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137 Assisted Living Communities in Cook County, Illinois

The average cost of assisted living in the county is $4,794 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the county, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 137 Assisted Living Communities in Cook County and several in surrounding areas. The Cost of Senior Care in Cook County, IL

  • Assisted Living: $4,794
  • Nursing Home Care: $7,330
  • In-home Care: $4,576
  • Adult Day Health Services: $1,728

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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Cook County

Patty Smith


September 7, 2023

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My mother was a resident for 5 days. They let her sit and rot in a wheelchair for 2 days without liquids. We found her unresponsive in the dining room with a body temp of 92 and blue hands and feet. No staff noticed her condition. She died 6 days later. The administration could not have cared less.



May 7, 2021

I visited this facility

Hanover Place is new and clean. The downside that we saw was everything was à la carte, so you have to pay for everything. The staff answered all our questions. She was very honest with us, and she showed us around. It was the weekend, so there was nothing happening. We didn't try any meals, but we just saw an open dining area. They have a weight room and bingo, so it seems like they have some amenities.



March 20, 2021

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My wife is in Lexington of La Grange. It seems to be a very good and caring community. It's very clean. Right now I can't visit, so I can't say a lot about the inside, but as far as I can tell, and as far as what they've done so far, it's been excellent. Communication with the staff has been very good. She's in a private room, and she's as comfortable as she can be in her condition. She's getting a little physical therapy, but it's just for upper-arm movement. As far as I know, it's been fine. With not being there and her not really communicating with me a lot, I can't really make a comment on the therapy.



March 6, 2021

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My father is in Brookdale Hoffman Estates. It's very good, and so far, I have no complaint. I get very frequent updates. Everyone has been very good with communicating and keeping me informed of what's going on. The first week he moved in, we could visit him two times, and then after that, it's once a week, so I have seen his apartment several times. It's very clean, and he is very comfortable. They have a game room, an exercise room, a barber shop, a courtyard, and a walking path.



February 15, 2021

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My aunt and uncle are at Symphony Rehab/Nursing Home (Symphony 87th Street). With the virus, I haven't been able to see and check the place out. When I tried to give a visit on the computer, it never happened. I did an outdoor visit and with the virus going on, they only let you visit for 30 minutes, and that was a short visit. I feel like if I have to visit with both of them, each one of them should get 30 minutes, but instead it's 15 minutes a person. I didn't like it at all. My first impression of the facility was that it was clean. The young lady that is taking care of my aunt and uncle is very professional, but you don't have the same person all the time. As far as activities, when I talk to my aunt and uncle, they don't have any programs right now because of the virus. They don't do anything. They only provide very small servings of food. My aunt and uncle complain about being hungry. They're not professional at all. When you call them, you never get through on the phone. They hang up on you. I cannot get a Zoom visit, too. They don't know anything. It's like the blind leading the blind; the whole team doesn't know what the other hand is doing. There is no communication. They need to improve on everything. I think all of them need to be able to have some type of training. They should have professional people answering the call.



February 1, 2021

I visited this facility

The Grand at Twin Lakes is fairly new. It used to be a motel. I think it's probably only 5 or 6 years old. I visited it and had a talk with the fellow there. He took me around and showed me three or four rooms. What I liked about it was the outdoors. There's a lot of open air and a lot of nature. If I were to move out of my current place, that's where I'll go. The fellow who was Italian like myself, we hit it off immediately. He made me feel very welcome. I saw the place where you walk in, I saw the dining room, and I saw the lounge. The fellow talked about a few activities. It gave me an idea that all the senior centers have a lot of similar activities. The staff was wonderful, very friendly, very honest, very open, and answered all my questions. I saw two ladies at the desk, and they seemed very professional and very lovely. I didn't see anybody else, just those three staff members. Everything was clean and very nice.



January 14, 2021

I visited this facility

We visited The Grand at Twin Lakes. I really liked it. Whoever I met was very good. We looked at one-bedrooms; they were quite nice. We saw the dining area, which looked nice too. They have a gathering area inside the door. They also have daily happy hours for the residents, which is nice too. We did not eat there, but they offered us cookies, which were very good.



January 14, 2021

I visited this facility

We visited the Solstice Senior Living at Palatine. It seemed nice. However, the community seemed a little older than other places. I only met the people who did the tour; they were very nice. Everything was carpeted there. They had a nice seating area outdoors that they offer for the residents. There was a card game going on.



December 6, 2020

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My dad's therapy at Symphony is fine with the rest of the care. They need to improve on the general patient care. Also the food, I know that the food in these facilities is not good, however, it should be warm and it should not be cold on a regular basis. The attentiveness of the general staff I think, needs to improve. I don't know if it's because they have so many, but they need to be attentive. I really can't give anything about the upkeep because I have not been inside the facility past the door to bring my dad something.

Map of Cook County, Illinois

Assisted Living Costs in Cook County

With monthly costs averaging more than $700 over both the national and state averages, Cook County is the most expensive region for assisted living in Illinois, according to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study. The county edges out nearby Rockford by only $24 a month, but other areas of the state are much less costly. To the south, Kankakee’s monthly average cost for assisted living is over $800 less at $3,986, and farther downstate, the Champaign area comes in at only $3,578. 

Note: Average assisted living costs weren’t available specifically for Cook County, so data for the geographically similar Chicago area was used.

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Champaign Area


Care Cost Comparison

With an average monthly cost of $7,330, nursing home care is the most expensive type of senior care in this region of Illinois. At $4,794, assisted living is nearly 35% less expensive, and in-home care is even less costly, with costs for homemaker services and home health aides both averaging $4,576 monthly. The least expensive type of senior care available in Cook County is adult day health care, which costs on average only $1,728 per month. While the discrepancy in price between residential care and in-home or day services is significant, seniors should also factor in the expenses related to staying in their own house, including rent or mortgage and other household maintenance costs since many of these expenses are included in the price of assisted living.

Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart

Assisted Living


Homemaker Services


Home Health Aide


Adult Day Health Services


Nursing Home Care


Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Cook County

Medicaid in Illinois

Also known as the Medical Assistance Program, Illinois Medicaid offers comprehensive health benefits for low-income state seniors, including long-term care services such as assisted living. While Illinois provides multiple pathways to Medicaid eligibility, basic income guidelines limit a single applicant’s monthly income to $1,041 and couples with both spouses applying to $1,409. Although singles may have no more than $2,000 in assets, there is no specified asset limit for married couples with both spouses applying. General Medicaid for the aged, blind or disabled does not include a level-of-care requirement.

For individuals incurring high medical bills who don’t meet income guidelines, the state’s Medically Needy Pathway allows seniors to spend down excess income on medical bills until they fall within Medicaid guidelines. The individual may then qualify for Medicaid for the duration of the month. Medicaid planning is also available within the state.

Seniors seeking additional information on Medicaid benefits should contact the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. Eligible individuals may complete an online application at ABE.

Illinois also offers several Medicaid-related waivers for seniors in need of long-term care.

Illinois Supportive Living Program

Providing low-income seniors with an alternative to nursing home care, the Illinois SLP funds services such as personal care, skilled nursing and medication assistance, which can be delivered at home or in an assisted living program. The waiver requires individuals to demonstrate the need for a nursing home level of care, and potential applicants must undergo a preadmission screening to assess needs. To qualify, an applicant’s functional requirements must be satisfied by receiving SLP services at home or in a community program. Assisted living residents must be Medicaid-eligible with an income at or greater than the current SSI guidelines of $771 for a single applicant or $1,157 for a married couple and must use that income to pay the provider each month, except for a $90 personal allowance.

Seniors who have questions about the program or want additional information on applying should contact the Bureau of Long-Term Care at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services by phoning (217) 782-0545.

Illinois Community Care Program

The state’s Community Care program funds in-home or community-based care designed to assist seniors who require a nursing home level of care but wish to remain independent. Benefits include a medication dispenser service, emergency response systems and personal assistance with activities of daily living. 

Applicants must be legal state residents aged 60 or older and demonstrate a need for long-term care. To qualify, individuals must have assets of no more than $17,500. An individual’s home, car and furnishings are exempt from this total.

Additional information about the application process is available through the state’s Senior HelpLine at (800) 252-8966.

Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living

Optional State Supplementation

Illinois residents who receive SSI and have financial needs exceeding the amount of the benefit plus any additional monthly income may qualify for a supplement through OSS. The state-approved allowance varies depending on an individual’s needs, marital status and living situation, and the cash stipend is added directly to the federal monthly SSI payment. This funding may be applied to expenses associated with assisted living programs.

To apply for the OSS benefit, Cook County residents should work directly with the Social Security Administration at one of the county’s field offices or by calling (800) 772-1213.

VA Aid and Attendance

The federal Aid and Attendance program helps qualified veterans cover the cost of assisted living programs. Veterans or their surviving spouses must be 65 or older and meet one or more of the following requirements to qualify:

  • Require help performing daily personal care activities 
  • Be bedridden (except during short-term recovery from illness or injury)
  • Have limited vision after corrective lenses (no more than 5/200 in both eyes)
  • Have a restricted visual field of 5 degrees or less

Eligible veterans must supply a physician’s report that includes detailed information about their qualifying condition. Veterans who receive a disability pension or funding through the VA Housebound program are not eligible for Aid and Attendance funds.

The A&A program has income limits with complex guidelines for calculating countable income. Potential applicants can get help applying at one of the county’s many VA offices. For more information or to apply, veterans can visit the Chicago Regional Benefit Office or call (800) 827-1000. 

Area Agencies on Aging

Illinois Area Agencies on Aging deliver programs, services and advocacy aimed at helping seniors maintain their independence. These agencies provide care coordination, nutritional counseling, transportation and referrals for area elders. Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
1615 W. Chicago Ave, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 744-4016 AgeOptions, Inc.
1048 Lake St, Suite 300, Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 383-0258

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