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New Michigan Home for the Aged Legislation

By Heather Brown
July 13, 2018


Michigan is home to 11,000 elderly residents living in Homes for the Aged across the state. Homes for the Aged provide care for more than 21 residents at a time, unless attached to a nursing home In which they can have fewer residents. These homes are one type of assisted living program in Michigan. Like any government regulated industry, they are subject to rules and regulations determined by the state.


Michigan Homes for the Aged recently saw some changes to their regulations. We have put together a list of the items you need to understand most.


  • New age minimum

The new law lowers the minimum age for residents from 60 to 55 effective February 11, 2018. For individuals younger than 55, you must complete an age waiver for acceptance.


  • Criminal history check cap

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs will limit the number of criminal history checks they pay for moving forward. Homes for the Aged licensed for less than 100 residents will be capped at 40 checks and those with more than 100 residents will be capped at 50. Any additional criminal history checks will be the responsibility of the home.


  • Possible license exemptions available

Certain Homes for the Aged may qualify for licensing exemptions. To qualify for the exemptions, facilities should review the requirements outlined in MCL 333.21311a (1) or (2).

  • Updated definition for supervised personal care

Supervised personal care has been updated with certain requirements that need to be defined in a resident’s service plan. The care must include two of the following: direct or regular involvement in the resident’s medication administration, activities of daily living, or social activities.


The above regulations were originally introduced in 2017 but came into effect on February 11, 2018. If you have any questions on how the new regulations impact your Home for the Aged, contact The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.


One Reply to “New Michigan Home for the Aged Legislation”

  1. Dear Sir or Madame,

    I would greatly appreciate some information regarding an assisted living center in Wyoming, Michigan called American House. Could you tell me if they are licensed and if so, which rules they must adhere to?

    Thank you in advance.


    April Hillenbrand

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