The Perfect Present for an Elderly Loved One

If she fell, how would she get up? Who would he call if he fell?

Stop worrying about your parents with this holiday gift idea! Research at Yale shows a LIFELINE system can help prevent future falls. McLean Home Care is offering FREE installation during December. Systems can cost as little as $45 dollar a month and your gift can be that you can prepay the bill for the year.Call 1-800-242-1306, extension 4909 today to learn more and take advantage of the free installation. Ask about the new Auto Alert personal help button.


McLean Volunteers Bring a Surprise to Hospice Patients and Families

McLean Hospice holiday bagsThere was a flurry of activities on Saturday morning, December 8th, as 24 Hospice volunteers were busily packaging items as a holiday surprise for 60 active McLean Hospice Families. They were busy wrapping scrolls containing the names of contributors, sorting beautiful prayer shawls, attaching tags, selecting fudge and adding delicate lace snowflake ornaments and tissue. 

The theme this year centered on snowflakes and was carried though on the hand- stamped snowflake tags.  The tags read “people are like snowflakes, everyone is unique but they are most beautiful when they come together.” Each turquoise bag contained a hand - knit prayer shawl donated by local churches and individuals; a loaf of bread in the design of a snowflake baked and donated by students at The Lincoln Culinary Institute; fudge made by the volunteers and a delicate snowflake ornament designed by a PA artist.


McLean Honors Employees for Service

David Bordonaro, President, recognized McLean employees at a special reception on December 4th for their long service and commitment to providing excellent customer services. He noted that McLean staff includes professionals in many disciplines who provide healthcare in the Health Center, Home Care & Hospice and Outpatient Rehab Clinic.


McLean Lights of Hope Gathering and Tree Lighting

Music, poems, words of wisdom for caregivers and those who are grieving, friends and loved ones all contributed to a very uplifting gathering at Eno Hall on November 30th. The McLean Home Care & Hospice Lights of Hope Gathering was reinvented this year after three successful years as the Tree of Lights Festival. This year caregivers were honored along with remembering those whom we have lost. The uplifting evening began with attendees writing memories in the Book of Remembrances and chatting with the McLean team of nurses, social workers, staff and volunteers. Many of the attendees have come every year to renew friendships formed during their families’ journeys with an ill loved one.


Recent Hospice Bake Sale A Success!

Hospice Bake Sale a Success

McLean resident, Doris Freudenberger (right), is shown purchasing an array of delicious desserts from Hospice Volunteer, Meghan Lukler.


2011 McLean Hospice Memorial Quilt of Remembrance Unveiled

quilter, Dottie Szypulski

Quilter, Dottie Szypulski, at the unveiling.      


New McLean Hospice Volunteer Class

McLean Hospice volunteer class Nov. 2013McLean’s 17 new Hospice volunteer graduates are from many backgrounds. They are retirees including a former nurse, a hospital worker, guidance counselor and property manager, to an active policewoman, a singer, two Reiki masters, active industry or insurance professionals, a pet therapist, a high school student and a homemaker with school-age children.  Volunteers are dispersed geographically throught McLEan’s serve are coming from Avon, Bloomfield, Burlington, Canton, Enfield, Granby, New Hartford, Simsbury, W. Suffield, and Windsor Locks.   Most will participate in direct patient and family support while others will support program administration. 


Coping with the Holidays

Freddi Hoffmann, Susan Trovato, Bonnie Lillis and Debra Feldman discuss ways caregivers and those who have had a loss can create and celebrate memories. They will also share details on the upcoming community gathering.


McLean Home Care and Hospice Top Workplace

David Bordonaro proudly congratulated the McLean Employees for making McLean a leader in senior living, senior healthcare and a 2012 Courant, FOX CT and Hartford Magazine Top CT Workplace. “We are very proud of all the awards and accolades that the dedication and good work of our team continues to earn. We are very proud to announce the latest achievement of being a TOP CT Workplace.”


Do Something Grand for National Grandparents Day

Grandparents Dayby Freddi Hoffmann

Sunday, September 9th is National Grandparents Day. My grandmothers were instrumental in shaping my life. They encouraged me to be the best I could be and to dream big. Even though they have been deceased for nearly fifty years, I think of them often and the wisdom they shared on so many topics.

Those of us blessed to work with elders recognize their strong commitment to the generations that follow them. National Grandparents Day is an opportunity for all generations to come together.  We can do a project together for our community or advocate for issues that impact multiple generations.