American House Ranked Among Top 1% of Care Providers Nationwide

senior-advisor-guest-blogThree American House communities were presented with SeniorAdvisor Excellence Awards for receiving consistently high ratings from residents and their families in 2013. American House Southland Senior Living, American House Village Senior Living, and Park Place Heritage Village were all recognized for being rated by families as the best of the best in senior living nationwide.

SeniorAdvisor.com is a consumer reviews web site established by A Place for Mom (APFM), the nation’s largest senior living referral service, as a way for seniors and their families to share feedback on senior living communities and services. The inaugural SeniorAdvisor Excellence Award identifies the top senior living communities who have received an overall average rating of at least 4.5 stars on the site. The award winners were recognized for having the best customer ratings and reviews out of more than 100,000 senior care providers currently on SeniorAdvisor.com.

Winners of the Excellence Award are located all over the country and represent the top tier of independent living, assisted living, and Alzheimer’s care communities on the SeniorAdvisor.com website. This exclusive designation places the winners in the top one percent of senior living communities nationwide according to consumers.

“We wanted to put a spotlight on those companies who have invested efforts to deliver excellent customer service to potential and existing customers, as evidenced by their high ratings,” said Eric Seifert, President, SeniorAdvisor.com. “The recipients of the first SeniorAdvisor.com Excellence Awards set a high bar of quality for other senior care providers to follow.”

Common themes among the reviews for these award-winning independent and assisted living communities in Detroit are the safety, affordability, welcoming atmosphere, and dining experience offered by American House. The reviews ring true to the American House vision of a “vibrant senior lifestyle in superior facilities” within a compassionate and caring environment at a “price affordable for retirees and their families.” What else about these three American House communities makes them award-winning, according to families? We’ll let them tell you in their own words:

American House Southland Senior Living

  • “Mom’s New Home”
  • “Really seems to offer a lot for a good price”
  • “Maria was very friendly and informative. The option of a furnished apartment was the deciding factor for me.”
  • “The food was delicious… My mom really liked it and it seemed to fit in with her lifestyle which is a little more active… She has been there almost a month and is very happy.”

American House Village Senior Living

  • “Stopped at this one… and liked it the best.”
  • “Very interested… Not a full meal plan, which might be interesting to my mom.”
  • “Very nice… This is the best.”

Park Place Heritage Village

  • “The entire staff has been very helpful and has welcomed my mother into this community. It’s a pleasure to see her in a safe and friendly environment.”
  • “When I saw this I was like, this is it, it was like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.”
  • “Park Place is absolutely beautiful. You have to see it for yourself. Mom thanks me every day that I found her new home. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The assistant director Lindsay is a pleasure to work with. The dining room has linen table cloths; the waiters know the residents and what they like to eat and drink. Mom is meeting new friends and enjoying the outings.”

To see the full list of winning, please visit SeniorAdvisor.com.

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Families Rate American House Communities Among the Nation’s Best

Guest Blog for American House
By Luc Bergevin, Caring.com Author

CaringStars2013_ProviderBadgeWhat goes into a great senior living community? Is it the friendly staff? A clean, safe, welcoming environment? The food? The best communities strike a precise balance between these and a multitude of other factors.

Residents and their families expect the highest-quality care, and are expressing their feedback more and more on reviews sites — not just in private conversations. Comments range from how well communities are serving basic needs to opinions about the menus, décor, activities, and other personal preferences for living. As American House puts it, “You’ll enjoy life on your terms.”

To raise awareness about the best assisted living and memory care communities in America, and recognizing the importance of consumer reviews in its Senior Care Directory, Caring.com launched the “Caring Stars” program in 2012. Caring Stars now represent the top 1% of providers nationwide.

Seven American House communities were among the honorees for superior service in 2013. These communities make up more than a third of the Caring Stars in Michigan, and serve as a testament to the power of actively engaging with and encouraging reviews from residents and families.

Below are some of the great things folks have said about American House on Caring.com:

American House Westland Hunter Senior Living: “Their staff is amazing, they really take care of residents. . . . They offer good advice for residents’ families about programs that could help out for whatever kind of situation you may come across with your family member.”

Regent Street, A Signature American House Community: “Anything my grandmother needed, she received efficiently and accurately. She needed a great deal of assistance and it was very difficult for her to let go of some of her control. The staff did an amazing job of making her feel as though she still had some self-control and dignity.”

American House East II Senior Living: “The staff seemed very attentive to the needs of the residents and I came away feeling very confident in the level of care that my great- aunt was receiving. It is a wonderful, clean, and friendly environment that I highly recommend.”

American House Lakeside: “The staff is very accommodating and they know everybody. They will call me immediately about any concerns. I have no problems and I would recommend them. We’re really happy with our choice.”

American House North Senior Living — Flint: “American House North Senior Assisted Living has been great for me too. It is close to where I live, so I can easily visit my mom. It has also given me a sense of peace. . . . She is in a loving, safe community with great staff, activities, and friends.”

American House Farmington Hills Senior Living: “I think all American Houses are very dependable. Everyone was very friendly and helpful.”

American House Sterling Heights Senior Living: “My mother is given very good care at American House. We know she cannot live alone. . . . It gives us great peace of mind knowing she is there.”

We recently interviewed Ann Marie Folland, executive director of American House Sterling Heights, and asked about what makes her community so successful. She credited the genuine care of her team. “We embrace an attitude of not only providing a comfortable and safe living environment, but also of making a positive impact on the lives of seniors.”

As these award-winning American House communities have shown, delivering exceptional service is noticed by residents and families, whose reviews help spread the good word about special senior living communities. You can share your American House feedback on Caring.com too. Be sure to check out “Facts Every Reviewer Should Know” before doing so, and be proud of the fact that you’re helping other families to make the right senior care decision for their loved ones.

Our American House Communities: Fun Facts About Various Locations

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With 31 communities to choose from (and growing all the time), chances are high that American House is already in your neighborhood! Check out these Fun Facts About Communities Where American House is Located while you’re deciding which community you’d like to live in:

MICHIGAN

American House Carpenter — Ypsilanti, MI
michigan-senior-livingHome of Eastern Michigan University, just six miles east of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan, “Ypsi” is home to the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. Here sits an original Fabulous Hudson Hornet race car, the inspiration behind the Doc Hudson character in the Pixar movie “Cars.”

American House Charlevoix — Charlevoix, MI
This locale is surrounded by Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix, in a beautiful resort community that was once a popular respite for Chicago’s gang members during the Prohibition!

American House Dearborn Heights — Dearborn Heights, MI
This community is located close to The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in nearby Dearborn. Travel through time and view the history of the auto industry up close and don’t forget to visit the village that has preserved America’s past.

American House East I — Roseville, MI
It may be hard to believe that Michigan’s first commercial airport once sat where the Eastgate Shopping center is now located at Frazho Road and Gratiot Avenue.

American House East II — Roseville, MI
Because of the strong Irish population when Michigan became a state, the area became Erin Township — before finally becoming Roseville in 1926.

American House Elmwood — Rochester Hills, MI
The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm is a registered historic place that showcases five generations of the Taylor-Van Hoosen families with the 1840 Van Hoosen farmhouse, 1850 red house, 1927 dairy barn and 1848 schoolhouse — along with 16 acres of gardens and historic grounds.

American House Farmington Hills — Farmington Hills, MI
Michigan’s only Holocaust museum, The Holocaust Memorial Center details the contributions and history of the Jewish community. Plus, there’s the popular Founders Festival every summer in neighboring Farmington.

American House Grand Blanc — Grand Blanc, MI
The Heritage Association Museum in Grand Blanc preserves historical information (and hosts a historical quilt-making group!). For sports fans, the annual Buick Open PGA tournament used to take place here.

American House Hazel Park — Hazel Park, MI
There’s live harness racing at the Hazel Park Raceway during the warmer months — and live simulcast racing all year long! The Budweiser Clydesdales have even been known to stop by here around the holidays.

American House Lakeside — Clinton Township, MI
Clinton Township is home to The Mall at Partridge Creek, a dog-friendly outdoor shopping area with a movie theater, restaurants, seasonal live entertainment, bocce courts and a children’s play area. Also, the Clinton-Macomb Public Library’s main branch is one of the biggest and nicest libraries in the area with lots of free events and activities.

American House Livonia — Livonia, MI
Watch your speed when you’re driving through here! Apparently the National Motorists Association in 2012 named Livonia the second worst city in the United States and Canada for speed traps (The worst? Flower Mound, Texas).

American House Milford — Milford, MI
Think Milford is a small town with not much going on? Think again! There are 250 specialty boutiques and restaurants, a YMCA, Central Park, bike paths, parades and more!

American House North — Flint, MI
Flint isn’t just known for its connection to General Motors — the Flint cultural center includes plenty of opportunities for learning at the Sloan Museum, Buick Automotive Gallery, Longway Planetarium, The Whiting, Flint Youth Theatre, Flint Institute of Arts and Flint Institute of Music.

American House Oakland — Pontiac, MI
The Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial, the only memorial in Michigan to honor law enforcement members and fire fighters who lost their lives in the line of duty, is in Pontiac.

American House Petoskey — Petoskey, MI
Take some time in this beautiful resort community and head to the shores around Petoskey to reach in the water and find the Petoskey stone, Michigan’s state stone!

American House Riverview — Riverview, MI
As recently as the 1950s, Riverview was home to active missile silos, set to protect metro Detroit and its automobile and steel industries.

American House Royal Oak — Royal Oak, MI
Royal Oak is a bustling city, with a lively downtown area, the annual Labor Day Arts, Beats & Eats festival and home of the Detroit Zoo! The zoo offers a polar bear exhibit, journey through the Outback and plenty of attractions and events for all ages.

American House Southfield — Southfield, MI
Many of the area’s television studios and radio broadcast facilities are located in Southfield — along with the Miracle League of Michigan, Michigan’s first baseball field for children with physical or cognitive disabilities.

American House Southgate — Southgate, MI
Looking to have some outdoor fun? Southgate offers nine neighborhood parks and playfields, plus two community parks. In addition, there’s there are programs through the recreation department, events through the senior center, a municipal golf course and the Southgate Civic Arena — which offers two sheets of ice!

American House Southland — Taylor, MI
Got a little (or big) sports fan in your life? The Junior League World Series baseball tournament takes place in Taylor’s Heritage Park every year!

American House Sterling Heights — Sterling Heights, MI
Sterlingfest — an annual festival offering plenty of local and national musical acts, arts and crafts vendors, a carnival and more — takes place here one weekend each summer.

American House Sterling Meadows — Sterling Heights, MI
Macomb County boasts a large Polish population, so the annual American-Polish in Sterling Heights festival brings in lots of fellow Polskis to enjoy the food, music and atmosphere. Did we mention the food?

American House Sterling Woods — Sterling Heights, MI
As Michigan’s fourth-largest city, Sterling Heights was ranked the safest city in the state in 2010 according to FBI statistics and in the top 100 best places to raise a family according to Best Life magazine.

American House Stone — Rochester, MI
During nearly all of December, the businesses in downtown Rochester participate in The Big, Bright Light Show, a glorious display of holiday lights adorning the façade of every building. It’s a breath-taking sight to see!

American House The Village — Rochester Hills, MI
Take a swim or rent a paddle boat to enjoy the water at Spencer Park — or head out to the fishing pier and then have a picnic while you’re at it.

American House Troy — Troy, MI
The Troy Historic Village is an interactive museum that chronicles the city’s journey through time. If you’re more into present-day fun, head over to the Somerset Collection, an upscale shopping mall with plenty of stores and restaurants.

American House West Bloomfield — West Bloomfield, MI
Diversity is key: Here, you’ll find the state’s third-largest Japanese population, along with the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit and the Chaldean Cultural Center.

American House Westland Hunter — Westland, MI
Westland boasts 36 parks, offering activities including picnic areas, horseshoe pits, walking trails, scenic river overlooks, pavilions, tennis courts and more for the whole family to enjoy.

American House Westland Joy — Westland, MI
The Nankin Mills Nature Center in Westland is now a historic and nature interpretive center, but was originally a gristmill before Henry Ford took over and used it for workers to make stencils for Ford Motor Company.

American House Westland Venoy — Westland, MI
The Norwayne Historic District is a historic residential subdivision that was originally built after World War II to house returning soldiers who were heading back to work. The area has parks, a church and a community center.

Park Place, A Signature American House Community — Warren, MI
The city isn’t just about the General Motors Technology Center, TACOM and TARDEC; the Warren Community Center invites residents to enjoy plenty of events and activities hear year-round.

Regent Street, A Signature American House Community — West Bloomfield, MI
The West Bloomfield Woods Nature Preserve, with 162 acres containing more than 100 bird species and various other animals, joins several other parks and trails for the outdoor enthusiast.

FLORIDA

florida-senior-livingAmerican House Bonita Springs — Bonita Springs, FL
If you’re looking for a beach town with plenty to do, you’re in luck: Bonita Springs offers 10 beach access areas, several parks, the Everglades Wonder Gardens, the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track, Lover’s Key State Park and so much more!

AMERICAN HOUSE

Which location seems most interesting to you? Give us a call today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to set up your tour today so you can start enjoying your community tomorrow!

4 Ways to Bring More Gratitude into Your Life

thank-you-gratitudeWe spend a lot of time being thankful at American House . We know everyone else does, too: A fun family tradition on Thanksgiving can be to go around the table and have each person talk about something for which he or she is grateful. But while it’s natural to focus more on the things you’re thankful for during November because of Thanksgiving, we’ve found 4 Ways to Bring More Gratitude into Your Life, ALL YEAR LONG:

1. Brush your teeth with a positive thought.

You have a daily schedule when you wake up: Turn off the alarm clock, put your slippers on and head into the bathroom for your morning routine. An easy way to start your day on a positive note is to incorporate a little gratitude while you’re getting ready. Make it a point to think about what you are thankful for while you are brushing your teeth! That gives you two minutes to focus on the good things in your life and head into the daily grind in a great mood. Don’t forget to review the best parts of your day when you brush those pearly whites at bedtime, too!

2. Pay it forward.

pay-it-forwardIt’s amazing how much helping someone else out can make you appreciate everything in your own life. Don’t just do it on “Pay it Forward Day” (April 24, 2014, in case you were wondering). Bringing a smile to someone else’s day — by paying for the coffee of the person behind you in line, donating your time to help friend or saying a kind word to the disgruntled cashier at the store — is something that can be done on a daily basis. You could even donate services or products, like so many generous folks in this An American House Wedding love story! When you make a conscious effort to go out of your way for someone else, it allows you to be thankful for the little things.

3. Find the silver lining.

Sometimes it’s really hard to see the positive in a crummy situation. And you may not be able to think about it right away, but once you decide to look at things in a different light you’ll find that your entire outlook will change. This isn’t about making lemonade when life hands you lemons (although that’s certainly a fantastic adage!), but it’s more about noticing that there is something light behind that dark cloud hanging above you during those trials and tribulations. Got a flat tire? In the rain? When you call the auto club for assistance, it’s a great time to find a way to Pay it Forward by showing your sincere appreciation to the employee and his or her help coming to your rescue — or maybe it’s the perfect time to have an excuse to catch up with your mechanic nephew.

4. Think of the glass as half full.

glass-half-fullIt’s time to stop complaining! When you are quick to jump to pointing out the negative aspects of your circumstances, you end up bringing more negativity upon yourself — because that’s all you see. Instead, promise yourself to curb the complaining and bring in the positive affirmations. It can take a while to catch yourself spewing out the pessimistic remarks, but we promise you’ll see an impact. Here’s proof: One Easy Way to Lead a Longer, Healthier Life. And nobody wants to spend their time with a Negative Nancy, anyway, so don’t be surprised if your social circle expands and you’re receiving more dinner invitations when you become known as the neighborhood optimist!

Giving thanks to American House

Want to see all the things we’re thankful for — like our wonderful residents and thoughtful staff? Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a visit so you can see for yourself (Psst: There’s apple pie involved, too).

Flags Fly for the American House Milford Grand Reopening

AH Milford 123For residents, family and staff of American House Milford, July 25 was cause for celebration. More than 200 people gathered together to host a flag-raising ceremony at American House Milford, commemorating a year’s worth of renovations to the building.

The ceremony was done in tandem with the Milford Chamber of Commerce’s ribbon-cutting as a rededication to the community. American House acquired the Milford location in May 2012.

Among the most notable additions to Milford include the addition of a full-life enrichment program on the campus, on-site personal care services, a commercial kitchen, new coffee bistro and an updated dining room.

To help dedicate the building, local dignitaries from the Milford area stopped by to lend support. Among those in attendance were State Sen. Mike Kowall, State Rep. Eileen Kowall, members of the Milford Chamber of Commerce and Joe Salvia, of U.S. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio’s office.

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“I think we had a chance to do something really special with the community of Milford,” explained Rob Gillette, CEO of American House. “Holding a flag-raising allows us to not only to rededicate the building, but also to recognize our veterans and our country.”

Celebrating the grand reopening of this newly renovated community is just one of the many ways we have to make memories with our residents. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to find out more!

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 and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Expand Partnership Into 2013

imagesPartnership to bring world-class musicians to over 20 American House communities

DETROIT – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and American House Senior Living Communities have announced plans to deepen their partnership, which will bring individual musicians and small ensembles from the orchestra to engage with residents at over 20 American House locations in the metro Detroit area throughout 2013. An extremely broad geographic area will be served, spanning Roseville to Westland and Riverview to Pontiac.

In the fall of 2011, the DSO launched its Neighborhood Residency Initiative (NRI), comprised of orchestra concerts, chamber music, educational and social service partnerships, and senior engagement programs focused in and around six metro Detroit communities: Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Hills, Dearborn, Grosse Pointe, Southfield, and West Bloomfield. In early 2012, a series of customized small ensemble performances were piloted at three American House locations in these communities. In 2013 over 20 of these concerts will be presented in and around these areas.

In addition to providing an intimate musical experience for American House residents, a growing body of research has concluded that music has therapeutic effects on older adults, including: strengthened memory and cognitive function, chronic pain management, improvement in mood, and overall improvement in quality of life.

“We’re committed to enriching the lives of our senior citizens throughout the area,” said Rob Gillette, Chief Operating Officer of American House. “Countless studies have shown the benefits of both music and a rich social life in older adults. We are confident this partnership will prove beneficial for both our seniors and the DSO musicians themselves.”

This partnership is a collaborative initiative of the DSO’s Neighborhood Residency Initiative, and American House’s own life enrichment program, which is a holistic combination of rich experiences as wellness, including group outings, community exercises, and healthy food options. Music initiatives are becoming an increasing part of the culture at American House. In addition to this partnership, residents of American House formed a traveling choir in mid 2012, led by conductor Daniel Greig.

“At American House residences, we are able to deeply engage with music lovers that are unable to travel to performances,” said Kareem George, Detroit Symphony Orchestra Managing Director of Community Programs. “Our musicians are making personal connections with former decades-long subscribers as well as seniors new to classical music. We are so thankful to American House Senior Living Communities for this opportunity to provide a special service to our seniors.”

In addition to the tailored small ensemble performances, DSO musicians will present “Inspiration Days,” in which American House residents will learn more about these artists’ paths to becoming professional musicians, hear and watch them demonstrate their instruments, and have the opportunity to ask questions.

These programs will span across over 20 metro Detroit area American Houses, where the aim is to reach over 1,000 senior citizens and their families. The majority of these audiences would not otherwise be able to experience live classical music performances.

For more information about the partnership or current performance schedule, please call 248-203-1800, or visit www.americanhouse.com or www.dso.org.

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Founded over 30 years ago, American House Senior Living Communities provides the most rewarding life experiences for each and every resident. The company offers maintenance-free apartment and villa living, restaurant-style dining, activities, education, wellness, transportation, housekeeping, and third party medical and personal care services. By combining the independence seniors and their families want with the assistance they may need, American House has helped thousands transition into the next phase of their lives with ease. For more information, please visit www.americanhouse.com or call (248) 203-1800.

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world’s foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called “America’s Music Director” by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO during the 2008-09 season and acclaimed conductor, arranger, and trumpeter Jeff Tyzik was appointed Principal Pops Conductor in November 2012. The DSO’s performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People’s, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America’s most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. For more information visit dso.org or download the free DSO to GO mobile app.

Becoming a Savvy Holiday Shopper

Melissa, the Bargain Shopper Mom, & Kathy, American House Executive Director.

Many families spend time preparing for Thanksgiving and the holidays by planning meals, decorations and guest lists — but how many have strategies when it comes to shopping for holiday gifts? We’re guessing not many. That’s why our staff in the American House Memory Care Unit partnered with notable blogger Melissa Buckles of The Bargain Shopper Mom to give our residents, families and friends a chance to learn her savvy secrets in a special holiday savings workshop.

Kathy, an American House Executive Director, being interviewed by Local4 about the evening’s holiday savings workshop by Melissa Buckles.

With Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday coming one after the other, the Thanksgiving weekend certainly brings with it plenty of opportunities to go out and get that holiday shopping done. But navigating the sales, determining what deals are the best ones and saving as much money as possible can be daunting on these major – and busy – days of the year.

Shoppers learned all kinds of money-saving tips at the workshop, which was designed to help everyone navigate the Black Friday sales and get the most bang for the buck. Melissa offered strategies to develop a plan for in-store shopping and for making the most of sales online, in addition to providing other holiday shopping tips.Holding the workshop at American House Elmwood was a unique opportunity for residents to share in some of the holiday shopping tips and fun with family. Kathy Porman and the rest of the Elmwood staff explained how integral a rich activities program was to the success of her community.

Kathy, an American House Executive Director, sharing stories about the family environment at American House.

Check out the story about the event that was featured on Local 4 WDIV.  At American House, we know saving money is important — especially around the holidays. We want to make sure our residents and their families have all the advantages possible when spending their hard-earned money. Contact us today – or visit us on Facebook and Twitter — to see what other fun and informational activities we offer for our residents and their families!