Assisted Living in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Grand Rapids, the second-largest city in Michigan, is located along the Grand River within 30 miles of Lake Michigan. The city has just over 1,000,000 residents, and seniors aged 65 and older make up 11.4% of its population. Grand Rapids has a humid continental climate, with very warm summers and cold winters with significant snowfall. Named the Number 1 U.S travel destination by Lonely Planet in 2014, Grand Rapids is home to a zoological garden, a 125-acre botanical garden with an artwork park and an amphitheater that hosts numerous concerts, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and many theaters, museums and breweries that may be of interest to seniors.
The average cost of assisted living in Grand Rapids is $4,240 per month. However, costs can vary, depending on the location of the facility and the services offered.
Paying for Assisted Living in Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Cost of Assisted Living in Grand Rapids
At $4,240, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Grand Rapids is $189 higher than the national average of $4,051 and $240 higher than the statewide average of $4,000. Assisted living care is less expensive in nearby Minnesota and Pennsylvania, where average monthly costs are $3,800 and $3,913, respectively. In neighboring Indiana and Illinois, monthly costs are slightly higher at $4,100 and $4,170, respectively.
The cost of assisted living varies across Michigan’s larger cities. Michigan’s largest city, Detroit, has a monthly cost of $4,625, while nearby Ann Arbor has the state’s highest cost of $5,049 per month. The state capital, Lansing, has one of the lower median costs of $4,000, while Kalamazoo, to the west, has an even lower cost of $3,600 monthly. Costs in the inland cities of Midland and Flint are in the midrange, with costs of $4,200 and $4,375, respectively.
Grand Rapids Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Michigan’s MI Choice Waiver offers a wide range of medical and nonmedical services to seniors who require a nursing home care level of care but would prefer to receive those services in a community setting, such as in an assisted living facility. The affordable assisted living (AAL) program is also available to seniors who live in senior housing complexes that provide on-site personal and health-related services that seniors would otherwise receive in a long-term care facility, such as in an assisted living facility.
Learn more about the MI Choice Waiver and the AAL program on our Assisted Living in Michigan page.
Grand Rapids Assisted Living Resources
|Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan||(616) 456-5664||The Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan provides a range of services that preserve seniors’ independence and well-being. It conducts assessments to determine what assistance is required and offers a variety of services, such as grooming and personal care assistance, as well as respite services.|
|Senior Neighbors||(616) 459-3040||Senior Neighbors is a senior center that eases the financial burden on older adults by helping them find affordable housing through connections to landlords, housing facilities and service coordinators. It also offers activities that encourage seniors to build relationships, including workshops, healthy aging classes and men’s and women’s groups.|
|Grand Rapids Vet Center||(616) 219-8312||Grand Rapids Vet Center provides a wide range of programs and services to veterans of the United States Uniformed Services. Veterans may be eligible for assisted living and long-term health care services, which include 24/7 nursing, help with daily living tasks, comfort care and pain management. It also provides support for caregivers who require skilled assistance to take a break from work.|
|Senior Resources||(231) 733-3585(800) 442-0054||Senior Resources offers care coordination services to assist older adults and their caregivers across West Michigan, including Grand Rapids. It is supported in part by federal and state funds allocated under the Older Americans Act. To qualify for these services, seniors must be aged 60 or older and unable to perform the tasks necessary to remain at home.|
Grand Rapids Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Although the state of Michigan does not license all assisted living facilities in the state, those that do require a state license are regulated by the Department of Licensing & Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Community & Health Systems. The Bureau regulates and inspects such facilities throughout the state, including those in Grand Rapids. Visit our Assisted Living in Michigan page for more information about these laws and regulations.