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10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Kalamazoo, MI for 2024

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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.

Kalamazoo

$4,350

Michigan

$4,250

The United States

$4,500

Niles

$4,200

Grand Rapids

$4,828

Battle Creek

$3,400

Jackson

$4,000

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.

Homemaker Services

$5,720

Home Health Aide

$5,720

Assisted Living Facility

$4,350

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10,235

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

$10,828

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 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.

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Kalamazoo County Veterans Service Office

(269) 373-5361At 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. 

Ecumenical Senior Center

(269) 381-9750The 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. 

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program

(269) 382-0515Through 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.

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

(866) 485-9393The 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.

Kalamazoo County Older Adult Services Division

(269) 373-5173Serving 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

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Sue18

I visited this facility

Review of StoryPoint Kalamazoo

I toured StoryPoint Kalamazoo. I loved it. They showed me everything. I was able to talk to residents and families, so I got all points of view. The staff was wonderful, knowledgeable, and answered...

Provider response

Hi Sue, We're thrilled that you had the opportunity to tour and experience our outdoor space and gardens. Our team takes great pride in creating a wonderful environment for our residents, and...

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Sue18

I visited this facility

Review of Provision Living at Oshtemo

I toured Provision Living at Oshtemo. I was not impressed at all. It was like a nursing home room. It was a very small studio. There was a refrigerator and mom could bring a microwave, but that was...

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Assisted Living

Reviewer#RD 0103e

I visited this facility

Review of Provision Living at Oshtemo

Provision Living at Oshtemo is new. It has nice wide halls and lots of light. It's just more open and it feels less institutional. I saw activities going on. I saw some singing going on and some...

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