1245 communities in Michigan
Sunrise Assisted Living Of Northville
Woodhaven Retirement Community
Holland Home Raybrook Manor
Brookdale W. Eisenhower Pkwy
Brookdale Ann Arbor
Autumn Ridge Of Clarkston
Woodland Terrace of Longmeadow
Holland Home Fulton Manor
American House Freedom Place Roseville
Rockwell Memory Impaired
Brighton Gardens Of Northville
Elmcroft of Downriver
Senior Living in Michigan
Michigan is the biggest state east of the Mississippi River. It’s known as "The Great Lakes State," "The Wolverine State" or "The Mitten State" by various people. These refer to the lake, the small carnivorous mammals living there, and the fact it looks a bit like a mitten, respectively. Michigan is a popular state for seniors to retire to. Historic surroundings and a low cost of living keep Michigan's senior population rising, while great hunting and plenty of open woodland provide hiking and camping opportunities all year long.
Michigan's state bird is the American robin, and its flower is the apple blossom. Both of these are found in abundance in spring and summer here, and several assisted living communities in the state are named in their honor. Detroit, once America's Second City, makes the news for its shrinking population, but Motor City is still enormous by Michigan standards — its 700,000-strong population dwarfs the next five cities, including the capital of Lansing, none of which crack 200,000 inhabitants. Many of Michigan's residents eschew even those modest-sized cities, preferring to live in the more rural surroundings of the Upper Peninsula or small towns dotted around the "mitten" in the south.
What Is Assisted Living?
Assisted living in Michigan refers to residential communities that offer 24/7 help with seniors' grooming, food service and other activities of daily living (ADLs). It's common for seniors who need the extra help to choose this level of care to ensure they're safe and well looked after but still retain a maximum of independence and privacy, which might not be possible in skilled nursing or more intensive care environments.
What Does Assisted Living Cost in Michigan
Michigan has an odd disconnect between state-level assisted living costs and urban expenses for the same level of care. Statewide, the average price of monthly care runs to about $3,250, according to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey. Prices in Detroit, however, average much less than that, at about $1,387 a month. Some heavily subsidized communities can even go as low as $800 a month, though space in these communities is always limited. All these rates are significantly lower than the national median cost of $3,750 a month for basic assisted living.
Like most other states, Michigan's senior population has been steadily growing for several decades. In 2008, aging citizens over 65 made up 13.3 percent of the state's population. In 2016, that share had climbed to 16.6 percent. Part of this is due to the aging of the baby boomers, many of whom have either stayed in Michigan their whole lives or returned to the state for an affordable retirement and to be close to family. The other reason for the dramatic percentage shift is the moving out of Michigan's younger residents, which has given the state a top- and bottom-heavy age profile with more seniors and young children than middle-aged adults.
As befits the largest city in the state, Detroit is the leader in assisted living communities, with numerous properties in the area. Around a third of these are in the city proper, while the rest are in the surrounding suburbs, which stretch halfway to Flint. However, there are more than 4,500 licensed facilities in Michigan, as of August 2018, but these do not include all facilities in the state. Currently, assisted living residences are exempt from most forms of licensure, unless they provide specific forms of care.
How Is Assisted Living Regulated in Michigan
Michigan's assisted living communities are under the supervision of the state Adult Foster Care and Homes for the Aged Licensing Division, of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. This cabinet-level department oversees many of the state’s assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and other residential homes for aging citizens. In an unusual quirk of state law, the division does not explicitly license assisted living or residential care properties, though the state website does note that they step in when certain conditions are met, such as community size and level of care offered.
How Is Assisted Living Affected By Laws and Taxes
Michigan is one of the states that does not tax Social Security income for its residents. This small allowance can make a big difference in the low-living-cost areas of the state like Detroit. Even better, the state offers a hefty set of discounts on most other types of retirement income, from private savings plans to government pensions. Property taxes run toward the high end nationally, though sales taxes are moderate, which is just right for many seniors who've sold their homes to move into assisted living and now shop on a fixed monthly budget.
Employment income is still taxable like any other kind of revenue, but aging citizens who choose to keep working are very well treated by the state tax code, and many former auto workers come in for the first tax season refunds of their lives as semi-retired seniors. Adults ages 65 and 66 qualify for a $20,000 standard deduction on their individual returns, or $40,000 for married couples. Workers between 68 and 70 can claim a $35,000 deduction, while the over-71s get a whopping $50,509 standard deduction on their returns, which — again — doubles to $101,019 per married couple.
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Politics in Michigan
Michigan has a typical three-branched system of state government, though the constitution gives a lot of power to the voting public through one of the biggest and most frequently used systems of referendum outside of California. Citizens can, by direct vote, amend the constitution, recall politicians, and initiate new legislation independent of the legislature.
Nationally, Michigan has been a swing state for many years. Every four years, the Upper Peninsula is an absolutely solid block of red, Republican-leaning districts, while the southern areas of the state look like a red-and-blue patchwork quilt. Detroit is a rock-solid Democratic Party outpost, as are many of the resort towns on the north coast, though many of the medium-sized cities in the interior drift one way or the other with the election cycle. Winning or losing Michigan can make the difference in a presidential race, and every time polls show the state is competitive, both candidates are likely to start scheduling rallies here.
Fun Facts About Michigan
The city of Novi, MI, gets its name from the stagecoach stop that started the town off in the 19th century. The spot appeared on maps as the sixth stop on the most commonly used route, or: "Stop No. VI." That makes it just barely possible that the town's name is properly pronounced as "NOH-six."
A small ship, J.W. Westcott II, is the only floating post office in the world. Since the 1890s, this steamer has made daily trips out into the lakes to deliver mail to other ships that are underway. No plans are known to decommission the vessel, which may keep operating for decades to come without a refit.
Michigan has been occupied by five sovereign countries: France, England, Spain, the United States, and once — very, very briefly — Canada (during the War of 1812).