Helping Your Loved Ones Consider Assisted Living


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    Contact: Rita Rozantes

August 9, 2012                                     (860) 658-3723   



McLean is offering a free lecture series for individuals considering Assisted Living or Memory Care Assisted Living for themselves, friends or family. The lectures will take place at either McLean Health Center or at McLean Village, Burkholder Community Center. R.S.V.P. 860-658-3906.


Wednesday, September 5   5:00 PM   McLean Health Center - Koopman Room 

The Senior Living Alphabet - what are all the options for seniors, what you may need in the future and what you can afford  Freddi Hoffmann, VP Marketing, Sales & New Business, McLean

A frank discussion on the differences in services and fees structure between various types of senior housing and communities - independent, CCRC, life care, 55+, senior housing, skilled home care, companions, and assisted living. Understand what you may need, what you may be able to afford, and how to plan now for the future.


Wednesday, September 12   5:00 PM   McLean Health Center - Koopman Room 

Understanding in Depth the Levels of Assisted Living and Memory Care, and Which May be Right for Your Loved One  Terry Holm, Director of Memory Care & Assisted Living and Susan Safino, RN, Assisted Living Supervisor

An in depth explanation of assisted living choices, including specialized memory care, and the differences  in care. Clues and benchmarks will be discussed on when it will improve your loved one’s quality of life to be living in an assisted living environment. They will  also cover safety concerns when not living at the  appropriate level of care, how to make the transition - different approaches work for different people, and what to expect on moving day and during your loved one’s first week in his/her new home.


Wednesday, September 19   5:00 PM   McLean Health Center - Koopman Room 

Home Safety and Issues You Need to Consider to Determine if Home is Still the Right Place  Dr. Robyn Ligotti, Director of McLean Rehabilitation & Wellness

The purpose of this lecture is to help caregivers identify potential fall hazards in the home and ways to prevent injury in a person with dementia or a frail elder. Dr. Ligotti will also explain when home care therapy is indicated, what each type of therapy can offer, and what’s covered by insurance, including Medicare.


Monday, September 24 – 1:00 PM  McLean Village, Burkholder Community Center  Planning Your Future: Finances and Legal Issues   John R. Caruso, J.D., CPA, John R. Caruso, Attorney-at-Law, LLC and Ednalou C. Ballard, CFP®, RFC®, Partner Ballard Associates

Judge John Caruso will reveal his knowledge and experience on: living trusts; avoiding        unnecessary Probate delays and expenses, and preserving your money for your children and charitable causes. Certified Financial Planner Ednalou Ballard will explore: Can you really disinherit Uncle Sam? Essential Tax Planning Strategies to provide and pass on, non-taxable income to your spouse, children and grandchildren.


Thursday, September 27  5:00 PM   McLean Health Center - Koopman Room 

A Primer on Geriatric Medications and Psychiatric Interventions for Loved Ones  Joan Lazar, APRN, Center for Geriatric & Family Psychiatry

Joan Lazar, APRN, specializes in Geriatric Psychiatry and is employed by The Center of Geriatric and Family Psychiatry in Glastonbury, CT. She will be discussing the pros and cons of medications for dementia, anxiety, depression and behavioral disturbances.


Monday, October 1  1:00 PM  McLean Village, Burkholder Community Center

What is all their stuff worth? What should we sell? Bring a treasure: it may be discussed.  Sean Mahoney, The Kensington Company, Inc., Estate Liquidators and Appraisers

Sean Mahoney, who established The Kensington Company in 1978, has been working with trust departments, trust attorneys, realtors and private clients in all aspects of personal property liquidation, and has 33 years of experience selling antiques, art, vintage and general household.


Monday, October 15   1:00 PM   McLean Village, Burkholder Community Center

Their Furnishings Could be Valuable...How to Use a Consignment Store

Sean Carr, Revival Home LLC,West Hartford

Sean Carr is the Principal at Revival Home LLC and Quickeauction LLC. Revival Home is an upscale home furnishings company with 10,000 square feet of showroom space in two locations in West Hartford. Quickeauction is an internet auction firm, specializing in selling higher end home furnishings, collectibles, accessories and artwork to clients throughout the world, using multiple internet sales channels.


Monday, October 22   1:00 PM   McLean Village, Burkholder Community Center

Working with Realtors...How to Obtain Competitive Price Comparisons and Choose a Realtor Who Can Sell the Home  Steven Schittina, Executive Director, One Full House

Learn how to select a realtor, how to prepare to sell the house and how to be realistic about an asking price.


October 29 - 1:00 PM  McLean Village, Burkholder Community Center

Tips on Downsizing and Preparing to Move  Jane Wlochowski, The Dutiful Daughter

The Dutiful Daughter is a fully insured family owned business, helping people make transitions in their lives. They specialize in assisting people with the contents of their homes, due to a simple move or the more complicated settlement of an estate. Jane will share many helpful hints.


Monday, November 5   1:00 PM   McLean Village, Burkholder Community Center

Financial Fraud 101 for Seniors  Jay Bigman, Bigman Consulting Services LLC

Financial or Elder Fraud is a growing category of fraud that takes advantage of fears, loss of capacity and mobility of senior citizens. More and more seniors are more vulnerable due to age, particularly the widowed. This presentation will discuss the types of Elder fraud and give you fraud prevention tips to help you avoid being taken in.


The Alzheimer’s Association Four-part Care Givers Course

will be starting at McLean on Thursday October 25th.

Visit for details.