Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home
... A monthly newsletter from the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home
March 2017 

Dear Friends,

One of my favorite American authors, Mark Twain, once wrote, "Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection."  Even though I'd love to believe that we are all capable of achieving perfection, I have to echo Mr. Twain's sentiment that improvement is a process that never ends.  Continuous improvement leads to excellence and that is one of the core philosophies that guides everything we do here at the Home.  Sometimes, improvement takes the form of rolling out a new program or service.  Sometimes, it takes the form of identifying ways to provide existing services more effectively and efficiently.  This month, the Home is excited to announce that we have brought our dietary and food preparation function in-house.  This is quite a change for us after using an outside provider for many years but we are confident that the nutrition program, dietary support services, and quality of the food will all benefit from this decision.  Providing delicious, healthy food in a home-like atmosphere is good for us all!

We have also recently sent out resident and family member satisfaction surveys to request direct input identifying where we excel and where there are opportunities for growth and improvement.  This is just one of the ways in which the Home ensures that we keep our focus on organizational excellence through resident-centered and innovative quality care.  We are also excited to announce the opening of the new eye clinic which you will read more about in the article below.

Finally, at the risk of repeating myself, let me close by applauding, yet again, all of the staff here at the Home who strive to respect each other,  professionally and personally embracing commonalities while  valuing differences. A celebration of cultural diversity will be held this month.  The Team will share customs, fashion and food from many regions of the world. Together, continuous improvement is truly an exciting and positive journey!

Dr. Nima Moainie examins a resident in the eye clinic

  Home Opens New Eye Clinic

On February 8, 2017, the Home's ophthalmologist, Dr. Nima Moainie, greeted his first resident in the newly established eye clinic at the Home. Complete with specialized examination equipment and black out curtains, the clinic will allow the Home's residents to avoid leaving the facility for routine eye appointments which can often be unsettling and stressful for them both physically and emotionally.

What was born out of a wish list has become a reality as a result of a generous grant received in late 2016 from the Philip L. Graham Fund. The grant enabled the Home to purchase an autorefractor to measure an individual's eyes for prescription glasses, a tonometer to measure intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma diagnoses, and an indirect opthalmoscope for retinal evaluations. Thanks to Dr. Moanie and his expert advice, we were able to identify and purchase the critical instruments necessary to offer our residents a complete eye care service in a relaxed and comfortable environment.

Dr. Moainie has been the Home's ophthalmologist for some time now. Born and raised in western Maryland, he obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia. He attended medical school at the University of Maryland and completed his surgical residency at Georgetown University. After graduation, Dr. Moainie went to Ghana and worked with Unite for Sight and then went into private practice. He has a true sense of community and volunteers his time once a week to teach the students at the Georgetown University Medical School Department of Surgery. Dr. Moainie enjoys working with elders and chose to be an ophthalmologist because he feels it is a nice mix of surgical and "hands on" care for long-term patients.

Mary Dishman Celebrates 100th Birthday

Mary Dishman celebrated her 100th birthday on February 18th with the staff and residents of the Home. Originally from Frederick, Maryland, she moved to Washington DC and worked for many years for the Federal Government. Mary is a long time resident of the Home and enjoys socializing with her friends.  Always known for her charming smile, sweet personality and for being the first one on the dance floor, Mary continues to be the same wonderful person that everyone wants to be around.

 Mary Dishman, center with Sue Hargreaves,  Lee Jarrett
and Quiana Powell celebrating her 100th birthday with the residents of the Home.

Mary at one of the Home's garden parties
 Residents Receive Special Valentine Greetings

Several volunteers from The Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC stopped by on Valentine's Day to deliver sock cupcakes and a lollipop to the residents.  The sock cupcakes were quite a novelty and we thank the volunteers who lovingly created them for the residents to enjoy.  


Monthly News from The Family Council of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home

The first Family Council meeting of 2017 was held on January 26th.  Attendees evaluated various Family Council models and discussed ways to increase membership and participation.  Family Council is open to the Responsible Party of all residents living at the Home and will meet again on Thursday, March 30th to begin planning a spring project.

In This Issue
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Save the Date
May 25th, 2017
"National Wine Day" 

We wish to thank our sponsors to date for this event.

Bollinger Energy Corporation
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLPH
HPSI Purchasing Services LLC
The Elizabeth R. Shoemaker Home
The Henry and Annie Hurt Home  for the Blind
The John Dickson Home
Ward Orem
Marta Anne Schneider, MD
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Tobriner 

To become a sponsor please click here!


FY 2016/2017 GRANTS

Aid Association for the Blind of
Washington DC
Advisory Neighborhood
Commission 3E
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
DC Commission on the Arts
and Humanities  
Charles and Mary Latham Fund
DC Metropolitan Police Department
Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
Philip L. Graham Fund
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Ada and Albert Wibel
The Elizabeth R.Shoemaker
The Louise Home
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz


The Home is proud to be the recipient of the 2016 5-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 2016 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

2:45 pm
Art Class/Ice Cream Truck
2:00 pm
Reverend Annie
3:00 pm
Wine & Cheese
2:30 pm
Resident Council
2:30 pm
St. Patrick's Day Party
3:00 pm
Birthday Party
3:00 pm
Cultural Diversity Day
2:00 pm
Memorial Service
11:00 am 
Wedgwood Happy Hour and Luncheon

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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