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21 Assisted Living Communities in Mchenry 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 21 Assisted Living Communities in McHenry County and several in surrounding areas.

  • Assisted living: $4,770
  • Nursing home semiprivate room: $5,916
  • In-home care: $3,886
  • Adult day health services: $1,647

Assisted Living Facilities near Mchenry County, Illinois

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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Mchenry County



August 2, 2019

I visited this facility

I really liked Bickford of Crystal Lake. It was beautiful and I liked the activities they had. I liked everything they offered. The staff member who showed me around was awesome and great. The place felt homey. The bar and the food were nice. I highly recommend it.



January 18, 2019

I visited this facility

We recommended Clarendale of Algonquin to our parents. The lady was very informative and helpful. We really liked the facility. We got a lovely tour of the place. The rooms were small. They have movies, they have activities, and they can go in and out. They do the laundry, provide meals, housekeeping, and transportation.



December 11, 2018

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

My father moved into the assisted living level of Clarendale of Algonquin. It's a very nice community. We've had some good staff members and some bad ones, but most of them are friendly. His room is very nice, clean, it's well lit, and there's a lot of room for him to move around. The grounds and location are good, it's well-kept, and clean.

Dyan K


June 10, 2018

I visited this facility

The woman who took us around Three Oaks was so nice and very thorough. She completely listened to us as far as the history of my mother-in-law and what was going on. The facility was beautiful. They had nice reading rooms everywhere and a library. The dining room was gorgeous. Everything about it was nice. They showed us the menu. They had plenty of fruits available as well as drinks.



September 29, 2017

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

We selected Bickford of Crystal Lake for my mother-in-law. It's small, homey, only one floor, and only 37 patients, and that's what she likes. The food is fantastic. They're all home-cooked meal. Everything you can think of, they have it there. They have a salon, a spa, manicures, a dining room, fireplace room, outside patio that is gorgeous for fires and barbecue, a sitting room with a big TV, movies for older people like I Love Lucy and generation movies, and a movie room. It's just a really nice place. It's expensive, but that's because it's assisted living. The staff are all just wonderful people. It just fit her perfect. They went to Lexington where my mom was, they talked to her, the nurse came in for the assessment and stayed with her all day, and she just really enjoyed them. She likes her room, she likes where she's at, and she's making the transition well, and I can be there every single day for her. They keep them entertained and they do everything for them. They have outings and ice cream socials. They just love it. What sold me was when I came in to take a look, we had lunch together. Nobody offered lunch or food anywhere else.



June 23, 2017

I visited this facility

We really like Sunrise’s program. They charge about $200 a day including memory care. They don’t charge anything extra for memory care. The facility is very nice with a lot of big public spaces, lot of grounds, and gardens. The only drawback to them was they're really only equipped for single people. There were bigger spaces, which was nice for 1 person. It was only 550 sq. ft., and the bed was going to be in your living space. For just my wife, it would be my choice, but at this point that's not what we’re talking about. We actually met with the activities directors. She has been there 16 years, so she knew the place very well. They have tons of activities for people.

Map of Mchenry County, Illinois

Assisted Living Costs in McHenry County

Of the major regions surveyed, McHenry County is among the most expensive for assisted living. According to data published in the Genworth 2018 Cost of Care survey, assisted living in this county costs an average of $4,770 per month, versus the state average of $4,030 and the national average of $4,000. The county’s assisted living costs are surpassed only by Bloomington ($4,650). The most affordable cities for assisted living include Carbondale, where the average monthly cost is $3,475, and Champaign ($3,578).

Note: Cost data for assisted living in McHenry County is unavailable, so data for the closest city, Rockford, was used.

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Care Cost Comparison

The cost of senior care greatly depends on the level of care needed. In McHenry County, the most affordable type of senior care is adult day health care, which has an average monthly rate of $1,647. Home care services, including homemaker and home health aide services, cost an average of $3,886 per month. This assumes 44 hours of care per week at $20.38 per hour. The cost of assisted living, which generally includes care services, room and board and meals, averages $4,770 per month. The most expensive type of care in McHenry County is nursing home care, where seniors and families pay an average of nearly $6,000 per month for a semiprivate room.  Cost of Homemaker/Home Health Aide Comparison Chart

  • Assisted living: $4,770
  • Homemaker services: $3,886
  • Home health aide: $3,886
  • Adult day health: $1,647
  • Nursing home care (semiprivate room): $5,916 

Cost of Homemaker/Home Health Aide Comparison Chart

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Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in McHenry County

Medicaid in Illinois

McHenry County seniors who meet income guidelines may qualify for free or low-cost health insurance coverage through Illinois Medicaid, which is called Medical Assistance Program. This program is an entitlement, meaning that all eligible applicants will receive benefits, and it may cover home care services and adult day health care services. While Illinois Medicaid does not pay for services in assisted living establishments, shared housing establishments or sheltered care facilities, there are two waiver programs that may provide coverage for these services. These programs are outlined below.   

To qualify for Illinois Medicaid, applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens or legal residents
  • Residents of Illinois
  • Individuals with a monthly income of no more than $1,041 and less than $2,000 in countable assets, or
  • Couples with a monthly income up to $1,409 per month and less than $3,000 in countable assets

Those who do not meet the income and asset requirements may still qualify for Medicaid through a spend-down program called the Medically Needy Pathway or through Medicaid planning, which is for those who are unable to afford their medical bills. 

In addition to standard Medicaid coverage, applicants may be eligible to have their senior care services covered through two home and community-based waiver programs. 

The Supportive Living Program pays for services received in an assisted living facility by low-income individuals who qualify for nursing home level care. While this waiver does not pay for room and board in an assisted living facility, it does cover services, such as personal care assistance, social and health activities and medication management. 

To receive financial assistance through Illinois Medicaid, seniors must apply through the Department of Human Services website or call (800) 843-6154 and obtain a needs screening through the Department on Aging

Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living

Optional State Supplement

Low-income seniors in McHenry County who meet the qualifications for Supplemental Security Income may be eligible to receive an optional state supplement (OSS) on top of their SSI benefit. This cash benefit can be used toward assisted living costs, including room and board. In Illinois, the benefit received is based on state-approved allowances provided for specific needs, which may vary from person to person. To learn more about OSS or to apply for this benefit, applicants can visit the Illinois Department of Human Services website or call (815) 338-0234.

Veterans Assistance Commission

Qualifying veterans who need personal care services may receive financial assistance through the McHenry County Veterans Assistance Commission. This assistance is used to help pay for independent living services, enabling veterans to continue living independently for as long as possible. This financial assistance is available to eligible honorably discharged veterans and their eligible immediate family members, including their surviving spouse. To apply for assistance, veterans should contact the Veterans Assistance Commission of McHenry County at (815) 334-4229.

Assisted Living Bridge Loans 

Seniors in McHenry County who are transitioning to an assisted living facility and need short-term financial assistance may have the option of taking out an Elderlife Bridge Loan. This short-term loan allows borrowers to pay for room and board and care services while they’re waiting for other funding to come in or benefits to begin paying. This funding may be used as a line of credit or taken out as a lump sum, and interest-only monthly payments are available. To apply for an assisted living bridge loan, contact Elderlife Financial Services at (888) 228-4500.

Senior Centers 

Local senior centers provide McHenry County seniors with a variety of engaging, enriching opportunities, including educational workshops, day trips and movie nights.

McHenry Township Senior Center
3519 North Richmond Road, Johnsburg, IL 60051
(815) 344-3555

Kraus Senior Center
441 Main Street, Cary, IL 60013
(847) 639-8118

Veterans Services  

McHenry County provides a variety of services for local veterans, including transportation, advocacy services and financial assistance. The county is also home to an outpatient clinic, where veterans can receive a variety of health care services, and an active American Legion post. 

McHenry VA Outpatient Clinic
3715 Municipal Drive, McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 759-2306

American Legion Post 491
1331 N Riverside Drive, McHenry, IL 60050
(815) 344-8491

Veterans Assistance Commission
667 Ware Road, Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 334-4229

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