According to the CDC, Alzheimer’s disease ranks as the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Grand Rapids, Michigan, is home to 197,416 people, and 12.4% of those residents are age 65 and older. This age group is at an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s doubles every five years after age 65. Alzheimer’s fatalities rose by 38.46% in Grand Rapids between 2014 and 2018. With the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s projected to reach 12.7 million by 2050, caring for this vulnerable population is more important than ever.

Grand Rapids residents with loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can take comfort in the fact that the city is home to memory care communities that provide safe and comfortable living environments. These facilities are staffed with trained professionals who understand the intricacies of caring for older adults with dementia and therapists who employ the latest therapeutic methods and treatment options for cognitive impairments ranging from mild to severe. 

This guide will provide an overview of memory care options and alternatives in Grand Rapids, including cost information and the pros and cons of choosing the Grand Rapids area for memory care. 

Memory Care Facilities in Lansing, MI

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Bickford of West Lansing

6429 Earlington Lane, Lansing, MI, 48917

Bickford of West Lansing is located in West Lansing, Michigan, close to a Kohl’s and Kroger, and three blocks from the Lansing Mall, offering convenient shopping and dining options. Residents apprecia … (read more)
Bickford of West Lansing is located in West Lansing, Michigan, close to a Kohl’s and Kroger, and three blocks from the Lansing Mall, offering convenient shopping and dining options. Residents apprecia … (read more)

Grandhaven Living Center

3145 West Mount Hope Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48911

Grandhaven Living Center is located in a residential area in Lansing, Michigan, near major highways and medical offices. Family members of residents applaud the facility’s friendly and accommodating s … (read more)
Grandhaven Living Center is located in a residential area in Lansing, Michigan, near major highways and medical offices. Family members of residents applaud the facility’s friendly and accommodating s … (read more)

Brookdale Delta

7235 Delta Commerce Drive, Lansing, MI, 48917

The rooms at Clare Bridge has everything my dad needs. It’s a memory care facility, so he has a bedroom and a half bath. They have meals, and they take care of all his personal needs. He’s got a docto … (read more)
The rooms at Clare Bridge has everything my dad needs. It’s a memory care facility, so he has a bedroom and a half bath. They have meals, and they take care of all his personal needs. He’s got a docto … (read more)

Red Cedar Lodge

210 Dori Lane, Lansing, MI, 48912


Kalkidan AFC 2

5340 Park Lake East, Lansing, MI, 48823

Kalkidan AFC 2 is located in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood in Lansing Michigan. Visitors compliment the facility’s high standards of cleanliness, as well as the quality of food offered. Residents ap … (read more)
Kalkidan AFC 2 is located in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood in Lansing Michigan. Visitors compliment the facility’s high standards of cleanliness, as well as the quality of food offered. Residents ap … (read more)

Robinwood Landing Alzheimer’s Special Care Center

1634 Lake Lansing Rd, Lansing, MI, 48912

Robinwood Landing Alzheimer’s Special Care Center looks like a suitable place for my husband. It’s an all-exclusive Alzheimer’s and dementia center. Nothing else. Our tour was very good. The lady took … (read more)
Robinwood Landing Alzheimer’s Special Care Center looks like a suitable place for my husband. It’s an all-exclusive Alzheimer’s and dementia center. Nothing else. Our tour was very good. The lady took … (read more)

Kalkidan AFC 3

2121 Hopkins Avenue, Lansing, MI, 48912

Kalkidan AFC of Lansing, Michigan has the advantage of being operated by a surgical ICU nurse who knows all the ins and outs of taking special care of people. With a total of six residents, this facil … (read more)
Kalkidan AFC of Lansing, Michigan has the advantage of being operated by a surgical ICU nurse who knows all the ins and outs of taking special care of people. With a total of six residents, this facil … (read more)

Divine Life Assisted Living Center of Lansing: Memory Care

1020 Eastbury Drive, Lansing, MI, 48917

My father moved into the Divine Life Assisted Living Center #5. I am very happy with them. It was kind of a last option, but they’re doing an excellent job in taking care of my father. They were my on … (read more)
My father moved into the Divine Life Assisted Living Center #5. I am very happy with them. It was kind of a last option, but they’re doing an excellent job in taking care of my father. They were my on … (read more)

MediLodge of Lansing

731 Starkweather Dr, Lansing, MI, 48917



Burcham Hills

2700 Burcham Dr., East Lansing, MI, 48823

Burcham Hills is nestled between Burcham Park and the East Saginaw Highway in East Lansing, Michigan. Residents and their loved ones praise the community for offering an array of engaging activities, … (read more)
Burcham Hills is nestled between Burcham Park and the East Saginaw Highway in East Lansing, Michigan. Residents and their loved ones praise the community for offering an array of engaging activities, … (read more)

Bickford of Okemos

3830 Okemos Rd., Okemos, MI, 48864

Bickford of Okemos is located on Okemos Road in Okemos, Michigan, just a short drive from Briarwood Recreation Park and Interstate 96. Residents’ loved ones praise the friendly, competent staff, and … (read more)
Bickford of Okemos is located on Okemos Road in Okemos, Michigan, just a short drive from Briarwood Recreation Park and Interstate 96. Residents’ loved ones praise the friendly, competent staff, and … (read more)

Addington Place of DeWitt

1177 West Solon Road, Dewitt, MI, 48820


Prestige Way of Holt

4300 Keller Road, Holt, MI, 48842

I feel very fortunate that a good friend of mine recommend Prestige Way as a place for my husband. I have not had a second thought concerning my selection. In this time of COVID 19 you have to really … (read more)
I feel very fortunate that a good friend of mine recommend Prestige Way as a place for my husband. I have not had a second thought concerning my selection. In this time of COVID 19 you have to really … (read more)

Brookdale Meridian

5250 Marsh Road, Haslett, MI, 48840

Brookdale Meridian was nice. The staff member who assisted me was very informative. She was really good. The residents were watching TV, playing cards, and playing board games. Brookdale Meridian was … (read more)
Brookdale Meridian was nice. The staff member who assisted me was very informative. She was really good. The residents were watching TV, playing cards, and playing board games. Brookdale Meridian was … (read more)

Provision Living at East Lansing

6350 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48823


The Willows at East Lansing

3500 Coolidge Road, East Lansing, MI, 48823

The Willows at East Lansing is located in northern East Lansing, Michigan, minutes away from Falcon Golf Course and Eastwood Towne Center. Visitors and residents describe the property as beautiful and … (read more)
The Willows at East Lansing is located in northern East Lansing, Michigan, minutes away from Falcon Golf Course and Eastwood Towne Center. Visitors and residents describe the property as beautiful and … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Grand Rapids

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Grand Rapids

The Michigan Department of Human Services Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing licenses memory care facilities as either Homes for the Aged (HFA) or Adult Foster Care Homes (AFC). Both must adhere to services and accommodations to maintain their licenses.  

In Michigan, the difference between Adult Foster Care Homes and Homes for the Aged comes down to the number of residents in the facility. Adult Foster Care Homes usually have 20 or fewer residents, while Homes for the Aged have 21 or more. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Grand Rapids

  • There are 263 physicians per 100,000 residents in Grand Rapids, compared to the national average of 210, and a very high number of these physicians accept Medicare. There are nine hospitals in the Grand Rapids area, including Mercy Health St. Mary’s Campus, one of the top 20 hospitals in Michigan, and Spectrum Health-Butterworth and Blodgett Campuses, which rank in the top 5. Grand Rapids is also only a two-hour drive from Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan Health-Ann Arbor, Michigan’s #1 ranked hospital. Overall, the health cost index in Grand Rapids is lower than the national average. 
  • Only 12.4% of Grand Rapids’ citizens are seniors. However, there are 91 senior living communities within close range of the city to care for the elderly population. Memory Care costs in Grand Rapids are higher than the national average, but lower than many other cities in Michigan. 
  • The cost of living in Grand Rapids is 12.2% lower than the national average and 1.8% lower than Michigan’s statewide average. Grand Rapids ranks as the 11th most affordable place to live in the United States. 
  • In terms of weather and climate, Grand Rapids receives low levels of yearly rainfall. Winters are long and cold, and the city averages 64 inches of snow per year. The air quality in Grand Rapids is slightly below average. However, summers are generally pleasant, with temperatures averaging 70-85 degrees. 
  • Grand Rapids ranks above the national average for violent and property crime, but crime rates have steadily decreased after peaking in 2008. It’s important to note that memory care facilities are exceptionally secure, with 24/7 monitoring and security measures, so residents are at a much lower risk of crime than the general population. 

Paying for Memory Care in Grand Rapids

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

Memory care in Grand Rapids costs an average of $6,035 per month. This is higher than Michigan’s average of $5,313 and the national average of $5,625.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Grand Rapids is one of Michigan’s most expensive cities for memory care. The nearby city of Ann Arbor is the most costly overall at $7,616 per month. The state capital, Lansing, costs $5,391 per month, and Detroit costs $5,269 per month. At the end of the list, Battle Creek ranks as the cheapest city for memory care, with average costs of $4,250 per month. 

$6035

Grand Rapids

$5313

MIchigan

$5625

The United States

$7616

Ann Arbor

$5269

Detroit

$5391

Lansing

$4250

Battle Creek

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Several types of senior care in the Grand Rapids area are less expensive than memory care. Adult day care services cost an average of $2,221 per month, while an assisted living facility costs $4,828. Home care and home health care average $5,529 per month, and a semiprivate room in a nursing home is the most expensive option at $9,405.

$5529

Home Care

$5529

Home Health Care

$2221

Adult Day Health Care

$4828

Assisted Living Facility

$9405

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Grand Rapids

In Grand Rapids, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Michigan page.

More ways to pay for memory care in Michigan

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Michigan page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Grand Rapids

Navigating memory care can be confusing and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The city of Grand Rapids, the state of Michigan and other non-profit or government entities provide several free services for people with Alzheimer’s and their families. Michigan residents can take advantage of these services to assist with legal matters, long-term care planning, health care and more.

Resource

Contact

Service

734-936-8803

The Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center is a multidisciplinary program that brings together researchers, doctors and advocates to support wellness initiatives and fund new research for Alzheimer’s patients. The center runs the Mitten Minds support group and educational series for seniors in the early stages of dementia and other cognitive impairments and support programs for families and caregivers. People with cognitive impairments can also participate in many research studies offered by the center. 

616-245-9451

The Michigan Long Term Care Ombudsman Program advocates for the health, safety and wellbeing of individuals living in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes or memory care communities. Family members can contact the ombudsman if they believe their loved one is mistreated in a memory care community or report any other concerns. All ombudsman services are strictly confidential and provided free of charge. 

National 24-hour helpline: 800-272-3900



Grand Rapids office contact: 616-459-4558



The Michigan chapter of the Alzheimer's Association provides community, support, advocacy and resources for people with Alzheimer’s and their families. The Alzheimer's Association also runs a national 24/7 hotline for caregivers and family members to talk with trained professionals about the care of their loved ones. 

616-456-5664

The Western Michigan Area Agency on Aging provides resources and community information for seniors throughout the Grand Rapids area, including those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The agency can connect seniors and their families with the information they need to make informed care decisions and navigate dementia care. 

616.774.0672



Legal Aid of Western Michigan provides free legal services and help for low-income residents and seniors. In addition, the program can help assist with civil matters like living wills, powers of attorney, guardianship and other issues that families may have to navigate when their loved one is diagnosed with dementia. 

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Michigan are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Michigan page for more information about these laws.

Laws and regulations for memory care in Michigan