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


Dear Friends,

Once again, it seems we are fast approaching the end of another summer and the beginning of a wonderful, cool fall season when there is a crispness to the air and the mosquitoes have finally disappeared.  We mark this transition on the calendar with Labor Day, always the first Monday in September, when we pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers.  As Administrator of the Home, I take great pride in acknowledging the amazing work my co-workers do every single day, whether they are involved in direct resident care, food services, financial services, environmental and building services, social and recreational services, human resources, development, or communication.  They are absolute "pros" at what they do and, more importantly, they love what they do...and it shows in the amazing quality of care our residents receive.  September is also the month that we celebrate "National Assisted Living Week," which runs this year from September 10 through September 16.  As you can see from the article below, it will be full of terrific activities that will engage everyone and will remind us of the bonds we share as members of the greater assisted living community.

Even as we look ahead, however, my heart is heavy as the suffering continues to unfold in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey; so many people have lost so much and are struggling to just survive.  At the same time, I can't help but be moved by the images I see of people risking their own lives to rescue others stranded in their homes and cars by the storm.  At times of greatest need, we see some of the most selfless acts of courage imaginable.  Among the many photographs and videos posted online are those showing staff, first responders, and volunteers carrying residents from nursing homes and assisted living facilities, in wheelchairs and walkers, to safety.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all who face many hardships in the months to come as a result of this catastrophic storm.  To our brothers and sisters who make up the long term care network across this country, we say, "Stay strong and remember...Family is Forever!"


National Assisted Living Week

"Family isn't always blood, it's the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what." Maya Angelou

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is the assisted living voice of the American Health Care Association and, as described on their website, "works toward serving the needs of the assisted living community through education, professional development, national advocacy, and quality initiatives."  Each year the NCAL recognizes National Assisted Living Week which was established by the NCAL in 1995.  This year the week of September 10-16, carries a theme of "Family is Forever," which was inspired by the above quote from the poet Maya Angelou. This theme recognizes the bonds formed together by those living, working and volunteering in the assisted living community.   The Home will participate in week-long activities with a kick-off on September 10th of a grandparents day social. Other week long activities include a root beer float party, Resident Council meeting followed by a pizza party, disco party and contest, ice cream sundaes, TGIF happy hour and a beauty treat for the residents called "Pretty Nails."  We look forward to a wonderful week!

Getting to Know Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith

On any given day when you walk through the doors of the Home, Mr. Smith is sitting on the sofa in the lobby reading the "Sports" section of The Washington Post. Mr. Smith is an avid football fan and knows the stats of each and every Redskins player as well as other NFL team players. It's a hobby of his to keep up with the latest information on all the teams. His team favorite is the Redskins, of course, as it should be, since he was born and raised in DC. But, not only is Mr. Smith an avid football fan, he delights in dancing to Michael Jackson, listening to soul music, and watching TV. You'll find him often engaged in conversation with the staff and has become somewhat of a one-man Welcome Wagon for visitors to the Home. 

Wilbur Smith came to the Home following a hospital stay.  The Home was highly recommended by his social worker and after he came to tour twice, he was placed on the Assisted Living waiting list.  Finally the day came for admission to what he calls "the perfect place. I felt good coming here, the food and medical care is excellent, and I enjoy just being here.  I turned ninety-one the other day and I truly cannot be any happier than where I am right now. I can go to church on Sundays with my friends and go across the street to the shopping center.  I tell people when you walk in to this place you want to stay here, it's warm and friendly.  You know, Mr. and Mrs. Lisner gave us this place, yes, right here.  This place is a gift from them to our city."  

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

The Family Council met on Saturday, August 5th to discuss fund-raising for the Family Council Fund. This season's goal includes raising money to support an off-site trip for the residents. Since the meeting, Family Council members have been contacting various resources in an effort to schedule a trip for the first quarter of 2018. Also watch for us at Community Fun Fest on October 28th, where we will be working to recruit more members to the Family Council.

New Monthly Cooking Class for Residents

Director of Dietary, Chef Deyalmor Nash, and Associate Director of Dietary, Lynnette VanHorne prepare a Wild Cranberry Chicken Stir Fry recipe for the residents.  The monthly cooking class and Food Service Committee meeting will be educating the residents on the importance of eating foods that are not only healthy, but can be delicious as well.  The recipe received overwhelmingly good reviews by the residents and staff!

Chef Nash Wild Cranberry Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

INGREDIENTS for 8 servings
6 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
1 whole bell pepper (red, yellow or green)
1 whole Spanish onion
1 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
½ teaspoon minced ginger
1 tablespoon soy sauce
3 tablespoons herb oil (add either thyme, rosemary, or parsley to canola oil)
Add salt to taste
Add pepper to taste
Fresh cilantro or parsley as garnish
1 cup cranberry juice
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 pint of fresh cranberries   

Slice chicken thin and toss with garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and one tablespoon herb oil. Set aside and let marinate for a few minutes. Heat a large wok over medium-high heat. Once hot, add two tablespoons herb oil to coat pan. Then add chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes until chicken is cooked through. It should cook quickly if you sliced it thin. Whisk together juice, sugar and cornstarch, add cranberries and set aside. Julienne pepper and onion and put aside. Add vegetables to the wok and stir to combine with chicken. Add sauce to the wok and stir. The sauce should thicken after a minute or two. When sauce is thick, serve stir-fry over the noodles, rice, or fresh spinach. Garnish the plates with fresh cilantro or parsley. 

by Chef Nash

In This Issue

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We wish to thank our sponsors for supporting the

"National Wine Day"
May 25, 2017 

Bank of America
Bay City Pest Managment Co., Inc. 
Bollinger Energy Corporation
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
Brightstar Communications, Inc.
Cooper & Crickman
Hamilton Insurance Company
Hertzbach & Company, P.A.
HPSI Purchasing Services LLC
The Elizabeth R. Shoemaker
The Family Council of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home 
The Henry and Annie Hurt Home  for the Blind
The John Dickson Home
The Resident Council of the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home

Radiation Physics, Inc.  
Ward Orem
Marta Anne Schneider, MD
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Tobriner
The Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  

Aid Association for the Blind of
Washington, DC
Advisory Neighborhood
Commission 3E
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
DC Commission on the Arts
and Humanities  
Mary and Daniel Loughran Foundation
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 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 2016-2017 by US News and World Report.



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LLDH Home designation numbers are:
United Way #8007
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12:00 - 3:00 pm
Labor Day Cook Out
6:00 pm 
Evening Fun, Assorted Games
2:30 pm
Grandparents' Day Social

                      2:00 pm
Resident Council
2:00 pm
Disco Party & Costume Contest
2:45 pm
Art Class
10:30 am
Lecture Series with Robert Jenner
10:30 am

 2:00 pm
Cooking Class/ Food Service Committee
Memorial Service
11:00 am
Wedgwood Luncheon and Happy Hour

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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