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  • Nursing Home Facilities in Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • Nursing Home Costs in Kalamazoo, MI
  • Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Kalamazoo, MI
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Nursing Home Costs in Kalamazoo, MI

Semiprivate rooms in Kalamazoo cost seniors an average of $10,195 a month. Private rooms cost more, at $10,965.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Nursing home care is more expensive in Kalamazoo than in many other places in both Michigan and the United States generally. Semiprivate rooms in the city area average $10,195 a month for care, while in the rest of Michigan the average is $8,973. The national average cost is $7,756. Even the lowest costs in Michigan are above national averages, such as Battle Creek, where a semiprivate room averages $7,908 a month. Lansing and Detroit are in the upper $8,000s, while Flint and Ann Arbor are in the mid-$9,000s. 

Kalamazoo

$10,195

Michigan

$8,973

United States

$7,756

Lansing

$8,973

Flint

$9,353

Ann Arbor

$9,429

Detroit

$8,821

Battle Creek

$7,908

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Nursing home care is not always the most appropriate option for aging citizens. Seniors who need less assistance than a nursing home provides may get by at lower costs with a different level of care. Assisted living offers less close supervision, but in Kalamazoo, it averages just $3,950 a month. Likewise, home care and home health care cost an average of $4,481 and $4,576 a month, respectively. Against this, semiprivate rooms in Kalamazoo’s nursing homes cost an average of $10,195 a month, while more private rooms cost $10,965.

Home care

$4,481

Home health care

$4,576

Assisted living

$3,950

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$10,195

Nursing home (private room)

$10,965

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Kalamazoo, MI

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Kalamazoo, MI

The resources below help thousands of Kalamazoo-area seniors live as independently as possible, either in their own homes or in residential care communities. Some of the services they offer can help seniors remain safely in their homes,  while others are for seniors making the transition into nursing home care.

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Senior Services of Southwest Michigan(800) 711-2113Senior Services of Southwest Michigan is a regional senior support office that offers multiple services for area seniors. Services provided at no cost include telephone reassurance, nursing facility transition support, assisted living waiver applications and referrals, medical alert systems for the home and a pet food bank. Case manager support is also available through the office, which can help seniors find and apply for all of the benefits they are eligible for.
Kalamazoo Area Agency on Aging(269) 373-5173
The Kalamazoo Agency on Aging Area IIIa serves local seniors with a diverse array of free services. Benefits offered include benefits and bereavement counseling, home-delivered meals, some local transportation services and referrals to government and nonprofit agencies seniors are eligible to apply for benefits from.
Kalamazoo Meals on Wheels(269) 382-0515Kalamazoo Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers deliver meals to seniors in their homes once a week. Deliveries are available on shorter notice for emergencies, and pet meals are also provided. The Kalamazoo County Meals on Wheels program also offers free instruction on nutrition and fitness for seniors aged 60 and over. Home repair and disability-related home improvement services are also available through the program.
Lakeshore Legal Aid(888) 783-8190
Lakeshore Legal Aid offers telephone and in-person consultations for seniors with licensed attorneys and other legal professionals free from cost. Through the society, seniors can get advice and assistance with legal forms, estate planning, care issues and common legal matters relating to medical and residential concerns.
The Shepherd's Center of Greater Kalamazoo(269) 383-1122
The Shepherd's Center uses local volunteers to help Kalamazoo seniors with personal and medically necessary transportation at no cost. The center also offers free handyman services that include home mobility upgrades and limited repair services for seniors' homes.

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Granddaughterinmi

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

Review of MediLodge of Westwood

The rooms are filthy, staff is overworked and messed up medications for my grandma. Her pillow had someone else’s blood marks on it when she arrived! Her draw had old food in it when we arrived!...

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Me

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

Review of MediLodge of Westwood

Two times around the time my mom was there we had employees tell us either that we're glad you're mom went somewhere different or they actually told my mom "you need to go somewhere different"...

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Mary

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

Review of MediLodge of Westwood

Medilodge of Westwood is very kind and did a lot of work with my mom's PT and OT. They have worked with her even on the weekends for therapy. They were very kind when she would have a setback and...

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