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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Wheaton, IL for 2024

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in Wheaton, IL below include 28 Assisted Living facilities with 1884 reviews. On average in Wheaton, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options 4.58 out of 5 stars.

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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.

Wheaton

$4,950

Illinois

$4,575

The United States

$4,300

Rockford

$5,113

Kankakee

$4,841

Michigan City, IN

$4,585

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.

Home Care

$4,957

Home Health Care

$5,053

Adult Day Health Care

$1,614

Assisted Living Facilities

$4,950

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$8,076

Nursing Home (private room)

$8,532

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.

Financial Assistance in Illionois

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.

ResourceContactService
Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)(800) 252-8966Seniors 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.
Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(800) 942-9412The 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.
Mary Lubko Center(630) 665-1415Although 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.
Veterans Affairs(630) 690-9449The 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 Illionois

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Jeff M

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Westbridge Assisted Living & Memory Care

The staff of Westbridge are incredibly compassionate and talented. My mother's transition to assisted living has been a bit challenging since it is such a big change. However, communication...

Provider response

Jeff, we are very happy we could provide you and your family with a positive experience! If you ever need anything else from us, please feel free to give us a call or stop by. Have an awesome day!

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Pschiller4141

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Westbridge Assisted Living & Memory Care

My mother has been on the Wyndemere campus going on 10 years. She spent most of the time in Westbridge assisted living. It was so great. The staff is amazing. They show great compassion and...

Provider response

Thank you again for taking the time to let us know how we did. We hope you have a great day!

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Terry

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Brighton Gardens of Wheaton

My mother is in Brighton Gardens of Wheaton. The facility is nice. They're upgrading it now. It's been under a little bit of construction, but they're redoing their dining room and stuff, and it...

Provider response

Hi Terry, thank you for your review of Brighton Gardens of Wheaton! We're glad to hear that the community is nice and that your mother is enjoying the activities and care provided. We apologize for...

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