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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Aurora

Assisted living communities in Aurora are under the oversight of the Illinois Department of Health's Division of Assisted Living. Through this government organization, seniors and their families can learn more about assisted living communities and the state regulations surrounding them. The Division of Assisted Living handles all licenses for assisted living communities.

 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Aurora

  • The city of Aurora has a robust senior and disability services department. It is the go-to point for seniors to access services like utility assistance, local community events for seniors and resources for older adults.
  • Aurora has a varied climate. In the summer, temperatures are warm with a high comfort rating, but in winter, the temperatures dip below freezing regularly. The area averages 38 inches of rain and 28 inches of snow every year.
  • Seniors living in Aurora have several options for health care. The city is less than an hour from Chicago, which is home to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, one of the top 10 hospitals for senior care in the nation. For seniors who wish to get medical care closer to home, the city offers the Rush Copley Medical Center, which is high performing in six specialties, including hip replacement surgery.
  • The cost of living in Aurora is lower than average, with a score of 89.1, which is almost 11 points lower than the national average. The city’s costs for housing and transportation are particularly affordable, which is a benefit for seniors, though grocery and utility costs are higher than the state’s average.
  • Both violent crime and property crime in Aurora are lower than national averages. The violent crime rate is 18.3 compared to a 22.7 national average, while the property crime rate is 23.7 compared to the U.S. average of 35.4.
  • Tax rates are both a benefit and a drawback for Aurora seniors. Illinois exempts most retirement income from income taxes, which is a benefit for seniors. However, a drawback is the high property and sales taxes, which are some of the country's highest.

 

Paying for Assisted Living in Aurora, IL

When trying to decide how to pay for assisted living, one of the first questions that comes up is "How much does it cost?" With the impact of inflation, it's more important than ever to have up-to-date information when making a financial plan for senior living. To help shed light on real senior living prices, Caring.com has compiled proprietary cost data from its network of more than 75,000 senior living providers to provide insight into the average cost of assisted living in Aurora and 110 other cities in Illinois.

Inflation's Impact on the Cost of Assisted Living in Aurora, IL

Due to inflation, the average cost of assisted living has risen each year. In Aurora, rates have gone from $4,364 in 2022 to $5,149 in 2024. This data shows a rise of nearly 18%. Although this is higher than the national average, it is close to the median in Illinois and on par with many neighboring cities. In both Willowbrook and Wheaton, costs have risen at the same rate, yet Wheaton offers considerable price savings. Assisted living in Willowbrook costs $4,600, and it's even more economical in Wheaton at $3,687 per month.

Location2022 Cost (Historical)2023 Cost (Current)2024 Cost (Estimated)
Aurora$4,364$4,781$5,149
U.S. Average$4,070$4,459$4,802
Illinois$4,959$4,742$5,313
Chicago$5,423$5,941$6,398
Willowbrook$4,199$4,600$4,954
Wheaton$3,365$3,687$3,971

Cities in Illinois

Batavia

$6,229

St. Charles

$4,984

Aurora

$4,517

Geneva

$4,000

US

$4,000

Naperville

$3,986

The Costs of Other Types of Senior Living

Long-term living costs are determined by the level of care and services provided, plus amenities and medical needs. In Aurora, monthly assisted living costs are $4,781. Memory care, which is often offered in a dedicated setting in the same community, averages $5,255. Independent living is the least expensive option at $2,051 and is best suited to self-reliant seniors looking for maintenance-free accommodations in an active environment with similarly aged neighbors.

Assisted Living

$4,781

Memory Care

$5,255

Independent Living

$2,051

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Aurora

In Illinois, Medicaid does not pay for services in assisted living establishments. The Medicaid 1915(c) Waiver (Supported Living Program) and the Medicaid 1915(b) Waiver (Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Program) pay for assisted living costs for those who qualify. 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Illinois page.

Financial Assistance in Illinois

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Illinois page.

Free and Low-Cost Resources for Seniors in Aurora,IL

There are many resources in Aurora,IL that assist seniors in their retirement. Caring.com has compiled information on local organizations, programs and agencies and categorized them into care types for easy reference.

For information about statewide resources and those in nearby cities, go to Caring’s Illinois state page.

Area Agency on Aging

Retirees can find support and advice on various senior-related issues from their local Area Agency on Aging. The agency provides advice on topics such as financial assistance programs, in-home care and long-term care planning. It also connects seniors and caregivers with community-based resources.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
AgeGuide800-528-2000Illinois' Area Agencies on Aging provide vital services and support for older adults and their caregivers. They offer a range of programs that promote independent living, health and overall well-being. AAAs assess needs, help develop care plans and connect seniors with services such as transportation, meal programs and in-home assistance. They also provide counseling on Medicare, Medicaid and other benefits. These agencies advocate for seniors and ensure they have access to the resources they need to age with dignity.

Many organizations offer free or low-cost legal services to Aurora seniors. Older adults can access advice on issues such as estate planning, living wills and power of attorney. Some firms also act as long-term care ombudsmen, advocating for the rights of seniors in senior living communities.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Illinois Adult Protective Services (APS)866-800-1409Illinois Adult Protective Services coordinates with 40 provider agencies through the state to investigate any claims of abuse and neglect of seniors or disabled individuals. This program looks into instances of abuse and neglect that are outside of the boundaries of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. If someone suspects abuse, exploitation or neglect of a senior, they can call the number 24-hours a day to get immediate help.

Home Repair and Modifications

Seniors and those with disabilities can access a variety of local resources to help them pay for home repairs and modifications. Programs in Aurora have different eligibility criteria and often assist retirees by providing grants or loans.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Safe at Home Program - Aurora630-801-9044Rebuilding Together Aurora offers the Safe at Home Program for senior residents and people with disabilities. The organization handles home repairs and modifications for qualifying Aurora residents to improve the safety and accessibility of their homes. Projects might include additions, such as hand railings, grab bars and ramps, to prevent falls and improve accessibility. The organization can also make modifications, including installing walk-in showers, lever door knobs and accessible doorways, to help residents navigate their homes safely.

Senior Centers

Senior centers in Aurora bring together residents through recreational activities and events. Many also offer advice and support on senior issues, run wellness and nutrition programs, and connect older adults with other resources in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Aurora Township Senior Services630-897-8777Senior Services - Aurora Township provides supportive social services to seniors in Aurora, IL. It sponsors Ride in Kane transportation service, which offers complimentary transportation 24/7 365 days a year. A variety of enrichment programs scheduled at the community center include holiday parties, luncheons, recreational activities and exercise classes. Group aerobics classes are held Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and free seasonal lawn mowing and snow-shoveling services are available to those 65 years of age and older.
Aurora Senior Services Associates630-897-4035Senior Services Associates' Aurora, Kane County office is open from 8 a.m. to 4. p.m., Monday to Friday, and staffed by trained Information and Assistance Specialists who can help with benefits applications, legal issues, housing, health insurance, long-term care options, property taxes, transportation and utility assistance programs. It also hosts regular activities and social events, such as games mornings, community dining, arts and crafts classes, line dancing and two-hour bingo sessions, which start at 1 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday.

Senior Engagement

Senior engagement resources and programs in Aurora help older adults remain active and ensure they contribute to the community. Resources include wellness programs, volunteer opportunities, support groups and organizations that help residents connect with the community to live fulfilling lives.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Active Adults Program630-859-8606The Prisco Community Center in Aurora, IL, offers engaging leisurely activities for seniors 55 years and older through its Active Adults Program. The center hosts weekly get-togethers, health-and-wellness seminars, potlucks, tea parties and happy hours. Seniors can join luxury bus trips to casinos, theaters and Broadway shows. Members of the Friendly Center Club, an interactive senior group, also meet regularly at the Prisco Community Center for snacks, games and entertainment.

Social Security Offices

Social Security offices in Aurora help seniors and disabled people access the benefits they're entitled to. Older adults can contact their local office for information about receiving retirement benefits, disability allowance and Supplemental Security Income.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Aurora Social Security Office 60506800-772-1213Social Security is a source of income available to retirees and people who can no longer work because of a disability. The money for Social Security comes from a payroll tax levied on employers, employees and self-employed individuals. When you retire, you'll receive monthly payments based on how much you earned when you were working.

Transportation Assistance

Assistance is available for seniors unable to access or use private transportation. These community resources help elderly and disabled residents make journeys in and around Aurora, allowing them to run errands and attend appointments in the local area.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
C.A.R.S. Program630-897-4035The C.A.R.S Program, short for City of Aurora Ride Solution, is a public service dedicated to aiding seniors with their transportation needs. It provides scheduled, door-to-door rides within Aurora city limits at no cost to older adults. To be eligible, individuals must be 60 or older or disabled and living in Aurora. This program significantly aids mobility for elderly residents, supporting their daily errands and fostering greater independence among the aging population.
ADA Paratransit Service630-892-8444The Pace Suburban Bus system offers an ADA Paratransit Service for seniors and adults with disabilities in Chicago and its suburbs. This is one of the largest paratransit door-to-door services in the country. To use this transportation assistance program, seniors must first get certified through Chicago's Regional Transportation Authority, which oversees Pace, and then schedule the ride in advance.

Veteran's Services

Aurora retirees who have served in the U.S. military can find support from local veteran services. These offices and organizations help vets access the benefits they're eligible for and provide advice and information on a variety of issues.

Program NamePhone NumberDescription
Aurora Vet Center630-585-1853The Aurora Vet Center in Aurora, Illinois, offers a variety of services to veterans and their families. Confidential counseling for grief, trauma and PTSD is available for in-person appointments or telehealth visits via phone or video. With a team of trained professionals, the center assists veterans with completing the necessary paperwork, understanding medical benefits and accessing additional community resources.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Aurora

Aurora-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Illinois are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Illinois page for more information about these laws.

Laws and Regulations in Illinois

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Rooms are spacious with a great view. The staff is courteous and dedicated to making life better for the residence. Food is excellent.

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Ascension Living Fox Knoll Village was very dated and I would hate to put my father in there. The staff was friendly, but the place needed updating, and there were lots of weird smells. The...

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I wasn't as happy with Jennings Terrace. It's an older facility and I understand. It seems like they had a lot of activities for the seniors, which was good, but it was more set up as a nursing...

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