Michigan, bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, is appropriately known as the “Great Lakes State.” The name Michigan comes from the Ojibwe word mishigami, which translates roughly to “large water.” Aptly named, the state has plenty of lakes and its residents enjoy boating, fishing, and just relaxing by the water. Michigan also receives lots of snow, and popular local pastimes include snowmobiling, ice fishing, and skiing. The largest city in Michigan is Detroit, which is known for being the center of the American automotive industry. Also referred to as Motown, Detroit has also played a significant part in the history of American music, being the home of the well-known record label, along with famous musicians such as Arethra Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Jack White.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 560 assisted living facilities in Michigan that provide housing, supervision, and support with the activities of daily living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in Michigan is about $4,600.
In the state of Michigan, assisted living communities are regulated by the Department of Human Services, Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Michigan is rated as exceptional. You can use Michigan’s Statewide Search for Adult Foster Care / Homes for the Aged Facilities to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In Michigan, assisted living communities are licensed as homes for the aged. This type of community is a supervised personal care facility, other than a hotel, adult foster care facility, hospital, nursing home, or county medical care facility, that provides room, board, and supervised personal care to 21 or more unrelated non-transient individuals 60 years of age or older. The term “homes for the aged” includes supervised personal care facilities for 20 or fewer individuals 60 years of age or older if the facility is operated in conjunction with and as a distinct part of a licensed nursing home. Size is the single most distinguishing characteristic of a home for the aged in contrast to an adult foster care home. A home for the aged is an assisted living program that serves individuals 60 years of age or older in a setting serving 21 persons or more. The facility may be smaller only if it is attached to a nursing home.
Overall, the cost of living in Michigan is considered to be more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 17% of Michigan’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Michigan was split almost perfectly down the middle but leaned slightly conservative. Michigan has traditionally been a “blue state,” with the capital of Detroit known for being very liberal. The more rural parts of the state however lean reliably to the right, and 2016 saw a greater conservative voter turnout than the past few presidential elections.
Michigan's climate is classified as warm-summer humid continental. This means that the state experiences four distinct seasons with consistent precipitation throughout the year. The summers tend to be hot and muggy, and the winters are often cold and snowy. Michigan is broken up into two distinct regions: mainland Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, separated by Lake Michigan. The Upper Peninsula, or UP as it is known by the locals, tends to be cooler than the rest of the state, especially due to its proximity to the Great Lakes.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.