Category: Health

March 14th, 2016 by Cathrine Moraski

McLean Home Care and Hospice is one of the most popular adult care companies servicing Granby, Connecticut. They have been servicing Granby citizens for years and helping elderly return to independent living after a surgery or provide needed support for those requiring long term help.

There are multiple reviews from previous patients of McLean Home Care and Hospice that speak highly of their services and there is good reason. McLean Home Care offers coordinated care and specialized programming that has been nationally recognized and has won several awards.

McLean Home Care has been recognized for a consistently low hospitalization rate, a high level of patient satisfaction, and has been ranked with the HomeCare Elite agency for a long time.

McLean has made a special point to work towards developing treatment programs for some of the most common illnesses affecting those in the Granby community. As a result they have the tools and training necessary to help those suffering from COPD, have problems with speech and need speech therapy, those needing physical rehabilitation, among many other abilities and treatments.

McLean is not just for the elderly. They are there for anyone needing help recovering from a previous illness or injury that can leave someone debilitated for a period of time. Ultimately, they can help individuals avoid a long hospital stay and hopefully are able to reduce expensive health care costs.

Just a few of their long term care services include palliative care, help for those living with heart failure, wound care management, help with medical social services, and hospice.

McLean Home Care is located at 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070. They can be reached by phone by calling 860-658-3700.

Many of their healthcare professionals are trained if an emergency occurs and a patient is in need of CPR. CPR is learned by those who obtain BLS, ACLS, or PALS certification.

Posted in Community, Health, Opinion

March 13th, 2016 by Cathrine Moraski

The Connecticut Spelling Bee held on an annual basis was recently conducted at Quinnipiac University. It was open to students ranging from grades 4th through 8th that had previously won local spelling bees in their community. As per usual, our city of Granby was represented. One of our own 8th graders that attends Granby Memorial Middle School won after beating sixty-two students from around the state.

The winner from Granby Memorial Middle School is named Dwarith Ramesh. She is just 14 years old. She will now be representing the state of Connecticut in May of 2016 at the Scripps National Spelling Bee that will be conducted in National Harbor, Maryland.

Because of her victory here in Connecticut her flight and hotel expenses will be taken care of by the Quinnipiac University School of Education. Quinnipiac University is at the forefront of helping to educate young minds and motivate our youth to find value in education early on in life.

While the spelling bee was held at Quinnipiac University, the Connecticut Spelling Bee is heavily endorsed by United Medical Education who provides continued emergency medical training. Some of their training courses include ACLS recertification online. Besides providing ACLS recertification online, United Medical Education publishes free training materials on how to perform CPR.

Many other local businesses and volunteer organizations are starting to take interest in the Connecticut Spelling Bee and recognize it’s ability in setting a standard of education for our local youth. Because of this, the spelling bee has started to receive more media attention and community support in recent years.

If you are interested in helping endorse the Connecticut Spelling Bee along with other more local spelling bees feel free to message us here at The Granby News for details. You can also subscribe to learn more about current news and events taking place here in Granby, Connecticut.

Posted in Community, Education, Family, Granby News, Health, Opinion, Study

Recently Honored Town Hero
February 1st, 2016 by Cathrine Moraski

There are great people who often live in small places and the town of Granby is happy to say we have some of our very own local heroes. One of those town heroes that was recently honored was our own Doug Babcock.

Doug Babcock was most recently honored with Vermont’s Emergency Management Director of the Year award. This is large part due to Doug’s vast 20 years of experience in the field of emergency management and intervention. Doug Babcock has been working in public safety as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) for several years. As an AEMT he is required to be the first on the scene during many health related emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes. There is special training that goes along with being an AEMT which generally includes obtaining Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certification and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. Doug is not just a student of those courses but he is also a CPR instructor and served two years in the Coast Guard.

He now works at Saint Michael’s College as the Director of Public Safety and does his best to make sure that the student’s will be treated if an emergency occurs. He also helps with the Cambridge Rescue Squad during his free time as well as the Jeffersonville Board of Adjustment.

Doug is not alone when it comes to helping keep the Granby community safe. There are several AEMTs that work in the area along with nurses and doctors who form a team of healthcare professionals working hard to save lives in the event of an emergency. At least for the moment one of our local heroes has been recognized with a prestigious honor. Hopefully Doug is just one of many to come.

Posted in Community, Granby News, Health