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Page Reviewed / Updated – February 08, 2021

10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Detroit, MI

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Birthplace of the Ford Model T and Motown, Detroit is home to almost 680,000 citizens. Boasting a plethora of historical sites, lush green spaces, world-class museums and sports, the “Motor City” offers a bounty of enriching experiences for seniors and their families. The city has five districts — The District Detroit, Corktown, Eastern Market, Greektown and Midtown — all bustling with restaurants, entertainment venues and vibrant urban life.

Detroit is undergoing many large-scale revitalizations, such as a riverfront renovation, new sports stadiums and the restoration of historic theatres, giving seniors even more exciting adventures to explore in this metropolis. Big-name retailers and artisan boutiques are all around for shopping experiences found nowhere else. Best of all, mature adults can easily traverse the town with an expansive and efficient public transportation system here.

We’ve selected 10 outstanding assisted living communities in Detroit to help you in your search for senior accommodations in the area. Additionally, find out more about the cost of assisted living in Detroit and what financial assistance programs are available.

American House Dearborn Heights

Located near the meandering Rouge River and a local golf club, American House Dearborn Heights offers assisted living residents a choice between studio and one-bedroom apartments or one and two-bedroom villas with private entrances. The community's staff provides lots of fun activities, including drumming, Wii bowling, trivia games, hockey night parties and themed events such as Elvis sing-along nights with cocktails and murder mystery dinners. For music lovers, the resident choir practices bi-weekly and performs at local schools, hospitals and senior centers. There are Bible study groups and regular multidenominational church services. Transportation to medical appointments and personal errands within a ten-mile radius can be scheduled.  

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American House Westland Venoy

Modern decor and open spaces greet residents and guests at American House Westland Venoy. The assisted living community is located across the street from a supermarket and pharmacy, and there is also a shuttle bus to take residents to appointments, shopping or organized events such as concerts. The facility offers an on-site community dining room, lounge and beauty salon. Activities include weekly karaoke night, pinochle, Sittercise classes, sports game get-togethers and choir practice. 

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The Village of Westland

The Village of Westland boasts a beautiful 23-acre campus dotted with gazebos, landscaped picnic areas and flower gardens. The pet-friendly community is run by the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan; however, people of all faiths are welcome, and non-denominational services are offered twice a month. The Village of Westland ranked in our top ten because of its state-of-the-art exercise facility where residents can work out independently or take classes such as chair yoga, strength training and cardio drumming. Weekly transportation to banks, malls and grocery stores is provided. The facility also has a well-stocked library and computer lab.

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  • Non-profit organization offering affordable/income-qualified assisted living
  • Furnished studio apartments

Mortenview Manor

Mortenview Manor is a one-story ranch-style house located on a quiet street in Taylor. The facility is only a few miles from the Detroit International Airport, making visits from friends and family easy. The home is on a large property, and evening walks around the residents' personal gardens are a favorite pastime. Regular visits are scheduled with physicians, physical and occupational therapists, podiatrists and a beautician. The staff provides regular well-being checks on residents, and there is also an emergency call system.

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St. Joseph Manor Assisted Living

Situated on three fenced acres with walkways, fruit trees, a gazebo and a six-person swing, St. Joseph Manor offers residents friendly community living spaces and private studio suites. The facility has a game room, parlor and peaceful private chapel where people of all denominations are welcome. Fitness classes, arts and crafts classes and a large screen theater provide recreational and social opportunities. Four levels of assisted living care are available, making aging in place possible for residents whose care needs change over time.

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American House Hazel Park

For seniors who prefer a less urban environment, Hazel Park provides small-town charm and mom-and-pop shops, all within easy access to Metro Detroit. American House Hazel Park has freestanding two-bedroom/two-bathroom cottages, as well as one and two-bedroom apartments, many of which have full kitchens and balconies. The facility also has a country store, library, game and craft rooms and a theater. Regular resident meetings give those living at Hazel Park an opportunity to have a voice in their care and accommodations. Activities include manicure afternoons, ladies' tea time, board game tournaments and happy hours.

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  • Weekly laundry and housekeeping
  • Community dining room with restaurant-style meals

Henry Ford Village

Life at Henry Ford Village means never having to leave home. We ranked this luxurious facility in our top ten because of the abundance of amenities it provides. The large community, which covers over 35 acres, is home to an aquatic center, library, market, bank, billiard room, ceramic studio, card room, putting green and bocce ball courts. Assisted living residents receive three meals daily, but there are also three restaurants on campus: one each for casual or sophisticated dining, and one that serves brunch-style dinners. There is an on-site medical center where 20 physicians, many with specialties in audiology, podiatry, cardiology and dentistry, provide a full range of care. Transportation is provided regularly to the shops and restaurants in downtown Dearborn. 

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  • Large campus with over 800 living units and 40 floor plans
  • Continuum of care living options

Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods

Residents of Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods who like being near the water will enjoy living only minutes away from Lake St. Clair, with its river walks, fishing, beaches, marinas, shops and dining opportunities. This Sunrise community is small and elegant and offers assisted living residents a cozy outdoor terrace, recreation room and garden. For those who like to participate in clubs, there are plenty to choose from, including walking, baking, coloring or current events. Organized events such as SongFIT music and movement, movies and cocktail hours keep residents active and social. 

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  • Studio, one and two-bedroom apartment units
  • Chef accommodates all dietary requirements

Umoja Living Spaces

Umoja Living Spaces provides assisted living care for high-functioning developmentally delayed adults and veterans. It is a small facility in a home that is owned and managed by a registered nurse whose goal in founding it was to see everyone treated with love. Along with nutrition and dietary counseling, there is usually something interesting to do every day, from listening to 1940's jazz to learning how to paint with watercolors.

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The Rivers Grosse Pointe

The Rivers Grosse Pointe offers residents all-inclusive pricing that covers meals, snacks, utilities, laundry and linen services, weekly housekeeping and a shuttle bus for appointments and shopping. The private and semi-private studio apartments, as well as the one-bedroom units, all have private bathrooms with walk-in showers and bathtubs. Educational seminars, exercise classes, current events and daily indoor/outdoor walks, provide opportunities for residents to stay young and fit. Off-site activities include trips to the zoo, concert events and theater outings. 

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The Cost of Senior Living and Care in Detroit

In Detroit, senior care is relatively affordable compared to other major cities in Michigan. According to the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of adult day care is especially affordable, having the second lowest average in the state.

How much does Assisted Living Cost in Detroit?

Assisted living in Detroit costs an average of $4,224 a month, which is slightly higher than the median cost for Michigan as a whole. Jackson averages $371 less a month, while Saginaw can be even cheaper, coming in at only $2,825 a month. The two other major cities in the state average between $4,200 and $5,050 a month.

How much does Home Care Cost in Detroit?

The cost of home care in Detroit averages $4,433 a month, assuming 44 hours of care per week at an average cost per hour of $23.25. That’s about $240 higher than the state average of $4,195. 

Compared to other major cities in the state, Detroit is more affordable than Ann Arbor, which averages about $290 more a month, while Grand Rapids is less expensive than Detroit with a monthly average of $143 less. Some of the least expensive average costs for home care in the state is in Flint at $3,813 a month.

How much does Adult Day Care Cost in Detroit?

Adult day health care costs an average of $1,517 a month, which is $216 cheaper than the state average of $1,733. This is the least expensive monthly average among the larger cities in the state. Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor average between $2,058 and $2,773 a month.

How much does Nursing Home Care Cost in Detroit?

The cost of nursing home care in Detroit is relatively expensive when compared with the rest of the state. At $9,095 a month for a semi-private room, it’s about $500 more a month than the state average of $8,562. When compared to the other major cities in the state, Detroit is over $1,000 less than Ann Arbor, and Grand Rapids averages the same as Detroit.

Financial Assistance Programs in Detroit

Medicaid Program in Detroit

Both the state and federal government fund Michigan’s Medicaid program, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) determines eligibility. Seniors who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are automatically eligible for Medicaid and can bypass the application. 

While Medicaid directly pays for nursing home care, in order to receive financial assistance for long-term care provided at home or in an assisted living facility, seniors must apply for Medicaid waivers. Unlike Medicaid, waivers are not an entitlement, so once the cap is met for that waiver, there will be a waiting list.

Those who don’t receive SSI and would like to apply for regular Medicaid for the aged, blind, and disabled must meet these income and asset requirements: Single applicants can not have a monthly income that exceeds $1,012, and the income limit for married applicants is $1,372. Assets for both single and married must be $2,000 or less. 

Detroit seniors interested in applying for Medicaid need to call the Wayne county MDHHS office at (313) 456-1000.

Other Financial Assistance Programs in Detroit

Home Help

This Medicaid waiver program, administered by the MDHHS, allows older adults to hire their own caregivers who will be paid by the MDHHS through CHAMPS. Caregivers can be a family member (except for a parent or spouse) or friend. Applicants must require assistance with at least one essential Activity of Daily Living. Click here for further information about Home Help services. 

MI Choice

Eligible older adults who reside in the city of Detroit and are at risk of being placed in a nursing home but would rather remain in their home or community (e.g. assisted living, home for the aged, or adult foster home) can apply for the MI Choice Waiver. The waiver covers services such as community transition, preventative nursing, respite, adult day care, chores, private duty nursing, and other services and support. 

Refer to our MI Choice guide for additional information, eligibility requirements, and enrollment instructions. 

Michigan Health Link

Detroit seniors eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid may be able to receive financial assistance through the Michigan Health Link program. It pays for services covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Enrollees will use one card and plan for health care, behavioral health care, HCBS, nursing home care, and medications. A care coordinator is assigned to all members to help them create a personal care plan and more. Click here to learn more about Michigan Health Link.

Project Choice

Project Choice is not a Medicaid waiver. This program is funded by the Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA) and was created to help homebound adults age 60 or older who are financially ineligible for the Medicaid waivers and meet the medical eligibility for nursing facility level of care. Those who meet the aforementioned qualifications may be able to receive assistance with the following services: 

  • Chores
  • Home meal delivery
  • Adult day care
  • Home care assistance
  • Transportation
  • Caregiver respite 

More Senior Living Resources in Detroit


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Brush Park Manor Paradise Valley (313) 832-9922 This senior community is managed by the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, a faith-based, non-profit organization. They have over 100 affordable apartments for seniors 62 years of age and older.
Gateshead Crossing (313) 308-0854 Gateshead Crossing has 45 one-bedroom affordable apartments for seniors 62 years of age and older who meet HUD’s income guidelines.
Gratiot Woods Co-op (313) 267-4933 This senior community has a three-story building with 65 units. There are one bedroom and mobility impaired apartments for older adults. Rent is income based, with water, sewer, electric, and heat utilities included in the rent. 
Independent Management Services (IMS) (810) 750-7000 IMS manages several affordable housing communities for those who have limited income. Currently, they own four properties in Detroit just for the elderly and disabled, and rent is based on income.
Meyers Plaza Co-op (313) 861-9568 Meyers Plaza Co-op has 75 units for seniors age 62 and older. Rent is based on income and includes utilities.
Rio Vista Detroit Co-op (313) 964-1522 Rio Vista Detroit Co-op offers income-based apartments for adults 62 years of age and older. Pets (20 lbs. and under) are allowed.
Woodbridge Senior Village 313-831-4906 Woodbridge Senior Village has one and two bedroom apartments with 24-hour maintenance service. Rent is based on 30% of your adjusted annual income and includes utilities (except for telephone and cable service). 

For additional information and planning, please read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Michigan.