McLean Opens The Atwater…a different kind of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Atwater Ribbon Cutting CeremonyMonday, June 4th was a very busy day on the campus of McLean in Simsbury. The public was invited to have a sneak peek of The Atwater, the new memory care assisted living neighborhood in the McLean Health Center, before residents began moving in on Tuesday. David Bordonaro, President, explained “We have been planning this for a long time. Extensive research went into every detail of the design of the environment and the program to maximize people’s independence and their enjoyment of life, while providing a safe, supportive place for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. With this new program McLean offers a full continuum of lifestyle options and healthcare for elders. This continuum of care makes McLean unique in the Farmington Valley. Families now have the peace of mind that McLean is with them for this difficult journey. It is a small intimate neighborhood for 22 residents. Plus the residents have access to McLean outstanding healthcare services including rehabilitation and hospice and can enjoy the amenities such as the gift shop, chapel, beauty salon, walking trails on the beautiful campus, and live musical performances in the Health Center.”

Atwater Ribbon Cutting CeremonyThe day included open houses for the donors, the public, for professional referral sources and an official ribbon cutting. Bordonaro thanked the Trustees who have been active with the strategic plan, Mary Glassman and the town officials who helped to expedite the renovation process, the donors, and the staff who lead the project. Ship and Midge Atwater, for whom the neighborhood is named in recognition of a planned gift, assisted Bordonaro in the ribbon cutting. They were joined by Mark Wetzel, Chair of the McLean Trustees, First Selectman Glassman, Deputy First Selectman Hampton whose family has a long history with McLean beginning with his father who was Medical Director, Charity Folk, of the Simsbury Chamber of Commerce, and Damien Davis, President of Newfield Construction, the contractor.

“There were many positive comments about the soft tones, the careful attention to every detail of design, and the new staffing pattern so fewer caregivers work with each resident,” reported Freddi Hoffman, VP, Marketing, and Sales & New Business. “People loved the pampering spa and the multi-sensory quiet room concepts. We have worked so long to make this new program a reality. We wanted to create a neighborhood that would use the very best practices in memory care. From the reactions of the families and professionals who joined us today, I’m sure we have a home run.”

For more information on The Atwater, visit or call Karen Murphy at 860-658-3786.