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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 35 assisted living facilities in Will County and 30 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Will County, IL
Whether your loved one no longer wants the responsibilities of home ownership or needs specialized memory care, Spring Meadows of Naperville can provide the lifestyle they desire.
Residents of Senior Star at Weber Place appreciate the peace of mind they gain by knowing they live in a community that supports independence and encourages socialization and wellness.
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If you're looking for a safe, homelike atmosphere with amenities to enhance your independent lifestyle, Independence Village of Naperville is the where your new chapter begins.
In a residential area of a west Chicago suburb, near forest preserves and within easy access to I-88, Sunrise of Naperville North offers quality care by compassionate staff.
When your loved one joins Bickford of Aurora, they won’t feel like they are joining an impersonal facility, because our community is designed to offer a warm, inviting setting that has all the touches of home.
With its charm and comfort of a bed-and-breakfast, home-cooked meals and friendly staff, Sunnymere Senior Community Living is the perfect place for seniors seeking a homelike setting.
Located in a family-friendly suburb west of Chicago, Sunrise of Naperville is a warm senior community that takes pride in its exceptional and highly personalized care.
Bright Oaks of Aurora is a brand-new community that offers Illinois seniors unparalleled assisted living and memory care set in a community that is designed to emphasize living.
Thoughtfully designed to help older adults enjoy greater well-being, Atria at River Trail is a newly built independent living, assisted living and memory care community serving the families of Bolingbrook and Naperville. Whether residents select a spacious studio, one- or…
Welcome to HarborChase of Naperville Assisted Living and Memory Care community. Here, you’ll discover stimulating activities, customized programs, innovative health services and generous amenities, along with a welcome abundance of Midwestern charm. We offer a variety of spacious and comfortable…
The Park at Plainfield is an ideal location for and seniors looking for a retirement living community that specializes in memory care and assisted living.
Located on a beautiful campus in a quiet suburb just east of Joliet and less than an hour from downtown Chicago, Encore Senior Village at New Lenox provides high-quality assisted living and memory care services to seniors and their families.…
Located less than an hour from downtown Chicago, Encore Senior Village at New Lenox provides high-quality assisted living and memory care services to seniors and their families.
Adjacent to Rock Run County Forest Preserve and minutes from Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Brookdale Joliet II offers superb Alzheimer’s care in a safe, welcoming setting.
Life at American House Cedarlake is what many active retirees dream about - a modern, luxury retirement community with all the services and amenities need to create a fulfilling retirement.
An all-inclusive retirement lifestyle awaits at Clarendale of Mokena, a village-style continuing care community that offers a full range of care options and lifestyles for Illinois seniors.
A lifestyle that includes friends living right next door, engaging activities and fine dining is what seniors will discover when they make The Timbers of Shorewood their new home during retirement.
Adjacent to Rock Run County Forest Preserve and minutes from Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, Brookdale Joliet I offers personalized assisted living care in a quiet setting.
Faith-based senior living that offers the emotional support, supportive services and life-enriching activities that promote a senior’s well-being is found at Presence Fox Knoll.
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The Inn at Willow Falls is situated on 33 beautiful acres, and we offer various senior living options, included memory care, assisted living and independent living.
Jennings Terrace - Assisted Living, located in Aurora, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.
The Grand Victorian is an independent living community that offers residents the privacy of their own apartments with ready access to social opportunities whenever they choose.
My mom is at Brookdale (Brookdale Joliet) right now. I’m in Florida, so my siblings chose it, and I’m a little disappointed as far as her not having enough things to do. I feel like she is not involved enough and the people don’t really get involved, and that’s very bothersome to me. She’s there to socialize, and I don...Read more Brookdale Joliet I reviews
We liked that Brookdale is closer to us and smaller. It was very nice inside and less intimidating for my father-in-law when he moved in there because it was smaller. He’s having a nice experience there. They offer a flexible care package. You can purchase care packages if you need more care, and you can pay for less i...Read more Brookdale Joliet I reviews
The staff at Sunrise of Naperville have been great. They have been very patient, very attentive, very friendly, and helpful. That's one of the reasons I chose it for my father. Everybody seems to be concerned about his welfare, and they're taking care of him the best that they can. However, my father occasionally compl...Read more Sunrise of Naperville reviews
The staff here are so friendly and inviting! The facility is very welcoming as well but what makes this place stand out are the activities. A unique and very popular activity is ceramics (though there are some extra costs) as well as the art program, where they study and discuss various artists and then paint. They ...Read more Sunrise of Naperville North reviews
I'm living at Sunrise of Naperville North. It's a very nice place, but it's very expensive. I have the smallest room here, but I'm happy with my bedroom, living room, and TV. The only thing I'm unhappy about is they're charging me $25 a month for cable TV. It costs me about $5,500 a month to live here. They have a lot ...Read more Sunrise of Naperville North reviews
Senior Star is a nationally recognized senior living option with 14 communities in 6 states that has been operating since 1978. This Romeoville location is a beautiful, fairly new community that has an impressive presence with modern design features. There has been some turnover in the last year with the Executive Dir...Read more Senior Star at Weber Place reviews
With monthly expenses nearly $800 above the state average of $4,030, Will County ($4,794) is one of the more costly areas for assisted living in Illinois, according to Genworth’s 2018 Cost of Care study. Nearby Rockford comes close with expenses averaging $4,770 per month, while cities to the south, such as Kankakee ($3,986) and Danville ($4,200), are moderately less costly. The Champaign area is the least expensive place in this region of Illinois for assisted living, with monthly expenses of $3,578, which is more than $400 less than the state and national averages.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available specifically for Will County, so data from the nearby Chicago area was used.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
The single greatest influencing factor on the cost of senior care in Will County is the type of service. With an average monthly cost of $1,728, adult day health services are the least expensive type of care in the region, while nursing home care is over four times more costly at $7,330. Assisted living ($4,794) and in-home services ($4,576) fall toward the center of the cost spectrum, and although homemaker services and home health aide visits have identical monthly costs, actual expenses may vary depending on how many hours services are needed. Seniors should also factor in expenses related to maintaining their home when comparing the potential costs and benefits of residential versus in-home care.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Low-income state seniors may qualify for comprehensive medical benefits through Illinois Medicaid, which is commonly known as the Medical Assistance Program. Medicaid covers most essential health care needs, including physician visits, emergency room and urgent care services, and long-term residential care, such as assisted living. While there is no level-of-care requirement when applying for Medicaid for the aged, blind or disabled, the program has strict income limits. A single applicant must make no more than $1,041 monthly. For married couples with both spouses applying, the monthly income limit is $1,409. Eligibility guidelines also set an asset limit of $2,000 for single applicants, but, currently, there is no specified asset limit for married couples with both spouses applying.
For seniors who may not meet the program’s stringent eligibility requirements, the state provides multiple pathways to Medicaid eligibility. Individuals who have high medical bills but exceed the program’s income cap may benefit from the state’s medically needy pathway. Also known as the Medical Spend-down Program, this option allows individuals to spend down their income on medical bills until they fall within Medicaid limits. Expenses that may be applied toward the spend-down include physician visits, hospital stays and medical supplies. Once qualified applicants reach the spend-down, they receive a card to pay for additional medical expenses incurred that month.
Illinois also offers Medicaid planning services. For further information on Medicaid benefits, seniors should reach out to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. An online application is available at ABE.
Seniors in need of long-term care may also benefit from several state Medicaid waivers.
Illinois Supportive Living Program
The Illinois SLP provides low-income seniors with funds to offset services such as skilled nursing, medication assistance and personal-care aides. Qualified individuals can receive these services at home or in an assisted living program as an alternative to nursing home care.
Potential applicants receive a preadmission screening to determine medical requirements. To qualify for the program, individuals must demonstrate the need for a nursing home level of care. In addition, the assessment must determine that SLP services can meet an individual’s functional requirements at home or in a community-based program. Applicants must be 65 or older, and SSI income guidelines apply, with a monthly limit of $771 for a single applicant or $1,157 for a married couple with both spouses applying. All income must be used to pay the care provider although $90 may be withheld each month as a personal allowance.
For further information or to apply, seniors may contact the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services’ Bureau of Long-Term Care at (217) 782-0545.
Illinois Community Care Program
For seniors who require a nursing home level of care but want to maintain their independence, the state’s Community Care program funds a range of services, including emergency alert systems, medication dispensing services and personal aides to assist with activities of daily living. Services may be delivered at home or in an assisted living setting.
The program is open to Illinois residents aged 60 or older who demonstrate a need for long-term care. Applicants may not have more than $17,500 in assets, with certain exemptions, including a car, a house and any furnishings.
Will County residents can find out more about the Community Care program and its application process by phoning the state’s Senior Help Line at (800) 252-8966.
Optional State Supplementation
Illinois SSI recipients whose financial needs exceed the benefit amount plus any additional monthly income may qualify for an extra state-funded payout through OSS. Added directly to the federal SSI payment, this stipend is designed to offset expenses associated with assisted living programs. The allowance varies based on the applicant’s specific needs, marital status and living situation.
Will County residents who qualify for this benefit should work directly with the Social Security Administration field office in Joliet. Eligible seniors may visit the office in person or call (866) 783-7302 for more information.
VA Aid and Attendance
The federally funded VA Aid and Attendance program helps eligible wartime veterans aged 65 or over cover the cost of assisted living. To enroll in the program, veterans or their surviving spouses must have one or more of the following qualifying conditions:
Supporting documents, preferably including a physician’s report detailing the qualifying condition, must accompany the application. The attending physician may also fill out the appropriate VA examination form.
Veterans receiving a disability pension cannot receive A&A funds simultaneously but may receive the higher of the two benefits. VA Housebound Program participants are not eligible for A&A.
Interested veterans can apply in person at the nearby Chicago Regional Benefit Office or call (800) 827-1000. Staff is available to answer questions or assist with the application process.
Senior Services of Will County helps seniors maintain a healthy, independent lifestyle, offering health screenings and fall-prevention programs. The center sponsors professionally led support groups in which individuals aged 60 and over can pose questions and share thoughts on topics of concern. In addition to senior-focused programs and volunteer opportunities, Catholic Charities Aging and Disability Services has a long-term care ombudsman, who provides advocacy for residents in assisted living programs.
Senior Services of Will County
251 N. Center St., Joliet, IL 60435
Catholic Charities Aging and Disability Services
16555 Weber Rd., Crest Hill, IL 60403
With structured activities, such as bingo, holiday parties and luncheons, Will County recreation centers provide socialization and educational opportunities for local seniors. These centers also offer outings to local points of interest.
Troy Township Senior Center
25448 Seil Rd., Shorewood, IL 60404
The Levy Senior Center
251 Canterbury Ln., Bolingbrook, IL 60440
In addition to multiple American Legion and VFW posts, Will County has several resources for area vets that offer advocacy, counseling and community outreach. Local VA clinics provide veterans with primary care, behavioral health support and laboratory services.
Veterans Assistance Commission
2400 Glenwood Ave. Joliet, IL 60435
Emergency financial assistance, advocacy
Joliet VA Clinic
1201 Eagle St., Joliet, IL 60432
Primary care, behavioral health, lab services, prescriptions
Aurora Vet Center
750 Shoreline Dr., Ste 150, Aurora, IL 60504
Counseling, education, community referrals
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