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The 5 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Bourbonnais, IL for 2024

Bourbonnais is a village in the northeastern region of Illinois, about 50 miles south of Chicago. It’s home to numerous museums, beautiful parks and a range of shopping and dining amenities, making it a popular destination for those seeking weekend getaways. The village has a large senior community that accounts for a little over 14% of its approximately 18,000 people and is sought out by retirees for its affordability, low crime and high access to health care. 

Seniors in Bourbonnais who are unable to live alone safely and comfortably may be good candidates for assisted living. These residential facilities are made up of apartments and suites to promote residents’ privacy and independence, and they offer personalized care services to ensure comfort. Residents can enjoy daily meals and recreational activities, and some communities offer amenities such as swimming pools, libraries, fitness centers and pet-friendly accommodations. The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey reports that seniors in Bourbonnais pay $4,841 per month for this level of care, which is high compared to state and national rates. 

This guide provides more information on the benefits and drawbacks of living in Bourbonnais, as well as an overview of local senior care costs. It also includes a resource guide highlighting some of the programs and services available to older adults in the region.  

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Bourbonnais

The Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Assisted Living, regulates assisted living facilities in Bourbonnais. This division enforces rules related to the scope of care, policies, staffing practices and resident services in assisted living facilities and investigates reports of substandard care. The division also oversees staff training and conducts background checks on prospective employees.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Bourbonnais

  • Older adults in Bourbonnais don’t pay state income taxes on most retirement income, including government and private pension benefits, withdrawals from retirement savings accounts and Social Security benefits. This can offset other living expenses and leave more money in the bank for assisted living.  
  • Bourbonnais is a cost-effective option for those considering a move to northeastern Illinois. Overall, living expenses are about 12% below the national median and 5% lower than in the rest of the state, making it an attractive option for those seeking assisted living with budgetary considerations.  
  • Older adults in Bourbonnais obtain public transportation services through the River Valley METRO Mass Transit District, which has three types of bus service in the region. These include fixed route bus service in Bourbonnais and nearby urban communities, a commuter shuttle service from Midway Airport to the Metra train station and ADA-accessible service via METRO Plus Service. These can supplement the transportation services older adults obtain through their residential community or make it easy to visit loved ones in assisted living.  
  • Bourbonnais is a safe village with minimal crime, appealing to older adults seeking a close-knit community environment for their retirement years. On a 100-point index, with a lower score indicating less crime, the village’s violent crime is rated 11, and the property crime score is 26.4. By comparison, the national respective rates are 22.7 and 35.4.  
  • Health care is affordable in Bourbonnais, with local costs such as dental care and hospital stays coming in 3% lower than in the typical U.S. city, which may benefit older adults obtaining ongoing care for chronic conditions. There are no major hospitals in the city proper, but two high-performing hospitals are located within three miles of the city center. These include Riverside Medical Center and AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee
  • The weather in Bourbonnais is relatively cool, with year-round high temperatures ranging from 31 to 84 degrees. The community sees about 38 inches of rain and 26 inches of snow annually. To help older adults navigate icy roads during the winter months, many assisted living facilities provide local transportation services.  

Paying for Assisted Living in Bourbonnais

Bourbonnais is a relatively expensive city to obtain assisted living, with seniors paying $4,841 per month for this type of care. Nationally, assisted living facilities charge $4,300 monthly, and in Illinois, rates tend to be a little higher at $4,575 on average.     

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities 

Those seeking more budget-friendly accommodations may consider Carbondale, where rates are over $1,000 lower at $3,750. In Decatur, monthly fees are consistent with the national average at $4,269. Rates in Bloomington and Rockford exceed Bourbonnais’s average at $4,968 and $5,113, respectively.  





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The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Seniors in Bourbonnais have several care options to choose from. Assisted living facilities in the village charge $4,841 per month for services, making this type of care among the more expensive options. Older adults who obtain care at home pay $4,767 monthly for homemaker and home health aide services. Adult day health care rates aren’t listed for the Bourbonnais region, but statewide, seniors pay $1,636 monthly for this level of care. Nursing homes charge $6,540 for shared rooms and $7,224 for private accommodations, making this the most expensive care option in Bourbonnais. 

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Note: Care cost data for Bourbonnais was not available, so data for the closest city, Kankakee, was used instead.  

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bourbonnais

In Illinois, the HCBS Medicaid Waiver for Supportive Living Facilities helps pay for services in some assisted living communities, but it does not pay for room and board.

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

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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 Assisted Living Resources in Bourbonnais

Bourbonnais is home to numerous nonprofit agencies and programs to help older adults make important decisions regarding their long-term care. The following table has resources to help older adults navigate the process of transitioning to assisted living through information and referrals, financial and legal advice and linkages to community-based services.  

AgeGuide(630) 293-5990AgeGuide is a local nonprofit organization that provides a range of services to those aged 60 and over in Bourbonnais and the surrounding region. Through this agency, seniors can get information and referrals for services in the community to supplement what they obtain in assisted living, including wellness services, transportation and congregate meals.
Prairie State Legal Services(815) 935-2750Prairie State Legal Services provides free civil legal services to those aged 60 and over, including help with obtaining public benefits, addressing denied health insurance claims and understanding assisted living contracts. The office can also help with addressing substandard care in residential facilities.
Catholic Charities | Aging and Disability Services(815) 933-7791This nonprofit, faith-based organization provides a range of services to older adults in the Bourbonnais region, including volunteer opportunities, money management services and telephone reassurance. It has a long-term care ombudsman who helps ensure high-quality care for those in assisted living.
Kankakee Veterans Assistance Commission(815) 937-8489The county’s VAC provides benefits assistance to Bourbonnais veterans and their families, helping them access local, state and federal benefits. It can help qualifying individuals apply for veterans’ and survivors’ pensions, Aid and Attendance and disability compensation, which may help cover assisted living.
Senior Health Insurance Program(800) 252-8966SHIP is a statewide program that provides free, unbiased health insurance options counseling for Medicare beneficiaries. It has a helpline staffed with trained volunteers who help seniors identify options for covering assisted living services.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Bourbonnais

Bourbonnais-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.

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Review of Bickford of Bourbonnais

We got a bed at Bickford of Bourbonnais for respite care for my stepdad. The tour was very good. The apartments were very nice and large. The community area was very nice and big. The dining area...

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Tarri, So happy to hear that you recommend Bickford of Bourbonnais. We're glad that you agree that it is truly a special place with a skilled and compassionate team.

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I liked my visit to Bickford of Bourbonnais, and I liked the staff. The layout of the place looked good. They had gathering places for the people, and the dining room looked very nice and...

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Hi, Shelly. We are delighted to hear you are considering Bickford of Bourbonnais! We appreciate your feedback on your visit with us and want to thank you for sharing your experience. Have a great day!

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Review of Bickford of Bourbonnais

I visited Bickford of Bourbonnais in person. It's absolutely lovely. The people that work there make you feel like you're family. Everybody is really friendly and pleasant to be around with. It's...

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