Fairview Heights is a dynamic city in the southern region of Illinois with numerous shopping plazas, cultural amenities and health care facilities. Of the city’s nearly 17,000 residents, about 16% are seniors. A low cost of living, retiree-friendly tax laws and easy access to health care amenities make it a popular option for retirees. 

Fairview Heights has two assisted living facilities, and there are about nine more in surrounding cities. These residential facilities are for those who need help with daily living activities. Residents enjoy daily meals and snacks, comfortable suites and apartments with housekeeping services and social and recreational programs. Some facilities accommodate pets and have upscale amenities, such as salons, fitness centers and libraries. According to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey, local assisted living facilities charge about $3,750 per month for services, which is well below state and national averages. 

This guide provides more information on senior care costs in Fairview Heights and highlights some of the benefits and drawbacks of living here. It also features some local nonprofit agencies and programs that help seniors obtain the care they need. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Fairview Heights, IL

Parkway Gardens

379 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL, 62208

Parkway Gardens is a small facility on the north side of Fairview Heights, Illinois, located close to Interstate 64, Parkway Gardens and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Visitors say they like the smaller la … (read more)
Parkway Gardens is a small facility on the north side of Fairview Heights, Illinois, located close to Interstate 64, Parkway Gardens and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Visitors say they like the smaller la … (read more)

Charles Gardens

120 South Ruby Lane, Fairview Heights, IL, 62208

We chose Charles Gardens because it’s one level and it’s assisted living. Mom is to move in next month. It’s not so big to where she will feel like she’s lost. They do assist in medicine. It’s just fi … (read more)
We chose Charles Gardens because it’s one level and it’s assisted living. Mom is to move in next month. It’s not so big to where she will feel like she’s lost. They do assist in medicine. It’s just fi … (read more)

Cambridge House of O’Fallon

844 Cambridge Blvd., O Fallon, IL, 62269

Cambridge House of O’Fallon is located east of Collinsville in the suburb of O’Fallon, Illinois, near Rohr Park, Marcus O’Fallon Cinema and Interstate 64. Residents and visitors give high marks to the … (read more)
Cambridge House of O’Fallon is located east of Collinsville in the suburb of O’Fallon, Illinois, near Rohr Park, Marcus O’Fallon Cinema and Interstate 64. Residents and visitors give high marks to the … (read more)

St. Louis Altenheim

5408 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO, 63111

I went to St Louis Altenheim. It was very nice, very well thought out. It was a pristine, very big place, very well kept, well maintained. It looked much like a palace, but it’s very pristine. They ar … (read more)
I went to St Louis Altenheim. It was very nice, very well thought out. It was a pristine, very big place, very well kept, well maintained. It looked much like a palace, but it’s very pristine. They ar … (read more)

Bradford Place

1463 Benchmark Ct, Swansea, IL, 62226

Bradford Place is a mid-sized facility surrounded by residential areas and medical specialists on the north side of Swansea, Illinois, just 2 miles from Interstate 64. Visitors note that the facility … (read more)
Bradford Place is a mid-sized facility surrounded by residential areas and medical specialists on the north side of Swansea, Illinois, just 2 miles from Interstate 64. Visitors note that the facility … (read more)

Keystone Place at Richland Creek

1050 Fountain Lakes Dr, O Fallon, IL, 62269

I had the opportunity to visit Keystone Place at Richland Creek. Their facility is beautiful. At this time they don’t have many clients, but they’re still hiring. The few times that they do have been … (read more)
I had the opportunity to visit Keystone Place at Richland Creek. Their facility is beautiful. At this time they don’t have many clients, but they’re still hiring. The few times that they do have been … (read more)

The Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections Memory Care: Collinsville

121 South Bluff Road, Collinsville, IL, 62234

We took a tour of The Villas of Holly Brook for my parents. The assistant director took us on a really wonderful tour, and we really loved it, but when my mother walked into a one-bedroom apartment sh … (read more)
We took a tour of The Villas of Holly Brook for my parents. The assistant director took us on a really wonderful tour, and we really loved it, but when my mother walked into a one-bedroom apartment sh … (read more)

Cambridge House of Maryville

6960 State Route 162, Maryville, IL, 62062

Cambridge House of Maryville was nice. My friend and I liked it. The room that the woman took us to was real nice. I liked the other areas that the residents could go in, like their recreation area an … (read more)
Cambridge House of Maryville was nice. My friend and I liked it. The room that the woman took us to was real nice. I liked the other areas that the residents could go in, like their recreation area an … (read more)

St. Paul’s Senior Community

1021 West E Street, Belleville, IL, 62220

I’ve been to St. Paul before and that’s why I wanted my mom to go there. It was clean when I went there, and this was before COVID in 2018. The place was clean. The tenants were happy. I’ve been to ot … (read more)
I’ve been to St. Paul before and that’s why I wanted my mom to go there. It was clean when I went there, and this was before COVID in 2018. The place was clean. The tenants were happy. I’ve been to ot … (read more)

Cambridge House of Swansea

3900 Sullivan Drive, Swansea, IL, 62226

Located in Swansea, Illinois, near State Highway 61 and Memorial Hospital Belleville, Cambridge House of Swansea offers one- and two-bedroom apartments. According to visitors and relatives, the facili … (read more)
Located in Swansea, Illinois, near State Highway 61 and Memorial Hospital Belleville, Cambridge House of Swansea offers one- and two-bedroom apartments. According to visitors and relatives, the facili … (read more)

Garden Place Senior Living Millstadt

208 S. Kossuth St, Millstadt, IL, 62260

Garden Place Senior Living Millstadt looked older and so much more like a nursing home than the other places I’ve been to. They didn’t seem to have as many activities as the other places we’ve seen. W … (read more)
Garden Place Senior Living Millstadt looked older and so much more like a nursing home than the other places I’ve been to. They didn’t seem to have as many activities as the other places we’ve seen. W … (read more)

2022

Meridian Village

27 Auerbach Pl, Glen Carbon, IL, 62034

Meridian Village, in Glen Carbon, Illinois, is conveniently located near the Sunset Hills Country Club, Greenspace North Park and a number of medical specialists. Relatives are pleased with the attent … (read more)
Meridian Village, in Glen Carbon, Illinois, is conveniently located near the Sunset Hills Country Club, Greenspace North Park and a number of medical specialists. Relatives are pleased with the attent … (read more)

2015, 2022

Addington Place of Collinsville

1207 Vandalia, Collinsville, IL, 62234

Addington Place of Collinsville is located in the northern part of Collinsville, Illinois, minutes from Woodland Park and both an American Legion and a VFW post. Residents feel comfortable at this pro … (read more)
Addington Place of Collinsville is located in the northern part of Collinsville, Illinois, minutes from Woodland Park and both an American Legion and a VFW post. Residents feel comfortable at this pro … (read more)

Cedarhurst of Granite City

3450 Village Ln, Granite City, IL, 62040

My mom moved into Cedarhurst of Granite City. They tried to make my mom as comfortable as they possibly could. It has been a hard adjustment for her, but the people there are friendly. My mom is a ver … (read more)
My mom moved into Cedarhurst of Granite City. They tried to make my mom as comfortable as they possibly could. It has been a hard adjustment for her, but the people there are friendly. My mom is a ver … (read more)

The Colonnade Senior Living

700 Weber Rd, O Fallon, IL, 62269

The Colonnade was very good, very nicely decorated, and very friendly. The people who lived there are very happy. You can eat whenever you want to, and you can order from a menu. They have lots of act … (read more)
The Colonnade was very good, very nicely decorated, and very friendly. The people who lived there are very happy. You can eat whenever you want to, and you can order from a menu. They have lots of act … (read more)

Addington Place of Shiloh

429 South Main Street, Shiloh, IL, 62269

Addington Place of Shiloh is now under new management. I think changes have been made, but it’s a very lovely place. The assisted living has a very nice little apartment and they have lots of activiti … (read more)
Addington Place of Shiloh is now under new management. I think changes have been made, but it’s a very lovely place. The assisted living has a very nice little apartment and they have lots of activiti … (read more)

Aspen Creek Of Troy*

1924 Sra Bradley Smith Dr., Troy, IL, 62264

Aspen Creek was a very good and smaller facility, which is what we were looking for. We put my mother on their waiting list. I would have moved her there if they had an opening. It is a home, basicall … (read more)
Aspen Creek was a very good and smaller facility, which is what we were looking for. We put my mother on their waiting list. I would have moved her there if they had an opening. It is a home, basicall … (read more)

Symphony Sycamore Village

225 Castellano Drive, Swansea, IL, 62226

Sycamore Village Assisted Living in Swansea, Illinois, is located near Centennial Park and Gepperts Lake. The staff is described by visitors as friendly, knowledgeable and understanding. Residents can … (read more)
Sycamore Village Assisted Living in Swansea, Illinois, is located near Centennial Park and Gepperts Lake. The staff is described by visitors as friendly, knowledgeable and understanding. Residents can … (read more)

Cedar Creek of Shiloh

1201 Hartman Lane, Shiloh, IL, 62221

I liked that Cedar Creek of Shiloh was only one floor and given that my dad is a very picky eater, they not only have their regulars, but they also offer other things that he could pick from and they … (read more)
I liked that Cedar Creek of Shiloh was only one floor and given that my dad is a very picky eater, they not only have their regulars, but they also offer other things that he could pick from and they … (read more)

Cedarhurst of Troy

39 Dorothy Dr., Troy, IL, 62294

Morningside of Troy is situated near Edwardsville Road, Gateway Medical Group and Interstates 55 and 70 in Troy, Illinois. Visitors and relatives compliment the cordial staff and good food served in t … (read more)
Morningside of Troy is situated near Edwardsville Road, Gateway Medical Group and Interstates 55 and 70 in Troy, Illinois. Visitors and relatives compliment the cordial staff and good food served in t … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Fairview Heights

The Illinois Department of Public Health licenses and monitors assisted living facilities in Fairview Heights and the rest of the state. It ensures a high standard of care by setting minimum guidelines for staffing and staff training, scope of care and nutrition and medication services. It also investigates complaints regarding substandard care. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Fairview Heights

  • Fairview Heights has a low cost of living, which may appeal to older adults seeking economically priced care. On average, living expenses are 15% less here than in the nation as a whole and about 10% lower than in the typical Illinois city.  
  • Illinois’s income tax laws are friendly to retirees and may enable them to put more money toward care expenses. Most types of retirement income aren’t taxed at the state level, including Social Security benefits, withdrawals from retirement savings accounts and public and private pensions. Property taxes are high, but seniors may avoid this living expense by obtaining care in a residential facility. 
  • Property crime is more common in the Fairview Heights region than in the typical U.S. community, with the city rating 61.9 on a 100-point index for this type of crime compared to the national median of 35.4. Violent crime is fairly unusual, however, rating 13.7 versus the national average of 22.7. The number of incidents per capita is considerably lower than in nearby cities, such as Collinsville, Washington Park and Caseyville.  
  • Fairview Heights is among the warmer cities in Illinois, which may make it a good option for those who enjoy being outdoors. Summers are warm, with July seeing muggy conditions and high temperatures near 90 degrees, but humidity levels tend to be low throughout the rest of the year. January is the chilliest month with highs in the low-40s, and there are approximately 13 inches of annual snowfall.   
  • Health care services cost about 4% more in Fairview Heights than in the typical U.S. city, and there are only about 150 doctors per 100,000 people compared to the national rate of 210. While there are no hospitals within the city proper, several hospitals are located within easy driving distance, including Memorial Hospital Belleville in Belleville and Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Fairview Heights

Fairview Heights has competitively priced assisted living services, with residents paying approximately $3,750 per month for services. This is over $800 lower than the state median of $4,575 and $550 less than the national rate.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities  

Fairview Heights ties with Carbondale for the most affordable assisted living rates in Illinois, with seniors in both cities paying $3,750 per month for services. In Springfield, rates are higher at $4,860, and in Bloomington, monthly care fees average $4,968. Rockford has the highest monthly assisted living fees of $5,113.  

$3750

Fairview Heights

$4575

Illinois

$4300

The United States

$3750

Carbondale

$5113

Rockford

$4860

Springfield

$4968

Bloomington

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living services in Fairview Heights cost $3,750 per month on average, making it among the most economical options for senior care. Only adult day health care, which includes personal care in a daytime community environment, is cheaper at $1,842 monthly. Homemaker and specialized home health aide services cost $4,481 monthly for 44 hours of weekly care and may be good options for those who want to age in place. Nursing home care is the costliest option but is still relatively affordable at $5,355 for shared rooms and $6,479 for private rooms.  

$4481

Homemaker Services

$4481

Home Health Aide

$1842

Adult Day Health Care

$3750

Assisted Living Facility

$5355

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6479

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Fairview Heights was not available, so data for the closest city, St. Louis, MO, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Fairview Heights

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 Fairview Heights

Fairview Heights has numerous organizations and programs to help older adults navigate community resources and care planning. Through the following resources, seniors can connect with social and recreational programs, community-based services and financial assistance. The table also has resources to help older adults identify ways to cover care expenses.   

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

(618) 222-2561 

AgeSmart Community Resources is the region’s Area Agency on Aging. This local nonprofit organization administers a range of services to those aged 60 and over, including information and referrals for community-based services, such as transportation and nutrition services, options counseling and financial advice. The agency houses the long-term care ombudsman program for the Fairview Heights region, advocating on behalf of those in assisted living and ensuring a consistently high standard of care.

(618) 277-5678 

The county’s VAC serves local veterans and their families by providing information and assistance with accessing benefits, including those that may help cover assisted living expenses. Through this office, seniors can get help with obtaining VA benefits, such as health insurance, medical care, nonemergency medical transportation and tax assistance.

(618) 234-4410 

Southwestern Illinois College offers a range of services to older adults in the Fairview Heights region through its Programs and Services for Older Persons division. PSOP staff members provide information and referrals to older adults and their families, including local transportation services, short-term counseling, a wellness program with age-friendly exercise classes and an activities department with games, dances and congregate meals. The program also has volunteer opportunities for older adults in the region. These include the Foster Grandparent Program, Senior Companion Program and RSVP.

(618) 398-0958 

Land of Lincoln Legal Aid is a local nonprofit agency staffed with licensed legal professionals specializing in age-related issues, such as benefits assistance and help with navigating problems related to assisted living. Seniors can contact the office for one-on-one help with obtaining benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid, which may help cover local assisted living expenses. The office also helps veterans obtain VA services.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Fairview Heights

Fairview Heights-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