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Welcome to Essence Memory Care

Essence is a residential memory care HOME dedicated entirely to providing care for individuals living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia.  Nestled in the friendly, residential neighborhood of Northville, MI, Essence is a beautiful 6-Bed home co-owned and operated by 2 Registered Nurses who are Certified Dementia Practitioners with over 30 years experience in dementia and senior care service. 

Based on research that highlights the importance of small environments (versus large memory care facilities) in the care of persons with dementia, Essence Memory Care’s residential home model helps to provide a greater sense of belonging, comfort and security.   Essence offers custom care plans and strength based activities throughout the day to keep residents engaged in living each day to the fullest. 

Our goal is to provide opportunities for moments of meaning and joy in the lives of our residents each day.  

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Co-Founders, Colleen Cassidy, RN & Carolyn Merucci-Anderson, RN

“It is an honor and privilege to be able to provide care for our residents. The smiles, laughter and hugs received each day let us know we have created a home where our residents are truly happy and thriving.

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Creating Moments of Meaning and Joy

Essence Memory Care's philosophy is based on the belief that a person is not their illness; rather the condition is only one aspect of their current status. At Essence, our focus is on the strengths of the person living with dementia rather than on what abilities have been diminished or lost. It is our responsibility to step inside their world when communicating and interacting with a person living with dementia.

Essence Memory Care is based on these core principles:

  • Every Person has Value and Worth.

  • Every Person is Deserving of Dignity & Respect.

  • Every Individual is Unique in Their Life Experience.

  • Every Person has Strengths & Deserves Opportunities to Contribute

Relationships are essential to the well-being of a person living with dementia. At Essence we have created a culture that nurtures relationships based on respect, trust, shared experiences, mutual enjoyment, and community.

It is important to the quality of life for persons living with dementia that they continue to experience enriching, meaningful and failure-free activities.  By providing meaningful activities and opportunities for residents to contribute, we affirm each individual's sense of purpose every day.

With just 6 beds and a dedicated Care Partner for every 3 residents, Essence Memory Care's unique home environment promotes safety and comfort for our residents living with dementia.


See what makes us unique.

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"When someone living with Alzheimer's believes something to be true, it is true - in Alzheimer's World"

Bob DeMarco


We understand what a big decision finding just the right Memory Care facility is and want you to be confident in our level and quality of care.  We invite you to explore what others have been kind enough to share about us.

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