Putting You at the Core of All We Do

As a not-for-profit provider of senior living and health care in Connecticut, you can be assured that everything we do, every decision we make is focused on bettering the lives of our residents, their families, team members and the community we serve – today and in the future.

This shared philosophy guides us as we create a person-centered environment where people are proud to live and work in Simsbury and Hartford County, CT. This comprehensive, holistic approach is integrated into all our services. No matter which lifestyle or service is right for you, we offer something for everyone with a promise of customized attention, care, and service to help you achieve personal satisfaction and happiness.

To uphold our philosophy, we commit to:

  • Continuous self-examination and opportunities for new growth and development
  • Recognizing change as a continuous journey
  • Providing excellent medical care
  • Making you the center of your own decision making
  • Knowing you as a unique individual and nurturing your spirit, mind and body
  • Working with you and your family to help ensure you live your life at McLean according to your wishes

We look forward to an ongoing journey of being a positive, enriching social and learning environment that optimizes the quality of life for you, your family, our team members and the community at large.

Our Guiding Principles

INDIVIDUALITY: Each person we serve will always be treated as an individual with unique strengths and needs.

INDEPENDENCE: Our services will always focus on helping each person maintain his or her highest level of functioning, independence and freedom of choice in the most supportive setting possible.

RESPECT AND DIGNITY: We’re absolutely committed to treating each person with kindness, sensitivity and respect while protecting his or her welfare and dignity.

SERVICE EXCELLENCE: We’ll always strive to provide service of the highest quality and excellence.

CONTINUUM: There’s no one answer to the needs of everyone. McLean will always provide or work with others to offer a full range of services designed to meet the unique needs of each individual we serve.

Our legacy of caring for people and nature is a testament to our namesake, Senator George P. McLean.

McLean’s Storied History

Senator George P. McLean, who was born in 1857 in Simsbury, Connecticut on a farm called the Homestead. Located on Firetown Road, Homestead was built in 1809 by George’s grandfather, Allen McLean, pastor of the Congregational Church. What is now the Hop Meadow Country Club clubhouse was originally the Homestead barn. The original home, called Holly Hill, is now home to Governor’s House nursing home.

After working as a newspaper reporter and then as a bookkeeper at Trinity College, Senator McLean worked and studied law in the law offices of Henry C. Robinson in Hartford; was admitted to the bar in 1882. He was elected to the Connecticut House of Representatives by the citizens of Simsbury for the session of 1883-84, served as U.S. Attorney for Connecticut from 1892-96, and was elected governor of Connecticut, serving from 1901-1903.

From 1911 until 1929 Senator McLean served three successive terms in the U.S. Senate. During this period, his deep interest in wildlife conservation inspired one of his many senatorial triumphs, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. In 1929, he retired to his home in Hartford County, where he died on June 6, 1932.

His will is a living testimonial to his deep engagement with his region and its people. He made significant bequests to churches, schools, civic organizations and hospitals. He also left his land and an endowment, the McLean Fund, which was entrusted with the management of both the McLean Home and what is now the McLean Game Refuge.

The Senator also gave to the Simsbury and Granby area an extraordinary legacy through his gift of 3,200 acres of abandoned farms and woodlands, which is now the McLean Game Refuge. With it, he established an endowment, the McLean Fund, to support the conservation and stewardship of the land, as well as to create a unique and dynamic health care center.

The trustees of McLean have since added over 1,000 acres to the Game Refuge, thanks to the generosity of individuals, families and the state of Connecticut. Today, the McLean Game Refuge is home to over 500 native plantsover 130 bird species and a vast variety of reptiles, amphibians, fish and mammals – many of which are rare or endangered.

Senator McLean had a deep love of nature and for the health and wellbeing of all people. We’re proud to bare name and to continue his legacy care.

Click to support the Game Refuge.

Virtual Tour

Explore Assisted Living at McLean from the comfort of your own home and see how we give residents the opportunity to live their most independent lifestyle.

Quality and Patient Satisfaction

McLean doesn’t just say we’re good; we constantly measure quality data and patient satisfaction. Our acknowledgments include:

  • McLean’s Health Center has an excellent reputation and strong quality measures in patient and family satisfaction.
  • McLean Post-Acute Rehabilitation is highly ranked among peer not-for-profit facilities in Connecticut, with the vast majority of patients giving excellent and good scores for “overall satisfaction.”
  • McLean Home Care is #1 among home care agencies in our service area for having the lowest rate of hospitalization for our patients, according to “Home Health Compare” outcomes at
  • We’ve been named a HomeCare Elite Top Agency numerous times. HomeCare Elite is an annual recognition of the most successful Medicare-certified home health care providers in the nation, ranking agencies in quality improvement and financial performance. For more information about HomeCare Elite, visit ocshomecare.
  • McLean Outpatient Rehabilitation therapy guests give McLean excellent scores for the degree to which the service met and exceeded their expectations.

To learn more about our life-enriching community or to schedule a personal tour, please fill out our request form

LeadingAge® Quality First

To ensure McLean continues its legacy of quality care, the trustees are committed to LeadingAge‘s Quality First Covenant, and have made the following pledge to maximize quality of life and care for older adults:

  • We’re committed to achieving excellence in the quality of care and services provided to consumers and to earning the public’s trust.

  • We believe that aging has a fulfilling purpose in life and that our society’s elders have enduring value to family and community.

  • We believe that not-for-profit organizations have a special role in society to provide healthy, affordable and ethical aging services. Our objective is to provide the highest-quality and most compassionate care and services to the people we serve.

  • We believe that the field of aging services should adhere to applicable legal, ethical and professional standards that are based on stated values and policies in each of our organizations.

  • We believe that we should strive to offer programs and services that are based on contemporary research and knowledge to meet the needs of the people we serve, as well as paid and volunteer caregivers, to the best of our ability.

McLean Social Accountability

Beginning in 2016, McLean began a comprehensive inventory of programs, their costs and benefits. It was determined that in the 2016 fiscal year, the McLean Health Center served more than 2,443 individuals in Simsbury and the surrounding towns. This report is updated annually.

The charitable activities include Community Outreach, the Sorenson Smart House, support groups, memory care volunteers, education for the public, health screenings, Lights of Hope, a shred event, programs on downsizing, low income assistance, and Meals on Wheels among others.

In the 2018 Fiscal Year McLean personnel spent 17,000 hours implementing these charitable programs and activities for more than 3,000 individuals.  This translates to a cost for personnel and benefits of $412,244. The building use for all the Health Center programs totals $54,200, and other expenses add another $3,045,553. After excluding payments for those programs, McLean supported the programs through the Health Center with unreimbursed support in the amount of $3,511,997.

Read the Most Recent Full Report Social Accountability 2020

McLean Trustees

Trustees of the McLean Fund and Directors of the McLean Affiliates, Inc. and the McLean Game Refuge, Inc.

Kathleen Alsgaard

R.N., Retired, Director of Clinical Programs and Services, United Health Care

James Cox-Chapman
M.D., Retired Chief Medical Officer, ProHealth Physicians

Jared Grise
Successional Capital

Denis Horrigan
Partner and Co-Founder, Connecticut Wealth Management, LLC

Michael Paine
Chair, Vice President, Paine’s Inc

Linda Schofield
Former Connecticut State Representative

Philip Schulz
Retired Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Mark Wetzel
Managing Partner, President, Fiducient Advisors

Contact Us

Send us your questions, comments or requests by using the form below. You can even request to schedule a virtual appointment for our brand new Expansion, our Independent Living, or our Assisted Living. Please fill out our request form, and one of our team members will be in touch with you shortly.


Auxiliary Membership

The McLean Auxiliary relies upon its members for charitable support and the contribution of time. To become an Auxiliary Member, fill out our application  Membership Brochure 2021-22

McLean Auxiliary Bylaws

Our Activities

A pile of Valentine's day gifts

  • All volunteer-run gift shop
  • Membership socials
  • Fundraisers
  • Bake sale
  • Casino games for residents
  • Dining room holiday flower arranging with residents
  • May Day and Veterans Day flowers for all Health Center residents
  • Holiday gift wrapping for residents
  • Art lounge (different artist each month)
  • Strawberry Festival awarding annual grants and scholarship
  • Angel Hearts Gifts — Valentine gifts for all residents
  • Scholarship program
  • Artists reception for residents

A bouquet of red flowers and American flags

The McLean Auxiliary Gift Shop

Our gift shop is for one-stop shopping. We guarantee you’ll find something for someone you love — and you, too! Even better, your purchase is a gift that keeps on giving. The store is run entirely by volunteers, and purchases support a multitude of activities and needs for McLean residents.

The shop is located in the lobby of the McLean Health Center and is open:
Monday through Friday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 3 p.m.

If you’re interested in volunteering in the gift shop,please contact the Auxiliary at or call 860-658-3710.

The McLean Auxiliary Annual Scholarship Award

The McLean Auxiliary awards an annual scholarship up to $1,500 to an employee or child of an employee who’s pursuing a post-high school education in a medical or health care-related field.

Applications are available to employees in the McLean Human Resources office.  Application can be made at any time. Decisions will be made annually during the last week of July.  If granted assistance will be paid after successful (grade C or better) completion of the course.  

The McLean Auxiliary will announce winners of the scholarship at their Membership Social in October.


The McLean Auxiliary Board Members

Ann ODonnell, President

Jane Stevenson, Vice President

Doris Rothe, Treasurer

Sandi Cady, Recording Secretary

Judy Fitzgerald, Corresponding Secretary

Colleen Casavant, 

Angela Cleveland 

Louise Polistena-D'Agosto

Carolyn Suffern

Carlene Rhea, McLean Liaison 

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