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!

Small Donations. Big Impact.

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During the 8th Annual Chili Cook-off, American House East I raised $1,107.00 in only two hours!

For the past eight years, American House East I has sponsored a chili cook-off to raise money for the American House Foundation.

Each year great care is taken to ensure that the event is fun, delicious, entertaining and charitable. This year was no exception! Delicious aromas of warm chili lingered, and jovial conversations could be heard throughout the dining area.

Participants sampled over 15 chilis paired with cornbread, fresh cut onions, sour cream and cheese. After trying the spectacular chili varieties, participants voted on their favorite. The people’s choice winner received a $50 visa gift card and two Detroit Tigers baseball tickets. Additionally, a panel of judges chose winners in the categories of White Meat, Red Meat, Vegetarian and Wild Game. Each winner also received a $50 visa gift card and two Detroit Tigers baseball tickets.

And, guess what? The official Detroit Tigers mascot, Paws joined the fun! He was sure to meet, greet and dance with American House East I residents, as well as take photos with the many children in the crowd!

Thank you for putting on a spectacular event to benefit local seniors in need!

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For more than 30 years, American House has been an advocate for the elderly in their own communities, but in 2007, the founding family wanted to reach beyond their own borders to support seniors in need outside the safety and care of American House communities.

Many older adults in the Detroit area are suffering needlessly. They are left alone and forced to choose between food and heat, medication and housing. These are choices no one should have to make, especially in later life. American House, created the American House Foundation in partnership with the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University, to help put an end to these significant aging issues.

Gifts that are generously donated to the American House Foundation will provide hope and preserve the dignity of older adults enduring hardship. 70% of gifts received by the American House Foundation will go directly to helping seniors today. 30% of gifts received by the American House Foundation will fund research for a better tomorrow.

Enjoy Pure Michigan with American House’s Up North Properties

Explore Pure Michigan with American House's Up North Properties

Pure Michigan? You bet! There’s nothing quite like Up North Michigan when it comes to breathtaking scenery, history, outdoor fun and activities for all ages. American House Senior Living is proud to have communities in northern Michigan. Go ahead and explore our Up North properties and what they have to offer.

CHARLEVOIX SENIOR LIVING

Nestled in the center of Round Lake, Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix in the northern Lower Peninsula, the city of Charlevoix is a true gem filled with beaches, parks and so much more. Summer brings plenty of happy tourists who enjoy water activities; autumn brings exquisite fall colors that you have to see to believe; winter allows snow fans to ski or snowshoe; and spring blooms with bright colors and fresh air.

Our American House Charlevoix Senior Living community is fortunate to be situated right in the middle of it all. We offer independent living, assisted living, respite care and hospice care for residents and our community has plenty of features to make residents feel right at home — including an on-site beauty salon and barber shop. Our Lifestyle Enrichment Director plans unique and fun events and activities for our residents to enjoy, and we also have personal and scheduled transportation available. In addition, American House Charlevoix Senior Living welcomes small pets!

While you’re here, don’t miss out on seeing the mushroom houses! Architect Earl Young designed these unique homes mostly of stone which are also known as gnome homes or hobbit houses. Plus you can always take a trip to nearby Beaver Island, which has lodging, fishing and so much more to enjoy.

PETOSKEY SENIOR LIVING

In the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, on the shores of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, you’ll find the resort town of Petoskey. The area is ripe for finding Michigan’s state stone, the Petoskey stone — in the water or in the quaint shops around town — and there are plenty of other things to do.

American House Petoskey Senior Living offers independent living, assisted living, respite care and hospice care. Small pets are welcome in our maintenance-free apartments, and you’ll be able to enjoy various activities and events in our common areas. We offer weekly housekeeping and laundry services, a beauty salon and barber shop, a 24-hour refreshment center and many other valued amenities. Enjoy your community and mingle with your neighbors during activities and events planned by our very own Lifestyle Enrichment Director, or venture into the city with our personal and scheduled transportation.

Petoskey is situated among several other beautiful Up North Michigan towns, including Harbor Springs, Bay Harbor and Boyne City — plus it’s only a 45-minute drive to the Mackinac Bridge to the Upper Peninsula (with tourist destination Mackinac City and not-to-be-missed Mackinac Island right there, too!). But even if you don’t want to venture far, Petoskey has quaint shopping, boating, fishing, bike trails and of course plenty of skiing to offer.

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Give us a call today to start exploring how you can Enjoy Pure Michigan with American House’s Up North Properties! Call (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a visit.

7 Ways To Make Your New Senior Living Community Feel Like Home

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You’ve spent many years in your family home and enjoyed watching your children and perhaps even your great grandchildren grow. There, you’ve created special memories that last a lifetime. As you transition from your home rich with memories of the past, American House is with you every step of the way to help you create memories of the future. To make your new house feel like home, try these seven steps today!

DECORATE, DECORATE, DECORATE!

First and foremost, where you live isn’t a home until you make it yours. For example, hang photos or display photo albums on your coffee table. Bring your curtains and bedding from your previous home to showcase in your new apartment. Want more inspiration? Here are 15 Easy and Inexpensive Redecorating Tips to help you get started!

MAKE NEW FRIENDS

It can be difficult moving somewhere new, but it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and make new memories! One of the many advantages of living in a senior living community is the closeness and easy interaction with your neighbors. You’ll never know who you’ll meet and what interesting stories they have — like our very own American House resident, Bob the Boat Builder.

PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES

American House Senior Living Communities offer regular outings and activities for our residents. They enjoy unique, cultural and multi-generational activities and seasonal events like these fun summer activities. Make sure to sign up and join in!

INVITE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO VISIT

Invite your loved ones over to visit and give them a tour of your new home and community! Take them to the dining are or Anytime Café to relax and have a cup of coffee or venture out and explore the area! Our American House communities are located in great areas with plenty to see and do.

GET NEW ADDRESS LABELS

It may seem insignificant, but ordering your own personalized return address labels can make your new apartment feel like home! Plus, they will come in handy when you send cards and letters to friends and family.

PURCHASE HOUSE PLANTS

Plants can give a home a cozy and welcoming atmosphere and make for colorful decorations. If you’re so inclined, go ahead and start a gardeneven if the plants are artificial!

BRING YOUR PET

Pets are great companions. If your senior living community is pet-friendly (most of the American House Senior Living Communities are), then it may be time to go pet shopping if you don’t have a furry friend already. You’ll have a new friend and be able to reap these other Top 10 Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors.

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We encourage our residents to make themselves at home, which is why these 7 Ways to Make your New Senior Living Community Feel Like Home are so important. Give us a call today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to set up your tour today so you can start envisioning ways to make your new home “yours.”

Top 10 Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors (And P.S.: American House is Pet Friendly!)

Think back to your childhood. Chances are some of your favorite memories involve your cherished family pet (or pets). Days spent playing fetch in the yard with Fido, cuddling with purring fur ball Fluffy or talking walks around the neighborhood with Rover likely make you reminisce with a smile. Well, those same warm feelings can be yours all over again!

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Cats and dogs are wonderful additions to your life — and at American House, we understand and encourage that type of bond! Many of our communities are pet friendly, so don’t worry about bringing your furry friends along with you when you move.

Or, if you don’t already have a pet, perhaps you should consider getting one! Pets offer plenty of benefits, not the least of which is constant companionship. You’ll look forward to spending time petting your new cat or dog, and you’ll be able to relax and find comfort with your new-found friend.

The Top 10 Benefits of Pet Ownership for Seniors:

  1. Pets help lower YOUR blood pressure
  2. Animals help relieve stress
  3. Four-legged friends ease the pain of loss after a loved one passes away
  4. Pets offer security and unconditional love
  5. You’ll be more active with a pet around
  6. Furry friends provide comfort when you’re sad
  7. Those who have pets have less depression
  8. They’re a great opportunity for social interaction
  9. Pet owners have fewer doctor visits
  10. Having a pet helps you establish a routine and responsibility

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We want American House to feel just like home and that includes allowing your pet to live with you, too. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to find out which of our communities welcome pets. Then, picture all the things you and Fluffy or Fido will do here!

4 Signs That It’s Time To Move Into A Senior Living Community

Moving into a senior living community is NOT being sentenced to an “old folks” home anymore. New retirement communities are chock full of socializing and fun, enriching activities. It’s about shedding the homeowner responsibility for the freedom of living in your own place without all the constraints – and upkeep. Not sure it’s time to move, though? Go through this checklist of 4 Signs That it’s Time to Move into a Senior Living Community (and use these 5 Important Steps to Find the Best Assisted Living Community when you decide it’s time).

Signs That It's Time To Move Into A Senior Living Community1. Do days go by without any in-person interaction?

It’s lonely if you don’t have anyone at home to talk to. There’s no one to share a laugh with at a new TV show, or to take a walk around the neighborhood. Isolation isn’t healthy, especially for seniors who are dealing with the loss of a spouse. But more importantly, staying connected with others is one of the key points in How to Lead a Longer, Healthier Life (Plus 10 Longevity Tips). Moving into a senior living community allows for plenty of socialization and new friends!

2. Having a hard time with all the interior and exterior home maintenance?

Cutting the grass and shoveling snow can be a difficult task and paying someone to come over may be a headache in itself. It’s understandable. And you can forget about roof repairs or fears of the hot water heater giving out — ouch! Moving into a senior living community means that all those maintenance issues — indoor and outdoor — are taken care of for you. Less stress, more time to enjoy your abode…and decorate it with memories! Don’t forget to use these 16 Tips for Choosing a Senior Living Community  during your search!

3. Getting bored?

You don’t have to be bored! That’s one of the 10 Misconceptions about Growing Older! Luckily, senior living communities are FULL of things to do: Sports, crafts, music, food – it’s limitless. There are trips to fun events, regularly scheduled outings such as grocery shopping or doctor’s appointments and in-house programming for everyone to participate in during the week.

4. Have you fallen? More than once?

One of the good things about senior living communities is the varied level of care they’re able to provide. This means you can have easy access to a medical team and staff to take care of certain things that you may not be able to do for yourself. And if you’re at American House Senior Living Communities, we use iBalance Machines to Reduce the Risk of Falls  for residents. Need a little extra help? We’re here with you.

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Deciding when to move into a senior living community can be a difficult one — but at American House Senior Living Communities, we’re here to help you through the process. Visit www.americanhouse.com to find a location near you and schedule a visit today. You can take a tour and talk to our team of caring staff members about your transition into a senior living community.

American House Joins in the Woodward Dream Cruise — And Hosts Several Community Car Shows

In Metro Detroit, we’re all about the cars — especially in August, which is highlighted by the world-famous Woodward Dream Cruise! At American House, we’re certainly jumping in on the action. How? By having our very own car shows and participating in the biggest one around.

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Did you know our American House Royal Oak residents have the unique pleasure of being able to join in the annual Woodward Dream Cruise? It’s true! With the help of Executive Director Chris Laymac, we’ll be decorating the American House bus and cruising up and down Woodward so our residents can oooh and aaah at all the classic cars.

Our residents love to reminisce about their younger years while admiring all the cars. They talk about what they drove and what their spouse drove. What are their favorites? Everyone usually loves all the convertibles — especially the men — and the younger residents seem to like the Ford Mustangs.

If you’re a car aficionado, too, you can stop by any — or all — of our car shows at several American House communities to admire the cars or bring your own for others to appreciate. Here’s a list of our American House Car Shows:

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* Saturday, August 9: From 1-3 p.m. at American House Farmington Hills (24400 Middlebelt in Farmington Hills)
* Wednesday, August 13: From noon to 2 p.m. at Park Place (29250 Heritage Parkway in Warren)
Stop by for a special appearance by Elvis! There will be a 50/50 raffle, prizes for the top three cars, hot dogs, popcorn and other goodies.
* Monday, August 18: From 5-7 p.m. at American House Elmwood (2251 W. Auburn Road in Rochester Hills)
Enjoy oldies music and delicious food while checking out the classic cars!
* Thursday, August 21: From 5-7 p.m. at American House Stone & Village (This event is at Stone: 3741 South Adams Road in Rochester Hills)
We’ll be having a BBQ, refreshments, goodie bags for everyone who brings a car, music by the DJ Crashers, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and prizes for the top three cars — plus you can ride the Big Wheel!
* Friday, August 22: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American House Sterling Meadows (33433 Schoenherr in Sterling Heights)
* Friday, August 29: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American House Southfield (27577 Lahser Road in Southfield)
* Friday, September 5: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at American House East Two (18760 13 Mile Road in Roseville)
There will be a food tent, a 50/50 raffle and Happy DJ beats for all to enjoy.

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And while you are out enjoying all the fun, know that you are helping a GREAT cause. Proceeds benefit the American House Foundation, which partners with local nonprofit organizations to identify seniors in need in Metro Detroit.

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We have plenty of unique activities and outings for our residents in addition to the adventure of the Woodward Dream Cruise! Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule a tour and see for yourself why residents have so much fun.

American House Brings Music to Residents’ Ears in Many Ways

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What’s the one thing that no matter where you are, who you’re with or how old you are, can make you smile and take you back in time to a place that made you happy? Music! At American House, music is a great way to unite residents and staff and create a lasting feel-good vibe throughout the community! And, best of all, it’s known that music benefits our physical AND mental health.

Here are some of the ways American House incorporates music into life around our communities and how residents can revel in the music, too:

Join the American House Choir

We have our very own choir that residents can join — and then travel to other communities to perform! Or, just attend performances to listen to the beautiful harmonies (and sing along if it’s that kind of performance (like during one of our Christmas Carol appearances)!

Visit with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

We’re proud to have partnered with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to have some of the very talented musicians drop by American House to play for and interact with our residents. We’ve also taken residents to downtown Detroit to watch a DSO performance. Outstanding!

Sing on your own

You don’t have to be part of a group to get your groove on! Take it from American House resident Will, who we dubbed our own American House Idol because of his lovely ability to serenade residents with his wonderful voice! If you’ve got it in you, sing it!

Turn up the radio

You don’t need a stage, a microphone or even an audience to enjoy the benefits of music! Just turn on a radio and let the music flow until you start humming a little under your breath and dancing to the beat. You’ll be singing your heart out before you know it!

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At American House, we do all we can to keep our residents happy and healthy and having fun — and music is a large part of that! Stop by an American House location close to you for a tour and you can see for yourself all the ways our residents enjoy themselves. Call us today at (248) 579-4422 or visit www.americanhouse.com to schedule your visit!