Bright Oaks of Aurora

1340 N. River Street, Aurora, IL, 60506

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Bright Oaks of Aurora, Illinois, is an assisted living community that offers family-style living. The community is situated on the banks of the Fox River, offering residents a serene setting just outside of Chicago. The suburban town of Aurora offers visitors and residents lots to do from museums, to a walking a trail right along the Fox River, a historical theatre, a zoo, plenty of parks, and a casino.


Bright Oaks bills itself as a 'Purposeful Family Living Community'. The name reflects the idea of a community of neighbors who form bonds and become like family. Residents can choose from more than 60 private Master Suites and a number of amenities.

The grounds have lush landscaping, and the living areas were designed to be secure and safe for seniors with varying levels of mobility. The facility offers healthy, chef-prepared meals in a spacious dining room, plus snacks and drinks 24 hours a day. The facility has several community living rooms and a 'Celebration Center'. There is on-site physical therapy available and residents can follow a customized fitness program. The community is also home to a whirlpool spa, on-site beauty salon, and transportation to take residents to appointments.

Other amenities include an on-site pharmacy, weekly housekeeping and laundry services. Pets are allowed.


In addition to the qualified, on-site staff available 24 hours a day, Bright Oaks is located near the Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora. Ranked number 19 in Illinois and number 16 in the Chicago area by U.S. News & World Report, the hospital ranks high in adult procedures and conditions. Also nearby are Presence Mercy Medical Center and Aurora Chicago Lakeshore Hospital.


At Bright Oaks, the Purposeful Family Living program (promoting social integration and participation) was designed to help slow aging. The community’s approach is based upon scientific evidence that shows that social interaction can actually slow age-related decline and even reverse some of the effects of aging.

There are also art programs, music programs and a number of other neurocognitive stimulation programs that work to encourage the brain. The environment was designed to bring calm and avoid agitation.


The activities at Bright Oaks of Aurora are typically chosen by family members and the community’s Family Advisory Councils. Staff members will then provide customized activities based on the family members’ recommendations. Typical activities at Bright Oaks include cooking, knitting, games like bridge and bingo, and arts and crafts. Bright Oaks staff also organizes regular community-wide events and outings.

What Makes Us Special

With our community using the 7 Dimensions of Wellness, and encouraging participation in all aspects of family life, there are no boundaries within the community. Our resident family members sign pledges, as does the staff, to support and encourage each other, allowing all to lead a more fulfilling life.

Features of Bright Oaks of Aurora

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable TV in resident's rooms
  • Internet in residents' rooms
  • Technology extra: Emergency call system
  • Wi-fi in residents' rooms and shared areas

Health services

  • Medication Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • 24 hour nurses: Yes

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • Studio apartments
  • Companion suites: We offer companion suites


  • Beauty/Barber shop
  • Gardens/outside patio
  • Parking for residents
  • Spa
  • Transportation for residents (shuttle bus or similar)
  • Coffee shop
  • Shared space where residents can host parties
  • Features extra: Library

Dining options

  • Some residents have in-room kitchenettes
  • Meals delivered to residents' rooms
  • Meals in a shared dining room


  • Fitness
  • Arts, woodworking, craft
  • Organized offsite activities (outings, etc)
  • Music
  • Games
  • Stories
  • Religious services
  • Lectures and discussions
  • Book clubs
  • Wii sports competition
  • Gardening
  • Cooking

Guest services

  • Guests can attend meals
  • Guests can stay overnight

Cleaning services

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry service for clothes
  • Laundry service for linens
  • Private services


  • We charge monthly rent plus additional fees for specific care needs, as needed
  • We charge an entry fee
  • Fee structure extra: We offer a month-to-month rental
  • Minimum rate: $3,950/month
  • Minimum memory care rate: $6,300/month


  • Pets: Small pets allowed
  • We offer respite care (short term stays)
  • Minimum age: None

Financial guidance

  • We help families explore other financial options to afford senior living

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