Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the Kent County seat and is home to a growing community of older adults. Seniors aged 65 and above represent 12.1% of the city’s nearly 200,000 residents. As a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, Grand Rapids has many amenities of interest to seniors. The city can offer free transportation for older adults to and from medical and social appointments. Additionally, the city’s Senior Center has an array of events to keep residents entertained. 

For seniors who need help with some aspect of daily living but are otherwise independent, assisted living is an alternative to nursing homes as a residential care option. These communities provide tailored services to residents based on their needs. Seniors may have access to amenities such as a library, garden and beauty salons. Assisted living accommodation can range from apartments to semiprivate rooms. Grand Rapids is one of the costliest areas for assisted living in the state, at an average monthly rate of $4,828

This page looks at Grand Rapids as a retirement option and offers price comparisons for assisted living in other Michigan areas. It also provides several resources for older adults in the city. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Grand Rapids, MI

Sunrise of Cascade

3041 Charlevoix Drive SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546

Sunrise of Cascade is conveniently located in southeast Grand Rapids, just minutes from the airport and easily accessible from I-96. Residents and their loved ones frequently note the facility’s warm, … (read more)
Sunrise of Cascade is conveniently located in southeast Grand Rapids, just minutes from the airport and easily accessible from I-96. Residents and their loved ones frequently note the facility’s warm, … (read more)

Cascade Trails Senior Living

1225 Spaulding Ave., Grand Rapids, MI, 49546

A beautiful facility…Cascade Trails!! I had been a caretaker for my aunt 5 years before bringing her to Cascade Trails. I took her to 5 different assisted living homes and let her choose where she … (read more)
A beautiful facility…Cascade Trails!! I had been a caretaker for my aunt 5 years before bringing her to Cascade Trails. I took her to 5 different assisted living homes and let her choose where she … (read more)

Commonwealth Senior Living at East Paris

3956 Whispering Way Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546

We’re moving here in August. We liked that it had everything that we were looking for and everybody was great. The room that we chose was a 2-bedroom with 1 bath and a full kitchen. The facility itsel … (read more)
We’re moving here in August. We liked that it had everything that we were looking for and everybody was great. The room that we chose was a 2-bedroom with 1 bath and a full kitchen. The facility itsel … (read more)

Willow Creek Dementia Care

1025 28th ST SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508


Commonwealth Senior Living at Grand Rapids

1175 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508

Kevin is very informative and the staff was very friendly and caring. We also appreciated the hospice staff they worked with.
Kevin is very informative and the staff was very friendly and caring. We also appreciated the hospice staff they worked with.

Provision Living at Forest Hills

730 Forest Hill Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546

Visually, Provision Living at Forest Hills is beautiful. It was only built a couple of years ago. The staff here are wonderful. It’s a very nice place. The staff is all wonderful. I have no complaints … (read more)
Visually, Provision Living at Forest Hills is beautiful. It was only built a couple of years ago. The staff here are wonderful. It’s a very nice place. The staff is all wonderful. I have no complaints … (read more)

Care Cardinal – Alger Heights

1025 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508

A full tour of all the buildings Dirty not clean has not been cleaned in over a month Since I’ve been here Horrible facility never let your family come here floors are cracked deck is raggedy Tot … (read more)
A full tour of all the buildings Dirty not clean has not been cleaned in over a month Since I’ve been here Horrible facility never let your family come here floors are cracked deck is raggedy Tot … (read more)

Clark Retirement at Franklin

1551 Franklin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506

Clark on Franklin is a senior assisted living and memory care facility located in a quiet and secure neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Residents and loved ones praise the facility’s dining are … (read more)
Clark on Franklin is a senior assisted living and memory care facility located in a quiet and secure neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Residents and loved ones praise the facility’s dining are … (read more)

Beacon Hill Eastgate

1845 BOSTON STREET, SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49506

Beacon Hill Eastgate is a stately assisted living and continuing care facility set on picturesque grounds in Grand Rapids, Michigan, not far from Cambridge Park near Boston Street East. The newly remo … (read more)
Beacon Hill Eastgate is a stately assisted living and continuing care facility set on picturesque grounds in Grand Rapids, Michigan, not far from Cambridge Park near Boston Street East. The newly remo … (read more)

2016

Waldon Woods

2600 Waldon Woods Dr. SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49519

Excellent dining program, and fun activities for my Aunt. Very happy with the staff, and my Aunt loves the other residents. Thank you!
Excellent dining program, and fun activities for my Aunt. Very happy with the staff, and my Aunt loves the other residents. Thank you!

Porter Hills Village

3600 East Fulton Street E, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546

The room I stayed in was excellent! It was a large private room! Very comfortable and homely. The room was neat and cleaned everyday. The house keeping staff was respectful. The nursing staff was exc … (read more)
The room I stayed in was excellent! It was a large private room! Very comfortable and homely. The room was neat and cleaned everyday. The house keeping staff was respectful. The nursing staff was exc … (read more)

Heather Hills Retirement Village

1055 Forest Hill Avenue South East, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546


Heron Manor

2106 Leonard Street NE,, Grand Rapids, MI, 49505

Heron Manor of Grand Rapids, Michigan is conveniently located near I-96. Visitors and residents praise the facility for its large apartments, which have spacious bedrooms, wheelchair-accessible full k … (read more)
Heron Manor of Grand Rapids, Michigan is conveniently located near I-96. Visitors and residents praise the facility for its large apartments, which have spacious bedrooms, wheelchair-accessible full k … (read more)

Vista Springs Living Northview

3740 Vista Springs Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525

Vista Springs Living Northview, located in the north end of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is close to I-96, numerous parks and the scenic Grand River. Visitors compliment the quality of the facility’s staff … (read more)
Vista Springs Living Northview, located in the north end of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is close to I-96, numerous parks and the scenic Grand River. Visitors compliment the quality of the facility’s staff … (read more)

Green Acres of Standale

11276 1st Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49544

I toured Green Acres of Standale. This is all one building, so they have a certain area of the building for memory care (but it’s not open right now). The woman who gave me my tour, her name is Deb. S … (read more)
I toured Green Acres of Standale. This is all one building, so they have a certain area of the building for memory care (but it’s not open right now). The woman who gave me my tour, her name is Deb. S … (read more)

Rest Haven Home

1424 Union NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49505

We chose Rest Haven because of how pretty it is. My mother was looking for a little more homey feeling. Part of it was an outside entry apartment, which what she’s comfortable with. It fit more of wha … (read more)
We chose Rest Haven because of how pretty it is. My mother was looking for a little more homey feeling. Part of it was an outside entry apartment, which what she’s comfortable with. It fit more of wha … (read more)

Emerald Meadows

6117 Charlevoix Woods Ct., Grand Rapids, MI, 49546

Emerald Meadows of Grand Rapids, Michigan is conveniently located near I-96. Visitors praise the facility’s rooms, and they call attention to the beautiful views from the windows and the private bathr … (read more)
Emerald Meadows of Grand Rapids, Michigan is conveniently located near I-96. Visitors praise the facility’s rooms, and they call attention to the beautiful views from the windows and the private bathr … (read more)

Samaritas

2000 32nd Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49508

Samaritas Senior Living of Grand Rapids, located in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, is close to numerous parks and shopping centers. Visitors praise the cottages and apartments and note that residents en … (read more)
Samaritas Senior Living of Grand Rapids, located in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, is close to numerous parks and shopping centers. Visitors praise the cottages and apartments and note that residents en … (read more)

Edison Assisted Living Center

930 Edison Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504

Edison Manor, located in the quiet West Grand neighborhood of Grand River, Michigan, is close to I-96 and surrounded by parks and mature trees. Visitors to the community praise its well-kept grounds a … (read more)
Edison Manor, located in the quiet West Grand neighborhood of Grand River, Michigan, is close to I-96 and surrounded by parks and mature trees. Visitors to the community praise its well-kept grounds a … (read more)

St. Ann’s Home

2161 Leonard Street, Nw, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504

We toured St. Ann’s Home for my aunt. They were very informed and very helpful to us. When we sat and spoke with them, they took their time to just walk us through an area we had a question about, whi … (read more)
We toured St. Ann’s Home for my aunt. They were very informed and very helpful to us. When we sat and spoke with them, they took their time to just walk us through an area we had a question about, whi … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Grand Rapids

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Michigan. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Grand Rapids

Assisted living facilities in Grand Rapids are overseen by the state’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Facilities must follow comprehensive rules and regulations to receive and maintain their licenses. The Department conducts regular inspections to ensure units provide care up to state standards.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Grand Rapids

  • Grand Rapids has been a member of the  AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities since 2018. This means that the city’s government is committed to making the area appealing to its senior population. 
  • Seniors aged 60 and over in Kent County enjoy access to a free transportation service. This program is offered in partnership with Kent County Senior Millage Ride Link and Interurban transit.
  • Older adults in Michigan enjoy access to several tax exemption programs, meaning they can stretch their retirement funds a little bit further than in other areas. 
  • Grand Rapids is a more affordable place to live than the average city in Michigan. Health care, in particular, costs 17% less than in the rest of the country. 
  • The city is home to many hospitals, including the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. For every 100,000 residents, there are 260 medical professionals, which is significantly higher than the national average of 210.
  • City residents enjoy particularly pleasant summers, with highs of 82 in July. However, winters are frigid, with temperatures dropping up to 18 degrees. The city sees 36 inches more snow than the U.S. average.  
  • Crime rates in Grand Rapids are a few points above the U.S. average. However, seniors shouldn’t feel unsafe because assisted living communities are usually secure units where resident safety is a priority.

Paying for Assisted Living in Grand Rapids

According to the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey seniors in Grand Rapids pay $4,828, on average, each month for assisted living. Rates in the city are substantially higher than both the state and national medians of  $4,250 and $4,500, respectively. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Compared with other areas in the southwestern corner of the state, assisted living rates in Grand Rapids are a lot higher. Rates in Battle Creek are $1,428 below Grand Rapids. In Muskegon, costs for assisted living are $815 below Grand Rapids. Seniors in areas such as Niles ($4,200) and Kalamazoo ($4,350) pay a lot less for assisted living than in Grand Rapids. 

$4828

Grand Rapids

$4250

Michigan

$4500

The United States

$4013

Muskegon

$4200

Niles

$4350

Kalamazoo

$3400

Battle Creek

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

At an average monthly cost of $5,529, both home care and home health providers in Grand Rapids are more expensive than assisted living. Nursing home care is the costliest form of senior care in the city at a median rate of $9,405 for a semiprivate room and $10,517 for a private room. Adult day health care centers charge more than half of the assisted living rate. However, these units don’t offer residential care. 

$5529

Homemaker Services

$5529

Home Health Aide

$2221

Adult Day Health Care

$4828

Assisted Living Facility

$9405

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10517

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Grand Rapids

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 Grand Rapids

Several nonprofits provide services to help older adults in Grand Rapids. Some of these agencies can help seniors locate suitable assisted living accommodations while others can offer support to residents of these facilities. 

Resource

Contact 

Service

(616) 456-5664

For seniors in Grand Rapids, the local AAA acts as the first point of contact for available services. The agency’s information and assistance line can help connect older adults with services in the area and find out about assistance programs they may be eligible for. 

(616) 245-9451

Delivered locally by the AAA, the statewide ombudsman program advocates for the rights of residents in facilities such as assisted living communities. Volunteers and staff members with the program can mediate conflicts and investigate complaints. All services are provided free of charge to residents. 

(616) 774-0672

This not-for-profit law firm can represent low-income individuals and seniors aged 60 and above. Older adults can get advice and free or low-cost representation on matters including public benefits, living wills and family law. The firm does not assist in criminal cases. 

(800) 803-7174

MMAP is the state’s senior health insurance assistance program and was created to help older adults make informed choices about their insurance options. Trained counselors can help callers understand complicated topics related to Medicare, Medicaid and long-term care insurance. 

(616) 459-3040

The local senior center offers ample opportunity for older adults to socialize with their peers. Activities include Wii bowling, pool and Bible study groups. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities 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