Wheaton is a suburban city and seat of DuPage County. Approximately 15.8% of its 54,000 residents are in the 65+ age group, drawn to the city because of its very low crime rates, excellent medical facilities, and senior-friendly services, such as the Ride DuPage curb-to-curb transportation program. Wheaton also offers a variety of natural and hand-built attractions. The gardens in Cantigny Park offer a palace of colorful flora in a tranquil setting while seniors who enjoy exotic fresh produce can be found at the French Market on Saturdays. Additionally, Chicago with all of its cultural attractions is only 30 minutes away.

Seniors contending with increasingly difficult household chores but determined to hold on to their independence might like to consider assisted living. It’s a comprise between retaining autonomy while delegating some tasks to professionals, such as preparing meals and cleaning rooms. In Wheaton, a typical assisted living placement costs $4,950 per month, which is about 7.9% above the state average.

The remainder of this guide reviews the advantages and disadvantages of living in Wheaton and compares the costs of assisted living in different cities in the region. It also lists useful resources for seniors considering assisted living care.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Wheaton, IL

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)

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)

Westbridge Assisted Living & Memory Care

500 Wyndemere Cir, Wheaton, IL, 60187

My mom was at Westbridge for a month of respite care. The staff and administration were very nice. She enjoyed the activities, and the meals with others. She made friends, Westbridge said she can c … (read more)
My mom was at Westbridge for a month of respite care. The staff and administration were very nice. She enjoyed the activities, and the meals with others. She made friends, Westbridge said she can c … (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)

StoryPoint Naperville

504 N. River Rd, Naperville, IL, 60563

Welcome to Independence Village! At Independence Village Spring Meadows of Naperville, we go out of our way to make sure that our residents get the best retirement experience. Our dedicated team is av … (read more)
Welcome to Independence Village! At Independence Village Spring Meadows of Naperville, we go out of our way to make sure that our residents get the best retirement experience. Our dedicated team is av … (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)

Sunrise of Bloomingdale

129 East Lake Street, Bloomingdale, IL, 60108

Sunrise of Bloomingdale in Bloomingdale, Illinois, is located just minutes from Interstate 355 and Old Town Bloomingdale. The homey facility sits atop a hill with a forest behind it. This is a moderat … (read more)
Sunrise of Bloomingdale in Bloomingdale, Illinois, is located just minutes from Interstate 355 and Old Town Bloomingdale. The homey facility sits atop a hill with a forest behind it. This is a moderat … (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)

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)

Alden Gardens of Bloomingdale

285 E. Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale, IL, 60108

The second choice for us is Alden Gardens of Bloomingdale. It is close to dialysis. They provide transportation, and it seems easy to transfer your doctor’s care to their doctors. The staff who toured … (read more)
The second choice for us is Alden Gardens of Bloomingdale. It is close to dialysis. They provide transportation, and it seems easy to transfer your doctor’s care to their doctors. The staff who toured … (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)

Independence Village of Naperville

1030 Aurora Avenue, Naperville, IL, 60540

Independence Village of Naperville is located in Naperville, Illinois, a Chicago suburb with a Riverwalk, public aquatic park and outdoor history museum. This assisted living and independent living fa … (read more)
Independence Village of Naperville is located in Naperville, Illinois, a Chicago suburb with a Riverwalk, public aquatic park and outdoor history museum. This assisted living and independent living fa … (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)

Clarendale of Addison

1651 West Lake Street, Addison, IL, 60101

My mother has been extremely happy at Clarendale. I have visited there many times and always see a caring and helpful staff. Meticulous in detail. Many activities including daily exercise. My mom … (read more)
My mother has been extremely happy at Clarendale. I have visited there many times and always see a caring and helpful staff. Meticulous in detail. Many activities including daily exercise. My mom … (read more)

Franciscan Court

1996 Franciscan Way, West Chicago, IL, 60185

Franciscan Court, in West Chicago, Illinois, is close to the St. Andrews Golf and Country Club, West Chicago Metro stop and several forest preserves. Visitors note the facility is well run and commend … (read more)
Franciscan Court, in West Chicago, Illinois, is close to the St. Andrews Golf and Country Club, West Chicago Metro stop and several forest preserves. Visitors note the facility is well run and commend … (read more)

Auberge at Naperville

1936 Brookdale Rd., Naperville, IL, 60563


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Wheaton

The Illinois Department of Public Health is responsible for ensuring assisted living facilities operate within the terms of their licenses. Day-to-day work is conducted by the Division of Assisted Living, which has the power to make unannounced inspections, force underperforming facilities to improve their standards and revoke licenses from those who don’t.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Wheaton

  • Sperling’s Best Places’ cost of living indices are based on a U.S. average of 100. Its calculations result in Wheaton having an average cost of living index of 119.5. However, the results are skewed by the area’s exceptional housing costs, which are likely to be of less concern to seniors in assisted living communities. However, they may be interested to know that Wheaton’s health costs average at 98.1, below the national average.
  • Wheaton’s crime statistics make more acceptable reading than most. Property crime is about half the national average, which may be some comfort to seniors in assisted living who can also benefit from 24-hour surveillance and staff members always nearby. Additionally, Wheaton’s violent crime figures are 75% lower than the state and national averages.
  • Due to its location, Wheaton experiences a little more snow and rain than average, and the colder months typically see temperatures of 15 degrees. However, the summer months are pleasant, with temperatures regularly settling into the low-to-mid 80s, giving the city one of the more comfortable climates in the area.
  • Getting around the area is easy with Ride DuPage, a subsidized transportation program for Wheaton residents aged 65 and over and the disabled. Fares are $2 per ride, plus $1 for every mile journeyed within DuPage County. The service operates curb-to-curb, so seniors don’t need to worry about traveling between fixed-route stops and their true destinations.
  • The primary medical facility in Wheaton is Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, one of the top 10 hospitals in Illinois. Wheaton also boasts 112 physicians registered to treat Medicare beneficiaries and, due to its proximity to Chicago, its seniors don’t have to travel far to access some of the best hospitals in the country.
  • Although Wheaton’s water quality is below the national average, its air quality is much better, gaining a score of 63 out of 100 (the U.S. average is 58).

Paying for Assisted Living in Wheaton

The 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey reveals Wheaton’s average monthly fees of $4,950 to be above the state and national averages but are not the most expensive in northeast Illinois. The following examples show that costs vary between cities and the different types of care.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Typical monthly fees in nursing homes around the Wheaton area don’t change significantly. Savings are possible in Kankakee, but the $109 per month reduction won’t encourage every senior to make the move. Relocating to Rockford incurs additional monthly costs of $163, which will likely discourage seniors who value Wheaton’s proximity to Chicago. Those looking for real savings might consider Michigan City, Indiana, where costs average at $4,585.

$4950

Wheaton

$4575

Illinois

$4300

The United States

$5113

Rockford

$4841

Kankakee

$4585

Michigan City, IN

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Only $7 separates the monthly costs of assisted living and home care, despite the former including accommodation. Home health care, which includes standard medical support, costs $103 more than assisted living. Adult day care centers have the most affordable fees at $1,614, while the average $8,076 cost for a semiprivate room in a nursing home is only surpassed by the extra $456 per month needed for a private one.

$4957

Home Care

$5053

Home Health Care

$1614

Adult Day Health Care

$4950

Assisted Living Facilities

$8076

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$8532

Nursing Home (private room)

Note: Data for Wheaton was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Chicago, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Wheaton

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 Wheaton

Seniors in and around Wheaton can access a number of free resources that can help them manage their costs, find solutions to issues with their care providers and give something back to their communities. These examples are a sampling of what’s available.

Resource

Contact

Service

(800) 252-8966

Seniors who already benefit from Medicare and those who need advice about the best plans for their needs can contact SHIP for help. The program's counselors provide an unbiased and confidential service that can find the best plans for their client's long-term care requirements and, in some cases, source funding that can reduce their costs. The counselors can also help seniors draft appeals if Medicare is refused.

(800) 942-9412

The Long-Term Ombudsman Program advocates for seniors in DuPage County who haven't been able to resolve disputes with their care providers. Ombudsmen are volunteers who regularly visit residential care facilities to speak to the residents, ensure they're aware of their rights and to investigates complaints made by them, their families and third parties. The program can also furnish seniors with data about assisted living facilities on their shortlists.

(630) 665-1415

Although the Mary Lubko Center welcomes all age groups, many of its programs and services focus on engaging with seniors across Wheaton and the surrounding communities. Adult education programs introduce seniors to a range of new subjects, from how to use a PC to playing pickleball, dancing and managing personal finances. The center also arranges group trips to many local attractions focused on developing physical and psychological fitness. Cosley Zoo, DuPage County Historical Museum and the Central Athletics Complex are particular favorites.

(630) 690-9449

The purpose of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs is to help vets and their families navigate the often maze of state, federal and local resources potentially available to them. In particular, it can help seniors planning their long-term care who may qualify for vet-specific programs, such as the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. It can also refer seniors to their nearest VA Medical Center or clinic, support their continuing education and provide administrative help, such as providing copies of their military records.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Wheaton

Wheaton-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