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Senior housing types near Chicago Heights, IL

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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. 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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  • Citadel Estates - Hazel Crest

    Citadel Estates - Hazel Crest

    3701 W 183rd St, Hazel Crest, IL 60429
    (10)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • 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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  • Victory Centre of Sierra Ridge

    Victory Centre of Sierra Ridge

    4150 W. Gatling Blvd., Country Club Hills, IL 60478
    (17)
    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 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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  • Elevate South Holland

    Elevate South Holland

    16300 Louis Avenue, South Holland, IL 60473
    (17)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • St. Anthony of Lansing Supportive Living

    St. Anthony of Lansing Supportive Living

    3025 Spring Lake Drive, Lansing, IL 60438
    (8)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Victory Centre of River Oaks

    Victory Centre of River Oaks

    1370 Ring Road, Calumet City, IL 60409
    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 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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  • Bickford of Tinley Park

    Bickford of Tinley Park

    17301 80th Ave, Tinley Park, IL 60477
    (20)
    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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  • The Pointe at Kilpatrick

    The Pointe at Kilpatrick

    14230 S Kilpatrick Ave, Crestwood, IL 60445
    (23)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Prairie Green at Fay’s Point

    Prairie Green at Fay’s Point

    1546 Water Street, Blue Island, IL 60406
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Brookdale Orland Park

    Brookdale Orland Park

    16051 South La Grange Road, Orland Park, IL 60467
    (61)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Clarendale of Mokena

    Clarendale of Mokena

    21536 South Wolf Road, Mokena, IL 60448
    (77)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Evergreen Senior Living - Orland Park

    Evergreen Senior Living - Orland Park

    10820 183rd St, Orland Park, IL 60467
    (36)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Victory Centre of Roseland

    Victory Centre of Roseland

    10450 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60628
    (2)
    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 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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  • Towne Centre

    Towne Centre

    7250 Arthur Blvd, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (35)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Be the center of attention at Towne Centre, where weekly socials, exercise programs, clubs and games let residents get the most out of life while experiencing the best in Independent Living and Assisted Living services in Merrillville, Indiana. We also boast Special Care services to promote a...

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  • Marley Oaks

    Marley Oaks

    12631 W 187th St, Mokena, IL 60448
    (8)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Sunrise of Palos Park

    Sunrise of Palos Park

    12828 South LaGrange Road, Palos Park, IL 60464
    (50)
    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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  • St. Anthony Home

    203 W Franciscan Dr, Crown Point, IN 46307
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Recognizing the need for a quality health care facility for northwest Indiana's elderly, the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago purchased a sturdy old farmhouse in Crown Point in 1939. After a few months of cleaning, they opened their doors and St. Anthony Home rapidly filled to its capacity of 19...

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  • Spring Mill Health Campus

    Spring Mill Health Campus

    101 W 87th Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (2)
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    Merrillville, Indiana is a town that caters to a friendly population with a variety of hobbies, interests, and passions. At Spring Mill Health Campus, we're the same. When it comes to deciding how to spend their days, residents can choose from a variety of activities and excursions, including...

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  • Virginia Place

    Virginia Place

    8253 Virginia St, Merrillville, IN 46410
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Virginia Place is located just south of Forest Hill Park in the small town of Merrillville Indiana. Merrillville is located just 15 minutes south of Lake Michigan which is a popular recreational destination for our residents and their families. Our beautiful community is a single story building with...

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  • Victory Centre of South Chicago

    Victory Centre of South Chicago

    3251 East 92nd Street, Chicago, IL 60617
    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 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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  • Bickford of Crown Point

    Bickford of Crown Point

    140 E. 107th Ave, Crown Point, IN 46307
    (21)
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Moraine Court

    8080 S Harlem Ave, Bridgeview, IL 60455
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • 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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  • Brentwood at Hobart

    Brentwood at Hobart

    1420 Saint Mary's Cir, Hobart, IN 46342
    (34)
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    Brentwood at Hobart is an assisted living and memory care community in Hobart, Indiana. Our historic city exudes small town Midwestern charm with unmatched vibrancy. We have a thriving downtown area with shopping and dining as well as an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. Home to Lake...

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  • Heritage Woods of Manteno

    Heritage Woods of Manteno

    355 Diversatech Drive, Manteno, IL 60950
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Heritage Woods of Manteno is located in the village of Manteno, IL, a peaceful area with its own form of simple beauty. This assisted living community is part of a residential area that is developing, and it is a great place for seniors to call home. Those who come to visit the residents of this...

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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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  • Wyndmoor of Portage

    Wyndmoor of Portage

    3444 Swanson Road, Portage, IN 46368
    (7)
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    The Wyndmoor of Portage is an independent and assisted living community in Portage, Indiana. With the quintessential charm of the Midwest, Portage is a small town just a short drive from Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes. Yet, Portage is also only an hour away from Chicago and all it has to offer....

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  • Victory Centre of Joliet

    Victory Centre of Joliet

    29 N. Broadway St, Joliet, IL 60435
    (5)
    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 Joliet 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 Burr Ridge

    Brookdale Burr Ridge

    6801 High Grove Boulevard, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
    (38)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Rittenhouse Village At Portage

    Rittenhouse Village At Portage

    6235 Sterling Creek Road, Portage, IN 46368
    (24)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    It's A Wonderful Senior Life At Rittenhouse Village, Our Philosophy is Different We're creating a resident-focused senior living community with you and your well-being in mind. At Rittenhouse Village At Portage, we've designed the very best in senior living by blending wonderful amenities with...

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  • Sunrise of Willowbrook

    Sunrise of Willowbrook

    6300 Clarendon Hills Road, Willowbrook, IL 60527
    (42)
    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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  • Montclare Supportive Living Community

    Montclare Supportive Living Community

    4339 W 18th Place, Chicago, IL 60623
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Colfax Manor Assisted Living

    8200 South Colfax Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617
    (4)
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    Colfax Manor Assisted Living is a residential care home located in Chicago, IL, which is a famous part of Cook County. We are located only minutes from the Rainbow Park and Beach, which sits near the shores of Lake Michigan. The lake helps to create calming breezes and blue skies that make life at...

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  • Belvedere Senior Housing

    Belvedere Senior Housing

    343 East 90th Drive, Merrillville, IN 46410
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  • Residences at Deer Creek

    401 East U.S. 30, Schererville, IN 46375
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  • Palos Heights Senior Living (Opening Early 2020)

    7100 West College Drive, Palos Heights, IL 60463
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  • Manteno Springs Assisted Living

    600 N Birch St, Manteno, IL 60950
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  • New City Supportive Living

    4707 S Marshfield Ave, Chicago, IL 60609
    (1)
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Assisted Living in Chicago Heights, Illinois

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a type of senior care and housing that gives residents support for activities of daily living (ADLs). Residents typically receive support for bathing, dressing, medication supervision, and meals. Not the same as 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 a variety of activities and features in a community setting. Some assisted living communities provide support for seniors with particular medical needs such as cognitive loss because of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, diabetes, or incontinence care.

When you are unsure about what sort of care your loved one needs, consult with a medical expert who can help you decide on the best kind of care. Also, our Senior Living Advisors are available to answer all of your queries and help you look for a senior care community that meets your needs.

What Is Senior Living Like in Chicago Heights, IL?

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

With regards to deciding on senior living, there are plenty of points to consider, from the level of health care and support to standard of living, location and more. Chicago Heights, IL has many possible choices in order to make a confident and informed 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 have an age restriction; typically residents must be older than 55 or 62. Older adults often feel better in senior apartments and prefer living near people from their own generation.
  • Independent Living: Independent living is a kind of senior housing for seniors who still live independently but want to reside in a community setting with other seniors. This kind of senior housing typically has community events, entertainment, excursions, and oftentimes 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 people a continuum of health care. An individual can spend the rest of his life in a CCRC or life plan community, moving between levels of health care as needed. This type of arrangement is also called “aging in place,” although it does require departing one’s original home.
  • Adult Day Care: Adult day care can offer respite care for caregivers who are still working while also looking after a loved one. This is a great choice 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 that have been adapted to look after a small group of residents. Offering services similar to assisted living communities, care homes specialize in providing personalized care and attention in a home-like environment.
  • Assisted Living: Assisted living gives residents assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, personal grooming, medication management, and more. Amenities and services can vary greatly but commonly there is staff on hand around the clock to help residents with requirements as they arise. Residents likewise routinely have a care plan that is on a regular basis monitored and adapted as needs change as time passes.
  • Memory Care: This kind of attention is definitely for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These facilities are usually especially planned to ensure that residents do not get lost or wander. They offer 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 degree of 24- hour attention, including those 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 can also make reference to in-home caregiving services used for only a short period. Family caregivers make use of respite services if they need a break or have other obligations.
  • Hospice Care: Hospice care benefits the terminally ill and their families make the most of the last days of their lives. Rooted in the word “hospitality,” hospice is not a location, but a philosophy of attention that embraces death as a natural part of life, and seeks to support individuals meet this end with dignity and grace. This implies comforting the patient psychologically and physically while assisting their relatives as they navigate any end of life decisions.

What Solutions Are Available?

The amenities and services provided in senior living can vary greatly from facility to community. However, most facilities offer studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments, activities, meal plans, transportation, and other features.

Other amenities often found in assisted living include:

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

How Do I Tour Assisted Living Facilities?

Chicago Heights has 50 facilities in the region so it is important 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 a less complicated time narrowing down your choices. Call or email A Place for Mom and we'll help you create a tour at your preferred community.

Here are a few of some of the best questions you should be ready to ask during your tour:

  • Are there any outdoor spaces that occupants can enjoy? If so, are they kept clean and nice looking?
  • Can your staff administer medication?
  • Do you have a nurse on-site 24/7?
  • Do you include all of your services in the monthly cost? If not, just how much are extra services?
  • Does your policy require a preliminary evaluation before admission?
  • Is there a waitlist? If so, how many people are currently on it?
  • What accommodation types are available and what are their price ranges?
  • What are the existing residents like?
  • What are your invoicing and payment guidelines and methods?
  • What is the staff-to-resident ratio? Are the staff members involved? Friendly?
  • What is your release plan?
  • What sort of knowledge do your staff members have?
  • You should also pay close attention to any residents you meet or move 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. 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 need short-term skilled care for an illness or injury and you meet specific 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. Info open to review includes licensed assisted living facilities that are updated regularly, and information about assisted living licensing and violations.

In the state of Illinois, assisted living communities are required for legal reasons 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 personnel assisting with personal necessities such as dressing, eating, and hygiene

How Do I Choose the best Assisted Living Community?

Finding the right community for your senior loved one can be one of the most crucial decisions you may make. During your visit, consider the caliber of care that your family member may receive. Your choice of “if, when and where to move” resides solely with you and your family, so consider what factors are actually important to you and your family member.

  • Activities: It’s a good idea to try and schedule your tour together with facility events. Ask the manager if you can look at the entertainment as well as participate. Are the activities and occasions well attended? Does the staff seem to be having fun with the entertainment as well? Have a look at the community 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 community? If it is important to yourself, don’t forget to ask about faith based offerings.
  • Cleanliness: Does the facility feel clean and fresh? Be sure you look past the furnishings and into baseboards, corners, and windows. Ask how frequently housekeeping services are provided in the private living space. Make sure you get full information on the types of repair provided and the estimated response times. Don’t forget to ask about laundry procedures. Ask for details on what is made available and at what cost.
  • Friendliness: The attitude and friendliness of the staff are of the utmost importance. Make sure that you witness several personnel interacting with current occupants. Do they listen and make eye contact? Make sure to acquire a good knowledge of the staffing pattern. Just how many people are in fact involved with residents’ care? Be sure to get 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 facility’s staff.
  • Meals: As with the majority of us, the dining room experience is extremely important to seniors. When visiting communities, it is important to go over entree choices and find out about dining hours, choices, and procedures. Be sure you and your loved one enjoy a meal at facility. Not only is it a great way to sample the cuisine, but it’s an excellent chance to meet other folks. Make sure you go over what goes on if a resident cannot make it to the dining room for meals.
  • Reputation: Ask residents and family members, past and present, for their honest views about the facility. Many facilities have a resident council which will be happy to answer any of your questions. Visit our website to read a number of the 840 reviews from families who have shared their impressions of individual facilities.
  • Safety and security: Safety and security features are incredibly important and provide reassurance for the caregiver. Be sure that restrooms are accessible and also have grab bars in convenient places. Ask how residents get in touch with the staff if indeed they have an emergency within their living area. Learn about other security features in living quarters and throughout the community. Be sure to learn about staffing routines to determine who is on-site consistently to assist residents. Are there registered nurses on-site? How do staffing routines differ at night? How will the facility assist or manage residents’ medication requirements?
  • Trust your gut: As you are touring, be sure you think about yourself or your family member essentially living at the community. Can you imagine your loved one being secure? Do you feel at ease? Are the team members and residents available, inviting and cheerful?

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Chicago Heights, Illinois?

The A Place for Mom Senior Living Cost Index states that the typical cost of assisted living in the Chicago Heights region ranged from $1500 to $9300 per month. Costs for assisted living facilities can vary widely based on amenities, location, and services, as a result looking into nearby suburbs and towns could possibly offer you further versatility.

How to Pay for Assisted Living

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

  1. Life Insurance Policies: If the parent or senior loved one you are helping transfer to assisted living has a life insurance policy, you may well be able to liquidate the policy and obtain the funds today. Different regulations and restrictions apply depending on the kind of policy you have, so contact a monetary advisor or eldercare lawyer to find out more about your alternatives and to evaluate what’s best for your circumstances.
  2. Reverse Mortgages: For senior couples who may have different care requirements, a reverse mortgage can be a good way for just one person to move into assisted living while another resides at home while his or her partner transitions to senior living. A reverse mortgage makes it possible for homeowners aged 62 or older to borrow on their home equity. To find out more, call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to find a reverse mortgage counseling agency in your area or contact the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
  3. Veterans Benefits: Many seniors may qualify 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 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 determine if your loved one may be eligible for benefits. To find out more about benefits for veterans, see our “Guide to VA Benefits and Long-Term Care,” call the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs or check out www.va.gov.

For even more ideas about how to pay for 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 facility is a major decision, both for a senior and for their family.

Here are five points 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. Is there a waitlist? Popular communities can fill fast. If the one you like isn't available, inquire about the waitlist and what the community’s plan is for administering it. Many communities will require a deposit and some communities have internal lists for special care needs. Here's where doing your homework can actually pay off - plan in advance!
  3. Is there an outdoor space? For most residents making the transition from a private home to assisted living means giving up a beloved back garden or back yard, so having access to a gardening area, an outdoor patio or a courtyard can be essential. 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 cherished one with the support they need? In line with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 25% of assisted living facilities have a ratio of 1 personal care associates for every 23 residents. Staffing may differ widely depending on the size of the community, so be sure to enquire about the services you are looking for.
  5. What services are within the monthly charge? Before signing the contract, it’s a good idea to understand what is included in the basic fee arrangement and what might incur an extra 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 additional charges for things like medication management. Others may use a tiered pricing model where different degrees of care are charged different charges.

What Else Should I Consider When Choosing a Facility?

With so many choices to choose from, finding the right assisted living community 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 will be the best fit for their care needs, personality, and budget.

Here are a few things to remember during your search:

  • Be 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 could be easy to be swayed by the features and creature comforts you may decide for yourself, but finally it comes down to what will work best for your family member.
  • Focus on the present, not the past. Does your loved one need help washing and getting dressed? Do they have special requirements like limited eye sight or special diets? Would they enjoy the benefits of a larger facility or be more happy in a smaller, more personal setting? Think about the here and now, not what might have been their decision ten or 15 years ago.
  • Arrange to see at least three to five communities, if you can. Start with scheduled visits 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 options. And don’t hesitate to ask questions and take down notes while you’re there.

The process of choosing the right assisted living community can be complicated, but there are solutions which will help. Call A Place for Mom today - we are able to help save you time and money and make it easier for you make the right choice.

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