In the office at the Ripon American House, a sign hangs as a simple reminder to the staff.

It reads, “What are you doing today to make this the best assisted living in the area?”

Most days, the answer might be to go above and beyond when helping the residents that live there.

Come May, owner Larry Trotter will aim even higher. Much higher.

Residents at the American House will move in May into their new home, located on Highway 44 just east of Douglas Street.

The facility will include slightly more assisted-living rooms — 42 versus 40 — but only 20 community-based residential facility (CBRF) beds, enabling staff to give extra attention to everyone. The current facility is licensed for 37 CBRF residents.

But what makes the new site special isn’t how many rooms it has, but how big everything about it is.

When the American House was born at 230 Watson St. 20 years ago, it was a state-of-the-art facility with a caring staff.

While the level of care has remained constant over those decades, the downtown building prevented the American House from being able to grow.

Now that it’s moving to a new site, the facility is being custom-built to give every aspect as much room as possible.

“[Everything will be] more spacious,” Trotter said, “more room overall and more in the residents’ units.”

Read the full story in the Feb. 11, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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