An American House Wedding: Love That Lasts

413_10151358742371121_173135043_nForty-two years later, Aaron and Margaret looked just as happy and in love as they did on their original wedding day when they renewed their vows during a surprise ceremony on Valentine’s Day at American House Livonia.

True Love Forever

We are thrilled the American House family was a part of Aaron and Margaret’s beautiful love story. Their fairy-tale romance began after the couple met at a dance a few days before Valentine’s Day in 1971. It truly was love at first sight. And as it turned out, the couple would find a little more meaning in some other holidays as well! The following month, on St. Patrick’s Day, Aaron and Margaret were engaged. When you know, you know — and the couple was married that same year, the day after Christmas.

A Celebration of Love

The vow renewal was a complete surprise to Aaron and Margaret, two of our beloved American House Livonia residents. When Aaron and Margaret were married in 1971, their wedding was a simple affair. They had 35 guests and two people in their bridal party: Margaret’s sister, Alice, and Aaron’s best friend, Jim — who, by the way, was responsible for their meeting, since he is the one who invited Aaron to that memorable dance! This time, Aaron and Margaret had about 40 of their friends and family surrounding them in the lobby of American House Livonia as they pledged their love to each other once again.

An American House Wedding

Margaret’s wedding dress and Aaron’s tuxedo were both donated to them (and didn’t they look dashing in their wedding attire?). Margaret carried a beautiful bouquet of flowers down the aisle, which was lined with rose petals. Red bows adorned the chairs during the ceremony and Aaron wore a lovely red rose boutonniere that perfectly matched the rose accents on their cake. Photos of the couple’s wedding day were on hand and completed the romantic feel at the vow renewal.

Tears of Joy

As Margaret walked down the aisle in her stunning gown, Aaron’s eyes grew wide and the first thing he said was “Wow!” The sermon was touching and heartfelt. Perhaps one of the best parts of the tribute to the couple was when the officiant said that even though they may not be as young as they were 42 years ago — and their wedding bands may have lost a little bit of their luster — it’s evident that Aaron and Margaret’s love for each other has persevered through the years.

At American House, we love being able to share in such wonderful memories with our residents. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to find out what other memories we’re making here!

iBalance Machines Reduce Risk of Fall for Residents

At American House, we know improving overall health and wellness is important for our residents. That’s why we are very excited to announce the implementation of several iBalance machines for our residents to use during physical therapy!

MfMDEZHkPuccYyVYGkvn3NBCN170ccLghht02euzxagThe iBalance machines are special training tools that will be used to assess a resident’s risk of falling so physical therapists can then work with the resident in clinics to reduce that falling risk.

“We hope this initiative will make our residents healthier, keep them out of hospitals and reduce their risk of falls,” said Kevin Kieninger, the PR and Communications Coordinator for American House. “Coupled with physical exercise from HC Rehab Solutions and In-Home Rehab, the (iBalance) machines are part of the latest technology that measures where your fall risk is at.”

Beginning March 1, 2013, the iBalance machines will be available in three American House, communities: Sterling I; Dearborn Heights and Farmington Hills. Two of the rehabilitation companies working with American House residents will do therapy on the iBalance machines with patients, in addition to conducting patient clinics about the machine.

In addition, the rehabilitation companies, HC Rehab Solutions and In-Home Rehab, have implemented an initiative to have a custom-designed educational and interactive program surrounding the use of the new iBalance machines.

The following four topics are scheduled to be covered during the next several months at clinics:

  • A basic balance clinic, with a general balance assessment
  • Hydration, dehydration and the risk of falling
  • Senior fitness and staying active
  • Fall prevention

According to Kevin, the use of the new iBalance machines is part of American House’s health and wellness theme. “We’re hoping these tools will help the rehab companies implement physical exercise with the residents, and we hold up our end of the bargain by providing healthy food options,” he said.

During their physical therapy, residents can stand on the iBalance machine (which looks like a glorified scale, Kevin said) and go through a few movements to determine their ability to balance — and risk of fall. Under the guidance of a physical therapist, residents will lean in one direction and then have to reach over in another direction, all while the machine is calculating those movements. A risk factor number is created, and then the physical therapist can determine the best path to take to reduce that risk. The testing is then followed up by the physical therapist who will work to see measurable change.

To find out more about our health and wellness programs at American House’s, call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com.