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.

AMERICAN HOUSE

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.

American House Grosse Pointe at Cottage: Officially Open for Business

American House Senior Living Communities, Henry Ford Health System and REDICO celebrated a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly constructed American House Grosse Pointe at Cottage community. The event took place Thursday, June 4.

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“REDICO and American House Senior Living Communities are excited about this one-of-a-kind partnership established with Henry Ford Health System and the city of Grosse Pointe Farms,” said Dale Watchowski, president and CEO of REDICO and American House Senior Living Communities.

American House Grosse Pointe at Cottage includes 84 independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments. Units ranging in size from 267 sq. ft. to 750 sq. ft. for studio, one-bedroom/one bath and two-bedroom/one bath apartments.

“American House Grosse Pointe at Cottage residents will enjoy all the comforts of home plus new things to enjoy, new people to meet and provide the assistance that they may need,” said Rob Gillette, COO of American House Senior Living Communities. “If you haven’t toured the building yet, please do!”

Henry Ford Medical Center-Cottage, a fixture in the Grosse Pointe community for more than 90 years, will continue to offer a wide-range of health services for patients and the Grosse Pointe community in the remaining part of the building. Services include 24-hour emergency care, urgent care, physical therapy, rehabilitation, ambulatory surgery and cancer services. Henry Ford also offers medical services next door at the Henry Ford Medical Center-Pierson Clinic.

“We are delighted to partner with American House and REDICO on this unique senior housing model. Henry Ford and American House share similar missions and values about serving the needs of the community,” says Bob Riney, chief operating officer of Henry Ford Health System. “The senior housing model provides a much-needed resource for seniors and their caregivers. We remain committed to providing the best possible care experience for our patients and families we serve at Cottage. We believe our medical services will provide great comfort to senior residents of American House, their loved ones and their caregivers.”

In addition, the Services for Older Citizens (SOC) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping seniors of the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods maintain their lives in independence and dignity is located within walking distance of the senior living community. The SOC provides the following:

Information and Assistance

  • Transportation
  • Medical equipment lending
  • Tax preparation
  • Flu vaccine clinic
  • Friendly visits

Meals Program

  • Meals on wheels
  • Luncheons

Home Maintenance

  • Housing repair
  • Housing rehab
  • Chores

The ceremony included remarks from Dale Watchowski, president and CEO of American House Senior Living Communities and REDICO, Paul Szilagyi, executive vice president of Primary Care and Henry Ford Medical Group, Rob Gillette, COO, American House Senior Living Communities and Grosse Pointe Farms Mayor, James Farquhar Jr.

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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