New Year's Resolution to Stay Healthy

January is National Stay Healthy Month.

There are many ways to stay healthy and many things that people should know. Staying healthy includes proper diet, removing allergens from home, exercise and much more. Staying healthy or getting more healthy is good advice for any age. The number one thing to stay healthy as one ages is companionship. So grab a friend and do something together. Go to the senior center to enjoy the company of others, or consider moving to a community with many seniors and things that will keep you active mentally and physically. Walk daily with a friend or join a gym. Some programs specialize in safe and fun exercise for seniors like SilverSneakers®, which may be paid for by your insurance, or the McLean Wellness Program. Physical activity is very important even for those with dementia.  Caregivers may click to learn more helpful tips from two McLean therapists.

McLean Hospice Bereavement Support Groups Offer Help to Those Who Have Experienced a Loss

Whether you have lost a spouse, a child, a friend, a partner, a significant other, or a close associate, a McLean Bereavement Support Group may be of help. We recognize how difficult it can be for you when someone close to you dies. Our Bereavement Support Groups provide a safe and supportive environment to help those who are grieving.

The following Bereavement Support Groups are offered to registered participants at no cost.

Daytime Spousal Loss Support Group – facilitated by Bonnie Lillis, LPC, meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. at the McLean Health Center’s Cole Conference Room (located on the second floor). Call (860) 658-3955 to register.

McLean Elects New Trustees – Paine, Hensley and Schofield

McLean Trustees Paine, Hensley and SchofieldThe McLean Fund was established by the Trust of Senator and Governor George P. McLean in 1932. Today McLean Affiliates, Inc., as subsidiary of The Fund, is a vibrant senior living and healthcare continuum serving more than 4,000 people annually on the campus in Simsbury and in their homes in thirteen towns with McLean Home Care & Hospice. The McLean Game Refuge, Inc. is another not-for-profit subsidiary of The Fund that manages the 4,400 acre refuge in Simsbury, Canton and Granby. The Senator’s will specifies that there be up to nine Trustees to oversee The Fund. These Trustees also serve as Directors of The Affiliates and The Game Refuge. Mark Wetzel, Chair, welcomed three new Trustees to the Annual Meeting on Monday, December 17th.

ACES Adult Community Education Series

In partnership with Trinity College in Hartford, please join us for an exciting new four-part lecture series - "The Women of Ancient Israel." Click here to view the brochure.

McLean Volunteers Bring a Surprise to Hospice Patients and Families

McLean Hospice holiday bagsThere was a flurry of activities on Saturday morning, December 8th, as 24 Hospice volunteers were busily packaging items as a holiday surprise for 60 active McLean Hospice Families. They were busy wrapping scrolls containing the names of contributors, sorting beautiful prayer shawls, attaching tags, selecting fudge and adding delicate lace snowflake ornaments and tissue. 

The theme this year centered on snowflakes and was carried though on the hand- stamped snowflake tags.  The tags read “people are like snowflakes, everyone is unique but they are most beautiful when they come together.” Each turquoise bag contained a hand - knit prayer shawl donated by local churches and individuals; a loaf of bread in the design of a snowflake baked and donated by students at The Lincoln Culinary Institute; fudge made by the volunteers and a delicate snowflake ornament designed by a PA artist.

Mrs. Martin's 107th Birthday with two TV stations at her luncheon

Mrs. Martin still keeping going 107 at McLean HomeImagine being 107 years old. Mrs. Martin remembers all those years clearly and is looking forward to more. She was delighted to have Ann Baldwin arrive with a gigantic box of chocolates and film crews from Channel 3 WFSB and Channel 30 NBC. All the McLean Home residents joined in singing happy birthday as balloons were tired to Bernice's chair.

McLean Honors Employees for Service

David Bordonaro, President, recognized McLean employees at a special reception on December 4th for their long Rita Rozantes is thanked by David Bordonaro, McLean President, for her thirty years of service.service and commitment to providing excellent customer services. He noted that McLean staff includes professionals in many disciplines who provide healthcare in the Health Center, Home Care & Hospice and Outpatient Rehab Clinic. Other staff provides exceptional services for assisted living residents and The Village community members. “I always begin by saying, what would McLean be without you? McLean’s history of quality and care is what makes McLean special. This year we were honored to receive a Top Workplace Award from The Hartford Courant/Fox News. The healthcare environment requires all of us to embrace change and adapt quickly as the industry of healthcare and elderly services evolves. I am proud that we are doing this as on organization and as individuals especially those who are being honored today for long service. Think of all the changes, new programs and services over your time here. This makes us a better organization today and positions us well for the future. Thank you.”

Recent Hospice Bake Sale A Success!

Hospice Bake Sale a Success

McLean resident, Doris Freudenberger(right) is shown purchasing an array of delicious desserts from Hospice Volunteer, Meghan Lukler.


2011 McLean Hospice Memorial Quilt of Remembrance Unveiled


quilter, Dottie SzypulskiGroup at UnveilingQuilter, Dottie Szypulski, at the quilt unveiling.

Sharing memories at the 2011 Hospice Memorial Remembrance Quilt unveiling are, from left: Christine Gundaker, Jane Berger and Louise Willet of Simsbury, and Joell Snow Rzbczyk and Russell Snow from East Granby.


McLean Hospice Welcomes New Volunteers

McLean Hospice volunteer class Nov. 2013McLean’s 17 new Hospice volunteer graduates are from many backgrounds. They are retirees including a former nurse, a hospital worker, guidance counselor and property manager, to an active policewoman, a singer, two Reiki masters, active industry or insurance professionals, a pet therapist, a high school student and a homemaker with school-age children.  Volunteers are dispersed geographically throughout McLean’s service area coming from Avon, Bloomfield, Burlington, Canton, Enfield, Granby, New Hartford, Simsbury, W. Suffield, and Windsor Locks.  Most will participate in direct patient and family support while others will support program administration.