Ann Arbor is an attractive city southwest of Detroit that was named the 12th best place to live and the 7th best place to retire in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Although the city is best known for being the home of the University of Michigan, it’s also a vibrant center for art and culture, with many galleries, museums and centers specializing in performance art. There are also numerous parks to suit all tastes and fitness levels. 

Assisted living facilities offer a solution to seniors who need some assistance with daily chores, such as cooking and cleaning. The facilities provide safe environments for older citizens, assuring families that someone is always on hand when needed. According to the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey, families can expect to pay around $5,590 per month for assisted living in Ann Arbor, which is higher than the state and national averages of $4,200 and $4,300, respectively.

Assisted living costs are covered in more detail below, as are the pros and cons of living in Ann Arbor. The guide also includes a list of resources that can be useful to families of seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Ann Arbor, MI

Atria Park of Ann Arbor

1901 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105

Atria Park of Ann Arbor is in Ann Arbor, Michigan near Plymouth Road, Leslie Woods Nature area, shops and restaurants. Visitors note the caring, courteous staff and the clean common rooms and hallways … (read more)
Atria Park of Ann Arbor is in Ann Arbor, Michigan near Plymouth Road, Leslie Woods Nature area, shops and restaurants. Visitors note the caring, courteous staff and the clean common rooms and hallways … (read more)

Brookdale Ann Arbor

2190 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103

Located in a beautiful residential area of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Brookdale Ann Arbor offers assisted living options and memory care for seniors. Visitors and residents note that this facility is large … (read more)
Located in a beautiful residential area of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Brookdale Ann Arbor offers assisted living options and memory care for seniors. Visitors and residents note that this facility is large … (read more)

University Living

2865 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103

My mom has moved into University Living in Ann Arbor only because they were the only ones that could take care of her unique needs. She needed gallbladder surgery, so they put a bag in, and because of … (read more)
My mom has moved into University Living in Ann Arbor only because they were the only ones that could take care of her unique needs. She needed gallbladder surgery, so they put a bag in, and because of … (read more)

Orchard Hills Living

2139 Georgetown Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105

This was such a wonderful place for my father-in-law. I just wished we found it sooner. The food was wonderful, the care was so touching and full of empathy. It just felt like a home environment ye … (read more)
This was such a wonderful place for my father-in-law. I just wished we found it sooner. The food was wonderful, the care was so touching and full of empathy. It just felt like a home environment ye … (read more)

Glacier Hills

1200 Earhart Road, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105

This place is a joke. You get charged for everything and it is nasty. The aides care more about sneaking out to smoke than caring for the residence. If your loved one is not independent they will not … (read more)
This place is a joke. You get charged for everything and it is nasty. The aides care more about sneaking out to smoke than caring for the residence. If your loved one is not independent they will not … (read more)

Hillside Terrace

1939 Jackson Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI, 48103

Conveniently located near Interstate Highway 94 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Hillside Terrace is a pet-friendly senior living provider with a resident capacity of 88. Residents and their loved ones heap hi … (read more)
Conveniently located near Interstate Highway 94 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Hillside Terrace is a pet-friendly senior living provider with a resident capacity of 88. Residents and their loved ones heap hi … (read more)

Barton Manor Assisted Living

821 Barton Dr, Ann Arbor, MI, 48105

Barton Manor Assisted Living is located in a quiet suburb of Ann Arbor, Michigan, nestled between Black Pond Woods Nature Area and the Huron River. Residents and their loved ones agree that this is an … (read more)
Barton Manor Assisted Living is located in a quiet suburb of Ann Arbor, Michigan, nestled between Black Pond Woods Nature Area and the Huron River. Residents and their loved ones agree that this is an … (read more)

Birch Hollow Family

2951 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor, MI, 48108

I went to Birch Hollow Family. It was a single family house. They don’t have a ramp, they have a back door which you can go in with the wheelchair, but the front door has no ramp. The room was so crow … (read more)
I went to Birch Hollow Family. It was a single family house. They don’t have a ramp, they have a back door which you can go in with the wheelchair, but the front door has no ramp. The room was so crow … (read more)

2020, 2022

StoryPoint Saline

6230 S. State Street, Saline, MI, 48176

Welcome to StoryPoint Saline! Our various senior living options include independent living, enhanced living, assisted living, and memory care options. Throughout each, we strive to make every moment o … (read more)
Welcome to StoryPoint Saline! Our various senior living options include independent living, enhanced living, assisted living, and memory care options. Throughout each, we strive to make every moment o … (read more)

2015

American House Carpenter

3470 Carpenter Rd., Ypsilanti, MI, 48197

American House Carpenter Senior Living is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, near Highway 23, shopping centers and restaurants. Visitors appreciate the clean, homey facility and the personable staff. Res … (read more)
American House Carpenter Senior Living is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, near Highway 23, shopping centers and restaurants. Visitors appreciate the clean, homey facility and the personable staff. Res … (read more)

Linden Square Assisted Living

650 Woodland Drive East, Saline, MI, 48176

I went to Linden Square Assisted Living Center. I know people who live there. I had dinner there; it’s OK. They don’t have as much stuff for the residents like the other places, but that’s not going t … (read more)
I went to Linden Square Assisted Living Center. I know people who live there. I had dinner there; it’s OK. They don’t have as much stuff for the residents like the other places, but that’s not going t … (read more)

Vibrant Life Superior Township

8100 Geddes Rd, Ypsilanti, MI, 48198

The set up of Vibrant Life Superior Township was multiple buildings based on the level of care of the residents. They were beautiful and each of them had a square with a centralized garden in the midd … (read more)
The set up of Vibrant Life Superior Township was multiple buildings based on the level of care of the residents. They were beautiful and each of them had a square with a centralized garden in the midd … (read more)

The Gilbert Residence

203 S HURON, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197

The Gilbert Residence is located in a residential setting adjacent to the Huron River in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Visitors and loved ones appreciate that the facility provides assisted living, nursing and … (read more)
The Gilbert Residence is located in a residential setting adjacent to the Huron River in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Visitors and loved ones appreciate that the facility provides assisted living, nursing and … (read more)

Superior Woods Healthcare Center

8380 GEDDES RD., Ypsilanti, MI, 48198

Staff is friendly helpful and caring in assisted living. Mom is happy there. Her room is spacious and she has it to herself. Charlotte RN Kaye Bryan Oscar have been a blessing to us in her ca … (read more)
Staff is friendly helpful and caring in assisted living. Mom is happy there. Her room is spacious and she has it to herself. Charlotte RN Kaye Bryan Oscar have been a blessing to us in her ca … (read more)

Ester Guest Home

6280 N. Maple Rd., Saline, MI, 48176

I’m at Ester Guest Home. It’s a fine facility that provides everything, like medication, bathing, and dressing assistance. The dining is excellent.
I’m at Ester Guest Home. It’s a fine facility that provides everything, like medication, bathing, and dressing assistance. The dining is excellent.

Golden Acre Residential Care

8253 Stoneham Drive, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197

I like Golden Acre a lot. It is a small home that cares for like five people. This place is on an acre lot that is just beautiful. They have a big deck where they can take people out. In terms of acti … (read more)
I like Golden Acre a lot. It is a small home that cares for like five people. This place is on an acre lot that is just beautiful. They have a big deck where they can take people out. In terms of acti … (read more)

Judd Home

1035 Judd Road, Saline, MI, 48176


Clark Road Home

510 W. Clark Road, Ypsilanti, MI, 48197


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Ann Arbor

Responsibility for ensuring Michigan’s assisted living facilities operate to expected standards falls to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The department delegates day-to-day responsibilities to the Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing, which has the authority to grant and revoke licenses to facilities that fall within its remit. However, as standard, Michigan doesn’t issue assisted living facility licenses.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Ann Arbor

  • According to Sperling’s Best Places’ cost of living index, the national average is 100 and Ann Arbor is 117.5, which means the city’s costs are above average. However, this seems to be driven primarily by housing costs, which can be high in the area. When comparing other categories to the national average, Ann Arbor appears more affordable. For example, although groceries are slightly higher at 102.6, health is substantially lower at 86.
  • Ann Arbor is well-served with medical facilities. U.S. military personnel have the highly rated VA Medical Center, while other citizens get the University of Michigan Hospitals, ranked #1 in the state and #12 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Many clinics are dotted around the city, ensuring seniors are never far from quality health care.
  • According to statistics published by Neighborhood Scout, Ann Arbor is one of the safer cities in the country when it comes to violent crime. Working on a national median of 4 per 1,000 people, the city comes in at 2.94, which is also lower than the state average of 4.37. However, the property crime figures are less satisfying. The national median per 1,000 people is 21, while in Ann Arbor, the figure is 22.46. However, crime tends to happen more in specific areas. In Ann Arbor, there are many safe areas, of which Foster and Scio are only two.
  • The general health cost index in Ann Arbor is 89.5, compared to the U.S. average of 100. This is mainly due to below-average water and air quality. However, the city outperforms others in the EPA Superfund Index (which reclaims contaminated land), scoring 94 against a U.S. average of 87. Also, Ann Arbor boasts 607 physicians per 100,000 people. The U.S. average is 210.
  • Although cities like Ann Arbor can never compete with those that get year-round sunshine, the city has a stable climate, with lows averaging at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and highs at 59 degrees.

Paying for Assisted Living in Ann Arbor

Assisted living costs $5,590 in Ann Arbor. This is high for the area, so it’s worth comparing costs to other cities in Michigan. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $5,590, assisted living costs in Ann Arbor are the highest in Michigan and significantly above the state and national averages. The state capital of Lansing is also pricy at $5,225 monthly, although $365 less than in Ann Arbor. Monroe, which is less than an hour from Ann Arbor, has costs of $5,100. In Detroit, families can expect to pay $4,750, while Jackson has the lowest costs in the region at $3,650 per month.

$5590

Ann Arbor

$4200

Michigan

$4300

The United States

$4750

Detroit

$5100

Monroe

$3650

Jackson

$5225

Lansing

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey doesn’t include adult day health care costs for Ann Arbor. However, the nearby city of Monroe charges approximately $2,080 per month for adult day health care. Ann Arbor’s home care costs are in the region of $4,767; the addition of light health care services increases the cost to $4,862 per month. At $5,590, assisted living is the most affordable form of care that includes accommodations, with nursing homes being the most costly. A semiprivate room is typically $9,429, while a private room averages $10,950.

$4767

Home care

$4862

Home health care

$5590

Assisted Living

$9429

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$10950

Nursing Home (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Ann Arbor

A number of federal and state assistance programs help eligible Ann Arbor residents afford an assisted living facility. These include the Healthy Michigan PlanMI Choice Waiver Program and Supplemental Security Income Category G.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Michigan page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Ann Arbor

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Michigan page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Ann Arbor

The following resources are examples of how families can pay for assisted living and benefit from other services aimed at enhancing the lives of seniors in the community.

ResourceContactService
VA Aid and Attendance Benefits(734) 845-5185The VA Aid and Attendance benefit is available to some veterans of the U.S. military and their spouses. It’s a monthly payment included with the VA pension that can be used to cover some of the costs of assisted living. Payments vary, but the maximum monthly allowances are $1,881 for an individual vet, $1,209 for a surviving spouse and $2,230 for a couple. VeteranAid.org has a useful online tool to help veterans check if they qualify. 
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(866) 485-9393The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program ensures seniors in residential care communities have a voice. Ombudsmen are volunteers who make unannounced visits to care facilities to speak to residents and help them understand their rights. If a senior makes a complaint about their facility, the ombudsman will investigate and try to resolve the issue with the facility’s owner or manager. Also, families comparing assisted living communities for loved ones can request information about them from the ombudsman.
Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP), Inc.(800) 803-7174The counselors at MMAP provide free information, advice and support services for seniors who are Medicare beneficiaries. They can help seniors understand the coverage they already have and introduce them to plans that can handle any shortfall. This may include private health care insurance, although the counselor will not try to sell plans, as their advice is unbiased. Low-income seniors who may be eligible for Medicaid can also use the service. Although Medicaid won’t pay for assisted living costs in Michigan, the MI Choice Waiver can pay for services in certain types of residential locations. 
Ann Arbor Senior Center(734) 794-6250Ann Arbor Senior Center is the focal point for a host of community events aimed at enhancing the lives of its members. These include fitness and activity programs that can improve mental and physical health as well as recreational and cultural activities that can introduce seniors to new experiences.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Michigan are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Michigan page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Ann Arbor