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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $2,825 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 5 assisted living facilities in Saginaw and 19 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Saginaw, MI
Bickford of Saginaw is one of Michigan’s premier assisted living and memory care communities that offers personalized services which creates an enriching life for our residents.
Assisted living and memory care residents of Brookdale Saginaw I (formerly Sterling House of Saginaw) feel safe with committed, professional staff available around the clock for their comfort and convenience.
New Hope Valley featured award-winning all-inclusive assisted living in Saginaw, Michigan. Our living accommodations include private studio and one-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes.
New Hope Valley is a award winning “all-inclusive” assisted living community where our mission is to create a stimulating, safe, and comfortable environment. New Hope Valley embraces the resident-directed care model, and aims to meet the physical, spiritual, social, emotional…
Edgewood Assisted Living Center is Saginaw, Michigan’s premier assisted living community offering exceptional quality, services and affordability. The expert, caring staff at Edgewood Assisted Living Center is ready to provide for all your assisted living needs. We offer each of…
The rooms at Bickford of Saginaw were very spacious. The furniture was included, but the lighting was very dim in the memory care part. I didn't care for that place very much. Overall, I felt that it was less clean than the others that I saw. They had a TV room, a piano, and sitting areas. I was not as impressed with t...Read more Bickford of Saginaw reviews
Bickford of Saginaw is a very nice place. It's homey and a little dark, but elegant. The dining area is nice and they make the food from scratch. They have a room where they can get their hair done, a sitting area with a TV and a piano, and you can go outside. They also have a garden with a lot of flowers, and a little...Read more Bickford of Saginaw reviews
We moved Mom out of Brookdale Saginaw because they moved her into the memory care part, and we had to pay double the amount we're paying when she was still at the assisted living part. There was a lady there who screams all the time, and then there was a man coming in her room. When she was in the assisted living, it w...Read more Brookdale Saginaw reviews
Brookdale Saginaw is a smaller place, new, and very home-like. Dad has been there almost two months now and he's very happy. I'm very happy with the staff. They have a lot of fun things for the residents to participate in. The food is very good and Dad has gained weight since he's been there.Read more Brookdale Saginaw reviews
New Hope Valley Retirement Community is on one floor. The community is nice and quiet. It's in the suburbs and not in the business area. Next to them, they had assisted living, which is what I like about the community. It's across the road which makes it nice because we are getting older.Read more New Hope Valley West reviews
New Hope Valley was very clean. The staff was extremely helpful and compassionate. They explained all their services very thoroughly. The activities that they had for memory care residents seemed appropriate. They had a therapy room and a room for residents to sit quietly. There was also a TV room. Everything was clean...Read more New Hope Valley reviews
Seniors in Saginaw benefit from the least expensive assisted living cost in Michigan. At $2,825, the cost is $375 below nearby Bay City and $1,875 less than comparable care in Midland. It’s also substantially lower than the rates paid in Lansing ($4,500), Flint ($3,950) and Battle Creek ($3,873). Assisted living costs a whopping $2,225 more per month in Ann Arbor, which has the highest average rate statewide ($5,050). Saginaw rates are also much more affordable than the state ($3,850) and national ($4,000) averages.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
Senior care rates in a given city are influenced by factors other than geographic location, such as the skill level of care, total service hours and the type of care setting. The 24-hour skilled care provided by nursing homes and one-on-one care offered by in-home providers is reflected in the higher monthly rates for these types of services compared to assisted living.
In-home care rates are deceivingly low in Saginaw because they don’t include the cost of food or housing-related expenses normally covered by assisted living room and board. The cost difference between in-home and assisted living increases significantly when these expenses are factored in.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
The national Medicaid program ensures access to essential health care services for low-income Americans. The program is administered at the state level with oversight and joint funding provided by the federal government.
The Michigan Medicaid program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, provides coverage for over one-fifth of the state’s population, including almost half a million blind, disabled and elderly residents. Program enrollees receive wide-ranging benefits, including primary and specialty care, hospital and emergency care, diagnostic services such as lab tests and X-rays, preventive care, prescription medications and nursing home care.
Saginaw residents must be U.S. citizens or legal immigrants to qualify for Michigan Medicaid coverage for long-term care, and they must meet these additional requirements:
All income counts toward the above limit, but some assets are automatically excluded, including an applicant’s primary home worth less than $585,000, household furnishings, personal belongings, one automobile and a burial trust.
Applicants may still qualify if they’re over the income or asset limits and fit one of these categories:
To apply for Michigan Medicaid coverage, seniors and disabled adults can call the Health Care helpline at (855) 789-5610, complete an online application or visit the local MHHS office at 411 East Genesee Avenue.
MI Choice Waiver
Seniors and disabled adults who meet the Medicaid eligibility requirements and need daily assistance but want to stay at home or in a community setting can apply for the MI Choice waiver program. To qualify, applicants must:
Those enrolled in the program receive full medical coverage through Michigan Medicaid as well as one or more of these waiver services:
The Choice waiver isn’t a Medicaid entitlement program, and participation is limited statewide, so eligible applicants may have to wait to receive services.
For more information about the MI Choice waiver or to schedule an initial assessment to begin the application process, Saginaw seniors can contact the local designated waiver agent, A&D Home Health Care, at (989) 249-0929.
Optional State Supplementation
Saginaw seniors eligible for Supplemental Security Income can receive an extra monthly cash benefit through the Michigan Optional State Supplementation program. The benefit amount varies based on an applicant’s monthly income and living situation, but individuals may receive up to $950.30 and couples up to $1,900.60 per month.
To learn more or apply for SSI and Michigan OSS benefits, seniors can contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213.
Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly
The Great Lakes PACE program provides eligible Saginaw seniors with all-inclusive medical and community-based support services with the goal of preventing premature nursing home placement. To qualify for this program, applicants must be aged 55 or older and be assessed as eligible for nursing home admission but deemed able to safely live in the community with PACE-provided support services. Applicants can’t be currently enrolled in the MI Choices waiver or an HMO and must live within the program’s defined service area.
Those approved for coverage are evaluated by the PACE interdisciplinary team and receive an individualized care plan. Although the program doesn’t pay assisted living facility fees, it does cover a wide range of supportive services that can help lower a participant’s monthly care costs. Based on their assessed needs, participants may qualify for services such as:
To learn more or apply for the PACE program, seniors can contact Great Lakes PACE at (844) 445-7223.
The Saginaw County Commission on Aging offers a wide range of programs and services to help elderly residents aged 60 and older maintain their independence and a high quality of life. The agency’s information and referral staff is available to answer questions, provide information and connect callers with local services that match their needs.
The SCCOA coordinates and oversees programs and services such as case management, care management for frail individuals at risk of nursing home admission, congregate dining, in-home support and door-to-door transportation. The agency also offers volunteer opportunities for seniors who want to stay active and engaged in their community.
Saginaw County Commission on Aging
2355 Schust Rd., Saginaw, MI 48603
Saginaw is home to five busy senior centers that welcome residents aged 60+ with a variety of recreational and educational activities. The centers provide a nutritious hot lunch plus diverse offerings such as bingo, billiards, chess and bridge games, chair exercise, tai chi, line dancing and crafting classes. Most centers organize holiday and birthday parties, seminars on aging-related topics, wellness checks, group outings and day trips.
Saginaw seniors aged 60 and older may receive no-cost civil legal advice, counseling and representation from Legal Services of Eastern Michigan. The nonprofit agency helps seniors prepare wills, advance directives and powers of attorney and address problems related to public benefits, housing, credit, elder abuse and financial exploitation.
Legal Services of Eastern Michigan
320 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw, MI 48607
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