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Senior housing types near Downers Grove, IL

  • Lacey Creek Supportive Living

    Lacey Creek Supportive Living

    4200 Lacey Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60515
    (4)
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    Lacey Creek is a highly rated assisted living community in the greater Chicago area for seniors 65 and over. We offer a wide range of amenities and services so our residents feel right at home as they make new friends and engage in social and wellness programs. They can enjoy a maintenance-free...

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  • Oak Trace a CCRC

    Oak Trace a CCRC

    200 Village Drive, Downers Grove, IL 60516
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

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

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  • Aspired Living of Westmont

    Aspired Living of Westmont

    407 W 63rd St, Westmont, IL 60559
    (8)
    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. Our Aspired Living of Westmont community is an extension of that promise. We are steadfast in our commitment to cultivate a genuine home for you or your loved one....

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  • Cordia Senior Residence

    Cordia Senior Residence

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

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  • 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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  • Brighton Gardens of Wheaton

    Brighton Gardens of Wheaton

    831 East Butterfield Road, Wheaton, IL 60189
    (35)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Brighton Gardens provides assisted living in an apartment-style setting that offers the simple pleasures - nutritious food, comfortable surroundings, and the support of a warm, caring and competent staff. Two separate, secured Reminiscence Neighborhoods are available for residents with Alzheimer's...

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  • Sunrise at Fountain Square

    Sunrise at Fountain Square

    2210 Fountain Square Drive, Lombard, IL 60148
    (62)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    J.D. Power winner for "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Senior Living Communities" Sunrise Senior Living introduces Fountain Square, a beautiful environment designed to fit your lifestyle...today and tomorrow! Located in Lombard, Illinois, about 20 miles west of downtown Chicago and offers...

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  • Lombard Place Assisted Living & Memory Care

    Lombard Place Assisted Living & Memory Care

    300 West 22nd St., Lombard, IL 60148
    (68)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The new Lombard Place Assisted Living and Memory Care in Lombard, IL is the perfect alternative for seniors who value their independence but still need some help from time to time. Carefully designed and professionally managed, Lombard Place features beautiful apartments in a home-like setting....

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  • Eve Assisted Living

    Eve Assisted Living

    10 N Washington St, Hinsdale, IL 60521
    (31)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

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

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  • Brookdale Lisle

    Brookdale Lisle

    1700 Robin Lane, Lisle, IL 60532
    (53)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Good Times, Good People Are you ready to enjoy everything senior living has to offer?  At our continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Lisle, Illinois, you can enjoy a beautiful and inviting environment with spacious common rooms, a fun-filled events calendar with a multitude of activities and...

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  • Burr Ridge Senior Living NOW OPEN

    Burr Ridge Senior Living NOW OPEN

    16W301 91st Street, Burr Ridge, IL 60527
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

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

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  • Villa St. Benedict a CCRC

    Villa St. Benedict a CCRC

    1920 Maple Avenue, Lisle, IL 60532
    (2)
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    Villa St. Benedict is a CCRC located in Lisle, IL just minutes from Naperville and the surrounding western suburbs of Chicago. Our 47 acre, park like campus offers 56 independent, two bedroom villas and 140 independent apartments all constructed in 2004. Benedale Center for Assisted Living and...

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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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  • Atria Park of Glen Ellyn

    Atria Park of Glen Ellyn

    95 Carleton Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
    (46)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Located in a residential neighborhood only minutes from Wheaton, Atria Park of Glen Ellyn offers all the benefits of living in a vibrant, supportive community, with the discreet support of a care staff close at hand. Without the worries of chores and home maintenance, residents are free to pursue...

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  • Brookdale Glen Ellyn

    Brookdale Glen Ellyn

    60 North Nicoll Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
    (41)
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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Heritage Woods of Bolingbrook

    Heritage Woods of Bolingbrook

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

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  • Presence Bethlehem Woods Retirement Community

    Presence Bethlehem Woods Retirement Community

    1571 West Ogden Avenue, La Grange Park, IL 60526
    (17)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Bethlehem Woods Retirement Community offers 270 spacious independent living residences and 64 licensed assisted living apartments in a variety of floor plans. Independent living amenities include: restaurant-style dinner served daily, 24-hour staff and emergency call system, Wellness Clinic and...

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  • Sunrise of Naperville

    Sunrise of Naperville

    960 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540
    (27)
    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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  • Travanse Living at Wheaton

    Travanse Living at Wheaton

    219 Parkway Drive, Wheaton, IL 60187
    (9)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Travanse Living™, we see things differently. And it shows. We believe that quality senior living is an ideal balance of care and hospitality. At Travanse Living, moving here is moving forward. Our communities offer the best of both worlds in assisted living and memory care services – luxury...

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  • HarborChase of Naperville

    HarborChase of Naperville

    1619 N Mill St, Naperville, IL 60563
    (22)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to HarborChase of Naperville Assisted Living and Memory Care community. Here, you’ll discover stimulating activities, customized programs, innovative health services and generous amenities, along with a welcome abundance of Midwestern charm. We offer a large variety of spacious and...

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  • Sunrise of Naperville North

    Sunrise of Naperville North

    535 West Ogden Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540
    (27)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    With over 35 years of experience in senior care, Sunrise Senior Living offers elegant environments, in which 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...

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  • Belmont Village Geneva Road

    Belmont Village Geneva Road

    545 Belmont Lane, Carol Stream, IL 60188
    (55)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Belmont Village Geneva Road is located in the greater-Chicago area, on farmland north of Wheaton, in the Village of Carol Stream. So as you might expect, assisted living residents of Belmont Village have easy access to all the amenities of a cosmopolitan city plus the comforts of the warm and...

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  • Franciscan Village

    Franciscan Village

    1270 Village Drive, Lemont, IL 60439
    (16)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Westbridge Assisted Living & Memory Care

    500 Wyndemere Circle, Wheaton, IL 60187
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Westbridge is located on the Wyndemere Retirement Community campus in Wheaton, Illinois Westbridge residences offer a combination of gracious style and function that enables many to maintain their independence and enjoy life's simple pleasures. Our distinctive one-bedroom suites feature a...

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  • Atria at River Trail

    Atria at River Trail

    370 North Weber Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440
    (6)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Thoughtfully designed to help older adults enjoy greater well-being, Atria at River Trail is a newly built independent living, assisted living and memory care community serving the families of Bolingbrook and Naperville. Whether residents select a spacious studio, one- or two-bedroom apartment, they...

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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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  • Spring Meadows Naperville

    Spring Meadows Naperville

    504 North River Road, Naperville, IL 60563
    (42)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Experience the bounty of a community in bloom at Spring Meadows Naperville. Featuring Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care services, our community flourishes at the individual level, with our professional staff and friendly residents working in tandem to create a warm and welcoming...

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  • Cantata Adult Life Services a CCRC

    Cantata Adult Life Services a CCRC

    8700 W 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

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

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  • Caledonia Senior Living

    2800 Des Plaines Ave, North Riverside, IL 60546
    (5)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Arbor Terrace Naperville

    Arbor Terrace Naperville

    2920 Leverenz Rd, Naperville, IL 60564
    (1)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Arbor Terrace Naperville will provide the highest quality of geriatric care and assisted living in the Naperville, Illinois area, including innovative memory care designed specifically for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Every resident will receive unique and personalized...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Oak Park Arms Retirement Community

    Oak Park Arms Retirement Community

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

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  • Marian Village

    Marian Village

    15624 Marian Drive, Homer Glen, IL 60491
    (4)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • Autumn Green at Midway Village

    Autumn Green at Midway Village

    6700 South Keating Avenue, Chicago, IL 60629
    (39)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Gardens of Waterford

    The Gardens of Waterford

    1955 Randi Drive, Aurora, IL 60504
    (39)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    At Alden of Waterford, you become part of a continuum of care community offering the warmth of a friendly village, the amenities of a lively resort and the skilled medical services of a superb health facility all within pleasant, safe surroundings. Should you ever need rehab therapy or treatment for...

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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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  • HarborChase of Plainfield

    HarborChase of Plainfield

    12446 South Van Dyke Road, Plainfield, IL 60585
    (62)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    The living is easy here because the services are second to none!' HarborChase of Plainfield conveniently serves the assisted living and memory care needs of seniors and families in and around the Plainfield area. Our community is situated on 3.8 acres just 35 miles southwest of Chicago. The...

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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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  • Senior Star at Weber Place

    Senior Star at Weber Place

    605 South Edward Drive, Romeoville, IL 60446
    (99)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    Welcome to Senior Star at Weber Place! Weber Place is an independent living, assisted living, and memory care community in Romeoville, Illinois. Inside Weber Place, residents gather for fellowship and fun in our multiple activity venues, private dining rooms, billiards and shuffleboard areas, and...

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  • Sunnymere

    Sunnymere

    925 Sixth Avenue, Aurora, IL 60505
    (24)
    866-223-3192 for a local advisor

    In 2014, Sunnymere celebrated 75 years of providing quality, affordable and all-inclusive, care to seniors who are no longer able to live safely on their own. All meals, housekeeping, laundry and activities are included in the monthly cost. There is no 'buy in.' Last year, we upgraded and replaced...

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Assisted Living in Downers Grove, Illinois

What Is Assisted Living?

Assisted living is a type of senior care and housing that offers 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 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 services in a community setting. Some assisted living communities also provide support for seniors with specific medical needs such as for example cognitive loss because of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, diabetes, or incontinence health care.

For anyone who is unsure about what sort of care your family member needs, speak with a medical expert who can help you select the best sort of care. Also, our Senior Living Advisors are standing by to answer any of your inquiries and help you find a senior care facility that meets your needs.

What Is Senior Living Like in Downers Grove, IL?

Boasting four distinct seasons and gorgeous 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 place to visit, while as well as providing you easy access to world travel.

In terms of deciding on senior living, there are various points to consider, from the amount of care and support to lifestyle, location and more. Downers Grove, IL provides many choices 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 sometimes feel better in senior apartments and prefer living in close proximity to people from their own generation.
  • Independent Living: Independent living is a type of senior housing for seniors who still live independently but want to live in a community setting with various other seniors. This type of senior housing typically has community events, entertainment, excursions, and in some cases has transitional programs for seniors who ultimately need assisted living.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs): Continuing care retirement communities are retirement facilities with accommodations for independent living, assisted living and nursing home care, giving residents a continuum of care. A person 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,” though it does require leaving one’s original residence.
  • Adult Day Care: Adult day care can offer respite care for caregivers who are still working while also caring for a loved one. That is a great alternative for caregivers and seniors researching ways to remain active and engaged while living at home and receiving home care services.
  • Residential Care Home/Board and Care: Care homes are regular homes in residential neighborhoods that have been adapted to care for a small group of residents. Offering solutions similar to assisted living facilities, care homes specialize in providing personalized care in a home-like environment.
  • Assisted Living: Assisted living gives residents assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like washing, personal grooming, medication supervision, and more. Amenities and services can range greatly but typically there is staff on hand around the clock to aid residents with needs as they arise. Residents likewise typically have a care plan that is regularly monitored and adapted as needs change as time passes.
  • Memory Care: This kind of health care is normally for seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These facilities are generally especially designed so that residents do not get lost or wander. They provide dementia-friendly meal plans and life enhancing activities that promote engagement and personal 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 care, including those who are bedridden. Nursing homes are also utilized by seniors for rehabilitation after a hospital stay.
  • Respite Care/Short-Term Stay Respite: This care typically means a short-term stay at a long-term care community. Respite care may 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 loved ones make the most of the last days of their lives. Rooted in the word “hospitality,” hospice is not a location, but a philosophy of care that sees death as a natural part of life, and seeks to assist patients meet this end with dignity and grace. This means comforting the patient on an emotional level and physically while supporting their relatives as they navigate any end of life decisions.

What Services Are Available?

The options and services provided in senior living can vary substantially from community 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 services
  • Access to therapies on-site and off-site
  • Exercise and nutrition programs
  • Housekeeping services
  • Medication management

How Do I Tour Assisted Living Communities ?

Downers Grove has 50 facilities in the area so it is important to tour several assisted living communities before finding the right one for your senior loved one. That way you will discover what options can be found and will have an easier time narrowing down your alternatives. Call or email A Place for Mom and we'll help you put together a visit at your most wanted facility.

Here are a few of the best questions you should be ready to ask throughout your visit:

  • Are there any outdoor spaces that occupants can enjoy? If so, are they kept clean and tidy?
  • Can your staff dispense medicine?
  • Do you have a nurse on-site 24/7?
  • Do you include your services in the monthly rate? If not, just how much are additional services?
  • Will your policy require an initial evaluation prior to admission?
  • Will there be a waitlist? If so, how many people are currently on it?
  • What apartment types can be found and what are their costs?
  • 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 interested? Friendly?
  • What's your discharge policy?
  • What sort of know-how do your personnel 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. 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 records through its Department of Social Services website. Info open to review includes licensed assisted living facilities that are updated frequently, 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 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 per day with personnel assisting with personal necessities such as dressing, eating, and hygiene

How Do I Choose the Right Assisted Living Facility?

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

  • Activities: It’s a good idea to try to schedule your tour in conjunction with community events. Ask the manager if you can look at the activities and even get involved. Are the activities and events well attended? Does the staff appear to be making the most of the activity as well? Check out the community calendar of get-togethers. Do they meet your loved one’s hobbies and interests? Do the activities and events vary in size and type? Do they feature outings and trips from the facility? If it is essential to you and your family, don’t forget to ask about spiritual offerings.
  • Cleanliness: Does the community feel clean and fresh? Be sure you look past the fixtures and into baseboards, corners, and windows. Ask how often house cleaning services are made available in the private living space. Be sure you get complete information on the types of maintenance provided and the estimated response times. Don’t forget to enquire about laundry procedures. Ask for information on what is available and at what cost.
  • Friendliness: The demeanor and friendliness of the personnel are of the utmost importance. Make sure that you observe several workers interacting with current occupants. Do they listen and make eye contact? Be sure to receive a good knowledge of the staffing routine. How many people are in fact involved in residents’ care? Be sure to receive an introduction to the management team. This will help you understand the goals of the community. It's important that you have confidence in the community’s personnel.
  • Meals: Much like most of us, the dining area experience is very important to seniors. When visiting facilities, it is valuable to go over entree choices and find out about dining hours, choices, and policies. Be sure you and your loved one try a meal at facility. Not only is it a great way to try the meals, but it’s a great possibility to meet other residents. Make sure you go over what happens if a resident is unable to make it to the dining room for a meal.
  • Reputation: Ask residents and families, past and present, for their honest opinions about the community. Many facilities have a resident council that will be happy to reply any of your concerns. Go to our website to read a number of the 1385 reviews from families who've shared their opinions of specific facilities.
  • Safety and security: Safety and security features are incredibly important and offer 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 basic safety features in living quarters and throughout the community. Be sure to find out about staffing patterns to determine who is on-site consistently to aid residents. Are there registered nurses on-site? How do staffing routines differ at night? How does the community assist or manage residents’ medication requirements?
  • Trust your gut: When you are touring, make sure you think about yourself or your loved one essentially living at the facility. Can you imagine your loved one feeling comfortable? Do you feel at ease? Are the staff and residents open, welcoming and friendly?

How Much Does Assisted Living Cost in Downers Grove, Illinois?

The A Place for Mom Senior Living Cost Index states that the typical cost of assisted living in the Downers Grove location ranged from $1500 to $10880 per month. Costs for assisted living communities can vary widely based on amenities, specific location, and services, consequently looking into close by suburbs and towns could possibly offer you further flexibility.

How to Pay for Assisted Living

Many people pay for a move to assisted living through the sales of a residence or personal savings, but for some people, this won't be an choice. Here are three additional strategies 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 be able to cash out the insurance plan and get funds today. Different policies and restrictions apply according to the type of insurance policy you have, so get in touch with an economic advisor or eldercare legal professional to determine more about your options and to evaluate what’s most effective for your situation.
  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 remains in the home while his or her partner transitions to senior living. A reverse mortgage makes it possible for home owners aged 62 or older to borrow against their home equity. For more information, contact 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 recognize. One benefit, in particular, 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 current average age of U.S. veterans at 64 years old, it’s worth it to determine if your loved one may qualify for benefits. To find out about benefits for veterans, see our “Guide to VA Benefits and Long-Term Care,” call the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs or visit www.va.gov.

For even more ideas about the best way 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

Finding the right assisted living community is an important decision, both for a senior and for their family members.

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

  1. How many staff are on hand 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. Will there be a waitlist? Popular communities can fill fast. If the one you like isn't available, inquire about the waitlist and what the community’s policy is for managing it. Many communities will ask for a deposit and some communities have internal lists for special health care needs. Here is where doing your homework can seriously pay back - plan ahead!
  3. Will there be a patio space? For most residents making the transition from a personal residence to assisted living means giving up a beloved lawn or outdoor area, so the ability to access a gardening area, an outdoor patio or a courtyard is usually important. Many larger assisted living facilities offer a range of outdoor space, with features such as for example BBQ areas, gardens, and strolling paths for facility events.
  4. What's the staff-to-resident ratio? Will this community provide your loved one with the support they need? In line with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 25% of assisted living communities have a ratio of one personal care assistants for each 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 within the monthly rate? Before signing the contract, it’s a good idea to understand what is included in the basic fee arrangement and what might incur an additional fee. Some facilities employ a fee-for-service model, or a la carte pricing, which means they charge a monthly cost for rent and meals but additional costs for things like medication management. Others might use a tiered pricing model where different degrees of care are charged distinct service fees.

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 an intimidating task. That’s where our Senior Living Advisors can help - they are specialists in helping match seniors to the facilities that are 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 facilities offer everything from homey conditions to upscale resort-style five star living. It might be easy to be tempted by the features and amenities you might choose for yourself, but ultimately it comes down to what will work best for your loved one.
  • Concentrate on the present, not the past. Does your family member need help bathing and dressing? Do they have special requirements like limited eyesight or special diet plans? Would they enjoy the benefits of a larger facility or be more contented in a smaller, more personal environment? Think about the here and now, not what may have been their decision ten or 15 years back.
  • Arrange to tour at least three to five facilities, when you can. Start with scheduled tours and consider having meals with the residents. If none of the places seem like a good fit, ask your Senior Living Advisor for more choices. And don’t hesitate to ask questions and take notes while you’re there.

The process of selecting the right assisted living community is often overwhelming, but there are services that will help. Call A Place for Mom today - we can help save you money and time and help you make a good choice.

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