Licensed Assisted Living

Providing residents with care and support in a comfortable setting.

Assisted living is designed to provide seniors in need of or desiring assistance in performing daily necessary tasks with the support that will enable them to live a comfortable, healthy, and happy life.

All of the assisted living centers in the Heritage Senior Communities family are fully licensed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) as homes for the aged. As such, these centers provide residents with care and support in a comfortable, home-like setting.

Our approach to care is holistic, intended to foster well-being in all aspects of our residents’ lives: physical, social, mental, and emotional. All of our centers provide these basic services, to meet residents’ needs and ensure their happiness and comfort:

  • Apartment layouts to meet all needs and tastes
  • Conveniently located and well-appointed communities
  • Laundry and housekeeping services
  • Myriad snacks and beverages available on demand
  • Three scheduled daily meals
  • Events including worship, exercise, field trips, parties, crafts, games, exercise, and more
  • Medication distribution and assistance, with nurse supervision
  • Staff on duty and ready to assist residents at all times of day and night
  • LPN-executed monthly wellness checks

Additional services for those in need of them (as determined through thorough assessment) are also available at an additional cost and may include bathing, grooming and dressing assistance; assistance with toileting/incontinence; meal assistance; medical testing assistance; among others.

State Licensed Home for the Aged

Each Heritage assisted living homes is licensed by the State of Michigan as a “Home for the Aged.” Since the State of Michigan does not have an “assisted living license” category, they instead consider assisted living facilities Homes for the Aged. This category is defined as homes with more than 20 residents serving persons aged 60 years or older.

To comply with state standards, we are relicensed every year after a thorough inspection. We welcome yearly inspections because we take pride on our high quality services, and we’ve made our state audits public so that you can read them for yourself. Check them out on the Department of Human Services Website today.

It’s good to note that most long-term care insurance policies require services be provided in a licensed setting. You’ll see that our current licenses are always posted in the lobby of each home, along with a copy of the latest inspection report. It is important to us that you know our homes are properly licensed and regularly inspected, so for any concerns that our on-site staff or corporate office cannot address, the State Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing offers a complaint hot-line.

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Assisted Living Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know if my mom needs assisted living?

We will conduct a Personal Needs Assessment before your loved one moves in, to determine exactly what support services they require. This assessment will be reviewed with you, your loved one and other family members as well as their physician. From this assessment we develop a service plan that is unique to your loved one’s needs. This plan serves as a guide so our staff knows exactly what support your loved one needs—and how we can best meet those needs.

This assessment will be updated 30 days after your loved one moves in, to allow us to confirm the accuracy of the initial assessment and to give them time to adjust to a new home. From that point on, this assessment is updated quarterly or upon any significant change in physical or mental status.

Isn't assisted living expensive?

The cost of residing in an assisted living home may seem like a lot of money at first glance. However, when you consider the services provided for the fee and compare that to the cost of other living options, the true value of assisted living is easy to see.

Some assisted living homes charge a “one-size-fits-all” fee; you pay the same amount regardless of the services you need or receive. A person who needs very minimal support service pays the same as a person who receives a high level of service. Heritage Senior Communities offers a different payment option, where you only pay for the services you actually use each month.

The starting point for our fee structure is based on the apartment style selected and includes basic services such as housekeeping, laundry, cable television, assistance with basic daily care, participation in all social activities (on-site and off-site) and medication administration.

An additional fee is added based on additional services needed. This way, you are only paying for the services you need and want. The level of care needed is determined by the Personal Needs Assessment which is reviewed at least quarterly and when there is a significant event in the resident’s life—an acute medical condition, hospital stay, or ending therapy services.

My dad has become very inactive. What do you offer to help him get up and going again?

We have a wide variety of activities available to all residents. He may be interested in our Men’s Group or our daily exercise program. We will encourage him to attend activities that interest him and who knows—he may just take up a new hobby or two.

Each assisted living home develops their own activities calendar based on the interests of the residents; to view it online select the assisted living home of your choice and select the “Events” link.

I’m concerned my parents are not getting enough nutrition because my mother eats like a bird and my father sleeps late and misses breakfast. How can you ensure they eat enough to stay healthy?

A hot breakfast, made to order, is served from 7-9:30 a.m. Cold breakfast items are available from 6-11am. Snacks are available throughout the day. Our meals are not only tasty, but also nutritious.

The Heritage Classic Menu is always available in addition to the chef’s daily specials. They are created to ensure that our residents meet all nutritional needs. In addition, we will weigh your parents monthly to ensure that they are maintaining a healthy weight.

Meals are a very social time for our residents. You may find that your parents are eating more when they are surrounded by friends instead of dining alone.

What can my loved one bring to your assisted living care facility?

We encourage you to decorate your apartment to suit your taste. We provide a bed (with orthopedic mattress) and nightstand at no additional charge, if you choose to use it. If not, we will remove those items so that you may bring your own furniture. We want this to become your home and we hope you’re feel free to decorate as you please.

My dad has high blood pressure and needs to be checked often. Can you monitor it for him?
The staff at each of our assisted living communities is trained and available to monitor your father’s blood pressure as ordered by his health care provider at any time.
Does Medicare cover the cost of the montly fee?

Medicare does not cover the cost of assisted living care.

What about health care insurance? Is there any help available to pay for it?

Health care insurance does not cover assisted living, but many long-term care insurance policies do and some plans can be purchased into your 80s.

If you are a veteran, or the spouse or dependent of a veteran, you may qualify for certain financial supports through the Veterans Benefits Administration at 800-827-1000.

Life Settlements offer a unique opportunity to supplement your resources through the sale of a life insurance policy that may no longer be needed.

In some cases, the MI Choice Waiver Program may be available if a person meets certain level of care, income and asset eligibility requirements.

Is assisted living tax deductible?

Under IRS guidelines, the entire cost of assisted living may be deductible. Refer to IRS Form 502 for more information and be sure to check with your accountant, financial planner or attorney.

I seem to have so many questions. Do you have additional information I can review?

This is a big decision and your concerns are completely normal. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have about our homes and the services that are available here. Feel free to contact the administrator at the assisted living home of your choice who would be happy to answer your questions and talk to you about your concerns.

We also encourage you to check out our Helpful Resources section for additional help.