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December Newsletters

McLean Hospice Hosted the 6th annual Lights of Hope celebration with unveiling of the newest Hospice Memorial Quilt

On Tuesday, November 25th McLean Hospice celebrated the Lights of Hope community bereavement service honoring loved ones lost with readings of encouragement, inspirational music and thoughtful reflection. Sara Szafranski, Director of McLean Home Care and Hospice, welcomed family members to the fireside event by thanking each of them for allowing the Hospice team to provide care and support at one of life’s most challenging times.

“We are so grateful to have met and provided care to each and every one of our patients and their families. We recognize that the holiday season can be especially difficult for those who are grieving, and it is for this reason that the Lights of Hope and quilt unveiling ceremony is such an inspirational tradition.”

December Newsletter

Activities Calendar for the Week of November 22-27

Annual Community Craft Show and Sale-December 5

McLean Hosts Annual Community Craft Show and Sale

Offering treasured holiday gifts made by the McLean Community

Friday, December 5, 2014 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

McLean Health Center Lounge

 Looking for a gift for that special someone who has everything or is just hard to buy for? Look no further; you will find it at the McLean Craft Show.

 Handmade items, such as knitted hats and scarves, hand painted furniture and items, jewelry, ornaments, terrariums, coiled baskets, photo cards, baked goods and other crafts will all be on sale to help you get ready for the holidays!

 For more information, please call Jenn Bryant-Sevigny at (860)658-3705 at McLean. Please no outside vendors.

The 6th Annual Lights of Hope Celebration and 2013 Hospice Memorial Quilt Unveiling.

McLean Hospice Plans a Special Event on November 25, 2014.

The 6th annual Lights of Hope celebration with unveiling of our

newest Hospice Memorial Quilt

On Tuesday, November 25th at 6:30 PM, McLean Hospice will unveil the newest  Hospice Memorial Quilt in its collection.  Each square is designed as a remembrance of a loved one who passed away in 2013.  Many hospice family members as well as hospice volunteers were involved in the creation of this beautiful quilt.

 Following the quilt unveiling McLean Hospice will celebrate the Lights of Hope community bereavement support service.  All members of the Simsbury community are invited to attend this special evening celebrating and honoring lost loved ones.  The program will include readings of encouragement, music and reflection, with a reception following. 

 The event will be held by the fireplace in the main lobby at McLean Health Center, 75 Great Pond Road in Simsbury from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.  Please call the Response Hotline at

860-408-5150 if you are interested in attending.  

Dottie Szypulski, quilter, is shown standing next to the 2012 Memorial quilt which she volunteered her time and talent to create.  These are beautiful works of art sewed lovingly from squares submitted by hospice families. Hospice Memorial Remembrance Quilts from 2013 and previous years will be on display during the event November 25th.

November Special Events

Why Hospice? Why Now?

November 2014: National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

McLean Hospice Medical Director, Kevin Baran, MD, MPH, HMDC, Explains the Benefits of Hospice Care.

 John was a 77-year-old patient of mine who had been battling congestive heart failure for years.  His hospitalizations for trouble breathing were occurring more frequently. When I saw him in my office for a follow-up appointment, he looked exhausted.  I spoke with him about his options; when I mentioned hospice care, he and his family were taken aback.  They, like many people, were not very familiar with hospice care and assumed it was for imminently dying patients with cancer.  As both his primary care physician and a certified hospice medical director, I educated him and his family about the choices and benefits of hospice care.

Many people associate hospice with cancer, which is common. However, non-cancer diagnoses within hospice are just as frequent and include persons with advanced stages of cardiac disease (congestive heart failure, heart disease), lung disease (emphysema, fibrosis, COPD), and neurological diseases (ALS, MS, and Alzheimer’s dementia) to name a few. 

Hospice care is covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances, for patients with a life expectancy of six months or less.  Patients and family coping with serious health conditions are encouraged to discuss personal wishes and choices with the physician to determine together if and when hospice care is appropriate. 

Hospice focuses on symptom management, rather than disease cure. Emphasis is placed on comfort and ease of suffering from pain and anxiety, when a patient no longer wishes to go to the hospital or pursue curative therapies.  Quality and richness of life are valued and seriously considered, above all. The hospice team is specially trained to focus on the whole person and his/her family, supporting patient and family to live life as fully as possible each day along the final journey. 

Home Care Receives National Award

Activities Calendar for the Week of November 15-21

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