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!

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!

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?

American House Named Most Responsive Senior Living Community By SeniorAdvisor.com

Everyone at American House Senior Living Communities is honored to be named the MOST RESPONSIVE SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY by SeniorAdvisor.com. The site gave us a responsive rating of 91 percent for all our communities! The next most-responsive community had an 88 percent rating; but the third- and fourth-place finishers? They only had mere 43 and 38 percent responsive ratings, respectively.

What you have to say matters. Period. That’s why everyone at American House Senior Living Communities makes it a priority to read your online comments and reviews — and RESPOND to them. So you know you’ve been heard. Because when you know you’re being heard, you know your loved one is in excellent — and attentive — hands.

Read about the ratings here.

Like what you read? Visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a tour of an American House Senior Living Community today!

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3 Common Excuses (And Solutions) For Not Exercising In Honor Of National Senior Health And Fitness Day

Just because you’re growing older doesn’t mean it’s time to “take it easy” when it comes to your physical fitness! The last Wednesday in May (which is May 28, 2014) is National Senior Health and Fitness Day — so use this as motivation to make sure you’re on a plan to move around and exercise so you stay healthy and fit.National Senior Health and Fitness Day

If you have arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes or any other medical condition, you may think you can’t exercise and that you’ll make things worse. Generally, this isn’t true. Exercising is good for EVERYONEespecially seniors. The key is finding appropriate exercises for your health and ability. We’re here to remind you on National Senior Health and Fitness Day that you CAN exercise and that you’ll feel better after doing so!

As always, consult your physician before starting any exercise program.

3 COMMON (ahem) EXCUSES FOR NOT EXERCISING (AND SOLUTIONS)

1. I have arthritis (or diabetes, etc.); I can’t move around to exercise.

While inflammation in the joints from the different types of arthritis can be painful, especially during flare-ups, one of the best things you can do to help ease that pain is to exercise! Other conditions may make it harder (at first) to find a fitness routine to follow, but there are definitely plenty out there to choose from. Talk to your doctor about some low-impact exercises you can do, such as Tai Chi.

2. I don’t want to/can’t spend money on a gym membership.

You don’t have to! One of our 10 Longevity Tips is to incorporate a regular fitness routine into your daily schedule. You don’t need to leave the house to do this: You can watch YouTube videos, rent an exercise DVD from the library (or buy one), or copy pages from a magazine to give you a routine to use.

3. I don’t like fitness videos.

That’s OK. They’re not everyone’s cup of tea. But there are still plenty of ways to get and stay fit. Is there a community pool nearby? Start swimming (which is great for aging joints!). Take some time to smell the roses by going on a walk every morning. Find an exercise you can do (perhaps like these 3 Simple Fall Prevention Exercises?) and commit to making it part of your day.

NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY AT AMERICAN HOUSE

At American House, we encourage our residents to stay healthy and fit all year long. Besides the regular and varied activities we do, we also have implemented iBalance machines to help residents stay strong and reduce the risk of falls. To find out what else we offer in terms of fitness for our residents, call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a tour.

How To Prevent Falls: 3 Simple Prevention Exercises For Seniors

BH_Exercise_2011Are you worried about falling? Just because you’re growing older doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to take a spill or two — it’s all about strengthening your core balance. Many senior citizens fear falling and unknowingly alter their posture to compensate. However, that could be what is making you MORE susceptible to falls.

Do you find yourself leaning forward when you walk so that in case you do stumble, you can fall forward and catch yourself on your arms? This poor posture isn’t the ideal form for your body to take and your center of gravity is off-kilter — leading to a higher chance for you to become off-balance. Your hips and knees are enduring a stronger and unnatural strain, plus the front of your feet are now bearing much of your weight. As a result, your stride becomes more of a shuffle because you are taking smaller steps with your feet not leaving the ground as much. Our 3 Simple Fall Prevention Exercises for Seniors can help!

Eliminating all other factors that can cause instability, such as medications that make you dizzy and underlying conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, etc., the easiest way you can prevent falls is by incorporating a light exercise and stretching routine. And you don’t have to work hard and break a sweat; the point of this is to strengthen those muscles and keep them in tip-top shape to be able to support you!

3 SIMPLE FALL PREVENTION EXERCISES FOR SENIORS

So are you ready to begin? At American House, we are committed to helping seniors live their best lives. In fact, several of our locations have iBalance machines to help our residents exercise and reduce the chances of falling.

If you don’t have an iBalance machine at your disposal, you can still start stretching:

TOE RAISES

This exercise will strengthen the back of your legs, helping your balance and comfort leaning backward.

  • Stand behind a chair, with your hands on the back.
  • Using the strength in your legs, stand up and down on your toes. Repeat 10 times.
  • Try not to balance with your arms; the ideal goal is to do this without using the chair for support.

SIT AND REACH

This exercise strengthens your core muscles, which helps improve your balance.

  • Sit on a chair and place your feet flat on the ground.
  • Extend your arms straight in front of you and reach forward (not down).
  • Focus on using your hips, not your shoulders or your back, to stretch forward.
  • Sit back, straight up. Repeat 5 times.

HIP STABILIZER

This exercise will help strengthen your hip movements, which will help stabilize your walking.

  • Stand behind a chair, with your legs on the back of it.
  • Lift and extend your right leg to the side. Keep your knees straight and your toes pointed forward.
  • Slowly return your leg back to the ground.
  • Repeat 10 times. Switch legs and repeat 10 times.

BEFORE YOU EXERCISE 

  • ALWAYS check with your doctor before starting any new exercise or stretching program.
  • Wear proper attire: Loose clothing and shoes with support.
  • Hydrate. Drink water before, during and after any workout.
  • Stretch — before and after you exercise.

LEARN MORE

Want to learn more about staying healthy as you age? Check out the programs and amenities we have at American House Senior Living Communities! Give us a call today at (248) 579-4422 to schedule a tour or visit us online at www.americanhouse.com.

Residents And Their Families Get Connected Online Through Social Media

Last month American House launched ConnectedLiving, an interactive, cloud-based social networking platform aimed just for seniors. The platform will help our residents connect to their friends and families through social networking, email, photo and video sharing, games and even Skype!

The simple and secure web-based application uses a combination of color, images and words to simply display all the site has to offer. Its exchange features no technical jargon making it intuitive to use – residents can easily communicate with one another, get entertainment or access community information.

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American House recently launched ConnectedLiving, an interactive, cloud-based social networking platform just for seniors.

Last month, American House celebrated the launch of ConnectedLiving in five of our Metro Detroit communities: Sterling Woods, MilfordDearborn Heights, Village and Baldwin House.

“Launching ConnectedLiving into our communities will bring a new way for our residents and their families to connect and safely explore the web,” said Rob Gillette, chief operating officer. “We hope this will make it easier for our communities to stay in touch with one another and their families.”

Each community celebrated the new addition of the platform with its own launch party. The events consisted of a full introduction to the network by the ConnectedLiving operations team and a ceremonious ribbon cutting of the front lobby’s interactive digital display screen. A few reporters had a chance to stop by and see everything in action as well. You can read more at the Milford Times or the Advisor & Source.

The latest stats show that as many as 43 percent of all seniors are now using social media to share photos and connect with their families. In fact, seniors are quickly becoming the fastest growing adopters to social networking and new technology!

To complement the launch of ConnectedLiving, American House will hold training programs for residents and families on the social networking platform, as well as some tips for browsing the web. Residents will learn how to view daily events and menus, read the latest news around the world, listen to music or watch their favorite movies, and even play games.

Best of all, you can access ConnectedLiving from any computer, tablet or smart phone, connecting you wherever you go. Learn more about ConnectedLiving or get connected with us by visiting any one of our five communities.