Gail Johnson Retires After 35 Years

Gail Johnson, RN

Gail Johnson, RN, McLean Evening Nursing Supervisor, was recently honored at a retirement reception in recognition of her 35 years of service to McLean. Shown in the photo above are, from left to right: David Bordonaro, President of McLean; Gail Johnson, RN; and Bonnie Ku, VP, Human Resources.

Weekly Resident Activity Schedule

May Assisted Living Events Calendar

Weekly Resident Activity Schedule

McLean’s National Award Winning Home Care and Hospice Agency Expands to Burlington

Award Winning Home CarePatricia Adams, Administrator of McLean Home Care & Hospice, announced on May 1st that the agency is expanding its coverage area to serve the town of Burlington. “McLean is very pleased to be able to now serve the residents of Burlington. We have been asked by hospitals and key physician groups to add Burlington as they appreciate the quality care we offer to those patients who are returning home after hospital stays and to those who have chronic illnesses,” explained Adams.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: The Importance of Guided Physical Activity for Those with Parkinson’s

Parkinson's DiseaseIn a recent review of research from the National Parkinson’s Foundation on the importance of exercise, it noted “Taking all of the results together, it becomes clear that patients with PD (Parkinson’s disease) should integrate regular physical activity into their daily lives. Furthermore, doctors and healthcare professionals working with patients with PD should advise that vigorous exercise begin immediately on diagnosis, if possible, and continue throughout the course of the disease for as long as the individual is able to exercise.” Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder associated with the degeneration of dopamine producing neurons.

April Assisted Living Events Calendar

Weekly Resident Activity Schedule

Seder - Special Time at McLean

McLean SederEach year the McLean Therapeutic Recreation and Dining Services teams create a very special event in the craft room. They prepare a Seder. This year, fifteen residents and family members including a post-acute short term patient and his wife joined together for this special meal and celebration. Ellen Mandelberg volunteered to lead the service for the tenth year.  She explains the significance of each element of the celebration. Of particular note was the orange on the Seder platter. Ellen noted that the orange remembers the first female Rabbi. The meal began with Gefilte fish and horseradish. The radish denoted the bitterness of history. Ellen told the group that they were “in for a very special treat as the dining team makes the best brisket. The dinner is run very democratically,” she added,” as everyone reads, and there is not a special role for men versus women. I encourage you all to share stories and special traditions from your family which will enrich the celebration for all of us. ” Two of the residents were guests of another resident and enjoying their first Seder. Ellen’s explanations for each phase of the celebration meant a great deal to them in particular.