January / 2 / 2018
Dear Forest Hills Family and Friends,

I'd like to express my sincere gratitude to our residents, families and staff for their support throughout 2017; in particular with your patience regarding the kitchen renovations. I am pleased to say that the project is remaining on schedule; we anticipate having everything complete by the spring.

I recognize that the myriad physical upgrades we've made to our community over the years have posed interruptions to established routines in your everyday lives at Forest Hills. Your cooperation, understanding and support have helped to make these very complex undertakings achievable.

In 2018 we look to achieve some new goals. First, we anticipate an improvement to the exterior lighting system and surveillance cameras in an effort to enhance the overall security of our community. We are also looking to improve our rehabilitation gym in January, with several pieces of new equipment that will allow staff to expand our state-of-the-art treatments for residents.

The Forest Hills van is of particular interest for 2018, as my goal is to respond to the diverse transportation needs of our community. Consequently, I am currently in discussion with our Board of Trustees to initiate a major fundraiser for the purchase of a new vehicle at Forest Hills.

Finally, Charlene Perry is preparing the 2018 schedule for annual apartment cleaning and requests that you to contact her at your convenience.

As you can see, we have a very ambitious and exciting outlook for the new year. We are confident that your continued encouragement will provide the inspiration to make our journey through 2018 a pleasant one. I cannot over emphasize how truly blessed I am to serve as your Executive Director and Administrator.

I feel renewed in my commitment to give you my best in this new year. Stop by to see me sometime!

Warm regards,  

Mary Savoy, RN, MS, LNHA
Executive Director and Administrator 
Forest Hills of DC & Forest Side Memory Care  
In This Issue
New Medicare Cards, Coming in 2018

New Medicare cards and numbers (MBI) will be mailed to Medicare beneficiaries over a 12-month period, beginning in April 2018. The Forest Hills Accounting office will need copies of your new cards as they are received, so please keep us updated. For more information, visit the CMS website here.
Updated Health Insurance Cards: Check your Mail

Please watch your mail for updated health insurance cards, coming in January from your health insurance provider. Forest Hills will need a copy of the new cards for our billing files. This request is separate from your new Medicare cards. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Spotlight on CUA Nursing Students
Reflections from Community Health training

For the past five years, in our enduring commitment to develop the healthcare workforce in this time of critical shortage of professional nurses, Forest Hills has welcomed nursing students from the Catholic University of America into our community. Students are exposed to all facets of long-term care, including skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care, and the professional and personal benefits they gain are evident in the reflections they submit. Over the next few newsletters, we will share with you excerpts from those reflections, with permission from the students:

"This week at Forest Side [we] aided the Life Enrichment Specialist in a painting and coloring activity. It was wonderful to assist residents with their artwork and see how they flourish when they are expressing their creative sides. I also witnessed the Physical Therapist come in and assist the residents. I was even able to assist in a bike exercise that two of the residents completed. My final day at Forest Side was filled with a variety of emotions. After five weeks of continuous memory care with the residents I began to grow attached to them because I was learning about who they truly were, even before their dementia struck. I learned about their hobbies, their pasts, their families, and I even had the pleasure of meeting some of their family members who were so thankful for the work we do everyday. It will most definitely be hard to leave the amazing facility of Forest Side because I have grown such close bonds with my residents as well as the staff. Although it will be bittersweet, I am truly looking forward to the opportunity to see how things operate at Forest Hills."
January Life Enrichment Programs at a Glance
Highlights from the upcoming month

Wed., January 3rd
10:30am - Robert Jenner Lecture: History of the Olympics (DR-1)
Fri., January 5th
2:00pm - Movie & Popcorn: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (LIB)
Tue., January 9th
3:00pm - Town Hall Meeting (CR)
Thu., January 11th
10:30am - Roy Justice History & Music (LNG)
Sun., January 14th
10:45am - Faith through Music with Jerry Roman (AH)
Mon., January 15th
10:30am - Current Events with Lenore (LIB)
Wed., January 17th
2:30pm - Music & Memories with Donna Devall (LNG)
Sat., January 20th
10:30am - Broadway Classics & More with Bertram McLeish (LNG)
Mon., January 22nd
10:30a - Art Workshop with Joey Manlapaz (LIB)
Fri., January 26th
3:30pm - Celebration of Music with Jazz Artist Wayne Wilentz (LNG)
Mon., January 29th
10:30am - Art Lecture with Joey Manlapaz (LIB)


(CR) Conference Room (AH) Assembly Hall
(DR-1) Day Room, 1st floor (LL) Lower Level
(LIB) Library (LNG) Lounge

New Resident Services in 2018
Rehabilitation, Life Enrichment & More

In an effort to continue positively impacting the daily lives of our residents, we are creating new resident services, as well as updating our existing services. This includes:
  • Semi-annual balance testing for residents, as an early screen method in our ongoing fall prevention/safe mobility initiative. Provided by Lindsey Adler and her rehab team.
  • A series of presentations around personal safety and wellness, similar to those provided in December by the DC Office of the Attorney General. Developed by Karen Fryer, Director of Resident Services.
  • An even more robust and diverse Life Enrichment calendar, including routine visits from the petting zoo, which was so well received last year. Put together by Linda Moreno and her Life Enrichment team, with ongoing input from our residents.
November 2017 Ceca Award Winner
Sherrie Essix

Congratulations to Sherrie Essix on winning the November 2017 Ceca Award! Last month we celebrated the award at Forest Hills with some of the nice things residents had to say:

"On one occassion, Sherrie was asked to operate the gift shop. Knowing that the Life Enrichment team was busy and they were unable to operate the gift shop, she did not hesitate and said "Sure, anything I can do to help!" She understands it takes a village and that we all work together for one goal. Our residents were able to shop for much needed items, such as potato chips, candy and toothpaste....Items that create smiles and the warm home here at Forest Hills!"

Thank you, Sherrie, for all you do for our residents and our community!

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