New housing complex to serve Detroit's senior citizens

Feb 1, 2011

Henry Ford Health Systems and two non-profit partners will team up to offer more long-term care options to Detroit’s senior citizens.


Henry Ford, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan, and United Methodist Retirement Communities are involved in the $35 million project on the city’s east side.


The complex will include affordable senior housing, assisted living units, and a Center for Senior Independence.


John Polanski , President and CEO of Henry Ford’s Community Care Services Division, says Detroit’s seniors lack many options for long-term physical and social care.


“The goal is to keep them out of nursing homes, and provide an innovative approach to both health care as well as social well-being.”


Polanski says the complex will be open to seniors who are nursing-home eligible, and qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.


Other financing will come from the city of Detroit, Wayne County, and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.