Peoria, located about halfway between Chicago and St. Louis in Central Illinois, was recently named among the 50 best places to retire in the United States. The small city of nearly 110,420 people is known for its vibrant RiverFront District, where seniors can discover unique boutiques, restaurants and attractions. Peoria’s low cost of living, coupled with Illinois’ retiree-friendly tax policies, makes the city a great choice for seniors who want to make their savings last.

Assisted living is a long-term care option for seniors who want to maintain their independence but need some help with their daily activities, such as grooming or managing medications. Seniors in Peoria pay an average of $3,800 per month for assisted living — the lowest cost in the state. 

This guide discusses assisted living in Peoria, Illinois. Seniors and their loved ones will learn about the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Peoria, typical assisted living costs and free resources for assisted living residents.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Peoria, IL

2016, 2018

Bickford of Peoria

1920 W. Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL, 61614

Located in Peoria, Illinois, Bickford of Peoria exudes a vibe of friendliness and joy. The apartment living spaces are large with modern appointments, while the common areas are decorated in different … (read more)
Located in Peoria, Illinois, Bickford of Peoria exudes a vibe of friendliness and joy. The apartment living spaces are large with modern appointments, while the common areas are decorated in different … (read more)

Heartis Village of Peoria

8201 Route 91, Peoria, IL, 61615

Management is very unprofessional. Not easy to approach or speak with. Director is very rude towards residents. Would not recommend. Activities Director very young, naive and rude. Glad family friend … (read more)
Management is very unprofessional. Not easy to approach or speak with. Director is very rude towards residents. Would not recommend. Activities Director very young, naive and rude. Glad family friend … (read more)

GateWay at River City

518 W. Romeo B Garrett, GateWay, Peoria, IL, 61605


Lutheran Hillside Village

6901 N. Galena Road, Peoria, IL, 61614

Located in Peoria, Illinois, Lutheran Hillside Village is a Life Plan Community and member of the Lutheran Senior Services. With its team of friendly and highly trained personnel, this facility caters … (read more)
Located in Peoria, Illinois, Lutheran Hillside Village is a Life Plan Community and member of the Lutheran Senior Services. With its team of friendly and highly trained personnel, this facility caters … (read more)

St. Francis Woods

3507 N Molleck Drive, Peoria, IL, 61604

St. Francis Woods is a state-certified Supportive Living Facility. A member of the Illinois Supportive Living Program, it caters to low-income residents by offering alternatives to private pay. In add … (read more)
St. Francis Woods is a state-certified Supportive Living Facility. A member of the Illinois Supportive Living Program, it caters to low-income residents by offering alternatives to private pay. In add … (read more)

Apostolic Christian Skylines

7023 NE Skyline Dr., Peoria, IL, 61614

Apostolic Christian Skylines is an assisted living and nursing home facility located in Peoria, where residents can appreciate the beauty of nature while living close to the Illinois River. The facili … (read more)
Apostolic Christian Skylines is an assisted living and nursing home facility located in Peoria, where residents can appreciate the beauty of nature while living close to the Illinois River. The facili … (read more)

Grande Regency of Peoria

117 North Western Avenue, Peoria, IL, 61604

Courtyard Estates of Peoria is a supportive living community set in a grand Tudor-style building. The impressive woodwork and staircase are often noted by visitors. Residents have plenty of activities … (read more)
Courtyard Estates of Peoria is a supportive living community set in a grand Tudor-style building. The impressive woodwork and staircase are often noted by visitors. Residents have plenty of activities … (read more)

Sharon Health Care Pines

3614 N. Rochelle Lane, Peoria, IL, 61604

Sharon Health Care Facilities is situated in Peoria, Illinois, and offers long-term, short-term, hospice, respite and dementia care. Set on beautiful scenic grounds, this community offers a warm and h … (read more)
Sharon Health Care Facilities is situated in Peoria, Illinois, and offers long-term, short-term, hospice, respite and dementia care. Set on beautiful scenic grounds, this community offers a warm and h … (read more)

Liberty Village of Peoria

6900 N. Stalworth Drive, Peoria, IL, 61615

Residents of Liberty Village of Peoria love the convenient location of this multi-faceted residential community. An assisted living facility within Liberty Village, Hawthorne Inn, offers services for … (read more)
Residents of Liberty Village of Peoria love the convenient location of this multi-faceted residential community. An assisted living facility within Liberty Village, Hawthorne Inn, offers services for … (read more)

Patrician Home

1511 N. Bigelow St, Peoria, IL, 61604


Supportive Living of Washington

1150 Newcastle Rd., Washington, IL, 61571

We toured Supportive Living of Washington. We weren’t too impressed at first because when we got there, they didn’t even know we were supposed to be there and there was nobody to give us a tour. We ha … (read more)
We toured Supportive Living of Washington. We weren’t too impressed at first because when we got there, they didn’t even know we were supposed to be there and there was nobody to give us a tour. We ha … (read more)

Washington Villas of Hollybrook

1285 Independence Drive Ct., Washington, IL, 61571

Washington Villas of Hollybrook was very updated, nice, clean, has friendly staff, and is very knowledgeable. The rooms were very spacious and well taken care of; they were private. The dining room ha … (read more)
Washington Villas of Hollybrook was very updated, nice, clean, has friendly staff, and is very knowledgeable. The rooms were very spacious and well taken care of; they were private. The dining room ha … (read more)

Morton Villas of Holly Brook

1709 N Main St, Morton, IL, 61550

Morton Villas of Holly Brook is located in Morton, Illinois, which is known for pumpkins, the annual Pumpkin Festival and Libby’s Pumpkin Cannery. Visitors describe the facility as a very nice, clea … (read more)
Morton Villas of Holly Brook is located in Morton, Illinois, which is known for pumpkins, the annual Pumpkin Festival and Libby’s Pumpkin Cannery. Visitors describe the facility as a very nice, clea … (read more)

Saxony Court Senior Living

500 Centennial Drive, East Peoria, IL, 61611

Saxony Court Senior Living seems to be an open area, airy place, very inviting, and has a nice display of everything. The staff members were very cordial and showed us around. The rooms were very acco … (read more)
Saxony Court Senior Living seems to be an open area, airy place, very inviting, and has a nice display of everything. The staff members were very cordial and showed us around. The rooms were very acco … (read more)

Serenity Assisted Living and Memory Care

4000 North Main St., East Peoria, IL, 61611

My overall tour at Serenity Assisted Living and Memory Care is excellent. The staff who gave the tour was also excellent. The facility is relatively new, very modern, and tastefully decorated. It has … (read more)
My overall tour at Serenity Assisted Living and Memory Care is excellent. The staff who gave the tour was also excellent. The facility is relatively new, very modern, and tastefully decorated. It has … (read more)

Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections East Peoria

1000 Centennial Dr, East Peoria, IL, 61611

My first choice is Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections East. The food was ok, but we were there right towards the end of lunch and we were not offered an alternative. It was buffet-style. The staff … (read more)
My first choice is Villas of Holly Brook and Reflections East. The food was ok, but we were there right towards the end of lunch and we were not offered an alternative. It was buffet-style. The staff … (read more)

Cedarhurst of Washington

100 Grand Victorian Pl., Washington, IL, 61571

Cedarhurst of Washington is my second choice. I liked the friendliness of the help, the quality of the food, and the cleanliness. We had lunch there and I like the fact that they have a menu for what … (read more)
Cedarhurst of Washington is my second choice. I liked the friendliness of the help, the quality of the food, and the cleanliness. We had lunch there and I like the fact that they have a menu for what … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Peoria

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) oversees assisted living facilities in Peoria. Licensed facilities must meet the standards outlined in the Illinois Administrative Code. The IDPH conducts an unannounced inspection of each facility at least once per year. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Peoria

  • Retiring in Peoria comes with some tax advantages. Illinois doesn’t tax Social Security benefits, and it also doesn’t tax income from most retirement plans, including 401(k)s and IRAs. For seniors with taxable retirement income, the state applies a flat tax of 4.95%.
  • Peoria is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, indicating its elected officials are committed to making the city more senior-friendly. The city’s action plan includes revitalizing neighborhoods, improving public transit and inviting input from older residents.
  • Seniors can look forward to an affordable retirement in Peoria. Overall, the city’s cost of living is about 20% lower than the Illinois average and about 25% lower than the national norm. While low housing costs are a major factor, seniors may pay below-average prices for everything from transportation to groceries.
  • In the event of injury or illness, the Peoria area is home to a number of healthcare facilities, including some that are well-rated by U.S. News and World Report. Peoria’s OSF Healthcare St. Francis Medical Center is ranked 13th-best hospital in the state; it’s rated high performing in 10 procedures and conditions, including heart attack, stroke and hip replacement. UnityPoint Health-Peoria is also a high-performing hospital.
  • Greater Peoria Mass Transit (CityLink) operates 23 bus routes throughout the region. These routes can help seniors access many important destinations, including grocery stores, shopping centers and the Peoria Public Library. With proof of age, riders who are 65 and older pay half-price fares. All buses are wheelchair accessible.
  • Peoria experiences four distinct seasons every year, which lets seniors pursue varied outdoor activities. Wintertime highs hover around the freezing mark, and the city sees nearly two feet of snow per year. Springtime in Peoria tends to be mild and wet, and when summer arrives, average daytime highs reach into the 80s. Autumn weather tends to be mild with few rainy days.

Paying for Assisted Living in Peoria

Peoria’s assisted living prices are relatively affordable at $3,800 per month, Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey revealed. This is nearly 17% lower than the statewide average cost of $4,575 per month and about 11% below the U.S. average of $4,300. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Peoria boasts the lowest average monthly assisted living costs in Central Illinois. In the Champaign Area, seniors pay $4,163 per month, while in Decatur, the average cost is $4,269. Costs are even higher in Springfield and Bloomington, where seniors pay $4,860 and $4,968 per month, respectively.

$3800

Peoria

$4575

Illinois

$4300

The United States

$4163

Champaign Area

$4269

Decatur

$4860

Springfield

$4968

Bloomington

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living isn’t the only senior care option in Peoria. Seniors may choose to receive care in their own homes, though at $4,385 per month, homemaker services and home health aides are pricier than assisted living. For those who need weekday-only care, adult day health care comes in at $1,760 per month. The 24/7 skilled care provided by nursing homes starts at $6,737 per month for a semiprivate room and $7,604 for a private room.

$4385

Homemaker Services

$4385

Home Health Aide

$1760

Adult Day Health Care

$3800

Assisted Living Facility

$6737

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$7604

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Peoria

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 Peoria

In the Peoria area, nonprofit organizations and government agencies offer many free or low-cost resources for older adults considering a move to assisted living. These varied resources include transportation services, assisted device loans, volunteer opportunities and help with veterans benefits.

ResourceContact Service
Central Illinois Agency on Aging(309) 674-2071The Central Illinois Agency on Aging (CIAOA) offers information about local aging services and benefits, including farmers market vouchers and free bus passes. It also provides transportation services for seniors who have no other way to get around Peoria. Seniors may take trips to and from doctors’ offices, pharmacies, grocery stores and other essential destinations. Other CIAOA offerings include fall prevention classes, depression screenings and legal services.
Illinois Assistive Technology Program(217) 522-7985Located in nearby Springfield, the Illinois Assistive Technology Program (IATP) works to increase access to assistive technology devices. Seniors can visit its demonstration center to learn about available devices, including screen readers and personal amplification systems. Through IATP’s free device loan program, seniors can test items at home for five weeks. 
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Peoria and Tazewell Counties(309) 323-6600The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Peoria and Tazewell Counties connects people 55 years of age and older with volunteer roles. It works with nearly two dozen local organizations, including schools, hospitals and food pantries. Volunteers are covered by free supplemental accident, automobile and personal liability insurance while they’re on duty. 
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University(309) 677-3900The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers low-cost educational programs for people 50 years of age and older. It hosts study groups for seniors who want to explore subjects such as literature and painting in depth. OLLI also schedules field trips to interesting destinations. Past trips include guided tours of local farms, wineries and historic sites. 
Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, Peoria Veterans Service Officer(309) 671-3080The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs helps seniors navigate the various local, state and federal veterans benefits available to them. It also provides free legal assistance and may help veterans with issues related to VA benefits, housing or other non-criminal matters. To learn more or to get help, seniors can contact the local Veterans Service Officer.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Peoria

Peoria-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