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Cost of Illinois Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Illinois is $4,050 per month.

The monthly base rate for Illinois assisted living is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Illinois is also more expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Illinois. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

Missouri$2,525
Kentucky$3,350
Iowa$3,500
U.S.$3,600
Indiana$3,693
Wisconsin$3,980
Illinois$4,050

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

Researching Illinois Assisted Living? Ask these questions:

  • What terms does Illinois require to be disclosed to you prior to making a decision?
    Illinois may require the base price, payment schedule, services included in that rate and other items to be disclosed in writing - be sure to find out.
  • What is the Scope of Care offered?
    Find out the minimum services the facility MUST provide to you, as required by Illinois. These may include 24-hour supervision, types of meals, medical attention, etc.
  • What are the admission requirements to live at the facility?
    Each state is different; find out what the age and physical health requirements are for this specific facility as well as facilities in Illinois. Determine if the type of care you need is offered by the individual facility.
  • Will the facility complete an assessment and create a care plan for the resident?
    Illinois probably requires an initial evaluation and the creation of a care plan - be sure to find out exactly what the facility offers.
  • Ask about the handling of medication in the facility?
    There are sure to be specific requirements in Illinois - ask how the facility handles administering your medication.
  • Does the facility offer rooms and other areas that meet or exceed those required by Illinois?
    Illinois will have a minimum size of rooms, a limit to number of people per room, and even requirements as to privacy of available bathrooms - make sure you ask.
  • Does the facility offer the available required staff?
    Make sure the facility staffs the proper professionals, as Illinois requires. These may include an administrator and caregivers, as well as round-the-clock staff.
  • Is memory care offered?
    Find out of the facility is licensed to be able to handle dementia or Alzheimer's care in Illinois.
  • Are Medicaid waivers available for Illinois for this specific facility?
    If you are unable to cover the costs, find out if the facility may offer a Illinois Medicaid Waiver. You can also research at illinois.gov.

Helpful Illinois Assisted Living Resources

Do you have a question about licensing or regulations of assisted living facilities in Illinois? Questions about licensing and regulations are handled at the state level. You can contact the Illinois licensing and regulatory agency at:
Department of Public Health, Division of Assisted Living
dph.illinois.gov
(217) 782-2913
Do you want to report an issue or have a dispute with a senior living facility in Illinois? Your local Illinois long-term care ombudsman can help resolve disputes and offer assistance in your long-term care decisions. You can contact them at:
Department of Aging of Illinois
state.il.us
Local: (217) 524-6911
Tollfree: (800) 252-8966
Spanish: (800) 252-8966
Are you aware of all the Illinois health-based programs available to you? Your Illinois Health Department can be a great resource. Contact them at:
Illinois Department of Public Health
idph.state.il.us
Local: (217) 782-4977
Are you familiar with the Illinois Area Agencies on the Aging and all the assistance they can provide to you?

The Illinois AAAs (Area Agency for the Aging) are very helpful. These offices can provide guidance to those 60+ in Illinois regarding elder abuse, caregiver support, insurance counseling, transportation and much more.

Find your local Illinois AAA below:

Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging
Rockford, IL
(815) 226-4901
Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging
Rock Island, IL
(309) 793-6800
Central Illinois Agency on Aging
Peoria, IL
(309) 674-2071
East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging
Bloomington, IL
(309) 829-2065
West Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging
Quincy, IL
(217) 223-7904
Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland
Springfield, IL
(217) 787-9234
AgeSmart Community Resources
Belleville, IL
(618) 222-2561
Midland Area Agency on Aging
Centralia, IL
(618) 532-1853
Southeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging
Mount Carmel, IL
(618) 262-2306
Egyptian Area Agency on Aging
Carterville, IL
(618) 985-8311
Chicago Department of Family & Support Services
Chicago, IL
(312) 743-0300
AgeOptions
Oak Park, IL
(708) 383-0258
Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging
Kankakee, IL
(815) 939-0727

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