Clark Retirement at Franklin

1551 Franklin St SE Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49506

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Type of Senior Living

  • Home Health and Hospice
  • Independent Living
  • Respite / Short-Term Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
  • At-Home Care


Clark at Franklin

Located near East Grand Rapids, Clark at Franklin is nestled within a charming, classic neighborhood bustling with active families. Residents enjoy strolling throughout the Franklin community, socializing with neighbors and exploring passions through a calendar filled with life enriching activities and outings. Clark at Franklin offers charming residences, on-site amenities and conveniences and an array of living options and support services.

About Clark Retirement Community

Clark is a leading senior living community in Grand Rapids, Michigan offering a range of living options and services including assisted living, independent living, memory and dementia care, skilled nursing and respite care. Clark’s residences, amenities, extensive social calendar, filled with life-enriching activities and outings, make our vibrant communities a sought-after place for senior living.

A Legacy of Care and Compassion in West Michigan

Clark was founded in 1906 through a generous donation by Melvin and Emily Clark who wanted to provide a permanent residence to retired Methodist ministers. Over the years we've grown and evolved while continuing to deliver excellent living options, compassionate care and meaningful opportunities to our residents.

Today, Clark is an ecumenical community, welcoming people from all walks of life and faith backgrounds. We are a nonprofit Life Plan Community and home to nearly 500 residents. We employ over 400 people committed to enriching the lives of our residents.

Our Mission

To create communities of dignity, compassion and respect centered on the lives of older adults and those who care for them.

Our Vision

Vibrant living at Clark is being part of a community where my voice is valued, my life has purpose and I make choices about how I live every day. Clark nurtures my spirit and my need:

•    To be well-known
•    To be in meaningful relationships
•    To feel secure and
•    To grow.

Clark is about living… Residents, families, friends and staff.

Together we celebrate Clark!

We are the model of the future!

Senior Living Options at Clark

Independent Living

Clark’s vibrant retirement community and maintenance-free lifestyle allows you to fully enjoy life and focus on what matters most. Our independent living residences span from spacious townhomes to cozy apartments with a wide selection of amenities that make life convenient. Clark’s life enriching programming and active social calendar expand your community and bring joy, relaxation, and adventure to your life. If you are looking for an active retirement community and new adventures, Clark is the place for you.

Assisted Living

For many people, living alone can be a challenge, especially if they feel isolated or need a little extra help. If you’re considering assisted living for a loved one, Clark can provide them with the support they need while also preserving their independence. Assisted living at Clark offers a home-like environment where your loved one can remain as independent as possible, while also feeling safe, secure and cared for. At Clark, your loved one will receive exceptional care and support from our compassionate team, while being part of a thriving community where neighbors become as close as family.

Memory Care

Is your loved one’s memory loss impacting their health and safety or making independent living impossible? Clark can help. Get peace of mind with Clark’s innovative Memory Care program. Clark is the first life-plan community in the United States to adopt the Montessori for Aging and Dementia program. Our program is led by certified Montessori practitioners, who empower residents with memory loss to lead independent and purposeful lives. Clark does so by creating meaningful routines, activities based on interest, and an environment with memory cues and supports. Memory care is perfect for families looking for specialized memory and dementia care that addresses their loved one’s health and safety needs while enriching their daily lives.

Respite Care

Providing care for another person is a work of love. However, even the best caregiver needs a break every now and again. When this time is needed, Clark is here to ensure your loved one receives the best care and support through Respite Care. Our experienced, caring staff works to provide a seamless transition for your loved one’s “holiday” at Clark. Your loved one will stay in one of our furnished suites for a short period of time and receive excellent care from our experienced, caring staff. They will also enjoy Clark’s activities and amenities throughout their stay. Respite Care is perfect for caregivers who need some time to recharge.

Skilled Nursing

When higher-level medical services are needed for your loved one, Clark’s attentive team of experts is here to provide compassionate care around the clock. Skilled nursing offers complete health services, individualized activity plans, restorative therapy and more to offer the best support and care for your loved one. Skilled nursing is ideal for those who need a considerable amount of assistance with activities of daily living.

Room Amenities
Private Rooms
Meals & Dining
Professional Chef
Dietary Accommodations
Property Amenities
  • On-Site Medical Staff
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Service
  • Pet Friendly
  • 24-Hour Staff
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Transportation Services
  • Medication Management
  • Walking Paths
  • Security
  • Fitness Center
  • Gathering / Activity Spaces
Social Activities



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