September 2020

While Jennings has hosted outdoor visits since mid-summer, we know that the warm days are quickly fading in Northeast Ohio. On September 24, we are pleased to share that Ohio’s leadership announced a plan to enable families to have limited indoor visits with residents in assisted living and nursing home residences. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy recognized how difficult it has been for families and residents as well as staff members like those at Jennings who know the importance of these relationships. They outlined some of the criteria that will be part of the new visit guidelines that are planned to begin October 12, 2020.

Director McElroy emphasized to remember that when you enter, you are entering someone’s home. Individuals may unknowingly be carrying the virus. She stressed that the new guidelines do not mean that we can be less cautious, especially with the onset of flu season. Instead, it is imperative to continue wellness such as handwashing, limiting visit times, staying away if an individual is ill or has symptoms.

Per the director’s guidance, there are factors that will contribute to each residence’s ability to host visits:

  • Number of COVID-19 cases in the greater community
  • Number of COVID-19 cases for the organization
  • Organizational staffing levels to adequately provide care and schedule visits
  • Access to adequate testing
  • Availability of necessary personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Hospital capacity near the residence

Each Jennings residence will also continue to follow the state and federal guidelines pertaining to visiting. So far, we know from Director McElroy’s part in the press conference that we must:

  • continue to limit entry into the residence
  • screen each individual who enters the residence
  • keep a log of all visitors
  • schedule all visits in advance
  • dedicate a space to host visits and maintain safe distance
  • limit the visits to a maximum of 30 minutes
  • constrain the visits to two visitors per resident per visit
  • assure that each individual is wearing a face covering

Jennings will be adjusting our visiting plans to comply with these new guidelines, in order to provide a written and transparent plan as well as provide continued reporting of our information to Ohio Department of Aging. We look forward to family members continuing to enjoy visits with their loved ones!

Culinary services team cooks up birthday surprise

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

in Blog, News

There are so many ways to make a person’s day. Juanita is celebrating her birthday while recovering at Jennings, and when the culinary services team heard that she wished she could have her favorite meal…they jumped into action. They prepared her favorite pork chop and potato, which she said was delicious and made her day!


Governor repeats visiting restrictions (9/17/20)

Friday, September 18, 2020

While the Jennings staff welcomes the opportunity for families to visit their loved ones in a way that is safe, the ability to open indoor visitation has not yet been granted. Jennings will continue to follow the state and federal regulations pertaining to visiting.

Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy stated last week that she [more…]

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Jennings recognizes volunteers with annual awards

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Jennings is honored to recognize the volunteers who selflessly give of their time and compassion. This year has changed our ability to welcome volunteers each day, and we miss their joyful participation in our ministry. Though pandemic did not allow us to celebrate with our annual volunteer luncheon, we continued with recognizing honorees for two [more…]

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Jennings creates “Love Thy Neighbor” face masks

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

One of the effective ways to slow the spread of the coronavirus is to cover your mouth and nose by wearing a face mask. Jennings now has face masks available for order!

The face mask is a soft, comfortable two-layer lightweight face mask. It features adjustable straps to wear around the [more…]

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Jennings’ Garfield Heights front porch to have renovation

Thursday, September 3, 2020

In Garfield Heights, Jennings’ front porch is a peaceful gathering place, a warm welcome and a breath of fresh air. It’s where we gather to grill out, blow bubbles, soak up the sun and watch kids and older adults alike ride on a slip ‘n slide. Where veterans line up to salute the flag as [more…]

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