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Hebrew Home of Greater Washington

Providing compassionate care for the elderly of D.C. for more than 100 years

Respectful nursing home care, compassionate dementia care, and highly successful post-acute services. ElderSAFE center safeguards older adults from abuse. Many living options, open to all.

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Why should I support your work?

Over 70 percent of the Hebrew Home’s residents are Medicaid recipients, only half of the income received for nursing services is from Medicaid reimbursement.  This gap creates a significant budget shortfall and threatens the superior level of care that we’ve worked so hard to provide for the needy elders in our community.  Currently, the gap between Medicaid reimbursement and the actual cost of the care we provide is $51 per person, per day.  Broad based community support, with gifts of all levels, is essential to the Home’s ability to ensure the highest quality of care.

Why does your charity exist?

What began as a volunteer effort in 1910 to house homeless elderly has grown into an extensive campus offering retirement housing, assisted living and state-of-the-art nursing and rehab care, and other services for seniors and their families. Today, more than a 1,000 people make our campus their home, and rely on us for sophisticated inpatient rehabilitation, specialized Alzheimer’s care, nursing home services, senior housing, assisted living and outpatient medical care.
The Hebrew Home of Greater Washington offers on-staff, full-time physicians, 24-hour nursing care, physical, occupational, and speech language therapy, social work services for residents and families, special diets and kosher meals, extensive activities, religious services, housekeeping, laundry, beauty parlor, banking services, plus hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

With 517 beds in operation, the Hebrew Home is the largest long-term nursing facility in the mid-Atlantic region. Nearly 70 percent of the nursing care provided at the Hebrew Home is for residents on Medicaid.

How will this make a difference?

Every day, over 1,100 older adults take advantage of:

  • Independent living at Ring House and Revitz House
  • Assisted living at Landow House
  • Memory care assisted living at Cohen-Rosen House
  • Long-term care at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington, in the Wasserman and Smith-Kogod Residences
  • Rehabilitation and therapy services in the Post-Acute Care Center at the Hebrew Home
  • Outpatient medical services at Hirsh Health Center
  • In-home care through our private-duty home care agency, in partnership with Augustine Home Health Care
  • Advocacy and temporary shelter to safeguard seniors from abuse through the ElderSAFE Center
What have you accomplished?

During a century of service, the Hebrew Home has touched the lives of thousands of seniors and their families in the Washington DC area, providing a safe home, or a pathway to recovery regardless of ability to pay.  The Hebrew Home’s residents have many different life experiences:  like Gary who was a sports producer for WTTG and the USA Network and Dr. S. a former neurosurgeon.  Now their stories are part of our story.

Paula’s story:

Paula first learned about the Hebrew Home decades ago as a newly-minted lawyer fresh out of American University's Washington College of Law. After landing a clerkship with a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge, she was assigned to a pro bono case involving a Hebrew Home resident. The positive impression drawn from this contact — that the Hebrew Home "seemed like a place filled with interesting people from diverse backgrounds" — stuck with her. Thus, years later, when progressive health challenges convinced her that she needed full-time nursing assistance; Paula knew immediately where to turn for care. She entered the Hebrew Home as a resident in October, 2009.

Raised in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, Paula attended Boston University, leaving to marry an artist and head for Europe. The adventuresome couple spent the 1970s living in Spain and Portugal before returning to the U.S. and the DC area, where Paula completed her B.A. at George Washington University. Following a stint in the work force and several stay-at-home years with a baby, Paula shifted her sights to law school. A productive legal career ensued.

Paula's approach to life remains positive. "You have to accept your situation and live according to what you can do," she states.  And this she does — with a cheerful disposition, a zest of learning and new experiences, and appreciation for the uniqueness of everyone she encounters.  Paula goes off to lectures (she loves Rabbi James Michaels' popular talks on traditional Hebrew music and dance), Shakespeare classes, performances, and various events planned by Recreation Therapy staff in the Smith-Kogod residence. She also enjoys simply basking in the sun or immersing herself in the world of books via her Kindle.  No doubt about it: Paula's happy living on our campus, grateful for the support she receives, and content to spend her time as she wishes. You can meet more of our residents on our website www.hebrew-home.org

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

The Hebrew Home’s operations are monitored by the state of Maryland and we have a strong volunteer board that oversees nursing, financial and fundraising operations. Our annual report is accessible on our website, www.hebrew-home.org.