November / 4 / 2018
Dear Forest Hills Family and Friends,

October was quite a busy month for us at Forest Hills. We enjoyed a successful Walk to End Alzheimer's with our community ( see photos here). Thank you to those who were able to join us and support this important cause. Our team page is still open, if you did not yet get the chance to donate here.

It was a big news month for us, including a television story about our residents, recognition for our Nurse Educator, and more! Be sure to read on in this newsletter to get the full scoop.

For news around campus, our Life Enrichment team says farewell to Debbie Childs, while Claudia Campusano steps into a new role as Life Enrichment Coach. Claudia will continue to schedule all medical appointments for residents and family members requesting transportation, though she will no longer drive the van. Shalena Toney has joined us to serve as our new driver and we know she will be an excellent addition to our team!

Finally, we enjoyed a lovely afternoon celebrating our favorite caregivers at Forest Hills (hint: that's everyone!). Take a look at some photos arranged by Ceca Foundation here.

Thank you to all of the family & friends we get to see visiting us at Forest Hills. Hope to see you around!

Sending my warm regards,   
Mary Savoy, RN, MS, LNHA
Executive Director and Administrator 
Forest Hills of DC & Forest Side Memory Care 
In This Issue

October 15 - December 7, 2018

There's still time: Medicare Open Enrollment for the coming year runs until December 7th. During this period, you can switch from original Medicare to Medicare Advantage, or vice versa. You can also switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another, or from one Medicare Part D (prescription drug) plan to another, or you can drop your Medicare Part D coverage altogether.

If you have experienced claim denials and/or would like to learn more about Medicare, please click here for a brief, user-friendly explanation.
Forest Hills Selected for Pilot Program
Enhancing the care of residents with dementia

Forest Hills of DC and Forest Side Memory Care have been chosen by the Alzheimer's Association to participate in a six-month pilot of a program that could enhance the care of residents with dementia. McKnight's Senior Living highlighted the program in a recent article.
Forest Hills Nurse Educator Recognized
Janice Johnson, leader in infection prevention

For the first issue of their upcoming quarterly newsletter, DC Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Advisory Committee will feature Forest Hills Nurse Educator, Janice Johnson, BSN, RN-BC.

Janice joined Forest Hills in March of 2016 as RN Educator and Infection Preventionist, responsible for all staff training and in-service programs. Prior to Forest Hills, Janice served as Director of Nursing and Geriatric Nurse Manager at the Carroll Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at Providence Hospital.

Janice is readily recognizable by her big smile, positive attitude and clean white lab coat. Congratulations Janice!

Stay tuned for the article in the January 2019 issue of the HAI Program's newsletter.
Forest Hills Residents on WUSA 9 TV
Judy and Bartley O'Hara on TV

Last month, Forest Hills residents Judy and Bartley O'Hara were interviewed by WUSA 9 reporter Gio Insignares. The interview was an intimate discussion of the O'Hara's life together, the value of telling their story and making it available to others.

Read more here
November Life Enrichment Programs at a Glance

NEW! Regular outings offered this month at 10:30am

Tue., November 20th
Scenic Ride, Classical Music & Coffee Break (Autumn in DC, Rock Creek Park and surrounding areas) (Assisted Living) with Claudia & Toney
Fri., November 23rd
Scenic Ride, Songs from famous Crooners (Rock Creek and Georgetown) (Health Care Center) with Toney & Monica
Wed., November 28th
Lunch Outings (Restaurant TBD) (Assisted Living and Health Care Center) with Claudia & Toney

Highlights from the upcoming month

Wed., November 7th
10:30am - Robert Jenner: The Life of Frederick Douglass (LIB)
Fri., November 9th
2:00pm - Movie & Popcorn: Three Identical Strangers (LIB)
Mon., November 12th
10:30am - Current Events with Lenore (LIB)
Tue., November 13th
3:00pm - Town Hall Meeting (CR)
Thu., November 15th
10:30am - Life Stories & Meaningful Memories (LIB)
Sat., November 17th
10:30am - Broadway Classics with Bertram McLeish (LNG)
Mon., November 19th
10:30am - Art Lecture with Joey Manlapaz (LIB)
Thu., November 22nd
Happy Thanksgiving!
10:30am - Holiday Reminiscent Group (LIB)
12:30pm - Thanksgiving Dinner (All Dining Rooms)
Sat., November 24th
10:00am - The Crown (LIB)
Wed., November 28th
2:00pm - Poetic Expressions with Steven (LIB)
Thu., November 29th
10:30am - Robert Jenner: Las Vegas (LIB)


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

Ceca Award Winner
Vivian Ojo-Felix

Congratulations to Vivian Ojo-Felix on winning the Ceca Award! We celebrated the award at Forest Hills with some of the nice things residents and peers had to say:

"I know it's in a nurses make up to have empathy and compassion, but with today's changes in the healthcare industry it's not easy. I was overwhelmed with joy and pride to see Vivian give that extra touch when one of our residents was actively dying. She did not want her to die alone in her room. She made the resident her #1 priority even after she passed. She stayed in the room with friends and family and assisted with whatever was needed."

"Vivian runs a tight ship on her unit - loved and respected by all residents, families and staff. Recently, a long-time resident was passing and Vivian was present when the family was unable - when they arrived they were very moved by her compassion."

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

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