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5 Assisted Living Communities in Dekalb County, Illinois

The average cost of assisted living in the county is $4,770 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 5 Assisted Living Communities in DeKalb County and several in surrounding areas. The Cost of Senior Care in DeKalb County, IL

  • Assisted Living: $4,770
  • Nursing Home Care: $5,916
  • In-home Care: $3,886
  • Adult Day Health Services: $1,647

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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Dekalb County

Nora

1

May 12, 2021

I am/was a resident of this facility

I'm in The Regency House, I believed their promises and I'm very unhappy here. They're not resident-oriented. They advertised that they have chef-prepared meals but they're institutional kids' cafeteria food. They advertised that weekly housekeeping can't touch any of the residents' property, so there's nothing that they can do, they don't move wastebaskets or little step stools to vacuum under it. They leave the floor soaking wet, when they finish doing whatever they do, they don't clean the sink, counters, or anything like that. The food is inedible; it's not something that you would wanna serve to anybody. I do physical therapy there, they have a room with a few machines and I pay extra for that. They haven't lived up to the agreement that I signed. They don't do the housekeeping, I can't hear the announcement that they sent over out on the PA system in the hallways, and they don't communicate when they make changes, I can't remember everything that is wrong with this place. The staff is very rude on my floor.

Janet

5

January 13, 2021

I visited this facility

I really liked The Regency House, but the pricing was out of our budget. I liked the way it was laid out, the rooms, and the location. I was pleased with the amenities. They had full dining, they had activities, and they take them to and from the store and to and from the doctor. We met with one person and that was the person who showed me around the facility, and she seemed very knowledgeable of the place. The gentleman in the front asked me to sign in and do the temperature check. He was following their guidelines for COVID-19.

Keith

5

October 15, 2020

I visited this facility

I had been in some assisted living places for my other relatives, which were very dark and depressing and were basically a long hall with a little room. The Regency House has a long hall with doors also, but we got a two-bedroom and two-bath, which is four times the size of the other person we're talking about. It has an external door so you don't have to go through the community hall every time. There's a walking trail all around the place with seats where you can sit. And there is this little place, about the size of a car, where my mom can plant plants and her own bushes. Everythig else I saw wasn't like that. We looked at the outside of about 11 places and we just didn't feel warm and fuzzy. We saw this place, and from the outside you can see the trail go around it and the outside just looked brighter. So of those 11 places, we went in there. The people were very nice and professional and then we saw her place; it's like an apartment. The other place was very dreary. It was just the whole cherriness of the place, the amount of room, and the price. My parents can pay everything for themselves. I thought it was cheap for the two-bedroom and two-bath.

P.B.

3

October 3, 2020

I visited this facility

The Regency House is not up-to-date, it needs refurbishing and remodelling. It's quite dated. They have good-sized rooms, and a good selection. They have activities, a library and amenities but they're all minimally satisfactory. They don't have a good library, but they have a library. There's not much emphasis on their outdoor space as far as I can see, but the people were very friendly.

Jacki

5

November 29, 2019

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

My mother likes The Regency House. They don't have assisted living, but they have an outside agency that comes in and offers services for people who need assistance. It's a very nice place. She has a studio, but they also have nice little 1-bedroom apartments. I would recommend them. It's a friendly place, and it has a nice welcoming entryway with a fireplace. The workers seem very nice and capable. They have a very nice dining room with meals that my mother enjoys and they're well done and very nicely cooked. It's reasonably priced. They have Bingo, people come in to play music and give yoga classes, they have a preacher that comes, exercise class, and a van that takes them places. They include room cleaning in the price, but if they need help with dressing or getting to and from the dining room, those are extra provided by an outside agency and that is added on to your cost. They do a very good job.

Patricia

4

July 3, 2019

I visited this facility

The Regency House was older and somewhat rundown, but they keep it clean and well maintained. The two people we talked to were very helpful. We ate a meal that was adequate. There seemed to be a lack of resources. They had a little exercise room with a couple of machines. I was not that impressed by it.

A reviewer 06122019

5

July 2, 2019

I visited this facility

I liked the variety of the rooms at The Regency House. The apartment was very nice. The dining area was spacious. They had games, driving service to take people shopping and to other activities, and a library. The staff was very friendly, very helpful and very welcoming.

Edmond

4

May 31, 2019

I visited this facility

Briarwood Health and Rehabilitation Center' staff was very personable and friendly. The seniors who were there seemed to be content. The living space and security parameters there would meet my level of expectation for such a facility. They seem to be pretty organized in terms of activities for the residents. The place looked like it was being maintained and not rundown. It looks like it had some age to it and it doesn't look like they have done anything to modernize it, but it's not really old. They offer total care because some residents can't do much of anything for themselves. They seemed like they had adequate parking. The landscaping was maintained and had a neat appearance. The facility itself was kind of secluded so at least once you drive in, you don't have to worry about getting lost or getting turned around in the wrong direction once you get to that street or driveway. They're very easy to find.

Sarah

2

March 23, 2019

I visited this facility

I was not very impressed with Coventry Place. Their rooms were big and they offered apartments instead of just rooms. It was very old and shabby and did not seem like a very nice place. The people were very nice. They take residents shopping and have game nights. They have a full calendar of social events. The outside appearance and landscaping weren't bad, but they need to do extensive remodeling of the residents' units and the cafeteria area.

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Assisted Living Costs in Dekalb County

The Genworth 2018 Cost of Care study reveals that the $4,770 monthly rate for assisted living in DeKalb County is much higher than the state ($4,030) and national ($4,000) averages. Only the metro Chicago area costs more ($4,794), but assisted living in Bloomington is almost as expensive at $4,650 per month. Other areas of Illinois are markedly more affordable, such as Kankakee ($3,986), Peoria ($3,750), Champaign ($3,578) and Carbondale, where assisted living costs average just $3,475 per month.

Note: Data on senior care costs wasn’t available for DeKalb County, so data for the nearest city, Rockford, was used.

Care Cost Comparison

Costs for different senior care options can vary considerably within a specific locale. These variances are due to factors such as the type of care, the skill level of services provided and the setting. Nursing home care is the most expensive option in DeKalb County, and assisted living costs about $1,000 less per month. While both are residential environments with room and board usually provided, nursing home rates are much higher because these facilities offer 24-hour skilled care. Homemaker or home health aide services may seem like a more affordable choice than assisted living since they average around $900 less per month.  Day-to-day expenses such as food, upkeep, utilities and property taxes should be considered in addition to the price of in-home care services for a realistic cost comparison.

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Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Dekalb County

Medicaid in Illinois

Medicaid is the nation’s widest-ranging health care program, serving more than 72 million low-income Americans from coast to coast. This jointly funded program is regulated by the federal government and administered at the state level.

In Illinois, the Department of Human Services administers Medicaid, and it’s called Medical Assistance. The program provides more than 2.25 million state residents with a number of basic health care services, including primary and specialist care, emergency room visits, hospital stays, lab and X-ray services, prescription drugs and institutional nursing home care.

To qualify for Medical Assistance coverage for long-term care, DeKalb County residents must be blind, disabled or aged 64 and older and a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Applicants must also have:

  • A monthly income of less than $1,041 if single or $1,409 if married and both spouses apply
  • Total countable assets of $2,000 or less if single or $3,000 if applying with a spouse


MA factors in income from all sources, but some assets aren’t counted, including a principal home, one vehicle, personal effects and household furnishings.

When only one spouse of a married couple applies, the non-applicant’s income is excluded. Up to $2,739 of the applicant’s monthly income also may be disregarded as a spousal allowance, along with up to $109,540 of the couple’s jointly owned assets.

Seniors with income above the limits may be able to qualify through the MA spend-down program. This program requires that excess monthly income is spent on allowable medical expenses, such as hospital or doctor bills, prescriptions, supplies or medical treatments, to reach the eligibility income level.

DeKalb County seniors can apply for MA online, by calling (815) 895-8667 or by visiting the DHS Family Community Resource Center at 1629 Afton Rd. in Sycamore.

Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living

Veterans Aid and Attendance Pension

DeKalb County senior veterans or their surviving spouses currently receiving a regular VA pension may be eligible for a monthly top-up based on their care needs and service record. To qualify, an applicant must meet one of these conditions:

  • Need help completing activities of daily living
  • Have a disabling visual impairment
  • Be largely confined to bed due to a chronic condition or disability


Only honorably discharged wartime veterans or their surviving spouses who aren’t presently receiving a VA disability pension can qualify.

For more information or assistance completing the A&A program’s detailed application, senior veterans can contact the DeKalb County Veterans Assistance Commission at (815) 756-8129.

Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled

The Illinois Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled program provides a cash benefit to eligible low-income residents. To qualify for this monthly state supplemental payment, applicants must meet one of these conditions:

  • Be aged 65 or older and ineligible for SSI due to income
  • Be legally blind or disabled but under age 65 and ineligible for SSI benefits due to income


DeKalb County residents can apply for AABD benefits online, in person at the local DHS Resource Center in Sycamore or by phone at (815) 895-8667.

Senior Centers

The Family Service Agency operates four senior centers in DeKalb County to keep older residents socially, emotionally and physically engaged in their communities. The centers are open to those aged 55 and older and offer a diverse array of programs and activities ranging from fitness classes and favorite card games to needlecrafts, woodcarving and legacy writing. The centers have frequent outings to area parks, casinos and shopping centers and provide catered noontime meals. The main center in DeKalb is open Monday through Friday every week, while those in Malta, Genoa and Sycamore are open three or four days a week. Meals and activities available at the centers are offered to local seniors at little or no cost.

Area Agency on Aging

The Northwestern Illinois AAA coordinates programs and services that promote independence and quality of life for seniors in DeKalb County. Through its Aging and Disability Resource Center, the agency helps seniors access available resources and provides information about a wide range of concerns such as health care programs, memory loss, advance directives, assistive technology and long-term care. Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging
1111 S. Alpine Rd., Ste. 600, Rockford, IL, 61108
(800) 542-8402

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