veterans

In observance of Veterans Day, Jennings is honored to celebrate veterans. We are forever grateful to veterans for their service to our country, and today we honored veterans with a flag raising ceremony, followed by a gratitude pinning ceremony and luncheon for veterans who live, work, volunteer or receive services at Jennings. 

Our celebration began with a public flag ceremony. We are grateful to Sergeant Daniel Hudson and Staff Sergeant Dwayne Soblosky, who conducted this formal ceremony as Life Enrichment Director Danielle Paluscsak narrated the meaning of each fold.

Following the indoor commemoration, we processed outdoors for the flag raising ceremony. Students from Garfield Heights City Schools proudly carried flags representing each of the military branches, as Sergeant Daniel Hudson and Staff Sergeant Dwayne Soblosky raised the flag for us. As they lowered the flag to half-staff, the Honor Guard members played taps and gave a gun salute to honor fallen soldiers.

Once inside, veterans recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem with guests and staff members. Sister Valerie Sweeney read the Presidential Proclamation which traditionally commemorates Veterans Day, followed by Executive Chef Michael Mills, who lead us in an original prayer before lunch.

The students honored veterans with their prepared essays and they thanked veterans with these personal messages that explained what it means to appreciate veterans. Life Enrichment Director Danielle Paluscsak read each veteran’s name, while members of the Jennings Hospice staff personally thanked each veteran and pinned him/her with a flag lapel pin.

After all the veterans were recognized, they were treated to a special luncheon in their honor. They enjoyed a delicious hearty lunch prepared by Chef Michael and the culinary services team. Visit our Facebook page for additional highlights of today’s celebration.

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More US veterans are using hospice due to the Comprehensive End-of-Life Care (CELC) initiative implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to improve care at the end of life. @LeadingAge

More US veterans are using hospice due to the Comprehensive End-of-Life Care (CELC) initiative implemented by the Department of Veterans Affairs initiative to improve care at the end of life. The findings of a new study,published in the July 2017 Health Affairs, show that the initiative encouraged more hospice use among military veterans, and that the growth outpaced the rate of increase among demographically comparable members of the public receiving Medicare.

Through the four-year initiative, which began in 2009, the VA developed new inpatient hospice units, palliative care staff, palliative care training, and mentoring for leaders and staff, a systematic quality monitoring program, and outreach to community providers outside VA medical centers through the “We Honor Veterans” campaign.

The researchers estimated that the changes resulted in an additional 17,046 veterans receiving hospice care in fiscal years 2010 to 2014. “Compared to enrolled veterans’ hospice use in the years before CELC began, their use of hospice after the initiative increased substantially, and rates of increased use were approximately two percentage points higher than the increases observed for Medicare beneficiaries not enrolled in VA health care,” says Susan Miller, a professor of health services, policy, and practice in the School of Public Health at Brown University. The growth was 7.6 percent among VA-only veterans, 6.9 percent among dually enrolled veterans who used VA care, 7.6 percent among veterans who blended the VA and Medicare, and 7.9 percent among dually enrolled veterans who used Medicare.

The VA began work to establish a system-wide hospice and palliative care program in 2002. Over the decade, the VA saw clear growth in hospice use. During the same period, hospice use also increased among the general population. The researchers designed the study to determine whether the CELC initiative advanced growth beyond the trend seen in the general Medicare population. 

Published by LeadingAge. Click here for original link.

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Honor Flight representatives visit Jennings

Monday, October 3, 2016
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In May 2007, the inaugural flight of Honor Flight Cleveland flew from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Twenty-five U.S. World War II veterans, at no cost to them, participated in that venture.  The cost of that trip, and all subsequent trips, have been covered entirely by private donations.  Since then, every May through [more…]

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Thank you, Veterans!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank you to all the veterans who have served our country, for your courage and honor in defending freedom. Today it was our privilege to honor Veterans who live, work, volunteer or receive services on the Jennings campus with a celebration (click here for video highlights).

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