MESSAGE FROM THE ADMINISTRATOR
With a soggy summer behind us, I am looking forward to a colorful autumn. I have heard it said that with much rain comes vibrant leaves in the fall. As anyone who knows me is aware, I always try and find the silver lining and so brilliant foliage is anticipated. That is my story and I am sticking to it!
The residents, staff and I had an amazing time on our recent Odyssey Boat trip I want to share a little bit about our outing and perhaps the lesson that I continue to learn after all of these years at the Home. When the sign-up sheet was posted for our annual boat trip, everyone was so excited to go. On the day of the trip, as usual, several residents wanted to back out. I went to each of the residents to find out why they were cancelling and unless truly ill, to try to convince them to come out and play. After listening to their reasons, I encouraged them to change their minds, using some of the wisdom that I have been taught by many of my friends at the Home. I said, "Remember that, at the end of the day, you do not regret what you did but what you didn't do." I also pointed out that the trip was on the first sunny day in what felt like ages. We reviewed the great menu, the chance for a cocktail, and a promise to dance have fun. Thankfully, all of the residents who had cancelled that morning changed their minds and decided to come on the trip. The day was truly glorious and everyone had a wonderful time!
Often, the longer residents live at the Home and feel safe and secure, they become hesitant to go out. Now, days after the Odyssey tour, the residents are still smiling and talking about the exciting experience. Let's all encourage our loved ones to get out and breathe the fresh air and continue to have adventures. Even a beautiful fall day in the courtyard or across the street at the new park can be an exhilarating experience.
Wishing you all a fabulous fall season!
All the best,
From left, resident Vivian Adams, Administrator Sue Hargreaves, and residents Ina Morgan and Susan Morgan
Residents enjoying lunch aboard the Odyssey while taking in views of the river
Please Join Us For the Annual Community Fun Fest
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Please join us at the Home on October 27th when we co-host this neighborhood event with the Friendship Children's Center, and Northwest Neighbors Village. Fun activities for the family include a moon bounce, hay maze, pony rides, petting zoo, ice cream truck, hot dogs, pizza and inter-generational art activities. It's Halloween so come in costume!
Happy Retirement for Linda Abel
Director of Human Resources
After 34 years of serving the Home in various positions, Linda Abel, Director of Human Resources, is retiring this month and moving to Charleston, South Carolina. Linda has worked as Admissions Coordinator, Assistant Administrator, and Human Resources Director and therefore has a special insight into the workings of the Home. Having given hundreds of tours to prospective residents and their families, employees, and vendors of the Home, Linda knows not only the incredible history of the Home, but the regulatory and administrative aspects as well. She has experienced, in her own words, "that the Home has a special feeling" and refers to the staff as "our Lisner family."
Linda, as part of the Lisner family, we never say goodbye, just "when can we come to visit?" We will miss you and Brian, but will think of you enjoying the city everyday from King Street to the Battery, having mint juleps on the waterfront, and some of the best food in the country. Charleston is as delicious as it is pretty! May all the years ahead bring you great joy and relaxation. Happy Retirement!
The Home Welcomes Shakeitau Mitchell as the new Assistant Director of Activities
The Home welcomes Shakeitau Mitchell as the new Assistant Director of Activities. Shakeitau has 16 years of experience working in healthcare and began her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant in 2002. She found her passion in 2005 while providing therapeutic recreation programs to seniors in short term, long term and dementia care communities. Shakeitau came to the Home because she believes in the mission of providing extraordinary care to seniors. Her most important professional goal is to provide quality care to seniors through therapeutic activity programs and to see a smile on our resident faces. On a personal level, she enjoys the beach, eating seafood, playing poker and spending time with her family and friends. Her greatest joy is her two sons DJ and AJ, ages 14 and 6. Shakeitau is looking forward to being part of her new family at the Home and getting acquainted with all of you
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
Bank of America
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Hertzbach & Company P.A.
Medline Industries, Inc.
Bollinger Energy Corporation
Brightstar Communications, Inc.
Cooper & Crickman, PLLC
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.
The Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
FY 2018 GRANTS
Aid Association for the Blind of
Walter Brownley Trust
DC Commission on the Arts
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