Comfort, Quality and Peace of Mind

Watching and worrying about someone you love progress through the stages of memory loss takes an emotional and physical toll on everyone involved. Finding the right place that provides trusted Alzheimer’s care and dementia care that feels like home is a top priority.

At McLean Health Center in Simsbury, CT, you can rest assured that your loved one will receive the highest quality Memory Care. Unlike most traditional Memory Care communities in Connecticut, we believe in a less inhibiting, more enriching method to memory support. Our design and approach, coupled with cutting-edge technology, can enhance your loved one’s abilities and empower them to lead an engaging, fulfilling lifestyle.

Memory Care at McLean offers a warm, secure, barrier-free family environment where your loved one will feel comfortable, welcome and understood.

Personalized Care on a Higher Level

Every day, residents and team members bond like a close-knit family. Your loved one will be cared for by a highly trained care team and CNAs certified in dementia care by the Alzheimer’s Association. We’re also working toward certifying every single employee who works on our campus.

Residents here are surrounded by the familiar, smiling faces of a care team that takes the time to really get to know them on a personal level and help them stay active. They get to know their routines, their likes and dislikes, the activities they enjoy, even the outfits they like to wear most. In addition, the longevity of our team helps ensure a higher level of continuity, quality care and service that promotes dignity, independence and respect.

It’s the kind of care and security your loved one deserves with the peace of mind you need.

McLean Assisted Living was the very first accreditation recipient of the Purple Flag, in the State of CT, in recognition of outstanding dementia care. The Purple Flag for Dementia Care program is a collaboration of the Institute for Senior Living Education, the CT Assisted Living Association and the CT Alzheimer’s Association, with the overall goal of achieving a higher quality of life for persons with dementia.

Memory Care Services

    • Licensed nursing team members on-site 24/7
    • High level of team members presence and engagement
    • On-site physical, speech and occupational therapies
    • Restaurant-style dining with three meals daily
    • A small, intimate, secure neighborhood where residents bond, share and enjoy a family feeling
    • Program director with extensive experience in Alzheimer’s/dementia care
    • Maintenance
    • Wellness nurse who oversees daily care for each resident
    • Assistance with activities of daily living
    • Medication administration
    • Cognitive therapy to boost brain function and strengthen the mind
    • Available transportation
    • Housekeeping, personal laundry and linen service

    Our Active, Person Centered Lifestyle Includes

    • Consistent routines and familiar joys that reassure and help make each day a good day
    • Recognition that individual preferences are as important as hands-on care
    • Special activities and social programming
    • iPods programmed with favorite music specific to their generation
    • Group exercise to help maintain motor coordination
    • Beautiful new and secure courtyard to spend time outdoors
    • Meaningful, personalized programs that recognize residents’ passions
    • Participation in daily routines of neighborhood life
    • Active family participation

    Memory Care Volunteers

    Memory Care residents at McLean greatly benefit from the care and compassion of our specialized volunteer program. Highly trained in dementia care, our dedicated volunteers know how to engage with someone with memory loss. Residents are matched with a compatible volunteer who offers companionship and shares in activities like reading, going for walks in our beautiful courtyard, and engaging them in the things they enjoy.

    Developed through a partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, McLean’s Memory Care Training Program was the first program of its kind in the country.

    To become a volunteer, complete this form. To request a volunteer, please call 860-658-3941.

    To learn more about McLean’s Memory Care services, please fill out the request form.



    How does Memory Care differ from Assisted Living?

    Memory loss, whether from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, affects more than just one person. We work not only with individuals but also with family members and caregivers to provide the perfect balance of respect and care from day to day. Memory Care residences and common areas in McLean are carefully designed to ensure residents feel safe and secure. Our program is structured to build confidence in an environment that promotes choice and celebrates accomplishments through familiar schedules and surroundings.

    What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

    Dementia refers to the loss of cognitive functions (thinking, reasoning, the ability to remember) that are severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning. This group of symptoms is not a disease per se, but may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or certain injuries. It may be partially or fully reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, depression or imbalances in certain substances, such as hormones or vitamins. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It’s a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain, characterized by loss of function and death of nerve cells in several brain areas, leading to loss of recent memories and new learning first, and eventually old memories, too.

    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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