Discover Assisted Living Homes in Illinois

Under Illinois law, an assisted living establishment or an assisted living facility is defined as community-based residential care providing services such as assistance with daily activities, supportive health-related care, and 24-hour supervision to a population of at least three adults of whom 80 percent must be 55 years of age or older. If the assisted living establishment provides the same assisted senior living services for a population of 16 or fewer adults of whom 80 percent must be 55 years of age or older, the establishment is deemed a “shared housing establishment”.

There are different types of assisted living services in the state of Illinois. They are as follows:

  • Supportive Living Facility
  • Assisted Living Establishment
  • Shared Housing Establishment
  • Sheltered Care Facility

Both, supportive living facilities and sheltered care facilities, provide personal care services in addition to assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs).

There are currently 51,367 licensed communities operating in Illinois.


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Assisted Living Homes in Illinois – Cost Comparison

City Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Monthly Median
Chicago $2,500 $4,895 $5,000
Champaign $2,500 $3,350 $4,000
Rockford $2,800 $4,550 $5,000
Peoria $2,500 $3,595 $4,000

The average cost assisted living in Illinois is $4,050 per month. Compared to the surrounding states and the national cost average, Illinois has a more expensive average state cost. Within the state of Illinois, costs vary depending on the area and the population density; however, each area average cost falls close to the Illinois state average cost for assisted senior homes

For more information about assisted living costs in Illinois, check out Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.

Recreation & Attractions in Illinois

Home to a unique mixture of farmland and metropolis, Illinois offers an array of culturally stimulating attractions. Walk through living history at the Navy Pier built in 1916 or at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum dedicated to Illinois native the late President Lincoln. Look forward to the future by visiting the iconic Millennium Park, built at the turn of the 21st century.

If you are looking for a new perspective, experience life through an impressionist’s eyes by touring The Art Institute of Chicago. Although Illinois has many notable man-made institutions, Illinois offers beautiful and natural destinations such as the Starved Rock State Park, a park with unique geological canyon formations and the Garden of the Gods. Created as a protective layer of forest for depleted farm soil, the Garden of the Gods grew into the Shawnee National Forest offering walking trails, waterfalls, geological formations and scenic vantage points.

One of the most prized natural jewels in Illinois is the Anderson Japanese Gardens created by John R. Anderson and Hoichi Kurisu. Many people, including the Japanese Journal of Gardening who dubbed the Anderson Japanese Gardens as the finest Japanese gardens in North America, enjoy this Japanese architecture.

Illinois’s Climate, Geography, & Culture

Illinois is the home of many U.S Presidents and their residents are known for their laid-back attitudes. Chicago is the talk of the state, and for good reason. It is known as a great place to live, work, shop, and play. Chicago greatly influences the state as a national major city since the mid-1800s.

Located near the Great Lakes, Illinois experiences all four continental seasons. However, winter and summer are the most sharply opposite seasons for Illinois. During the winter months, temperatures throughout the state fall below or consistently hover around freezing bringing an annual 37 inches of snowfall per year. Summer months bring rising temperatures in the mid- to high-70 degree Fahrenheit range. Although Illinois experiences hot summer temperatures, the precipitation does not stop. Illinois summers are wet bringing almost just as much rain as winter brings snow.

Illinois’s Assisted Living Centers Regulations & Laws

Assisted living homes are regulated by a state-to-state basis. Every state has a publicly accessible legal document outlining the regulations, licensing, operation and other rules for assisted living. Illinois’ Department of Public Health, Division of Assisted Living is responsible for the regulation of assisted living facilities. A complete document listing regulations for assisted senior living homes can be viewed online via the Illinois Administrative Code database. Public records on individual homes concerning inspections, citations, violations and the like also fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Health, Division of Assisted Living. 

Crime & Safety in Illinois

Illinois’s crime rate is well below the national, but it is still important to know your surrounding when looking for a new place to live. If you are not sure where to start your search, look at some the safest communities in Illinois:

LocationViolent Crimes Per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes Per1,000 Residents
Clarendon Hills0.351.73
Hawthorn Woods0.002.80
Campton Hills0.183.00


Payment Options for Illinois Assisted Living Centers

Illinois HCBS Waiver for Supportive Living Homes

For those looking for financial assistance, Illinois offers a Medicaid waiver for elderly residents. The waiver offers payment for room, board, a monthly allowance and services within the homes. Participants must qualify for nursing home care but opt for assisted living. To find out if you are eligible for this payment option, please visit the official Supportive Living Facilities page.

Assisted Living Family Loans

Alternate payment options are available. Families can apply for an assisted living family loan. This provides temporary or long-term financial assistance when paying for assisted senior care, including personal care services. The program allows multiple people to contribute to payment.

Senior & Elderly Rights for Assisted Living Homes in Illinois

While residing in the home, a resident retains constitutional civil rights, rights of privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. The resident also retains the right to personal possessions, autonomy over personal finances, bodily autonomy, and power of attorney. The resident has a right to be informed of the process to file a complaint of unsatisfactory living situations, abuse, neglect and the like. The complete list of resident rights as defined by the state of Illinois can be viewed online.

Illinois Assisted Living Homes: Medical Record Rules & Regulations

Assisted living homes in Illinois are required to provide any type of heath services that are ordered by an attending physician, as well as keep all medical information confidential, accurate, and complete. Medical records shall be readily accessible upon request and should be kept for a period no less than 5 years from death or discharge date.

Residents have access to their medical records and can request a copy of all or a portion of their medical records. They can also request a copy of some or all of the information at a cost not to exceed the community standard for photocopies.

Finding the perfect senior care community is only part of making your loved one’s senior living transition smooth. At SeniorCaring, we know that it is also equally important to be aware of what other community services and resources are available to your family’s senior. Choose your location and find local resources for your senior.