May 2019

The prospect of getting physically stronger now has extra support in Jennings’ Gardenside Rehabilitation: fall protection flooring. Jennings has completed the installation of this specialized flooring in all the rehabilitation suites as part of its recent renovations.

“The new flooring is an added layer of comfort, especially for people who might be a little unsteady as they rehab in preparation to return home,” said Ms. Rosa. “Combined with leading-edge therapy equipment, unique safe movement equipment and innovative practices, Jennings can offer amenities unlike other providers in Northeast Ohio.”

Rachele Rosa, Executive Director of Jennings in Garfield Heights, explained that even with precautions and technology, it is nearly impossible to completely prevent falls. However, studies have shown that fall protection flooring can mitigate up to 60% of severe injury from a fall by absorbing much of the impact instead of the body. Jennings was able to complete the installation thanks to the generosity of foundations and donors at the 2018 Spirit and Splendor event.

At Spirit and Splendor, a Smart Cell representative demonstrated the capabilities of the fall protection flooring. Guests watched as he dropped an egg onto the fall protection flooring; the egg bounced or rolled with no damage. Once the egg reached a standard floor (without fall protection), the egg broke. Watch here:

Given the choice, many individuals choose to continue living in their house rather than make a move as they age. Our houses are the place where we have built a home with milestones and memories. However, the house might also become a barrier to independence: when stairs present a challenge, home maintenance grows overwhelming, and being alone feels lonely.

“We meet many people who feel a sense of loyalty to a house but really live only in the living room, kitchen and maybe a bedroom,” says Sarah Barger, Administrator at Jennings at Brecksville. “When they move to a new assisted living residence, they regain independence. They become physically stronger because they are walking more. They regain abilities because barriers like stairs are removed and choices like transportation are provided.”

While the downsizing can be difficult and emotional, life in assisted living residences can bring many types of independence. Contrary to myths about restrictions, residents drive their own schedule, leave and re-enter the residence when they wish, and can enjoy an active lifestyle. Residents share their interests and have many opportunities available: regular fitness, local trips and day trips, activities with neighbors and lifelong learning. With physical barriers and home maintenance barriers removed, even everyday tasks like laundry become easier for a person to manage.

Ms. Barger adds that new residents find themselves surprised about all the choices they regain. She cites meals as a big example; people who live in a house have often stopped cooking and begin to eat microwave meals “At Jennings, residents have choices at each meal with fresh, hot home cooked meals prepared and served by our Chef and culinary services team,” she adds.

 “We’ve been telling people that they will change their address, not their lifestyle. For example, residents love to enjoy their favorite drinks with neighbors at happy hour,” said Ms. Barger. “A big reward is when family members say they see a parent become more like themselves again.”

Author: Lisa Brazytis, Chief Marketing Officer at Jennings

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Jennings at Brecksville residents enjoy their bowling league.

Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of the jobs, industries and skills

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of the jobs, industries and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. Communities statewide are encouraged to plan events and activities that will inspire excitement and awareness among students and job seekers. In-Demand Jobs Week occurs annually during the first full work week in May [more…]

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Connect, Create, Contribute: May is Older Americans Month

Monday, May 6, 2019

Each year, more and more older adults are making a positive impact in and around Jennings. As volunteers, staff members, employers, educators, mentors, advocates, and more, they offer insight and experience that benefit the entire community. That’s why Older Americans Month (OAM) has been recognizing the contributions of this growing population for 56 years.

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