As we celebrate 45 years of operation at American House Senior Living Communities, we want to share the stories of some of the people who have made it possible. At American House, we have a special dedication and sense of compassion, and we believe it shows in the longevity of our staff and residents’ stays with us. Our hope is that you or your loved one will be inspired to learn something new through the backgrounds of our American House family. We have information on the importance of fostering intergenerational connections.

In The Words Of Our Staff

“Prior to working with American House, I was a substitute teacher. This was a cherished experience, but I needed something more. So, over ten years ago I submitted an application which launched my journey as a Life Enrichment Director and then blessed me with the opportunity as an Executive Director.  These roles help me be creative, create social bonds, provide structure and have given me stories that will fill my heart and mind with everlasting love.” – Executive Director Petrere, employed at American House for ten years

“I like that it is actually a family. Had experience for nine years in the nursing home, then transitioned to American House and worked my way up in the company over the years. I like the fact that it’s thanks to Bob Gillette that I am where I am. He cares about the staff and residents. We have lots of family fun.” – Assistant Executive Director Michelle Green, employed at American House for twenty-five years

“Prior to coming to American House, I had worked in Long Term Care/Home for the Aged/Alzheimer Units for sixteen years…Then in 2006, I decided to join the American House team as Life Enrichment Director… I love working at American House because we are one big happy family…There is open communication between all levels of staff, so things run smoothly, as well as good communication with our residents and families…I had always been told in my college days studying Gerontology to always treat your residents with much respect, because in reflection think of how you would want your grandparents to be treated, and that has always stuck with me.”- Life Enrichment Director Elizabeth Hatfield, employed at American House for fifteen years

“I love working at American House because one of the main things that gives me a good feeling is that when you walk in the front door, you can feel the warmth of the community…I have brought the knowledge as when I was a certified nursing assistant for a considerable amount of years and have learned to cater to different types of individuals.”- Housekeeping Supervisor Aquanetta Brookins, employed at American House for ten years

“I have a degree in family support and worked with seniors for 55 years, from taking care of seniors with Alzheimers in their home, and various environments. What I like most about working for American House is the family atmosphere and interacting with the residents…”- Office Support Staff Pamela Vardas, employed at American House for fifteen years before retirement (and still helps out occasionally!)

“I don’t only consider this a job but also an extended family. Worked in another senior community prior to American House, so I gained my knowledge from those seniors, which helps me in our community.”- Maintenance Director Daryl Rogalski, employed at American House for twenty years

“Met some very interesting people over the years…Before coming to American House, I worked in other food establishments that gave me the knowledge and skill when I joined the American House Team.” – Culinary Server/ Sub Cook Melissa Finch, employed at American House for twenty-five years

“My residents are my joy and we enjoy talking and sharing memories. Before coming to American House, I did child care, which gave me the tools to be patient and listen.” – Housekeeper Betty Finch, employed at American House for ten years

“Residents are a joy….Worked in daycare so I had the experience and tools to be patient and kind.” – Housekeeper Evette Mass, employed at American House for five years

“I like that we have open communication with family, residents and staff… I have brought 26 years of culinary experience and love the residents.” – Culinary Supervisor Mica Hill, employed at American House for five years

The Power of Fostering Intergenerational Connections

Fostering intergenerational connections has never been more important. At American House Senior Living Communities, we recognize the immense value of bringing different age groups together. Fostering these connections between seniors and younger individuals can bring enriching experiences, a reduction in isolation, mutual learning opportunities and a sense of enhanced well-being.

At American House Senior Living Communities, our staff members of all ages cherish their interactions with our residents. Through shared activities, volunteer programs and community events, we celebrate the diversity of age and experience, enriching the lives of all who call it our home, truly making it a place where generations connect and thrive.

American House was founded in 1979 to enrich the lives of seniors and their loved ones in an environment that fosters independence, compassion, quality services and meaningful relationships. We provide a wide range of senior living options, including independent living, independent living with assistance, memory care services provided by a third party, respite stays and hospice in Dearborn Heights, Farmington Hills, Rochester Hills, Sterling Heights and Westland.

Call an American House Senior Living community near you today to schedule a tour of one of our beautiful facilities and ask questions to help put your mind at ease if you’re considering a move for an aging loved one, spouse or even for yourself.