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 benefits of community living for seniors.

“I have had the pleasure of working for American House for over 14 years. I am the Assistant Director at American House Westland Venoy. My love for seniors came from my mother, who lived to be 93 years old. She had Alzheimer’s for the last few years of her life. When I speak to families about their loved ones, I understand how difficult it is, and want to help them with this transition to senior living. I know that I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. I am truly blessed to call the residents and staff my extended family.” – Assistant Director Cindy Beard, employed at American House for fourteen years

There is also the story of Leora Bohl. Lee retired in 1999. By 2001, she was looking for something to do. Lee reached out to American House and was hired to help in dietary. She did that for about one year, and then she started working in the office, helping out nights and weekends. Lee also would take a mobile store throughout the community, helping residents purchase items they needed, along with snacks. Lee loved being able to help the residents and loved working with the other staff. She said they were great people and there was great communication between everyone. In 2016, Lee decided living in her home by herself was not what she wanted to do anymore. She loved being around all the people and all the activities, so she decided to call American House Westland Venoy home. Even while living there, she continued to take her mobile store up and down the halls for several years. Now, she loves participating in activities, especially the senior Olympics and crafts, and thinks the food is great. She enjoyed working there and she enjoys living in the community there.

5 Benefits of Community Living for Seniors

As we navigate the logistics of the later stages of life, living arrangements can become increasingly at the front of our minds. Community living, like the lifestyle offered at American House Senior Living Communities in Michigan, offers a host of benefits that can significantly enhance the quality of life for you or a loved one. From social engagement to improved health and safety, community living provides a supportive environment that meets the diverse needs of seniors.

  1. Social engagement and mental well-being. One of the most significant benefits of community living for seniors is the opportunity for social engagement. Isolation and loneliness are common issues among seniors, often leading to depression and other mental health challenges. In a senior living community, residents have daily opportunities to interact with peers, participate in group activities and form meaningful relationships. This social interaction is crucial for promoting a sense of belonging.
  2. Physical health and wellness. Community living also promotes physical health. Many senior living communities offer a range of wellness programs, including fitness classes, swimming pools and walking clubs. These activities encourage seniors to stay active, which is essential for maintaining mobility, strength and overall health. Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and arthritis, helping seniors maintain a higher quality of life.
  3. Safety and security. Safety is another critical benefit of community living. Senior living communities are designed with the safety of their residents in mind. Features such as emergency call systems, 24-hour security and accessible living spaces ensure that residents are safe and secure in their environment. Knowing that help is always available can provide peace of mind for both residents and their families.
  4. Access to healthcare services. Access to healthcare is important. Many communities offer on-site healthcare services through a third party or have partnerships with nearby medical facilities. This ensures that residents have easy access to medical care when needed, whether it’s for routine check-ups or emergency situations. Additionally, many communities have staff members trained to assist with medication management, which is crucial for seniors who may have complex medical needs.
  5. Convenient lifestyle. Community living provides a convenient lifestyle for seniors. Many communities offer amenities such as dining services, housekeeping, transportation and laundry services. These conveniences allow people to focus on enjoying their retirement rather than worrying about daily chores and errands and can reduce the physical load of managing a household.

From enhanced social engagement and improved physical health to increased safety and convenient living, senior living communities provide an ideal environment for older adults to thrive. By choosing community living, seniors can enjoy a fulfilling and vibrant lifestyle.

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 Venoy.

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.