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When is Memory Care Assisted Living the Best Choice?

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.

Tech Gear to Help Seniors Stay Independent Featured on Today Show

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.

McLean Hospice Bereavement Support Groups Offer Help to Those Who Have Experienced a Loss

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 Elects New Trustees – Paine, Hensley and Schofield

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.

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 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 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. 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 Gathering and Tree Lighting

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.

New 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.

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