McLean Hospice Seeks New Volunteers

Hospice provides holistic care for individuals who are making life’s final journey.  The McLean Hospice Interdisciplinary Team - nurses, social workers, counselors, home health aides and volunteers - prides itself on helping patients find comfort to enjoy the richness of time they have left with loved ones, while surrounding families with the caring support and 24/7 availability of the professional team. Our Hospice focus is ensuring this final journey is filled with a rich sense of dignity and the best quality of life possible.

We are seeking mature individuals who can commit time to volunteer with our Hospice program, and can effectively support our mission, program and team.  Trained volunteers may visit patients and families in the community in their homes, apartments, or in assisted living or nursing facilities to provide social support, respite, companionship, a listening ear, and a caring presence.  They may also help families with specific tasks such as running an errand, planting flowers, walking a dog, or making a meal.


McLean Hospice Volunteers Participate in Cutting Edge Training

McLean Hospice trainingMore than twenty-five of the sixty-five McLean Hospice Volunteers attended the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Volunteer Day.  It was a day set aside especially for Hospice volunteers to continue education and was a component part of the national 2012 Hospice Volunteer Leadership Virtual Conference entitled Ignite the Future. 

While the week had been primarily set aside as a virtual conference for leaders of hospice volunteers, the Volunteer Day was a specially designed webinar conference.  The day featured expert speakers, six relevant topics, facilitator discussion guides and ability for national chats amongst volunteers themselves.


Flower Therapy Brightens the Day for McLean Hospice Patients

Hospice Volunteers

(Shown above, left to right) McLean Hospice volunteers, Jerri Pease, Simsbury; Jane Erie, W. Simsbury and Kathy Mock, East Granby

On a recent rainy Monday morning, Hospice volunteers gathered at McLean’s greenhouse with their garden flowers in hand.  It was time for their “Operation Hope” project of the day…sharing beautiful and colorful flowers with McLean Hospice patients to brighten their days.  There were white daisies, lilies, black-eyed susans, hydrangeas, carnations, greens, lavenders, and a host of other flowers.


McLean Hospice Holds Volunteer Recognition Event

Taffy WilcoxLucian Cascio Taffy Wilcox (above) of Avon, and Lucian Cascio (right) of Granby, were recently chosen as McLean Hospice's "Volunteers of the Year."



Have You Lost Your Spouse in the Past Year?

McLean Hospice welcomes all adults who are grieving for a spouse to join a very supportive on-going group.


McLean Hospice Offering New Bereavement Groups in Bloomfield and West Hartford for Those with a Recent Loss

McLean Hospice is proud to offer special bereavement support groups for all who have experienced a loss.  If you have recently lost a spouse, a family member or a friend, you will find one of these six week sessions very helpful.


McLean’s National Award Winning Home Care & Hospice Agency Expands to Burlington

Patricia 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.


McLean Hospice Annual Interfaith Memorial Service Comforts Many

Patricia Dill’s husband and children joined together to celebrate her life and share memories of her journey with the McLean Hospice team.McLean Hospice hosted the largest group to date of more than 120 family members, friends, staff and volunteers at its annual Interfaith Memorial Service at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Simsbury on April 28th.  The service remembered and honored over 200 clients who had been cared for by McLean Hospice in 2011.


Listen to Dr. Ligotti on WNPR

Robyn LigottiDr. Robyn Ligotti, Director of McLean Rehabilitation and Wellness, was a guest on WNPR on April 23rd to speak on the Importance of Physical Activity for Brian Health. Listen now!


McLean Hospice Care Video for Families

As a part of McLean’s commitment to supporting families of individuals journeying through the end of life, we have developed this informational video to help those families make the most out of their time with their loved one. The video is designed to give family members a better understanding of what hospice care provides for both their loved one and for the entire family. Listen to other family members, as they share their story of the journey their family took, with the support of the multi-disciplinary Hospice Care team from McLean.