About Christopher MacLellan

Chris maclellan

I specialize in Group Cruises and Tours. As a Certified Accessible Travel Advocate.


I can book all your travel plans!  Ask me how you can have anything from oxygen to a hoyer lift delivered to your cruise ship stateroom or hotel around the world!



The Bow Tie Guy! 


Christopher MacLellan is affectionately known as "The Bow Tie Guy" in many caregiving circles. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Chris has five siblings, 24 nieces and nephews and over 40 great nieces and nephews. 


Faced with his partner’s diagnosis of esophageal  cancer in 2011, Chris started a caregiving blog entitled, “The Purple Jacket” and is an ardent advocate for caregivers and their care-partners through his blog “The Purple Jacket” and  “Healing Ties™” podcast.  


With an educational and professional background in Social Work and Theology, Chris’ Masters Degree thesis entitled, “Spiral of Silence: Caregiving, Stress and its Impact in the Workplace” was accepted by the faculty at Gonzaga University where Chris earned a Master's degree in Leadership and Communication in 2016.  As a former family caregiver,  Chris now views the issues family caregivers and their employers face through the lens of Communication and Leadership. 


Chris' passion centers around advocacy, sharing stories and connecting people to trusted resources.    Chris is proponent of a holistic approach to good health and spirituality.   Down to earth and pragmatic, Chris works within a consensus style framework, while building bridges instead of roadblocks.


Chris presents frequently on topics that impact family caregivers, their employers and founded the Whole Care network in 2016. Contact Chris at chris@wholecarenetwork.com for rates and availability to present in your area.


Five Things you might not know about me…


  1. I am proud of my three regional Professional Bowlers Associations titles and my 13, 300 games.
  2. I have been an avid hockey fan of the St. Louis Blues since 1967!
  3. I have been wearing bow ties for 20 years  wearing a bow-tie is like wearing two smiles on your face!
  4. I have 5 siblings and one favorite Sister-in-Law: JoAnn; Gerri; Merrille,: Me (Richard, R.I.P.) Jim (Pat): Mary.
  5. Our three-part Caregiving Story ‘In Sickness and In Health: A Couple’s Final Journey’  as written by Diane Lade and Careline Jean of the South Florida  Sun-Sentinel has been seen world-wide by over 400,000 people and was nominated for Pulitzer Prize in 2015.





·       Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)

·       Certified Senior Home Safety Specialist

·       Certified Dementia Communication Specialist (CDCS-Pending) 

·       Certified Beyond Driving Educator

·       Certified Special Needs At Sea Advocate


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