Michigan's Premier Retirement Community and Senior Apartments

The Whitcomb is a 4-Star Senior Living Community in downtown St. Joseph, Michigan. In its early years, The Whitcomb was a favored retreat of presidents, entertainers and professional athletes. Today, its VIPs are southwest Michigan's most active and vibrant senior adults. This affodable retirement community sits in the heart of St. Joseph's robust downtown, providing residents with front-row seats to shopping, parks, beaches, parades, concerts, festivals, sunsets on the lake, and more. With apartments starting at just $1720.00 per month with meals, it pays to discover The Whitcomb difference.


If you or someone you know could benefit from an independent living lifestyle free of yard work, home maintenance, and struggles in the kitchen, we welcome you to tour our senior housing, meet our joyful residents, and see for yourself why the care and service of The Whitcomb has earned it the title "Crown Jewel of the Midwest"! 


COVID-19 Information

June 11, 2020

I hope everyone is getting throuth this trying time and. At this time we currently have no positive cases in our facility and we hope as we progress through the reopening of our community that the decline in cases continues. The current Governor's visitation restriction issued on June 26th now continues through July 24th, my hope is this will be the last one and we can begin to invite our families back in. Please understand that when we do open we will still require our visitors be screened and have masks on and to keep social distancing. There may be additional restrictions such as a limit on visitors or hours of visitation.

Our Whitcomb community’s safety is paramount and continues to be our utmost focus. Since the start of the pandemic in mid-February we have implemented all precautionary measures as directed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Berrien County, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, CMS. These measures include utilizing masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff and residents, proper handwashing/sanitizing, and consistently monitoring for any signs and symptoms of the virus. Our residents are wearing masks and face shields and an now comining out of thier rooms and enjoying some time out on the Veranda while keeping social distancing. 

We will continue to take every precaution to keep residents and our staff safe during these challenging times and are responding as directed by the Berrien County Health Department in order to prevent further transmission. We are confident of our practices and the professionals performing them and will keep you informed of new developments.

I want to thank all the staff and family members who have so generously given to our community by supplying needed PPE, delivering lunch for our staff, and providing supportive comments in this trying time.

I wish everyone a safe journey during this time, and I look forward to when we can welcome everyone back to The Whitcomb.

Tim Hayes




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Amenities At The Whitcomb


    Here at The Whitcomb, there are no "one-size-fits-all" amenities. From the first moment you tour this senior living community, we work with you to design exactly the kind of affordable living experience you are looking for.


    Then we go a step further: all aspects of your experience at The Whitcomb is orchestrated by your suggestions and feedback.


    Away from the burdens of home maintenance, our residents are free to engage in the really important things - such as enjoying life and having fun. The Whitcomb's convenient downtown location promotes an energetic lifestyle and gives active seniors a choice of driving or walking to nearby shops, restaurants, museums, public library, post office, art galleries, and parks. You won't sacrifice independence for the benefits of retirement living.





Activities At The Whitcomb

At The Whitcomb there's plenty to do all year long, depending on your mood. Relax in the library; attend a seminar, public forum or lecture; enjoy our monthly book club; play cards or shuffleboard with friends, or compete in a variety of interactive and mind-stimulating games.

Rev things up a bit! Try an exercise class, work out in our fitness center, line dance, and more.

Just steps from everything, those who live at The Whitcomb are part of a thriving community that doesn't stop at the front door. Summer is an especially festive time in downtown St. Joseph and The Whitcomb's central location places it in the heart of the action that makes this bustling lakeside city so unique.

Front Row Seats! From the first summer "brown bag" concert in the John E.N. Howard band shell, to the spectacle of the Tri-State Regatta over Labor Day weekend, there's always plenty to see and do within a safe and easy walking distance. A free motorized "trolley" running daily throughout the summer is perfect for people who like to take life a little easier.

The annual outdoor Krasl Art Fair on the bluff and sunset symphonies performed at the Shadowland Pavilion at nearby Silver Beach round out the summer season's more cultural fare.

bikeMusic! Music! Music! From professional musicians on piano and string to artists who sing and encourage others to join in, a medley of entertainment abounds at our Friday Social Hour. Our fun-loving "The Lunch Bunch" enjoys dining out once or twice a month at fine restaurants throughout the area.

At The Whitcomb, independent living has so many options available.


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At The Whitcomb you always have a choice of delicious, professionally prepared entrees from a menu that changes daily. You'll also enjoy the warmth of companionship amid the bounty of southwestern Michigan's fruit and vegetable harvest, delivered fresh to your table.

Our onsite food service provider is also the area's top catering company - Country Kitchen Catering LLC. Their philosophy is simple - "serve meals as appealing to the eye as they are to the palate," combining flavor with pleasing texture and melt-in-your-mouth tenderness.

Elegant table settings in the Calvin Britain Dining Room, enhanced by the glow from the original crystal chandeliers and an incomparable view, are reminiscent of The Whitcomb's storied past as the Midwest's premier luxury hotel. Whitcomb residents, attended by a courteous and helpful staff, enjoy the ambiance of a by-gone era in fine dining, with a menu tastefully adapted to fit today's healthy lifestyle.


For Peace Of Mind...Say "Ahhh"

Since no one knows what the future may bring, our residents enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their needs will be met should they face a health challenge.

Our 24-hour professional personal care staff is close at hand should the need arise, and regularly scheduled hearing and blood pressure checks, podiatry visits, eyeglass repair and more are routinely available.

Onsite we provide three levels of healthcare, based on individual requirements:

Personal Assistance
Everyone needs a little help now and then; for example, the resident who just had cataract surgery and needs a healthcare professional to check in on them during their first night at home. The Personal Assistance option provides specialized Personal Care services or Personal Care-aide assistance, as contracted by the resident. With this level of care, you can choose a la carte personal assistance as you need it.

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Residents who need ongoing assistance will appreciate the savings involved in paying one low monthly fee for a variety of nursing services, including delivery of medications. Personal Care aide assistance is also standard for daily essentials, including grooming, dressing and preparing for bed; two baths or more per week; night checks, and transportation to and from anywhere you need to go within the Whitcomb.

This level of high-quality care eliminates the "what ifs" of potential personal care needs.

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Whitcomb History

Commanding a panoramic view above the Lake Michigan shoreline at the bend of the St. Joseph River, the elegant Whitcomb Hotel was once renowned as the "Saratoga of the Midwest," blending elegance and luxury with healthful activity in pursuit of the good life for all its guests.

Commanding a panoramic view above the Lake Michigan shoreline at the bend of the St. Joseph River, the elegant Whitcomb Hotel was once renowned as the "Saratoga of the Midwest," blending elegance and luxury with healthful activity in pursuit of the good life for all its guests.

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