Many seniors may be physically and mentally able to live without assistance, but the cost burden of home ownership might be a deterrent to an independent life. Independent Living Communities provide a convenient alternative to this situation. Frequent needs such as meal planning and housekeeping are accounted for, which permits residents more free time to live their lives as they wish. Along with their daily needs being met, residents can enjoy the opportunity to be among peers, surrounded by others of similar age groups and backgrounds. Within the individual units, residents have access to a private living space and a full kitchen, and can even live with a companion if they prefer. While policies differ between communities, a number of residences allow cats and dogs as well. If medical or nursing support is desired, residents may always utilize the services of private caregivers. There are an assortment of benefits and expenses to consider while deciding on an independent living community. It is important to learn if these amenities are covered in the service plan: cable TV, private phone, transportation, laundry, initial assessment fee, parking, meals, and wellness program. The amenities that pertain to independent living include restaurant-style dining hall, security guards, concierge services, private rental hall, beauty salon & barber shop, transportation, golf course, and healthcare center.
Cost of Living
Cost of living can be a big influence when selecting which community works for you or your loved one. Washington has a median home value of about $170,384 and the median cost of rent is $1,021 per month per month. The rent burden for Washington is about 15.2% of the average person’s monthly income.
Demographics and Values
In terms of education, 23.2% have a high-school diploma, 11.2% have a graduate degree, and 38.7% have a college degree. Out of the total city population, 50.7% are female and 49.3% are male. The median age of Washington is 38 years old. In Washington, 7.1% are widows, 65.9% participate in the labor force, 3.9% do not have health insurance, and 4.6% live in poverty. In Washington, 8.4% of the citizens are veterans of the United States armed forces. Currently, the population of Washington consists of 16,811 people. Washington has a population density of 767 people per square mile. Demographically, Washington is 2.2% Asian, 2.8% mixed race, 0.0% Native American, 94.4% white, 0.3% other or not specified, 0.3% black, 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, and 2.5% Hispanic.
An overview of Illinois
There are 199 general hospitals and 383 health centers that provide care for 12,696,123 Illinois residents. Sherman Hospital, Sam Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Centralia, and And Midwestern Region Medical Center are among the top three highest ranked hospitals in the state. Out of a national average of 100, Illinois has a cost of living index rating of 96, a grocery index rating of 94, and a housing index rating of 87. Residents of Illinois enjoy its natural beauty which ranks 43rd in the United States. Overall, Illinois ranks 35th in quality of life and 22nd in healthcare compared to other US states.
Social demographics of the state
In terms of religious values, 34% of Illinois’s population regularly attend some form of service and there are in total 12,453 different congregations. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-2%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%, with the most common Christian denominations consisting of Evangelical Protestant-20%, Mainline Protestant-16%, and Historically Black Protestant-7%. In Illinois there are 518 masonic lodges. In the most recent presidential election, 39% of Illinois residents voted Republican and 56% voted Democrat. In terms of diversity, Illinois ranks 10th in the nation and is considered LGBTQ friendly. In Illinois, 29% of the population is over the age of 55. The median age in the state is 38.
State-wide weather information
Illinois experiences an average humidity rating of about 71%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 78% in the month of December. On average, the state receives 3.33 inches of precipitation a month. The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of May at around 6.02 inches. During the summer, the average temperature in Illinois is around 73F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 91F during the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 53F in the month of June. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 28F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 49F during the month of February. In the winter months, the average low temperature falls to around 10F during the month of January. On average, Illinois has an air quality index rating of around 37.7 AQI. The average air quality index rating peaks in the month of May with a rating of around 54.5 AQI. While residents of Illinois mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it’s important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Illinois can include floods, earthquakes (moderate), and and tornadoes.
Wildlife to be found in Illinois
The state of Illinois has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of aromatic aster, bee balm, blazing star, and black eyedSusan. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the big brown bat, the eastern red bat, the cougar, or the coyote. The state animal of Illinois is the white-tailed deer.