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In the state of Michigan, assisted living facilities may also be called personal care homes, residential care homes, and other retirement community options. While many states do have legislative distinctions between these care types mentioned, Michigan remains a state where the term 'assisted living' refers to a wide range of senior care options and living arrangements. Luckily, the state's Department of Human Services, Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing oversee these communities and the seniors living there to ensure quality care in every setting!
There are approximately 200 assisted senior living communities operating in Michigan.
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The average cost of assisted living in Michigan is $3,250 per month. Compared to the rest of the United States, Michigan’s average cost for long-term senior care falls right behind the national long-term care average of $3,600 per month. Within the state, average costs between areas vary; however, median costs stay in the $3,000 - $4,000 price range.
For more information about assisted living costs in Michigan, check out Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.
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Assisted Living homes are regulated by a state-to-state basis. Every state has a publicly accessible legal document outlining the regulations, licensing, operation and other rules for assisted living. The Michigan Department of Human Services oversees and published the official regulations for assisted living homes within Michigan. Public records concerning violations, citations, and inspections of individual personal care homes or assisted living communities can be obtained through the official Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs site.
When looking for a new place to live, it is always important to consider the safety of the community you are in. Michigan has seen their crime rate on the decline and actually has some of the lowest rate ever reported in the state. If you are not sure where to start your search, look at some the safest communities in Michigan:
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For those looking for financial assistance to help with assisted living costs, Michigan’s Medicaid program offers the Choice Elderly and Disabled Waiver to elderly and disabled residents. Formerly known as the Home and Community-Based Services for the Elderly and Disabled (HCBS/ED) program, this waiver will cover the costs of long-term assisted care and will allow participants to self-direct their own care or allow the state to manage the care. To find more information and eligibility guidelines for this program, visit the MI Choice Waiver Program page on the Department of Health & Human Services.
Alternate payment options are available. Families can apply for an assisted living family loan. This provides temporary or long-term financial assistance when paying for assisted senior care. The program allows multiple people to contribute to payment.
While residing in the home, a resident retains constitutional civil rights, rights of privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. The resident also retains the right to personal possessions, autonomy over personal finances, bodily autonomy, and power of attorney. The resident has a right to be informed of the process to file a complaint of unsatisfactory living situations, abuse, neglect and the like. The complete list of resident rights as guaranteed by the state of Michigan can be obtained via the official Michigan Legislature website.
Michigan assisted living homes are required to provide appropriate health services that are ordered by an attending physician, as well as keep all medical information confidential, accurate, and complete. Medical records shall be readily accessible upon request and should be kept for a period no less than 6 years from death or discharge date.
Residents in Michigan assisted living centers have access to their medical records and can request a copy of all or a portion of their medical records. They can also request a copy of some or all of the information at a cost not to exceed the community standard cost for photocopies.