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.
There are more than 260 nursing homes in Michigan. A Place for Mom’s Michigan Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Michigan to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget. According to Genworth, the median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in Michigan is about $9,300. The median monthly cost of a semi-private room in a nursing home is around $8,400.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Michigan.
In Michigan, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.
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.