Officially known as the Village of Clarkston, this little city in Oakland County is part of the Detroit metro area. According to the most recent population data, the city is home to less than 1,000 residents, and about 22% of its population is aged 65 or older. Clarkston seniors benefit from the safety and serenity found in small-town living, and the big-city amenities of Detroit are only 40 minutes away. However, Clarkston has an array of amenities of its own, including cutting edge medical facilities, a nationally known outdoor music venue, four courses for golf enthusiasts and a charming, shaded park in its historic downtown that’s on a mill race originally built by Henry Ford.

Assisted living facilities provide personalized supportive care in a homelike setting for seniors who don’t require extensive personal care. The average cost of assisted living in Clarkston is $4,750, which is higher than both the state and national averages.

This guide covers assisted living costs in Clarkston and compares those rates with costs in nearby Michigan cities, as well as other types of senior care. It also offers some benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Clarkston and provides a list of free resources specifically for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Clarkston, MI

The Pines of Clarkston

7550 Dixie Hwy, Clarkston, MI, 48346

The Pines of Clarkston seemed to be a very down-to-earth, very friendly, and very relaxed place. They had a lot of staff wandering around making sure residents were OK and directing them where they ne … (read more)
The Pines of Clarkston seemed to be a very down-to-earth, very friendly, and very relaxed place. They had a lot of staff wandering around making sure residents were OK and directing them where they ne … (read more)


Pine Tree Place

5480 Parview Drive, Clarkston, MI, 48346

I enjoyed my visit to Pine Tree Place. They were very helpful, courteous, and very informative. They just seemed pretty authentic. The place looked clean. Lunch has just finished, so there weren’t man … (read more)
I enjoyed my visit to Pine Tree Place. They were very helpful, courteous, and very informative. They just seemed pretty authentic. The place looked clean. Lunch has just finished, so there weren’t man … (read more)

Addington Place of Clarkston

5700 Water Tower Place, Clarkston, MI, 48346

My mother is in an assisted living building at Addington Place of Clarkston. I had made several calls to other places and Addington Place called me back and they were close also. The layout is invitin … (read more)
My mother is in an assisted living building at Addington Place of Clarkston. I had made several calls to other places and Addington Place called me back and they were close also. The layout is invitin … (read more)

Autumn Days Afc

5986 Rockcroft Blvd., Clarkston, MI, 48346


Canterbury on the Lake

5601 Hatchery Rd., Waterford, MI, 48329

Gross misconduct and utterly incompetent. The "doctor"’s actions were unfathomable and he shouldn’t be practicing medicine. The staff are rude and act as though doing their job is an inconvenience and … (read more)
Gross misconduct and utterly incompetent. The "doctor"’s actions were unfathomable and he shouldn’t be practicing medicine. The staff are rude and act as though doing their job is an inconvenience and … (read more)

Magnolia by the Lakes

1701 Cass Lake Road, Keego Harbor, MI, 48320

Use extreme caution before placing a loved one in the Magnolia North Assisted Living unit. My mother died within 4 days of moving in (September 2021). We had continued problems with summoning assistan … (read more)
Use extreme caution before placing a loved one in the Magnolia North Assisted Living unit. My mother died within 4 days of moving in (September 2021). We had continued problems with summoning assistan … (read more)

Lockwood of Waterford

1407 Skipper Drive, Waterford, MI, 48327

My mother-in-law is in Lockwood of Waterford. It is very clean. The nursing staff and the medical team are very helpful. The administration is great to work with and address your needs. They have movi … (read more)
My mother-in-law is in Lockwood of Waterford. It is very clean. The nursing staff and the medical team are very helpful. The administration is great to work with and address your needs. They have movi … (read more)

Sunrise of Bloomfield

2080 South Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48302

Sunrise of Bloomfield is a beautiful place. They seem to have everything.They have whatever kind of care your loved one needs, whether the basics or all the way up to the most. They seem to be able to … (read more)
Sunrise of Bloomfield is a beautiful place. They seem to have everything.They have whatever kind of care your loved one needs, whether the basics or all the way up to the most. They seem to be able to … (read more)

Ahava Adult Foster Care

5670 Greer Road, West Bloomfield, MI, 48324

The owners and employees treat the residents as if they are family. It is very clean and has no medicinal smell. The food is made mostly from scratch and they adjust for each resident’s dietary needs. … (read more)
The owners and employees treat the residents as if they are family. It is very clean and has no medicinal smell. The food is made mostly from scratch and they adjust for each resident’s dietary needs. … (read more)

The Neighborhoods of White Lake

10770 Elizabeth Lake Road, White Lake, MI, 48386

My father moved into The Neighborhoods of White Lake. It seems very good. He’s getting a lot of attention. The staff introduced themselves when we came in. He’s been there eight days or something like … (read more)
My father moved into The Neighborhoods of White Lake. It seems very good. He’s getting a lot of attention. The staff introduced themselves when we came in. He’s been there eight days or something like … (read more)

Ahava Senior Care

1825 Hiller Road, West Bloomfield, MI, 48324


Butterfly House 1

1072 Maple Heights Drive, White Lake, MI, 48357


Pleasantry Senior Living

3262 Chenoa Street, Commerce Township, MI, 48382


Grace Senior Living

985 N Lapeer Road, Lake Orion, MI, 48362

My mother is in Grace Senior Living. It’s awesome. It’s a good place. Plenty of activities, the food is outstanding enough, and the aides and the administration, and the rest of the staff are absolute … (read more)
My mother is in Grace Senior Living. It’s awesome. It’s a good place. Plenty of activities, the food is outstanding enough, and the aides and the administration, and the rest of the staff are absolute … (read more)

Lourdes Senior Community – Mendelson Home

2450 Watkins Lake Rd, Waterford, MI, 48328

definitely the right choice for us/for mom.
definitely the right choice for us/for mom.

Scenic Hill Manor

8616 Hidden Acre Court, Clarkston, MI, 48348

My mother has been there for a few months,I live in Arizona and its hard for me to visit as much as Id like too,But my daughter sees her when she can. The people at scenic manor do everything they can … (read more)
My mother has been there for a few months,I live in Arizona and its hard for me to visit as much as Id like too,But my daughter sees her when she can. The people at scenic manor do everything they can … (read more)

Edgewood Senior Homes

3262 Chenoa St, Commerce, MI, 48382

I have placed several of my clients and their loved ones in both Edgewood Senior Homes in Commerce and Farmington Hills. Their loving and caring staff is outstanding with their care and attention to d … (read more)
I have placed several of my clients and their loved ones in both Edgewood Senior Homes in Commerce and Farmington Hills. Their loving and caring staff is outstanding with their care and attention to d … (read more)

Ideal Senior Living

2405 Lochaven Rd West, Bloomfield, MI, 48324

I think the care at Ideal Senior Living is excellent. It’s a residential home, and there are only 6 patients. There are 2 ladies that live in the lower level. They’re from Jamaica, so you always have … (read more)
I think the care at Ideal Senior Living is excellent. It’s a residential home, and there are only 6 patients. There are 2 ladies that live in the lower level. They’re from Jamaica, so you always have … (read more)

Waterford Oaks Senior Care, Inc

3385 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, MI, 48328

Hands down one of the best places I have come across. Good help is hard to find, but we have found it in Waterford Oaks. When it got too tough to keep our loved one in the home due to the extensive 24 … (read more)
Hands down one of the best places I have come across. Good help is hard to find, but we have found it in Waterford Oaks. When it got too tough to keep our loved one in the home due to the extensive 24 … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Clarkston

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Adult Foster Care and Homes for the Aged Licensing Division provides licensing and regulation. The State of Michigan doesn’t license assisted living facilities, but a Home for the Aged license may be required if the facility provides room, board and supervised personal care to 21 or more residents aged 55 or older.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Clarkston

  • Michigan has no city, local or county sales taxes, so Clarkston residents only pay 6% state sales tax. However, two larger expenses for aging adults, groceries and prescription drugs, are tax-exempt.
  • Michigan imposes a flat income tax rate of 4.25%. Cities can levy additional income taxes, but Clarkston doesn’t. Social Security benefits, military pensions and Railroad Retirement benefits are exempt from state income taxes, but other retirement income may not be. Income from private retirement plans up to $53,759, or $107,517 for couples, is exempt for seniors born before 1946. They can also deduct dividends, interest and capital gains of up to $11,983, or $23,966 for couples. Seniors born between 1946 and 1952 can claim an exemption of up to $20,000, or $40,000 for couples, once they turn 67. Those born after 1952 typically don’t receive any exemptions.
  • Clarkston’s overall cost of living is about 12% higher than the national median and 22% higher than the statewide average. However, seniors benefit from lower health care costs, which are more than 18% lower than the national average and almost 5% lower than the statewide median.
  • Crime rates in Clarkston are much lower than the national average. These are ranked on a scale of one to 100, with one being the best. The average violent crime rate nationwide is 22.7, while Clarkston’s violent crime rate is 6. Property crime is also lower — the national average is 35.4, and Clarkston has an average of 15.5.
  • The McLaren-Clarkston Medical Building provides medical services to Clarkston residents in its state-of-the-art facility. It has a 24-hour emergency center, outpatient health care services, physical therapy, diagnostic imaging and cardiology and stroke services, among others.
  • Summers are pleasant in Clarkston with temperatures rarely rising higher than 90 degrees, but it has about 142 days annually when nighttime temperatures drop below freezing. Clarkston receives about 33 inches of snow, and for six months of the year, there’s significant snowfall, including more than 9 inches in January.

Paying for Assisted Living in Clarkston

According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Clarkston is $4,750 per month, which is $450 higher than the national median and  $550 more than the Michigan average.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Because the average cost of assisted living in Clarkston is higher than the state average, it’s also higher than many other cities, but it’s not the highest. Compared to Flint, Clarkston’s cost is $1,081 per month higher, and it’s $750 more than in Saginaw. Alternately, the average cost in Clarkston is $350 lower than in Monroe and less than $840 lower than Ann Arbor.

$4750

Clarkston

$4200

Michigan

$4300

The United States

$3669

Flint

$4000

Saginaw

$5100

Monroe

$5590

Ann Arbor

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors who are comparing assisted living costs may also want to compare the costs of other types of senior care. Adult day health care is the cheapest option at an average of $1,733 per month. In-home care is comparable in cost to assisted living. Homemaker services cost an average of $4,767 per month, and home health aides cost about $4,957. Nursing homes provide the most extensive and the most expensive care. These facilities, which provide around-the-clock monitoring and care, charge about $8,821 per month for semiprivate rooms and $10,646 for private rooms.

$4767

Homemaker Services

$4957

Home Health Aide

$1733

Adult Day Health Care

$4750

Assisted Living Facility

$8821

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10646

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Clarkston was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Detroit, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Clarkston

Michigan provides personal care services through the Medicaid State Plan, which covers homes for the aged. It also provides an optional state supplement for supplemental security income recipients who reside in a home for the aged that limits room and board charges.

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Michigan

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 Clarkston

Seniors have access to several free resources in Clarkston and throughout Oakland County that provide various aging-related services and programs that promote mobility and independence. Government organizations and nonprofits provide a range of supportive services from social activities to advocacy for better care in assisted living and other senior care facilities. 

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Contact 


Services


SE Michigan Area Agencies on Aging 1-B


(800) 852-7795


SE Michigan AAA serves six counties, including Oakland. Its information and assistance line helps seniors access programs they need to thrive. Other services it administers include meals on wheels, direct home care services, legal services, transportation assistance, health and wellness classes and advocacy programs, among others.


Senior Community Center


(248) 625-8231


Clarkston’s senior center offers wellness and recreational programs, drop-in activities and other services for adults aged 50 and over. Popular activities include computer classes, games, live music, crafts, movies, day and extended trips, informative presentations, dancing instruction, exercise programs and more.


Long Term Care Ombudsman Program


(866) 485-9393


The LTC Ombudsman Program is housed under the AAA 1-B office and serves six counties, including Oakland. Residents of long-term care facilities in Clarkston can contact the LTC ombudsman for help with complaints against licensed long-term care facilities. It helps resolve disputes and advocates on behalf of the residents.


Durable Equipment Loan Closet


(248) 625-8231


The Durable Equipment Loan Closet in Clarkston is operated by the Senior Community Center. This program loans out various equipment, including canes, walkers, wheelchairs, commode seats and shower chairs, with a small deposit. Items can be borrowed for up to six months, but extensions are available.


Oakland County Veterans’ Services


(248) 858-0785 or (248) 452-2189


Oakland County’s Veterans’ Services has experienced counselors who help veterans get their benefits, file claims and appeal negative decisions. It also offers a transportation program to ensure veterans make it to their medical appointments at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Detroit and Ann Arbor.


Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Clarkston

Clarkston-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 Michigan