February 2014

End-of-Life Learning Series

Friday, February 14, 2014

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End-of-Life Learning Series

Culture and Religion: How it Affects Decision-Making at End of Life

Friday, March 7, 2014
8:30 a.m. – Registration & continental breakfast
9:00-11:00 a.m. – Presentation

Join us for this unique and insightful panel of experts who will discuss the role of culture and religion for end-of-life care and decisions.

Participants will be able to:
• Define different religions.
• Discuss how these religions have influence over decision-making at end of life.


  • Heidi Barham, MDiv, Spiritual Care Coordinator, Hospice of the Western Reserve
  • Rev. Joseph Fortuna, STD, Pastor, Our Lady of the Lake Parish
  • Imam Yusuf Rios, BA , Mosque Chagrin Valley Islamic Center
  • Rev. Christine Smith, MDiv, Senior Pastor, Covenant Baptist Church
  • Rabbi Edward Sukol, MAHL, The Shul: An Innovative Center for Jewish Outreach

Location: Jennings Center for Older Adults
10204 Granger Rd., Garfield Heights, OH 44125

Cost for Activity: $10
Continuing professional contact hours offered

To register or for more information, call 216.649.1976 or visit hospicewr.org/learningseries

Hospice of the Western Reserve, OLN-006-P, is approved as a provider unit of continuing education by
the Ohio Board of Nursing through the approver unit at the Ohio League for Nursing (OBN-006-92)
and provider unit status is valid through October, 2014. 2.0 contact hours. Hospice of the Western Reserve is approved by the State of Ohio’s Counselor, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapist Board to provide professional continuing education for social workers (RSX079403).2.0 contact hours

This program has been submitted to The Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to
provide board certified case managers with 2 clock hours. Program attendance at 80% for Nursing and 100% for Social Work and completion of the evaluation form is required to receive contact hours.

Presenter and Planning committee acknowledges no vested interest – There is no commercial support for this activity.

This month we’re completing our reflections on Jennings’ core values by taking a look at Celebration of Life.  When you hear that phrase, do you think of parties? Well, that’s definitely a major aspect of celebrating, and we at Jennings are known for our party spirit! Monthly happy hours, holidays, birthday celebrations, retirement parties…these and many other celebrations are occasions for fun.

But fun and parties are not the only aspects of celebrating life. There are the simple, everyday occurrences that we too often overlook with the eyes of ordinariness…a child’s laughter during an outdoor game at The Learning Center; the wagging tails of Cassie, Josie, Cream Cheese, Watley, Poochy and our other canine friends; the satisfaction of hanging clean clothes in a resident’s closet; the delight of calling “Pokeno!” and winning a quarter during a life enrichment event; the peace of sitting on the front porch and watching the world go by.

There are other, deeper celebrations of life’s journey as well. A daughter sits by her mother’s side and holds her hand, even though her mother is not aware. A husband visits faithfully day after day with the love of his life. A therapist cheers her patient’s first steps toward recovery. We keep vigil with those who are dying, and send them home to the arms of their loving God.

Celebration of Life requires mindfulness, simplicity, openness, and joy. It encourages us to live in the present moment, because that’s the only moment we have. Let’s make the most of each new day, for each day is a gift. As life coach and author Rasheed Ogunlaru wrote, “In life one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day–or to celebrate EACH special day.”

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

Jennings seeks additional priests

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Jennings Center for Older Adults is currently seeking priests to minister at our campus in Garfield Heights, Ohio: full-time, part-time, or occasionally. Ministry opportunities include celebrating liturgy, reconciliation, anointing of the sick, and making pastoral visits. Flexible scheduling and appropriate compensation provided. Please contact Sister Patricia Raelene at 216-978-1110 for more information.

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Prayers for survivors and victims of human trafficking

Monday, February 3, 2014

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration has designated Feb. 8 as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. On this day and every day, let us pray for the emotional, physical and spiritual healing of victims, and make a personal commitment to work against human trafficking.
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Be Heart Healthy: February is Heart Month

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, Jennings Center for Older Adults is proudly participating in American Heart Month. This month we unveil our Healthy Hearts program to provide skilled nursing and rehabilitation specifically for individuals living with CHF.
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