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Forest Hills of DC & Forest Side Memory Care Earn Three 2016 Bronze National Quality Awards

Forest Hills of DC & Forest Side Memory Care has been recognized as 2016 recipient of three Bronze - Commitment to Quality Awards for its dedication to improving the lives of its residents through quality care. This is the first time that any retirement organization in the metropolitan DC region has ever earned three National Quality awards at the same time. The three programs receiving recognition are the Assisted Living and Skill Nursing Facility at Forest Hills of DC, and the Forest Side Memory Care Assisted Living Community.

To view the full press release, click here.

Forest Hills of DC Announces Sandy Douglass Stepping Down as CEO

The Board of Directors announced today, May 16, 2016, that after 24 years of dedicated service, Sandy Douglass is leaving her position as CEO of Forest Hills of DC, formerly the Methodist Home, effective July 1, 2016. The Board expressed their gratitude for her years of service and Douglass has agreed to remain engaged with Forest Hills as consultant to the leadership.

Board President Tom Mitchell said, “For over two decades, Forest Hills of DC has benefited from Sandy’s wise and compassionate leadership. Her vision and her care and concern for staff, families and residents have truly been extraordinary. Sandy is a great gift to the Forest Hills community, and we are grateful that she will continue to share her expertise with us.”

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A New Name, an Enduring Tradition of Care

In 2014, we celebrated our 125th year and officially changed our name from The Methodist Home of DC to Forest Hills of DC to better reflect the broad spectrum of residents, families and friends we serve in the area of the city known as Forest Hills. Though we have a new identity, we continue to provide the same excellence of care and spritual support that was the original vision of our founders more than a century ago.

The Methodist Home Earns Perfect Five Star Rating

US News and World Report in their "Best Nursing Homes Rankings" acknowledged the Methodist Home of DC with a perfect five star rating. Their rankings are based on annual unannounced site visits and surveys conducted by CMS, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Methodist Home's skilled nursing care facility earned an overall five star rating and achieved a perfect five star score in each of the three main sub categories: Health Inspections, Nurse Staffing and Quality Measures. The Methodist Home was the only skilled nursing facility in the metropolitan DC region to receive the perfect score.

"Our Nursing Facility staff has done an excellent job ensuring that every resident is receiving the best possible person-centered care," commented Sandy Douglass, CEO of the Methodist Home of DC and Forest Side. "This honor, however, is not just for our great nursing department but reflects the efforts of our entire team, including Social Work, Activities, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Dining Services and Admissions. We are fortunate to have such a highly professional and dedicated staff."

To view the full press release, click here.
To view our five star rating on US News & World Report, click here.

Northwest Neighbors Village Relocates to TMH

Northwest Neighbors Village (NNV), a network of support services empowering residents of northwest DC to remain independent at home as long as it is safe to do so, has outgrown its original quarters and secured new office space in The Methodist Home of DC. “We are very pleased to relocate our operations to The Methodist Home”, reports Joan Norcutt,
Co-President of NNV, “the new office space, a great location and the various wonderful amenities of their beautiful community is ideal for our staff and volunteers to continue our work of supporting and engaging seniors living at home in northwest DC."

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A Harmonious Duo

"Music knows no boundaries. It can transport you – taking you back to your youth or helping you recreate a special memory. It can also foster strong connections, bringing together strangers and creating friends."

Guide to Retirement Living published a beautiful tribute about Dominic Chianese and William Shave, in their recent article "A Harmonious Duo."

To read the full article, click here.

FIT Kits

Recently, the brilliant minds behind "FIT Kits" visited our residents at the Methodist Home to demonstrate the value of engaging in meaningful activity. Elia Femia and Karen Love came to us after Cheryl Shreiner, our Director of Social Services, invited them to speak at our family council. Cheryl had previously worked with Elia and Karen on a grant project through the DC Office on Aging, and was familiar with their new venture in "FIT Kits." As a follow up to this visit, Elia and Karen offered to coach a few of our family members and residents using their materials.

What they discovered at the Methodist Home is what we have known all along: our residents are special. After seeing our residents engaged in activity with the FIT Kits, Elia and Karen asked if they could include our residents in a video that would be displayed on their website. "It has truly been a win, win experience for us all," says Cheryl. "I cannot speak highly enough of Elia and Karen."

To watch the video of our residents enjoying FIT Kits, click here or view it on the FIT Kits' website:

US News & World Report

Jennifer Brown, Director of Admissions & Marketing at the Methodist Home and Forest Side, talks to US News & World Report about best practices for choosing a nursing home for your loved one. The Methodist Home of DC is featured as one of the US' Best Nursing Homes! Click here to watch the video.

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Guide To Retirement Living

Elizabeth QuinlanElizabeth Quindlen feels blessed that her husband Jerry is cared for at the region's newest, state-of-the-art assisted living center for Alzheimer's and dementia care. "As my husband's condition progressed, it was clear that he was going to need more assistance than I could provide. The Methodist Home of the District of Columbia had the best reputation for nursing care, so that was the first place I went."

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A Push for Family Input to Detect Dementia Earlier

Alexis McKenzieAn article published in the Feb. 7, 2012 edition of USA Today focused on families coping with dementia. The article highlights the experiences of Forest Side Executive Director Alexis McKenzie.

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