Jennings Center for Older Adults is proud to be recognized as one of Northeast Ohio’s top workplaces.  Jennings was one of several organizations honored on September 14, 2010 with the Employment Resource Council’s twelfth-annual NorthCoast 99 Award at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake, Ohio.

“It’s a big statement to make,” says Denise Smudla, Director of Human Resources at Jennings Center for Older Adults. “Not only is it a big accomplishment in 2010, but the longevity of being honored for each of the last 5 years is a proud achievement.”

Employment Resource Council (ERC) reconizes organizations as great places to work in Northeast Ohio based on excellence in attracting, motivating and retaining top performers. NorthCoast 99 is an annual recognition program that honors 99 great workplaces for top talent in Northeast Ohio. The program was developed and is presented by ERC, Northeast Ohio’s leading and largest professional organization dedicated to HR practices, programs and services. Since 1999, hundreds of organizations have been nominated and applied for the award, and the program has recognized nearly 400 organizations for their ability to maintain great workplaces that support the attraction, retention, and motivation of Top Performers.

“It’s very motivating to our staff, and they are very proud to be able to talk about their workplace as one of the very best in Northeast Ohio,” Smudla continues. “We continue to provide an excellent place to receive high quality care but also a great work environment for our staff to work.”

The following article comes from Dr. Marie DiCowden, and was written especially for caregivers. She offers all of us some ways to battle the blues.

How many times have you had “the blues?” Feeling blue or down is often the result of a combination of things: physical and emotional fatigue, a sense of loss or hopelessness that things will never change. If you have not tried meditating, now is the perfect time to start.

Take 10 minutes a day with your phone turned off, and sitting in a quiet space allow yourself to breathe. Be conscious of your breath. Let thoughts pass by without dwelling on them. Then, to turn “the blues” around try this:

  1. Settle yourself in a comfortable sitting position. Sitting up is better than lying down
  2.  Find a beautiful shade of blue. It can be a favorite painting with varying shades of blue, a view of the blue sky or blue ocean, or just a beautiful blue object.
  3. Sit silently and look into the blue. Let yourself become in tune with the blue. Experience the deep silence of the blue. Continue to meditate on the blue.
  4. Let the blue fill you from head to toe. Let all thoughts come and go, passing through you as white clouds pass through the blue of the sky.
  5. Become the blue.

Blue is a very spiritual color. It connotes tranquility and relaxation. If you continue with the meditation ten minutes a day for three weeks, you will begin to find that whenever you have a glimpse of something blue, the blue will immediately tune you into the feeling of relaxation. When you are feeling really relaxed, you will also experience the color blue in a very different way.

Being relaxed and changing your perception of the blues will not only help you, but it will help each person you deal with. That person will begin to sense the increased peace in your presence.

Mission and Ministry Matters is written by Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND, Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings.


Jennings to add hospice and home care services

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Jennings Center for Older Adults is pleased to announce the formation of its own hospice and home care services.
“When you think about hospice, Jennings has excelled in supporting individuals’ end of life journey for nearly 75 years with dignity and respect,” explains Allison Q. Salopeck, President and CEO at Jennings. “However, there is also an [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Be Happy in the Moment

Monday, April 27, 2015

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. –Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
This week let’s reflect on MINDFULNESS, which means living in the present moment. In an article by Carolyn Gregoire entitled 13 Things Mindful People Do Differently Every Day, she provides a perfect recipe for mindfulness. “Here are [more…]

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Happy Earth Day!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day! Did you know that Jennings has an extensive recycling program?
We feel that being good stewards is important to our community. Throughout the campus, individuals are encouraged to recycle plastic, aluminum, paper and other products. A starter grant from Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District in 2012 helped Jennings to formalize our program. In [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Two Friends

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Two friends were walking along the beach and got into an argument.  One of them slapped the other. The man felt hurt, but saying nothing he wrote on the sand: Today my best friend slapped me.
They continued walking and decided to swim in the ocean. The one who had been slapped started to sink, but [more…]

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Happy 90th birthday, Chuck!

Friday, April 17, 2015

On Friday, we surprised Chuck with a celebration to honor this volunteer, past family member and friend of Jennings. With extensive planning from family and Jennings staff, Chuck was thoroughly surprised by the party. For more than 13 years he has been a staple in the Marian Gardens neighborhood at Jennings, assisting the residents with [more…]

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Star in the Sky

Monday, April 13, 2015

by Hannah
Oh star in the sky
you twinkle brightly upon my eye.
You’re there when I go to sleep
for my beautiful soul to keep!
(Hannah is a school-aged student at The Learning Circle at Jennings)

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Spirituality and You: Life is about YOU

Monday, April 13, 2015

Life is about you. If it weren’t about you, you wouldn’t be here.

You are not an accident. You are here for a reason. You have a destiny.
You have a purpose. You have gifts and talents.
You do things that only you can do in the way you do them. You and only you can leave your [more…]

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Spring has sprung

Sunday, April 12, 2015

by Anissia
Spring has sprung
Do a jig
Take a run
And…  have some fun.
Laugh, scream
Think again.
Dream Big……
Fly freely
Freely fly
And Let Be.

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Beach of Life

Saturday, April 11, 2015

by Anna A.
So much sand on a beach,
So many speckles of sand.
We are a speckle of sand
On this beach of life.

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