October 2015

When state-tested nursing assistants (STNA) work with residents in care settings for older adults, they aim to help the individuals they serve in physically demanding ways such as repositioning the resident in bed, or moving him or her from the bed to a wheelchair. But there are risks they take with the job that may result in injuries, many of which are preventable. A team of CSU faculty in the Occupational and Physical Therapy Programs, along with faculty from the Washkewicz College of Engineering and the School of Nursing, are working with community partners like Jennings to develop a device that will alert STNAs to potential injury-inducing behaviors.

Jennings' caregivers use safe movement devices such as this to comfortably and safely assist residents.

Jennings’ caregivers use safe movement devices such as this to comfortably and safely assist residents.

“This device would be worn by the STNA and monitored by an Microsoft® Kinect gaming device positioned somewhere at the site,” said Occupational Therapy Professor Dr. Glenn Goodman. “For example, when STNAs help a resident stand or walk, they may be outweighed by the patient and could injure themselves in trying to assist the patient. The device will alert the STNA that the movement is out of the scope of a ‘safe movement.’ Safe movement training aims to give guidance to STNAs about how to serve their clients without injury to themselves or the resident.”

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with CSU on this project,” said Colleen Lavelle, Chief Planning Officer at Jennings. “The feedback we receive from the evaluation of our existing safe movement program will help us continue to extend the careers of our nursing staff over time. The expected program enhancements that will result from our partnership with CSU will help us and others provide innovative mobility solutions in nursing homes and other care settings.”


The project is being completed in two phases. The first phase allows for research, such as working with STNAs to determine the effectiveness of current safe movement training and the development of plans for a device to monitor STNA movements on site. In phase two, STNAs will wear the device on site while working with residents. This will result in data that will be useful for improving future STNA training. The intended outcome of this partnership is to increase injury prevention awareness and decrease the number of injuries sustained by STNAs on the job. Goodman said he hopes the device and training will be made available to STNAs nationwide.


Cleveland State is working with Jennings Center for Older Adults for this project. The project is funded by the Bureau of Workers Compensation.

Benefit to Community: 

STNAs are all too often put into situations where the risk of injury is high. While there are currently excellent safe movement policies in place, one objective of this project is to evaluate and improve current procedures and equipment so senior residents of the community will be more effectively served and work safety will be improved. As a result of the training and software, the participants will hopefully receive valuable information that will result in fewer injuries and improved policies and procedures for safe movement of residents in care settings for older adults.

More information about this is available on Cleveland State University’s Cleveland Engagement Project site.


Spirituality and You: Intrinsic Motivation

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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Ladies and Gentlemen Start Your Engines! Intrinsic motivation is the internal engine that drives each of us. It’s the force that propels us to go out for a run, volunteer to donate blood, solve ever-tougher sudoku puzzles, or cook our special recipe for the family gathering. Each of these activities is demanding in its own way — yet we do them willingly, even eagerly, because they provide us satisfaction.

What motivates you? Would you say you are self-motivated, or does it take some outside force to get you moving? Things like illness, the loss of a job, the end of a relationship can force us to make a change, but they are not the most positive motivators. Internal energies like the desire for a new career, the need to support our family, or the urge to express ourselves can be the force that moves us to make a positive change in our lives. Look inside yourself this week and capture the energy of your internal motivation. It will help you be your best, true self.

Sister Valerie Sweeney, SND is the Director of Mission and Ministry at Jennings and contributes a weekly Spirituality and You column.

Priesthood Sunday

Sunday, October 25, 2015

In observation of Priesthood Sunday (the last Sunday of October), we pray for all priests who share their gifts through their vocations. In particular, we are grateful for Father Joe Pednekar, Jennings’ chaplain, and Father Kestutis Zemaitis, retired chaplain.
Father Joe Pednekar, Jennings Chaplain
Father Kestutuis Zemaitis, retired chaplain.

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OPERS retirees must take action to retain health care benefits

Friday, October 23, 2015

We have been asked by the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System to pass important information along to our members regarding significant changes to its health care program for Medicare-eligible retirees. If these retirees do not take action, their OPERS group health care that supplements Medicare will end this December.  Please refer to this flyer for information. [more…]

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Consumers empowered to review or change options during Medicare open enrollment

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are reminding individuals about the Medicare Open Enrollment period, where people with Medicare can shop for a Medicare Advantage (MA) or Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) for 2016. The Medicare Open Enrollment period happens every year from October 15 through December 7.
“Consumers should view Open Enrollments as the ultimate [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Deep Curiosity

Monday, October 19, 2015

Are you curious? Deep curiosity prompts new learning that actually creates new connections and associations in your mind. It’s like building a web of thoughts, information and mental processes. If you are continually curious, this strengthens your brain’s wiring and communication systems. Curious people tend to be more eager to learn and tend to remember [more…]

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Home safety tips for fire prevention month

Friday, October 16, 2015

October is Fire Prevention month. Please change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Here a few tips from our maintenance staff that you can do at home:

 Smoke Alarms – These are still a very important addition to your home. Smoke alarms are widely available and inexpensive. Install a smoke alarm on every [more…]

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Change AGEnts Action Awards Institute highlights successes of change

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

(October 14, 2015)—Jennings’ Chief Planning Officer Colleen Lavelle and Board Member Evelyn Duffy (Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and Associate Director of theCenter for Aging and Health) traveled to Washington, D.C. for The Hartford Change AGEnts Action Awards Institute. They are representing Jennings’ Team AWARE project, sharing [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Build a Better You

Monday, October 12, 2015

This week Sister Valerie shares this Spirituality and You motivator:
“Your task is to build a better world,” said God,
and I questioned,“How? This world is such a vast place and, oh, so complicated now.
And I am so small and useless, there is nothing I can do.”
But God in all great wisdom said, “You just build a [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: Reminiscing

Monday, October 5, 2015

Uncle Joe recalls the good old days when a Ford coupe was $500, gasoline cost 19 cents a gallon, a postage stamp was three cents, and penny candy was a treat. Grandma Millie tells stories about growing up on the farm and walking three miles to school every day… Everyone frequently reminisces and reviews life. [more…]

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