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.