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Senior housing types near Blue Island, IL

  • Prairie Green at Fay’s Point

    Prairie Green at Fay’s Point

    1546 Water Street, Blue Island, IL 60406
    (1)
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    Surround yourself with Friends Located in the heart of Chicago’s near south suburbs, the new Prairie Green at Fay’s Point offers resort-style living at an affordable rate. Our community is licensed for Supportive Living, an innovative model designed by the State of Illinois to provide affordable...

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  • The Pointe at Kilpatrick

    The Pointe at Kilpatrick

    14230 S Kilpatrick Ave, Crestwood, IL 60445
    (23)
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    The Pointe at Kilpatrick is an assisted living community located in picturesque and nature filled Crestwood, Cook County, Illinois. Our beautiful community is located in a central spot, just blocks away from the Little Calumet River and nestled between several forests and nature preserves. The...

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  • Victory Centre of Roseland

    Victory Centre of Roseland

    10450 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60628
    (2)
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    Dedicated to Good Living Our longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Victory Centre of Roseland community is an extension of that promise. We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate a genuine home for you or your loved one. Above all else,...

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  • Elevate South Holland

    Elevate South Holland

    16300 Louis Avenue, South Holland, IL 60473
    (17)
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    Elevate South Holland is a close-knit retirement community with independent living, assisted living, and memory care. As a member of the Elevate Housing Foundation, our philosophy is rooted in effective, resident-centered and life-changing senior living. Being a nonprofit organization, we invest...

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  • Victory Centre of Sierra Ridge

    Victory Centre of Sierra Ridge

    4150 W. Gatling Blvd., Country Club Hills, IL 60478
    (17)
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    Dedicated to Good Living Our longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Victory Centre of Sierra Ridge community is an extension of that promise. We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate a genuine home for you or your loved one. Above all...

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  • Waterford Estates

    Waterford Estates

    17400 S Kedzie Rd., Hazel Crest, IL 60429
    (69)
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    The essence of Waterford Estates is best described in three words: understanding, care, and community. Waterford Estates is located near I57 & I80, on 12 beautiful acres with private walking paths, two ponds and scenic views. Our campus offers those age 62+ independence, privacy, security,...

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  • Citadel Estates - Hazel Crest

    Citadel Estates - Hazel Crest

    3701 W 183rd St, Hazel Crest, IL 60429
    (10)
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    Citadel Estates is an Assisted Living Community that caters to those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia's. 100% of the staff are specially trained to care for individuals with Alzheimer's, Dementia and Memory Loss. Other features of Citadel Estates is its home-like atmosphere...

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  • Heartis Village of Orland Park

    Heartis Village of Orland Park

    7420 West 159th Street, Orland Park, IL 60462
    (2)
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    Dedicated to Good Living Pathway to Living’s longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Heartis Village Orland Park community is an extension of that promise. We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate a genuine home for you or your loved one....

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  • Victory Centre of River Oaks

    Victory Centre of River Oaks

    1370 Ring Road, Calumet City, IL 60409
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    Dedicated to Good Living Our longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Victory Centre of River Oaks community is an extension of that promise. We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate a genuine home for you or your loved one. Above all else...

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  • Autumn Green at Midway Village

    Autumn Green at Midway Village

    6700 South Keating Avenue, Chicago, IL 60629
    (39)
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    Don't let our value prices fool you -- Autumn Green is a beautiful community!   Autumn Green at Midway Village offers full-service rental retirement living at a mid-range price for persons aged 62+ OR For-sale condominiums for persons aged 55+ in the adjacent Midway Village...

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  • Churchview Supportive Living

    Churchview Supportive Living

    2626 W. 63rd Street, Chicago, IL 60629
    (3)
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    Churchview Supportive Living is an assisted living community located in Chicago, IL. The city of Chicago is located in Cook County and home to over 2.7 million people. It's an exciting city with lots of great restaurants and shops. Residents can enjoy going on outings when the weather is warm and...

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  • Jackson Park Supportive Living

    Jackson Park Supportive Living

    1448 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619
    (3)
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    The Jackson Park Supportive Living Facility was created to provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive living environment for individuals age 22-64 years old offering the highest level of service and expertise while maintaining the individual's independence. Our apartments are designed to provide a...

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  • Victory Centre of South Chicago

    Victory Centre of South Chicago

    3251 East 92nd Street, Chicago, IL 60617
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    Dedicated to Good Living Our longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Victory Centre of South Chicago community is an extension of that promise. We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate a genuine home for you or your loved one. Above all...

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  • Sunrise of Flossmoor

    Sunrise of Flossmoor

    19715 Governor Highway, Flossmoor, IL 60422
    (32)
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    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Bickford of Tinley Park

    Bickford of Tinley Park

    17301 80th Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477
    (20)
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    We began our quest into senior living because of our love for our beloved mother, Mary Bickford, whose needs became too great for us to manage. As we researched senior living options, we were shocked at our findings. The options offered too much or too little — none met her needs and nothing...

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  • Moraine Court

    8080 S Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, IL 60455
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    Moraine Court Supportive Living supports and encourages our residents to enjoy and active-lifestyle in a safe community. Let us show you how Moraine Court can combine the best of private living and assistance with daily living needs. Our supportive Living program is designed to promote independence,...

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  • Sunrise Villa Olympia Fields

    Sunrise Villa Olympia Fields

    3633 Breakers Dr, Olympia Fields, IL 60461
    (32)
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    Just 30 minutes south of Chicago, Sunrise Villa Olympia Fields provides a highly personalized approach to care, including independent and assisted living tailored to resident needs and abilities. Here, you have a choice of unique ranch-style townhome villas with two-car garages, front porches, and...

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  • St. Anthony of Lansing Supportive Living

    St. Anthony of Lansing Supportive Living

    3025 Spring Lake Drive, Lansing, IL 60438
    (8)
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    St. Anthony of Lansing is an assisted living community located in the exciting city of Lansing, IL. When people visit Lansing, they are struck by how close the city is to all of the major freeways in the area, and how perfect the weather is throughout the year. This is the type of community where...

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  • Sunrise of Palos Park

    Sunrise of Palos Park

    12828 South LaGrange Road, Palos Park, IL 60464
    (50)
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    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Coles Supportive Living

    Coles Supportive Living

    7419 S Exchange, Chicago, IL 60649
    (4)
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    Coles Supportive Living has been selected by the Illinois Department of Aging as one of the few Senior Care Facilities to be included in the State of Illinois Supportive Living Program. Coles Supportive Living Facility strives to promote dignity and independence for Seniors where a state-of-the art...

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  • Brookdale Orland Park

    Brookdale Orland Park

    16051 South La Grange Road, Orland Park, IL 60467
    (61)
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    Care—On Your Terms Wouldn’t it be nice to trade in a life of fear, worry and isolation for one full of comfortable accommodations, wonderful friends and personalized care designed to meet your exact needs? If so, our assisted and memory care community may just be the place for you. The seniors who...

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  • Prairie Green At Dixie Crossing

    Prairie Green At Dixie Crossing

    1040 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights, IL 60411
    (10)
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    Prairie Green at Dixie Crossing is a top wheelchair accessible assisted living community for seniors in the Chicago area. We offer tastefully decorated studio and one-bedroom apartments with a full range of amenities, including a microwave and refrigerator, as well as services to accommodate each...

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  • Victory Centre of Park Forest

    Victory Centre of Park Forest

    101 Main Street, Park Forest, IL 60466
    (5)
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    Dedicated to Good Living Our longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Victory Centre of Park Forest community is an extension of that promise. We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate a genuine home for you or your loved one. Above all...

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  • Evergreen Senior Living - Orland Park

    Evergreen Senior Living - Orland Park

    10820 183rd St, Orland Park, IL 60467
    (36)
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    Evergreen Senior Living offers worry-free living, where independence thrives and compassionate care is always nearby. Our beautiful campus offers lovely assisted living options and unmatched memory support. We offer both long-term care and short-term respite care. We welcome you to learn more and...

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  • Clarendale of Mokena

    Clarendale of Mokena

    21536 South Wolf Road, Mokena, IL 60448
    (77)
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    Clarendale of Mokena is the only senior living community in The Village of Mokena, Ill. It is also the newest such community in the greater market area to offer three integrated lifestyle options under one roof - residential living, assisted living and memory care. Clarendale of Mokena creates an...

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  • Montclare Supportive Living Community

    Montclare Supportive Living Community

    4339 W 18th Place, Chicago, IL 60623
    (1)
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    The Montclare Supportive Living Community of Lawndale is an ideal alternative to a nursing home for older adults who need a helping hand but do not require skilled nursing care as well as for older adults who are struggling alone at home. The community is open to seniors 65 and older of all incomes,...

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  • St. James Manor and Villas

    1251 E . Richton Rd, Crete, IL 60417
    (4)
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    Have you noticed that something doesn't seem right with mom or dad these days?  It could be subtle or it could be something that's pretty obvious. Regardless, you've turned to the Internet in 2008 for a reason and St. James Manor & Villas can get your loved one the help he or she needs within...

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  • Marley Oaks

    Marley Oaks

    12631 W 187th St, Mokena, IL 60448
    (8)
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    We are a unique property, in a park-like setting offering personalized assistance for you or your loved one. Our facility is truly a home with 10 private resident rooms with bathroom, a TV room with a fireplace, resident dining room and private dining room for family affairs, sun room overlooking...

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  • Caledonia Senior Living

    2800 Des Plaines Ave, North Riverside, IL 60546
    (5)
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    Caledonia Senior Living is a small, private home providing both assisted living and 24-hour nursing care in a beautiful, intimate setting. Our home is nestled on five wooded acres, and offers a wide range of services and activities to meet all of your needs. We are a non-profit organization,...

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  • Marian Village

    Marian Village

    15624 Marian Drive, Homer Glen, IL 60491
    (4)
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    Looking for senior housing near you? Situated on 80 sprawling acres in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Marian Village in Homer Glen, Illinois offers easy living that is enriching and inspiring. Our Catholic senior living community welcomes people of all faiths as our focus is truly on your...

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  • Brookdale Burr Ridge

    Brookdale Burr Ridge

    6801 High Grove Boulevard, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
    (38)
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    At our continuing care retirement community, or CCRC, located just outside of Chicago, you can redefine your independence. You’ll have the care you need when you need it with assisted living, Alzheimer’s and dementia care and skilled nursing all on one campus. You’ll have assistance with medications...

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  • Cantata Adult Life Services a CCRC

    Cantata Adult Life Services a CCRC

    8700 W 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513
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    Cantata Adult Life Services is committed to enabling older adults to achieve the greatest possible level of self-sufficiency and independence. The overarching goal of our not-for-profit organization is to facilitate active living and the continuation of healthy relationships with and among people of...

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  • Franciscan Village

    Franciscan Village

    1270 Village Drive, Lemont, IL 60439
    (16)
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    Take a deep breath and imagine what your everyday life could be if you eliminate having to prepare and cook meals and significantly reduce your housekeeping duties. How would you like being able to walk to Mass, a gorgeous outdoor stations of the cross devotion, a fine restaurant, bistro, gift...

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  • Presence Bethlehem Woods Retirement Community

    Presence Bethlehem Woods Retirement Community

    1571 West Ogden Avenue, La Grange Park, IL 60526
    (17)
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    Bethlehem Woods Retirement Community offers 270 spacious independent living residences and 64 licensed assisted living apartments in a variety of floor plans. Independent living amenities include: restaurant-style dinner served daily, 24-hour staff and emergency call system, Wellness Clinic and...

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  • Heritage Woods of Chicago

    Heritage Woods of Chicago

    2800 West Fulton, Chicago, IL 60612
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Heritage Woods of Chicago is an affordable assisted living community exclusively designed for low income seniors 65 or older. Fully certified by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Living, Heritage Woods is located on the west side of Chicago. Heritage Woods is a lovely place to call...

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  • Sunrise of Willowbrook

    Sunrise of Willowbrook

    6300 Clarendon Hills Road, Willowbrook, IL 60527
    (42)
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    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Eve Assisted Living

    Eve Assisted Living

    10 N Washington St, Hinsdale, IL 60521
    (31)
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    EVE Assisted Living & Memory Center offers a continuum of care across the spectrum of assisted living, from those who need minimum care to the more intensive care required for the memory impaired. EVE is located in downtown Hinsdale in a specialty designed modified Edwardian style building that...

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  • Oak Park Arms Retirement Community

    Oak Park Arms Retirement Community

    408 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302
    (24)
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    Built as a luxury hotel in 1922, the Oak Park Arms retained the original charm of the grand hotels of the 20th century. The apartments, Ballroom, Georgian Room Restaurant, Lounge, and meeting rooms have been renovated on an on-going basis. A rental retirement community for 26 years, the Oak Park...

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  • Belmont Village Oak Park

    Belmont Village Oak Park

    1035 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302
    (44)
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    Belmont Village of Oak Park is located in the heart of historic Oak Park, a western suburb of Chicago. Our senior living residents don't have to go far to enjoy all the 'Windy City' has to offer. Close to the facility are shops, galleries, places of worship, and RUSH Oak Park Hospital. And when...

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  • The Clare

    The Clare

    55 East Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611
    (4)
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    The Clare rises as an integral part of downtown Chicago—with the blue of Lake Michigan at one hand, the proud skyline at the other and at its feet all you could ever desire for enrichment, excitement and fulfillment. This premiere retirement residence and the unique lifestyle it offers await...

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  • Brookdale Oak Park

    Brookdale Oak Park

    1111 Ontario Street, Oak Park, IL 60302
    (14)
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    Everything You Want, Everything You Need If first impressions are everything, we think we make a pretty good one. Nestled between historic Frank Lloyd Wright homes and a vibrant downtown shopping district, the location of our independent and assisted living community is just the start of what makes...

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  • Oak Trace a CCRC

    Oak Trace a CCRC

    200 Village Drive, Downers Grove, IL 60516
    (6)
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    Oak Trace, located in Downers Grove, IL, is not-for-profit continuing care retirement community that offers a continuum of living options. Catered living, skilled nursing care and memory support are all situated right on campus. With everything so close by, you'll know that you can find whatever you...

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  • Aspired Living of Westmont

    Aspired Living of Westmont

    407 W 63rd St, Westmont, IL 60559
    (8)
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    Dedicated to Good Living Pathway to Living’s longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Aspired Living of Westmont community is an extension of that promise. We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate a genuine home for you or your loved one....

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  • The Cottages of New Lenox

    The Cottages of New Lenox

    1023 S Cedar Rd, New Lenox, IL 60451
    (23)
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    The Cottages of New Lenox is an assisted living and memory care community located in New Lenox, IL, in Will County. The community has been specially created to resemble the type of family home where most residents will have lived all of their lives, helping them to adapt to this next stage of life...

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  • Clarendale of Schererville

    Clarendale of Schererville

    7770 Burr St, Schererville, IN 46375
    (30)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Clarendale of Schererville is a top pet-friendly senior community in the Chicago metro area, providing independent living assisted living and memory care for our residents. Our convenient and comfortable suburban location features 177 units and is designed with seniors’ comfort and well-being in...

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  • Cordia Senior Residence

    Cordia Senior Residence

    865 North Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559
    (33)
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    Cordia Senior Residence is taking senior living to a new level and it all begins with the fresh and innovative approach that we take towards it. Through our staff and a variety of unique and engaging programs, we inspire our residents to lead lives on the own terms. At Cordia Senior Residence, we...

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  • Burr Ridge Senior Living NOW OPEN

    Burr Ridge Senior Living NOW OPEN

    16W301 91st Street, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
    (1)
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    Live with Dignity At Burr Ridge Senior Living, we live by our core values of integrity, respect, leadership, personal growth, excellence, and stewardship. Our commitment to service and dedication to compassionate senior care can be felt throughout our community. From our empathetic staff to the many...

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  • Victory Centre of River Woods

    Victory Centre of River Woods

    1800 River Woods Drive, Melrose Park, IL 60160
    (12)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Dedicated to Good Living Our longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Victory Centre of River Woods community is an extension of that promise. We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate a genuine home for you or your loved one. Above all...

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  • Sunrise of Lincoln Park

    Sunrise of Lincoln Park

    2710 Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
    (35)
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    In elegant, residential environments, we deliver the finest in senior care, and are recognized internationally for both quality and innovation. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise affords families peace-of-mind by providing today's seniors with a range of personalized assisted living...

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  • Heritage Woods of Bolingbrook

    Heritage Woods of Bolingbrook

    550 Kildeer Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
    (12)
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    At Heritage Woods of Bolingbrook, we offer a variety of community features. Residents can enjoy regular off-site adventures and excursions. Cats and dogs are allowed in private quarters. Our property is conveniently located near accessible public transportation. Free resident parking available at...

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Assisted Living in Blue Island, Illinois

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a kind of senior care and housing which offers residents support for activities of daily living (ADLs). Residents typically receive support for bathing, dressing, medication supervision, and meals. Different from a skilled nursing community where residents receive around-the-clock nursing care, assisted living communities give residents access to care while also offering an array of activities and services in a community setting. Some assisted living communities provide support for seniors with specific medical necessities such as for example cognitive loss because of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, diabetes, or incontinence care.

In case you are unsure about what kind of care your cherished one needs, consult with a medical expert who can help you decide on the best sort of care. Additionally, our Senior Living Advisors are available to answer all of your inquiries and help you find a senior care facility that meets your needs.

What Is Senior Living Like in Blue Island, IL?

Boasting four distinct seasons and gorgeous Midwest landscapes, Illinois is a beautiful location to retire. Home to one of the world’s largest airports, retiring in Illinois offers your friends and relations a convenient location to visit, while likewise giving you easy access to world travel.

With regards to choosing senior living, there are many things to consider, from the level of attention and support to way of living, location and more. Blue Island, IL offers many options to help you make a confident and educated decision for your family.

  • 55+ Apartments/Senior Apartments: Also referred to as adult communities, age-restricted apartments, and senior condos. Senior apartments are simply like apartments for folks of all ages, but have an age restriction; typically residents are required to be older than 55 or 62. Older adults quite often feel more secure in senior apartments and prefer living around persons from their own generation.
  • Independent Living: Independent living is a type of senior housing for seniors who now live independently but want to live in a community setting with additional seniors. This type of senior housing typically has community events, activities, outings, and oftentimes has transitional programs for seniors who ultimately need assisted living.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs): Continuing care retirement communities are retirement facilities with accommodations for independent living, assisted living and nursing home care, giving seniors a continuum of health care. An individual can spend the remainder of his life in a CCRC or life plan community, moving between degrees of care as needed. This type of arrangement is also called “aging in place,” although it does require departing one’s original residence.
  • Adult Day Care: Adult day care can offer respite care for caregivers who are still working while also caring for a loved one. That is a great solution for caregivers and seniors searching for ways to remain busy and involved while living in the home and getting home care services.
  • Residential Care Home/Board and Care: Care homes are typical homes in residential neighborhoods that have been adapted to look after a small group of residents. Offering services similar to assisted living facilities, care homes specialize in providing individualized care in a home-like setting.
  • Assisted Living: Assisted living gives residents assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, personal grooming, medication supervision, and more. Amenities and services can range greatly but typically there is staff on hand around the clock to help residents with necessities as they arise. Residents likewise routinely have a care plan that is frequently monitored and adapted as needs change as time passes.
  • Memory Care: This kind of care can be for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. These communities are usually specifically planned so that residents do not get lost or wander. They provide dementia-friendly meal plans and life enhancing activities that encourage engagement and personal interaction.
  • Nursing Homes/Skilled Nursing Facilities: Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities, are for seniors who need the highest level of 24- hour attention, including those people who are bedridden. Nursing homes are also utilized by seniors for rehabilitation after a hospitalization.
  • Respite Care/Short-Term Stay Respite: This care typically refers to a short-term stay at a long-term care community. Respite care may also make reference to in-home caregiving services used for simply a short period. Family caregivers utilize respite services when they need a break or have other obligations.
  • Hospice Care: Hospice care can assist the terminally ill and their families make the most of the last days of their lives. Rooted in the term “hospitality,” hospice is not a place, but a philosophy of care that embraces death as a natural part of life, and seeks to support individuals meet this end with dignity and grace. This means comforting the patient psychologically and physically while supporting their relatives as they navigate any end of life decisions.

What Services Are Available?

The options and services provided in senior living may differ substantially from community to facility. However, most communities offer studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments, activities, meal plans, transportation, and other services.

Other services often found in assisted living include:

  • Access to medical services
  • Access to therapies on-site and off-site
  • Exercise and nutrition programs
  • Housekeeping services
  • Medication management

How Do I Tour Assisted Living Facilities?

Blue Island has 50 communities in the local area so it is essential to tour several assisted living communities before finding the right one for your senior family member. That way you'll discover what options can be found and will have an easier time narrowing down your alternatives. Call or email A Place for Mom and we will help you arrange a visit at your preferred community.

Here are some of the top questions you need to be ready to ask throughout your walk through:

  • Are there any outdoor spaces that residents can enjoy? If so, are they kept neat and tidy?
  • Can your staff give medicine?
  • Do you have a nurse on-site 24/7?
  • Do you include your services in the monthly price? If not, how much are extra services?
  • Does your policy require a preliminary evaluation before move in?
  • Is there a waitlist? If so, how many persons are currently on it?
  • What apartment types are available and what exactly are their price ranges?
  • What are the current residents like?
  • What exactly are your billing and payment policies and procedures?
  • What is the staff-to-resident ratio? Are the staff members interested? Friendly?
  • What is your release plan?
  • What kind of knowledge do your personnel have?
  • It's also advisable to pay close attention to any occupants you meet or pass while you’re there. Do they seem content and are they cared for well?

Will Medicare Pay for Assisted Living?

According to Medicare.gov, “Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities and people with End-Stage Renal Disease.”

Medicare covers only short-term, non-custodial care. As a consequence you cannot use Medicare to cover long-term nursing home stays or assisted living. Medicare covers medically necessary skilled care at a nursing home if you want short-term skilled care for an illness or injury and you meet certain conditions.

How Can I View Assisted Living Inspections and Ratings in Illinois?

The state of Illinois offers great access to its assisted living facility data through its Department of Social Services website. Info open to review includes licensed assisted living communities that are updated frequently, and information regarding assisted living licensing and violations.

In the state of Illinois, assisted living facilities are required by law to:

  • Have a license if housing 17 or even more unrelated individuals
  • Have over 80% of residents be 55 years old or older
  • Provide each resident with a written service plan that includes a doctor’s assessment and evaluation
  • Provide personal and health services 24 hours per day with staff assisting with personal needs such as dressing, eating, and hygiene

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Community?

Choosing the best community for your senior family member is usually one of the most important decisions you can make. During your visit, consider the caliber of health care that your family member may receive. Your choice of “if, when and where to move” resides specifically with you as well as your family member, so think about what criteria are ultimately important to you and your loved one.

  • Activities: It’s a good idea to try and schedule your tour together with community get-togethers. Ask the manager if you can look at the activities or even get involved. Are the activities and occasions well attended? Does the personnel seem to be enjoying the entertainment as well? Take a look at the facility calendar of occasions. Do they match your loved one’s likes and dislikes? Do the activities and events vary in size and type? Do they feature excursions and trips from the facility? If it's important to yourself, don’t forget to inquire about spiritual services.
  • Cleanliness: Does the community feel clean and fresh? Be sure to look past the furniture and into baseboards, corners, and windows. Ask how often housekeeping services are provided in the private living area. Be sure you get complete details on the types of maintenance provided and the approximated response times. Don’t forget to ask about laundry procedures. Ask for specifics on what's made available and at what cost.
  • Friendliness: The attitude and friendliness of the personnel are of the utmost importance. Make sure that you observe some personnel communicating with current occupants. Do they listen and make eye contact? Be sure to receive a good understanding of the staffing routine. Just how many people are actually involved in residents’ care? Be sure you get an introduction to the management team. This can help you understand the goals and objectives of the community. It is important that you have confidence in the facility’s staff.
  • Meals: Much like most of us, the dining room experience is very important to seniors. When visiting facilities, it is important to discuss entree choices and learn about dining hours, alternatives, and procedures. Be sure to and your family member enjoy a meal at facility. Not only is it a great way to try the cooking, but it’s an excellent opportunity to meet other people. Make sure to discuss what happens if a resident is not able to make it to the dining area for meals.
  • Reputation: Ask residents and families, past and present, for their honest opinions about the facility. Many communities have a resident council that will be happy to reply all of your concerns. Visit our website to read over a number of the 933 reviews from families who have shared their impressions of individual facilities.
  • Security and safety: Safety and security features are extremely important and provide reassurance for the caregiver. Make sure that bathrooms are accessible and have grab bars in convenient locations. Ask how residents call the staff if indeed they have an emergency within their living area. Learn about other security features available in living quarters and through the entire community. Make sure you find out about staffing schedules to determine who is on-site at all times to help residents. Are there registered nurses on-site? How do staffing schedules differ during the night? How does the facility assist or manage residents’ medication needs?
  • Trust your gut: As you are visiting, make sure you consider yourself or your family member essentially living at the facility. Can you imagine your family member being secure? Do you really feel at ease? Are the personnel and residents amenable, welcoming and cheerful?

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Blue Island, Illinois?

The A Place for Mom Senior Living Cost Index states that the typical cost of assisted living in the Blue Island area ranged from $1500 to $10880 per month. Costs for assisted living communities may differ widely based on features, location, and services, as a result looking into nearby suburbs and towns could give you further flexibility.

How to Pay for Assisted Living

Many families pay for a move to assisted living through the sale of a home or personal savings, but for some people, this may not be an option. Here are three additional resources that will assist you pay for assisted living:

  1. Life Insurance Policies: If the parent or senior loved one you are helping move into assisted living has a life insurance policy, you may well be in a position to liquidate the insurance plan and obtain the funds today. Different regulations and limitations apply depending on the type of insurance policy you have, so contact a financial advisor or eldercare legal professional to find out more about your options and to determine what’s most effective for your situation.
  2. Reverse Mortgages: For senior couples who may have different health care requirements, a reverse mortgage could be a good approach for one person to move into assisted living while another resides at home while his or her spouse transitions to senior living. A reverse mortgage enables homeowners aged 62 or older to borrow against their home equity. To learn more, contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to find a reverse mortgage counseling agency near you or contact the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
  3. Veterans Benefits: Many seniors may qualify for veterans benefits that they don’t know about. One benefit, in particular, Aid & Attendance, has helped many families afford assisted living. To qualify, veterans must be at least 65 years old and have served at least 90 days of active duty, with at least 1 day during what the Veterans Administration considers active wartime periods. Qualifying widows and widowers of veterans may also be able to receive benefits. With the existing average age of U.S. veterans at 64 years old, it’s worth it to discover if your loved one may be eligible for benefits. To find out about benefits for veterans, see our “Guide to VA Benefits and Long-Term Care,” contact the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs or check out www.va.gov.

For even more ideas about the best way to pay for your move to senior living, contact A Place for Mom to speak to a Senior Living Advisor today.

5 Questions to Ask an Assisted Living Facility

Choosing the best assisted living facility is a major decision, both for a senior and for their family.

Here are five points to consider when considering making the move to assisted living:

  1. How many staff are on hand to assist at night? Some assisted living facilities provide 24x7 nursing staff, while others may have more generalized help on hand after hours.
  2. Will there be a waitlist? Popular facilities can fill up fast. If the one you like is not available, inquire about the waitlist and what the community’s plan is for administering it. Many communities will ask for a deposit and some communities have internal lists for special health care needs. Here is where doing all your homework can actually pay back - plan ahead!
  3. Will there be a patio space? For many residents making the transition from a private home to assisted living means giving up a beloved lawn or outdoor area, so gaining access to a gardening area, a patio or a courtyard is usually beneficial. Many larger assisted living facilities offer a selection of outdoor space, with features such as for example BBQ spaces, gardens, and strolling paths for community events.
  4. What is the staff-to-resident ratio? Will this facility give your cherished one with the help and support they need? According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 25% of assisted living communities have a ratio of one personal care assistants for each and every 23 residents. Staffing can vary widely depending on the size of the facility, so make sure to ask about the features you are searching for.
  5. What services are within the monthly cost? Before signing the agreement, it’s smart to understand what is included in the basic charge arrangement and what might incur an extra cost. Some facilities employ a fee-for-service model, or a la carte pricing, this means they ask for a monthly charge for rent and meals but additional costs for things such as medication management. Others may use a tiered pricing model where different degrees of service are charged different service fees.

What Else Should I Consider When Choosing a Community?

With so many options to choose from, choosing the best assisted living facility can seem like a daunting task. That’s where our Senior Living Advisors can assist - they are specialists in helping match seniors to the communities that are the best fit for their care requirements, personality, and budget.

Here are some things to take into account during your search:

  • Make sure to look for your family member, not you. Today’s assisted living communities offer everything from homey conditions to upscale resort-style five star living. It is easy to come to be tempted by the features and amenities you may decide for yourself, but finally it comes down to what will function best for your family member.
  • Concentrate on the present, not the past. Will your loved one need help washing and dressing? Do they have special requirements like limited eye-sight or special meal plans? Would they enjoy the perks of a larger facility or be more comfortable in a smaller, more intimate setting? Think about the here and now, not what might have been their decision ten or 15 years ago.
  • Arrange to see at least 3 to 5 facilities, when you can. Start with scheduled tours and consider having a meal with the residents. If none of the places seem like a good fit, ask your Senior Living Advisor for more alternatives. And don’t hesitate to ask questions and take notes while you’re there.

The process of deciding on the best assisted living facility can be difficult, but there are resources that can help. Call A Place for Mom today - we can help save you money and time and make it easier for you make a good choice.

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