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47 Assisted Living Communities in Lake 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 47 Assisted Living Communities in Lake County and several in surrounding areas. The Cost of Senior Care in Lake 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 Lake County



February 1, 2021

I am/was a resident of this facility

My wife and I moved into Sedgebrook about 9 to 10 years ago. After my wife died last month, I thought maybe I should move out, but Sedgebrook is pretty hard to beat. There are so many good things here that we have. First of all, we have a lot of grounds for walking. I love it because it's close to Mother Nature. They have a variety of walking paths. There are beautiful little lakes and ponds nearby. We could have 30, 40 or 50 different activities inside you can sign up into. We also have two resident officers. We have assisted living as well as independent living. The independent people, like myself, have our own car. We can come and go as we please, but of course right now, we have the Covid disaster. I still get out though and I do my shopping. They have so much going for us. One reason I don't want to leave is that I have so many friends here, so I think I'm going to stay put. I have a 2-bedroom apartment. The one big bedroom where we slept in is possibly 14 x 16 in size. It has an adjoining shower and bathroom. Then, there's a smaller room which could be a bedroom or an office. That's where I sleep because I got my computer in there and a small bed. This is about 12 x 10. The two together is more than adequate for a couple. For a single person, it's too much room. Now that my wife has died, I don't need all these rooms. The staff is wonderful, and they're all intelligent. They understand what should be done and what shouldn't. They follow the protocol. For the two dining rooms, we have a bunch of young people from the local high school. They have been trained well. They are wonderful kids. They used to wait on the tables, but now since the dining rooms are closed, they pack up the food and they bring it to our door. The help is all-around good. I don't have one person that I could be dissatisfied with or complain about. It's wonderful. I think this place is about 12, 13, or 14 years old. The building is solid, in good shape, and everything works well. The driving route that comes in and around to the back building is paved, tarred and painted with nice white and yellow lines. The maintenance here is excellent. There are many activities, too. It's expensive, but it's very good value for what you're paying.



March 14, 2020

I visited this facility

Sunrise of Buffalo Grove was probably our number one choice, until it got down to the medical care. When you get to their third level of medical care it's too expensive. The location was fine, the place was clean, and the food and menu looked fine. They also have a better way of tracking the food than the other places I visited. The staff member who gave me the tour was wonderful.



December 16, 2019

I visited this facility

It is one of my top two choices for my sister. It's new, clean, everyone is smiling, and the facilities are very attractive. I met a couple of residents who spoke well of the place, and my first impression of the place was very positive. The staff member who gave me a tour of the place was very pleasant, nice, and well-informed. The dining area looked very nice. I did not eat there, but they're really proud of their food. They have the usual stuff like therapy and arts and crafts. The person who gave me the tour was very nice.



June 6, 2019

I visited this facility

I was very impressed with Lake Barrington. The lady who provided the tour was very helpful, followed up, and very thorough. It's a very friendly place and my mom would fit in there quite well. They have a warm welcoming committee. Everything was clean. I like the size of the rooms. She showed us the apartment types for independent and assisted living. They have the floating license that she could start out as independent and if assisted living is necessary, she could stay. They also said that they don't put you in a specific level. If you need services or assisted living, they do it a la carte. It's homey and she would be comfortable there. They showed me the menu, and I want to eat there every day.



February 25, 2019

I visited this facility

I like it. It was open and it seemed like they had lots of activities. The rooms and common areas were very nice. I had a generally good feeling about the place. There was a veterans group, which interests me. The apartments were bright, airy and good size and I like them. I only met the lady that gave me the tour and she was very accommodating, very informative, and gave an overall very good impression of the community. The staff members we met in the hallways were friendly.



January 2, 2019

I visited this facility

Sunrise of Gurnee had a home-like environment with vaulted ceilings and stairways. It looked more like a Victorian home. They had bingo and community rides to CVS, Walgreen's, shopping, and dinners. They had a library, big TV screens, and common areas where you can play cards and puzzles. The sales and marketing people were very energetic, very bubbly, very lively, very interested, and really listened to what we had to say about my mother-in-law. Their screening process was extensive. They get down to what books you like to read, what colors you like, what crafts you like, or what do you do when you're angry or when you're happy. They go really in-depth. They had nurses checking on you and aides all the time. They had a good amount of acreage around them. They had walking trails and you can take your family member out to the gazebo or gardens. They had a dog running around there, which was fine with me, but some people might not like it.



August 31, 2018

I visited this facility

Sunrise of Buffalo Grove was my second choice. The cost was higher though. The initial fee to get in was four times the fee of the one we chose. The place was very clean and very nice, but to me, it looked like they did too much.



August 11, 2018

I visited this facility

The community was very nice. They were very nice and friendly. The lady was more than accommodating. The rooms were nice. They're pretty much like everybody else's room. The room was bright and airy, and there were lots of windows. They also have nice activities that would be interesting.



March 21, 2018

I visited this facility

Cedar Lake was a very nice place. The only thing I didn't like was that the rooms all had showers while my brother likes to take baths. One other thing is that they don't have a popcorn maker in the community center for when you watch movies in the evenings; little things like that make a place more social. The staff was nice but a little too formal. It would be nicer and more homey if they were more relaxed or informal.

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Assisted Living Costs in Lake County

Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study reviewed senior care cost data nationwide. According to the study, assisted living costs in Lake County are higher than both the state ($4,030) and national ($4,000) average. Prices are similar in nearby Rockford ($4,770) and Bloomington ($4,650), while prices are lower in cities south of Lake County, such as Danville ($4,200), Decatur ($4,046) and Champaign ($3,578). 

Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Lake County, so data for the closest city, Chicago, was used. 

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Care Cost Comparison

The price of senior care depends largely on the level of care provided, while factors such as the cost of housing in an area also impact care costs. In Lake County, nursing home care is the most expensive option because it includes around-the-clock skilled nursing care in a specialized, licensed facility.  Assisted living costs in Lake County are similar to the cost of 44 hours per week of homemaker services or a home health aide, while adult day health services are the lowest-priced option. When comparing senior care costs, it’s important to know that assisted living and nursing home prices generally include room and board, while seniors who opt for in-home care are responsible for their food, rent or mortgage, home maintenance and utility costs. 

Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart

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Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Lake County

Medicaid in Illinois

Medicaid is the national health insurance program that provides basic health coverage for people who have few assets and a low income. Funding comes from both the state and federal governments, and in Illinois, 18% of the population is covered through Medicaid Medical Assistance Programs administered by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

To qualify for free Medicaid coverage, seniors may earn no more than the Federal Poverty Level, which is $1,012 per month for an individual and $1,372 a month for couples. Applicants can also own no more than $2,000 in countable assets when applying as an individual and $3,000 when applying as a couple. 

Seniors with income or assets that exceed the allowable Medicaid limits can spend down their excess income toward medical expenses, including assisted living care, using the Pay-In Spenddown option. 

Note that Illinois does not permit the use of a Qualified Income Trust (Miller Trust). 

Supportive Living Program 

Low-income seniors 65 and older who meet the criteria for nursing home placement and who would prefer to live in an assisted living setting may qualify for assistance through the Illinois Supportive Living Program. This Medicaid program replaces the previous Home and Community-Based Services Supported Living Program waiver. 

Under the SLP, seniors may be provided with additional services not normally covered through Medicaid, such as personal care, medication management, transportation assistance and a wearable personal emergency response system. SLP enrollees are responsible for the room-and-board portion of their assisted living costs, and they are allowed a $90 monthly personal needs budget. 

Note that the SLP has lower income limits than general Medicaid coverage in Illinois. The maximum income for SLP participants is currently set at the maximum SSI monthly amount of $771 for a single applicant and $1,157 for a couple. Applicants must test negative for active tuberculosis and not be enrolled in any other Medicaid waiver programs. 

For more information about Medical Assistance Programs and the SLP, contact the DHS Family Community Resource Center in Lake County at (847) 263-7778. 

Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living

Optional State Supplementation

The state provides all aged, blind and disabled Social Security Income recipients with a cash top-up known as an optional state supplement. For 2019, the maximum federal SSI payment is set at $771 for an individual and $1,157 for an eligible individual with a qualified spouse. 

For more information, contact the Illinois Department of Human Services, Lake County Family Community Resource Center at (847) 263-7778. 

VA Aid and Attendance Benefits and Housebound Allowance

Veterans and survivors who receive a regular VA pension and have a disability or condition that significantly impacts their day-to-day functioning may qualify for a larger pension payment under the VA Aid and Attendance Benefits or the Housebound Allowance

To qualify for the Housebound Allowance, applicants must be mostly restricted to their home as a result of a permanent disability. 

To qualify for the Aid and Attendance Benefits, applicants must either live in a nursing home, need help from another person to perform activities of daily living, have a severe visual impairment or be bedridden. 

Note that applicants cannot combine benefits from Aid and Attendance with the Housebound allowance, and veterans who already receive a VA disability pension are excluded from these benefits. 

To learn more, contact the Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission at (847) 337-3344.

Senior Centers

Seniors can enjoy a low-cost lunch, join in weekly bingo games, learn how to play pinochle and use the internet at the two senior centers in Lake County. These centers also host day trips and special events. 

Antioch Senior Center
817 Holbek Dr, Antioch, IL 60002
(847) 395-0139

Highland Park Senior Center
54 Laurel Ave, Highland Park, IL
(847) 432-4100

Community Assistance 

Lake County seniors who need help navigating their health care insurance options, want a referral to local services or need to arrange door-to-door wheelchair-accessible transportation can contact any of these three agencies for assistance.  Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging
245 W Roosevelt Rd Bldg 6 Suites 41-43, West Chicago, IL 60185
(630) 293-5990 Catholic Charities – Lake County Senior Care Management Services
116 N Lincoln, Round Lake, IL 60073
(847) 546-5733 Warren Township Senior Services
17801 W Washington St, Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 244-1101 Ext. 501 

Veteran’s Resources

The Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission helps veterans and survivors apply for benefits, file claim appeals and access emergency funds. The VAC also provides transportation to medical appointments for veterans. VA health services are available at the McHenry Community-Based Outpatient Clinic and the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center.

Veterans Assistance Commission
501 N IL Route 21 Ste 106, Gurnee, IL, 60031
(847) 377-3344

McHenry Community-Based Outpatient Clinic
3715 Municipal Dr, McHenry, IL 60050-5483
(815) 759-2306

Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
3001 Green Bay Rd, North Chicago, IL 60064
(847) 688-1900

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