McLean Celebrates Birthdays in Style

On Wednesday, January 15, 2014 The Robinson and The Atwater communities joined together to celebrate 4 birthdays. Not only did the festivities include cake and punch but each birthday girl had “Happy Birthday" sung to them by all and the residents were serenaded by pianist Dennis Milner and resident and singer Tom Kelly gave his best rendition of “Bye Bye Blackbird". It was a wonderful celebration and we wish each birthday girl a very Happy Birthday. January 2014 Birthdays Robinson

Photo: Betsy Austin, Carol Carlisle, Luanne Ogg, Kathy Glancy

McLean fills Director of Marketing and Sales Role

Elizabeth Marquis takes the helm after longtime Vice President of Marketing,  Freddi Hoffmann retires.

 McLean recently announced Elizabeth Marquis has joined the McLean Community as Director of Marketing and Sales when Freddi Hoffmann retired after 12 years with McLean. As the pair completed the hand-over, President David Bordonaro, offered a sentimental and heartfelt thanks. “We are so proud of our past, our commitment to the town of Simsbury and area seniors. We are very grateful for Freddi’s contribution to our growth over the past several years. We wish her well on her next chapter, as we look forward to an exciting future for McLean.”

Marquis brings extensive experience in marketing, digital marketing, public relations and advertising to the role. Most recently with Forethought Financial Group and The Hartford, Marquis perfected her skills in corporate communications, digital marketing strategies and traditional marketing media. Her connection to McLean began five years ago when she and business partner, Sarah Leathers, started a move management company called ManageMyMove in their spare time. Addressing the challenges that sometimes come with moving, ManageMyMove helped families in the area transition from longtime family homes to retirement communities such as McLean by providing assistance with floor plans, dispersing family heirlooms and furnishings, and helping families get acclimated to their new surroundings. “Moving can be overwhelming,” said Marquis. “Questions such as ‘What do I do with all of my stuff?’ and even harder, ‘How do I know when I’m ready to move?’ are common questions to ask. The best part for me is when someone makes the transition and knows they’ve made the right choice. That is what I’m looking forward to most here at McLean – joining a team that is dedicated to helping families get the support and care they need, to make the right choice at the right time.”

Baby Boomer: Will they be the generation that will change end-of-life care?

Baby Boomer Seminar
Wednesday, January 15 at 6:30 pm

Despite wishing to leave their relatives unburdened, 56% of people have not communicated their end-of-life wishes.

Join Bonnie Lillis, McLean Hospice Spiritual and Bereavement Counselor, for a special seminar designed to help family members have meaningful conversations with their loved ones before difficult decisions have to be made.

Registration required.

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Hampton Family Fill Our Hearts with Holiday Spirit

Today, on Christmas Eve, over 70 McLean residents and staff enjoyed a wonderful holiday sing-a-long with 17 members of The Hampton family. The Hampton’s have been singing Christmas Carols to the McLean residents for many years, Chris Hampton’s father was the first medical director at Mclean and Chris remembers coming as a child with his family to sing at the holidays.


Holiday Carolers Bring Song and Joy!

Members of the Simsbury and Granby Rotary Club and the Simsbury Methodist Church lifted voices and spirits caroling through McLean corridors.

Home Care & Hospice Free Seminars

McLean Home Care & Hospice is offering two new, free seminars inspired by The Conversation Project at your location.

New Seminar Offerings:

  • "Don't Tell Him He's Dying-It Will Kill Him! The Trouble with Living and Dying in Oour Society."
  • "Baby Boomers-Will They Be the Generation That Will Change End-of-Life Care?"

Click this link for more information

Helping those with Alzheimer’s enjoy the holidays

McLean and the Alzheimer’s Association of CT offer ideas and tips

to help ensure a happy holiday season for all.

 Hectic holidays can fluster anyone, but for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the noisy crowds, breaks in the routine and unfamiliar visitors can trigger extreme anxiety and spoil festivities for everyone. There are ways to help manage the holidays for those with Alzheimer’s, and their caregivers.

On Thursday, December 12, Patty O’Brian, regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association of CT presented a free seminar for caregivers, “Dementia Comes to Dinner. Managing the Holidays for those with Memory Loss” at The New McLean in Simsbury. During the presentation, Patty O’Brian offered ideas and tips to help everyone manage the holidays. “One of the most important things to do is understand the disease and where your loved one is in the process,” O’Brian began. “Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and knowing where your loved one is along the journey will help caregivers and families structure the holidays to create the most comfortable and enjoyable experience as possible.”

The Beauty of Voice and Song

                              Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship Lifts Hearts and Spirits at McLean                             during the 5th Annual Concert Simsbury

 Bob Darling loved many things, including Simsbury, McLean, music and The Bushnell. On Sunday, December 8th, these interests merged together when the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship performed its 5th Annual Concert at McLean Health Center. The Fellowship is a program of The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and created through the vision and generosity of Bob Darling. A full-scholarship program, the Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship provides conservatory-like training for students in Connecticut. Many will remember Bob as a member of the Simsbury Light Opera. Additionally, the Darling Pool and Wellness Center at McLean also bears his family name. His generous legacy continues to serve our community and lift hearts and spirits.

Darling concert

For more information on any of the programs and events at The New McLean, please call Karen Murphy at (860) 658-3786 or visit

McLean Hospice Memorial Quilt of Remembrance Unveiled

On November 13th, the McLean Hospice Team unveiled the 2012 McLean Hospice Memorial Quilt of Remembrance for families and friends who lost loved ones in 2012.

Attendees had contributed personalized quilt squares in honor of patients who had died in hospice care. In a brief ceremony prior to the unveiling, Bonnie Lillis, Hospice Spiritual Counselor, spoke of the relevance of the National Hospice and Palliative Care theme for November’s National Hospice Month …“care on your terms.” Lillis said, “that each unique square … provides another special way to honor … loved ones…and provide a small measure of comfort. This year’s quilt is inspiring to all of us at McLean Hospice who cared for your loved ones as it reflects such amazing and abundant love.” Lillis thanked the volunteers, including the quilter, Dottie Szypulski of Barkhamsted,(pictured at left), Elizabeth Scheidel of Burlington, who cross-stitched a poem for the quilt, and the Hospice volunteers who worked with the families to create the squares. Dottie, in her address to the audience, admitted that creating the quilt was a challenge that she relished. She went on to explain that her choice of the floral quilting fabric was inspired by a vision of afterlife as a beautiful garden. As volunteers unveiled the quilt, there were tears, joy, appreciation and applause. Many remarked “it was exquisite” and they were so glad they could be part of the ceremony. A 2013 Memorial Quilt of Remembrance will be created following the McLean Hospice Annual Memorial event held in the Spring of 2014.For additional information about events, see News and Events listed on the McLean Website