December 2016

Jennings Hospice comforts with compassion

Friday, December 30, 2016

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Jennings Hospice, which received its accreditation late this summer, now formally supports individuals with palliative care and hospice services. “We are proud to add Jennings Hospice to our continuum of services,” said Allison Q. Salopeck, President and CEO at Jennings. “Jennings has excelled in supporting individuals’ end of life journey for nearly 75 years with dignity and respect. Our accreditation is one way to demonstrate our commitment to quality services for the individuals we serve.”

Jennings Hospice provides palpable comfort: emotional, spiritual and physical. The extra support, including education to help individuals make their own informed choices, assists the whole family as they journey together. “Hospice is not about giving up,” explained Sandy Waterbury, Director of Jennings Hospice. “It’s important that each of us lives life the way we wish and continues to live with purpose. Jennings Hospice supports these wishes while compassionately guiding the family through any transitions.”

For resident Johanna, one important quality of Jennings Hospice was that the staff valued her involvement. 

Johanna and Tom

Johanna and Tom

Johanna and her husband Tom had lived in Jennings Assisted Living for over a year when Tom began to need much more care. Their goal was to continue living together, but Johanna discovered that Tom’s condition was deteriorating rapidly. Jennings Hospice Social Worker Mary Jo Devan met with Johanna, who realized that living together and providing some of Tom’s care was also taking a toll on her own health. Johanna said that “he was getting the right kind of care” as soon as she was introduced to the Jennings Hospice team. “They kept me informed,” she said. “They told me about his condition, when there was a change, and what would come next.”

Johanna values her pastoral care visits with the Sisters and the communication from the clinical staff, but more importantly she values the attention that was given to Tom. “Tom was also very comfortable with the staff and felt everyone was very kind. They were exceptional. If we wanted something to keep him more comfortable, it came right away. An extra soft mattress, a special chair, a gel cushion— the staff recognized his needs and the sense of urgency.”

Augmenting the care staff, Johanna was grateful for the volunteers that also brought comfort. “Patt sat with him one evening, and brought him something extra to eat and drink. She kept him comfortable when I was so tired, and then she called me to tell me how he was doing. I think it’s exceptional that a retired Jennings staff member came back to be a Jennings Hospice volunteer.”

Jennings Hospice supports individuals living with chronic disease or needing symptom management through palliative care as well as hospice care when a cure is no longer a choice. The staff encourages individuals to consider these choices early enough for the services to make an impact. “We focus on quality of life,” says Mary Jo Devan. “Being open to this support early gives time for important conversations and supported decisions but more importantly celebrations of life.” For more information, contact Jennings Hospice at (216) 472-2684.


achc-gold-seal-of-accreditation-cmykCommitment to Excellence

Jennings Hospice is accredited by Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for compliance with a comprehensive set of standards. ACHC is a third-party accreditation organization that has developed the highest national standards that providers are measured against in order to illustrate their ability to effectively and efficiently deliver quality healthcare products and services to consumers.

What Does it Mean for You?

Accreditation requires healthcare organizations to demonstrate compliance with specific quality and process standards. By choosing a healthcare provider that has achieved ACHC accreditation, you can take comfort in knowing that you will receive the highest quality of care. If you have any concerns about the product or service that you receive from Jennings Hospice, you may contact ACHC directly at 855-937-2242.

Bishop Daniel Edward Thomas from Toledo appointed as Apostolic Administrator

(December 28, 2016)—Holy Father, Pope Francis, has granted Catholic Diocese of Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon early retirement status, accepting his resignation from the pastoral governance of the diocese.  Bishop Lennon made the request for early retirement in a letter to Pope Francis in late November citing his ongoing health challenges as the reason for his decision to retire.  The mandatory retirement age for bishops in the United States is 75.

Pope Francis also appointed the Most Reverend Daniel Edward Thomas as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland, effective immediately.  Bishop Thomas currently serves as the bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio.  As Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Thomas was chosen to administer the affairs of the Diocese of Cleveland until such time that the Holy Father makes a permanent appointment. While overseeing the governance of the Diocese of Cleveland, Bishop Thomas will continue serving in his role as bishop of Toledo.

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Lennon to the leadership position over nearly 700,000 Catholics in eight counties of the Diocese of Cleveland on April 4, 2006. Bishop Lennon became the 10th Bishop of the diocese at a Mass of Installation at St. John the Evangelist Cathedral on May 15, 2006.

Bishop Lennon attended Boston College before entering St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts where he received Master of Arts degrees in church history and sacramental theology.

Bishop Lennon was ordained to the priesthood in May, 1973 and served in the Archdiocese of Boston as a parish priest, fire department chaplain, assistant for canonical affairs, and rector of St. John’s Seminary.

Ordained as an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston on September 14, 2001, Bishop Lennon was called upon to serve there as Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese from December of 2002 to July of 2003.

During his tenure as Bishop of Cleveland, Bishop Lennon established a vision for the Church in the diocese focusing on evangelization with an emphasis on the Gospel. Upon taking office, Bishop Lennon immediately set out to visit all of the parishes and schools in the Diocese. In 2009, he acted on years of planning work developed prior to his arrival in Cleveland and directed a diocesan reconfiguration effort aimed at strengthening the diocese for the future by ensuring diocesan resources would be shared equitably throughout the diocese.

Other accomplishments by Bishop Lennon to improve the diocese included a major capital campaign, the institution of parish and school internal audits, and the establishment of norms on models for Catholic schools and catechetical models for children.

Bishop Thomas was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Toledo by Pope Francis on August 26, 2014.  Prior to his appointment in Toledo, Bishop Thomas was an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), where he assisted the Archbishop in overseeing various curial offices as well as serving as a regional bishopfrom 2006 to until his appointment in Toledo.

Ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by John Cardinal Krol on May 18, 1985, Father Thomas served the diocese as parish parochial vicar and as pastor. Father Thomas was ordained to the episcopacy for service in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on July 26, 2006.

Bishop Thomas was assigned to assist the Archbishop with administrative and diocesan responsibilities including oversight of the Media Affairs Department comprised of the Office for Communications and; the Office for Clergy including the Department of Permanent Deacons; and the Vocation Office for the Diocesan Priesthood.

Bishop Thomas earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. He received his Licentiate in Sacred Theology, Dogmatic Theology, from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy.

About the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland:

The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland was founded on April 23, 1847.  Under the leadership of the Most Reverend Richard Lennon, bishop of Cleveland, it is the twenty-third largest diocese in the United States.  The diocese encompasses the counties of Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain, Lake, Geauga, Medina, Wayne and Ashland. There are more than 692,000 Catholics in the Diocese, and Catholic Charities- Diocese of Cleveland is one of the largest diocesan systems of social services in the world.  There are 185 parishes, 114 Catholic schools, one pastoral center and one mission office within the diocese.  The cathedral is the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, located in downtown Cleveland.

Spirituality and You: True meaning of Christmas

Friday, December 23, 2016

This week we reflect on the true meaning of Christmas:
“It’s sharing your gifts, not purchasing gifts;
It’s not wrapping presents, it’s being present
and wrapping your arms around the ones you love.
It’s not getting Christmas cards out on time,
It’s sending any card, anytime, at the right time.
It’s not having the biggest and best Christmas light display;
It’s displaying [more…]

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Jennings presents live nativity story

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

In anticipation of Christmas, Jennings staff residents, participants and volunteers presented “Journey to Bethlehem,” in which they acted out some of the stories leading up to the birth of Jesus. Individuals enjoyed attending; they came to our auditorium, were given a handheld (battery-operated) candle and processed through these scenes. We concluded by singing “Silent Night” [more…]

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Reflection for the fourth week of Advent: Protectors and teachers of the young

Sunday, December 18, 2016

(This reflection is reposted from Catholic Health Association.) As we mark the fourth week of Advent, while the world goes about preparing to celebrate Christmas, let’s take some time to consider the children in our communities and around the globe who can only hope to have a home, to live and be healthy. Let’s also [more…]

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Spirituality and You: How to pray

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

When you go to your place of prayer, don’t try to think too much or manufacture feelings or sensations. Don’t worry about what words you should say or what posture you should take. It’s not about you or what you do. Simply allow Love to look at you—and trust what God sees! God just keeps [more…]

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Family Christmas party

Monday, December 12, 2016

“All I want for Christmas…!” We had a lot of Christmas music, snacks and good cheer for our Christmas party. Thanks to everyone who came and participated. Here are just a few of the photos we captured. Please feel free to add your photos from the celebration and tag yourselves! If you have any questions [more…]

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Reflection for the third week of Advent: Caring for the next generation

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Midway in Life’s Journey: Caring for the Next Generation
(This reflection is reposted from Catholic Health Association.)The cycle of the liturgical year begins as all long journeys begin, with fear, dread and hope in the discoveries to come. It is the third week of Advent, and we are mid-way in our journey toward the joy [more…]

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Trinity High School students spread Christmas cheer at Jennings

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Thank you to the Trinity High School students who came to help us decorate and used their artistic talents to paint Christmas scenes around Jennings. We enjoyed the joyful presence of the students, and they made a difference in the lives of residents.
Trinity High School students painted Christmas scenes at Jennings.
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Spirituality and You: Ethics

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Native American Traditional Code of Ethics starts with these words: “Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all life, for the good things the Creator has given you and for the opportunity to grow a little more each day. Consider your thoughts and [more…]

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