Southfield is a suburb of Detroit, Michigan, centrally located in the Lakeside metro area. Seniors, who make up about 20% of the city’s 73,000 residents, can easily access the area’s shopping centers and pharmacies, as well as the walkable Southfield City Center district. Those who enjoy spending time outdoors can visit the Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve, with walking trails and picnic areas. The winters in Southfield are cold and snowy, with temperatures dropping into the single digits, while summers are warm and somewhat humid. The cost of living in Southfield matches the U.S. average, and Michigan doesn’t tax Social Security Income, which may make it easier for area seniors to cover their assisted living expenses.
Assisted living facilities provide seniors with a way to live in a supportive, amenities-filled environment while still retaining some level of independence. In Southfield, assisted living costs approximately $4,215 per month, according to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, which is nearly $300 less than the national average of $4,500 and just slightly under the Michigan average of $4,250.
In this guide, we’ll discuss costs and provide financial assistance options for assisted living in Southfield. We also cover the area’s laws to help you or your loved one make informed decisions about care.
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COVID-19 Rules and Restrictions for Assisted Living in Southfield
COVID-19 restrictions and rules for Assisted Living Facilities are typically set by the state – to see the rules in your state, you can read our guide to Assisted Living in Michigan. Keep in mind that there may be other policies that communities put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.
Paying For Assisted Living in Southfield
Southfield’s average monthly cost of assisted living is $4,215.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Southfield
Seniors in Southfield pay an average of $4,215 per month for care, just under Michigan’s state average of $4,250. It’s also less than the national average of $4,500 per month.
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As its similarity to the state’s average indicates, Southfield’s average assisted living costs are about halfway between those in the state’s most expensive city (Ann Arbor, at $6,093 per month) and the least expensive (Battle Creek, at only $3,400). Costs in Southfield are over $800 less than Monroe and over $600 less than Grand Rapids. Lansing and Flint are just slightly higher than Southfield at $4,313 and $4,375, respectively. Southfield and Saginaw are nearly equal in price, but are higher than the $4,000 monthly average in Jackson.
Note: Data for Southfield was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Detroit, was used instead.
How to Get Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Southfield
More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living
Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:
This local Area Agency on Aging can help with government benefits, meal delivery services, nutrition information, SSI applications and counseling. The agency also advocates for laws to represent the needs of area seniors and provides help with care facility placement.
Local veterans centers help military veterans and their surviving spouses access benefits from the Veterans Administration, including death benefits and pensions, as well as top-up programs, such as the Aid and Attendance and the Housebound Allowance benefits. Other services include counseling, including grief counseling and PTSD counseling, legal aid and financial planning.
Southfield seniors with limited incomes may receive help from this local nonprofit law firm. Lakeshore Legal Aid represents those who need help with wills and living wills, bankruptcy and divorce, elder abuse and legal benefits cases.
Seniors in the greater Detroit area may be eligible for durable medical equipment loans, such as manual wheelchairs, walkers, bathroom equipment and TTY equipment. Each agency has different options available, but many Wayne County residents may be eligible to borrow equipment from more than one lending agency.
The area AARP helps connect seniors with volunteer opportunities that match their skill set and their capabilities. Some examples include tutoring after school and helping with ESL students, preparing meals for Meals on Wheels and helping at local libraries.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Southfield
Assisted Living Facilities in the Southfield area are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined at the state level. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.