February 2016

Did you know that individuals who reside in assisted living or nursing home residences at Jennings still go to the polls? In the United States, the right to vote is not only a fundamental political right and an exercise in free speech but also an civic obligation, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections helps to ensure that these citizens are able exercise it.

Ninety-one-year-old resident Chuck cast his vote in the primary election. He says people must ask themselves what they want for their country, adding this voting advice: “It’s important that you continue to vote for the person closest to you in through and word.”Vote2016

Jennings set aside its “polling site,” a common space for residents to enter the voting area with individual tables to meet with a representative of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE). Jennings staff will assist individuals to the common space if needed, but they remain outside the door to respect the private conversations inside. The BOE nursing home crew, which is part of the absentee ballot program, are on-site to help with the voting process; for example to read the questions for someone with low vision.

“Jennings is committed to assisting our residents exercise their right to vote,” says Don Posner, Administrator and COO at Jennings. “Together with the Board of Elections we help make it as easy as possible for our residents to vote.  We are very proud of our commitment to this patriotic tradition and encourage all who so desire to exercise this proud right.”

Mike West of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections says the BOE nursing home crew are politically balanced representatives to answer questions about voting. “Our teams find this work very gratifying,” he says. “They answer questions, explain or read things to individuals but very conscious not to influence.”

In varying sessions this week and next, we are holding our staff retreats. They are one way we take time to reconnect with each other and our mission. This year we are focused on our individual gifts, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and how we as lay staff members carry out the charisms of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit.

Our gifts serve the greater good.

Our gifts serve the greater good.

Here are just a few comments from staff members about what inspires them at Jennings:

  • “I feel like our work is serving as hands and feet of Jesus.”
  • “We each have different knowledge, we share it with each other, and we learn from the  residents’ knowledge…we need it all.”
  • “I find joy in reflecting (with residents) about what their lives once were.”

Spirituality and You: Second Week of Lent

Monday, February 22, 2016

“This man welcomes sinners.” —Luke 15:2  The scribes and Pharisees intend this statement to be a condemnation of Jesus. Their sensibilities and theology are scandalized that Jesus is speaking to sinners and tax collectors. They believe that God punishes sinners; that God does not welcome sinners. Many who were schooled in a similar way believe [more…]

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Jennings adds national Music and Memory program

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Research has shown that our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory. As a result of enabling individuals to readily listen to meaningful music, individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are happier and more social, experience less anxiety and agitation, have deeper relationships, and are less reliant on medications.
Through the generosity of The Reinberger [more…]

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Jennings mourns loss of Sister Regina Marie Pittinger, C.S.Sp.

Friday, February 19, 2016

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Sister Regina Marie Pittinger, C.S.Sp. (nee Mary Louise Pittinger). As a member of the Sisters of the Holy Spirit (Jennings’ sponsor), Sister Regina Marie celebrated her 50th jubilee in 2007. As an RN, for many years she was an evening and night nurse at [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: February

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

At the Olympic Games in Paris in 1924 the sport of canoe racing was added to the list of international competitions. The favorite team in the four-man canoe race was the United States team. One member of that team was a young man by the name of Bill Havens.
As the time for the Olympics neared, [more…]

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Jennings celebrates couples’ love with renewal of vows, dinner

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Jennings celebrated Valentine’s Day by honoring the love and commitment of couples who exemplify the dedication to their marriage vows, especially “in sickness and in health.” Couples participated in a special Mass where they renewed their wedding vows, followed by a special dinner to celebrate their love. Together there were 29 couples who celebrated a combined [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Love

Monday, February 15, 2016

In this week of Valentine’s Day, we can reflect on the virtue of KINDNESS, which is the foundation of LOVE: Kindness cuts across all boundaries and borders: permeates all walls and wounds. Kindness connects us, no matter what we believe, where we live, or how we earn a living. Kindness is the common language we speak as human beings. [more…]

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Prayer for February 11: World Day of the Sick

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Feb. 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation introduced by Pope John Paul II as a way for believers to offer prayers for those suffering from illnesses. The day coincides with the commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes and is an important opportunity for those who serve in Catholic health ministry to reflect [more…]

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Spirituality and You: Ash Wednesday, first day of Lent

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

“Return to me with your whole heart; … rend your hearts, not your garments.” – Joel 2: 12-13 
The words of the prophet Joel summarize the goal and the process of life—whole-hearted living that returns me to God. This encounter always invites me to deep change, to rend my heart not just my garments. It may be painful, [more…]

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