Located in Cook County and less than an hour northwest of downtown Chicago, the city of Prospect Heights is home to 16,058 people, approximately 18% of whom are 65 years of age or older. Low crime and convenient access to exceptional medical facilities make Prospect Heights an appealing retirement location.

Assisted living care is often the right choice for aging adults who are prepared to move out of an independent living situation but don’t feel they need the extensive medical support available from nursing home care. While residing in an assisted living environment, seniors are able to enjoy as much independence as possible while still receiving help with simple tasks such as eating, bathing and getting from place to place. According to Genworth Financial’s annual Cost of Care Survey, the monthly cost for assisted living in Prospect Heights is $4,825.

This guide explores topics related to assisted living in Prospect Heights. In addition to a list of pros and cons to living in the area, it includes a look at prices for assisted living in other Illinois cities and links to local organizations that help seniors stay engaged with their communities. 

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Prospect Heights, IL

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)

Dimensions Living Prospect Heights

700 E Euclid Ave, Prospect Heights, IL, 60070

What I like about Dimensions Living Prospect Heights is that it’s a smaller community. They have it broken down into 3 different neighborhoods, memory, skilled nursing, and assisted living. They seem … (read more)
What I like about Dimensions Living Prospect Heights is that it’s a smaller community. They have it broken down into 3 different neighborhoods, memory, skilled nursing, and assisted living. They seem … (read more)

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2022

Brookdale Hoffman Estates

1515 Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates, IL, 60169

Brookdale Hoffman Estates is tucked away in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, between St. Alexius Medical Center, the Arthur L. Janura Forest Preserve and an 18-hole golf course. Residents and visitors prais … (read more)
Brookdale Hoffman Estates is tucked away in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, between St. Alexius Medical Center, the Arthur L. Janura Forest Preserve and an 18-hole golf course. Residents and visitors prais … (read more)

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)

2013, 2014, 2015

Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes

10 E Hawthorn Pkwy, Vernon Hills, IL, 60061

Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes is located in Vernon Hills, Illinois, near East Hawthorn Parkway, Hawthorn Mall and Little Bear Lake. Visitors praise the excellent, professional staff and mention the welcomi … (read more)
Brookdale Hawthorn Lakes is located in Vernon Hills, Illinois, near East Hawthorn Parkway, Hawthorn Mall and Little Bear Lake. Visitors praise the excellent, professional staff and mention the welcomi … (read more)

2015

Brookdale Vernon Hills

145 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Vernon Hills, IL, 60061

Brookdale Vernon Hills is in the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills, Illinois, near Deerpath Park, Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens and Hawthorne Healthcare Center. The friendly facility is described b … (read more)
Brookdale Vernon Hills is in the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills, Illinois, near Deerpath Park, Loyola at Cuneo Mansion and Gardens and Hawthorne Healthcare Center. The friendly facility is described b … (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)

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)

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)

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)

Sunrise of Buffalo Grove

180 West Half Day Road, Buffalo Grove, IL, 60089

Sunrise of Buffalo Grove is located just a few blocks from Woodland Park and the Woodland Commons shopping center in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Loved ones praise the facility for having kind, caring and … (read more)
Sunrise of Buffalo Grove is located just a few blocks from Woodland Park and the Woodland Commons shopping center in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Loved ones praise the facility for having kind, caring and … (read more)

2015

The Garlands of Barrington

6000 Garlands Ln, Barrington, IL, 60010

The Garlands of Barrington is a wonderful. clean, spacious place. I would recommend it to anybody. The staff was very nice during my visit. You can either eat in the common dining room or in your own … (read more)
The Garlands of Barrington is a wonderful. clean, spacious place. I would recommend it to anybody. The staff was very nice during my visit. You can either eat in the common dining room or in your own … (read more)

2014, 2016

Victory Centre of Vernon Hills

97 West Phillip Road, Vernon Hills, IL, 60061

Victory Centre of Vernon Hills is located in northern Chicagoland near East Townline Road and the Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Visitors report that the facility and common areas are clean … (read more)
Victory Centre of Vernon Hills is located in northern Chicagoland near East Townline Road and the Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Visitors report that the facility and common areas are clean … (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)

Sunrise of Highland Park

1601 Green Bay Road, Highland Park, IL, 60035

I visited Sunrise of Highland Park, and it was a very beautiful facility. They couldn’t accept my sister because she requires a two person assist. I thought that it was a beautifully equipped facility … (read more)
I visited Sunrise of Highland Park, and it was a very beautiful facility. They couldn’t accept my sister because she requires a two person assist. I thought that it was a beautifully equipped facility … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Prospect Heights

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Illinois. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What To Consider About Assisted Living in Prospect Heights

In Illinois, responsibility for licensing assisted living communities falls to the Illinois Department of Health’s Division of Assisted Living. This agency also oversees and inspects active assisted living communities to ensure they’re operating within state requirements.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Prospect Heights

  • Residents of Prospect Heights have easy access to some of the very best in health care. According to U.S. News & World Report, the top three hospitals in Illinois are all located in nearby Chicago: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center and the University of Chicago Medicine. In addition to ranking Northwestern as the top hospital in Illinois, U.S. News ranks it among the top 10 hospitals in the nation.
  • Getting around the area is inexpensive for seniors, as the Chicago Transit Authority allows income-eligible adults over 65 to ride buses and trains for free; seniors over the income limit can still apply for reduced-fare rides. The Metra, Chicago’s commuter train line, has a station in Prospect Heights that delivers riders to Chicago’s Union Station in under an hour.
  • Beyond public transit, living in Prospect Heights is not cheap for retirees. The 10.3% sales tax is significantly higher than the average U.S. of 7.3%. Income taxes are slightly elevated over national norms, with Prospect Heights’ rate of 5% higher than the national average of 4.6%. Overall, the cost of living in Prospect Heights is 4.5% higher than it is nationally, though seniors may note that the local cost of health care specifically is 9.4% lower than the national average.
  • The Prospect Heights area has fairly harsh winters, with high temperatures around the freezing point from December to February. Additionally, the city sees an average of only 187 sunny days per year, a bit lower than the national average of 205. Fortunately, the summers tend to be exceptionally pleasant; high temperatures generally hover between the high 70s and mid-80s from June to September.
  • At a score of 11.3, Prospect Heights’ violent crime rate is significantly lower than the national average of 22.7. By way of comparison, Chicago’s violent crime rate is 49.9, making Prospect Heights more than four times safer. Prospect Heights’ property crime rate of 16.2 is slightly higher than its violent crime rate, but it’s still far below the national average of 35.4 and the Chicago average of 46.3.

Paying for Assisted Living in Prospect Heights

Prospect Heights seniors pay an average of $4,825 per month for assisted living care. That’s roughly 7% higher than the Illinois average of $4,488 and the U.S. average of $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Prospect Heights’ prices for assisted living care fall close to the middle of a fairly wide range. Far to the south, in Carbondale, state prices are at their lowest at $3,525 per month. Peoria’s prices are also significantly below average at $4,131 per month. In state capital Springfield, prices jump to $5,110 per month. The northern Illinois city of Rockford has the state’s highest prices at $5,250 a month.

$4825

Prospect Heights

$4488

Illinois

$4500

United States

$5250

Rockford

$4134

Peoria

$3525

Carbondale

$5110

Springfield

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Other options for long-term care in Prospect Heights include adult day health care, which is relatively cheap at $1,862 but doesn’t provide support for assisted living care. Seniors who prefer to live independently may choose in-home care, which averages $5,672 monthly, or home health care, which is slightly more expensive at $5,720 monthly. The most expensive option is nursing home care, where a semiprivate room averages $6,996 per month.

$5672

In-Home Care

$5720

Home Health Care

$1842

Adult Day Health Care

$4825

Assisted Living Facility

$6996

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

Note: Care cost data for Prospect Heights was not available, so data for the closest city, Chicago, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Prospect Heights

In Illinois, the HCBS Medicaid Waiver for Supportive Living Facilities helps eligible seniors pay for care services in some assisted living communities but not 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 Prospect Heights

These resources connect Prospect Heights’ older adults with pro bono legal aid for civil matters, low- or no-cost access to local transportation and opportunities for fitness, education and socialization. 

Resource

Contact

Service

(312) 341-1070

This nonprofit organization offers no-cost legal aid to low-income seniors. It can help clients with various civil matters, including debt collection, tax disputes and consumer fraud cases, in addition to assisting clients in accessing government benefits such as Medicare and SSI. The organization can't offer assistance in criminal cases, however.

(800) 252-8966

Enrollment in this state-level program allows Illinois seniors to ride CTA buses in Chicago, PACE buses in the suburbs and commuter Metra trains throughout Chicagoland for free. Seniors who drive their own cars can also receive a discount on their license plate fees through the program. Some income limitations apply. 

(847) 394-2848

The Prospect Heights Park District runs a number of programs for seniors in this social center, including bunco and bridge clubs for those who enjoy friendly competition and a garden club for those with a green thumb. There's also a selection of low-impact fitness classes suited to seniors, including chair yoga, Jazzercise and Pilates.

(217) 333-0100

Students 65 years of age and up qualify for free tuition at the University of Illinois and all other public universities and community colleges in the state. Some restrictions apply. Income levels must not exceed a given semester's threshold, and not all fees and charges are excluded under the waiver. Each college determines class eligibility independently. Contact an institution's admissions or financial aid department for specific details.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Prospect Heights

Prospect Heights Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities 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