Detroit is a city of unexpected treasures tucked away in fascinating neighborhoods such as Greektown, Corktown and The District Detroit. Filled with art galleries, museums and a scenic, walkable riverfront, seniors over 65 can enjoy reduced rates at many of the venues. The Detroit Institute of Arts, for example, offers the Senior Thursdays program where seniors get free admission and specialized tours, art talks and film viewings. Senior residents, who make up about 13% of Detroit's population, may also enjoy the many music and cultural festivals the city offers. Getting around is relatively easy, and trips on the Smart Bus are only 50 cents for anyone over 65 years old.
The weather in Detroit is generally moderate, with winter lows of about 18 to 20 degrees in January and February and summer average temperatures of around 83 degrees. Snow may be a concern for those with mobility issues. The average cost of living is lower in Detroit than state and national averages, likely because housing is very affordable in the city. However, groceries and healthcare costs are also lower than the averages.
Seniors living in assisted living facilities can expect to pay a bit more than the national average of $4,051 for their accommodation. Average costs in Detroit are around $4,625 monthly.
Check out our list of the top ten assisted living facilities in Detroit and the surrounding area.
American House Dearborn Heights
26600 Ann Arbor Trail
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
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.
American House Westland Venoy
1660 South Venoy Road
Westland, MI 48186
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.
The Village of Westland
32001 Cherry Hill Road
Westland, MI 48186
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.
8734 Mortenview Drive
Taylor, MI 48180
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.
St. Joseph Manor Assisted Living
4800 Cadieux Road
Detroit, MI 48224
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.
American House Hazel Park
777 East Woodward Heights
Hazel Park, MI 48030
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.
Henry Ford Village
15101 Ford Road
Dearborn, MI 48126
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.
Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods
21260 Mack Avenue
Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
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.
Umoja Living Spaces
15381 Littlefield Street
Detroit, MI 48227
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.
The Rivers Grosse Pointe
900 Cook Road
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236
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.