living is a desire to no longer have to worry about maintenance and upkeep of their home. Treemont is known for the care and attention to resident’s maintenance needs. We are delighted to welcome Cezar Garcia to our Treemont Maintenance Department. He is the newest member of the maintenance team. Cezar’s duties include responding to work orders to fix resident apartment issues involving: plumbing, air conditioning, garbage disposal or TV issues. Sometimes he receives a request to hang a resident’s picture.

Treemont residents have this to say about moving to a senior living community such as Treemont.

  • No more upkeep of a large home!
  • No more chores or housekeeping!
  • No more maintenance!
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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, spotlight on senior living houston employees

Senior Living Houston: Spotlight on Resident Counselor Keri Shaw


Posted by Lisa Witt on Sep 7, 2020 5:34:04 PM

Senior Living Houston: Resident Counselor Keri Shaw

Patience and good listening skills are key attributes of a resident counselor, working with families and residents seeking to find a senior community to spend their later years. This is what distinguishes Resident Counselor Keri Shaw. Executive Director Rodney Brooks lured Keri out of retirement 3 years ago to work weekends to provide 24/7 customer service to our future residents. Rodney says, “Keri was retired from an accomplished career in the senior living industry, including as a General Manager in Oregon. I saw that Keri had the skill set to effectively help guide seniors in their retirement living decision.” 

Keri says, “I like helping people. Making a decision to move from one’s own home into a community is a big decision. Sometimes it has become necessary for many different reasons. I try to help the seniors and their families because usually everyone

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, spotlight on senior living houston employees

Treemont Residents Have Peace of Mind during Hurricane Season


Posted by Lisa Witt on Aug 24, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Peace of Mind is Benefit of Senior Communities during Hurricane Season

There are many benefits to seniors of living in a retirement community. One is “peace of mind” that they will be safe and secure with people around to check in on them, particularly as we approach hurricane season. Hurricanes often pose more damage risks than just wind damage. During the 500 year storm of Hurricane Harvey, the biggest threat to Houston was flooding. Treemont is fortunate to be located where there was no building flooding during Harvey. But Treemont still had to minimize issues related to the general impact of flooding on staff access and power outages.

Living at Treemont provides a layer of comfort since the community prepares for all types of emergencies. Independent living has a small power generator that can keep its kitchen refrigerators and freezer operational. From that, Treemont can power its phone system for the front office and connect some lighting for the lobby area. Treemont staff is present to distribute flashlights

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Topics: Top 10 Questions for Assisted Living, learn about assisted living Houston