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McLean Auxiliary Celebrates a Great Year at the Annual Meeting and Strawberry Festival

Lorraine Daigle, McLean Auxiliary Scholarship chair (left), awards Jenifer Wilkinson of Granby, a CNA at the McLean Health Center and full time LPN student, the 2013 Scholarship.The McLean Auxiliary held its Annual Meeting and Strawberry Festival on Monday, June 3rd.  For more than 45 years, the very dedicated members of the McLean Auxiliary have supported the programs, residents and staff at McLean. This was another wonderful year with dozens of volunteers running the gift shop, offering special programs, and hosting fundraising events, reported McLean Auxiliary President Alison Hampton Bigman.

The meeting opened with the presentation of the $1,500 Auxiliary scholarship by Lorraine Daigle, chair of the Scholarship Committee.  Mrs. Daigle said “It is my distinct pleasure to announce that Jennifer Wilkinson, a full time Certified Nursing Assistant at McLean, is the 2013 recipient. Jennifer, a resident of Granby, is a goal oriented, determined and intelligent young woman. Jennifer currently holds an AD from Asnuntuck Community College, and while working full time as a CNA is pursuing full time her LPN at A.I. Price Technical School. Additionally, Jennifer is the mother of two school aged children and, when time permits, volunteers with her church. Jennifer’s references describe her as “dedicated, hardworking, conscientious, and committed to giving excellent care to her patients.” They also told us she shows great potential to become a wonderful nurse.

June 2013 Assisted Living Events Calendar

June 2013 Family E-Newsletter

McLean Health Center Activity Schedule

Click here to see all of the special activities our residents are enjoying for June. We welcome you to join us.

Please note that the cookout planned for the Chapel Crossing residents and families for June 12th is postponed to

Wed. July 24th at 4:30 PM.

We hope many families will join us. RSVP to 860-658-3725.

Older Americans Month - Researchers Find Three Causes to Ageism

As someone who works with vibrant seniors daily and who is about to be Medicare eligible myself, I’m fascinated with this research on ageism and with the conversations especially about healthcare reform and who will pay and for what.

May Day Flowers Abound at McLean

McLean Hospice volunteers Charlotte Sullivan, Dolores Gutfran, Marlene Snecinski, Jean Ann Buffo, Kathy Mock and Stoddard Reynolds create May Day arrangements to deliver to patients across the neighboring towns. Early in the morning McLean Hospice volunteers gathered in the greenhouse to arrange dozens of flower arrangements. They then spread out to many towns delivering their May Day best wishes to patients and their families. The volunteers purchased the flowers and gathered them from their own gardens. Kathy Mock of East Granby is chair of this annual service project called Operation Hope which brings hope to families in the end of life journey. Operation Hope is one of many McLean Hospice Enhancing Life Programs called HELP.

A bit later in the morning, nineteen members of the McLean Auxiliary Nineteen McLean Auxiliary members including several residents of The Village at McLean assemble bud vases before their May Day visits with all resident sand patients at the McLean Home.gathered in the craft room to assemble bud vases for residents of the McLean Home and short term rehab patients in the Health Center Post Acute Center. The best part of the day were the personal visits the Auxiliary members enjoyed with each resident or patient. This annual tradition has been carried out for several decades. Gloria Knierim, Cindy Ash and Helen Molsted chaired this event.

McLean Health Center Celebrates Nursing Home Week with Open House

Understanding the Senior Care Services Alphabet

We had more than 40 people come to our two workshops today. At these we focused on assisted living, skilled nursing and home care. If you missed the workshops and would like the handouts, please email me.

I welcome calls and email and would be happy to help you through the maze so you can find the best level of services and best place for yourself or your loved one.

Freddi Hoffmann 860-658-3744

Residents Treated to Hartford Symphony Presentation

Hartford Symphony Quartet

McLean residents were recently treated to a performance by a "Piacere String Quartet" from the Hartford Symphony. The event, which was sponsored by the McLean Auxiliary, brought rave reviews from residents and staff. After the performance, resident Jean Stahuber said that she had "been yearning for good music like that," while resident Lina Wagner told staff that "That was the most beautiful concert, a real treat."

The Information You Need for the Care They Deserve...2013 Caregiver Educational Seminar Series

The Atwater at McLean invites you to a series of events designed to help caregivers better understand how Alzheimer's and dementia impacts their loved one's needs and offer support for those facing the challenges of caregiving.

Click here to see the complete list of events.

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