Living with pain and limited mobility are two challenges that often feel like barriers to enjoying life. While individuals generally think of physical therapy to get stronger after a hospitalization or in a rehabilitation setting, it can be part of a complete wellness plan. Physical therapy can improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, help recover from injury, and prevent future injury and chronic disease.

“Sometimes pain and mobility limit a person’s experience even in his or her own home,” says Sarah Barger, Administrator at Jennings at Brecksville. “That can cause someone to use a very limited part of the home, creating feelings of being isolated and trapped. We sometimes suggest a physical therapy evaluation for a person who might benefit from it, because we’ve seen several individuals improve their mobility and endurance which truly improves daily life.”

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) offers the following tips to remain active and independent as you age:

  1. Stay fit. Whether you participate in regular exercise or just want to stay fit for daily activities, exercise is proven to help improve balance, strengthen bones, and prevent heart and brain conditions. Strength training and aerobic exercise can help you maintain and strengthen critical muscle groups.
  2. Stay balanced. Maintaining balance and avoiding falls are important for maintaining a quality of life. A physical therapist can plan activities and exercises to improve your balance with the goal of preventing falls.
  3. Assessing the area. A physical therapist can make recommendations that make your home and other environments safer. They suggest eliminating dangerous barriers; for example remove throw rugs and clutter or modify entry thresholds with ramps.
  4. Stay engaged. Successful aging is not only impacted by your environment, but also how you interact with the environment. To ensure active and successful aging, continue to engage with friends, family, and the community, which prevents the fear and isolation that may increase fall risks.

Visit for more tips about physical therapy and improved mobility.

by Lisa Brazytis, Chief Marketing Officer at Jennings

Jennings was honored to be recognized at ERC’s annual NorthCoast 99 event September 11, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel in Cleveland. Jennings’ staff members enjoyed an inspiring superhero themed celebration among other #NC99 employers. In addition to our 2019 NorthCoast 99 win, Jennings President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck accepted our Special Category Award for Employee Engagement and Development! We are proud of our exceptional, compassionate staff who are the “everyday heroes” at Jennings.

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As Allison accepted our special category award for staff engagement and development, she acknowledged the work of the entire Jennings family and the difference that our staff makes every day. “Each of us is lucky enough to have a career that loves us back each and every day,” she stated.

What a true honor to receive this award, which aligns with one of our Jennings values: Discovery of Potential. As you’ll hear in Allison’s acceptance speech, these Jennings initiatives are powerful ways we make a difference to individuals and in our world.

#nc99 #EmployerOfChoice #changeagent #MakeADifference

Jennings Receives State Silver Employer of Choice Designation for Workforce Excellence

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Jennings is proud to announce that we have received a Silver Employer of Choice designation through the 2019-2020 LeadingAge Ohio Employer of Choice Initiative. Jennings was one of only 23 organizations statewide within LeadingAge Ohio’s 400+ members to receive a prestigious Employer of Choice designation. The Jennings team was formally recognized August 27, 2019 at [more…]

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Jennings is a 2019 NorthCoast 99 Award Winner

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jennings is proud to be
recognized by ERC as one of 99 great Northeast Ohio workplaces for top talent. This
is the 11th time that our organization has received the NorthCoast 99 Award. A further distinction for Jennings this year is that we are
additionally recognized for a special category: Employee Engagement and

NorthCoast 99 is [more…]

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Summer slip and slide fun

Thursday, August 15, 2019

At Jennings, you’re never too old to enjoy the thrill of a slip and slide! Jennings residents celebrated the dog days of summer by cooling off…and checking off an item on their summer bucket lists! As part of our Water Fun day, Jennings staff have modified the slip and slide experience [more…]

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President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck recognized as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business Women in Nonprofits

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

We are honored to announce that Jennings President and CEO Allison Q. Salopeck has been recognized as one of Crain’s Cleveland Business Women in Nonprofits. Allison was nominated for her leadership, commitment to mission and values, quality and innovation for older adults and advocacy in local, statewide and national efforts. She is recognized in the [more…]

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Mission and Ministry Matters: Lifelong Learning

Monday, July 8, 2019

learning…those words seem to go together well, don’t they? Hopefully each of us
makes lifelong learning a goal. So often we think that learning happens mainly
during our school years. The truth is we start learning before we are even
born! And we can continue learning as long as we live if we keep an open mind.

is the [more…]

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Helping staff members get ahead and discover their potential

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Congratulations to Jennings’ Getting Ahead graduates! Jennings’ new Getting Ahead program is a new series of brief workshops designed to help Jennings staff members discover their potential and remove barriers that might be getting in the way of their dreams. It is just one of the free benefits for staff members.

Our first graduating class [more…]

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Jennings turns pink for Sister Patricia Raelene

Friday, June 21, 2019

Jennings turned Garfield Heights pink to celebrate our dear Sister Patricia Raelene’s last radiation treatment June 17, 2019. Our #HolySpiritStrong Sister is one good fighter Staff, friends, residents and family surprised her when they lined the street from the corner of Transportation Boulevard, down Granger Road, through the parking lot and down the hallway [more…]

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Jennings Threshold Choir “sings each other home”

Friday, June 21, 2019

Have you ever walked through the Jennings’ neighborhoods and thought you heard angels singing at a resident’s bed-side? It was probably the members of Jennings Threshold Choir, singing to a resident during a time of transition. Since our beginning on June 15, 2015 we have sung for 105+ residents, some of them more than once. [more…]

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