How Do Detroit Families Evaluate Assisted Living Options for Mom and Dad?

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This awards program is great because it creates a resource for families to use to navigate the overwhelming options for senior living. - Joann Liccardello, Executive Director, an online resource for families searching for senior care and housing, today introduced to Detroit the only quantitative-based rating system for evaluating senior living communities. The company’s proprietary methodology incorporates Michigan state inspection data, ratings from local experts, and reviews from residents and their families, which is then turned into an internal rating. Based on these ratings, the top rated communities receive the Best Senior Living Awards badge of recognition.

The top honor in Detroit was awarded to Pine Ridge Villas of Shelby Senior Living. A list of the area’s other top rated communities can be found here. Providing this recognition to Detroit’s top communities is important to do now because it will serve as a tool to families who will soon be weighing the numerous senior care options available. Research shows that the holiday season is when many families begin exploring senior living options.

“We created the Best Senior Living Awards because the industry was lacking unbiased information for consumers. Families are looking for help in evaluating the quality of assisted living, independent living and memory care communities in the Detroit area, and this program gives them the impartial resource they’ve been looking for,” said Chris Rodde, CEO of “Through the use of Best Senior Living Awards we hope to bring attention to the excellent communities that exist in the senior living industry, perhaps shining a light on models for success. However, our website also provides information on communities with areas of concern that consumers need to know about.” spent over nine months gathering the necessary data to feed into its rating system. The company recruited over 200 local experts and gathered state inspection reports from 40 states across the country. State infraction counts can now be found for many communities across the country on the website. In addition, the company gathered consumer reviews from the website as well as other review websites on the Internet to feed its ratings.

Detroit’s top rated community, Pine Ridge Villas of Shelby Senior Living, had this to say about their Best Senior Living Award. "It's always nice to receive an award and be recognized for your efforts to serve others. This awards program is great because it creates a resource for families to use to navigate the overwhelming options for senior living," said Joann Liccardello, the Executive Director. "Our staff and residents alike contribute to making Pine Ridge Villas of Shelby Senior Living a warm and caring place to live."

About,, is a trusted internet resource for families or individuals looking for senior housing or care. features thousands of expert-written articles, a free care advisor service and a comprehensive directory of care options including reviews and rating data on communities. Launched in 2008, the company educates over 3 million people a year on options available for senior living and senior care. To see a list of senior living options in the Detroit Metro, visit our Detroit assisted living page.

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