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Michelle McLenithan pairs McLean Hospice Volunteers with Patients and their Families

Meet our Hopsice Volunteer Coordinator

Caring For The Caregiver Presentation

A seminar for caregivers and those who wish to help.

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McLean Hospice Graduates 11 Volunteers

Eleven new volunteers have just completed over 20 hours of intense McLean Hospice Training and will join the growing team of over 50 active volunteers supporting the McLean Hospice Program.

Volunteers ranged from young mothers with children in school to retired corporate executives and nurses who want to contribute purposefully to the community.  Several have had family members who were the beneficiaries of the Hospice program.  Alison Scherer, of Avon, CT a recent graduate of the program had this to say, “Because I’ve experienced how powerfully hospice care can facilitate and enrich a family’s communication and connection during the dying process, I am honored to support this invaluable program as a new volunteer.”  We ask individuals who have experienced a significant personal loss within the past year, or who are actively grieving any personal loss, to postpone their participation for at least one year.

All volunteers who support McLean Hospice must successfully complete an initial 20-hour training program. The training is a combination of online self-study and classroom training.  Hospice Volunteers are part of the interdisciplinary team of nurse case managers, social workers, aides, and bereavement counselors.  They may support patients and families on their end of life journey, or support the team carrying out administrative duties or participating in volunteer projects.   

McLean Hospice serves the Farmington Valley and surrounding towns of Bloomfield, Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, West Hartford and Windsor.   We are especially interested in volunteers who are willing to travel to these towns in our service area that surround the Farmington Valley.

 

Photo of new graduates: Bottom Row: Catherine Jahne, Pamela Peck, Vanessa Giannasi, Kathleen Fallon          Top Row: Daniel Yost, Erika Hayes, Barbara McQueen, Amy Baildon, Alison Scherer, Harry Meyer                   Missing from photo: Susan Lawton

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Introducing Blooming Buddies

A unique service which combines the beauty of nature with a friendly visit.  

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McLean Medical Director Named to Best Doctors in America List®

Dr. Robert S. Dicks Honored in Hartford Magazine for Geriatric Medicine.

 Photo: David Bordonaro, President; Dr. Robert Dicks, Medical Director; Lisa Clark, VP. Admin. of Health Center

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"Grieving and Growing", McLean Bereavement Support: Serving The Community

Whether you have lost a spouse, a child, a friend, a partner, a significant other, or a close associate, a McLean Bereavement Support Group may be of help. We recognize how difficult it can be for you when someone close to you dies. Our Bereavement Support Groups provide a safe and supportive environment to help those who are grieving.

The following Bereavement Support Groups are offered to registered participants at no cost:

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Home Care & Hospice Free Seminars

McLean Home Care & Hospice is offering two new, free seminars inspired by The Conversation Project at your location.

New Seminar Offerings:

  • "Don't Tell Him He's Dying-It Will Kill Him! The Trouble with Living and Dying in Oour Society."
  • "Baby Boomers-Will They Be the Generation That Will Change End-of-Life Care?"

Click this link for more information

Home Care & Hospice Free Seminars

McLean Home Care & Hospice is offering two new, free seminars inspired by The Conversation Project at your location.

New Seminar Offerings:

  • "Don't Tell Him He's Dying-It Will Kill Him! The Trouble with Living and Dying in Oour Society."
  • "Baby Boomers-Will They Be the Generation That Will Change End-of-Life Care?"

Click this link for more information

McLean Hospice Memorial Quilt of Remembrance Unveiled

On November 13th, the McLean Hospice Team unveiled the 2012 McLean Hospice Memorial Quilt of Remembrance for families and friends who lost loved ones in 2012.  Attendees had contributed personalized quilt squares in honor of patients who had died in hospice care.  

In a brief ceremony prior to the unveiling, Bonnie Lillis, Hospice Spiritual Counselor, spoke of the relevance of the National Hospice and Palliative Care theme for November’s National Hospice Month …“care on your terms.” Lillis said, “that each unique square … provides another special way to honor … loved ones…and provide a small measure of comfort. This year’s quilt is inspiring to all of us at McLean Hospice who cared for your loved ones as it reflects such amazing and abundant love.”

 Lillis thanked the volunteers, including the quilter, Dottie Szypulski of Barkhamsted,(photo to the left) Elizabeth Scheidel of Burlington, who cross-stitched a poem for the quilt, and the Hospice volunteers who worked with the families to create the squares.  Dottie, in her address to the audience, admitted that creating the quilt was a challenge that she relished.  She went on to explain that her choice of the floral quilting fabric was inspired by a vision of afterlife as a beautiful garden. As volunteers unveiled the quilt, there were tears, joy, appreciation and applause. Many remarked “it was exquisite” and they were so glad they could be part of the ceremony. 

 A 2013 Memorial Quilt of Remembrance will be created following the McLean Hospice Annual Memorial event held in the Spring of 2014. For additional information about events, see News and Events listed on the McLean Website www.mcleancare.org.   

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McLean Golf Tournament for Home Care and Hospice

McLean will have its 23rd annual golf tournament, dinner and auction September 9th at Hop Meadow Country Club. Many tournaments come and go, but the McLean Golf Tournament has thrived and provides needed support to McLean Home Care & Hospice.The national award winning home care agency serves adults of all ages in the Farmington Valley through West Hartford, Bloomfield, Windsor and Bristol.

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