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Spring Cleaning…for SAFETY!

AT MARISA HOME CARE, we know that every one of our clients would like to recover from illness or surgery in the comfort of their own home. We know that elderly clients want to live out their lives surrounded by the homey space that contains their beloved memories and reinforces their daily routines…
We also understand the many environmental barriers that prevent people from returning home after a hospital stay, and the physical limitations sometimes imposed by the aging process.
Much of our work at Marisa is providing the person-to-person, short or long-term care that enables a client to remain at home as long as possible. Our caregivers perform household chores, cook, help with personal hygiene and provide transportation to doctor appointments and family events. Care-giving is our business and we are grateful to be able to assist families in need of a helping hand.
We also want our client families to know that there are simple accommodations they can put in place to make living at home a safer option for their loved one — accommodations that may help prevent a hospital stay or delay a move to assisted living if implemented proactively!  
For example, over 27,000 older Americans actually die each year from fall-related complications, and the number is growing as Baby Boomers age into retirement. We’ve created a Marisa Home Safety Checklist as an aid in home fall-prevention and as an overall guide to creating a safer, more accessible living zone for our clients.
We hope you will make the checklist part of your Spring Cleaning routine for yourself or an aging parent. Walk through the house with the list in hand and make notes; what simple actions can you take to create a secure space? It’s heartbreaking to leave a house permanently when living at home becomes impossible, and our wish is to give you options that will increase the quality of life for you and your family.

GET YOUR HOME SAFETY CHECKLIST NOW > http://bit.ly/HomeSafetyList 

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Caring Hands

Daily Life…Simplified


Modifying the items used in everyday living can be extraordinarily helpful for a person with limited physical strength or range of motion. Adaptive measures offer a degree of independence to people living with a disability or dementia, and a small device can act like another set of helping hands to a busy caregiver. Sometimes daily life really is about the “simple things”…

Get Up & Get Dressed!  

MOTIONS we take for granted can take monumental effort when performed with a limb in a cast, crippling back pain, or with weakness induced by illness or injury. Getting into an upright position to get out of bed can take caregiver help – or a HandiRail® bed support!


Assistive devices like HandiRail may be purchased online, at medical supply stores, and at some drugstores. Community senior centers may offer the use of daily living devices to residents for free, or for a small rental fee.

ZIPPERS and tiny buttons can make getting dressed a time-consuming exercise in frustration for people with diminished motor skills, sensory issues or dementia.

Adaptive clothing replaces typical closures with VELCRO®, magnets, snaps or elastic — or does away with unnecessary closures altogether. Many styles of adaptive clothing and footwear may be found online.


A few of our recommendations:

Let’s not forget accessories! Adaptive jewelry clasps are easy to add to existing necklaces and bracelets, making favorite jewelry wearable again with magnetic closures.

One of our favorite websites was founded by a local Metro Detroit Occupational Therapist. Alison Emerick has collected attractive, high-quality products at Ease Living that are assistive without looking like they belong in a hospital. Ease Living’s tagline, Live Long. Look Good., offers a refreshing perspective: sometimes we need a little help, but we’d like to live in style!

Get Out & About

GETTING IN and out of a car may be the toughest part of any trip for people with mobility issues. Entering and exiting a vehicle takes twisting, stepping up, sliding and a shift of body weight – difficult actions to perform in sequence for people who are weakened or unsteady.

We suggest 3 simple auto aids that can assist you or your family member with easier, safer transfers: 

  1. Swivel Seat Cushion. This cushion has a base that swivels. You just sit down, then easily swivel your legs into the car. No more struggling to lift legs and turn at the same time. It also makes it easier for someone who’s helping another person into a car.


  1. Stander HandyBar. This removable handle fits securely into driver or passenger car doors. It’s non-slip grip creates leverage and lets passengers boost themselves up and out of the car. Works for up to 350 pounds and fits on any door latch – no vehicle modification required.


 3. Easy Reach Seat Belt Handle Extension. People with arthritis or limited shoulder / torso mobility find it difficult to reach up and pull the seat belt down. This device latches onto the seat belt and makes an extra-long handle for easier access and pull-power.

A few simple gadgets and modifications can make a very big difference in the daily life of a family member needing a little extra assistance or requiring in-home care. ~

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Visit our Marisa Home Care RESOURCE PAGE and find creative solutions for the challenges of daily living.

Don’t see what you need? Just ask!

Call 248.354.7600.