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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Des Plaines, IL for 2024

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

AgeOptions(800) 699-9043AgeOptions 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.
Cook County Veterans Affairs(312) 603-6423The 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.
Frisbie Senior Center(847) 768-5944Frisbie 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.
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)(847) 228-1006RSVP 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.

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Review of Brookdale Des Plaines

We toured Brookdale Des Plaines for my mom. I love the facility. It's very modern and very clean. It looks beautiful. I just didn't get that same warm and fuzzy feeling there that I felt in the...

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Review of Brookdale Des Plaines

Brookdale Des Plaines was a very nice facility, but the location felt like it was a little bit more in the middle of nowhere. There's nothing really around it to walk to. They showed me this really...

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