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Senior housing types near Des Plaines, IL

  • Brookdale Des Plaines

    Brookdale Des Plaines

    800 South River Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (48)
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    It’s good to be home. Our community just outside of Chicago gives you the lifestyle you want, plus care if you need it with both independent living and assisted living on the same campus. With several floor plans to chose from, including studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom options, you’ll be able to...

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  • Alden Courts/Garden Des Plaines

    1227 E. Golf Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60016
    (9)
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    Alden Gardens offers older adults the opportunity to live an active life with monitored care in a safe, friendly environment. Alden Gardens is part of the Alden Des Plaines community, which offers Alzheimer/dementia assisted living and a skilled nursing facility with physical therapy, IV therapy,...

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  • Asbury Court Retirement Community

    Asbury Court Retirement Community

    1750 South Elmhurst Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60018
    (39)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to Asbury Court! It is our commitment to meet you at your point of need! Our Senior Living Community Provides- Assisted living Supportive Living Memory Care: Coming in 2017 Skilled Nursing and Rehab: Coming in 2017 At Asbury Court, It's about the Care. Imagine a stress free transition from...

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  • Sunrise of Park Ridge

    Sunrise of Park Ridge

    1725 West Ballard Road, Park Ridge, IL 60068
    (55)
    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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  • The Sheridan at Park Ridge (NOW OPEN)

    The Sheridan at Park Ridge (NOW OPEN)

    510 N Greenwood, Park Ridge, IL 60068
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Sheridan at Park Ridge is a new assisted living and memory care community for seniors age 55 and over in the Chicago metropolitan area. We specialize in helping seniors live their lives to the fullest, no matter what level of specialized care they need. For our assisted living residents, we...

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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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  • Summit of Uptown

    Summit of Uptown

    10 N. Summit Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068
    (19)
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    Situated in downtown Park Ridge is The Summit of Uptown which provides Assisted Living, Independent Living and Respite Care. The Summit of Uptown offers completely renovated spacious apartments, with full kitchens, upgraded amenities and attentive services. Assisted Living services include...

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  • Brookdale Northbrook

    Brookdale Northbrook

    4501 Concord Lane, Northbrook, IL 60062
    (24)
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    A Meaningful Retirement Why would you settle for a senior living community that requires you to sacrifice your well-deserved freedom and independence in exchange for quality care? Our residents enjoy both here at our independent and assisted living community in Northbrook, Illinois. You can join...

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  • Belmont Village Glenview

    Belmont Village Glenview

    2200 Golf Road, Glenview, IL 60025
    (44)
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    Belmont Village of Glenview, Illinois is situated in the heart of a beautiful residential area. Our community is convenient to Old Orchard, the botanical gardens and many places of worship. There are also major medical centers and hospitals in close to the facility, including the new Glenview Senior...

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  • Atria Glenview  (Now Open)

    Atria Glenview (Now Open)

    4700 W Lake Ave, Glenview, IL 60025
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located in the Village of Glenview on the North Shore, Atria Glenview is a vibrant community designed to help older people enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle – and experience greater well-being. This inviting residence offers a selection of studio, one- and two- bedroom apartments, most with...

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  • The Wellshire Morton Grove

    The Wellshire Morton Grove

    8415 North Waukegan Road, Morton Grove, IL 60053
    (19)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Wellshire is designed for seniors that require assistance with the activities of daily living. The campus offers a continuum of care with Bella Terra nursing and rehab center connected to The Wellshire. The Wellshire was built in 2011. We are located in Morton Grove, The Wellshire is convenient...

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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)
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    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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  • Elevate Glen Saint Andrew

    Elevate Glen Saint Andrew

    7000 North Newark Avenue, Niles, IL 60714
    (72)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Elevate [Glen] Saint Andrew Living Community is a close-knit continuing care retirement community with independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing rehabilitation care. Located in the Village of Niles, Cook County, Illinois, a part of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. As a...

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  • Aspired Living of Prospect Heights

    Aspired Living of Prospect Heights

    708 N Elmhurst Rd, Prospect Heights, IL 60070
    (8)
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    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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  • Norwood Crossing

    Norwood Crossing

    6016 N. Nina Avenue, Chicago, IL 60631
    (31)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Norwood Crossing, a not-for-profit community located on the Northwest side of Chicago, has been serving older adults since 1896. Each day, Norwood Crossing holds true to their mission of enhancing the independence and well-being of older adults. Norwood Crossing offers several levels of service on...

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  • Church Creek

    Church Creek

    1250 West Central Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
    (38)
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    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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  • Bridgeway of Bensenville a CCRC

    Bridgeway of Bensenville a CCRC

    303 E. Washington Street, Bensenville, IL 60106
    (65)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located in Bensenville, Illinois, the Bridgeway of Bensenville is an assisted living community set on a large, green landscape. We're easy to get to from I-294 and I-290 and close to everything from ten White Pines Country Club and River Forest Golf Club to various shopping areas. As a spacious,...

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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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  • Autumn Green at Wright Campus

    Autumn Green at Wright Campus

    4239 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634
    (32)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Autumn Green at Wright Campus is a senior living community located in the vibrant metropolis of Chicago, Illinois. This iconic city offers some of the best amenities in the country. Glass towers, luxury boutiques and fine dining can be found amongst the busy downtown core. Visiting family members...

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  • Weinberg Community for Senior Living

    Weinberg Community for Senior Living

    1551 Lake Cook Rd KOSHER, Deerfield, IL 60015
    (7)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Conveniently located in Deerfield, the Weinberg Community for Senior Living is a beautiful campus surrounded by sculptures and lush landscaping. The Weinberg Community features two distinct residences, Gidwitz Place for Assisted Living and The Friend Center for Early Alzheimer's Care. Gidwitz Place...

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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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  • North Shore Place

    North Shore Place

    1000 Sunset Ridge Road, Northbrook, IL 60062
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    North Shore Place located in Northbrook, Cook County, Illinois provides seniors with a caring assisted living community that is supportive and safe. Our community offers its residents a peaceful place to call home. Northbrook is a great city to visit, and guests of our residents will enjoy checking...

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  • Westminster Place Independent Living

    Westminster Place Independent Living

    3200 Grant Street, Evanston, IL 60201
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located minutes from downtown Evanston, IL., and Northwestern University, Westminster Place is renowned not only for the beauty and livability of the campus, but also for our exceptional continuum of care. You’ll find a wide selection of inviting residences, an extraordinary array of programs and...

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  • Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care

    Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care

    2833 N Nordica Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
    (2)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    For over 100 years, Bethesda Rehab & Senior Care has had a presence in the community that has empowered residents to live independent and full lives. As the premier post-acute and long-term care provider in Chicago with a 5 STAR CMS RATING, our mission is to provide a place of comfort and security...

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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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  • The Highlands Assisted Living at Westminster Place

    The Highlands Assisted Living at Westminster Place

    3131 Simpson St, Evanston, IL 60201
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The Highlands Assisted Living at Westminster Place is a community situated within a beautiful 40-acre campus. As a part of Presbyterian Homes' continuum of care, this assisted living community in Evanston offers levels of personalized care based on an individual’s needs. Residents of assisted living...

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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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  • The Carrington at Lincolnwood

    The Carrington at Lincolnwood

    3501 Northeast Parkway, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
    (13)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Creating a multi-acre senior living community in the very heart of a highly desirable area like Lincolnwood is a rare opportunity. While only minutes from businesses and shopping, cultural opportunities, houses of worship and medical and professional offices, the landscaped 13-acre,...

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  • Lincolnwood Place

    Lincolnwood Place

    7000 North McCormick Boulevard, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
    (58)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Lincolnwood Place offers independent living and assisted living in Lincolnwood, Illinois. Lincolnwood is a village in Cook County and is most widely known as the home of the Purple Hotel, which has a place in local lore. In addition to the intrigue surrounding this historical site, the village...

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  • Victory Centre of Galewood

    Victory Centre of Galewood

    2370 North Newcastle Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707
    (1)
    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 Galewood 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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  • Concord Place

    Concord Place

    401 W Lake St, Northlake, IL 60164
    (99)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE AT CONCORD PLACE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY We are so much more than a senior community. Concord Place Retirement Community is home. For over 25 years we have prided ourselves in creating a culture and atmosphere of comfort and love. To that end, we have focused our efforts on...

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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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  • 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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  • Sunrise of Highland Park

    Sunrise of Highland Park

    1601 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, IL 60035
    (25)
    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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  • 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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  • Covenant Home of Chicago

    Covenant Home of Chicago

    2720 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
    (11)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    A gracious 55-unit assisted living residence rebuilt in a great Chicago neighborhood in 1997, Covenant Home brings a new style of assisted living to its urban Chicago neighborhood. Our building wraps a floor-to-ceiling central atrium, making the interior bright and cheerful. Studio, one- and...

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  • St. Joseph Village of Chicago

    St. Joseph Village of Chicago

    4021 W Belmont, Chicago, IL 60641
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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 for a reason and the best choice for assisted living is also Chicago's most notable and historic....

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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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  • 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 Oak Park

    Brookdale Oak Park

    1111 Ontario Street, Oak Park, IL 60302
    (14)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • 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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  • St Pauls House

    St Pauls House

    3800 North California Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
    (13)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    St Pauls House, a historic urban Lutheran Life Community, has been celebrating vibrant, grace-filled living since 1921. A wide range of tailored, supportive services are designed for individuals who need assistance to help maintain independence. Assisted living at St Pauls House offers many...

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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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  • Belmont Village Oak Park

    Belmont Village Oak Park

    1035 Madison Street, Oak Park, IL 60302
    (44)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Oak Park Arms Retirement Community

    Oak Park Arms Retirement Community

    408 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60302
    (24)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Bethany Retirement Community

    Bethany Retirement Community

    4950 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
    (30)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Bethany Retirement is a faith-based, non-profit serving the vibrant Andersonville and Ravenswood neighborhoods in Chicago for over 126 years! We were founded in the Methodist tradition; however, we are home to a variety of faiths. We are 'Called to Care' and our desire is to provide active living...

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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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  • Park Place of Elmhurst

    Park Place of Elmhurst

    1150 Euclid Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126
    (16)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Park Place of Elmhurst is a state of the art Continuing-Care Retirement Community. We are able to provide luxurious housing options for individuals with minimal as well as intensive assistance needs all under one roof. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for people to 'age in place' and find peace...

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  • Lexington Square of Elmhurst a CCRC

    400 W. Butterfield Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126
    (8)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Lexington Square of Elmhurst is a life care community with independent and assisted living homes. Choose from our 14 apartment-styles for your private apartment home. But the common areas and surrounding community are what makes life fun and energizing. Fine dining rooms, Market Cafe, Club Room,...

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Assisted Living in Des Plaines, Illinois

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a kind of senior care and housing that provides residents support for activities of daily living (ADLs). Residents commonly receive support for bathing, dressing, medication management, and meals. Not the same as a skilled nursing facility where residents receive around-the-clock nursing care, assisted living communities give residents access to care while as well as offering an array of activities and amenities in a community setting. Some assisted living communities also provide support for seniors with certain medical needs such as for example cognitive loss because of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, diabetes, or incontinence health care.

Should you be unsure about what kind of care your cherished one needs, consult with a medical professional who can help you select the best sort of care. Also, our Senior Living Advisors are standing by to answer all of your questions and help you locate a senior care facility that meets your needs.

What Is Senior Living Like in Des Plaines, IL?

Boasting four distinct seasons and lovely Midwest scenery, Illinois is a lovely destination to retire. Home to one of the world’s largest airports, retiring in Illinois gives your friends and relations a convenient spot to visit, while as well as giving you easy access to world travel.

When it comes to selecting senior living, there are various things to consider, from the level of attention and support to lifestyle, location and more. Des Plaines, IL has many choices to help you make a confident and informed decision for your family.

  • 55+ Apartments/Senior Apartments: Also referred to as adult communities, age-restricted apartments, and senior condos. Senior apartments are just like apartments for folks of all ages, but have an age restriction; typically residents must be older than 55 or 62. Older adults typically feel better in senior apartments and prefer living in close proximity to 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 sort of senior housing typically has community events, activities, excursions, and sometimes has transitional programs for seniors who eventually 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, providing people a continuum of 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 provides respite care for caregivers who are still working while also caring for a loved one. That is a great alternative for caregivers and seniors researching ways to remain active and involved while living at home and getting home care services.
  • Residential Care Home/Board and Care: Care homes are standard homes in residential neighborhoods which may have been adapted to look after a small group of residents. Offering solutions 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 washing, personal grooming, medication administration, and more. Amenities and services can differ greatly but typically there is staff on hand around the clock to support residents with necessities as they arise. Residents likewise routinely have a care plan that is frequently monitored and adapted as requirements change over time.
  • Memory Care: This type of health care is certainly for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other varieties of dementia. These communities are generally especially designed so that residents do not get lost or wander. They provide dementia-friendly meal plans and life enhancing activities that encourage engagement and social interaction.
  • Nursing Homes/Skilled Nursing Facilities: Nursing homes, also known as skilled nursing facilities, are for seniors who need the highest degree of 24- hour attention, 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 means a short-term stay at a long-term care facility. Respite care can also refer to in-home caregiving services used for simply a short period. Family caregivers use respite services when they need a break or have other obligations.
  • Hospice Care: Hospice care can help the terminally ill and their families make the most of the last days of their lives. Originated in the term “hospitality,” hospice is not a location, but a philosophy of care that sees loss of life as a natural part of life, and looks to to support people meet this end with dignity and grace. This means comforting the individual psychologically and physically while assisting their friends and family as they navigate any end of life decisions.

What Services Are Available?

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

Other features often found in assisted living include:

  • Access to medical services
  • Access to therapies on-site and off-site
  • Exercise and nutrition courses
  • Housekeeping assistance
  • Medication administration

How Do I Tour Assisted Living Communities ?

Des Plaines has 50 facilities in the local area so it is important to tour several assisted living facilities before finding the right one for your senior family member. That way you will discover what options are available and will have an easier time narrowing down your alternatives. Call or contact A Place for Mom and we will help you put together a visit at your most wanted facility.

Here are some of the top questions you should be ready to ask during your visit:

  • Are there any outdoor spaces that occupants can enjoy? If so, are they kept neat and tidy?
  • Can your staff dispense medication?
  • Do you have a nurse on-site 24/7?
  • Do you include all of your services in the monthly price? If not, how much are extra services?
  • Does your policy require a preliminary evaluation prior to admission?
  • Will there be a waitlist? If so, how many persons are currently on it?
  • What apartment types can be found and what exactly are their costs?
  • What are the current residents like?
  • What are your billing and payment policies and methods?
  • What is the staff-to-resident ratio? Are the staff members interested? Friendly?
  • What is your release policy?
  • What sort of know-how do your staff members have?
  • You should also pay close attention to any people 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. Therefore 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 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 facilities that are updated frequently, and information regarding 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 which includes a doctor’s analysis and evaluation
  • Provide personal and health services 24 hours a day with staff assisting with personal requirements such as showering, eating, and personal hygiene

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Facility?

Finding the right community for your senior loved one is one of an important decisions you can make. During your tour, consider the caliber of health care that your loved one may receive. Your choice of “if, when and where to move” resides solely with you and your loved one, so consider what factors are truly essential to you and your family member.

  • Activities: It’s a good idea to try to schedule your tour together with facility events. Ask the manager if you can look at the activities or even participate. Are the activities and get-togethers well attended? Does the staff seem to be to be enjoying the entertainment as well? Take a look at the facility calendar of events. Do they meet your loved one’s interests? Do the activities and events vary in size and type? Do they provide excursions and trips from the facility? If it is essential to you and your family, don’t forget to ask about religious services.
  • Cleanliness: Does the facility feel clean and fresh? Be sure to look past the furnishings and into baseboards, corners, and windows. Ask how frequently house cleaning services are provided in the private living space. Make sure you get full details on the types of maintenance provided and the approximated response times. Don’t forget to enquire about laundry procedures. Ask for particulars on what is available and at what cost.
  • Friendliness: The attitude and friendliness of the staff are of the utmost importance. Make sure you watch some workers mingling with current residents. Do they pay attention and make eye contact? Make sure to receive a good understanding of the staffing routine. Just how many people are in fact involved in residents’ care? Be sure to receive an introduction to the management team. This can help you understand the goals of the facility. It is important that you trust the community’s team members.
  • Meals: Much like most of us, the dining area experience is extremely important to seniors. When touring communities, it is valuable to discuss entree choices and find out about dining hours, options, and procedures. Be sure to and your family member try a meal at community. It's not only a great way to sample the cuisine, but it’s an excellent possibility to meet other residents. Make sure to discuss what goes on if a resident is not able to make it to the dining area for meals.
  • Reputation: Ask people and families, past and present, for his or her honest views about the community. Many facilities have a resident council which will be happy to help answer any of your concerns. Go to our website to read over a number of the 1236 reviews from family members who've shared their perceptions of individual facilities.
  • Security and safety: Safety and security features are incredibly important and provide peace of mind for the caregiver. Be sure that washrooms are accessible and have grab bars in convenient places. Ask how residents get in touch with the staff if indeed they have an emergency in their living area. Learn about other safety features available in living quarters and through the entire community. Be sure to learn about staffing routines to determine who's on-site at all times to aid 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, make sure you think about yourself or your family member truly living at the community. Can you imagine your loved one being secure? Do you really feel at ease? Are the staff and residents available, welcoming and cheerful?

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Des Plaines, Illinois?

The A Place for Mom Senior Living Cost Index shows that the typical cost of assisted living in the Des Plaines location ranged from $1500 to $12500 per month. Costs for assisted living facilities may differ widely based on amenities, neighborhood, and services, consequently looking into close by suburbs and towns may give you further flexibility.

How to Pay for Assisted Living

Many people finance a move to assisted living through the sale of a home or personal savings, but for some persons, this might not be an option. Here are three other solutions that will assist you pay for assisted living:

  1. Life Insurance Policies: If the parent or senior family member you are assisting move into assisted living has a life insurance policy, you may well be in a position to liquidate the insurance plan and get money right away. Different regulations and constraints apply depending on the kind of insurance policy you have, so contact a monetary advisor or eldercare lawyer to discover more about your options and to assess what’s most useful for your needs.
  2. Reverse Mortgages: For senior couples who may have different care requirements, a reverse mortgage can be a good method for just one person to go into assisted living while another remains in the home while their partner transitions to senior living. A reverse mortgage enables home owners aged 62 or older to borrow against their home equity. To learn more, call the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to look for a reverse mortgage counseling agency near you or contact the Illinois Housing Development Authority.
  3. Veterans Benefits: Many seniors may be eligible for veterans benefits that they don’t know about. 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 one 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 worthwhile to determine if your loved one may be eligible for benefits. To find out more on 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 finance your move to senior living, call 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 their family.

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

  1. How many staff are available to assist during the night? Some assisted living facilities provide 24x7 nursing staff, while some may have more generalized help on hand after hours.
  2. Is there a waitlist? Popular communities can fill fast. If the one you like is not available, inquire about the waitlist and what the community’s plan is for managing it. Many facilities will ask for a deposit and some communities have internal lists for special care needs. Here is where doing all your homework can genuinely pay back - plan in advance!
  3. Will there be an outdoor space? For most residents making the transition from a personal residence to assisted living means giving up a beloved backyard or outdoor area, so having access to a gardening area, an outdoor patio or a courtyard is definitely essential. Many larger assisted living facilities offer a range of yard, with features such as BBQ areas, gardens, and taking walks paths for community events.
  4. What's the staff-to-resident ratio? Will this facility provide your cherished one with the support they want? 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 each and every 23 residents. Staffing may differ widely depending on the size of the community, so make certain to enquire about the features you are searching for.
  5. What services are within the monthly charge? Before signing the agreement, it’s a good idea 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, which means they ask for a monthly fee for rent and meals but additional charges for things like medication management. Others could use a tiered pricing model where different degrees of service are billed different charges.

What Else Should I Consider When Choosing a Facility?

With so many choices to choose from, finding the right assisted living facility can seem like an intimidating task. That’s where our Senior Living Advisors can assist - they are experts in helping match seniors to the facilities that will be the best fit for their care needs, personality, and budget.

Below are a few things to keep in mind during your search:

  • Be sure to search for your loved one, not you. Today’s assisted living communities offer everything from homey conditions to upscale resort-style luxury living. It is easy to be influenced by the features and amenities you may decide for yourself, but eventually it comes down to what will function best for your family member.
  • Focus on the present, not the past. Does your family member need support washing and dressing? Do they have special needs like limited vision or special diets? Would they enjoy the perks of a larger facility or be more happy in a smaller, more personal setting? Think about the here and now, not what may have been their choice ten or 15 years back.
  • Arrange to see at least three to five communities, when you can. Start with planned 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 down notes while you’re there.

The process of selecting the best assisted living facility can be difficult, but there are solutions which can help. Call A Place for Mom today - we are able to help save you money and time and help you make the right choice.

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