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Illinois has many independent living communities, senior’s assisted living facilities and blended communities that offer seniors continuing or continuum care. It also has a few legitimately top-rated seniors living centers in this state, making it one of the very few to achieve that status.

The other interesting thing about Illinois is the senior living communities are dotted all across the state with no real concentration in any one city. Even Chicago, based on population density, has the same number of senior care facilities, on average, as the rest of the state.

Finally, there is a fairly even balance between independent living communities, senior’s assisted living centers and continuing care services, so seniors will have a wide range of senior living choices to consider.

Types of Senior Living Communities in Illinois

As seniors decide the time has come to downsize from the large empty nest to something more comfortable and manageable, they will have to take stock of their current health needs while also having a look in their hypothetical crystal ball to see how those needs may evolve over time. This is more than just a decision about moving into a smaller home.

Health issues will create health care needs that can and should influence the downsizing decision. If a senior is enjoying good health and a healthy and independent lifestyle, they may not need much more than a comfortable home that will be easier on their wallets and their backs. For those that are feeling the weight of their age and need a bit of a helping hand, the smaller home may not be enough. And, for those that feel fantastic today but based on family history, see that evolving into some level of assisted care, they may need a living solution that will evolve too.

There are three types of senior living communities in Illinois that can be considered:

Stage One – Independent Living

For those seniors that need nothing more than a smaller home that they can be comfortable in, an Illinois independent living community, sometimes referred to as a senior’s community, retirement community or 55+ community, should do the trick, especially if their family history suggests that this will be the case for many years to come.

These communities bring aging adults together in planned communities where life is far less complicated. For example, all of the home maintenance and grounds keeping are done for them. They never need to worry about mowing the lawn or shoveling snow again, and forget about having to climb a ladder to clean out the gutters.

They also bring seniors a wide range of community amenities that they can enjoy sharing. Club houses, a community pool, tennis courts and more are just a small example of the things that seniors will enjoy as a perk that comes along with their home ownership in these independent living communities.

Stage Two – Assisted Living

For some seniors, there may come a time when getting through the basics of daily life becomes more of a challenge than they are comfortable handling on their own. For example, one of the most common injuries this group of seniors will suffer are those that result in trips and falls. Hip and head injuries are the most common among these.

They are still capable of living a mostly independent and active life though. They just need a bit of personal attention with some of the daily basics to help avoid these potentially disastrous problems. So, a senior assisted living center, with a staff of professional caregivers, comes into play.

They provide basic care commonly referred to as ADL’s (Assisted Daily Living). This is direct assistance so seniors can confidently accomplish all of their basic daily hygiene requirements, safely get up and around as each day unfolds, get help remembering medications and have someone qualified that will regularly keep an eye on their health. Senior assisted living communities in Illinois do this and more.

Stage Three – Memory Care

For senior caught in the clouds of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, there is an additional level of care they will require. This goes well beyond assisted daily living and depending on the stage of the illness, it can make the entire decision process one they will need significant help with.

Seniors in this state need a more secure environment in which to live. They also need a more organized environment that has fewer distraction and less opportunities to create confusion. Then, they need specific therapies that help bring these seniors back out of the clouds so they can get more from life and their loved ones can rekindle their bonds with these seniors.

Memory care is most often offered as an extension of senior assisted living communities, but may also be offered in dedicated memory care centers. Since there is no known cure for these types of illnesses, those that need memory care will not require any other type of care facility so this decision can be made once and seniors will only need to transition once.

Evolving Care – Continuing Care

It is said that the only thing in life that is consistent is that it is inconsistent. Things change and the needs of seniors can change with them. This means that the decisions taken today have to consider the future since what serves as a good choice today, may not be nearly as good a choice in the future.

Continuing care retirement communities in Illinois take the risk out of making a poor decision based on today’s needs, without a clear sense of what surprises the future may hold.

Continuing care means seniors can start out living in an independent living community and should health issues arise, they can simply add assisted living services while remaining in place. They don’t need to worry about transitioning again and losing their sense of belonging to the community they have come to call home.

Top 5 Senior Living Communities in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, finding 5 great examples of senior communities wasn’t all too difficult, especially since two of them are rated as perfect 5’s. But we did look carefully all most of these retirement villages to ensure they met the following criteria.

  1. Every community we considered had to have at least a 4-star rating.
  2. That rating had to be as the result of at least 20 published reviews.
  3. Those reviews had to include some that were fresh so we could be reasonably assured of consistency in their performance.

Here are 5 senior living communities in Illinois that met all of these standards:

  • Presence Resurrection Retirement Community – 4.3-stars - 45 Reviews – Based in Chicago, Illinois, this continuing care retirement community has a long history of care that has been rated well by both residents and their loved ones. This is a large, multi-story structure that brings seniors, with varying degrees of care needs, together in a shared environment that is fun and supportive. With its great outdoor spaces, fine dining facility and numerous other amenities, this feels more like a grand hotel than any stereotypical “old age home”.
  • Grand Regency of South Shore (formerly Coles Supportive Living Senior Housing) – 5-stars – 67 Reviews – Also based in Chicago, Illinois, this is also a large continuing care community that offers a mix of independent living, together with a senior assisted living center. Their focus in on keeping their community of seniors as active and independent as possible, so older adults that are looking for lot of freedom and only the care they need, should feel right at home here.
  • Independence Village Senior Living – Reviews – 4.2-stars – 31 Reviews – Based in Peoria, Illinois. This is exclusively an independent living community for aging adults. It is part of the Dial Senior Living group, with other communities in Moline and Crest Hill. So, while this specific community doesn’t offer continuing care, the others do and that may make transitioning a bit easier.
  • Brenden Gardens – 5-Stars – 22 Reviews – Based in the Springfield, Illinois, this is mixed community that includes independent living, assisted living and memory care. It is a member of the Five Star Senior Living group which are all well rated, though not as perfect as this one is. As a mixed community, there are lots of opportunities for seniors to mix and share amenities and activities that enrich their days while continuing to offer them as independent a lifestyle as their health will allow.
  • Arbor Terrace Naperville – 4.5-stars – 24 Reviews – Home for this assisted senior living community is Naperville, Illinois. It also offers memory care, (they call it dementia care), as part of their continuing care offering. They do not include independent living though, as they are focused on allowing seniors as much freedom as possible without compromising the quality of the care they receive.

Cost of Senior Living in Illinois

Independent living communities and senior assisted living facilities in Illinois are slightly more expensive than the national average of $4,000 per month, but only by about $100.  In Chicago, where everything is a bit more expensive, the average rates jump to $4,700+. However, there are cities like Carbondale, IL, where the averages drop down to a more budget-friendly, $3,500 and there are individual homes where the prices drop even further. Note that these rates are for standard care and typically offer a studio apartment space. Larger senior apartments and specialized care plans will cost more, while semi-private living spaces will push the price even lower.

Illinois has a couple of “perfect” senior living places for seniors to settle into and many more that are very well respected, so finding a great choice here shouldn’t be all that tough.

List of All Senior Living Communities in Illinois

Top 20 Assisted Living Facilities in Illinois

Rock Run Place

While searching for senior assisted living homes in Joliet, Illinois, you may want to look at Rock Run Place, situated at 3320 Executive Dr in the 60431 zip code in Will County. Rock Run Place is the perfect senior living facility for older adults who need luxury services at a reasonable cost. Some of the services and amenities offered by Rock Run Place include daily activities and events, outdoor walking areas and religious and chaplain services.

Autumn Leaves Of Gurnee

Autumn Leaves Of Gurnee is an assisted senior living community in Lake County, Illinois that is perfect for senior citizens who need help with daily living. Autumn Leaves Of Gurnee is situated at 505 N. Hunt Club Road in Gurnee, Illinois and offers help with taking a bath, putting on clothes, functional mobility, hair styling and using the toilet. This assisted senior living facility includes amenities and services that include everyday fitness options, security system, assistance relocating and more.

Courtyard Estates Of Farmington

Courtyard Estates Of Farmington is a pet-friendly senior assisted living community in Farmington, Illinois inside Fulton County. It contains a total of 32 assisted living units for elderly adults who reside in Farmington and surrounding areas. Courtyard Estates Of Farmington is located at 1000 East Fort Street, inside the 61531 zip code and makes a wonderful senior care community for elderly adults who are trying to find amenities such as special occasion menus, spacious fitness room and assistance relocating. Courtyard Estates Of Farmington provides a total of 32 senior living units.

Al At Franciscan Village

Situated at 11400 Theresa Drive, in the 60439 zip code area of Cook county, Al At Franciscan Village offers assisted senior living in Lemont, IL to retirees who are trying to find an affordable senior living residence that accepts Medicare and Medicaid. Al At Franciscan Village includes amenities that include scheduled rn checkups, regular health check-ups, continence management and more. Al At Franciscan Village can accommodate up to 34 retirees who live in the Cook county area.

Arbor Place Of Lisle - Senior Living

Arbor Place Of Lisle - Senior Living is a senior assisted living facility in Lisle, Illinois, situated at 4795 Karns Rd, 60532 zip code area. It offers amenities such as numerous activities daily, movies nights, as well as cards. Arbor Place Of Lisle - Senior Living offers multiple levels of living and care including independent living apartments, assisted living suites and Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

Manteno Springs

Manteno Springs offers retired adults assisted living apartments in Kankakee county, Illinois. With a total capacity of 22 shared and private apartment suites, Manteno Springs should be at the top of your list when it comes to senior living in Manteno. This senior living facility, located at 600 N Birch St in the 60950 zip code area of Manteno, Illinois includes amenities such as daily exercise programs, large dining section and caring staff.

Lexington Square Lifecare Elm

When retired adults are searching for assisted living communities in Elmhurst, Illinois that offer chaplain services, they should consider Lexington Square Lifecare Elm located in Dupage county in the 60126 zip code area. Lexington Square Lifecare Elm excels at providing tiered levels of senior living and care and offers amenities like 3 meals per day, wifi internet and highly flexible visitation. Its total capacity is 70 assisted and independent living apartments.

Lavender Ridge - Jacksonville

Lavender Ridge - Jacksonville is a senior assisted living community in Jacksonville, Illinois that allows seniors to stay with pets. Lavender Ridge - Jacksonville is located at 750 W. Walnut in 62650 zip code and enables retirees who are looking for senior living in Morgan county to get amenities such as off site transportation services, keypad-enabled locks and all needed utilities. Lavender Ridge - Jacksonville provides a total of 28 assisted living residences.

Waukegan Terrace

Waukegan Terrace is a upscale assisted living community in Lake, Illinois. Situated at 860 S Lewis Ave in Waukegan, Illinois, it helps retirees who are searching for retirement living to get services and amenities such as daily exercise programs, movie theater section and assistance with incontinence.

Bristol At Windsor Park Manor

Bristol At Windsor Park Manor is a senior assisted living residence in Carol Stream, Illinois in Dupage county. Bristol At Windsor Park Manor is perfect for retired adults who are searching for amenities like social opportunities, movie theater room and moving assistance. This luxurious senior living community is situated at 114 Windsor Park Dr in the 60188 zip code of Dupage county.

Bickford - Champaign Cottage

While trying to find assisted living facilities in Champaign, Illinois, you may want to look at Bickford - Champaign Cottage, situated at 1002 S. Staley Rd in the 61822 zip code in Champaign County. Bickford - Champaign Cottage is the perfect senior living residence for retirees who need luxurious amenities at an affordable price. Some of the services and amenities offered by Bickford - Champaign Cottage include many dining options, reading rooms and all needed utilities. Bickford - Champaign Cottage can accommodate a total of 44 elderly adults who reside in Champaign County.

Lighthouse At Silvis*

Lighthouse At Silvis* is an assisted living community in Rock Island County, Illinois that is geared towards seniors who need assistance with daily living. Lighthouse At Silvis* is situated at 1900 Tenth St. in Silvis, Illinois and offers aid with showering and taking a bath, putting on clothes, moving around the community, hair brushing and using the bathroom. This assisted senior living community provides services and amenities that include daily fitness classes, large dining hall, Dementia or Alzheimer's disease care and more.

Bria Of Lake Park

Bria Of Lake Park is a pet-friendly senior assisted living community in Waukegan, Illinois inside Lake County. Bria Of Lake Park is situated at 919 Washington Park, inside the 60085 zip code and makes a great senior care community for retirees who are searching for amenities that include doing laundry, movie theater section and Parkinson's disease care.

Sunrise Of Highland Park

Located at 1601 Green Bay Road, in the 60035 zip code area of Lake county, Sunrise Of Highland Park offers senior assisted living homes in Highland Park, IL to older adults who are searching for an affordable senior living residence that takes Medicare and Medicaid. Sunrise Of Highland Park offers amenities such as assistance with laundry, arts and crafts, all necessary utilities and more. Sunrise Of Highland Park can accommodate a total of 75 older adults who reside in the Lake county area.

Villas At St. James

Villas At St. James is an assisted living community in Breese, Illinois, located at 14335 Jamestown Road, 62230 zip code area. A total of 65 elderly adults who want a senior living community in Clinton County can live in Villas At St. James. It includes amenities such as regular wellness checkups, verandas and patios, as well as toileting. Villas At St. James provides multiple levels of living and care including independent living apartments, assisted living and memory care.

Franciscan Court Supportive Living

Franciscan Court Supportive Living offers senior citizens senior assisted living homes in Dupage county, Illinois. This senior living home, located at 1996 Franciscan Way in the 60185 zip code area of West Chicago, Illinois offers features like salon services, computers section and dietitian-checked menus.

Sunrise Of Lincoln Park

When elderly adults are looking for assisted living homes in Chicago, Illinois that offer religious services, they should consider Sunrise Of Lincoln Park located in Cook county in the 60614 zip code area. Sunrise Of Lincoln Park specializes in providing full range of senior care and offers amenities such as cleaning and housekeeping, reading rooms and emergency call systems. Its total capacity is 60 assisted living suites.

Adams Pointe Assisted Living

Adams Pointe Assisted Living is a senior assisted living home in Quincy, Illinois that allows pets. Adams Pointe Assisted Living is located at 213 North 48th Street in 62305 zip code and allows retirees who need assisted senior living in Adams county to get amenities such as maintenance free lifestyles, health center and flexible family visitation. Adams Pointe Assisted Living provides a total of 28 assisted living units.

Presence Resurrection Retirement

Presence Resurrection Retirement is a upscale assisted senior living home in Cook, Illinois. Situated at 7262 W. Peterson Ave in Chicago, Illinois, it enables elderly adults who are looking for retirement living to get amenities such as apartment and community upkeep, concierge options and emergency pendants. Presence Resurrection Retirement can provide senior living and care to up to 37 elderly adults living in Cook.

Shephard Premier Senior Living

Shephard Premier Senior Living is a senior assisted living community in Ringwood, Illinois in Mchenry county. Shephard Premier Senior Living is perfect for retired adults who are seeking amenities like high-quality dining, arts and crafts and toileting. This upscale senior living home is situated at 6809 Barnard Mill Road in the 60072 zip code of Mchenry county. It can provide a total of 7 large senior living suites.

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