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Senior housing types near Cary, IL

  • Three Oaks Assisted Living

    Three Oaks Assisted Living

    1055 Silver Lake Road, Cary, IL 60013
    (43)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Three Oaks is the premier assisted living community in Cary, Illinois just north of the Fox River. We offer Assisted Living and Dementia/Memory Care. This newly built retirement community will begin welcoming residents in Spring 2012. We know how difficult change can be, especially for seniors, so...

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  • Eastgate Manor

    Eastgate Manor

    101 Eastgate Court, Algonquin, IL 60102
    (18)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Part of the magic of retirement is that it's time to relax and enjoy all you've worked for through the years. It's time to dream. Time to socialize. Time to take up a new hobby. Because we are a rental community, there is no long term financial commitment or ownership through an endowment fee. Your...

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  • Lake Barrington Woods

    Lake Barrington Woods

    22300 Classic Court, Lake Barrington, IL 60010
    (20)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Celebrate the freedom, embrace the lifestyle, indulge in the service and cherish each moment of your day. Lake Barrington Woods offers exceptional retirement living with endless opportunities. The essence of our independent lifestyle will come from the serene setting. Beautifully landscaped areas...

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  • Sunrise of Crystal Lake

    Sunrise of Crystal Lake

    751 East Terra Cotta Avenue, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
    (34)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Clarendale of Algonquin

    Clarendale of Algonquin

    2001 W Algonquin Rd, Algonquin, IL 60102
    (59)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Clarendale of Algonquin, we offer a variety of community features. Residents can enjoy regular off-site adventures and excursions. Cats and dogs are allowed in private quarters. Free resident parking available at our location. Our purpose-built community has the advantage of specialized care,...

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  • Bickford of Crystal Lake

    Bickford of Crystal Lake

    717 McHenry Ave., Crystal Lake, IL 60014
    (19)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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...

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  • The Fountains of Crystal Lake

    The Fountains of Crystal Lake

    965 North Brighton Circle West, Crystal Lake, IL 60012
    (67)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Fountains at Crystal Lake Over twenty years of experience have taught us that today's seniors want more choices and are leading a more active lifestyle than generations before. That's why at Fountains a Crystal Lake we created an Independent Living, Assisted Living & Memory Care community...

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  • The Garlands of Barrington a CCRC

    The Garlands of Barrington a CCRC

    1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, IL 60010
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Garlands is a unique community for people ages 55 and olde r that offers residents an uncompromising lifestyle in a resort setting with unprecedented amenities and services. The Garlands homes offer superb construction, thoughtful interior design and the finest quality. They feature large and...

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  • Fox Point

    Fox Point

    3300 Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60050
    (40)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Fox Point Independent & Assisted Living and Fox Point Manor Memory Care is located in the Heart of the Fox River Valley in McHenry, IL. With a quaint downtown district that offers historic buildings and specialty shopping, along with a variety of dining, life at Fox Point in McHenry offers a small...

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  • Azpira Place Lake Zurich

    Azpira Place Lake Zurich

    795 Rand Rd, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Dedicated to Good Living Pathway to Living’s longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Azpira Place of Lake Zurich 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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  • Cedar Lake Assisted Living & Memory Care

    Cedar Lake Assisted Living & Memory Care

    777 Church Street, Lake Zurich, IL 60047
    (44)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Cedar Lake Assisted Living & Memory Care is the premier assisted living community located in southwestern Lake County approximately 37 miles from downtown Chicago. We offer Assisted Living, Transitional Memory Care, and Dementia/Memory Care. This community is currently under construction and will...

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  • Heritage Woods of McHenry

    Heritage Woods of McHenry

    4609 West Crystal Lake Road, McHenry, IL 60050
    (9)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Heritage Woods of McHenry opened July 2008 in McHenry — the Heart of the Fox River. Our 100 apartment certified IL Supportive Living Community is managed by BMA Management, Ltd. The emphasis is on operating communities for those over 65 years of age that are warm and welcoming as well as...

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  • Arboria of Long Grove

    Arboria of Long Grove

    2300 Illinois Route 53, Long Grove, IL 60047
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Arboria of Long Grove is nestled on 10 beautifully wooded acres with a small pond with two beautiful pet swans in it. Our community will set a new standard for assisted living and memory care, coupled with gracious hospitality and amenities that are second to none. "Convenient Country Living"...

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  • Heritage Woods of Huntley

    Heritage Woods of Huntley

    12450 Regency Pkwy, Huntley, IL 60142
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Heritage Woods of Huntley provides you with the opportunity to enjoy apartment home living in a residential community while obtaining the personal services you may need to continue a life of purpose and individuality. Imagine a life without household chores, yard work or home maintenance. Invite...

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  • The Solana Deer Park

    The Solana Deer Park

    21840 West Lake Cook Road, Deer Park, IL 60010
    (32)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Purposefully designed to offer the benefits of a simpler, more flexible lifestyle, The Solana Deer Park is a new senior living community for active older adults. Located in a scenic setting near Deer Grove Forest Preserve, this thoughtfully designed residence offers discreet, 24-hour assistance with...

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  • Sunset Haven

    Sunset Haven

    361 N Alfred Ave, Elgin, IL 60123
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    A haven for those in their sunset years of life! Sunset Haven is a small assisted living home, located within an actual residential home and neighborhood. Five 'guests' reside within this 'home', each enjoying their own spacious room as well as the lovely community areas of living room, family room...

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  • Brookdale Hoffman Estates

    Brookdale Hoffman Estates

    1515 Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
    (50)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    When it comes to home upkeep, less is more. Our community, located next door to a golf course and across the street from Arthur L. Janura Forest Preserve, has both independent living and assisted living so you’ll have care options if you need more care later.   When something needs to be fixed,...

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  • Atrium at Oak Crest Residence

    Atrium at Oak Crest Residence

    204 South State Street, Elgin, IL 60123
    (27)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Rich in history, Oak Crest Residence and Atrium Apartments has become home to seniors since 1904. Oak Crest offers an active lifestyle of individual choices and customized service options. Our size provides a friendly neighborhood atmosphere.

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  • Westbrook Senior Living

    Westbrook Senior Living

    110 W Schaumburg Road, Streamwood, IL 60107
    (32)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Westbrook Senior Living is a brand new community which just opened! We are an Independent, Assisted, Transitional Memory and Secured Memory Care rental community located in Streamwood just on the border of Schaumburg near the Elgin-O'Hare expressway, shopping and restaurants. At Westbrook our goal...

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  • Charter Senior Living Poplar Creek

    Charter Senior Living Poplar Creek

    2150 W Golf Rd, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
    (35)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Go do the things you love to do, and let us help with rest. If you’re living a mostly independent lifestyle, but you could use an extra hand with some of your day-to-day activities, our senior living community with both assisted living and memory care could be the right fit for you and your family...

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  • Hearthstone Communities

    Hearthstone Communities

    840 N Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    More than sixty years ago, Orson Welles saw the historic Village Square, walked the cobblestone streets and fell in love with the city of Woodstock. Right in the heart of Woodstock is Hearthstone Village, a retirement community located on a scenic, 17-acre campus. Hearthstone Village understands...

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  • HarborChase of Long Grove

    HarborChase of Long Grove

    1190 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    HarborChase of Long Grove is a highly rated, pet-friendly assisted living and memory care community for seniors in the greater Chicago area. Our trained caregivers have experience working with seniors who need varying levels of care. They are always available to offer friendly, personalized services...

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  • The Cottages of Fox Lake

    The Cottages of Fox Lake

    16 Lilac Ave, Fox Lake, IL 60020
    (13)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Cottages of Fox Lake - A Charter Senior Living Community - is a unique, retirement lifestyle which opened in 2005. Located on a beautiful campus, each of the four assisted living homes caters to only 16 residents. Our residents can feel the warmth of home and experience individualized attention....

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  • Heritage Woods of South Elgin

    Heritage Woods of South Elgin

    700 North Mclean Boulevard, South Elgin, IL 60177
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Adults 65 or better may qualify for Illinois Supportive Living Program, an assisted lifestyle.Seniors of all income levels are welcome, including those on Medicaid or only Social Security. Carefree Living at its finest include: *  Private Apartments *  Restaurant Style Dining * ...

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  • Shepherd Premier Senior Living of Ringwood

    Shepherd Premier Senior Living of Ringwood

    6809 Barnard Mill Rd, Ringwood, IL 60072
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    WELCOME HOME TO SHEPHERD SENIOR LIVING OF RINGWOOD!!! Shepherd Senior Living is the 1st Shared Housing Establishment in McHenry County featuring 7 bed 7.5 bathroom in 4,880 square foot ranch. Your mom or dad will have the choice of private or shared bedroom configurations at Shepherd of Ringwood to...

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  • Victory Centre of Bartlett

    Victory Centre of Bartlett

    1101 West Bartlett Road, Bartlett, IL 60103
    (48)
    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 Bartlett 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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  • Victory Centre of Vernon Hills

    Victory Centre of Vernon Hills

    97 W Phillip Road, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
    (18)
    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 Vernon Hills 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 Schaumburg

    Sunrise of Schaumburg

    790 North Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173
    (36)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Sunrise of Buffalo Grove

    Sunrise of Buffalo Grove

    180 West Half Day Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    (34)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes (IL & AL)

    Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes (IL & AL)

    10 East Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
    (33)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    If you’re ready to trade your hedge clippers for golf clubs, our senior living community just outside of Chicago might be the right fit for you. Here you’ll have the lifestyle you want, plus care if you need it with both independent living and assisted living on the same campus. Trade home...

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  • Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes (AL)

    Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes (AL)

    10 East Hawthorn Parkway, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
    (33)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes is a pet-friendly assisted living community located in Vernon Hills, Illinois. We are located near Big and Little Bear Lakes, both are favorite picnic destinations for our residents and their families. Our attentive staff members are available 24 hours a day to provide...

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  • Oak Hill Supportive Living

    Oak Hill Supportive Living

    76 East Rollins Road, Round Lake Beach, IL 60073
    (6)
    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 Oak Hill Supportive Living 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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  • Belmont Village Buffalo Grove

    Belmont Village Buffalo Grove

    500 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
    (62)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Once upon a time, Buffalo Grove was a small community of homesteaders and land speculators who wanted to establish a 'good place' to live. These pioneers were not unlike the founders of Belmont Village who, following years of careful planning, established a facility that was a 'good place' for...

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  • Travanse Living at Grayslake

    Travanse Living at Grayslake

    1865 E Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030
    (10)
    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 Travanse Living at Grayslake 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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  • Brookdale Vernon Hills

    Brookdale Vernon Hills

    145 North Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
    (85)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Resort-Style Senior Living at Its Finest You have options for senior living in the Chicago area. But none of them look like this. We provide a resort-like environment for independent senior living and assisted living. We are known for our indoor rainforest—at more than a football field long and six...

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  • Church Creek

    Church Creek

    1250 West Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    (38)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Church Creek, ideal for seniors who value their independence and appreciate the good life, is an independent full-service community conveniently located next to Northwest Community Hospital. Our community features a comfortable lifestyle, superb amenities and the highest standards of hospitality and...

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  • Spring Meadows Libertyville

    Spring Meadows Libertyville

    901 Florsheim Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048
    (56)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Libertyville is Spring Meadows Libertyville, a thriving community where residents are our main concern and our professional services ensure a high quality of living. Our residents enjoy Libertyville, IL , Independent Living, Assisted Living and...

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  • Addolorata Villa

    Addolorata Villa

    555 McHenry Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090
    (15)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Situated on 17 rolling acres in the northwest suburbs, our community features carefully appointed apartments offering many modern conveniences combined with the everyday comforts of home. Picture a lifestyle where you receive unequaled services and amenities while having a whole new world of...

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  • The Wellshire

    The Wellshire

    170 Jamestown Lane, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
    (14)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    More than just an assisted living residence, The Wellshire is a real community where residents enjoy activities and friendship, enhanced by a philosophy of care that promotes personal independence. At The Wellshire, couples can stay together as they always have and individuals have the freedom to...

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  • Sedgebrook

    Sedgebrook

    800 Audubon Way, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sedgebrook, located in Lincolnshire, Lake County, Illinois is a premier assisted living community in the area. The community is designed to fit the lives of each unique individual. With state of the art amenities installed on site, the community has a life of its own, despite it being surrounded by...

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  • The Highlands Assisted Living at Moorings of Arlington Heights

    The Highlands Assisted Living at Moorings of Arlington Heights

    1071 Moorings Dr, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    For those who cherish their independence but need a little assistance to enjoy life to the fullest, The Highlands Assisted Living at The Moorings of Arlington Heights makes life a little easier and safer. Located within a beautiful 45-acre campus and as a part of Presbyterian Homes' continuum of...

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  • The Moorings of Arlington Heights

    The Moorings of Arlington Heights

    811 E. Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located on a beautifully landscaped, 45-acre campus in the heart of Chicago’s northwest suburbs, The Mooring of Arlington Heights offers gracious, independent senior living in a country-like setting. This senior living campus combines a quiet country ambiance with a genuine small-town neighborliness...

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  • Aspired Living of Prospect Heights

    Aspired Living of Prospect Heights

    708 N Elmhurst Rd, Prospect Heights, IL 60070
    (8)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Pathway to Living’s longstanding mission is to transform the way society thinks about aging and senior living. Our Grandbrier of Prospect Heights 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, this...

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  • Theresa's Home Care, LLC

    6455 Cunningham, Gurnee, IL 60031
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Theresa's Home Care LLC is a unique Assisted Living home nestled in a beautiful wooded corner lot off of Hunt Club Road in Gurnee, IL. Due to many different circumstances you or your loved one may need to choose a home that offers assistance with daily living. Here at Theresa's Home Care LLC we...

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  • Green Oaks Senior Living

    Green Oaks Senior Living

    14595 W Rockland Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Here you'll enjoy a spacious, park-like property with beautiful brick buildings. Walking paths meander through the landscape, leading you to a small, tranquil lake. The community feels warm and welcoming with areas that are alive with activity alongside quiet neighborhoods that provide serenity for...

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  • Bickford of Gurnee

    Bickford of Gurnee

    301 S Hunt Club Rd, Gurnee, IL 60031
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Alexian Village of Elk Grove

    Alexian Village of Elk Grove

    975 Martha Street, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
    (28)
    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 Alexian Village at Elk Grove 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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  • Sunrise of Gurnee

    Sunrise of Gurnee

    500 North Hunt Club Road, Gurnee, IL 60031
    (23)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Sunrise of Gurnee has been established in the Gurnee community for providing exceptional care for seniors since 2002. Guided by our Principles of Service, Sunrise of Gurnee affords families peace of mind by providing their loved ones with a range of personalized care services as well as the...

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  • Brookdale Prospect Heights

    Brookdale Prospect Heights

    700 East Euclid Avenue, Prospect Heights, IL 60070
    (30)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Care for Now. And Care for Later. With a beautiful location overlooking the Rob Roy golf course, we are an exclusive senior living community in Prospect Heights, Illinois. We’ve been serving the senior community for over 23 years, offering assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing and...

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  • Sunrise of Bloomingdale

    Sunrise of Bloomingdale

    129 East Lake Street, Bloomingdale, IL 60108
    (39)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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Assisted Living in Cary, 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 facility where people receive around-the-clock nursing care, assisted living communities give residents access to care while as well as offering an array of activities and services in a community setting. Some assisted living communities provide support for seniors with certain medical necessities such as for example cognitive loss due to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, diabetes, or incontinence health care.

Should you be unsure about what kind of care your family member needs, speak with a medical professional who can help you select the best sort of care. Also, our Senior Living Advisors are available to answer any of your inquiries and help you discover a senior care facility that meets your preferences.

What Is Senior Living Like in Cary, IL?

Boasting four distinct seasons and beautiful Midwest scenery, Illinois is a beautiful place to retire. Home to one of the world’s largest airports, retiring in Illinois gives your family and friends a convenient location to visit, while likewise offering you easy access to world travel.

In terms of choosing senior living, there are plenty of points to consider, from the level of care and support to way of living, location and more. Cary, IL provides many options to help you make a confident and educated decision for your loved ones.

  • 55+ Apartments/Senior Apartments: Also referred to as adult communities, age-restricted apartments, and senior condos. Senior apartments are simply like apartments for people of all ages, but they have an age restriction; typically residents must be over the age of 55 or 62. Older adults generally feel better in senior apartments and prefer living around people from their own generation.
  • Independent Living: Independent living is a type of senior housing for seniors who now live independently but want to stay in a community setting with other seniors. This sort of senior housing typically has community events, entertainment, outings, and often has transitional programs for seniors who gradually 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, offering seniors a continuum of care. An individual can spend the remainder of his life in a CCRC or life plan community, moving between degrees of health care as needed. This type of arrangement is also called “aging in place,” although it does require leaving one’s original home.
  • Adult Day Care: Adult day care can offer respite care for caregivers who are still working while also caring for a loved one. This is a great option for caregivers and seniors looking for ways to remain busy and engaged while living at home and receiving home care services.
  • Residential Care Home/Board and Care: Care homes are normal homes in residential neighborhoods which may have been adapted to look after a small number of residents. Offering services similar to assisted living communities, care homes specialize in providing personalized good care in a home-like environment.
  • Assisted Living: Assisted living gives residents assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like washing, personal grooming, medication management, and more. Amenities and services can vary greatly but commonly there is staff available around the clock to support residents with necessities as they arise. Residents likewise typically have a care plan that is regularly monitored and adapted as requirements change over time.
  • Memory Care: This type of attention is normally for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of dementia. These facilities are usually specifically designed so that residents don't 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 require the highest level of 24- hour health care, including those people who are bedridden. Nursing homes are also utilized by seniors for rehabilitation following a hospitalization.
  • Respite Care/Short-Term Stay Respite: This care typically refers to a short-term stay at a long-term care facility. Respite care can also make reference to in-home caregiving services used for only a short period. Family caregivers make use of respite services when they need a break or have other obligations.
  • Hospice Care: Hospice care benefits the terminally ill and their loved ones make the most of the last days of their lives. Rooted in the term “hospitality,” hospice isn't a place, but a philosophy of attention that sees death as a natural part of life, and looks to to help people meet this end with dignity and grace. This implies comforting the patient psychologically and physically while aiding their loved ones as they navigate any end of life decisions.

What Services Are Available?

The amenities and services provided in senior living may differ greatly from facility to facility. However, most communities offer studio, one-room or two-bedroom apartments, entertainment, meal plans, transportation, and other services.

Other services often within assisted living include:

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

How Do I Tour Assisted Living Facilities?

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

Here are some of the best questions you need to be prepared to ask during your walk through:

  • Are there any outdoor spaces that occupants can enjoy? If so, are they kept clean and in good appearance?
  • Can your staff dispense medication?
  • Do you have a nurse on-site 24/7?
  • Do you include all of your services in the monthly charge? If not, how much are additional services?
  • Does your policy include a preliminary evaluation before admission?
  • Is there a waitlist? If so, how many people are currently on it?
  • What apartment types can be found and what exactly are their costs?
  • What are the existing residents like?
  • What are your billing and payment guidelines and procedures?
  • What is the staff-to-resident ratio? Are the staff members engaged? Friendly?
  • What is your release plan?
  • What sort of education do your personnel have?
  • It's also advisable to pay close attention to any occupants you meet or move while you’re there. Do they seem content and are they taken care of 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. This means 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 usage of its assisted living facility information through its Department of Social Services website. Data available to review includes licensed assisted living facilities that are updated regularly, and info on 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 more unrelated individuals
  • Have over 80% of residents be 55 years old or older
  • Provide each resident with a written service plan which includes a doctor’s assessment and evaluation
  • Provide personal and health services 24 hours per day with personnel assisting with personal needs such as dressing, eating, and hygiene

How Do I Choose the best Assisted Living Community?

Finding the right facility for your senior loved one can be one of the most important decisions you can make. Throughout your tour, consider the standard of health care that your loved one may receive. Your choice of “if, when and where to move” resides specifically with you and your family, so think about what criteria are actually essential to you and your loved one.

  • Activities: It’s smart to try and schedule your tour together with community events. Ask the manager if you can look at the activities as well as get involved. Are the activities and get-togethers well attended? Does the staff appear to be having fun with the entertainment as well? Check out the facility calendar of occasions. Do they meet your loved one’s interests? Do the activities and events vary in size and type? Do they include outings and trips away from the facility? If it's essential to yourself, don’t forget to inquire about faith based offerings.
  • Cleanliness: Does the facility feel clean and fresh? Be sure to look past the furniture and into baseboards, corners, and windows. Ask how frequently housekeeping services are made available in the individual living space. Be sure you get complete information on the types of maintenance provided and the approximated response times. Don’t forget to enquire about laundry procedures. Ask for particulars on what's made available and at what expense.
  • Friendliness: The attitude and friendliness of the personnel are of the most importance. Make sure that you witness several staff members communicating with current occupants. Do they listen and make eye contact? Make sure to get a good knowledge of the staffing routine. Just how many people are actually involved in residents’ care? Be sure to receive an introduction to the management team. This will help you understand the goals of the facility. It's important that you have confidence in the community’s team members.
  • Meals: Much like almost all of us, the dining room experience is extremely important to seniors. When touring communities, it is important to go over entree choices and find out about dining hours, alternatives, and procedures. Be sure you and your family member try a meal at community. Not only is it a great way to try the cuisine, but it’s a great possibility to meet other folks. Make sure you go over what happens if a resident is not able to make it to the dining room for meals.
  • Reputation: Ask residents and families, past and present, for their honest views about the facility. Many communities have a resident council that'll be happy to help answer all of your questions. Go to our website to read some of the 1220 reviews from family members who've shared their perceptions of individual communities.
  • Safety and security: Security and safety features are very important and provide peace of mind for the caregiver. Be sure that washrooms are accessible and also have grab bars in convenient spots. Ask how residents contact the staff if indeed they have an an urgent situation in their living area. Learn about other safety features available in living quarters and through the entire facility. Be sure to find out about staffing routines to determine who is on-site consistently to assist residents. Are there registered nurses on-site? How do staffing patterns differ at night? How does the facility assist or manage residents’ medication requirements?
  • Trust your gut: As you are touring, be sure to think about yourself or your family member actually living at the facility. Can you imagine your loved one being relaxed? Do you really feel at ease? Are the team members and residents open, welcoming and cheerful?

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Cary, Illinois?

The A Place for Mom Senior Living Cost Index shows that the average cost of assisted living in the Cary area ranged from $2195 to $11490 per month. Costs for assisted living facilities may differ widely based on features, location, and services, consequently looking into surrounding suburbs and towns could possibly offer you further versatility.

How to Pay for Assisted Living

Many families pay for a move to assisted living through the sales of a home or personal savings, but for some people, this won't be an option. Here are three additional strategies that may help you pay for assisted living:

  1. Life Insurance Policies: If the parent or senior family member you are helping move into assisted living has a life insurance policy, you could be able to liquidate the plan and receive the funds now. Different regulations and restrictions apply according to the kind of policy you have, so call a monetary advisor or eldercare legal professional to discover more about your alternatives and to assess what’s ideal for your needs.
  2. Reverse Mortgages: For senior couples who may have different health care requirements, a reverse mortgage can be a good method for one person to go into assisted living while another resides at home while his or her spouse transitions to senior living. A reverse mortgage makes it possible for homeowners aged 62 or older to borrow on their home equity. To learn more, contact the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to look for a reverse mortgage counseling agency in your area or contact the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
  3. Veterans Benefits: Many seniors may be eligible for veterans benefits that they don’t recognize. One benefit, specifically, Aid & Attendance, has helped countless 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 can also be able to receive benefits. With the current average age of U.S. veterans at 64 years old, it’s worth it to determine 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,” get in touch with the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs or check out www.va.gov.

For even more ideas regarding how to finance your move to senior living, get in touch with A Place for Mom to speak to a Senior Living Advisor today.

5 Questions to Ask an Assisted Living Community

Choosing the best assisted living community is a major decision, both for a senior and for his or her family members.

Here are five things to consider when thinking about making the move to assisted living:

  1. How many staff are on hand to assist at night? Some assisted living communities provide 24x7 nursing staff, while some may have more generalized help available after hours.
  2. Will there be a waitlist? Popular communities can fill up fast. If the main one you like isn't available, inquire about the waitlist and what the community’s policy is for managing it. Many communities will require a deposit and some communities have internal lists for special care needs. Here's where doing all your homework can actually pay off - plan in advance!
  3. Is there an outdoor space? For most residents making the transition from a personal home to assisted living means leaving behind a beloved back garden or back yard, so gaining access to a gardening area, a patio or a courtyard can be important. Many larger assisted living communities offer a selection of yard, with features such as BBQ places, gardens, and jogging paths for community events.
  4. What is the staff-to-resident ratio? Will this facility offer your loved one with the support they want? Based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 25% of assisted living communities have a ratio of 1 personal care associates for every 23 residents. Staffing can vary widely depending on the size of the community, so be sure to enquire about the features you are interested in.
  5. What services are included in the monthly charge? Before signing the contract, it’s smart to understand what is included in the basic cost arrangement and what might incur an additional charge. Some facilities employ a fee-for-service model, or a la carte pricing, which means they charge a monthly rate for rent and meals but supplemental charges for things like medication management. Others could use a tiered pricing model where different degrees of care are billed different charges.

What Else Should I Consider When Choosing a Facility?

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 experts in helping match seniors to the facilities that are the best fit for their care requirements, personality, and budget.

Here are some things to keep in mind during your search:

  • Make sure you look for your family member, not you. Today’s assisted living facilities offer everything from homey conditions to upscale resort-style high end living. It can be easy to come to be influenced by the features and creature comforts you may decide for yourself, but eventually it comes down to what will function best for your family member.
  • Concentrate on the present, not the past. Does your family member need help washing and dressing? Do they have special requirements like limited vision or special diet plans? Would they enjoy the benefits of a larger community or be more happy in a smaller, more personal environment? Take into account the here and now, not what might have been their choice ten or 15 years back.
  • Plan to see at least 3 to 5 facilities, when you can. Start with scheduled visits and consider having meals 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 choosing the right assisted living community can be complicated, but there are solutions which can help. Call A Place for Mom today - we are able to help save you time and money and make it easier for you make a good choice.

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