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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids is nestled on the shores of the Grand River, just 30 miles east of Lake Michigan. In 2018, the city joined the WHO’s network of age-friendly communities with a commitment to make Grand Rapids a place where seniors can enjoy a happy and healthy retirement.
While the area maintains a small town, Midwest feel, it has become a cultural hub with all the amenities you’d expect of a big city. The downtown area is home to a vibrant art scene, featuring a rotating showcase of local artists along with a number of world-renowned art museums and galleries. The city has established itself as a culinary destination, with many upscale restaurants and is now acknowledged as Beer City USA for having some of the highest-rated craft breweries in the country. Grand Rapids hosts a number of festivals and concerts throughout the year, and with its warm, sunny summers, seniors can enjoy the city’s many beaches, nature preserves and outdoor recreational opportunities.
Though the overall cost of daily living in Grand Rapids is low, seniors may find themselves paying more for assisted living services than they would in other cities across Michigan. According to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Grand Rapids is $4,200, compared to the statewide average of $3,850 per month.
Here’s a look at the top 10 assisted living facilities located in Grand Rapids.
Sunrise of Cascade
We included Sunrise of Cascade because it is the first senior living community to receive a J.D. Power award for highest customer satisfaction. Located in the lively Grand Rapids metropolitan area, Sunrise enriches seniors' lives with high-quality, standardized care through a variety of services: assisted living services, independent living assistance and hospice care. Residents enjoy access to an on-site computer room, spa, communal party space and barbershop. The facility is surrounded by beautiful outdoor gardens and cozy community areas, and the friendly, 24-hour nursing staff is always on hand to offer assistance whenever needed.
Provision Living at Forest Hills
The staff at Provision Living at Forest Hills works to preserve resident independence in this 113-unit community. Each apartment comes equipped with a full bathroom, kitchenette, fire safety equipment, emergency response system and thermostat. Nearby, Forest Hills Fine Arts Center, Forest Hills Public Schools Community and Aquatic Center, places of worship and shopping centers, give residents easy access to entertainment and fitness options. Meals are a social experience with buffet, restaurant, open dining and finger food options available. Arts and crafts, group baking, gardening and games are just a few of the activities available each week.
Alger Heights, a Care Cardinal senior community, offers assisted living to seniors who need help with daily activities like dressing, bathing, eating and medication management. Plenty of shopping and restaurants line 28th Street, giving seniors access to entertainment and fun within walking distance of the community. MacKay-Jaycees Park is just half a block away and features picnic tables and sports grounds. Life at Alger Heights is truly communal living, where residents cook, eat, relax and play together in a family-like setting.
American House Grand Rapids
American House Grand Rapids offers several levels of senior care, starting at independent senior living and extending through hospice care. Assisted living residents receive the help they need to get ready for the day and the independence to choose activities and plan their own schedule. The concierge desk offers a daily calendar of events, with options such as Friday Happy Hours and live music events. Meals feature locally-sourced ingredients prepared by dedicated chefs on-site, and menus change seasonally and for holidays.
Beacon Hill Eastgate
The serene and inviting grounds at Beacon Hill Eastgate set the tone for life at this continuing care community. With a list of amenities that include an indoor pool and hot tub, a game room, golf simulator and an outdoor fireplace, everything residents need is on campus. For seniors that like to get out and about, several art museums, many local golf courses, restaurants, shopping malls and cultural destinations abound in Grand Rapids. Award-winning chefs prepare the meals served at Beacon Hill Eastgate, often using ingredients fresh from the on-site gardens.
Vista Springs Living Northview
At Vista Springs Living Northview, apartments are pet-friendly and fully equipped with a private bathroom and kitchenette. The outdoor courtyard and patio is a secure place to walk a dog or just enjoy the landscaped grounds. Concierge service is available to schedule transportation or book tickets to local events. Food is served at the coffee shop, restaurant-style dining room or pub. Live entertainment is a regular feature on the activities calendar, and the arts and crafts studio and library are great places to have fun and relax.
Emerald Meadows offers cozy living and caring services in a secluded Grand Rapids location. Residents enjoy personal spaces that are configured in a variety of floor plans. Rooms feature bay windows, full-sized bathrooms and walk-in showers with built-in seating and adjustable showerheads. The housekeeping staff provides weekly cleaning services, and amenities such as nutritious, chef-prepared meals and a wide array of life-enriching recreational activities contribute to warm, vibrant living in the community. As part of the Providence Life Services Community, the facility is guided by a faith-based mission, and residents and their families may avail of spiritual or personal guidance offered by local churches.
As a barrier-free facility, Heron Manor seeks to provide an equal experience for all residents, whether they are able-bodied or have physical limitations. The facility takes a modern approach to assisted living, giving residents the freedom to choose only the services they need. Comfortable one-bedroom apartment suites are designed to feel like home and feature full kitchens, bathrooms and spacious living areas. Residents are treated to three home-cooked meals daily, weekly housekeeping services and scheduled transportation for shopping and appointments. To fill their time, residents can choose to go for a stroll along the quarter-mile nature trail, relax in the whirlpool or take part in one of the many programs offered by the diverse activity calendar, which includes daily exercises, educational workshops, weekly spiritual services and organized outings.
Edison Christian Assisted Living Center
Edison Christian Assisted Living Center is part of Edison Christian Life Services, a non-profit organization that provides faith-based care services to Grand Rapids seniors. Its assisted living facility was launched in 1994 and is set in a beautiful homelike environment where independent living, with the assurance of 24-hour staff availability, is encouraged. Residents are comfortably housed in single-room or two-person apartments which feature emergency call systems, individual AC controls and large bay windows. The facility focuses on seniors' health and well-being and provides medical services such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, laboratory and pharmacy services and on-site physician care. Social, recreational and faith-based activities are held in the facility's spacious common areas.
Clark at Franklin
Just a short distance from downtown Grand Rapids, Clark at Franklin's is situated in a quiet southeast neighborhood, featuring a beautiful campus of landscaped gardens and mature trees. Its continuum of care services provides seniors with the appropriate level of support to suit their needs, allowing them to retain a sense of independence. The facility is designed with welcoming common areas and extensive amenities that promote active living and socialization. Residents can participate in regularly scheduled group activities and outings, browse the current exhibit at the art gallery or catch up with friends at the Chatterbox cafe. To maintain their physical wellness, residents have access to a fitness room, indoor pool and on-site therapy services.