Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home
... A monthly newsletter from the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home
August 2018 

Dear Friends,

I hope that you are enjoying your summer and that it is peaceful and relaxing with some excitement  mixed in for good measure. It has been very busy here at the Home. We had our Nursing Facility State and Federal Survey June 6-12th.   This was followed by a Community Residential Facility (CRF) survey on July 5-6th. All surveys are unannounced and nothing will get one's adrenalin pumping more than the announcement from the receptionist that surveyors are in the building for an annual inspection! That said, the Lisner team embraces care, respect and best practices; as daunting as these inspections may be, we are confident and proud of the quality of care and support that we provide to the residents who are entrusted to us. The results of the surveys support this and it is with a deep sense of pride that I report that the LLDH Home is again ranked as a top 5 star facility in the District of Columbia. I know that this honor is not bestowed lightly and that it is the result of a wonderful, competent and compassionate staff and Board of Directors. This dedication benefits the residents, the community and each person who supports the Home whether through employment, as a volunteer or a generous donor.
Now, on to other topics. First, I must share the bittersweet news that Lee Jarrett, Associate Activities  Director, is leaving us and moving to Atlanta with his bride, Lauren. Lee has been with the Home for 16 years. He first became acquainted with the Home when he was in college at Frostburg and volunteered during his spring break. He made quite an impression! We stayed in contact throughout the years and were so pleased when he graduated with a degree in recreational therapy. When we had an opening in the department, we called and offered Lee a position and the rest, as they say, is history. Lee is assisting in finding a person to replace him; these are some big shoes to fill! We all wish the newlyweds the very best in the next chapter of their lives.
It is also with great admiration that I announce that Ward Orem, CEO will celebrate 40 years of service to the Home on August 14th. It is an honor and privilege to have worked with Ward as a mentor and partner for 29 of those years. It is very rare for someone to serve in one place for so long. When Ward first came to the Home as the Assistant Administrator in 1978, the Lisner Home was in decline and faced the possibility of shutting its doors. With his knowledge, passion and leadership, he helped turn things around. By the time I arrived on the scene in 1990, the Home was restored to its former glory and was highly respected in the community as a wonderful place to reside. He also was in charge of the expansion project to add a 60 bed Nursing Facility which was completed in 1992. We owe many thanks and much respect to Ward, who inspires all to do their best with his intelligence, compassion and laughter! He embraces and is the poster child for the mission of providing extraordinary health and life care services to low and modest income seniors of the District of Columbia, empowering them to live their lives to the fullest.
So here you have it: the good, the bittersweet, and the incredible - all in one little article from the  Administrator.
Wishing you all the best,
Residents Attend Art Program for Seniors at the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Six residents of the Home were invited by the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) to join in an interactive, multi-sensory gallery experience for seniors. The "See Me" program engages seniors to explore works of art which capture the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. Accompanied by Lee Jarrett, Associate Director of Activities, and Marlena Keenan, Activities Assistant, the residents gathered in the art gallery to view and discuss their impressions of two 19th century landscape paintings. The first was a painting by Edwin Frederick Church, "Aurora Borealis," painted in 1865. The other was "Dover Plains," painted by Asher B. Duran in 1848 in New York. Two presenters led a discussion asking the residents "What did you see?"; "What do you think the artist was thinking?"; "What stands out to you?"; and, "Why do you think he selected those colors?" A bit of history was given on each painting and the discussions created a lively dialogue between the  lecturers and residents.  Following the discussion, the residents were given a tour of the gallery.

We offer a special thanks to the SAAM staff who were
very helpful, knowledgeable and excited to have the
residents participate in the program. 

Pictured are residents, staff of the Home and Gallery staff. 

Residents participate in discussion about the painting "Aurora Borealis."

Resident Alemu Demissie in front of Michelle Obama portrait.

Home Receives Floral Gifts
In July, volunteers from Petal Share brought dozens of flowers to the residents of the Home. The gift was donated through their partnership with the American Institute of Floral Designers' "Blooms Over Program" held in Washington, DC. Petal Share is a charitable organization whose mission is to share recycled flowers with individuals in nursing homes, shelters and hospitals.  They pick up the flowers, rearrange them and deliver them.  The flowers are donated by hosts and planners of special events, including weddings and receptions. These flowers are shared with individuals in need of comfort and joy.

Lee Jarrett receiving flowers from volunteers from Petal Share which were given to the residents and placed throughout the Home.
In This Issue

Thank You to Our 
Generous Sponsors FY2018

"Garden Party -
Where Hope Grows"

Hamilton Insurance Agency
The Henry and Annie Hurt Home for the Blind
The John Dickson Home
The Louise Home
The Elizabeth R. Shoemaker Home
Matthew and Joanne Tobriner

Allied Pharmaceutical
 Services, Inc.
Bank of America
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Hertzbach & Company P.A.
KeyBank/Carolyn Nazdin
Medline Industries, Inc.

Bollinger Energy Corporation
Brightstar Communications, Inc. 
Cooper & Crickman, PLLC
Enginuiti, Inc.
Ergo Solutions LLC
Hysong Funeral Home
L. Ward Orem
The Family Council of the LLDH Home
David and Connie Povich
Radiation Physics, Inc. 
The Resident Council of the LLDH Home
Marta Anne Schneider, MD

Bay City Pest Managment, Inc.
HPSI Purchasing Services, LLC
Jackson & Campbell, P.C.
Payroll Network
The Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. 

Aid Association for the Blind of
Washington, DC
Advisory Neighborhood
Commission 3E
Walter Brownley Trust 
DC Commission on the Arts
and Humanities  
John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation
Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Ada and Albert Wibel 
The Elizabeth R.Shoemaker
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation



The Home is proud to hold a five-star rating from the Federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the highest attainable, and has again been rated one of the best nursing homes for 2017 by US News and World Report.

If your workplace has a giving program, please consider supporting the Home.
Your pre-tax deduction will make a huge difference to the residents.
LLDHH designation numbers are:
United Way #8007
CFC #2502

10:30 am
Coffee Cafe & Music Hour
2:45 pm
Art Class and Mobile Ice Cream Truck
3:00 pm
Jerry Romans Name that Tune Performance
2:30 pm 
Squeals on Wheels Pet Visits
11:00 am
Bob Jenner's "The History of Chicago"
2:30 pm
Wine, Cheese & Music Social
2:30 pm
Food Service Committee Mtg & Resident Council
3:00 pm
Monthly Birthday Party
11:00 am
Washington Performing Arts Program
5:30 pm
End of summer Party & Fireworks
6:30 pm
Movie Night in the NF Lounge

Contact the Activities office at 202-966-6667, ext. 3306 for further information.

Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home to provide extraordinary health and life care services to low and modest income seniors of the District of Columbia, empowering them to live life to the fullest.

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