February / 4 / 2019
Dear Forest Hills Family and Friends,

I hope that you are all staying safe and warm this winter! 

Given the challenging weather this season, I want to be sure you are aware of our emergency procedures.  In the event that Forest Hills experiences loss of power, our primary phone system will not operate. In this case, please use our 24/7 emergency phone number: 202-422-4095. This is a cell phone that will accept voice and text messages. Please understand that there may be some delay in response time. 

We also ask that your loved one have a battery powered flashlight or other battery light source in their living quarters. Forest Hills is equipped with emergency backup generators and our staff have flashlights, but this does not meet the lighting needs of all individual living spaces. Flashlights and batteries are now sold in our gift shop, open Monday - Friday from 10am-11am on the Lower Level.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: 

FHDC Health Care Center Residents: Wanda Mitchell, RN, 202-777-3343 or wmitchell@foresthillsdc.life 

FHDC Assisted Living Residents: Jennifer Howell, RN, 202-777-3463 or jhowell@foresthillsdc.life

Thank you, as always, to all of the family & friends we get to see visiting us at Forest Hills. 

Warmest regards,   
Mary Savoy, RN, MS, LNHA
Executive Director and Administrator 
Forest Hills of DC & Forest Side Memory Care
In This Issue
130th Anniversary Celebration

May 7, 2019 *  4 - 7pm
at Forest Hills of DC

Official invitation coming soon!
Family Corner
A note from Diana Lowe, CFO

Please be aware that 2018 tax letters were mailed to responsible parties during the last week of January. If you have not received a tax letter for 2018, please be sure to call the accounting office for a copy. 

Call 202-966-7623 and ask to be connected with accounting.
Photo by Elaine Casap on Unsplash
From the Kitchen Corner
Focusing on Heart Health

Valentine's Day isn't the only reason to celebrate in February! This month we also celebrate National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month, making it a perfect time to focus on heart health. 


Eating a diet that includes a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, while limiting saturated fat and sodium can help support heart health. Get started by including a few key foods in your diet: 
  • Tomatoes. Tomatoes are rich in potassium and antioxidant lycopene, which has been noted for its potential benefit on blood pressure. Enjoy tomatoes in a salad, sandwich, or omelet. 
  • Fish. Many fish offer a source of lean, versatile protein along with heart friendly omega-3 fats. 
  • Legumes. Beans, peas, and lentils have around 4-8 grams of protein and fiber per half-cup serving. 
February Life Enrichment Programs at a Glance

Highlights from the upcoming month

Wed., February 6 2:30pm - Music, Trivia & Reminiscing with Donna Devall (LNG)
Fri., February 8 2:00pm - Movie & Popcorn: Love, Gilda (LIB)
Mon., February 11 10:30am - Current Events with Lenore (LIB)
Wed., February 13 2:00pm - Poetic Expressions with Steven (LIB)
Thu., February 14 10:30am - Roy Justice: African Americans Who Influenced America (LNG)
Sat., February 16 10:30am - Broadway Classics & More with Bertram McLeish (LNG)
Mon., February 18 10:30am - Art Lecture with Joey Mánlapaz (LIB)
Tue., February 19 10:45am - Robert Jenner Lecture: The Gold Rush (LIB)
Fri., February 22 2:00pm - Movie & Popcorn: First Man (LIB)
Mon., February 25 10:30am - Art Workshop with Joey Mánlapaz (AH)
Wed., February 27 10:30am - Editorials & Discussion with Lenore, New York Times (LIB)
Every Sunday 10:45am - Faith through Music (LNG/LIB)


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

Ceca Award Winner
Monica Jones

Congratulations to Monica Jones on winning the Ceca Award! We celebrated the award with some of the nice things residents and peers had to say:

"Monica is new to Life Enrichment and brings such a positive energy to the team. She knows each and every residents' preference. I observed her getting a glass of ice from the kitchen then setting it on the table; sure enough a resident arrived with a can of ginger ale and Monica brought the ice over to her along with a plate of snacks. The resident smiled and thanked her. Monica continued to make special plates and drinks for each and every resident, speaking softly as she put things together..."This is for Mr. Lee he like's this, this is for Mrs. Andrews...she likes this..." until everyone was served and happy. Monica understands the importance of preference and person-centered care, and it's what she provides to our residents."

Thank you, Monica, for all you do for our residents and our community!
Family Award Winner
Fantnesh Tessema

Congratulations to Fantnesh Tessema on winning a gift card for the special nomination she received from a family member! Here is what they had to say about her:

"Ms. Tessema is one of the CNAs who cares for my wife, who is a resident of Forest Side. Over the last 15 months I have observed, at close hand, how skillful and caring she is, day in and day out. The work is very demanding, but she seems to love it. When I had to take my wife for an examination by a neurosurgeon -- a very stressful mission when the patient has severe dementia -- Ms. Tessema was the CNA chosen to accompany us. She managed to keep my wife calm and even happy, both in the car and at the doctor's office."

Thank you, Fanta, for your personal attention and care of our residents!
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