Holiday Hope for Seniors at American House

All American House locations hosted their Annual Tree Lighting Events in support of Holiday Hope for Seniors. The Holiday Hope for Seniors campaign began with ideas from residents at local American House communities wishing to help their less fortunate neighbors: seniors helping seniors. Since its inception, the Holiday Hope for Seniors program has helped more than 650 seniors in need, including 350 seniors last year alone.

American House Foundation: Small Donations. BIG Impact

images-1We’re honored at American House to be able to have a hand in helping raise more than $101,000 for the American House Foundation during the 5th annual Celebration of Dignity and Hope fundraiser on May 2, 2013! We had a fantastic time mingling and enjoyed great food and an auction and raffle. Saying THANK YOU to all our volunteers and generous donors doesn’t cover how proud we are to be able to help out local seniors.

The American House Foundation

542575_10151164225876121_2110734856_nIn 2007, the American House Foundation began as a way to invest in outreach for older adults in need of assistance — in addition to funding research opportunities through a partnership with the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University. The foundation joins forces with other local non-profit organizations — including Lighthouse of Oakland County and Macomb County Habitat for Humanity — to identify and provide local seniors with basic needs. Too many older adults are deciding between paying for food or medication, which shouldn’t happen. The foundation works to prevent those tough choices.

How the foundation helps

943273_10151449445361121_144047577_nDonations raised through the American House Foundation are used to help local seniors in many ways, including:

  • Giving a walker to an 82-year-old grandmother
  • Providing transportation for a 79-year-old man who’s fighting to make ends meet
  • Paying for health screenings that diagnose problems before they progress
  • Uncovering the causes of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Providing community health forums that bring resources to those in need
  • Keeping an elderly couple from having to choose between medication and meals

Where donations go

Many of our own American House employees volunteer their time with the American House Foundation and because of the wonderful volunteers, the foundation runs with little overhead and administration fees. As a result, more funding is able to go directly to outreach and research. Most importantly, none of the money collect goes toward American House Senior Living Communities – all of it goes directly back into the community.

About 70 percent of donations go directly to outreach and helping seniors meet vital needs, including:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Medication
  • Medical Equipment

The remaining 30 percent of donations go to helping Wayne State University Institute of Gerontology research critical areas of aging, such as:

  • Homelessness
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Hypertension

Donate to the American House Foundation

wGVwiKVKU3e0A3JiPoifZNppPzTBOFfCtvJIpgD7iL4Be sure to read about the Holiday Hope for Seniors campaign, which is also run by the American House Foundation! The event continues to grow each year and our seniors love helping out.

You can help out, too! To donate to the American House Foundation today, call Danielle Bruce at (248) 203.1800 or email her at dbruce@americanhouse.com.

American House Seniors Complete Crafty Pinterest Flowerpot Project

One thing that sets American House apart from other senior living communities is the amount of interesting, engaging programs we offer our residents. These vary from community to community and provide a great example of how we strive to make sure our residents are happy and engaged.

diy-garden8Our Life Enrichment Directors spend a lot of time searching out fresh and creative activities for residents to enjoy — and some of these ideas come straight from social media sites! For instance, American House Grand Blanc Life Enrichment Director Cassie Crider turned up this unique outdoor gardening craft and showed residents how to create their own eye-catching flowerpot tower:

Cassie found the directions for this adorable planter while perusing Pinterest, an online pinboard of ideas, crafts, recipes and pictures. She learned it was created by the Home Stories A to Z blog and thought it would be a perfect fit for the crafty folks at American House Grand Blanc!

Here’s what Cassie had the residents do to make their flowerpots (full directions available here.)

SUPPLIES

  1. 1 base pot (8″ tall)
  2. 4 tower pots (6″ tall)
  3. 1 smaller pot (4″-5″ tall)
  4. 62″ piece of rebar
  5. Spray paint primer (1 can)
  6. Spray paint (1 can)
  7. Round topper/birdbath
  8. DAP household/aquatic adhesive

STEP 1

  • Prime pots and spray paint them in your choice of color(s).

STEP 2

  • Measure height of all pots, add 24 inches, and then cut rebar to that size. Pound rebar at least two feet into ground to hold pots.

STEP 3

  • Place pots through rebar and put soil in them, while tilting pots left and right alternately.

STEP 4

  • Place topper on rebar and place birdbath on top (if desired). Use adhesive to attach and seal.

STEP 5

  • Plant flowers!

Here’s how our flowerpots turned out, thanks to the wonderful assistance of Cassie!

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The fished flower pots made by American House Residents.

American House offers all kinds of activities — including crafts, a choir and so much more! We’d love to give you a tour, so free to drop in and see firsthand what our residents are up to! To find an American House Senior Living community near you, visit http://www.americanhouse.com/ or call (248) 579-4422.