Battle Creek is the largest city in Calhoun County, on the confluence of two rivers in southwest Michigan. Home to 52,000 people, nearly 16% of Battle Creek’s population is seniors aged 65 and over. Several local hospitals and medical centers, such as Battle Creek VA Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital, offer senior wellness programs, and most accept patients with Medicare. According to the Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey, semiprivate rooms in area nursing homes cost an average of $8,669 a month. This is higher than the $7,756 national median, but it’s still lower than the Michigan state average of $9,095.
Nursing homes afford older adults close supervision and care services, including physical therapy and medication management, that may not be practical for seniors living on their own. As a result of the heightened care associated with skilled nursing, it tends to be more expensive than other living arrangements, such as assisted living or home health care, which many seniors may find more affordable and appropriate for their needs.
This guide covers the costs of nursing care in Battle Creek and other areas, and it provides a list of resources that can help support local seniors.