Portage is located adjacent to the city of Kalamazoo. It has received several notorieties, including the Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners and the Best Place to Spend the Day With Your Family. The weather is good, especially for seniors who like snow and mild summers and the state is tax-friendly for retirees, which may make it easier to hold onto income later in life. The city has a population of just over 49,000, with 16% ages 65 and older.   

There are two assisted living communities located in Portage. They are designed for seniors who want to remain as independent as possible but need help with daily living tasks, like grooming, bathing, housekeeping and meal prep. The average cost of these facilities in Portage is $3,950 per month which is slightly lower than most locations in the area and the national average. 

This guide covers the benefits for seniors who are looking for a place to retire near the city and a cost comparison with other locations. There are also prices on the other different costs of care and a list of available resources.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Portage, MI

2020

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

Tammy was the woman that met with us and gave us a tour at Brookdale Portage. She was really informative and very warm. I really liked her. I enjoyed the place. It had a nice room with a nice window f … (read more)
Tammy was the woman that met with us and gave us a tour at Brookdale Portage. She was really informative and very warm. I really liked her. I enjoyed the place. It had a nice room with a nice window f … (read more)

Bickford of Portage

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

Care and services have continued to go downhill over the last year. Too often agency caregivers are used and/or understaffed. These agency caregivers do very little for the residents. High employee … (read more)
Care and services have continued to go downhill over the last year. Too often agency caregivers are used and/or understaffed. These agency caregivers do very little for the residents. High employee … (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)

Hudson’s Country Manor, Inc.

9842 Oakland Dr., Portage, MI, 49024


MediLodge of Portage

7855 Currier Dr, Portage, MI, 49002


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)

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


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Portage

Assisted living communities in Portage are regulated by the Michigan Department of Human Services, Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing Division. This agency regulates all aspects of assisted living including home and community based services, staffing and health and safety. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Portage

  • There are several hospitals in Portage that seniors can turn to for illness, injury or chronic care. These facilities include the Ascension Burgess Hospital and the Bronson Methodist Hospital.
  • Seniors sensitive to the heat may appreciate the mild summers in Portage. July highs are around 84 degrees and there are approximately 159 sunny days per year. The city also receives around 47 inches of snow per year and January lows are around 17 degrees. 
  • Portage is a tax-friendly place for seniors to live. Social Security income is not taxed and retirement accounts are taxed depending on a senior’s age.
  • The cost of living in Portage is much lower than the national average and is slightly lower than the state average. Seniors can expect to pay less than the national average for groceries, healthcare and transportation.
  • According to the BestPlaces Air Quality Index, the air quality in Portage is better than the national average. Seniors with respiratory illness may find lower health occurrences due to air quality issues when living in the area.

Paying for Assisted Living in Portage

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey lists the average cost of assisted living in Portage at $3,950 per month. This is $250 less than the state average and $350 less than the national average. Costs can vary greatly throughout a state or region depending on the location, the amenities offered and other factors like the level of care. In Grand Rapids, seniors pay around $5,000 per month and $5,550 in Midland. Jackson is one of the least expensive areas at $3,650.

$3950

Portage

$4200

Michigan

$4300

The United States

$5000

Grand Rapids

$3650

Jackson

$5500

Midland

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Aside from assisted living, there are several other options for long-term care depending on individuals’ needs. Homemaker services at $4,481 and home health aide services at $4,576 allow seniors to get care while remaining in their own homes. A nursing home provides the most comprehensive level of care, with private rooms costing around $10,965 per month and a semiprivate room costing around $10,159.

$4481

Homemaker Services

$4576

Home Health Aide

$

Adult Day Health Care

$3950

Assisted Living Facility

$10159

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$10965

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Portage was not available, so data for the closest city, Kalamazoo, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Portage

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 Portage

In Portage, seniors can receive services and take part in programs offered by private and public agencies. These services are offered for free or at a low cost to those who live in the area.

Resource

Contact

Service

(269) 329-4555

The Portage Senior Center has programs and services for seniors ages 50 and older who want to make new friends, take part in activities and sign up for educational classes. Some of the activities the center offers include games, dancing, exercise classes, weekly outings and meals.

(269) 373-5173

The local Area Agency on Aging is a non-profit agency that offers community outreach, health education classes, elder abuse prevention and community meals. The agency also offers transportation to and from the local senior centers.

(517) 827-8040

The long-term care ombudsman serves as an advocate for seniors who live in long-term care facilities. The ombudsman investigates and works to resolve complaints against long-term care facilities and frequently visits these communities to ensure they are standing up to state and federal standards.

(269) 382-0515

Senior Services is a private, non-profit agency that provides over 20 different services that support the health and overall care of seniors in the area. These services include a telephone reassurance program, behavioral health and wellness, a pet food bank and a local farmer’s market.

(269) 373-5200

The Kalamazoo Veterans Service Office provides services and assistance to men and women who have served in the military. The service department can help veterans sign up for education benefits, medical treatment, emergency financial aid and provide assistance referrals. The agency can also help an individual in long-term care sign up for the Aid and Attendance benefit that pays for home and community-based services in long-term care.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Portage

Portage-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