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March 20, 2018

Contact:

Linda Hart

Director of Public Relations

216.325.1250 or lhart@elizajen.org

 

(Cleveland, Ohio) – ­Devon Oaks Assisted Living, an Eliza Jennings community in Westlake, is honored to be recognized by Cleveland Magazine as a 2018 finalist for Best of the West.

“It is gratifying to be recognized as a premier provider of senior services on Cleveland’s West Side,” said Eliza Jennings President and CEO Richard M. Boyson Jr. “We are grateful to our staff members for their commitment to the highest quality care, and to Devon Oaks residents and their families, and Cleveland Magazine readers for making this recognition possible.”

Three finalists in each Best of the West category have been determined based on nomination ballots cast by Cleveland Magazine readers. Devon Oaks was selected as a finalist in the Senior Living category. All finalists will be announced in the April 2018 issue. One winner in each category will be determined by a final vote that will take place at the Best of the West event on April 12.

“Every year, I’m amazed by the diversity and creativity exemplified by our finalists. Once again, the list features organizations that showcase the high standard of quality expected by our readers. The April issue offers motivation to get out and explore all the amazing things happening in our West Side communities,” says Cleveland Magazine’s custom media editor Jennifer Bowen Sima.

Devon Oaks will be participating in Cleveland Magazine’s annual Best of the West party at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake from 6 to 9 p.m. on April 12, 2018. Guests will enjoy food and drinks from more than 60 Best of the West finalists, live entertainment, and more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit clevelandmagazine.com/bestofthewest.

Devon Oaks Assisted Living is located at 2345 Crocker Road, Westlake. To learn more about quality care and services for older adults at Devon Oaks, please call 440.250.2300 or visit https://devonoaks.elizajennings.org/.

Cleveland Magazine is a city and regional publication that serves all of Northeast Ohio. The 45-year-old publication offers engaging and authoritative stories on dinning, arts and entertainment, shopping, sports and civic issues affecting Greater Clevelanders.

About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults on Cleveland’s West Side for 130 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed to helping people make the most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living community in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services organization to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults. For more information about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org or call 216.226.5000.

(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized expert in aging services, was named a 2017 Healthy Ohio Worksite Bronze Award Winner by the Healthy Business Council of Ohio (HBCO). Eliza Jennings was among 73 Ohio employers honored for healthy workplace practices during the 14th annual Healthy Worksite awards presentation in Columbus, Ohio.

These awards recognize Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Employers are scored on the extent their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity, and ensure a healthy work environment.

“Most importantly, these programs help employees and their families live healthier and higher quality lives,” said David Cowden, Chair of HBCO. “Wellness programs are effective tools to engage employees in a more productive culture, and help drive down healthcare costs.”

Eliza Jennings was commended for its exemplary efforts to provide programs that encourage physical activity, better nutrition, and the prevention and cessation of smoking.

“We are grateful to our dedicated employees for the excellent work they do to provide the highest quality care to the older adults we serve,” said Richard M. Boyson Jr., Eliza Jennings President and CEO. “Investing in the health and well-being of our team members is at the heart of our mission and culture. We are honored to be recognized by the Healthy Business Council of Ohio.”

The award ceremony was part of the Health Action Council 2018 Columbus Symposium held in January. Three levels of achievement were awarded — Gold, Silver and Bronze. Employers who met basic criteria received a Recognition award. Increasing the number of worksites receiving awards is an objective of HCBO’s five-year initiative to prevent and reduce chronic disease in Ohio.

 

About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a not-for-profit organization providing excellent care and services to older adults on Cleveland’s West Side for more than 129 years, is a nationally recognized expert committed to helping people make the most of the aging experience. Eliza Jennings communities include the Eliza Jennings Health Campus in Cleveland; the Renaissance Retirement Campus in Olmsted Township, and Devon Oaks Assisted Living community in Westlake. Eliza Jennings offers a full spectrum of choices for aging adults, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, respite care, and adult day programs. Eliza Jennings offers a full range of home and community-based services including skilled home health care, a nurse practitioner house call program, and clinic services. Eliza Jennings is the first aging services organization to offer SAIDO Learning, a non-pharmacological cognitive therapy shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias among older adults. For more information about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org or call 216.226.5000.

Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network which is a nonprofit corporation intends to submit a Proposal for a capital grant under the provision of 49 USC Section 5310 of the Federal Transit Act to provide transportation service for elderly and disabled within North Olmsted, Olmsted Township, and surrounding areas. The grant Proposal
will request support for the purchase of a new vehicle.

It is projected that approximately 250 persons will use the service five days each week for 52 weeks in the year for various activities, including transportation to Adult Day programs, doctor visits, for shopping, and special event activities.

Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network invites comments and proposals from all interested public, private and paratransit operators including taxi operators, for the provision of transportation service to the elderly and disabled within our service area.

Operators who are interested in offering proposals to provide service should contact Sheryl, L. Sereda, VP and Chief Advancement Officer at Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network, 26376 John Road, Olmsted Township 44138 to obtain full details of the type of transportation service that is needed prior to preparing a proposal.

Written comments or proposals must be submitted within 30 days to the agency at the above address with a copy to the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, 1299 Superior Street E, Cleveland, OH 44114; Attention: Jim Thompson re: Section 5310-Public Notice.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

6:00 – 7:30 PM

 

Jennifer Griveas Esq., CHC, Chief Human Resources Officer and General Counsel for Eliza Jennings, will be at Devon Oaks Assisted Living to discuss the legal planning process for assisted living on January 18, 2018, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The program will focus on advanced directives, important financial documents, and considerations that may impact insurance and government benefits.  This program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. R.S.V.P to Kathy at 440.250.2300. Devon Oaks is located at 2345 Crocker Road in Westlake.

“Programs like SAIDO Learning, which was developed in Japan to address working memory in the prefrontal cortex through handwriting, math and reading out loud, offer other benefits and may help slow memory loss and other normal symptoms of aging.”

Read more in this New York Times article.

Contact:
Linda Hart
Director of Public Relations
216.325.1250 or lhart@elizajen.org

(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized expert in aging services, announced that Basabi R. Ratnaparkhi, Ph.D., LNHA, has been appointed to the board of the Ohio Person-Centered Care Coalition (OPCCC). She will serve a two-year term. Dr. Ratnaparkhi is executive director of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services at Eliza Jennings Health Campus on Cleveland’s West Side. She is a gerontologist, educator and licensed nursing home administrator with nearly 30 years of eldercare and Alzheimer’s/dementia care management experience.

Person-centered care is the transformation of long-term care services that honors and respects the voices of elders and those working with them in an effort to individualize care and de-institutionalize the nursing home environment. Core person-centered values are choice, dignity, respect, self-determination and purposeful living.

The OPCCC is an alliance of organizations, professionals, and consumers whose mission is to support transformational culture change in long-term care environments where all individuals can experience meaning and purpose. The OPCCC works closely with all sectors of long-term care including consumers, providers, families, local and state officials, regulators and surveyors to enhance the way we care for elders through education, outreach, and advocacy.

MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
May 18, 2015
News Release

Contact:
Sheryl Sereda
Vice President of Advancement and Chief Advancement Officer
216.325.1240 or ssereda@elizajen.org  

 Richard M. Boyson Jr. Named Eliza Jennings President and CEO

(Rich BoysonCleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized and trusted expert in aging services, has appointed Richard M. Boyson Jr. as its new President and Chief Executive Officer effective May 18, 2015. Boyson succeeds the late Deborah Lewis Hiller, who served the organization as board member and executive officer for more than three decades.

Boyson previously served Eliza Jennings for six years as director of financial operations, from 1996 to 2002. He also held the position of chief financial officer for Therapy Partners, a venture of the Eliza Jennings Group, and helped the company expand into 18 states.

“Rich’s strong understanding of the aging services industry and Eliza Jennings’ mission will support the expansion of innovative services to improve the quality of life for older adults,” said Richard J. Weigle Jr., chair of Eliza Jennings board of trustees. “Rich’s accomplishments reflect his expertise in financial management, leadership development, strategic planning, and the development of new lines of business.”

Boyson has 22 years of experience, with 18 years in the long-term care industry. His expertise spans the full spectrum of aging services, including multi-site organizations offering residential care and services, therapy, home health care, hospice, and community-based services. Under Boyson’s leadership, organizations have experienced significant growth, increased revenue and profit margins, and improved resident and employee satisfaction.

Prior to rejoining Eliza Jennings, Boyson held the position of president of Senior Independence, a Columbus-based provider of home and community-based services and subsidiary of Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services serving 41 of Ohio’s 88 counties. He also served as chief financial officer and interim CEO for Laurel Lake Retirement Community.

Boyson graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kent State University. He is a CPA and member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Public Accountants. Boyson serves on the boards of Humility of Mary Housing Inc., a transitional and senior housing provider, and Laurel Lake Retirement Community. He is a member of LeadingAge Ohio, the statewide advocacy organization for not-for-profit aging services providers, and Ohio Health Care.

About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized not-for-profit expert in aging services founded in 1888, offers SAIDO Learning®, a non-pharmacological treatment shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Eliza Jennings manages a full spectrum of aging services on Cleveland’s West Side, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitative services. In addition, Eliza Jennings provides a full range of home and community based services including the SAIDO Learning Center adult day program, in-home therapy, skilled home health care, and clinic services. To learn more about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org.

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MEDIA RELEASE
For Immediate Release
March 25, 2015 
News Release

Contact:
Sheryl Sereda
Vice President of Advancement and Chief Advancement Officer
216.325.1240 or ssereda@elizajen.org  

Christopher Müller Joins Eliza Jennings as SAIDO Learning® Institute Executive Director  

(Cleveland, Ohio) – Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized and trusted expert in aging services, announced that Christopher Müller has joined the organization as executive director of its SAIDO Learning Institute located at the organization’s Health Campus on Cleveland’s West Side.

Müller is responsible for all operations of the SAIDO Learning Institute. He was previously the communications liaison and facilitator for Kumon Institute of Education (Kumon) of Osaka, Japan, with whom Eliza Jennings collaborated for a 2011 research trial and subsequent implementation of SAIDO Learning at its communities.

“Chris’s expertise and strong understanding of Kumon’s mission have been instrumental in the development of our relationship with Kumon, the implementation of SAIDO Learning throughout Eliza Jennings’ network communities, and the execution of our Master license agreement,” said Vice president of Operations and Chief Operating Officer Denise Gannon. “Chris shares Eliza Jennings’ vision to expand SAIDO Learning to other aging services organizations across the nation and improve the quality of life of older adults living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.”

Müller has more than 10 years of marketing and staff development experience working internationally for Kumon. He also has extensive experience as a skilled interpreter and translator. Müller has coordinated and managed international training programs and conferences.

Müller earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Language and Linguistics with a concentration in Japanese from Griffith University. He is a certified English instructor and holds the highest level of certification in Japanese language proficiency.

About Eliza Jennings
Eliza Jennings, a nationally recognized not-for-profit expert in aging services founded in 1888, offers SAIDO Learning®, a non-pharmacological treatment shown to improve the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Eliza Jennings manages a full spectrum of aging services on Cleveland’s West Side, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitative services. In addition, Eliza Jennings provides a full range of home and community based services including the SAIDO Learning Center adult day program, in-home therapy, skilled home health care, and clinic services. To learn more about Eliza Jennings or any of its programs and services, visit elizajennings.org.

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Mimi Vanderhaven Article
Published: 02/10/2015
by Laura Briedis Tomko

With its bucolic Westlake location, inviting suites, kind-hearted staff, and culture of person-centered care, Devon Oaks Assisted Living Community provides a warm and welcoming home away from home for area seniors.

And as part of Eliza Jennings (one of Greater Cleveland’s largest not-for-profit organizations serving older adults), the community is now offering a pioneering learning treatment aimed at improving memory and reducing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Paradigm Shift in Memory Care
Devon Oaks’ newly appointed executive director Kimberly Hernandez is thrilled to be one of the first centers in the country to offer SAIDO.

“What makes SAIDO Learning such a new shift in the paradigm is that it treats Alzheimer’s with a positive therapy, rather than just chronicling the decline of the person,” she says. “Every employee who works here, including me, is trained in SAIDO, and it helps that we are all on the same page, getting to know each resident’s goals and reinforcing those goals.”

Introduced in 2011 by Eliza Jennings, the program originated in Japan 13 years ago. SAIDO (which means “again” in Japanese) is a series of 30-minute sessions five days a week. Scientifically developed reading, writing, and arithmetic exercises are designed to stimulate the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Within the program, 18 levels of rote-learning exercises are designed for the older adult Learner to get 100% correct. As they go along, the Supporter gives praise and encouragement, which further stimulates this area of the brain, and the Learner then advances to the next level. 

No matter the level of dementia impairment or stage of progression of Alzheimer’s, this non-pharmacological treatment has produced remarkable results, from improved memory function, such as remembering names and phone numbers, to a more engaged level of conversational interaction.

Within a few weeks of beginning SAIDO Learning, people who previously would not take part actively in conversations began to express preferences. 

“Some Learners have even resumed hobbies such as knitting and reading aloud to grandchildren,” says Kimberly. 

Rick D. of Westlake, whose mother began the SAIDO Learning program at Devon Oaks in July, has witnessed a welcome improvement. 

“One of the first things I noticed is she can recite the names of her grandchildren with no prompting. And she now refers to the daughters-in-law by first name instead of asking, ‘Who is his wife?’ One of my brothers lives in California. When he visits, Mom always addresses him by our other brother’s name and I am always correcting her. We talked with him this week and she addressed him by his real name right away. My brother was startled. Instead of asking what his profession is, Mom will now ask me, ‘He’s a marketing director, right?’”

Says Kim, “The goal of SAIDO Learning is to not only provide care for individuals with dementia, but to actually reverse and slow the progress of the symptoms, thus improving a person’s quality of life.”

Kim points out that cognitively impaired residents of Devon Oaks are eligible to partake in the SAIDO Learning program at no additional cost.

Resident-Centered Approach
A pillar of the Eliza Jennings philosophy is person-centered care, providing a culture that is driven by the desires of residents and their families.

“There is nothing institutional about Devon Oaks,” Kim says. “Residents enjoy flexibility for meal times and even where they choose to eat. If I see someone relaxing on a sofa and they want to eat lunch there, that’s fine.”

The approach dovetails perfectly with the community’s relatively small size (54 one-bedroom and studio apartments and 12 secure memory apartments).

Tucked back on a quiet wooded lot across from Crocker Park, Devon Oaks is big enough to allow for ideal socialization, yet small enough to feel like home. The U-shaped building surrounds a lovely courtyard and gardens skirted by a white picket fence. And most apartments feature large windows that overlook the courtyard.

“Families enjoy taking their loved ones to our neighbor—Crocker Park—to take in all its splendor of dining, shopping and community activities,” says Kim. “They also appreciate our easy access to the highway. We’re just minutes away for an out-of-town visitor coming from the airport.”

Residents enjoy 24-hour assistance with activities associated with daily living, including meals, snacks, medication reminders, housekeeping, and laundry. And a range of weekly classes include fitness, Tai Chi, jewelry making, painting, and cooking, just to name a few. Hair, nail, and massage services are available in the onsite Salon PS. Pets are welcome, too. (Even Kim brings her precious little toy poodle Tia into work, a cheery pup that loves to hop on your lap for a tummy rub.) 

Can My Parent Age in Place?
As a resident of an Eliza Jennings community, an older adult has access to services across the full continuum of care. An important need in the community is respite care, and most centers do not have the capacity to offer it. But it’s available at Devon Oaks, whether a family is going on vacation or simply needs a break in care for a week or two.

Devon Oaks Assisted Living Community is located across from Crocker Park, at 2345 Crocker Road in Westlake. The organization is thankful for community support through volunteers and donations. To find out more about donations or to read testimonials from families who have experienced SAIDO Learning, visit elizajennings.org. Walk-in tours are available anytime during business hours. If you’d like more information, or would like to schedule a tour, contact Kathy Bultena at 440.250.2300 x 4402.