Often considered a college town, Kalamazoo, Michigan, is home to over 7,650 seniors over the age of 65. Its cost of living is lower than both the state and national averages, and the city also has more physicians per capita than the majority of the country. Bronson Methodist, one of the local hospitals, is among the top 10 in the state. The city also offers numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation at its many lakes and parks.

Seniors who need assistance with getting dressed, bathing and other activities of daily living but don’t require the extensive monitoring and care services provided at nursing homes are ideal candidates for an assisted living facility. Many of these senior care communities also have onsite therapy services. At $4,350 a month, the average cost of assisted living in Kalamazoo is higher than the statewide median but lower than what the majority of seniors in assisted living facilities across the country pay.

In addition to the cost of senior care in Kalamazoo, this guide covers resources that may help seniors choose and pay for care at an assisted living facility and maintain their health while living at home.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Kalamazoo, MI

Friendship Village Kalamazoo

1400 North Drake Rd, Kalamazoo, MI, 49006

We have been very pleased with the care that mom has been getting at Woodside at Friendship Village. I noticed there were turnovers of different caregivers and nurses and that’s understandable, but th … (read more)
We have been very pleased with the care that mom has been getting at Woodside at Friendship Village. I noticed there were turnovers of different caregivers and nurses and that’s understandable, but th … (read more)

Sojourner Place

5364 Green Meadow Drive, Ste 145, Kalamazoo, MI, 49009

Sojourner Place is an assisted living, companion living and respite care facility located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The facility brings together retirement living with comfort in a tranquil independent … (read more)
Sojourner Place is an assisted living, companion living and respite care facility located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The facility brings together retirement living with comfort in a tranquil independent … (read more)

Provision Living at Oshtemo

210 N. 9th Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49009


The Fountains at Bronson Place

1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo, MI, 49009

The Fountains at Bronson Place is an assisted living and continuing care community west of Kalamazoo, Michigan, near Westwood. Residents can choose between studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. Fami … (read more)
The Fountains at Bronson Place is an assisted living and continuing care community west of Kalamazoo, Michigan, near Westwood. Residents can choose between studio, one and two-bedroom apartments. Fami … (read more)

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo

2300 Portage Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49001

Heritage Community of Kalamazoo is situated in the southern suburbs of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Residents are very fond of popcorn nights, happy hours and watching the latest movies on a big screen. Visit … (read more)
Heritage Community of Kalamazoo is situated in the southern suburbs of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Residents are very fond of popcorn nights, happy hours and watching the latest movies on a big screen. Visit … (read more)

Wyndham West

620 PHILLIPS STREET, Kalamazoo, MI, 49001

Wyndham West is located in the Southside section of Kalamazoo, situated about three miles south of downtown and close to two convenient bus stations. The facility gets high marks for the individual ca … (read more)
Wyndham West is located in the Southside section of Kalamazoo, situated about three miles south of downtown and close to two convenient bus stations. The facility gets high marks for the individual ca … (read more)

Park Village Pines

2920 Crystal Lane, Kalamazoo, MI, 49009

Park Village Pines is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, just minutes away from Route 131 and Asylum Lake Preserve. Residents appreciate that the community is spacious, clean and well-maintained and that … (read more)
Park Village Pines is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, just minutes away from Route 131 and Asylum Lake Preserve. Residents appreciate that the community is spacious, clean and well-maintained and that … (read more)

Directors Hall

600 Golden Drive, Kalamazoo, MI, 49001

Directors Hall Assisted Living Community is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The spacious private apartments are available in studio or one-bedroom floor plans and each has individual air/heating contr … (read more)
Directors Hall Assisted Living Community is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The spacious private apartments are available in studio or one-bedroom floor plans and each has individual air/heating contr … (read more)

Friendship Village

1400 N Drake Rd, Kalamazoo, MI, 49009

Friendship Village offers residents a warm welcome and an accommodating stay at all levels of care. Nestled amid the cozy woodlands of Kalamazoo, Michigan, this facility actively promotes physical and … (read more)
Friendship Village offers residents a warm welcome and an accommodating stay at all levels of care. Nestled amid the cozy woodlands of Kalamazoo, Michigan, this facility actively promotes physical and … (read more)

Park Place Assisted Living

4222 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI, 49008

Park Place Assisted Living facility is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, near Interstate 94, with Portage Creek Bicentennial Park and Milham Park Golf Course and Restaurant within walking distance. Resi … (read more)
Park Place Assisted Living facility is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, near Interstate 94, with Portage Creek Bicentennial Park and Milham Park Golf Course and Restaurant within walking distance. Resi … (read more)

Vibrant Life Senior Living, New Friends-Kalamazoo

3700 W Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI, 49006

New Friends Community is in Kalamazoo, Michigan, less than 150 miles from both Chicago and Detroit. This assisted living and memory care facility features lodge-style living, each lodge offering perso … (read more)
New Friends Community is in Kalamazoo, Michigan, less than 150 miles from both Chicago and Detroit. This assisted living and memory care facility features lodge-style living, each lodge offering perso … (read more)

Hoard Manor

305 W Cork Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49001


Butterfly Oasis

3113 Parchmount Ave., Kalamazoo, MI, 49004


Docate Manor

5297 Clato Street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49004


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StoryPoint Portage

3951 W Milham Rd, Portage, MI, 49024

Welcome to StoryPoint Portage! We enjoy creating great experiences for our residents every day. Our senior living services are designed to cater to any stage of life, including independent living, enh … (read more)
Welcome to StoryPoint Portage! We enjoy creating great experiences for our residents every day. Our senior living services are designed to cater to any stage of life, including independent living, enh … (read more)

Brookdale Portage

3100 Old Centre Avenue, Portage, MI, 49024

My mother has moved into Brookdale Portage. They’re very friendly, and it’s clean. They have neighborhoods where small groups of people go and eat together in a smaller setting and I like that. Her ro … (read more)
My mother has moved into Brookdale Portage. They’re very friendly, and it’s clean. They have neighborhoods where small groups of people go and eat together in a smaller setting and I like that. Her ro … (read more)

Bickford of Portage

4707 W. Milham Ave., Portage, MI, 49024

I went to look at Bickford of Portage. It’s a beautiful building. I love the décor. The woman who walked us around was very friendly. I would probably live there. I love the style of the place. The l … (read more)
I went to look at Bickford of Portage. It’s a beautiful building. I love the décor. The woman who walked us around was very friendly. I would probably live there. I love the style of the place. The l … (read more)

Fountain View Assisted Living

7818 Kenmure Drive, Portage, MI, 49024

My grandma is there & has dementia. I dont care for the place. I’ve seen residents fall, ask for help, etc…. & most of the staff ignores the residents! I cant stand that place! As long as ur … (read more)
My grandma is there & has dementia. I dont care for the place. I’ve seen residents fall, ask for help, etc…. & most of the staff ignores the residents! I cant stand that place! As long as ur … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Kalamazoo

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 Kalamazoo

Assisted living facilities in Michigan aren’t required to have a license unless the community provides a level of care consistent with an Adult Foster Care Home or Home for the Aged. Those facilities are regulated by the Department of Health & Human Services.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Kalamazoo

  • There are seven hospitals within Kalamazoo and another two dozen nearby. Many seniors probably won’t seek care elsewhere since the city’s own Bronson Methodist is among the state’s top 10. 
  • The Shepherd’s Center, one of the local senior centers, offers transportation for seniors for medical appointments and errands. Although free, a donation to the driver is suggested.
  • The cost of living in Kalamazoo is lower than the state and the country. Housing costs are especially affordable in the city at roughly half the national average.
  • From reduced property taxes for financial hardship to tax deferments and renter’s tax credits, Michigan offers several programs to help seniors in Kalamazoo save money on their taxes.
  • Winters are cold, and the city receives around 60 inches of snow per year. Its summers, however, are considered more pleasant than most of the country.
  • Air quality and water quality are both better than national averages.
  • Property crime, burglaries and auto thefts have all declined in the city over the past 20 years, but its crime rates are still well above the national average.

Paying for Assisted Living in Kalamazoo

Seniors in Kalamazoo’s assisted living facilities spend an average of $4,350 a month on their care, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2021. Across the state, most seniors spend about $100 less each month on assisted living while seniors across the country spend about $150 more.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Out of the cities closest to Kalamazoo, Battle Creek has the most affordable cost of care, $3,400 a month, and Grand Rapids is the most expensive, with its assisted living residents spending a median of $4,828 a month on their care. Compared to Kalamazoo’s average cost of care, seniors in Niles and Jackson save $150 and $350 per month, respectively.

$4350

Kalamazoo

$4250

Michigan

$4500

The United States

$4200

Niles

$4828

Grand Rapids

$3400

Battle Creek

$4000

Jackson

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Other long-term care options that may help meet the needs of seniors include homemaker and home health aide services, with monthly fees averaging $4,767 and $4,957, respectively. Adult day care is much more affordable, at $1,733, because it’s only available at certain hours during weekdays. Nursing home care, which offers more comprehensive medical services, has a significantly higher fee of $8,821 for semiprivate rooms and $10,646 per month for private ones.

$5720

Homemaker Services

$5720

Home Health Aide

$4350

Assisted Living Facility

$10235

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10828

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Kalamazoo

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.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living 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 Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo residents in assisted living facilities have access to multiple low-cost and free services that can help connect them with socialization opportunities, protect their rights and plan for long-term care.

Resource

Contact

Service

(269) 373-5361

At the Kalamazoo County Veterans Service Office, former members of the armed forces can receive assistance learning about their pension benefits and filing claims with the VA. The office also offers veterans a variety of healthcare services and financial aid for emergencies. 

(269) 381-9750

The Ecumenical Senior Center is a conveniently located gathering place where Kalamazoo's older adults can join other seniors to play games, participate in classes and dine together during congregate meals. The senior center also has spiritual activities such as Bible studies and it regularly organizes outings around town. 

(269) 382-0515

Through the R.S.V.P., Kalamazoo's older adults can use some of the skills they've learned over their careers or learn new ones to improve their community. The program has volunteer opportunities for a variety of organizations, ensuring seniors of all backgrounds can contribute.

(866) 485-9393

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program exists to ensure residents of assisted living and other senior care facilities receive quality care with the freedom to exercise their rights. Volunteers and workers in the program assist families in researching senior care facilities by pulling up communities' inspection records and past citations, and when seniors become residents, the same volunteers can investigate and resolve issues that may arise.

(269) 373-5173

Serving as the Area Agency on Aging, the Kalamazoo County Older Adult Services Division manages several programs that can make living at home easier for seniors. Home delivered meals, caregiver assistance, transportation and insurance counseling are just a few of the programs seniors can connect with through the agency.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo-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