2 Assisted Living Facilities in Watseka, IL

Heritage Woods of Watseka

Provides: Assisted Living
577 E Martin Ave, Watseka, IL 60970

    What to Consider About Assisted Living in Watseka

    The town of Watseka gets its name from Watchekee, who was the daughter of a Potawatomi chief and the wife of early Eastern Illinois settler Gurdon Hubbard. It was founded in 1865 and is now home to just over 5,200 people. Almost 23% of the population are aged 65 and over, and seniors who need some help the with activities of daily living can find accommodation in one of the town's two assisted living facilities. Both of these facilities are licensed and monitored by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Division of Assisted Living.

    Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Watseka

    • The Watseka area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Iroquois Memorial Hospital, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.
    • Show Bus Public Transportation provides a bus service in Watseka, which is free to riders aged 60 and over. In addition to a fixed-route services, non-emergency medical transport and limited special routes are available.
    • Watseka has an overall crime rate of 29 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is higher than 86% of Illinois' other towns and cities. The violent crime rate is 1.63, which is almost three points lower than the state rate. However, the property crime rate is 27.04, seven points higher than the Illinois rate. To feel safer, seniors may wish to inquire about security measures in the facilities they tour.
    • Watseka has an array of community resources for seniors, including the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, an organization that provides access to a variety of services to help older adults live with dignity and safety as well as one senior center.
    • The overall cost of living in Watseka is 76.9 on the Sperling index, more than 23 points lower than the national average of 100. However, this is mainly due to the low cost of housing. Everyday expenses, including groceries and healthcare, are actually higher than the national median, which may impact the budget of seniors on a fixed income.
    • Sales taxes in Illinois are among the highest in the country and both food and medicine are taxed. However, there is no income tax payable on retirement income from Social Security benefits, pensions or retirement funds, which may allow seniors to put more money towards assisted living.

    Note: Data reported on this page was updated in 2019 and based on the latest 2018 figures. 

    Paying for Assisted Living in Watseka

    Average Monthly Costs

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    $4,000.00 US
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    $2,983.00 Rantoul

    Assisted Living costs in Watseka start around $0 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.

    It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Watseka and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.

    Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Watseka

    Social Security recipients in Watseka may be able to access financial assistance through the Optional State Supplement (OSS). The Illinois Supportive Living Program also provides funding to eligible residents of assisted living facilities

    Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Illinois page.

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    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 Watseka

    Watseka and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.

    To see a list of free assisted living resources in Watseka, please visit our Assisted Living in Illinois page.

    Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Watseka

    Watseka-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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