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

Explore Pure Michigan with American House's Up North Properties

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.

CHARLEVOIX SENIOR LIVING

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

5 Ways To Thank A Veteran

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Have you thanked a veteran lately? Veteran’s Day in November is a designated day we appreciate and thank veterans for their service and dedication — but you can honor veterans in your life all year long! Here are 5 Ways to Thank a Veteran that you can easily implement any time of year:

5 WAYS TO THANK A VETERAN

1. Call

Make it a point to call your grandparent, parent, uncle, aunt, family friend or other loved one who served our country. You don’t have to talk about their military service, but reaching out and checking in means more than you can imagine. And who knows, maybe you’ll get to hear about some fabulous stories about days gone by (like this one from our very own Tuskegee Airman)!

2. Visit

Nothing is more precious to anyone — especially a veteran — than the gift of time. Your schedule is certainly hectic, but carve out some time to visit some veterans (either ones you know or even ones you don’t!) whenever you find the opportunity. It’ll be worth your time, promise. One American House resident’s visit with Navy veterans had him talking for weeks!

3. Offer assistance

Is your neighbor a veteran? Offer to stop by and do any light maintenance that may be needed – such as moving furniture or cleaning those hard-to-reach corners. Take the lawn mower or snow blower over before you do your own yard and save your neighbor the hassle. Or maybe there are veterans living at a nearby senior living community who would be delighted to have a little household help. (There are many veterans at American House; chances are, there is a location near you!)

4. Reach out

Don’t know any veterans personally? Reach out to your local American Legion chapter to find out ways your help would be most appreciated. If you see a service member while out and about, take time to say thank you. Offer military discounts if you have a business and spread the word on Facebook about any offers for veterans you may find.

5. Stop by American House

We are honored to have so many veterans living in our American House communities and we’re thrilled to be able to remember our veterans during ceremonies throughout the year (not just on Veteran’s Day!). You, too, can stop by and show your support for these men and women who displayed such courage and sacrifice in the name of our freedom. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a visit and fulfill these 5 Ways to Thank a Veteran.

What other ways can you think of to thank a veteran?

How to Cook Acorn Squash and Other Simple Recipes for Fall Foods (Plus the Biggest Mistake Most People Make When Cooking Vegetables)

How to Cook Acorn Squash and Other Simple Recipes for Fall Foods

Many people associate summer with fresh fruits and vegetables. But, did you know the fall season has just as many? According to Executive Chef James Nickleberry, there are plenty of fresh foods to use in recipes once the air turns crisp: zucchini, squash, beets, broccoli, pumpkins, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, turnips, collard greens, kale, pumpkin, onions, rosemary, parsley and sage.

“It’s a gourd and greens season,” Chef James said. “People think about cauliflower, but they don’t realize you can eat the greens off the cauliflower!”

Don’t forget about the fall fruits, too. Apples, of course (especially in Michigan!), grapes and pomegranates are fall fruits.

So, what to do with all these fresh ingredients? Here’s some simple inspiration from Chef James, including one of his very favorite fall recipes – sweet potatoes and apples.

HOW TO COOK ACORN SQUASH

“I’m a huge fan of baked acorn squash,” Chef James said. So, how does a professional chef prepare acorn squash? It’s pretty simple, actually: cut the squash in half, lather with butter, sprinkle brown sugar on both halves, wrap in foil and place in oven for an hour. When it’s done, take the foil off, stick a spoon in and eat it off the shell — Chef James style.

COOKING ZUCCHINI

According to Chef James, you can cook zucchini any old way you’d like! But, he says he prefers to cut the zucchini in slices, sauté with onion in the pan, sprinkle salt and pepper to taste (plus a little dash of sugar). For more flavor, add cherry tomatoes.

A CHEF JAMES’ FAVORITE: SWEET POTATOES AND APPLES

For a side dish that tastes like a dessert (or a dessert that seems like a side dish?!), cut some sweet potatoes into cubes and boil them until they are soft. Meanwhile, sauté some sliced apples with a dash of sugar, and perhaps some walnuts or cranberries.

Put the cubes of sweet potatoes in a pan with butter and brown sugar, add the apples, and bake together at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes.

“It goes great with turkey and stuffing,” Chef James said.

VEGETARIAN ENCHILADAS

For a quick and easy substitute to a “regular” enchilada, try some seasonal mushrooms and spinach with potatoes instead of the beef or beans! Put the fall ingredients into corn shells, with some shredded mozzarella, and bake just like you would a regular enchilada — including your normal enchilada sauce. Yum!

…AND THE BIGGEST MISTAKE MOST PEOPLE MAKE WHEN COOKING VEGETABLES

What’s the biggest mistake people make when they cook vegetables, according to Chef James? They overcook them. Vegetables should be sautéed not boiled, he said, or steamed if they can’t be sautéed. TIP: When the veggies start to lose their bright color, you’re cooking all the vitamins and nutrients out of the vegetables.

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At American House, www.americanhouse.com we have nutritionists and chefs who work together to create healthy AND tasty menus for our residents! Call us today at (248) 579-4422 to schedule a tour and have a slice of apple pie!

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s in Recognition of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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Did you know that more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease? In fact, every 60 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s, a debilitating disease. It’s the most common form of dementia that erases a sufferer’s memory slowly; nearly two-thirds of those sufferers are women, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and at American House Senior Living Communities, we’re following the latest research to help residents and their loved ones stay informed when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, including tips for families.

It can be scary when a loved one starts acting differently. Here are 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s (from the Alzheimer’s Association), along with typical age-related changes:

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

Forgetfulness is common – when it happens sporadically. But forgetting recently-learned information is one of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s. Forgetting about important events, increasingly needing devices to help memory (such as new sticky notes or electronic reminders) and repeatedly asking for the same information may indicate memory loss. In addition, the need to rely on loved ones for things usually handled alone is also an indicator.

Typical, age-related changes: Forgetting names or appointments sometimes, but remembering them later.

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems    

With early signs of Alzheimer’s, sufferers may find it difficult to develop or follow a plan — including recipes or a monthly budget. Working with numbers may become a struggle, especially when it comes to handling the bills each month. Concentration may lag — and distractions abound — and completing tasks may take longer.

Typical, age-related changes: Occasionally making errors when balancing the checkbook.

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure

With Alzheimer’s, it may become hard to do daily activities like remembering the rules to a game, driving somewhere familiar or managing a work budget. It’s the act of forgetting something that was once routine that is alarming. Try these 8 Things You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s.

Typical, age-related changes: Technology issues, such as sometimes needing helping using the settings on the microwave or DVR.

4. Confusion with time or place

Losing track of the date — the passing of time as a whole — can be pretty commonplace for people who have Alzheimer’s. It’s also not uncommon for those with Alzheimer’s to forget where they are, or to even forget how they got there.

Typical, age-related changes:  Momentarily forgetting what day of the week it is (like feeling like it is Friday when it’s only Thursday), but figuring it out eventually.

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships       

Vision problems — such as reading, judging distance and even determining color — may signal Alzheimer’s. Problems driving may then follow suit, which is obviously a dangerous activity at that point.

Typical, age-related changes: Cataracts and the accompanying vision issues.

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing       

The inability to follow a conversation and calling objects by the wrong name are common symptoms of Alzheimer’s. For someone who used to be a chatterbox, the sudden trouble keeping up with a discussion among friends can be a warning sign.

Typical, age-related changes: However, we’ve all had a word on the tip of our tongue slip our minds — no reason to fret, as long as it’s not a common occurrence.

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps        

This is more than just forgetting where you put that warranty for the oven. With Alzheimer’s, someone may place their keys somewhere strange — like the freezer — and not be able to figure out where they are. Repeatedly. The person may even accuse others of stealing them.

Typical, age-related changes: Intermittently misplacing things, but being able to retrace steps in order to find the missing items.

8. Decreased or poor judgment

Have you questioned the actions of a loved one lately? Such as handing out large sums of money, or maybe even forgetting to comb their hair when going out in public? Alzheimer’s affects people’s decision-making skills and clouds judgment.

Typical, age-related changes:  Occasionally making a bad decision.

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities         

When someone who normally loves to watch the World Series or Super Bowl suddenly has no interest in the games — or even what teams are playing — Alzheimer’s may be a factor. Keeping up with hobbies and social interactions becomes difficult and changes from the disease may make a person want to avoid others.

Typical, age-related changes: Sometimes not wanting to go to a party or fulfill other social obligations.

10. Changes in mood and personality       

Alzheimer’s is a neurological disease that greatly impacts mood and personality. As a result, sufferers can become depressed, suspicious, fearful, confused or anxious — and new situations and people may lead to increased frustration and unease.

Typical, age-related changes: On the other hand, over time it’s not unusual to develop specific routines — and if those routines are disrupted, it can be typical to become irritated.

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Not only are we working with residents and their loved ones to keep them informed on Alzheimer’s disease research, but American House also offers memory care for residents. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 to schedule a tour!

Top 10 Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors (And P.S.: American House is Pet Friendly!)

Think back to your childhood. Chances are some of your favorite memories involve your cherished family pet (or pets). Days spent playing fetch in the yard with Fido, cuddling with purring fur ball Fluffy or talking walks around the neighborhood with Rover likely make you reminisce with a smile. Well, those same warm feelings can be yours all over again!

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Cats and dogs are wonderful additions to your life — and at American House, we understand and encourage that type of bond! Many of our communities are pet friendly, so don’t worry about bringing your furry friends along with you when you move.

Or, if you don’t already have a pet, perhaps you should consider getting one! Pets offer plenty of benefits, not the least of which is constant companionship. You’ll look forward to spending time petting your new cat or dog, and you’ll be able to relax and find comfort with your new-found friend.

The Top 10 Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors:

  1. Pets help lower YOUR blood pressure
  2. Animals help relieve stress
  3. Four-legged friends ease the pain of loss after a loved one passes away
  4. Pets offer security and unconditional love
  5. You’ll be more active with a pet around
  6. Furry friends provide comfort when you’re sad
  7. Those who have pets have less depression
  8. They’re a great opportunity for social interaction
  9. Pet owners have fewer doctor visits
  10. Having a pet helps you establish a routine and responsibility

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We want American House to feel just like home and that includes allowing your pet to live with you, too. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to find out which of our communities welcome pets. Then, picture all the things you and Fluffy or Fido will do here!