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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Okemos, MI for 2024

 

Okemos is a charming city east of Lansing, offering parks for outdoor activities, including biking and golfing, and a downtown area full of shops and restaurants. It's home to over 25,100 residents, 13.7% of whom are seniors. Warm summer weather makes it an attractive destination for active seniors, while affordable health care prices enable residents to access quality medical services at McLaren Greater Lansing – Okemos Community Medical Center

Seniors seeking personal care support to maintain an active lifestyle may consider moving to an assisted living community. These communities provide 24-hour staff to assist with daily living tasks, including grooming and meal preparation, and lifestyle services such as housekeeping and laundry. Daily meals and planned activities are also available, and residents often have access to private or semi-private floor plans. Seniors in Okemos pay about $4,313 per month for assisted living, which is higher than Michigan's statewide average of $4,250 but lower than the national median of $4,500. 

This guide compares assisted living costs in Okemos to those in surrounding cities and explores how to pay for care. It also provides resources seniors can reference when navigating long-term care options. 

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Okemos

Michigan's Bureau of Community and Health Systems, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs monitors assisted living communities in Okemos and throughout the state. The agency provides facility licensing information and training. It also has a searchable database seniors and their families can use to find communities aligning with their care needs and access inspection reports. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Okemos

 

  • Okemos doesn't have its own hospital, but seniors can access primary care services at McLaren Greater Lansing – Okemos Community Medical Center or travel to nearby Lansing, which has a thriving medical community with two general hospitals. McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital has a Level III trauma center and emergency department, while E. W. Sparrow Hospital offers senior services, including Medicare seminars and psychiatric care. 
  • Okemos experiences warm summers and cold, snowy winters. Conditions are partly cloudy year-round, and average temperatures range from 17 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter to 82 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. June to September is the best time to enjoy outdoor activities, but assisted living communities provide indoor activities and amenities to help residents stay active during unpleasant weather. 
  • According to a 100-point index, Okemos' cost of living is roughly 16.5% below the national average. The city is also more affordable than other areas of Michigan, offering lower prices for expenses such as utilities and transportation. Moving to assisted living may reduce expenses even further since most communities offer fixed monthly rates for necessities such as housing and meals. 
  • Michigan is tax-friendly for seniors and doesn't withdraw state income tax from Social Security benefits. Additionally, the state only partially taxes retirement income and account withdrawals, and it offers deductions on all types of retirement income. Seniors can use these tax breaks to supplement long-term care costs. 
  • Based on a 100-point crime index, Okemos is a relatively safe place for seniors, ranking at 19.1 for violent crime and 31.1 for property crime compared to U.S. scores of 22.7 and 35.4. Assisted living communities also provide security measures, including 24-hour surveillance and keypad entries, to keep residents and their belongings safe. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Okemos

 

Assisted living communities in Okemos charge about $4,313 per month for services. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Seniors in Okemos pay a monthly rate of $4,313 for assisted living, which is higher than Michigan's statewide average of $4,250 but lower than the national median of $4,500. It's also a more affordable option than many nearby cities. Prices increase by nearly 12% in Grand Rapids and 1.4% in Flint. Kalamazoo offers care at a higher monthly rate of $4,350, but prices drop by 2.3% in Detroit, providing one of the lowest monthly rates in the region. 

Okemos

$4,313

Michigan

$4,250

United States

$4,500

Grand Rapids

$4,828

Flint

$4,375

Kalamazoo

$4,350

Detroit

$4,215

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Okemos offers several senior care options to meet the varying needs of its residents. Assisted living is one of the most affordable options at $4,313 per month. However, adult day health care is cheaper, offering limited medical services and daytime activities for $2,427. Seniors can access home care or home health care to age in place for a price increase of 30.4%. Alternatively, they can move to a nursing home if 24-hour medical supervision is needed to live comfortably; nursing homes in Okemos charge a higher rate of $9,551 for a semi-private room. 

In-Home Care

$5,625

Home Health Care

$5,625

Adult Day Health Care

$2,427

Assisted Living Facility

$4,313

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9,551

Note: Data for Okemos was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Lansing, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Okemos

Low-income seniors residing in homes for the aged in Okemos may be eligible to have their assisted living expenses covered under the Medicaid State Plan. Michigan also provides an optional state supplement to Supplemental Security Income, which may be used for assisted living expenses.  

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 Okemos

Okemos and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

To see a list of free assisted living resources in Okemos, please visit our Assisted Living in Michigan page.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Okemos

 

Okemos 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.

Laws and Regulations in Michigan

Reviews of Communities Nearby

Assisted Living

Mary

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Bickford of Okemos

My husband was a resident of the Bickford of Okemos before he passed away. They had some really good employees. That's always important because if you go there and there are different people and...

Provider response

Hello Mary, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review for Bickford of Okemos. We are so very sorry for your loss and honored to have been part of his life. Please reach out to your...

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Assisted Living

Corey

I visited this facility

Review of Bickford of Okemos

I went to Bickford of Okemos. The building was very nice. It looked very homey on the inside. Outside, it looked business-like, but the inside was very lovely. If I would have been able to afford...

Provider response

Corey, So happy to hear that you recommend Bickford of Okemos. We're glad that you agree that it is truly a special place with a skilled and compassionate team.

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Assisted Living

Lori

I visited this facility

Review of Bickford of Okemos

My visit to Bickford of Okemos was wonderful, the staff was great, and it's very secure. The price point was higher, but it's very well-maintained. They had a variety of activities that they do...

Provider response

Lori, we are delighted we could provide you with such a positive experience! Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we did.

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