A special thank you

To all McLean Staff & Hospice Personnel

I did not include any names on purpose because I was afraid I would miss one of the dozens that provided care, comfort, dignity and love to my mother and our family!  That should be your motto: McLean CCDL. I periodically have to pause or this note will get wet. 

I could not have put my mother in kinder hands than all of you.  I have been touched beyond words and what all of you do is a blessing and a necessity that fills a void for those of us in a situation affecting a beloved family member. 

A Family Tradition of Volunteering at McLean

Dolls from many nations were spread out on the table. The ladies were busily guessing what country each represented. Four and a half year old Kayla happily demonstrated how to put together the Russian stacking doll set. It was the weekly gathering of a few McLean residents with volunteer Kris McCue and her granddaughter, Kayla Pierson. Kris and her sister volunteered at McLean when their own grandmother lived at McLean. Kris continued to come and enjoy other residents when her mother lived in the Health Center. So coming weekly to visit is part of her DNA, you could say. And now she is passing this tradition on to a fourth generation. The weekly volunteering is both a lovely time to share activities, games and collections with the residents and a time for a devoted grandmother and granddaughter to have some very special moments together.

Heart Talk Videos for Patients, Families and Caregivers

Click here to watch the Qualidigm Heart Talk videos for Patients, Families and Caregivers. McLean is proud to be a partner with Qualidigm on the project to reduce hositalizations of those who have heart probelms.

Click here for more details on McLean's Living with Heart Failure Program.


Listen to Lisa Clark on 100.5 WRCH Radio

Allison Demers and Lisa ClarkLite 100.5 WRCH’s Allison Demers speaks with Lisa Clark, VP Administrator of McLean, a non-profit organizations that offers programs and services to people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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McLean Hospice Bereavement Support Groups

Daytime Spousal Loss Support Group

Meets second and fourth Wednesday mornings

10:00 – 11:30 AM

Cole Conference Room

Evening Spousal Loss Support Group

Meets second and fourth Thursday evenings

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Brown Sargent Room

Bereavement Support Group for All Who Have Experienced a Loss

Meets first and third Tuesday evenings

6:30 – 8:00 PM

McLean Health Center Residents Keeping Connected with Skype

McLean Health Center is very fortunate to have the Sorenson Center and fund which supports keeping seniors connected to the world. Sorenson Center Media Coordinator Stephen Root works with residents and families to help them connect with Skype.

McLean residents SkypeA good example of this is how Maxine Rice, 86 years young, is starting to speak with and see her son each week. At a family meeting, Maxine’s son Stephen learned that McLean could connect his mother and him via Skype. During their first conversation, Stephen and his wife and two dogs sat comfortably in their living room and chatted with Maxine in Simsbury.

Alzheimer's Assisted Living Care Options at McLean Care

Karen Taylor-Good on NBC Connecticut

Karen Taylor-Good on NBC Connecticut.
Karen held a Concert for Caregiver at Mclean in January. Check back soon for video of the performance!

Meet the McLean Hospice Bereavement Specialists and Join Their Support Groups

McLean Hospice has a team of bereavement counselors, spiritual counselors and social workers who are all Masters prepared and have specific training to support those experiencing loss. They are committed to supporting any adult who is experiencing loss whether their loved one was served by McLean Hospice or not. Participants may start with the on-going groups at any time. Just call 860-658-3950 to register or click here for more details on times and locations.


A Celebration of Song and Youthful Voices at McLean


Darling Fellows at McLeanTalented high school students brought joy to McLean residents, staff and patients at the Third Annual Ensign Darling Vocal Fellowship Holiday Performance. The Ensign-Darling Vocal Fellowship at The Bushnell was created by Bob Darling, a long-time Simsbury resident, to provide vocal scholarships to talented high school students. The Fellowship provides monthly Master Classes taught by vocal professionals offering instruction in Classical, Musical Theater and Cabaret repertoire, and weekly private instructions. Blending together two of Bob’s favorite charities, the Holiday Concert is now held at McLean in December, and the final performance at The Bushnell in June. Sharing in the family legacy were also Terry and Elizabeth Darling, Bob’s son and daughter-in-law, and Mary Darling, Bob’s widow.


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