Residential Care Homes in Chicago, Illinois

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Residential Care Homes in Chicago, IL: Search Near You, How to Pay, Licensing, Local Resources, and Questions to Ask

As one of the most well known cultural hubs of America, Chicago offers plenty of excellent Residential Care Homes for seniors looking for some extra care at a private residence. The city is renowned for its museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the legendary sports teams, and of course the deep dish pizza. With a moderate climate and a lively ambiance, there’s something for everyone who might need a care home in the Chicago.

When most people think of senior care they envision a nursing home. Nursing homes are far from the only option for senior care and housing. For many people in need of some care while maintaining privacy and autonomy, a residential care, also known as an adult care home, home may be your preferred option.

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Adult Care Home and other terms

It is good to know the other terms/names of services you may hear when searching for certain senior housing: 

Many states actually designate adult care homes as assisted living/residential care facilities because they all fall under the same license. Be sure to check if your state designates care homes under the same license as other housing options.

  • Other related terminology:
  • Board and care home
  • Care home
  • Adult family home 
  • Residential care home 
  • Adult foster home
  • Personal care Home
  • Community Residential Care Facilities
  • Rest Homes

Residential Care Homes in Illinois are not specified on CareAvailability.com because they are similarly licensed and managed under the service of Assisted Living. Search our Assisted Living section for care homes near you and make sure to check for capacity as that is a defining feature of these services.

About Residential Care Homes in Chicago

The state of Illinois is responsible for licensing and monitoring residential care homes. The Illinois Department of Health regulates these homes as well as assisted living facilities. Similar to a nursing home, residents receive 24-hour care all in a single-family environment. Each home has an operator who may employ additional caregivers to support with the care of residents. Residences are licensed to house a smaller number of adults as opposed to larger assisted living communities. So they make ideal homes for loved ones who require individualized care while allowing residents the preferences and choices to honor their independence.

All staff and administration managers must be licensed in the state of Illinois. Staff is required to participate in ongoing education and training. Documentation must be readily available in case of inspection.

Considerations when looking for care in Chicago

Chicago’s climate is typically continental with cold winters, warm summers, and frequent short fluctuations in temperature, humidity, cloudiness, and wind direction. 2.697 million people live in Chicago with a full metropolitan of care and culture.

Cities Near Chicago

  • Naperville – 33 miles west of Chicago
  • Chicago Heights – 32 miles south of Chicago
  • Northbrook – 25 miles north of Chicago

Pricing and How to Pay for Care Homes

The average cost for a residential care home in the state of Illinois is $4,400 per month. This is much cheaper than the average monthly cost of a nursing home. In Illinois, a nursing home is $7,200 per month. Nationally, it is less clear how to define the average cost of an adult care home. Typically, from the west to the east, the north to the south, costs fluctuate between $2,000 to above $6,000. The average seems to hover slightly below the average cost in Illinois, at about $3,900 per month. The monthly cost of residential care homes will vary depending on the location and care requirements, among other things like amenities or rooming situation.

You want to consider your payment options for assisted living, memory care, and care homes. For these services, Medicare is NOT an option for payment.

The most common payment for these services would be out of pocket Private Pay and assessing a combination of retirement funds, personal savings, and pension payments.

Medicaid can also be an option, be sure to see if you or a loved one qualifies.

Long-Term Care insurance is also a possible option in cases of chronic conditions, be sure to see if you or a loved one qualifies.

For our Veterans and spouses of veterans, be sure to assess Veteran Aid and your eligibility for these benefits.

Medicare – NO:

  • Medicare does NOT pay for Assisted Living.
  • People 65 years and older and individuals with end stage renal disease are eligible for Medicare benefits, no matter their income.
  • Coverage is meant for people in need of short-term care.

Private pay – YES:

  • Many families pay for assisted living with private funds.
  • Private pay can be a combination of retirement funds, personal savings, and pension payments.
  • Family members may contribute funds to pay for assisted living or other senior housing and care.

Medicaid – MAYBE:

  • Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans. Eligible participants include: low-income adults, elderly adults and people with disabilities.
  • Medicaid is administered by state, according to federal requirements. The program is funded jointly by each state and the federal government.
  • Every state has their own individual Medicaid assistance program.
  • National guidelines are in place do decipher how states must spend Medicaid money, but with allowances toward the guidelines.
  • The state determines what levels of care will be covered by Medicaid, who is eligible, and how much the state will reimburse the care community.
  • If you are unsure whether you qualify for Medicaid, you should apply. You may be eligible depending on your household income, family size, age, disability and other factors.

Long-term Care Insurance – MAYBE:

Long term care insurance is a great way to pay for assisted living, and planning ahead is important when considering how to pay for senior housing and care. Nearly 75% of people over the age of 65 will require long-term care and services at some point. Buying into long-term care insurance when a person is in their 50s and 60s is the most common time to do so.

  • Long-term care insurance helps cover the costs of chronic medical conditions.
  • Individuals and couples with the ability to pay into long-term care insurance have the advantage of a head start in allocating funds for senior care.

Veteran Aid and Assistance – MAYBE:

This benefit is available to some military veterans and surviving spouses who live in an assisted living community and those who have in-home care.

  • There are specific guidelines, but a veteran may qualify for as much as $2,050 each month.
  • A veteran with a sick spouse may be eligible for $1,600 per month.
  • If a veteran has passed, their surviving spouse can qualify for $1,300 per month.

Questions to Ask

Finding an assisted living community can be overwhelming. Here are some tips on things to be observant of:

  • Make sure the facility is clean and well maintained. You can tell a lot about the operation by noting what is clean and maintained. Are doorknobs loose or damaged? Do you see any frayed carpet or trip hazards?
  • Visit during lunch hour to observe what the residents are eating. Ask questions about the nutrition program. Is there diversity in meals, healthy fruits and vegetables served at all meals, drink options?
  • Speak to residents and/or family members to learn their perspective.
  • Ask about staff and resident engagement. Get a feel for how staff interact with residents.
  • Ask about the life enrichment programs. Activities are crucial when it comes to quality of life and play a key role in care for older adults.
  • And finally (along with a plethora of more things to consider), get to know the leadership in the building. If you feel good around the Executive Director, Head Nurse, Lead Activities Director and even the Chef or Janitor, it is a good sign you can trust them with the care of your loved one.

Local hospitals and healthcare providers

Kindred Hospital Chicago North

2544 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

251 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611

Ascension Saint Joseph – Chicago

2900 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60657

CommunityHealth

2611 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Eldercare Locator This is a great resource to search for specific care in specific counties and cities. This database is a nationwide resource that connects older Americans and their caregivers with trustworthy local support resources. Connect with services such as meals, home care or transportation, or a caregiver education or respite from caregiving responsibilities. The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency of the U.S. Administration for Community Living.

Medicare provides a search feature to find & compare providers near you, most senior housing and care providers are included on CareAvailability.com. Find & compare plans in your area. Determine if you qualify for premium savings

Medicaid offers information on how to apply for Medicaid, eligibility criteria, links to local state offices, and additional resources

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Whether you are living with Alzheimer’s or caring for someone with the disease, information and resources are available.

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Experts in the senior care & retirement living industries

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