An Introduction to American House
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6755 Telegraph Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Founders: Bob Gillette Established: 1979
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About American House Senior Living Communities

In 1979, Bob Gillette set forth to launch a group of senior living communities that valued high- quality living for its residents at a price the general population could afford. Thanks to special discounts for veterans and low-income retirees, as well as keeping its prices reasonable, American House Senior Living Communities now offers 29 worry-free locations in Michigan and two residences in Florida. This private group based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and is led by CEO Dan Watchowski with the Gillette family still actively involved in the daily success of American House.

The core philosophy of American House resides in the idea that, "By combining an enjoyable, vibrant senior lifestyle in superior facilities at a cost lower than many other senior living communities, American House truly enables 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."

A Place For Everyone

Not every retiree has a wealth of funds available at his or her disposal, and American House understands this and works to ensure everyone has the opportunity to live in a quality community featuring an active social lifestyle. American House boasts several programs for potential residents of any background and encourages everyone to contact the group's knowledgeable executive directors who are in place due to their deep caring, as well as their top-notch management skills.

With "American" in the name, seniors who are veterans have the unique ability to utilize their Veterans Administration (VA) benefits for affordable senior housing. American House works with the VA so veteran residents receive their compensation and pension benefits to apply to senior living costs.

Beyond helping defray costs, American House is dedicated to honoring veterans through its program and actions. By living in an American House community, expect to have ample opportunity to connect with fellow veterans and share stories at established events just for these special residents. Also, in 2009, American House sponsored the documentary "Detroit, Our Greatest Generation" to honor the thousands of World War II veterans making a home in Detroit.

Lower-income residents can work with the federally funded HUD program to help pay for the rent within an American House community in Michigan as the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) offers this portable rent subsidy.

At some American House locations, residents can qualify for reduced rates via a rent subsidy through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. This is an attractive, popular option as these residences cost almost half a typical unit.

In addition, MI Choice (Medicaid) Waiver Program is another option for low-income residents. It is a state-funded program designed to assist eligible seniors pay for personal care, food options, and housekeeping.

Community Amenities

No matter what level of care the resident needs, everyone living in an American House community has the luxury of taking advantage of the group's amenities.

Restaurant-style dining is a key perk for people at all American House locations. With 10 homemade daily menu selections available, residents never will go back to their rooms on an empty stomach. And, based on the activities available, they are going to need that fuel to keep them going throughout the day.

Well equipped fitness centers, as well as perfectly maintained walking paths and landscaped common areas, allow seniors to continue to pursue a physically active lifestyle. There even is a Wii bowling league to keep everyone moving. When residents are ready to take a load off but still desire to interact with their peers, there are movie theaters, bustling activity rooms and computer labs available for use. Plus, leaving the campus is not required to maintain a well groomed appearance with barber shops and hair salons on-site for added convenience.

For those wanting to get out and take care of their errands, American House offers an option for personal and scheduled transportation for easy trips to the pharmacy, grocery store, bank, or shopping center.

Leaving an American House community isn't necessary to enjoy a rich social life as on-site activity directors coordinate wine and cheese parties, card games, book clubs, ice cream socials, bingo games, a weekly happy hour, and movie nights.

On-Site Education & Entertainment

Beyond the traditional social gathering opportunities, American House goes the extra mile with unique events to appeal to all residents.

Throughout 2013, American House has expanded its partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) to host professional small-ensemble musical performances for the senior residents. This partnership began in 2011 with six American House campuses and now has grown to more than 20 Detroit-metro locations. The music also will be accompanied by seminars hosted by the musicians in some instances. These "Inspiration Days" allow American House residents to learn more about the instruments being played, how the musician arrived at this point in her or her career, and an informative question-and-answer session at the end of the presentation.

Those residents who aren't capable of traveling away from the campus now still reap the rewards of witnessing live music. Gillette reported this was a major reason for the partnership with the DSO as he pointed to research indicating the positive impact music has on senior citizens as the main reason why he pursued this opportunity.

American House also offers residents the chance to expand their minds while learning basic American history. With current or retired teachers leading the classes, there are 16 American House locations hosting these interactive events. For example, just before Tax Day, a presentation about the history of taxes in this country was made to one community, which also included patriotic music.

Lifestyle Living Options

American House Senior Living Communities provides several living options for all lifestyles. Whether the resident needs no care or in-home services, is in a situation where a short-term solution is necessary, or requires the additional third-party personal or medical care provided through American Home, residents have the freedom to choose the best option for their individual needs.

With studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and condominiums available, American House provides as much or as little space as an independent living resident wants. The independent-living option does not come with services. The congregate-care option offers the same freedom as the independent-living one but does come with the security of support services (transportation, meals, laundry and housekeeping).

Beyond the scope of the congregate option, all American House communities provide independent living with assistance, which allows for additional services to be contracted through an onsite home health care company.

All American House communities also accept seniors needing short-term respite care. This typically is for someone needing a post-surgery or -injury place to stay, but also for a prospective resident who wants to try out the experience for a few days to see if it's the best fit.

At the American House Regent Street location in West Bloomfield, Michigan, licensed assisted living and memory care also are available.

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