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.
According to Genworth, the median monthly cost for a home-health aide in Michigan is about $4,500. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of home care services in Michigan to help you find one that fits your needs and budget.
Each state regulates senior living care differently. Because home care providers offer similar services to assisted living, states may regulate home care within their assisted living guidelines. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to provider records in Michigan.
In Michigan, home care — or in-home care — is a service which offers compassion and help to seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and wish to remain in their homes. Levels of care vary according to need, and can include companionship, meal prep, cleaning, transportation, and help with ADLs like bathing and dressing. Home care aides are trained to understand the nuances of senior care but generally aren’t licensed to provide medical services.
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.