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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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“Thank you for giving my mother back to me”

Caring HandsIn a short, powerful VIDEO, Hospice of Michigan highlights the ability of Music Therapy to bring quality of life to patients with limited responsiveness. Whether it’s dementia or aging or disease, MUSIC reaches past the pain or cobwebs to bring back memories connected to familiar tunes.

WATCH >> THE VIDEO  (2:46)

Marsha Goldsmith Kamin, co-founder of Marisa Home Care, is featured in the uplifting video with her mother, Gladys Goldsmith and Music Therapist Kaitlin Ridgway.

The Hospice of Michigan website states:

Music has a universal power to affect emotions. The right kind of music can enhance relaxation to ease pain and anxiety. Research has shown the effectiveness of music therapy even in patients resistant to other treatment approaches. Our music therapist engages patients with music in ways best suited for their needs and preferences.

And Marsha agrees.

“It’s incredibly magical, but a lot of it is Kaitlin — Kaitlin’s doing what she’s been trained to do,” said Marsha. “When you talk about treating the whole person you want to treat every aspect of their life, because what you want is dignity and respect to the very end.”

Reflecting on her mom’s joyful response to her weekly music therapy visit, Marsha added:  “It’s really wonderful to see that spark again — when Kaitlin is with her it brings her back. I wrote a letter and said thank you for giving my mother back to me.”


Read more on how MUSIC can help you connect to family members in “When the Visit Doesn’t Go Well“.


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When the Visit Doesn’t Go Well…

Caring Hands


The Mother’s Day visit did not go so well…Mom was angry, and her assisted living center was busy and all suggestions to go for a walk or out to eat were met with negativity or agitation.

Now Father’s Day is coming up and you are tense and depressed over a possible replay of another visit making you and a parent unhappy and frustrated. Dementia can complicate matters; stress can provoke bewildering outbursts in a dementia patient and leave family members feeling helpless and unable to connect.

How can you make time spent with your elderly mom or dad in a nursing home or memory care center a positive experience for both of you?

You can play music.

Multiple studies have shown that music reaches elderly patients with cognitive issues when all else fails.

“Musical aptitude and music appreciation are two of the last remaining abilities in patients with Alzheimer’s,” said Linda Maguire, lead author of a 2013 study on dementia, music and cognition.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has produced research detailing music’s behavioral influences: “When used appropriately, music can shift mood, manage stress-induced agitation, stimulate positive interactions, facilitate cognitive function and coordinate motor movements.”

There are some wonderful free or inexpensive smartphone music apps that allow you to create a portable playlist of favorites for your mom or dad. I Heart Radio (download from your phone’s app store) has even compiled the musical hits of each high school graduating class back to the 1950s – just click on the free playlist for the year selected and the music is ready to go!

Perhaps the key to a ‘good’ visit with a parent dealing with an incapacitating disease is not in doing, but in listening. Time spent together sharing favorite old concerts or popular tunes, singing or humming along with the music – these moments can strike a calm, connective chord that reaches back to the person that you both remember. ~


Marisa Home Care

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Music Therapy Offers an End-of-Life Grace Note (NYT 2018)

New Ways Into the Brain’s ‘Music Room’ (NYT 2016)