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McLean Home Care & Hospice Receives Highest Recommendation Rate.

What is COPD? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is an umbrella term for two respiratory illnesses -- chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD.

According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. In 1998, approximately 107,000 Americans died of COPD.  COPD's prevalence and death rate are rising. In 2020, COPD is projected to become the third leading cause of death in the United States. COPD has a higher mortality rate than asthma. The highest increase in mortality has been in white women, as observed between 1960 and 1998. An estimated 30 million Americans have COPD. However, only 16 million adult Americans have been diagnosed with disease.

The good news is that there are many things people suffering with COPD can do to improve their quality of life.

We asked our patients would they and/or their families recommend the McLean Home Care to friends and family? See how we did and how other agencies in our service area did.

Connecticut  Average

80%

National Average

79%

McLean Home Care & Hospice

 91%

I often meet with families who are struggling with the issue of a parent who has dementia. I know this feeling so well, as I spent ten years helping my dad care for my mother. It was hard for me, living one thousand miles away, to recognize how she was deteriorating and the strain it put on dad. And he, as most caregivers do, covered up her limitations… even to me. Early on, mom would say “I feel like I’m going into a dark hole and can’t get out.” She knew her diagnosis but, with time, lost sight of the cause of her problems. Dad felt that it was his duty to care for her. He told me, “Your mother was totally dedicated to making the best home for you girls and me and now it’s my turn to do this for her.” Luckily, I had a friend who was volunteered with the Alzhiemer’s Association, and she helped me learn about options. With time, this helped me to guide my parents to select a continuum of care. Through the respite program there, Dad got the breaks in caring for my mom that he so desperately needed, allowing him to still play golf with his buddies keeping him happy and well. And eventually, mom moved into a memory care assisted living right on the same campus so they each got the best care and support for this hard journey.

The American Heart Association website states that “the term "heart failure" makes it sound like the heart is no longer working at all and there's nothing that can be done. Actually, heart failure means that the heart isn't pumping as well as it should be. Your body depends on the heart's pumping action to deliver oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the body's cells. When the cells are nourished properly, the body can function normally. With heart failure, the weakened heart can't supply the cells with enough blood (View an animation of heart failure). This results in fatigue and shortness of breath. Everyday activities such as walking, climbing stairs or carrying groceries can become very difficult. Heart failure is a serious condition, and usually there's no cure.”

The good news from the American Heart Association is that “many people with heart failure lead a full, enjoyable life when the condition is managed with heart failure medications and healthy lifestyle changes. It's also helpful to have the support of family and friends who understand your condition.”

There are more than 40 million people age 65 and older in the U.S., and helping them remain independent and safe in their own homes has gotten much easier thanks to new assistive technology products. “Savvy Senior” columnist Jim Miller shared telephone systems, pill dispensers, and more on the Today Show on February 5th.  

The first system he featured was the Lifeline® Emergency Response System offered by McLean Home Care. Miller recommended this system with the fall alert feature. As he mentioned, the service with the auto fall alert feature is $55 dollars a month.

For more information, call Cheryl at 860-658-3790.

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.

McLean Trustees Paine, Hensley and SchofieldThe McLean Fund was established by the Trust of Senator and Governor George P. McLean in 1932. Today McLean Affiliates, Inc., as subsidiary of The Fund, is a vibrant senior living and healthcare continuum serving more than 4,000 people annually on the campus in Simsbury and in their homes in thirteen towns with McLean Home Care & Hospice. The McLean Game Refuge, Inc. is another not-for-profit subsidiary of The Fund that manages the 4,400 acre refuge in Simsbury, Canton and Granby. The Senator’s will specifies that there be up to nine Trustees to oversee The Fund. These Trustees also serve as Directors of The Affiliates and The Game Refuge. Mark Wetzel, Chair, welcomed three new Trustees to the Annual Meeting on Monday, December 17th.

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

Stop worrying about your parents with this gift idea! Research at Yale shows a LIFELINE system can help prevent future falls. 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. Ask about the new Auto Alert personal help button.

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.

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