Surrounded by forest preserves, Downers Grove, IL, is a 30-minute drive from Chicago and the shores of Lake Michigan. In this small town of just under 50,000 people, almost 19% of residents are 65 years and over. Downers Grove boasts a major hospital, a nearby arboretum and several golf courses. It’s a safe community with a varied cultural life and a thriving downtown full of boutiques and restaurants.

Seniors who need some daily help might be interested in assisted living. The personalized care at an assisted living community includes assistance with activities of daily life (ADLs) such as grooming, dressing and managing medications. Seniors have their meals prepared for them and often receive housekeeping service and transportation to doctors’ appointments. In Downers Grove, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $4,950, somewhat higher than the state average of $4,575.

This guide describes some benefits and drawbacks of assisted living in Downers Grove, as well as a cost comparison of assisted living with the rest of the state and a list of helpful

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Downers Grove, IL

Lacey Creek Supportive Living

4200 Lacey Road, Downers Grove, IL, 60515

We have chosen Lacey Creek Supportive Living. We looked at it, and it was nice. It’s like assisted living, except for they will take Medicaid to help pay for it. It was nice. It’s a newer building. A … (read more)
We have chosen Lacey Creek Supportive Living. We looked at it, and it was nice. It’s like assisted living, except for they will take Medicaid to help pay for it. It was nice. It’s a newer building. A … (read more)

Saratoga Grove Retirement & Assisted Living

3460 Saratoga Avenue, Downers Grove, IL, 60515

top notch staff – above and beyond caring. family-like atmosphere. The small community feel was perfect for my parents, great staff to resident ratio and allowed for more attention to my parents. They … (read more)
top notch staff – above and beyond caring. family-like atmosphere. The small community feel was perfect for my parents, great staff to resident ratio and allowed for more attention to my parents. They … (read more)

2015, 2016, 2022

Brookdale Glen Ellyn

60 North Nicoll Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137

Brookdale Glen Ellyn is located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in the center of a beautiful suburb to the west of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Visitors notice the high activity of the seniors here, who have e … (read more)
Brookdale Glen Ellyn is located in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, in the center of a beautiful suburb to the west of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Visitors notice the high activity of the seniors here, who have e … (read more)

Brookdale Lisle

1700 Robin Lane, Lisle, IL, 60532

Brookdale Lisle is a quiet community in Naperville, Illinois, a short distance from the local area where residents can visit medical facilities, restaurants and shops. Residents can choose from a vari … (read more)
Brookdale Lisle is a quiet community in Naperville, Illinois, a short distance from the local area where residents can visit medical facilities, restaurants and shops. Residents can choose from a vari … (read more)

2016

Atria Park of Glen Ellyn

95 Carleton Avenue, Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137

Atria Park of Glen Ellyn is nestled between Newton Park and Interstate 355 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Visitors and residents alike agree that the facility has a well-organized layout, bright interior an … (read more)
Atria Park of Glen Ellyn is nestled between Newton Park and Interstate 355 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Visitors and residents alike agree that the facility has a well-organized layout, bright interior an … (read more)

2013

Belmont Village Geneva Road

545 Belmont Lane, Carol Stream, IL, 60188

Belmont Village Geneva Road is an assisted living and memory care facility located in Carol Stream, Illinois, about 25 miles outside of Chicago. Room and housing options include studio apartments, one … (read more)
Belmont Village Geneva Road is an assisted living and memory care facility located in Carol Stream, Illinois, about 25 miles outside of Chicago. Room and housing options include studio apartments, one … (read more)

Brighton Gardens of Wheaton

831 East Butterfield Road, Wheaton, IL, 60187

Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Brighton Gardens of Wheaton provides easy access to the Rice Lake Square shopping mall and the Danada Forest Preserve. Residents and their guests praise the facility for … (read more)
Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Brighton Gardens of Wheaton provides easy access to the Rice Lake Square shopping mall and the Danada Forest Preserve. Residents and their guests praise the facility for … (read more)

Sunrise at Fountain Square

2210 Fountain Square Dr, Lombard, IL, 60148

Staff are a gem! They take time to help me in the morning with brushing my teeth and hair. Hard to get them back tho after they move on to next person. There are call lights but takes a long time. Nu … (read more)
Staff are a gem! They take time to help me in the morning with brushing my teeth and hair. Hard to get them back tho after they move on to next person. There are call lights but takes a long time. Nu … (read more)

Sunrise of Naperville

960 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville, IL, 60540

Sunrise of Naperville is in Naperville, Illinois, near parks and coffee shops. Clean, modern common rooms and apartments with a homey vibe are a highlight of the facility. Residents and visitors have … (read more)
Sunrise of Naperville is in Naperville, Illinois, near parks and coffee shops. Clean, modern common rooms and apartments with a homey vibe are a highlight of the facility. Residents and visitors have … (read more)

Park Place of Elmhurst

1050 S. Euclid Avenue, Elmhurst, IL, 60126

<p>Park Place of Elmhurst is part of Providence Life Services, a nonprofit organization with more than a century of senior living excellence. Our mission is “to enhance the lives of those we serve i … (read more)
<p>Park Place of Elmhurst is part of Providence Life Services, a nonprofit organization with more than a century of senior living excellence. Our mission is “to enhance the lives of those we serve i … (read more)

Sunrise of Naperville North

535 West Ogden Avenue, Naperville, IL, 60563

Sunrise of Naperville North is an upscale community in Naperville, Illinois, not far from a range of shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment venues residents can enjoy on local outings with fr … (read more)
Sunrise of Naperville North is an upscale community in Naperville, Illinois, not far from a range of shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment venues residents can enjoy on local outings with fr … (read more)

Cordia Senior Residence

865 N. Cass Ave, Westmont, IL, 60559

My mother is in Cordia Senior Residence. I’m satisfied with the care. They have a lot of activities for the seniors. The staff is fine. Her room is perfect. They have a library, a grand piano, and exc … (read more)
My mother is in Cordia Senior Residence. I’m satisfied with the care. They have a lot of activities for the seniors. The staff is fine. Her room is perfect. They have a library, a grand piano, and exc … (read more)

Sunrise of Willowbrook

6300 Clarendon Hills Road, Willowbrook, IL, 60527

Sunrise of Willow brook was nice. It seemed more set up for independent living though, they had a small memory care unit, otherwise, it was nice. I liked it, everybody seems clean, the place seems cle … (read more)
Sunrise of Willow brook was nice. It seemed more set up for independent living though, they had a small memory care unit, otherwise, it was nice. I liked it, everybody seems clean, the place seems cle … (read more)

Lexington Square of Lombard

555 Foxworth Blvd., Lombard, IL, 60148

Lexington Square of Lombard is conveniently located close to Interstate 395 in Lombard Illinois, just blocks from Four Seasons Park and less than 2 miles from Yorktown Center shopping mall and adjacen … (read more)
Lexington Square of Lombard is conveniently located close to Interstate 395 in Lombard Illinois, just blocks from Four Seasons Park and less than 2 miles from Yorktown Center shopping mall and adjacen … (read more)

Lexington of Elmhurst

420 West Butterfield, Elmhurst, IL, 60126

Lexington of Elmhurst is a huge complex that’s very nicely done. We saw a beautiful two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, which was available. They made the pricing very enticing to us. We are really c … (read more)
Lexington of Elmhurst is a huge complex that’s very nicely done. We saw a beautiful two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment, which was available. They made the pricing very enticing to us. We are really c … (read more)

HarborChase of Naperville

1619 N Mill Street, Naperville, IL, 60563

HarborChase is located in Naperville, Illinois, near Interstate 88, Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center, Century Farms Park, restaurants and stores. Visitors appreciate the friendly staff and … (read more)
HarborChase is located in Naperville, Illinois, near Interstate 88, Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center, Century Farms Park, restaurants and stores. Visitors appreciate the friendly staff and … (read more)

Anthology of Wheaton

219 East Parkway Drive, Wheaton, IL, 60187

My father spent some time here while dealing with an illness. I looked at many places, and took into consideration the amenities, cleanliness, and most importantly – the people. From every aspect I … (read more)
My father spent some time here while dealing with an illness. I looked at many places, and took into consideration the amenities, cleanliness, and most importantly – the people. From every aspect I … (read more)

Golden Age Assisted Living

5734 Thurlow Street, Hinsdale, IL, 60521

A wonderful concept of providing care. Instead of being an institutional environment, it is a comfortable single-family home that has been designed for this purpose. My grandmother loved the fact … (read more)
A wonderful concept of providing care. Instead of being an institutional environment, it is a comfortable single-family home that has been designed for this purpose. My grandmother loved the fact … (read more)

Aspired Living of La Grange

35 Shamut Avenue, La Grange, IL, 60525

I went to Aspired Living of La Grange. They have assisted living and independent living kind of combined. There are different floors for the different services. They’re not in separate buildings. It’s … (read more)
I went to Aspired Living of La Grange. They have assisted living and independent living kind of combined. There are different floors for the different services. They’re not in separate buildings. It’s … (read more)

The Sheridan at Oak Brook

2055 Clearwater Drive, Oak Brook, IL, 60523


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Downers Grove

The Illinois Department of Public Health oversees long-term care facilities in the state, and the Division of Assisted Living is responsible for licensing and regulating assisted living communities. This agency checks to make sure assisted living facilities respect resident’s rights and follow the legal guidelines for assisted living care.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Downers Grove

  • Sperlings Best Places rates the cost of living in Downers Grove at 120, based on a national average score of 100. Although cities and towns in the Chicago area have a high cost of living, it’s mostly due to high home prices and transportation costs. Healthcare costs are slightly less than average compared to the rest of the country, and groceries have a score of 99.8, right at average.
  • Downers Grove has almost twice the number of physicians per capita than the U.S. average. The air quality is slightly higher than the national average, and the water quality is slightly lower, yet well within safety limits.
  • The city is located in DuPage County, which gets an average of 31 inches of snow per year. In January, low temperatures can reach 15 degrees. In the summer, however, residents enjoy temperatures in the low to mid-80s. For most of the year, the weather is excellent for exploring the parks in and around the town.
  • Downers Grove has a golf course and brewery within the city limits, and there are always community events to attend. The downtown is lined with shops and restaurants, and the city is close to Chicago’s thriving arts and culture scene.
  • The crime rate in Downers Grove is much lower than the national average. The violent crime rate is over 14 points lower than the national average, and the property crime rate is over 13 points lower than the national average, and it’s even lower when compared to the crime rates in the state of Illinois. Most offenses are property crimes, with a very low incidence of violent crime.

Paying for Assisted Living in Downers Grove

The monthly cost of assisted living in Downers Grove is $4,950 according to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, compared to $4,575 for the state of Illinois and $4,300 nationally.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

The monthly median cost of assisted living in Downers Grove is a bit higher than in the state of Illinois and the country. This is probably because of its proximity to Chicago. Schaumburg has an average cost of $4,950. Janesville, MN, and Bloomington have the same cost of $4,968. Rockford is a little higher, at $5,113 per month.

$4950

Downers Grove

$4575

Illinois

$4300

The United States

$4968

Janesville, MN

$5113

Rockford

$4950

Schaumburg

$4968

Bloomington

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Other types of long-term care available in Downers Grove include homemaker services at an average cost of $4,957 and home health care for $5,053. These are useful options for seniors who prefer to remain in their own homes. For those who only need weekday assistance, adult day health care is one of the most affordable options at $1,614. Seniors who require full-time skilled nursing care might choose a nursing home where a semiprivate room is $8,076 per month, and a private room is $8,532.

$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 Downers Grove was unavailable, so data for the Chicago Area was used instead

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Downers Grove

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 Downers Grove

There are many resources for seniors in Downers Grove to help them find assisted living communities, find ways to pay for them and assist them with advocacy issues.

Resource

Contact

Service

(815) 939-0727

Serving dozens of towns and cities in Northeastern Illinois, the Area Agency on Aging provides links to resources that assist people over 65. Seniors living in Downers Grove can find help and receive referrals for legal, insurance and transportation issues.

(630) 407-6500

The long-term care ombudsman for DuPage County visits long-term care facilities to monitor the quality of senior care. The ombudsman also informs residents of their rights and advocates for them. Seniors who have problems with their assisted living facility can speak with the ombudsman, who will help resolve any complaints

(630) 968-1060

Located in the Park District of Downers Grove, the Adult Center at Lincoln Center provides weekday games and activities for residents 55 years and over.

(630) 719-6670

Dial a Ride is a service for seniors and people with disabilities. The shared ride service picks up riders from their residences, and the fare is $3 cash each way. Transportation is provided by a small bus with an attached lift for wheelchairs.

(630) 434-5500

Downers Grove offers taxi transportation assistance to seniors 65 and over and people with disabilities. Seniors pay for taxi rides with coupons that are purchased for half price. All licensed taxi companies in town accept these coupons.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Downers Grove

Downers Grove-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