American House Coconut Point Groundbreaking Ceremony

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On April 29, 2015, the REDICO and American House Senior Living Communities team hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to symbolize the official start of construction on American House Coconut Point, the second community located in the Southwest Florida region.

According to Dale Watchowski, president and CEO of REDICO and American House Senior Living Communities, “Put simply, we like it here and we have established a platform that will allow us to effectively serve our senior living communities throughout the state of Florida.”

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American House Coconut Point will be a 194-unit independent living, assisted living and memory care community located on the border of Estero and Bonita Springs, Florida. The community will include 54 independent living, 76 assisted living and 64 memory care units, ranging in size from 327 to 879 sq. ft for studio, one-bedroom, one-bedroom/den and two-bedroom/two bath apartments.

The community will offer three levels of care:

Independent Living: Offering a comprehensive array of services and programs, independent living residents will enjoy restaurant-style dining in a beautifully appointed dining room. Other services include all utilities, high-speed internet (telephone is not included), weekly housekeeping services, scheduled and group transportation services, life enrichment director, spa and salon, gourmet coffee bar, library, game room, heated pool and covered parking.

Assisted Living: Assisted living residents will receive three (3) full meals a day plus snacks, daily maid service, morning and evening care, medication management program, showering assistance, escorts (if necessary), on-site therapy and will enjoy all amenities offered to independent living residents.

Memory Care: Memory Care apartments will serve residents with Alzheimer’s, Dementia, or those requiring one-on-one assistance. This area will have more staffing/aids and will provide all meals plus snacks, a calendar of activities geared for cognitive development and the same level of care services as provided in assisted living. The memory care community is a secured space, providing safety and security to residents who may wander.

Some of the on-site activities, included in monthly fees, will include fitness classes, water aerobics, yoga, internet lessons, book clubs, current events groups, Wii activities, discussion groups, guest speakers, movies, art classes, various entertainers and several clubs which will reflect residents’ interests. Off-site activities will be available and will include trips to museums, movies, theatre, concerts and other points of interest in Southwest Florida.

“This community will enable seniors to declare their independence living free from the worries, responsibilities and demands of home ownership and opening new doors of relaxation, socializing, activity and health,” said Rob Gillette, COO of American House Senior Living Communities.

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Hearing Detroit with American House

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By: Bryn Bliska, MIT Media Lab

Photos by: Rebecca Kleinberger, MIT Media Lab

Bryn Bliska is a Master’s student and Research Assistant in the Opera of the Future group at the MIT Media Lab. She is excited to be facilitating collaboration between the Opera of the Future team, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and many amazing Detroit residents and community institutions for Symphony in D.

We recently returned from another amazing visit to Detroit – my fifth time in the city over the past six months. As Symphony in D has developed, I’ve met a huge range of inspiring people. One of the partner organizations that I’ve most enjoyed collaborating with is American House, a collection of senior living communities across the state of Michigan with several locations in the Detroit metropolitan area. We were first approached by three women on the American House team – Kristen Keller, Angie Kadowaki and Veronica Fiegel – back in November at Symphony in D’s official press launch. They were excited at the prospect of getting their residents involved, and we were equally excited at the opportunity to learn about Detroit from some of the people that know it best: those that have spent decades, if not their entire lives, calling it their home. After some dialogue and brainstorming, we landed upon a wonderful idea for our collaboration that has unfolded in a very powerful way over the ensuing months.

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During the early part of 2015, the American House team worked with their residents to collectively generate lists of unique historic sounds of Detroit. We were introduced to so many sounds we might never have otherwise come across that speak to Detroit’s rich and complex culture: the voice of legendary Detroit Tigers sportscaster Ernie Harwell; the implosion of the famed Hudson’sdepartment store building in 1998; and the popping noise that marks the opening of a jar of Sanders Fudge, to name just a few. In February, Tod and I then had the chance to sit down with about a dozen residents from different American House communities to review these incredible lists. Hearing first-hand about the personal meanings embedded in each of these sounds, I was moved by the passion with which everybody spoke about their city, and their memories truly deepened my appreciation for Detroit. The residents’ openness and generosity in sharing their stories with us is representative of the great hospitality and kindness that so many other Detroiters have extended to all of us from the Opera of the Future team.

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After this wonderful discussion, the American House team proposed a perfect culminating event for this phase of our partnership, which took place during our visit last week. Tod and I, as well as Opera of the Future graduate students Rebecca Kleinberger and Charles Holbrow, met a number of American House residents (including many familiar faces) at the Detroit Historical Museum. The American House residents and staff had synthesized their ideas of important historic sounds into a “Top 20” list, and had actually tracked down audio and video footage of each of these to share with us. Kristen gave a presentation of the items on this list, which included the whistle of the boat that used to carry Detroiters to their beloved Boblo Island Amusement Park (open from 1898 until 1993), the theme songs of Better Made chips and Faygo soda, and footage from the 1967 riot.

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Once again, we had the great fortune to hear individuals’ reflections on these sounds during the presentation, and also got to continue some of these conversations as we explored the museum afterward. Kristen, Angie and Veronica also bestowed upon us some very decadent, absolutely delicious Detroit-made goods, including all of the iconic foods we’d heard so much about. Tod, Charles, Rebecca and I all left the museum with our hands full, literally, as well as with our hearts full of gratitude for the people of American House and appreciation for the incredible city that we have felt so welcomed into. Through their creativity and dedication, the American House residents and staff have already brought so much to Symphony in D – and, personally, to my experience and understanding of Detroit. So to all of these wonderful people, and to the many others I’ve had the great fortune to interact with, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart! It is a pleasure and honor to work with you, and I am excited for what’s to come as Symphony in D continues to grow and take shape.

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Welcome to American House West Bloomfield

Have you recently toured our American House West Bloomfield community? If not, you’re highly encouraged to do so! Many renovations have occurred to include the addition of an Anytime Café and upgrades to the dining room, activity room, lobby fireplace, furniture and much more.

Here’s a sneak peak of the renovations!

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American House West Bloomfield is ideally situated near family, friends, shopping and familiar medical professionals in West Bloomfield, Farmington Hills and Novi. Hospitals in the area include Henry Ford Bloomfield Hospital, Beaumont and Botsford Hospitals. The community provides independent living with assistance available.

Floor plan options include studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens, living rooms and private baths. We also have a community dining room – restaurant-style dining is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Residents also enjoy an on-site beauty salon/barber shop, fitness/wellness center, computer room and more.

In addition, a life enrichment director plans a wide range of cultural, social and recreational programming. Resident services also include 24-hour on-site staff and scheduled transportation. Laundry and housekeeping services are also available.

Schedule a tour today – call (248) 436-4097

Are you or your loved one already living at American House West Bloomfield? If so, remember the Resident Referral Program! Refer someone to American House and when they move in, get $500 off your rent for the month!

Small Donations. Big Impact.

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During the 8th Annual Chili Cook-off, American House East I raised $1,107.00 in only two hours!

For the past eight years, American House East I has sponsored a chili cook-off to raise money for the American House Foundation.

Each year great care is taken to ensure that the event is fun, delicious, entertaining and charitable. This year was no exception! Delicious aromas of warm chili lingered, and jovial conversations could be heard throughout the dining area.

Participants sampled over 15 chilis paired with cornbread, fresh cut onions, sour cream and cheese. After trying the spectacular chili varieties, participants voted on their favorite. The people’s choice winner received a $50 visa gift card and two Detroit Tigers baseball tickets. Additionally, a panel of judges chose winners in the categories of White Meat, Red Meat, Vegetarian and Wild Game. Each winner also received a $50 visa gift card and two Detroit Tigers baseball tickets.

And, guess what? The official Detroit Tigers mascot, Paws joined the fun! He was sure to meet, greet and dance with American House East I residents, as well as take photos with the many children in the crowd!

Thank you for putting on a spectacular event to benefit local seniors in need!

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For more than 30 years, American House has been an advocate for the elderly in their own communities, but in 2007, the founding family wanted to reach beyond their own borders to support seniors in need outside the safety and care of American House communities.

Many older adults in the Detroit area are suffering needlessly. They are left alone and forced to choose between food and heat, medication and housing. These are choices no one should have to make, especially in later life. American House, created the American House Foundation in partnership with the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University, to help put an end to these significant aging issues.

Gifts that are generously donated to the American House Foundation will provide hope and preserve the dignity of older adults enduring hardship. 70% of gifts received by the American House Foundation will go directly to helping seniors today. 30% of gifts received by the American House Foundation will fund research for a better tomorrow.

Make American House Bonita Springs Your New Home!

Are you a Florida resident? If so, we will soon be opening the perfect new home for you… American House Bonita Springs!

Over time, the financial costs and physical strain of owning a home or condo can become overwhelming. Making the decision to move into a rental senior housing community can go a long way in helping to alleviate some of that stress. Most often, many utilities that are additional monthly expenses, like water, gas and electric, are included in your rent. There are no maintenance costs, like mowing the lawn, fixing a leaky roof or replacing a hot water heater. Moving into a senior living community means that all those maintenance issues – indoor and outdoor – are taken care of for you! This means less stress and more time to enjoy your family and friends. And those social gatherings you’re always hearing about? Well, those are usually free too!

The decision to transition to a senior housing community can be a difficult one – you’ve spent many years in your family home and created special memories that last a lifetime. Let American House Bonita Springs help you create new memories!

Maintenance-free Living

American House Bonita Springs is a completely maintenance-free senior housing community:

  • Full-time, on-site maintenance: Consider the on-site maintenance staff as your personal ‘handyman’ ready to take care of any task big or small.
  • Kitchen appliance upkeep: Most apartments in American House Bonita Springs have full kitchens. So what happens if you’re having problems with your stove or refrigerator? Don’t worry! These big ticket items won’t put a strain on your budget, rather the on-site team will do what’s necessary to repair or replace your appliances!
  • Worry-free travel: Leaving on vacation to travel across town or to a different state? You’ll have peace of mind knowing your home will be just as it was when you left.

Life Enrichment

There’s never a dull moment at American House Bonita Springs. Someone is always there to share a laugh with you, catch up on the latest TV show, or take a walk around the neighborhood. Moving into a senior living community allows for plenty of socialization and new friends! At American House Bonita Springs, the community is full of things to do: swimming, cultural outings, crafts, music, food – it’s limitless.

The perks of living at American House Bonita Springs outweigh the potentially difficult decision of moving into a senior housing community. With maintenance-free living and several options to keep you active and engaged, American House Bonita Springs may be the perfect place for you!

Enjoy Pure Michigan with American House’s Up North Properties

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Pure Michigan? You bet! There’s nothing quite like Up North Michigan when it comes to breathtaking scenery, history, outdoor fun and activities for all ages. American House Senior Living is proud to have communities in northern Michigan. Go ahead and explore our Up North properties and what they have to offer.

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Nestled in the center of Round Lake, Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix in the northern Lower Peninsula, the city of Charlevoix is a true gem filled with beaches, parks and so much more. Summer brings plenty of happy tourists who enjoy water activities; autumn brings exquisite fall colors that you have to see to believe; winter allows snow fans to ski or snowshoe; and spring blooms with bright colors and fresh air.

Our American House Charlevoix Senior Living community is fortunate to be situated right in the middle of it all. We offer independent living, assisted living, respite care and hospice care for residents and our community has plenty of features to make residents feel right at home — including an on-site beauty salon and barber shop. Our Lifestyle Enrichment Director plans unique and fun events and activities for our residents to enjoy, and we also have personal and scheduled transportation available. In addition, American House Charlevoix Senior Living welcomes small pets!

While you’re here, don’t miss out on seeing the mushroom houses! Architect Earl Young designed these unique homes mostly of stone which are also known as gnome homes or hobbit houses. Plus you can always take a trip to nearby Beaver Island, which has lodging, fishing and so much more to enjoy.

PETOSKEY SENIOR LIVING

In the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, you’ll find the resort town of Petoskey. The area is ripe for finding Michigan’s state stone, the Petoskey stone — in the water or in the quaint shops around town — and there are plenty of other things to do.

American House Petoskey Senior Living offers independent living, assisted living, respite care and hospice care. Small pets are welcome in our maintenance-free apartments, and you’ll be able to enjoy various activities and events in our common areas. We offer weekly housekeeping and laundry services, a beauty salon and barber shop, a 24-hour refreshment center and many other valued amenities. Enjoy your community and mingle with your neighbors during activities and events planned by our very own Lifestyle Enrichment Director, or venture into the city with our personal and scheduled transportation.

Petoskey is situated among several other beautiful Up North Michigan towns, including Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City — plus it’s only a 45-minute drive to the Mackinac Bridge to the Upper Peninsula (with tourist destination Mackinac City and not-to-be-missed Mackinac Island right there, too!). But even if you don’t want to venture far, Petoskey has quaint shopping, boating, fishing, bike trails and of course plenty of skiing to offer.

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Give us a call today to start exploring how you can Enjoy Pure Michigan with American House’s Up North Properties! Call (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a visit.

7 Ways To Make Your New Senior Living Community Feel Like Home

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You’ve spent many years in your family home and enjoyed watching your children and perhaps even your great grandchildren grow. There, you’ve created special memories that last a lifetime. As you transition from your home rich with memories of the past, American House is with you every step of the way to help you create memories of the future. To make your new house feel like home, try these seven steps today!

DECORATE, DECORATE, DECORATE!

First and foremost, where you live isn’t a home until you make it yours. For example, hang photos or display photo albums on your coffee table. Bring your curtains and bedding from your previous home to showcase in your new apartment. Want more inspiration? Here are 15 Easy and Inexpensive Redecorating Tips to help you get started!

MAKE NEW FRIENDS

It can be difficult moving somewhere new, but it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and make new memories! One of the many advantages of living in a senior living community is the closeness and easy interaction with your neighbors. You’ll never know who you’ll meet and what interesting stories they have — like our very own American House resident, Bob the Boat Builder.

PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES

American House Senior Living Communities offer regular outings and activities for our residents. They enjoy unique, cultural and multi-generational activities and seasonal events like these fun summer activities. Make sure to sign up and join in!

INVITE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO VISIT

Invite your loved ones over to visit and give them a tour of your new home and community! Take them to the dining are or Anytime Café to relax and have a cup of coffee or venture out and explore the area! Our American House communities are located in great areas with plenty to see and do.

GET NEW ADDRESS LABELS

It may seem insignificant, but ordering your own personalized return address labels can make your new apartment feel like home! Plus, they will come in handy when you send cards and letters to friends and family.

PURCHASE HOUSE PLANTS

Plants can give a home a cozy and welcoming atmosphere and make for colorful decorations. If you’re so inclined, go ahead and start a gardeneven if the plants are artificial!

BRING YOUR PET

Pets are great companions. If your senior living community is pet-friendly (most of the American House Senior Living Communities are), then it may be time to go pet shopping if you don’t have a furry friend already. You’ll have a new friend and be able to reap these other Top 10 Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors.

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We encourage our residents to make themselves at home, which is why these 7 Ways to Make your New Senior Living Community Feel Like Home are so important. Give us a call today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to set up your tour today so you can start envisioning ways to make your new home “yours.”

Honoring Our Best: The 2014 American House Employee Appreciation Award Winners

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They put others’ needs first. They work tirelessly, always eager to make each day fulfilling. They ensure things are running smoothly and that residents at American House are well cared for and happy. In short, they go above and beyond the call of duty — every day. They are part of our American House Senior Living family: Our employees.

At American House, we couldn’t do what we do and provide our residents a fun, loving and caring community without the hard work and dedication of our employees. That’s why we’re excited to be able to announce the winners of our American House 2014 Employee Appreciation Awards!

THE “DEE”-LIGHTFUL AWARD 2014

Presented to:

Robin Racho, Activity Director at American House Southland

In recognition of your exemplary enthusiasm, energy and commitment to our residents at American House Senior Living Communities.

THE BOB GILLETTE ESSENCE AWARD 2014

Presented to:

Cathy Felkins, Executive Director at American House Livonia

In recognition of being the everlasting essence of American House Senior Living Communities.

THE HERO AWARD 2014

Presented to:

Michelle Green, Assistant Director at American House Dearborn Heights

In recognition of your dedication, dependability and longevity with American House Senior Living Communities.

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American House is proud to honor the winners of our American House 2014 Employee Appreciation Awards! Many factors go into choosing the right senior living community — such as having caring and hard-working employees like American House does — and these 5 Important Steps to Finding the Best Assisted Living Community can help in your decision. Call American House today at (248) 579-4422 to schedule a tour to see our employees in action.

4 Ways for Caregivers to Slow Down and Enjoy the Holidays

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The holidays can be hectic – but for caregivers, they can be more than stressful. It’s easy to become frazzled during the holiday hustle and bustle, but it’s important that you remember these 4 Ways for Caregivers to Slow Down and Enjoy the Holidays (and don’t forget about these 20 Ways to Care for the Caregiver). Be sure to bookmark this article for reference in the future, and share with other caregivers in your life.

4 Ways for Caregivers to Slow Down and Enjoy the Holidays

1. Shop early and/or online.

Somewhere along the way, did buying gifts for loved ones became more of a hassle instead of a warm gesture of kindness to show your appreciation for family and friends? Don’t let that be the case! Instead, make things easier on yourself and do what makes the most sense for YOU. Make a list of the gifts you’ll be purchasing and shop in the season to avoid the crowds. Interested in shopping in your pajamas, while relaxing on the couch with a cup of coffee? If so, shop online, using your smartphone or tablet! Lastly, consider a one-size-fits-all type of gift: Zoo memberships, gift cards, books, etc.

2. Schedule some down time.

As a caregiver, you manage a full schedule between yourself and your loved one. During the busy holiday season, have you scheduled some time just for you? Recharge your own batteries — by way of reading a new book, taking a power nap, enjoying a brisk walk or picking up the phone to chat with a close friend. Because the more relaxed you are, the better caregiver you’ll be. It’s not being selfish; taking care of you is good for everyone!

3. Get a good night’s sleep.

This goes beyond just scheduling some down time for you. Getting a full night of sleep is beneficial physically because it allows your body time to recharge, literally, since your cells are busy making repairs. A good night of sleep lets your body rest, but it also lets your brain rest. Those million thoughts always swirling around get a break so that you can look at things with fresh eyes in the morning. Don’t skimp on sleep; five hours is not enough — particularly if you’re dealing with broken sleep because of your caregiving duties. Whenever you have the time, make it a priority to get a full night of sleep.

4. Remember what’s important.

It’s not about having the most elaborate, Pinterest-worthy holiday table decorations or variety of specialty foods on display. It’s not about having every last corner of your home free of dust bunnies. It’s not about having every last strand of hair in place, or being the first one (or second, or third) to send out holiday cards. The holidays are about spending time with those you love. It’s about spreading goodwill toward others. It may be about food (and these easy ways to make holiday meals healthier) and gathering around the table to talk and laugh. But it’s about happiness and doing things you love that bring joy to your heart. All the rest is just icing on the imperfect cake. Don’t ever forget that.

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These 4 Ways for Caregivers to Slow Down and Enjoy the Holidays are useful tips to remember. Call American Housel today at (248) 579-4422 to schedule a visit and see all we have to offer our residents.

Sixth Annual Holiday Hope for Seniors

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Many families are starting to prepare for the holiday season: purchasing ingredients for holiday meals, cleaning homes, buying presents off of wish lists and getting ready to receive visits from family and friends.

Not often do you hear it on the news or see it firsthand, but many senior citizens in the metro Detroit area won’t be receiving gifts. They won’t be celebrating with family. Some don’t even have suitable accommodations that allow family or friends to visit.

But with the help of American House Senior Living Communities and the American House Foundation, we are working to change that one senior at a time.

At several American House communities, a tree lighting ceremony will kick-off the season of giving. On Thursday, December 4, from 5-7 p.m. please join us as our residents and their loved ones purchase magical bulbs that will make a difference in senior’s lives. Approximately $20,000 will be raised from the tree lighting ceremony to benefit individual senior needs. When seniors help seniors, there’s a bit of magic to be found.

In addition, the American House Foundation will be helping over 850 senior citizens in need this holiday season by hand-delivering bags containing personal and household items. This is an incredibly humbling experience for those on the ‘Route of Gifts.’ So please, come on this journey with American House and be the difference in a senior’s life!

For more information on how you can help, please visit the American House Foundation website.

~Chief Operating Officer, Rob Gillette