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. Other staff provides exceptional services for assisted living residents and The Village community members. “I always begin by saying, what would McLean be without you? McLean’s history of quality and care is what makes McLean special.

McLean Lights of Hope 2.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.

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. 

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.

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.”

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.

When we think of healthy aging what often comes to mind first is exercise.  There are so many other things that also are important for healthy aging. Socialization and companionship are actually more important than exercise as documented in many studies.

Patricia Adams, Administrator of McLean Home Care & Hospice, Sara Szafranski, Director of Home Care, and Debra Oakes, Director of Hospice, gather to launch the expansion of the award wining agency to serve the residents of 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.

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 volunteer class March 2012The new McLean Hospice volunteer graduates range from retirees – including two former nurses, and a retired physician - to three students pursuing degrees, two residents who volunteered for Hospice in other areas of the country, to a homemaker with school-age children.  Most want to do direct