Michigan, bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, is appropriately known as the “Great Lakes State.” Residents of Michigan have plenty of opportunities for boating and fishing, and during the winter snow, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing. If sports aren’t your thing, there’s more than enough time to just relax by the water. The state’s makeup is varied, ranging from the Great Lakes to the vast forests of the upper peninsula, major cities like Detroit, and charming college towns like Ann Arbor. Michigan truly has something for everyone and is a fantastic place to retire.
The median monthly cost of a care home in Michigan is about $3,000. However, the cost of living in a care home depends largely on location. Since the homes are private residences, costs are tied to real estate value and therefore may vary greatly.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Michigan.
In Michigans, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
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.