A Helping Hand is Always Near

Compassionate, Trusted, Assisted Living in Waterford, MI

Canterbury on-the-Lake offers seniors the opportunity to continue to stay active and enjoy retirement life, all while receiving the extra help they need - when they need it. Canterbury residents can relax in their beautiful, high-end apartments knowing that our dedicated staff is here to lend a helping hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. From assistance with bathing, dressing, and grooming, to medication management and personal maintenance, we want to remove the stress of everyday challenges so you can focus on living your best life.

Is Assisted Living the Same as a Nursing Home?

Although both assisted living communities and nursing homes maintain a compassionate, well trained care staff, there are many differences between the two senior living options, mainly in regard to the level of care.

Nursing homes are for individuals with chronic medical conditions, disabilities, and those suffering from chronic pain. Nursing home residents require round-the-clock care and supervision by a team of licensed skilled nursing professionals. Nursing homes typically offer private or shared rooms, extensive 24-hour medical care, and increased safety features.

Assisted living facilities are for social seniors who may need a little bit of help with daily tasks. Assisted living allows residents the opportunity to keep active, stay engaged, and pursue their passions while having access to extra assistance when needed.

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At Canterbury, we understand that although some daily activities may be becoming more difficult, that doesn’t hinder the vitality of an individual. We offer the following care services to the residents of our assisted living community:


Wellness Services

Caterbury is committed to offering a holistic approach to your total health to ensure your overall physical, psychological, and social wellbeing. Our Wellness Coordinator will guide you through the array of programs, services, and amenities we offer that focus on the Eight Dimensions of Wellness:

  1. Physical: Canterbury offers a wide variety of services to help keep you active and healthy including:

  • Full-service Fitness & Wellness Center, available 24 hours a day

  • Daily, instructor-based classes

  • An assortment of workouts with our Wellness Coordinator

  • Beautiful Walking Paths

  • Rejuvenating Swim Therapy

  • Rehabilitative Therapy

  • Independent Wellness Programs

  1. Emotional: At Canterbury, we recognize that emotional health is just as important as physical health. Some of the services we offer include:

  • A compassionate team of professionals dedicated to your well being

  • Meaningful connections with other residents

  • Support Groups

  • Discussion Groups

  • Social Services

  • Respite Services

  • Hospice Services

  1. Social: Our senior living community is perfect for seniors who desire an active social life. Some of the amenities offered include:

  • Creating new friendships and camaraderie

  • Discovering a deep sense of family

  • Delicious restaurant-style dining

  • Bingo and Pinochle clubs

  • Billiards

  • Putting Green

  • Fun neighborhood block parties

  • Happy Hour

  • Exciting Day and Overnight Trips

  1. Intellectual: Keep your mind sharp with our wide variety of classes and clubs including:

  • Computer and Social Media Classes

  • Creative Writing Classes

  • Poetry Corner

  • Book Clubs

  • History Forums

  • Art Classes

  1. Spiritual: Canterbury on-the-Lake is a non-denominational, faith-based, senior care community and offers the following spiritual services to our residents:

  • Full-time Pastoral Care Coordinator

  • Worship Services

  • Memorial Services

  • Prayer and Meditation Spaces

  • Holy Eucharist

  • Catholic Mass

  • Bible Study

  1. Vocational: Our active seniors enjoy a variety of additional amenities including:

  • Volunteer opportunities both on and off campus

  • Engagement with the many authors, travel experts, and other professionals who live here

  • Visiting our popular Gift Shop

  • Becoming a member of the Altar Guild

  • Participating in Good Samaritan fundraising activities

  1. Health Services: Staying in good health can help you enjoy all our retirement community at Canterbury has to offer. Some of the health services provided include:

  • Wellness Clinic

  • Geriatric-specialist Physicians

  • Vital Checks

  • Health Fairs

  • Podiatry Appointments

  • Wellness Seminars

  • Medication ordering and delivery

  • Transportation to medical appointments

  1. Environmental: Being able to enjoy your surroundings can elevate your mind, body, and spirit. Some of the amenities our community has to offer include:

  • Beautiful Gardens and Walks

  • Our Lakeside Pavilion

  • Relaxing Covered Patio

  • Summer House

  • Tranquility Pond and Waterfall

  • Trips to Farmers' Markets, Metro Parks, and Healing Gardens

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Personal Services

At Canterbury, we recognize that the way we provide our services to you is just as important as the services themselves. That’s why in our community, everything starts with Extraordinary Impressions™, our culture of gracious hospitality and service that ensures that each interaction with you and your family is meaningful and memorable.

Some of the personal services we provide to our residents include:

  • Our 24/7 Care Team is always available

  • Assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing and grooming, and medication management

  • Convenient, wheelchair accessible transportation for scheduled events and outings

  • Weekly Housekeeping

  • Weekly Personal Laundry and Linen Service

  • Neck or wrist pendant system provides 24-hour emergency response, even in the shower

  • Our Wellness Clinic is staffed by full-time LPNs offering daily clinic hours. The Wellness Clinic also offers the services of two visiting primary physicians, as well as a visiting podiatrist.

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Residential Services

When you choose assisted living at Canterbury, you will enjoy the freedom and flexibility to do what you want, when you want, with a helping hand anytime you need it. These are just some of the residential services we take care of so you can focus on enjoying your retirement days:

  • Prompt and complete maintenance of residences and gathering places
  • Meticulous lawn care and snow removal to ensure the grounds are always beautiful, safe, and inviting for you and your visitors
  • Onsite security 24 hours a day
  • All utilities are included except phone service
  • Approximately 50 channels of DIRECTV
  • Wireless internet in residences and common areas

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Pursue Your Passions at Canterbury

Canterbury-on-the-Lake assisted living community is the ideal choice for active and social seniors who refuse to let a few minor challenges get in the way of them enjoying their retirement days. Whether you enjoy outdoor games such as bocce ball and shuffleboard or prefer to try your hand at arts and crafts in our Art Studio, there truly is something for everyone here at Canterbury.

It is also important to note that those who live in our independent living community have preferred access to our assisted living care options. Nevertheless, we accept seniors into every level of care at Canterbury-on-the-Lake.

If you or your loved one would like more information on our beautiful independent living community, assisted living accommodations, or our memory care facility, call us at 248-791-9737 or schedule an appointment online - we can’t wait to meet you.



  • Main Street—the lower level of Canterbury and home to many of our amenities
  • Restaurant-style, chef-prepared dining in our assisted living Orchid Dining Room
  • Lochshire Salon, our full service, on-campus hair and nail salon and barber shop
  • Fully equipped Wellness Center
  • Wellness programs--including exercise classes, wellness classes, and seminars overseen by our full-time Wellness Coordinator
  • Gift Shop, located on Main Street, open Monday-Friday
  • Art Studio for craft and art classes
  • Many wonderful places to gather, including Leas Lounge and our lovely outdoor fenced-in courtyard with covered patio
  • Beautiful gardens, walking paths, and a covered lakeside pavilion with seating
  • Outdoor game and entertainment spaces, including a putting green, bocce ball court, shuffleboard, and our screened “Summer House”
  • Business center with copier, paper shredder, and large-screen computers with large-print keyboards
  • St. Luke’s Chapel with full-time Pastoral Care Coordinator to help serve your spiritual needs


Think of The Leas at Canterbury as your new favorite dining hot spot! Here you’ll enjoy delicious, fresh, healthy, restaurant-style meals with multiple menu options in our beautifully appointed Orchid Dining Room. Our dining program features three daily meals included in your rent. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner—they’re all being served, and specialized diets are never a problem.  

Floor Plans

Your beautiful assisted living apartment has everything you want, with contemporary layouts designed with you in mind. Each one has a bright, sunny interior and most include a smartly equipped kitchenette. Utilities? All are included, and every residence has a 24-hour emergency response system for your peace of mind. Oh, and of course, small pets are always welcome! Take a look at our comfortable, spacious studio and one-bedroom floor plans to see which one is right for you.

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What’s the difference between assisted living and a nursing home?
Assisted living gives you the helping hand you need to keep active, stay engaged, and pursue your passions. You’ll live in a beautifully designed apartment and receive assistance with the basic activities of daily living, tailored to your specific needs, such as help with bathing, dressing and grooming, medication management, and personal maintenance. Nursing homes, on the other hand, are for those with chronic medical conditions or disabilities, or those in chronic pain, who require 24-hour care and supervision by licensed skilled nursing professionals.
How do families typically pay for assisted living?
There are a variety of options families use in order to help pay for assisted living. Below are a few that you may want to consider:
  • Long term care insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Veteran’s benefits
  • Sale of a home
  • Reverse mortgage
  • Bridge loan
  • Annuity
We suggest you consult with a financial advisor to discuss which would work best for your family.