Most Recent Review
August 30, 2014
This memo is to share about an extraordinary experience my family and I have had with Marisol.
My dad has lived with my family and I since he has been wheel chair bound for nearly 8 years with chronic arthritis and spinal stenosis.
Although he has had tremendous pain for years, as a family we managed to care for him and he was able to be fairly independent considering.
Then in October 2013, after returning home from work, I found my 68 father on the ground in his room. I called 911 and immediately he was rushed to the emergency room and within an hour he was having major surgery for he had a life threatening infection.
Thank goodness the surgery went well, but with the fall, his became very immobile as it agitated the arthritis and his joints.
He was no longer able transfer from his bed to wheel chair and needed 24 hour care and wound care.
After being released from the hospital he was sent to a rehabilitation and 24 hour care facility.
This was traumatic for all of us and especially him.
The rehab and care at the nursing home unfortunately was very mediocre and my father's spirits were diminishing.
I was referred to Marisol from a family at church for she has cared for their father who recently passed away.
My dad was in the nursing home for six months. In order to get to know my dad as we were not sure if he would return home, Marisol began visiting him on her own initiative, keeping him company, encouraging him, and preparing special food for him.
Although his physical ability was not recovering at the rate we hoped. Knowing that we would have Marisol on our team when we returned home... by a leap of faith in February we brought my dad back home. The rehab center said he was not progressing at the level they wish and not much could be done. But, we wanted to give him a chance to recover in the comfort of our home.
Marisol immediately became more than just a care giver while my husband and I were at work and our children were at school. She became a member of the family.
The level of detail, respect, patience she has goes unmatched.
My dad, as you can imagine went from independence to complete dependence and with that he became easily frustrated and angry at times.
Marisol bathed him, prepared meals for him. When he was in the hospital for surgery they discovered my dad has diabetes and heart issues so she helped him with his insulin management and helped regulate his blood sugar and blood pressure.
It was quite a transition for all of us for he was still unable to transfer from bed to wheelchair without Marisol's assistance. He could not use the restroom.
Marisol can handle anything, from multiple linen changes as results of chronic diarrhea, from enduring harsh treatment when he was angry, and responded with a gently loving spirit.
Marisol on her own accord would even come by on the weekend to share a special meal she prepared for my dad.
She was so amazing with our twin seven year old boys. When my dad was sleeping she would surprise us by tidying up the house, doing dishes, and other household chores.
After several months of dedicated service, applying therapy and rehab techniques she learned for home health service visits, she played a huge role in my dad's restoration to improved health and mobility. He regained strength in his legs, through proper pain management and medication and working with the doctors Marisol often spoke with, he began to transfer on his own.
Marisol helped him learn to use a bed side commode. We kept Marisol with us for another month and although we are elated by my dad's recovery, we unfortunately knew we that Marisol's work was done with us at this time.
She will always be a part of our life and played such a role in my father's care.
It was not just a job for her, she embraced the days even when most unknown with faith and wisdom.
She even joined family events to ensure my dad could really enjoy himself.
I wish Marisol the best and hope she will soon find another family to share her love and compassion with.
Posted Sep 12, 2014
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