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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.

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.

McLean Home Care & Hospice Offers FREE LIFELINE Emergency Response System Installation

If she fell, how would she get up? Or, who would he call if he fell?  Stop worrying about your parents with this great idea for Mother’s or Father’s Day!  Research at Yale shows a LIFELINE system can help prevent future falls.  McLean Home Care is honored to offer your parent or loved one the gift of independence, and to offer you peace of mind by knowing there is always a trained LIFELINE response associate, just a press of a button away.

McLean Managers Adams and Cloonan Participate in Leadership Academy

Qualidigm Extends Communities of Care Focus from Reducing Preventable Hospital Readmissions for Heart Failure Patients to Include ‘All Cause’ Readmissions

Qualidigm, the consulting and research company in Rocky Hill whose mission is advancing improvement in the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of health care, held its first “Care Transitions Leadership Academy.”  Patricia Adams, Director of McLean Home Care & Hospice and Paul Cloonan, Assistant Director of Nursing for the McLean Health Center including the Post Acute Center participated in the first phase of four-day leadership forum along with 350 other statewide health care providers March 22 and 29. “The McLean clinical leaders are intensifying efforts across its care spectrum to enhance McLean’s ongoing efforts to reduce “all cause” hospital readmissions for the population we serve. McLean has exceptionally low re-hospitalization rates. The McLean clinical team is quickly incorporating new care transition partners, clinical tools, and data mining methods from the Academy to stay at the forefront,” reports Cloonan.

McLean Art Therapy Intern Helps Elders Rediscover Talents and Passions

McLean Art TherapyBess got so excited when the group began to weave. Although she has a hard time using her hands, the sight of the old fashioned metal loom many of us used to make pot holders stirred long lost happy memories. Bess related to Kim Starr, an Art Therapy intern at McLean, that at thirteen she sewed a dress that was so nice; her mother let her wear it to school. That sharing was a very special moment in Kim’s year.

McLean Hospice Welcomes New Class of Volunteers

McLean Hospice volunteer class March 2012The new McLean Hospice volunteer graduates range from retirees – including two former nurses, and a retired physician - to three students pursuing degrees, two residents who volunteered for Hospice in other areas of the country, to a homemaker with school-age children.  Most want to do direct patient and family support and others will do administration.

Going Straight Home after Joint Surgery...a success story and lectures

Jack Sperger’s smile fills a room and his determination makes him a poster patient for going straight home after joint surgery with a good healthcare provider as your partner. At 69 Jack is still running a sales and marketing consulting firm and maintains an active lifestyle playing golf. But as a lifelong athlete who first sustained inquiries playing Navy ball in the sixties, Jack needed joint surgeries.

Recovering Well at McLean's Post-Acute Center after a Terrible Fall

Beatrice Rugsley and Physical Therapist, Michelle Herbert

Physical Therapist, Michelle Herbert, works with Beatrice Pugsley at the McLean Post-Acute Center.

Residents Enjoy Recent Outing to Westminster

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