Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Palliative care brings this holistic model of care to people earlier in the course of a serious illness. November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospice and palliative care programs across the country are reaching out to help people understand all that hospice and palliative care offer.

Jennings Hospice

In recent months, a number of notable Americans have passed away. They include Senator John McCain, the queen of soul Aretha Franklin, and former first lady Barbara Bush. In many media reports, they were described as having “given up” on curative care late in their lives. Ms. Franklin opted for hospice care; Mrs. Bush received what was described as “comfort care.”

“Hospice and palliative care are not just for individuals who are near death, and it’s not about giving up,” said Judi Makan, Executive Director for Jennings Hospice. “Hospice is very person-centered to provide the support, hope and compassion to someone who is facing illness. Jennings Hospice staff supports individuals and their families in making choices about their care as well celebrating life.”

Every year, nearly 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries receive care from hospices in this country, reports NHPCO. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their family caregivers when a cure is not possible. Jennings Hospice services are tailored to each individual and family, such as medical and nursing care, emotional care, pain management, spiritual guidance and bereavement care.

Throughout the month of November, Jennings Hospice be joining organizations across the nation hosting activities that will help the community understand how important hospice and palliative care can be.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available from Jennings Hospice or from NHPCO’s

Feast of St. Luke, patron saint of physicians

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Today is the feast of St. Luke, physician and inspired author of the third Gospel and of the Acts of the Apostles. He is known as the patron saint of physicians, and we are grateful to Catholic Health Association USA for this prayer for physicians.

A Blessing for Physicians

May you always heal and be healed.
May those who come to you find in you
One who cares deeply
Whose knowledge includes knowledge
Of the spirit’s movements.
May you take pride in your gifts and use them humbly.
May the suffering and the vulnerable
Be your teachers.
May you see in others the goodness
Of a tender God.
May compassion encircle you
Carry you
Strengthen you
And give you insight.
May your presence be hope
To those in pain
May your skill ease the way
And instill trust.
May you know the Healer of all
May your own heart be held
In the compassion and tenderness
Of God.

This blessing comes from the book,Voices from the Journey,
authored by Sr. Juliana Casey, IHM.
Learn more about the book at
© 2017 Catholic Health Association of the United States

Jennings recognized for resident satisfaction

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Because we care for people, there are many measurements and surveys that speak to quality. One of the most important metrics to us is that residents feel happy and satisfied living at Jennings. We are proud that our nursing home and assisted living ranks in the top 25 in Northeast Ohio based on residents reporting [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Greater Unity

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

My experience with perennial wisdom convinces me that all diversity is part of a greater unity. Everything is a facet of the one thing. Think in terms of white light shining through a prism to reveal the full spectrum of color perceivable by the human eye: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Each [more…]

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New volunteer opportunities

Friday, October 5, 2018

Do you have time to make a difference? Consider one of these volunteer opportunities or contact Volunteer Coordinator Laura Resecker at (216) 581-2900, ext. 2608.
Jennings Hospice Volunteers–Warm your heart and the hearts of others! Engage in a new kind of warmth this season! Jennings Hospice volunteers are needed in many different capacities.  Come support [more…]

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Thank you for making Spirit and Splendor 2018 a success!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Thank you to everyone to sponsored, supported, attended and volunteered to make Spirit and Splendor an incredible success. With your support, our seventh annual event raised more than $250,000! The Jennings staff is in awe with gratitude for the support of our mission.
Jennings President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck was energized by the success. “The [more…]

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Preparing fresh, home-cooked meals

Friday, September 7, 2018

Did you know that Jennings’ culinary services staff prepares most of the meals from scratch? From fresh-picked herbs and vegetables from the Jennings garden (below) to home-made pasta during Jennings at Brecksville’s Italian night, the staff prepares delicious meals for resident preferences. Residents sometimes contribute their “famous” recipes so the community can also enjoy them. [more…]

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Notre Dame Village opens with dedication ceremony

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Notre Dame Village officially opened with a dedication ceremony held Thursday, August 16, 2018. Bishop Roger Gries and Father Dan Schlegel blessed the grounds and buildings with an intimate gathering. Following the blessing, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and tours of the apartments, cottage homes and small houses. Jennings President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck acknowledged [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Have you ever thought about dying? Have you imagined how you would like your final days to be? Thinking about your death may not be your first choice of things to do, but it is an important one. Life is fragile, and none of us knows how long we will live. One concrete thing we [more…]

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Spirituality and You: breaking barriers

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

I believe that three of life’s most difficult words to say are “I was wrong.” And particularly in families and among good friends, these are three of the most powerful words we can utter. “I was wrong” breaks down barriers between people. It brings estranged people together. And it creates a climate where intimacy and [more…]

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