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McLean Hospice Seeks New Volunteers

Hospice provides holistic care for individuals who are making life’s final journey.  The McLean Hospice Interdisciplinary Team - nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides and volunteers - prides itself on helping patients find comfort to enjoy the richness of time they have left with loved ones, while surrounding families with the caring support and 24/7 availability of the professional team. Our Hospice focus is ensuring this final journey is filled with a rich sense of dignity and the best quality of life possible.

We are seeking mature individuals who can commit time to volunteer with our Hospice program, and can effectively support our mission, program and team.  Trained volunteers may visit patients and families in the community in their homes, apartments, or in assisted living or nursing facilities to provide social support, respite, companionship, a listening ear, and a caring presence.  They may also help families with specific tasks such as running an errand, planting flowers, walking a dog, or making a meal. 

McLean Hospice Volunteers Participate in Cutting Edge Training

More than twenty-five of the sixty-five McLean Hospice Volunteers attended the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Volunteer Day.  It was a day set aside especially for Hospice volunteers to continue education and was a component part of the national 2012 Hospice Volunteer Leadership Virtual Conference entitled Ignite the Future. 

 While the week had been primarily set aside as a virtual conference for leaders of hospice volunteers, the Volunteer Day was a specially designed webinar conference.  The day featured expert speakers, six relevant topics, facilitator discussion guides and ability for national chats amongst volunteers themselves.

August Assisted Living Events Calendar - see the fun we're having!

Yale Courses Stream Live to the McLean Health Center Sorenson Center

August 1, 2012

Sorenson Media CenterImagine being able to take a Yale history course on Gettysburg even if you lived in a nursing home or an assisted living facility.

Flower Therapy Brightens the Day for McLean Hospice Patients

Hospice Volunteers

(Shown left to right) McLean Hospice volunteers, Jerri Pease, Simsbury; Jane Erie, W. Simsbury and Kathy Mock, East Granby

On a recent rainy Monday morning, Hospice volunteers gathered at McLean’s greenhouse with their garden flowers in hand.  It was time for their “Operation Hope” project of the day…sharing beautiful and colorful flowers with McLean Hospice patients to brighten their days.  There were white daisies, lilies, black-eyed susans, hydrangeas, carnations, greens, lavenders, and a host of other flowers

 

McLean Hospice Holds Volunteer Recognition Event

Taffy WilcoxLucian Cascio

Taffy Wilcox (above) of Avon, and Lucian Cascio (right) of Granby, were recently chosen as McLean Hospice's "Volunteers of the Year."

 

On Tuesday, July 10th, McLean Hospice held its 2011 Volunteer Recognition Picnic to honor the work provided by their more than 60 Hospice volunteers.  The event was graciously hosted at the North Granby home of Kathy and Nelson Toussaint, incredible hosts for the second year in a row!

Golf and Gardening…What is the connection?

by Freddi Hoffmann

Bill Davis McLean GardensThey are two of Bill Davis’ passions that he’s happily pursuing while living in the McLean Health Center. Davis grew up in Ireland where his mother had a very large vegetable garden. “It’s easier to grow things there,” Bill explained “because of the rain and the good soil.”

If we can't get to the farm...then they'll bring the farm to us!

Polish chickenKris McCue is a regular volunteer at McLean bringing her grandchildren to visit with residents and do special activities with them on a weekly basis. This has been a family tradition since Kris' own grandmother was at McLean. But on June 20th, the visit was truly memorable as Sage McCue and her siblings brought in a crate of her prized, Polish Crested Chickens. What a hit they were! Some residents had never patted a chicken before. Others like Billie, pictured left, grew up on farms, and the chickens brought back many memories for them to share.

 

McLean Health Center Celebrates Certified Nursing Assistants

National Certified Nursing Assistants Day was celebrated at the McLean Health Center on June 20th.

Lisa Clark, VP, Administrator, and Paul Cloonan, Acting Director of Nursing, visited each neighborhood in the Health Center thanking each CNA for the good work done each day of the year. They were given treats and an insulated lunch box celebrating their special contribution to the care of residents.Lisa and Keith Simpson

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