Assisted Living in Illinois | IL Assisted Living Facilities (2023)

The state of Illinois is a beautiful state with plenty of activities for retirees and people of any age. From the large city of Chicago to the rural communities in this state, there truly is something for everyone of all ages. Should Illinois be the state where you find your perfect senior living community?

Costs of Assisted Living in Illinois

Assisted Living in Illinois | IL Assisted Living Facilities (1)Assisted Living Care services in the state of Illinois are almost $4,000 per month, (over $45,000 a year.) This expense may increase depending on the services required, the clients they cater to (those with dementia or those in specialized dementia units will likely be more expensive) as well as the location of the facility. Facilities closer to Chicago are more expensive than those in the rural areas of Illinois such as Carbondale, Peoria and Decatur.

Assisted Living prices in Illinois are higher than the national average of $3,293 per month, which makes sense, as Illinois is a state with a higher cost of living than the national average. However, this is still much lower than the price of an Illinois nursing home, where semi-private rooms cost $67,000 annually, and a private room is approximately $75,000 annually.

The average cost for Adult Day Health Care in Illinois is $1,550 per month which averages around $19,000 per year. A Home Health Aide is also an option for Illinois seniors, but at the cost of over $4,100 per month. The Home Health Aide is more expensive than an Assisted Living Facility and, unlike Assisted Living where there is 24-hour care available, the cost for the Home Health Aide is based on a 44-hour week. To adequately cover 24 hours a day, seven days a week you would need 3.8 Home Health Aides which would be more than the cost of a nursing facility. It is estimated that by the year 2030, Assisted Living in Illinois will cost almost $70,500 per year – an increase of over $24,000.

Assisted living costs in Illinois are varied from city to city, and on average are as follows:

  • Carbondale, IL - $3,209 per month. By far the cheapest Illinois city for assisted living, Carbondale's assisted living costs are $800/month lower than Illinois average and more than $1800/month lower than the most expensive Illinois city for assisted living - Bloomington.
  • Peoria, IL - $3,585 per month
  • Decatur, IL - $3,596 per month
  • Champaign, IL - $3,625 per month
  • Danville, IL - $3,805 per month
  • Rockford, IL - $3,821 per month
  • Kankakee, IL - $4,019 per month
  • Chicago, IL - $4,350 per month
  • Springfield, IL - $4,763 per month
  • Bloomington, IL - $5,050 per month

Don't see your city/town/village on the list? Please use our search bar at the top of the page to search through 483 senior living options from 334 cities, towns and villages in Illinois. Simply enter your city name or zip code.

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Eligibility requirements for Assisted Living Facilities in Illinois

Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) as well as “Shared Housing Establishments” (SHEs) which are called group homes in some states are for individuals who are no longer capable or living on their own but are not ready for the care that comes with a full-time nursing facility. Those who live in Assisted Living Facilities are provided services which include meals, housekeeping, laundry, and activities of daily living (ADLs).

Those who are eligible for care in an Assisted Living Facility are people who need some assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) which can include dressing, toileting, eating, transferring from a bed to a chair or vice-versa. There are residency requirements for ALFs which include: the facility must be able to provide services that are appropriate for you (it would be immoral and illegal to accept someone into an Assisted Living Facility when they truly need 24-hour medical care that is typically provided by a long-term care facility); and the needs of the client must be the type for which the facility is licensed; and the facility must have sufficient staff with appropriate skills and training to provide these services.

Are there circumstances where you may be either excluded from, or your residency terminated from an assisted living facility in Illinois? The simple answer is yes, under circumstances like the following:

  • Posing a serious threat to yourself or other people;
  • Unable to communicate your needs and do not have someone familiar to you within the facility who can direct the services provided to you;
  • If you need help with an ADL from more than one paid caregiver;
  • You need total assistance with two or more ADLs – meaning that the staff or other individual performs the entire activity without participation or aid from you;
  • If you need more than minimal help to move to a safe area of the building, then it is not safe for you to be in that type of facility. This includes responding to and following staff instructions if necessary;
  • If you have a serious mental illness where you are disabled substantially in self-maintenance, activities of community living, and social functioning or interaction and this mental disability is expected to be present for at least one year or longer. This also includes those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia;
  • If you need treatment for a condition that cannot be done by yourself or by a qualified “licensed health care professional.” These treatments include, but are not limited to, IV therapy, IV feedings, sterile irrigation, catheter replacement, and insulin injections;
  • If you need treatment for a stage 3 or stage 4 decubitus ulcer or exfoliative dermatitis (you can do your own research on what these are, but trust us that they are not pretty and not a condition that you want yourself or a loved one to have); and
  • Your condition requires five or more skilled nursing visits per week, unless you are receiving these visits for temporary rehabilitation.

Who pays for Assisted Living Care in Illinois?

Most Illinois Assisted Living care costs in Illinois must be covered privately by either the Illinois seniors or their loved ones. Medicaid is the only program that will help pay for assisted living services, and you must first qualify for Medicaid in Illinois.

First, let’s discuss the senior program known as Comprehensive Care in Residential Settings, which is a prototype for affordable assisted living services in Illinois. Currently, only a small number of facilities are participating in this program, which combines affordable rent with state-care services. Eligibility requirements for this program include:

  • Illinois senior 60 years of age or older;
  • Less than $17,500 in liquid assets;
  • A score of at least 29 on the Illinois functional assessment.
  • Apply for Medicaid.

Senior services that are included with this program include: three meals per day, housekeeping, 24-hour security, Emergency Response System, and Laundry Service. However, currently only seven assisted living facilities are participating and they are in the cities of Murphysboro, Ullin, Herrin, Deerfield, Marion, Olney, and Rockford.

Waiver Programs available for seniors in Illinois:

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  • Home and Community Based Services Waiver Programs – allows seniors to remain in their homes or live in a community setting. Illinois has nine different HCBS waivers, each designed for those with similar needs but offers a different set of services. We will discuss some in detail in this article, but will name them all and provide links should you have more questions.

What are the eligibility requirements for an HCBS Waiver?

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a legal alien and be a resident of the state of Illinois;
  • Must meet the Medicaid financial criteria which can be different for each waiver;
  • Must need an institutional level of care, which again can be different for each waiver;
  • The services provided to the senior must be equal to or less than the cost of institutionalized care; and
  • Depending on the waiver program, the senior must meet the specific eligibility requirements for that waiver.

9 HBCS Waiver Programs in Illinois include:

  • Children and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities – Support Waiver;
  • Children and Young Adults with Developmental Disabilities – Residential Waiver;
  • Persons that are Technology Dependent/Medically Fragile – this is for people under the age of 18;
  • Persons with Disabilities;
  • Persons with Brain Injury (BI);
  • Adults with Developmental Disabilities – for those 18 and older who are at risk of being placed in an Intermediate Care Facility for those with Developmental Disabilities. To be eligible you must: be a US citizen or a legal alien, be a resident of Illinois, be age 18 or older, assessed as eligible for institutional care for those with developmental disabilities, enrolled in Medicaid (those who are between 0-18 qualify with family income levels up to 142 of the Federal Poverty Level). This also includes those who are enrolled through the Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities (HBWD) program, and not in need of 24-hour nursing care;
  • Persons who are Elderly – for those Illinois seniors 60 or older and who risk institutionalization. Eligibility requirements include: US citizen or legal alien, Illinois resident, 60 or older, Medicaid eligible, have completed a Determination of Need assessment and be at risk of nursing home placement as a result of the assessment; can be safely maintained in the home or in a community-based setting, and the cost to the state would be less than the cost of institutionalized care;
  • Persons with HIV or AIDS – for those of any age who are diagnosed with HIV or AIDS and are at risk of institutionalization in a nursing facility. Eligibility criteria include: must be a US citizen or legal alien, resident of the state of Illinois, eligible for Medicaid or enrolled in the Health Benefits for Workers with Disabilities (HWBD) program; medical diagnosis of HIV or AIDS that includes severe limitations and is expected to last for 12 months or for the rest of their life; completed a Determination of Need (DON) assessment and be at risk of nursing home placement; can be safely maintained in their home or community-based setting with the services provided during the care plan, and the cost to the state for the person to remain in the home or community is less than the cost of institutionalized care; and
  • Supportive Living Facilities – for either those between the ages of 22-64 with a physical disability or elderly Illinois residents over 65. To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements: a) U.S. citizen or legal alien; b) Illinois Resident; c) after screening by a designated screening agency, the person must be in need of nursing level care and the Supportive Living Program is appropriate to meet the needs of that individual; d) no diagnosis of developmental disability or severe and persistent mental illness; e) not be on any of the required sex offender websites; f) documentation of no active tuberculosis (TB); g) not participating in other HCBS waiver programs; h) and an income that is greater or equal to the current maximum allowable amount of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), while contributing all but $90/month toward room, board, and services.

Services for a senior living in Illinois

Illinois has an extensive list of services available for older people or those with disabilities. Most of these services available for older people in Illinois are coordinated by the Illinois Department on Aging, which coordinates with other organizations to provide the services that are needed to help Illinois seniors remain in their homes and the communities. There are a total of 13 Illinois Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), which help plan and coordinate services for seniors living in Illinois.

There are Illinois Department of Aging Community Services, which are in place to help Illinois seniors remain living independently in their own homes. These include:

  • Automated Medication Dispenser (AMD) – this is a portable, mechanical system that is programmable to remind the program participant to take their medication. There is a cost for this service between $40-$65;
  • Care Coordination Services – a “care coordinator” is assigned to help Illinois seniors and their caregivers to determine what the senior's needs are and what services are available to meet the needs of that person;
  • Illinois Family Caregiver Support Program – a program which focuses on helping caregivers. One in four households in Illinois provides some sort of care to seniors – either family or friends. A staggering 85% of long-term care services in Illinois are provided by unpaid caregivers. The cost of replacing the unpaid caregivers with paid home care is estimated to cost between $45 to $94 billion annually.
  • Community Care Program – the goal of this program is to keep seniors live in their homes and stay out of nursing facilities, by providing in-home and community-based services. To be eligible, you must receive Medicaid and meet the following criteria:
    • 60-years of age or older;
    • A US citizen or legal alien;
    • An Illinois resident;
    • Have non-exempt assets of $17,500 or less (this does not include a car, home, or personal furnishings); and
    • Have been assessed to be at risk for nursing home placement.

The services that are provided by the Community Care program include Adult Day Service, Emergency Home Response Service, In-Home Service, and Care Coordination Services.

  • Programs which provide Illinois seniors with meals, nutrition, and information on healthy eating include: Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, and the Nutrition Program;
  • Illinois Information and Assistance Program – much like the Care Coordination program, this program helps seniors living in Illinois to see what programs are available and which programs they are eligible for;
  • Other community-based services for Illinois elderly are: Money Management (which helps low-income seniors who have problems managing their budgets, paying bills, dealing with creditors, or handling other financial issues); Senior Community Service Employment Program (helping those over 55 who are entering or re-entering the job market); Senior Health Assistance Program (SHAP); and Senior Transportation Services. The Transportation program helps Illinois seniors to avoid going to nursing homes and to live in independent senior communities.

These programs work due to volunteers in the community.

  • There are also programs available that protect the Rights and Safety of Illinois seniors, including:
    • Long-Term Care Ombudsman;
    • Elder Rights and Advocacy;
    • Elderly Legal Assistance;
    • Adult Protective Services – abuse is not limited to physical abuse. It can also be neglect or financial abuse. If you suspect that someone is being neglected or abused – physically, emotionally, or financially then please call immediately. You do not have to give your name, and you may save someone’s life;
    • Looking out for Fraud; and
    • Illinois Senior Helpline – M-F 8:30-5:00 CST. 1-800-252-8966.

Why Should Seniors Live in Illinois?

The cost of living in Illinois is about average when compared to the rest of the nation, which is something to consider when you are relocating. If you are looking for senior housing in Illinois, you should know that the median cost of senior housing in the state is lower than the rest of the nation.

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Here are some things to consider when choosing if senior living in Illinois is right for you:

  • Weather – Lake Michigan has a tremendous effect on the climate in Illinois. The lake helps produce moderate temperatures – cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. However, the proximity to the lake can lead to lake-effect snow, and there are low-lying areas in Illinois which are prone to flooding, which is the most damaging weather hazard that Illinois faces. Flooding has cost the state $257 million annually for over 30 years;
  • Taxes – Illinois is tax friendly for seniors and retirees. Not only is Social Security income not taxed, but the state does not tax 401(k)s, IRAs or traditional IRAs which have been converted to Roth IRAs. Furthermore, self-employment retirement plans, state and local government deferred compensation plans, military plans, and retirement plans made to retired partners are not taxed;
  • Home prices – While the average cost of a home in the United States is $170,000, the price in Illinois is $147,900 – although houses in Illinois are, on average, nine years older than homes across the country;
  • Cost of Living – Surprisingly, the cost of living is 4.4% less than the national average. The cost of everyday activities – clothing, entertainment, etc. is lower than the average, with only transportation being higher;
  • History and Culture – there are many historical places in Illinois to visit and explore. According to, some of the popular attractions for seniors and others in Illinois are:
    • Art Institute of Chicago – the only museum in the world to be top-ranked by Trip-Advisor four years in a row. It has the greatest Impressionist collection outside of Paris, as well as galleries devoted specifically to the art of ancient Greece, Japan, Africa, and the Americas.
    • Millennium Park – known for its collection of architecture, landscape design, and art, Millennium Park also offers numerous cultural programs such as concerts, tours, exhibitions, and family activities. It even has a Ferris Wheel;
    • Cloud Gate – a public sculpture located in the AT&T Plaza at Millennium Park. The sculpture is nicknamed “The Bean” and is made from 168 stainless steel plates with no visible seams;
    • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library – located in Springfield, Illinois. It follows the life of our 16th president from an Indiana cabin to the White House and shows the highs and lows of his family and the nation;
    • The Magnificent Mile – see why this 13-block stretch of North Michigan Avenue is one of the greatest streets in the world and one of the top ten hospitality, dining, and retail destinations in the world. With 460 stores, 275 restaurants, 60 hotels there is sure to be something for every Illinois senior to do in this unique location;
    • The Field Museum – a museum of natural history, the Field’s “Live over Time” now is home to “Sue,” the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found - perfect destination for the Illinois elderly residents;
    • The Flamingo Statue – a 53-foot tall steel structure located in the Federal Plaza in front of the Federal Building. It is 50 tons of steel in the shape of a Flamingo; and
    • Willis Tower – formerly known as Sears Tower, this 110-story building is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The Ledge at Skydeck is 1,353 feet in the area, and you can even stand on one of the glass balconies that extend 4.3 feet outside the building. You can also enjoy Breakfast or Dinner on the Skydeck.

Weather in Illinois

Due to the size of Illinois – nearly 400 miles between the northernmost and southernmost extremes – the climate varies throughout the state. Seniors in most cities in Illinois will experience summers that are both humid and hot, and winters that are quite cold. The southern part of the state has warmer winters than the north. The average precipitation can vary from over 48 inches at the southern tip to approximately 35 inches in the north. Snowfall amounts vary as well - the Chicago area gets over 38 inches per year, and the southern part gets under 14 inches.

Chicago has 84 sunny days per year and 105 partly sunny days, whereas Springfield, in the southern part of the state, has 104 sunny days and 94 partly sunny days. However, Illinois also has bad weather as well, and the state averages 51 days of thunderstorms annually and 35 tornadoes occurring per year. As Chicago is on the border of Lake Michigan, it is possible for lake-effect snow to affect the weather in the Chicago area and deposit large amounts of snow on this area.

Illinois Demographics

The 5th most populated state in America, with an estimated 12.86 million people according to the latest Census, Illinois is the 25th largest state - with an area of 57,614 square miles. Illinois ranks 12th in population density with 232 people per square mile. The percentage of seniors living in Illinois has increased from 12.5% in 2010 to 14.2% in the last Census. Illinois ranks as the 40th highest state with senior citizens. Illinois is generally separated into three distinct parts: Northern Illinois is referred to as “Chicagoland” and includes the city of Chicago, the suburbs of Chicago, and the area where the Chicago metropolis is expanding. While “Chicagoland” is only 8% of the land area in Illinois, almost 65% of Illinois seniors and other residents live there. The population of the Chicago Metro Area is over 9.8 million. It is also well known for the various ethnic groups that call Chicago home.

The midsection of Illinois, called Central Illinois, is mostly a rural area filled with prairies and is called the Heart of Illinois. Cities here include Peoria, Springfield (the state capital), Quincy, Decatur, Bloomington-Normal, and Champaign-Urbana.

The third and last part, is Southern Illinois, an area south of U.S. Route 50 and near the intersection of the Ohio and the Mississippi River.

The city of Chicago, in Cook County, is the largest city in the state and the 3rd most populated city in the nation. There are seven other cities for seniors to choose from within Illinois that have populations of over 100,000 based on the last Census. These include:

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  • Aurora, Illinois – in Kane County – has a population of just over 200,000;
  • Rockford, Illinois – in Winnebago County – a population of approximately 148,000;
  • Joliet, Illinois – in Will County – a population of approximately 144,500;
  • Naperville, Illinois – DuPage County – population around 145,000;
  • Springfield, Illinois, the capital – Sangamon County – population around 117,000;
  • Peoria, Illinois – Peoria County – approximate population of 115,000;
  • Elgin, Illinois – Kane County – population around 112,000;
  • Waukegan, Illinois – Lake County – approximate population of 89,000; and
  • Champaign, Illinois – Champaign County – population around 87,000.

The top three religious majorities in Illinois recently have been: Roman Catholics, who are heavily concentrated around Chicago and make up 30% of the population - approximately 3.65 million; United Methodist Church with around 314,500; and the Southern Baptist Convention with 283,500 members. Illinois also has the largest concentration of Missouri Synod Lutherans in the nation. Furthermore, Illinois has the largest concentration of Muslims of any other state with 2,800 Muslims for every 100,000 citizens.

English is the primary language in Illinois, with nearly 80% of the population speaking it natively. The others speak it fluently as a second language. Almost 12% of the population speak Spanish at home, and there are many Polish speakers in the Chicago Metropolitan Area as well.

According to last census, the racial composition of Illinois is approximately: 71% White (63.7% non-Hispanic white and 7.8% White-Hispanic); 14.5% Black; 0.3% Asian; 4.6% Asian-American, and 2.3% Multiracial American.

Taxes in Illinois

Illinois taxes seniors and everyone else 3.75% on their income tax; however, it makes up for this with the higher-than-average sales tax (11th highest in the country) and the 2nd highest property taxes.

Tax credits in Illinois include: the Illinois Property Tax Credit which is the equivalent of 5% of your Illinois property tax paid on a principal residence; the Earned Income Tax Credit which is equal to 5% of the federal credit of the same name, and the Education Expense Credit, which give a credit to parents who spent over $250 on eligible K-12 education expenses.

The state of Illinois has a statewide sales tax that is based on three different levels, depending on what you are purchasing. Qualifying food, drugs, and medical appliances, things that must be registered (like cars) and general merchandise are all taxed by different amounts. It’s rather confusing, yet oddly interesting and somewhat entertaining.

Grocery and medicine are taxed at a rate of 1% of the purchase price by the state, however local taxes can add another 1.25% on top of that. Some “food” does not count as a “qualifying food”, such as candy and soda, which are taxed at the rate of general merchandise of 6.25%, although local areas may add additional taxes between 1% - 3.5% on top of that. If candy contains flour, then it not classified as candy for tax purposes. Lollipops and Gummy Bears are taxed at the higher rate used for general merchandise, but any candy with flour in it is taxed as a qualifying food. For example, in Chicago, the highest sales tax rate is 9.25% and, the town of Cicero has the highest tax rate in the state at 9.75%.

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Property taxes are high, with Illinois having the second-highest property tax rate in the country at 2.13%. That's a very heavy burden on Illinois seniors living in their own houses. There are multiple government authorities with the power to levy taxes – almost 8,500 – which is more than in any other state. Illinois also has an estate tax for estates worth less than $4 million.

The purchasing power in Illinois is a bit higher than the average in the nation. For example, what would cost you $99.30 in Illinois is what you would expect to spend $100 on in another state. The cost of living is lower in Illinois overall than it is in other states in every category except for utilities and. Groceries, housing, and miscellaneous items are all below the national average.

Some places to consider for Illinois Senior living:

  • Galena, Illinois – this is a gorgeous, small town that is perfect for retirees. There are plenty of outdoor activities for you to enjoy the natural beauty that this town has to offer. There are beautiful homes, in both the French Colonial and Victorian Styles;
  • Peoria, Illinois – located on the Illinois River with a population of close to 400,000, yet this town somehow keeps its intimate rural feel. There are local colleges which provide free cultural and educational opportunities as well for seniors participating in continuing education;
  • Bollingbrook, Illinois – close to Chicago, with shopping opportunities and property values that are still appreciating. Seniors who love golfing will enjoy spending time at the Clubhouse, and there are plenty of free activities such as concerts and picnics;
  • Champaign-Urbana, Illinois – although it is a college town, seniors who live here find that outside of downtown it is quite peaceful. If you are a senior who loves to constantly learn something new, the nearby college allows you to attend free lectures and other university-sponsored events; however, you can return to the quiet tranquility of your home away from the college life;
  • Morris, Illinois – a town with a strong community feel and friendly people that provides activities for seniors and every other age group. The town offers transportation for seniors, and the cost of living is lower than one would expect.


What is the staff to resident ratio in assisted living in Illinois? ›

One CNA must be on-duty during all shifts. At least one response/security staff person is required for facilities with 1-75 residents, a second staff person for facilities with 76-150 residents, and a third staff person for facilities with 151 or more residents.

What is the average price for assisted living in Illinois? ›

The average cost of assisted living in Illinois is $4,050 per month. This is higher than the national average which is $2,877 per month. In Illinois there are 684 assisted living facilities. We can help you find the best matches for your needs.

What are the three key principles in assisted living? ›

What Are the Three Principles of Assisted Living?
  • Person-Centered Care. With this guiding principle in place, loved ones can always expect to get care that is centered on their individual needs. ...
  • Practice Ethics at All Times. Every assisted living community should operate on a foundation of trust. ...
  • Mission Statement.
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At what age do most seniors go into assisted living? ›

The average age of an assisted living resident is 87. While some people transition to assisted living communities as soon as they reach the age minimum — generally 60-65 — most wait until they need additional care, or until they can no longer remain in their own homes without assistance.

How many patients can a CNA have legally in Illinois? ›

The Safe Patient Limits Act currently pending action in the Illinois Legislature sets a minimum nurse staffing requirement of no more than 4 patients per nurse for all hospitals in the state.

How is most assisted living care usually paid for? ›

Most families use private funds to pay for assisted living. This means a combination of personal savings, pension payments, and retirement accounts. Though many seniors save for retirement over the years, family members often contribute to elder care costs.

Does Social Security pay for assisted living in Illinois? ›

The short answer is yes, in most states, Social Security (through Optional State Supplements) provides financial assistance for persons that reside in assisted living communities provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

What is the highest level of care in assisted living? ›

Level 3 assisted living care, sometimes referred to as enhanced assisted living, is typically the highest level of care available in an assisted living facility. This level of care includes extensive hands-on assistance with multiple ADLs throughout the day, such as toileting, bathing and communicating.

What benefits do seniors get in Illinois? ›

  • Adult Day Service.
  • Adult Protective Services.
  • Benefit Access.
  • Community Care Program.
  • Home Care Ombudsman Program.
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
  • Older Adult Services.
  • Senior Health Insurance Program.

What are the disadvantages of assisted living? ›

Disadvantages of Assisted Living
  • They are typically understaffed, leading to negligent care.
  • You are not guaranteed a private room.
  • There may be limited visitation times.
  • The amount of time you can leave the facility may be greatly restricted.
  • Patients are not allowed to clean up after themselves.
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What questions to ask when considering assisted living? ›

Questions You Should Ask an Assisted Living Facility
  • How Does Your Community Welcome a New Resident? ...
  • What Kind of Training Does Your Team Undergo? ...
  • How Many Residents Do You Have? ...
  • Do You Have Staff on-Site 24/7? ...
  • What Kind of Meal Services Do You Offer? ...
  • What Type of Activities Are Available?
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How do you know when it's time to put your parent in assisted living? ›

Loss of mobility or increase in falls. Signs of neglecting household maintenance. No longer able to perform daily tasks, such as grooming or preparing meals. Increased isolation.

How long does it take for dementia patient to get used to assisted living? ›

It can take days, weeks, or months. Much of the outcome depends upon the type and severity of dementia, and how your loved one is prepared for the move. The outcome also depends upon the environment (the facility), and the level of support that is given (by yourself, family, and staff) during and after the move.

How do you prepare an elderly parent for assisted living? ›

10 Tips for Getting a Parent to Move to Assisted Living
  1. Plant the seed. ...
  2. Do your research. ...
  3. Wait for a “teachable moment” to present itself. ...
  4. Ask for referrals. ...
  5. Take tours. ...
  6. Highlight the benefits. ...
  7. Let it all sink in. ...
  8. Arrange a family meeting.
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Can you work as a CNA without being certified in Illinois? ›

The individual cannot work as an Illinois CNA until the registry shows that the individual has met the training requirements. A copy of a diploma or other proof of completing the course translated into English is required.

Can CNAs give meds in Illinois? ›

With the exception of a few mental health facilities in the state of Illinois, CNAs are not legally authorized to pass medications. That is a nursing responsibility, the responsibility of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse ( RN ).

Can a CNA draw blood in Illinois? ›

Under normal protocol, a CNA will not draw blood. However, this does not mean that a Certified Nurse Aide will never be able to draw blood. A CNA may be able to draw blood if they obtain additional training or certification courses. This could include being a Medical Assistant or taking Phlebotomy classes, for example.

How much do most assisted living facilities cost? ›

Their data shows the median cost of assisted living facilities in the United States in 2021 as the following: $148 a day. $4,500 a month. $54,000 a year.

What happens to your Social Security if you go to a nursing home? ›

If you move into a nursing home and Medicaid pays for your care, your SSI benefits may be reduced. However, depending on your circumstances, you may still be eligible for some SSI benefits.

What is the best state for assisted living? ›

Arizona is the best state for long-term care.

ValuePenguin researchers used three overall metrics — cost, access to care and quality of care at each state's nursing homes and assisted living facilities — with Arizona coming out on top.

What is the most common type of patient in assisted living facilities? ›

The typical assisted living resident is a senior citizen who suffered a mild decline in their overall health, usually due to an injury, an illness or simply because of aging.

What is the ratio of caregivers to residents in assisted living? ›

RCFE Staff Requirements

The communities with 1-15 residents usually have two to three caregivers during the day and one caregiver at night. There are no resident ratios. The administrator or a qualified designated substitute must be on-site 24 hours a day.

Does Illinois pay for caregivers? ›

The state of Illinois has a program that allows a family member to get paid to help take care of an elderly family member. The Illinois Department on Aging's Community Care Program is designed to help older adults live independently.

At what age do you get a senior discount on property taxes in Illinois? ›

This program allows persons 65 years of age and older to defer all or part of the real estate taxes and special assessments (up to a maximum of $5,000) on their principal residences.

How can I get paid for taking care of my parents in Illinois? ›

Contact your local Community Care Program Care Coordination Unit (CCU) to apply for the HCBS Waiver and the Community Care Program. Contact the Older adult Helpline at 1-800-252-8966 or get in touch with your local Illinois Area Agency on Aging for information on other services and programs for caregivers in Illinois.

What are the pros and cons in living in an assisted living? ›

Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of assisted living for seniors.
  • Pro: It Allows Seniors to Get Help With Daily Activities. ...
  • Con: It Can Cost a Lot of Money. ...
  • Pro: It Gives Seniors the Chance to Socialize. ...
  • Con: It Can Limit the Privacy Seniors Feel. ...
  • Pro: It Helps Seniors Maintain a Feeling of Independence.
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Are assisted living homes safe for the elderly? ›

Safe environment that's just like home

Assisted living facilities provide senior citizens with a homely premises, designed to increase mobility, comfort and safety. All this is possible because the premises are equipped with amenities such as: Grab bars. Skid-free flooring.

How does infection spread in assisted living? ›

How Do Infections Spread? Germs can be found on the hands or gloves of health care workers, on surfaces in the facility, and on medical equipment. If these are not properly cleaned and disinfected, the germs may spread to other people and the environment.

How do you start a conversation in assisted living? ›

When speaking about assisted living, use positive, non-threatening words. Refer to assisted living as a “community” rather than a facility. Talk about “condo-style living” rather than “rooms.” Highlight the activities, amenities and social opportunities rather than the personal care.

How do you evaluate an assisted living facility? ›

How to Evaluate an Assisted Living Facility
  1. Assess your needs. ...
  2. Know what questions to ask. ...
  3. Take a tour of the facility. ...
  4. Study the fees and the contract. ...
  5. Find out about the staff. ...
  6. Look into the medical services. ...
  7. Find out what types of activities are offered. ...
  8. Observe the staff in action.

What is the most important factor that determines whether residents of assisted living facilities feel at home in their facility? ›

What is one factor that determines whether residents of assisted living facilities feel "at home" in their facility? Their ability to make personal decisions and choices about their lives. Most continuing care retirement communities ask residents to pay an up-front fee and a continuing monthly fee.

What is the best fruit for elderly? ›

Seniors should eat plenty of citrus fruits to obtain enough vitamin C in their day. Vitamin C is known to produce antibodies, which boost immunity and help older adults fight off infections. Some examples of vitamin C rich foods are oranges, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, tangerines, grapefruit, and strawberries.

What elderly should not eat? ›

Here are eight foods that you should cut down on (or avoid eating altogether) as you get older, and why:
  • Raw or undercooked eggs, meat and poultry. ...
  • Grapefruit. ...
  • High-sodium foods. ...
  • Caffeine. ...
  • Sodas and sugary drinks. ...
  • “Sugar-free” drinks. ...
  • Alcoholic beverages. ...
  • Foods with empty calories.
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What age do most people go into assisted living? ›

There are some who move in close to the minimum age requirement (usually about 65), but most make the move between the ages of 75 and 84. The typical assisted living resident is an 87-year-old woman who needs help with two or three activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and medication management.

Can you put a parent in assisted living against their will? ›

In short, no one can force an elderly person into an assisted living facility unless friends or families have proven that: They can't safely take care of themselves. They require round the clock care. Home health care isn't an option.

At what stage do dementia patients become incontinent? ›

As Alzheimer's disease progresses, it is common for incontinence of the bladder and bowels to occur, particularly in the middle and late stages.

In what stage will a person with dementia requires complete assistance? ›

Stage 5. Lasting an average of 4 years, a person in mid-stage dementia now needs assistance to complete activities of daily living. In this stage, the signs and symptoms of dementia will be very easy to identify.

What goes on in the mind of a person with dementia? ›

Symptoms of dementia can include problems with planning and decision-making, language, and sometimes changes in mood or behaviour. These changes in mental abilities may be small to start with, but become more noticeable. It's important to know the difference between normal ageing and dementia.

How do you move an unwilling parent to assisted living? ›

How to Convince a Parent to Go to Assisted Living
  1. Talk with siblings/family first. Discuss options ahead of time and make sure you're on the same page. ...
  2. Don't push. Avoid making parents feel forced. ...
  3. Empathize and listen. ...
  4. Reframe the benefits. ...
  5. Seize teachable moments. ...
  6. Give them control. ...
  7. Bring in help. ...
  8. Share your feelings.
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Why do dementia patients refuse care? ›

Lack of insight often results in resistance to care, a failure to admit they need assistance and refusal to accept it. Most caregivers for dementia patients will encounter the problem of resistance to care at some point, typically in the early and middle stages of the disease.

How do I deal with my parents in assisted living? ›

How to Deal With Guilt Over Nursing Home Placement
  1. Realize that you didn't cause your loved one's illnesses or age-related decline. ...
  2. Understand that professional care is often a necessary next step. ...
  3. Take time to acknowledge and appreciate that you are doing the best you can.

What is the ratio for CNA to patients? ›

It sets a minimum CNA-to-patient ratio of 1:20. Licensed nurses must provide a minimum of one hour a day in direct service to residents, and a facility must have at least one licensed nurse for every 40 residents.
WVa2.0 hrs/day (0.4 by an LPN)
7 more rows
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What is resident staff ratio? ›

Second, a good rule of thumb to know is that most facilities have one staff member for every six to eight residents. The ratio will be higher during the nighttime hours, with often one staff member caring for fifteen residents.

How many care staff per resident in a care home? ›

For example, you may be scheduled to have 6 staff on (ideal), 5 staff would the minimum safe level. 4 would be unsafe. Needs will vary so when you have a combination of residents requiring exceptional levels of support, you may not to be able to safely run the floor with less than 6.

Where do caregivers spend most of their time? ›

48% of care recipients reside in their own home. Higher-hour care recipients are less likely to reside at home (28%) than lower-hour recipients (57%). Inversely, higher-hour care recipients are more likely to reside in their caregiver's home (62%) than lower-hour recipients (22%).

Can a CNA refuse an assignment? ›

According to the American Nurses Association, Nurses have the "professional right to accept, reject or object in writing to any patient assignment that puts patients or themselves at serious risk for harm.

Can a CNA change a colostomy bag? ›

Yes, this is typically a CNA's responsibility. It's simple to do, as the LPN demonstrated.

When should bed sheets be changed CNA? ›

Change bed sheets whenever they become damp, soiled, or wrinkled.

How many carers should be on a night shift? ›

Daytime (08.00 - 20.00) - 2 nurses, 6 carers. Nighttime (20.00 - 08.00) - 1 nurse, 4 carers.

What is a Level 1 resident? ›

Level One — Low level of care.

This resident is mostly independent but may need reminders to perform ADLs. Some may require a low level of supervision or assistance to ensure that tasks are performed correctly and safely.

What is a good patient ratio? ›

What Is the Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Recommendation? Generally, the nurse-to-patient ratio recommendation is one nurse to every four patients. According to a National Nurses United report, there are currently no federal mandates that regulate the number of patients registered nurses (RNs) can care for simultaneously.

What happens if a care home doesnt have enough staff? ›

Understaffing in nursing homes is one of the biggest factors leading to nursing home abuse and neglect. Understaffing leads to inadequate attention from staff, meaning residents are more likely to get hurt through falls, dehydration, malnutrition, or bedsores.

What time do care home residents go to bed? ›

The overall mean bedtime was at around 9 pm and the mean time of getting up was just before 8 am (Table 2). The mean total amount of time spent in bed awake per night was 2 hours 25 minutes. Figure 1. Mean number of hours spent in bed per night by residents over two weeks (N=125).

How do you ensure adequate staffing? ›

6 Tips To Achieve Ideal Staffing Levels In Your Facility
  1. Clearly define your business objectives. ...
  2. Gauge your current workforce. ...
  3. Track upcoming events and trends. ...
  4. Include your organization culture in your staffing strategy. ...
  5. Develop a staffing forecast. ...
  6. Review your plans periodically.
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