Des Plaines is a suburban city in Cook County, approximately 30 minutes from downtown Chicago. The 2020 Census found that an above-average 19.1% of its 60,675 residents are aged 65 and older. Its appeal to seniors may be due to the excellent medical facilities, very low levels of crime and below-average health costs. There are numerous parks in the city, and seniors who enjoy socializing and shopping can indulge in a plethora of restaurants and boutique stores.

Assisted living is a type of residential care best suited to relatively able-bodied seniors who need assistance with some daily living tasks, such as cooking, but prefer to live in a community than at home. Rooms are typically furnished with personal items, and housekeeping, laundry and meal preparation duties are managed by trained staff. In Des Plaines, seniors can expect to pay around $4,950 per month for assisted living, which is about 8% more than the state median and 15% more than the U.S. average.

This guide considers the advantages and disadvantages of living in Des Plaines and the costs of senior care in this region of Illinois. It also lists some senior-friendly resources.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Des Plaines, IL

2013, 2014, 2016, 2022

Brookdale Des Plaines

800 South River Road, Des Plaines, IL, 60016

Brookdale Des Plaines is located in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Illinois, close to major highways, the Algonquin Woods and shopping centers. It’s a short drive from Chicago and all the big city … (read more)
Brookdale Des Plaines is located in the Chicago suburb of Des Plaines, Illinois, close to major highways, the Algonquin Woods and shopping centers. It’s a short drive from Chicago and all the big city … (read more)

Alden Gardens of Des Plaines

1227 East Golf Road , Des Plaines, IL, 60016

This is a small facility with a consistent and caring staff. I am a retired RN and so my standards for my mom’s care are quite high. I am very pleased with the medical oversight of the residents and t … (read more)
This is a small facility with a consistent and caring staff. I am a retired RN and so my standards for my mom’s care are quite high. I am very pleased with the medical oversight of the residents and t … (read more)

Generations at Oakton Arms

1660-1665 Oakton, Des Plaines, IL, 60018


Asbury Court

1750 Elmhurst Rd, Des Plaines, IL, 60018

My father was there for 3 days. He had a history of depression that the director of admissions was aware of and they allowed him to move. 3 days later he was having a depressive episode and they sent … (read more)
My father was there for 3 days. He had a history of depression that the director of admissions was aware of and they allowed him to move. 3 days later he was having a depressive episode and they sent … (read more)

Lincolnwood Place

7000 N. McCormick Blvd., Lincolnwood, IL, 60712

A short drive from Chicago, Lincolnwood Place is located in Lincolnwood, Illinois, close to the Lincolnwood Town Center and Westfield Old Orchard. Residents and their loved ones describe this communit … (read more)
A short drive from Chicago, Lincolnwood Place is located in Lincolnwood, Illinois, close to the Lincolnwood Town Center and Westfield Old Orchard. Residents and their loved ones describe this communit … (read more)

2015

Sunrise of Park Ridge

1725 Ballard Road, Park Ridge, IL, 60068

Sunrise of Park Ridge is located in Park Ridge, Illinois, close to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dempster Plaza and CVS. Visitors describe the facility as clean and bright, and they’re impressed … (read more)
Sunrise of Park Ridge is located in Park Ridge, Illinois, close to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Dempster Plaza and CVS. Visitors describe the facility as clean and bright, and they’re impressed … (read more)

Belmont Village Buffalo Grove

500 McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove, IL, 60089

Belmont Village Buffalo Grove Senior Living is located near neighborhood parks and the Raupp Memorial Museum in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The facility’s professional staff members are described as warm … (read more)
Belmont Village Buffalo Grove Senior Living is located near neighborhood parks and the Raupp Memorial Museum in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. The facility’s professional staff members are described as warm … (read more)

2016, 2022

Brookdale Northbrook

4501 Concord Lane, Northbrook, IL, 60062

Brookdale Northbrook is located in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Illinois, and is close to the Tri-State Tollway, shopping centers, hospitals and Camp Pine Woods. Residents and their loved ones gi … (read more)
Brookdale Northbrook is located in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook, Illinois, and is close to the Tri-State Tollway, shopping centers, hospitals and Camp Pine Woods. Residents and their loved ones gi … (read more)

Bridgeway of Bensenville

303 E Washington Street, Bensenville, IL, 60106

We toured the assisted living at Bridgeway of Bensenville. It was very nice. The staff showed us everything. We saw where to sign up first, the beauty shop, the floor that the assisted living folks … (read more)
We toured the assisted living at Bridgeway of Bensenville. It was very nice. The staff showed us everything. We saw where to sign up first, the beauty shop, the floor that the assisted living folks … (read more)

Celebrate Senior Living of Niles

7000 North Newark Avenue, Niles, IL, 60714

We have a pretty good experience so far with Elevate Saint Andrew Living Community. My dad is there and it seems like they take care of the residents, but the worst thing is with this COVID now it’s r … (read more)
We have a pretty good experience so far with Elevate Saint Andrew Living Community. My dad is there and it seems like they take care of the residents, but the worst thing is with this COVID now it’s r … (read more)

Sunrise of Schaumburg

790 North Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL, 60173

Located northwest of Chicago is Sunrise of Schaumburg senior living facility. This award-winning community offers a neighborhood environment with the option of assisted living, Alzheimer’s and memory … (read more)
Located northwest of Chicago is Sunrise of Schaumburg senior living facility. This award-winning community offers a neighborhood environment with the option of assisted living, Alzheimer’s and memory … (read more)

2013, 2015, 2016

Belmont Village Glenview

2200 Golf Road, Glenview, IL, 60025

Belmont Village Glenview is situated in Glenview, Illinois, conveniently close to Northshore University Health System, Valley Lo Golf Club and West Fork Park. This facility receives high praise from r … (read more)
Belmont Village Glenview is situated in Glenview, Illinois, conveniently close to Northshore University Health System, Valley Lo Golf Club and West Fork Park. This facility receives high praise from r … (read more)

2014, 2015, 2016

Alexian Village of Elk Grove

975 Martha St, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007

Alexian Village of Elk Grove is located near I-53, across the street from the Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and only minutes from several recreational parks and shopping venues. Residents commend t … (read more)
Alexian Village of Elk Grove is located near I-53, across the street from the Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and only minutes from several recreational parks and shopping venues. Residents commend t … (read more)

The Carrington at Lincolnwood

3501 Northeast Parkway, Lincolnwood, IL, 60712

The Carrington at Lincolnwood is brand new, stunning, and beautiful; however, it’s all private pay, so they do not transition over to Medicare in the event someone runs out of money, which is the only … (read more)
The Carrington at Lincolnwood is brand new, stunning, and beautiful; however, it’s all private pay, so they do not transition over to Medicare in the event someone runs out of money, which is the only … (read more)

Lutheran Home

800 W Oakton St, Arlington Heights, IL, 60004

Lutheran Home checked all the boxes. They have intellectually stimulating activities like book club, bible study, and other things where you can really put your brain into gear. The staff was very fri … (read more)
Lutheran Home checked all the boxes. They have intellectually stimulating activities like book club, bible study, and other things where you can really put your brain into gear. The staff was very fri … (read more)

North Shore Place

1000 Sunset Ridge Road, Northbrook, IL, 60062

North Shore Place is older in their setup. I know a couple of people that are there already, and they don’t have any complaints about it. It has a full shuttle service for ten miles, I think in any di … (read more)
North Shore Place is older in their setup. I know a couple of people that are there already, and they don’t have any complaints about it. It has a full shuttle service for ten miles, I think in any di … (read more)

Victory Centre of River Woods

1800 Riverwoods Dr, Melrose Park, IL, 60160

Victory Center of River Woods is an assisted living facility located in Melrose Park, Illinois. This community is nestled in a bend in the Des Plaines River, just off North Avenue. The facility’s staf … (read more)
Victory Center of River Woods is an assisted living facility located in Melrose Park, Illinois. This community is nestled in a bend in the Des Plaines River, just off North Avenue. The facility’s staf … (read more)

Addolorata Villa

555 McHenry Road, Wheeling, IL, 60090

The visit at Addolorata Villa was very nice. The staff was very friendly and open. The dining room was a little darker than I would like. The woman who took us around knew everything that you needed t … (read more)
The visit at Addolorata Villa was very nice. The staff was very friendly and open. The dining room was a little darker than I would like. The woman who took us around knew everything that you needed t … (read more)

Clarendale of Addison

1651 West Lake Street, Addison, IL, 60101

My mother has been extremely happy at Clarendale. I have visited there many times and always see a caring and helpful staff. Meticulous in detail. Many activities including daily exercise. My mom … (read more)
My mother has been extremely happy at Clarendale. I have visited there many times and always see a caring and helpful staff. Meticulous in detail. Many activities including daily exercise. My mom … (read more)

Aspired Living of Prospect Heights

708 N Elmhurst Rd, Prospect Heights, IL, 60070

We were residents of Aspired Living of Prospect Heights. Overall, we liked the food. The food was really good. They had a problem with not having enough staff. When we called for them to come and push … (read more)
We were residents of Aspired Living of Prospect Heights. Overall, we liked the food. The food was really good. They had a problem with not having enough staff. When we called for them to come and push … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Des Plaines

To operate an assisted living facility in Illinois, owners must successfully apply for a license from the Division of Assisted Living, a branch of the Illinois Department of Health. To retain their licenses, facilities must submit to unannounced inspections that determine if license conditions continue to be satisfied. Facilities that fail inspections risk having their licenses revoked.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Des Plaines

  • According to Sperling’s Best Places, the average cost of living index for Des Plaines is 107.4, which is higher than the state and national averages of 93.4 and 100, respectively. However, the primary driver appears to be housing costs, which are unlikely to concern most assisted living residents. What may be of interest is the city’s average health cost index of 90.6, which is lower than the indices for Illinois and the United States.
  • Winters in Des Plaines can be challenging for seniors, with January temperatures often settling around 14 degrees and snowfall annually exceeding the national average of 28 by another eight inches. Rainfall is an average 36 inches per year, while in summer, the weather is frequently a very pleasant 84 degrees.
  • Unsurprisingly, for such a heavily populated area, air and water quality levels are low. However, the city is making strides toward reducing pollution, scoring an excellent 96/100 for its work to reduce contamination through the EPA’s Superfund program.
  • Des Plaines boasts much lower crime rates than most cities in the state and the country. According to Neighborhood Scout, the chances of being a victim of a violent crime in the city is 1 in 1,411, compared to 1 in 239 for Illinois. For property crime, the figures are 1 in 105 against 1 in 65, with both figures below average for the country. Seniors still concerned about crime in the area should know most assisted living facilities include security as standard and typically have staff on-site 24/7.
  • Medical care in Des Plaines is capably managed by several facilities, including Holy Family Medical Center and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. There are many Medicare-registered physicians in the city, and, in nearby Chicago, seniors can access world-class medical facilities, including two hospitals in the nation’s top 20.

Paying for Assisted Living in Des Plaines

Seniors in Des Plaines considering assisted living should budget for around $4,950 per month, which is the median figure for the city found by the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. It’s more than the state average of $4,575 and the national average of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities  

Although assisted living costs in Des Plaines are above the state average, they’re not the highest in the region. About 80 minutes northwest in Rockford, seniors pay around $5,113 for similar services, while their peers further south in Bloomington pay $4,968. Peoria is the most affordable city in the region, at $3,800 per month.

$4950

Des Plaines

$4575

Illinois

$4300

The United States

$5113

Rockford

$4968

Bloomington

$3800

Peoria

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

At $4,950, assisted living in Des Plaines is an attractive alternative to the costs of homemaker services, at $4,957, and assistance from home health aides, at $5,053, as the latter services still require the senior to pay for their homes. Adult day health care centers provide less costly care for those able enough to attend, at $1,614. Nursing homes are the most expensive, typically charging $8,076 for a semiprivate room and an additional $456 for a private one.

$4957

Homemaker Services

$5053

Home Health Aide

$1614

Adult Day Health Care

$4950

Assisted Living Facility

$8076

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8532

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Data for Des Plaines was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Chicago, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Des Plaines

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.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities 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 Assisted Living Resources in Des Plaines

Seniors residing in Des Plaines can benefit from a significant number of resources available for free or at a low cost. The following resources help seniors socialize with others, find volunteer opportunities and connect with advocates.

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Contact

Service

(800) 699-9043

AgeOptions is a nonprofit organization that's been helping seniors in Des Plaines since 1974. It manages many resources aimed at helping people age comfortably and with dignity. One program it manages is Pathways to Health, which educates seniors on matters relating to nutrition and mental health. The organization is also the home of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman, who advocates for seniors in residential care, and the Senior Medicare Patrol, which focuses on preventing older citizens from becoming victims to fraudsters.

(312) 603-6423

The purpose of Cook County Veterans Affairs is to help those who served their country access discounts as well as the state and federal benefits to which they're entitled. The department may also be able to help some vets apply for military benefits, such as VA Aid and Attendance, and can refer those in need of medical care to VA clinics and health centers within Cook County.

(847) 768-5944

Frisbie Senior center provides a wealth of activities for older citizens in Des Plaines. These include a fitness room where seniors regularly enjoy Zumba and line dancing, a technology room that conducts classes on how to get the most from modern devices and regular day trips to explore other cities and states. Special events involving live music and visiting speakers are also held every month.

(847) 228-1006

RSVP is a national program managed locally by HandsOn Suburban Chicago. It connects adults aged 55+ with nonprofits that rely on volunteers. Opportunities can be varied, sometimes utilizing the seniors' existing skills and life experiences and other times requiring training. Examples of common ways volunteers help include delivering fresh meals to homebound seniors, mentoring younger members of the community and managing clerical work in a variety of organizations and agencies.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Des Plaines

Des Plaines-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.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Illinois