Traverse City is located in Michigan’s Great Lakes region and is home to over 15,500 residents, approximately 22% of whom are seniors aged 65 and older. Retirees who reside in this charming small town have access to a variety of benefits, such as outdoor attractions, a low cost of living and affordable health care. Munson Healthcare, the state’s largest and most extensive health care system, has heartcancer and orthopedic specialists who offer home visits in communities throughout northern Michigan.

Assisted living facilities offer seniors safety and comfort in a homelike environment. These caring communities are perfect for independent seniors who require assistance with daily personal care but don’t need skilled nursing services. Traverse City seniors pay $4,460 per month for assisted living care.

This guide provides information about assisted living in Traverse City, including how local assisted living costs compare to rates in nearby cities. It also includes a list of local agencies and programs that serve area seniors. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Traverse City, MI

Boardman Lake Glens

1400 Brigadoon Court , Traverse City, MI, 49686

I think Boardman Lake Glens assisted living is wonderful and the care is wonderful. The only problem we had is that my mom needed a step up in the care and there was a drastic miscommunication between … (read more)
I think Boardman Lake Glens assisted living is wonderful and the care is wonderful. The only problem we had is that my mom needed a step up in the care and there was a drastic miscommunication between … (read more)

Bay Ridge Assisted Living

3825 Scenic Ridge Road, Traverse City, MI, 49684

Bay Ridge was nice. It’s very big; probably the biggest I’ve seen. I got the feeling that the rooms were small, but we have lots of friends there, and they say it’s really nice and enjoy it. You c … (read more)
Bay Ridge was nice. It’s very big; probably the biggest I’ve seen. I got the feeling that the rooms were small, but we have lots of friends there, and they say it’s really nice and enjoy it. You c … (read more)

French Manor Senior Living

908 West Seventh Street, Traverse City, MI, 49684

We visited French Manor South. It’s immaculate and very nice. It is new. The staff is very nice. The room we looked at had just been vacated and it was freshly painted. It was very nice. They had a li … (read more)
We visited French Manor South. It’s immaculate and very nice. It is new. The staff is very nice. The room we looked at had just been vacated and it was freshly painted. It was very nice. They had a li … (read more)

Joy Givers Senior Home

7438 N Long Lake Road, Traverse City, MI, 49685

The staff let my grandmother "help out" with chores like dishes and laundry. This flexibility on the part of the staff help her feel worth while and useful. Instead of sitting around wasting away she … (read more)
The staff let my grandmother "help out" with chores like dishes and laundry. This flexibility on the part of the staff help her feel worth while and useful. Instead of sitting around wasting away she … (read more)

Orchard Creek Senior Living and Health Care

9715 East Cherry Bend Road, Traverse City, MI, 49684

My father is in Orchard Creek Senior Living and Health Care. He was in assisted living and then he ended up in the rehab center (right next door), which is wonderful because they could just take him n … (read more)
My father is in Orchard Creek Senior Living and Health Care. He was in assisted living and then he ended up in the rehab center (right next door), which is wonderful because they could just take him n … (read more)

Culver Meadows Senior Living

1661 N. West Silver Lake Road, Traverse City, MI, 49685

I was so glad when I heard Culver Meadows had a space available for our Dad. Their peaceful setting and convenient location means that Dad is safe and also in a home-like setting, where he is treated … (read more)
I was so glad when I heard Culver Meadows had a space available for our Dad. Their peaceful setting and convenient location means that Dad is safe and also in a home-like setting, where he is treated … (read more)

Traverse Manor

1899 Dracka Road, Traverse City, MI, 49684

Mom is moving to Traverse Manor in November. They had a continuity of care. They would start her out in an independent senior apartment and then as need be, move her to the proper areas as she progres … (read more)
Mom is moving to Traverse Manor in November. They had a continuity of care. They would start her out in an independent senior apartment and then as need be, move her to the proper areas as she progres … (read more)

Southridge Assisted Living

3020 La Franier Road, Traverse City, MI, 49686

I had a family Members living here..completely disappointed. Dirty briefs laying in the halls. The smell of urine as soon as you walk in…I moved my family member as soon as the new administration g … (read more)
I had a family Members living here..completely disappointed. Dirty briefs laying in the halls. The smell of urine as soon as you walk in…I moved my family member as soon as the new administration g … (read more)

CLOSED – Northern Star Assisted Living

461 Munson Avenue, Traverse City, MI, 49686

I visited Northern Star Assisted Living. The rooms were small, the rooms were dirty, and when you walked in, the first thing you see was a really dirty office. It was just awful, I wouldn’t put my dog … (read more)
I visited Northern Star Assisted Living. The rooms were small, the rooms were dirty, and when you walked in, the first thing you see was a really dirty office. It was just awful, I wouldn’t put my dog … (read more)

Tendercare Traverse City

2585 Lafranier Drive, Traverse City, MI, 49686


Horizon North Afc

668 S Airport, Traverse City, MI, 49686


Piper’S Place Afc

3116 Sunset Lane, Traverse City, MI, 49684


French Manor Terra

1420 Terra Rd, Traverse City, MI, 49686


French Manor Residential Care

908 Seventh St, Traverse City, MI, 49684


Yorkshire Manor

3735 Yorkshire Drive, Traverse City, MI, 49686


French Manor Extended Care

919 Seventh St, Traverse City, MI, 49684


French Manor LaFranier

3090 Lafranier Rd, Traverse City, MI, 49686


French Manor South

415 S. Elmwood Ave., Traverse City, MI, 49684


Samaritas Senior Living Traverse City

4354 Mount Hope Rd, Williamsburg, MI, 49690

My mother-in-law has been in Samaritas Senior Living Traverse City since April. She gets 24/7 care. She is independent/assisted. She has a nice little apartment. They come and check on her every coupl … (read more)
My mother-in-law has been in Samaritas Senior Living Traverse City since April. She gets 24/7 care. She is independent/assisted. She has a nice little apartment. They come and check on her every coupl … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Traverse City

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 MI. 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 Traverse City

The Michigan Department of Human Services, Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing, oversees assisted living facilities throughout Michigan, including Traverse City. All facilities must abide by regulations regarding staffing ratios, patient care and accommodations, among others.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Traverse City

  • The cost of living in Traverse City is 1.8% lower than the U.S. average and about 10% higher than the statewide median. However, health care, transportation and utility costs here are all lower than both the state and national averages, which may make the city more affordable for seniors in assisted living.
  • The Traverse City area has 422 physicians per 100,000 people, which is almost double the national average of 210 and may lead to shorter wait times for care.  Residents have access to world-class health care at the Munson Medical Center.
  • The air quality in Traverse City is excellent, rating 76 on a 100-point scale, compared to the U.S. average of 58, which may make the area more appealing to seniors with chronic respiratory issues.
  • June, July and August are the most comfortable months in Traverse City, and December and January are ranked as the most uncomfortable. The city experiences an average of 33 inches of rain annually, compared to the U.S. average of 38 inches. The area also gets 118 inches of snow each year, compared to the U.S. average of 28 inches. Fortunately, assisted living facilities provide indoor activities to keep residents busy, regardless of the weather.
  • The violent crime rate in Traverse City is 26.5, which is above the national average of 22.7, while the property crime rate is 30.4 compared to 35.4 nationally. However, assisted living facilities have security systems, including alarms and surveillance cameras, to keep their residents safe.
  • Seniors who no longer drive can take advantage of the Bayline, the Bay Area Transportation Authority’s free bus that runs every 15 minutes. It connects riders to Downtown Traverse City and operates from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Paying for Assisted Living in Traverse City

Assisted living facilities in Traverse City charge an average of $4,460 per month for services, although care costs may vary depending on a facility’s amenities and location.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $4,460 per month, assisted living costs in Traverse City are slightly lower than the national median of $4,500 and over $200 higher than the statewide average of $4,250. Costs in Traverse City are on par with assisted living rates in Gaylord, Cadillac and Petoskey, where seniors also pay $4,460. More affordable care can be found in Manistee, where facilities charge $4,013 per month for this level of care.

$4460

Traverse City

$4250

Michigan

$4500

The United States

$4013

Manistee

$4460

Gaylord

$4460

Cadillac

$4460

Petoskey

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Fortunately, older adults in Traverse City have several senior care options available. The cheapest senior care option is adult day health care, which costs an average of $1,625. In-home care costs $5,148, and home health care, which includes light medical services, costs $5,339; however, seniors still have to pay for housing and groceries. Assisted living is affordable at $4,460, which includes room and board. Nursing homes are the most expensive senior care option in Traverse City at $8,821 per month.

$5148

In-Home Care

$5339

Home Health Care

$1625

Adult Day Health Care

$4460

Assisted Living Facility

$8827

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Traverse City

Eligible Traverse City seniors will find several federal and state programs to help them pay for assisted living. These include Healthy MichiganMI Choice and Supplemental Security Income Category G.

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 Traverse City

In Traverse City, several nonprofit programs and agencies provide free and low-cost services to local seniors. These government and community-based services include senior center activities, as well as help with legal matters and applying for veteran benefits.

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Contact 

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(866) 485-9393

The Michigan Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program helps improve the quality of care and life for residents of residential long-term care communities, including assisted living facilities. The ombudsman advocates under strict confidentiality and can help seniors understand their long-term care options, as well as their rights.

(800) 442-1713

The Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan operates under the Federal Older Americans Act and the State’s Older Michiganians Act. The agency offers a variety of educational and wellness programs for seniors, including a healthy living webinar series, low-impact physical activities and Zoom workshops.

(231) 935-0051

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Traverse City Vet Center helps veterans, their spouses and their dependents get the state and federal benefits they're entitled to. Officers can assist veterans with applying for the Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits, which may help cover assisted living costs.

(231) 922-4911

The Grand Traverse County Senior Center Network provides social, wellness and educational programs for seniors. Older adults can participate in tennis, shuffleboard and dancing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The agency provides a free lunch, and membership isn't required.

(231) 922-4688 

This agency has programs available where seniors can volunteer to prepare office mailings or put baskets of goodies together and deliver them to seniors who are alone for the holidays. They can also sign up for the Senior Center Scam Alert system and visit The Senior Corner, an informational website for older adults.

(231) 941-0771

Legal Services of Northern Michigan provides pro bono legal assistance to seniors aged 60 and older. It can help seniors understand their assisted living contracts and provide assistance with document preparation, powers of attorney and other civil law issues.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Traverse City

Traverse City Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in MI are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Michigan page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Michigan