Los Angeles Jewish Home, the leading provider of comprehensive senior healthcare in-residence services
Molly Forrest, CEO & President of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, a leading provider of comprehensive senior healthcare in-residence services in the U.S joins eHealth Radio and the Health Care and News Channels.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Molly Forrest discuss the following:
- Tell us a little about Los Angeles Jewish Home and your role there.
- What are the senior services that are in most demand and why?
- How has your view of providing senior services changed with the expected explosion in seniors due to the baby boomers aging and the extended life span for both men and women?
- How do you educate caregivers about dealing with those they care for especially those with dementia or Alzheimer’s?
- The Jewish Home has transformed into a senior healthcare system, serving more seniors in their homes than in-residence. What are the advantages to staying safely at home? What programs and services does the Home provide to enable seniors to live safely at home?
- What is your prediction for senior care between now and 2020?
- What is your advice for children of a parent or parents who may need assistance from the Jewish Home?
Molly Forrest joined the Jewish Home as CEO-president in 1996, and has led the Home through the most ambitious expansion in its history, while overseeing a broad diversified development of Jewish Home programs and services for today’s seniors.
Combining a potent blend of vision and pragmatism, Molly is working to ensure the Home meets the needs of our aging society and the budgetary challenges current times present.
In the 1970’s Molly worked in two governmental positions in Oregon. In Lane County she supervised the state’s second largest senior nutritional program, providing meals in 16 locations county-wide with home-delivered meals as needed. Her second position worked with area not-for-profit and for-profit developers of senior/handicapped affordable or subsidized housing assisting in project design and securing HUD or FHA financing. Her work experience includes direct and corporate administration of skilled nursing and residential care facilities and private consulting for senior living.
Upon joining the Jewish Home, a leading provider of comprehensive senior healthcare in-residence services, Molly led in emphasizing that Home programs should create an environment which would support and build bodies, engage minds and encourage emotional and spiritual expression.
Under her leadership, the Home has opened:
- Goldenberg Ziman Special Care – for those afflicted by dementia
- Joyce Eisenberg Keefer Medical Center – an acute psychiatric hospital with skilled nursing beds
- Fountainview at Eisenberg Village – the Home’s first Continuing Care Retirement Community for independent seniors with support if needed
- Skirball Hospice – for support of patients and families in the most vulnerable days of life
- Annenberg School of Nursing – for the education and clinical training of students for state nurse licensing examinations and nursing aide certification testing
- LA Center for Palliative Care – to assist those who live with multiple chronic conditions and/or suffer continuing pain
- Brandman Centers for Senior Care (BCSC), a specialty managed care insurance plan targeted to assure the most frail, medically complex seniors can safely live at home with the BCSC medical and supportive services provided either on-site in a day-treatment center or delivered in-home; federally, this is known as a Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)
- Care Transitions – a CMS Innovative award-project focused on seniors who are discharged home from area hospitals who receive JHA coordinated care at home to stabilize their health and minimize or avoid return to the acute hospital
Currently, Molly is overseeing the development of Fountainview at the Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus and the Hirsch Family Campus, the first new Jewish Home campuses in over a generation. The Gonda Campus will be the first physical presence of the LA Jewish Home outside of the San Fernando Valley in nearly 50 years.
A graduate of Oregon State University, Molly is active in a variety of community organizations including director positions for boards of LeadingAge CA, Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS), the UCLA Anna & Harry Borun Center for Gerontological Research, Geriatric Education and Research Organization (GERO) and Membership nationally of LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Advisory Council, CEMO Roundtable, California State University Northridge (CSUN) Professional Health Care Advisory Council.
She is a recipient of the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California Allan J. Kassin Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal Health Care Leadership Award, and the Jewish Free Loan Association Ben & Anne Werber Communal Service Award. Molly is a frequent guest speaker regarding senior living and care-giving issues for healthcare, eldercare, and nonprofit organizations.