Weekly Resident Activity Schedule

Artistic Displays Featured at McLean During the Month of October

Throughout the month of October, artwork by Deb Boemmels will be featured in the lobby of McLean Health Center and open for the public to enjoy. Deb has been an inspirational, self-taught artist for her entire life who specializes in watercolors and acrylic paints. Her greatest influence has always come from Mother Nature and the beauty of Earth.

Deborah Boemmels

McLean Expands and Renovates Assisted Living Neighborhood

McLean Robinson sitting areaThe newly refurbished Robinson assisted living community celebrated a grand opening last month at the McLean Health Center, as an extensive four month renovation project, completed by Newfield Construction, came to a close.

The space was transformed into six new state-of-the-art studio resident rooms complete with full bathrooms, adding much needed capacity to the existing 23 room assisted living neighborhood within the Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) on Great Pond Road. Refurbishments extended throughout the existing spaces in the Robinson assisted living neighborhoods.

McLean Warm Water Pool Open Enrollment

Water toning class at the McLean Wellness Center Virginia Darling Young Warm Water Pool.Many people tell the McLean Wellness staff that the Virginia Darling Young Therapeutic Pool is Simsbury’s best kept secret!  They want to change that and are offering a special open enrollment period for September. The pool temperature is kept at a soothing 92 degrees, perfect for aquatic exercise for those that have any form of arthritis, orthopedic issues and great for pre and post-operative exercise. You do not need to know how to swim nor will your hair get wet, unless you want to! 

You may choose to pay by the class for $8, by the month with several options including a $50 plan that covers 2 classes a week and use of the pool in daily open swim periods, or an annual membership ranging from $365 to $741.  Call 860-658-3750 or click for more information.

The Story of a Medical Emergency Leads to Warm Welcomes and Piano Melodies

Katherine Mihaliak welcomes visitors to the McLean Health Center while her granddaughter Lorraine serenades the residents on the piano.After a trip to Florida, Katherine Mihaliak’s COPD flared up putting her in the hospital. They recommended she rehab at the McLean Post Acute Center in Simsbury that has the Breathe Easy COPD program. She grew healthier in the Rehab Center then went home and continued the Breathe Easy Program with McLean Home Care. This was last winter. Now she is strong, bragging about being a good 85, and managing her chronic illness with the lessons she learned from the Breathe Easy Program team.

While she was a patient at McLean, she learned that she could give back by volunteering there. Weekly Katherine volunteers as an Ambassador greeting visitors to the McLean Health Center. An added bonus is that she comes from Avon with her sixteen year old granddaughter, Lorraine Mihaliak, who has studied piano for eight years. While Katherine is offering visitors directions and assistance, they are treated to a rich variety of music Lorraine plays for the residents.

Katherine Mihaliak welcomes visitors to the McLean Health Center while her granddaughter Lorraine serenades the residents on the piano.

A Miniature Garden Enthralls McLean Home Residents

Sappho Petrowski points out the gnome in her miniature gardens she created at McLean

Sappho Petrowski had a large doll house built in the 1920s as an adult. She made all of the furniture and furnishings. Before she moved to McLean a year ago, she ordered a kit to make a greenhouse. Just because she now lives in the McLean Home, she didn’t want to stop making miniature worlds. Once she moved in, she began to order bunches of delicate little flowers. Sappho then made many tiny arrangements and pots of flowers creating a delightful garden experience.

McLean Home Care Goes High Tech Helping Physicians

In today’s world, physicians and medical personnel rely more and more on technology to look up and sort through vast amounts of information. McLean Home Care & Hospice is working closely with physicians to help them identify patients with serious chronic illnesses who may be eligible for palliative care programs through home care or hospice services.

McLean developed apps for physicians and medical office teams to download on their mobile devices with the guidelines to identify palliative home care and hospice patients. Dr. Kevin Baran, McLean Hospice Medical Director, thinks these apps will be very helpful to the professionals and allow them to refer patients earlier for effective management of their illnesses. This includes expert management of pain and other symptoms to achieve comfort, close communication and coordination of care with patient’s physicians, illness-specific education and/or consultation for patients and caregivers, guidance with difficult and complex treatment choices, and so much more.