New Visits

March 11, 2021

After a long year of this COVID-19 pandemic, I am thrilled to share with you that we are able to restart more personalized visits with residents! We are excited for residents and family members to reconnect and once again enjoy time together. This news comes after the sudden news from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, and we humbly ask that you begin your visits Monday, March 15.

While this is exciting news, I deliver it with a bit of caution. With the beautiful Northeast Ohio weather, residents will be enjoying outdoor areas and we ask that visitors remain respectful of keeping a safe physical distance especially from residents who are not your loved ones and that all visitors be sure to wear your mask well in advance of approaching an area where you see residents have gathered. Please be mindful of helping residents and staff to remain safe and not to overwhelm your loved one – limit your visits to a couple visitors per visit. Right now it would be most accommodating to plan your visits weekdays during business hours when there is additional staff to support the number of visitors returning to the building. There are a few guidelines that we will still need to follow, and these depend on the type of residence where the resident lives.

Residents living independently in apartments, villas and cottages
(Garfield Heights campus, Jennings at Notre Dame Village and Library Court)

Jennings will begin to reinstate electronic keys for family members so they can enter the building to visit their loved ones. Guests may not visit if they are currently COVID positive, if they have had close contact with a COVID-positive person in the last 14 days or if they are exhibiting one or more symptoms of COVID-19. All residents and guests must continue to wear a mask over their mouth and nose in all indoor and outdoor common areas and maintain physical distance between yourselves and other individuals. We highly encourage residents and guests to wear your mask even while visiting in the resident’s private residence. Visitors may not congregate in the common areas of the building.

Residents living in assisted living
(Garfield Heights campus, Jennings at Brecksville and Jennings at Notre Dame Village small houses)

Family members may enter the building through the main entrance to visit their loved ones with certain precautions. Guests may not visit if they are currently COVID positive, if they have had close contact with a COVID-positive person in the last 14 days or if they are exhibiting one or more symptoms of COVID-19.  All individuals must complete a COVID-19 screening upon entry every time they enter the building (even if entry occurs more than once during the duration of the visit). Guests and residents must wear a mask over their mouth and nose while walking indoors and outdoors between the entrance and the resident suite and maintain physical distance between yourselves and other individuals. Please limit the number of visitors to two people at a time. Visitors may not congregate in the common areas of the building.

  • If the resident has had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, guests may visit in their loved one’s private residence. Residents and guests should wear a mask even while visiting in the resident’s private residence.
  • If the resident has not completed two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, guests may request a 30-minute visit in our designated visiting room during designated hours. Residents and guests must wear a mask during the entire duration of the visit and remain six feet apart. These visits will be limited to two (2) guests per visit.
  • If the resident is currently on isolation precautions, the visitor should contact the administrator to discuss a visit.

Residents living in nursing home
(Garfield Heights campus – long-term care and short-term rehabilitation)

Family members may enter the building through the main entrance to visit their loved ones with certain precautions. Guests may not visit if they are currently COVID positive, if they have had close contact with a COVID-positive person in the last 14 days or if they are exhibiting one or more symptoms of COVID-19. All individuals must complete a COVID-19 screening upon entry every time they enter the building (even if entry occurs more than once during the duration of the visit). Guests and residents must wear a mask over their mouth and nose while walking indoors and outdoors between the entrance and the resident suite and maintain physical distance between yourselves and other individuals. Please limit the number of visitors to two people at a time. Visitors may not congregate in the common areas of the building.

  • If the resident has had both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, guests may visit in their loved one’s private residence. Residents and guests should wear a mask even while visiting in the resident’s private residence.
  • If the resident has not completed two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, guests may request a 30-minute visit in our designated visiting room during designated hours. Residents and guests must wear a mask during the entire duration of the visit and remain six feet apart. These visits will be limited to two (2) guests per visit.
  • If the resident is currently on isolation precautions, the visitor should contact the administrator to discuss a visit.

We will continue to honor compassionate visits, and I welcome you to discuss any specific needs with a social worker or administrator.

This is an exciting time for everyone and we look forward to all the joy we can bring back to residents through your visits. Please know that we did not have the advance notice about resuming visits, and we are working quickly to resume a most welcoming experience. We know that pre-pandemic you were accustomed to wonderful relationships with staff in the building and having personalized discussions. At this time, please contact staff by phone with any questions instead of in-person discussions. As always, please feel free to contact one of us if you have any questions or points you would like to discuss:

  • Jennings at Brecksville: Sarah Barger, Administrator (216) 581-2902, ext. 5511
  • Jennings’ Garfield Heights campus:
    • Apartments/Villas: Bill Weaver, Director of Independent Living (216) 581-2902, ext. 2300
    • Assisted Living: Stephanie Morley, Administrator of Assisted Living (216) 581-2902, ext. 2222
    • Long-term Care/Skilled Nursing: Rachele Rosa, Executive Director of Jennings’ Garfield Heights campus (216) 581-2902, 2301
  • Jennings at Notre Dame Village: Vivian Springer, Executive Director (440) 901-4172

I appreciate your trust in Jennings to care for your loved one and look forward to seeing you!

Sincerely,

Allison Q. Salopeck
President and CEO