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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.

Home is Where the Heart is: Improving the Cardiac ABCs

million heartsMcLean Home Care & Hospice is proud to join the initiative to introduce preventive cardiac best practices to the home health community. The Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign just announced a new partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services' Million Hearts® initiative to introduce preventive cardiac best practices to the home health community.  The partnership with Million Hearts® will focus on the ABCs of heart care:

  • Aspirin therapy for those at risk
  • Blood pressure control
  • Cholesterol management
  • Smoking cessation

Helpful News from McLean Home Care and Hospice re Fentanyl Patches

FDA’s Safe Use Initiative is asking everyone to help ensure the safe use and disposal of fentanyl transdermal system “patches” (Duragesic® and its generics). FDA has released multiple advisories concerning fentanyl patches. They continue work to increase public knowledge about how to safely use, store, and dispose of fentanyl patches. The FDA advisory warns “What people don’t know about these patches continues to harm the ones they love and care for. Keeping unused and used fentanyl patches out of the sight and reach of children can save lives.

University of Saint Joseph Nursing Students Complete Their Rotation at McLean

McLean Hospice Honors Volunteers

On April 9th, McLean Hospice took the opportunity to honor the volunteers who provided extraordinary services in fiscal year 2012.  The date was selected to align with National Volunteer Recognition Month.  The theme of the evening was “You Make a Difference!”  

The McLean Hospice 2012 Volunteer of the Year Patricia Joy of Granby is congratulated by Lori Scudder, Volunteer CoordinatorThe McLean Hospice 2012 Volunteer of the Year is Patricia Joy of Granby. The McLean Hospice 2012 Administrative Volunteer of the Year is Gail Kostruba of The McLean Hospice 2012 Administrative Volunteer of the Year Gail Kostruba of Granby with Lori Scudder.Granby. These volunteers were selected by the McLean Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, Lori Scudder, and the Recognition Committee comprised of previous Volunteer of the Year winners Jerri Pease, Wendy John, Taffy Wilcox, Lucian Cascio and Sylvia Peterson.  

Wilcox explained how hard the selection process was with so many eligible and qualified volunteers, so they added a new award The Ever Ready, Willing, and Able AwardThe recipients were Deborah Carey and Stoddard Reynolds of Simsbury, The McLean Hospice Ever Ready, Willing, and Able Award 2012 recipient Stoddard Reynolds of Simsbury with committee member Taffy Wilcox.and Stan Walczewski of Granby. The McLean Hospice Ever Ready, Willing, and Able Award 2012 recipients Stan Walczewski of Granby with committee member Taffy Wilcox. 

Committee member Tammy Wilcox congratulates Deb Carey of Simsbury who received a McLean Hospice Ever Ready, Willing and Able Award.

 

 

McLean Home Care and Hospice Earns CHAP Accreditation Again

Patricia Adams, McLean Administrator for Home Care & Hospice, and Sara Szafranski, Director of Home Care, share the news of the CHAP accreditation.The Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP) announced this week that McLean Home Care & Hospice has been awarded CHAP accreditation for Home Health and Hospice Standards of Excellence. McLean has earned this designation consecutively since 2006. CHAP accreditation demonstrates that McLean Home Care & Hospice meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards. Rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of service, human and financial resources, and long term viability.

Only 5,000 agencies of the more than 16,000 in the US go through the extensive accreditation process. Of the fourteen VNAs and Hospice programs serving the Farmington Valley, McLean is the only agency that is CHAP accredited. Visit www.CHAPinc.org for an agency locator.

McLean Home Care and Hospice Achieves Highest Patient Satisfaction Score

The McLean Home Care & Hospice team receives praise and daffodils for their outstanding patient satisfaction scores.Patricia Adams RN MPH, Administrator of McLean Home Care & Hospice, announced that 91% of home care patients and Hospice families would recommend the agency to friends and family. McLean scored highest in this Medicare patient survey item compared to other area visiting nurse agencies, and several scored below the 79% national average and 80% state average.

91% of McLean Hospice families also would recommend the agency to friends and family. Medicare does not require Hospice patient surveys at this time, but McLean Hospice utilizes SHP to survey Hospice family member’s measure satisfaction. 

There’s Strength in Numbers!

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 10th – March 16th

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.

Patients Extremely Satisfied with McLean Home Care

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%

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