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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Chicago, IL for 2024

Home to over 2.7 million people, 13% of whom are seniors, Chicago is the most populous city in Illinois. While Alzheimer’s is a leading cause of death in Illinois, the number of related deaths in the Chicago region has been declining. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2016, Alzheimer’s caused about 6% of deaths in the region. In 2020, less than 5% of deaths were attributed to this disease. While the total death rate increased by nearly 30% due to population growth, the number of Alzheimer’s deaths increased by only 6%.

Residential dementia care is an important part of Alzheimer’s treatment. This level of care, which is often available in assisted living facilities, provides personalized care services, social and recreational activities and a secure environment that prevents wandering. Facilities are staffed with highly trained caregivers, and some provide occupational and speech therapy.

This guide provides comprehensive information on memory care in Chicago, including how local care costs compare to rates in nearby cities, the benefits of obtaining care here and resources that support seniors and families.

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Chicago

The Illinois Department of Public Health oversees memory care facilities throughout the state, including those in Chicago. This department is responsible for establishing rules and regulations for these facilities and issuing facility licenses. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Chicago

  • Chicago is home to many well-regarded hospitals, giving seniors access to excellent medical care when needed. These hospitals include the nationally ranked University of Chicago Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The University of Chicago’s Memory Center provides care for patients with memory disorders and works with patients to develop a customized care plan for their health needs.
  • Chicago offers senior transportation programs, including door-to-door service provided through the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) Taxi Access Program. This service allows eligible seniors to ride in taxis at reduced rates. 
  • The cost of living is high in Chicago, coming in at 23% above the national average. Despite transportation costs being particularly high, seniors can tap into reduced transportation rates through several CTA programs to help cut down on costs.
  • Illinois is a tax-friendly state for seniors. The state exempts retirement income, including Social Security benefits, from taxes, which can leave extra money in seniors’ bank accounts.
  • Seniors with respiratory problems might have trouble with Chicago’s air quality. The American Lung Association’s State of the Air report ranks the Chicago metro 15th nationally for particle pollution and 16th nationally for high ozone days.

Paying for Memory Care in Chicago

On average, memory care costs $6,031 per month in Chicago, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2019. This figure was calculated based on assisted living facility costs, plus 25%. Since memory care requires additional support and services, memory care costs about 20-30% more than assisted living facilities. 

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

The average cost of memory care in Chicago is higher than the both the state of Illinois average of $5,610 and the national average of $5,625. Within the state, Chicago’s memory care rates are higher than the rates of some, but not all, nearby cities. While Peoria, which comes in at $5,164, and Champaign, which comes in at $5,938, offer lower monthly costs, Springfield memory care costs more at $6,388 a month.

Chicago

$6,031

Illinois

$5,610

The United States

$5,625

Springfield

$6,388

Peoria

$5,164

Champaign

$5,938

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

A variety of senior care services are available in Chicago, from in-home help to around-the-clock care. Adult day care service is the lowest-priced option at $1,842. In-home homemaker services and home health aides are priced comparably at $5,672 and $5,720, respectively. Assisted living costs, on average, $4,825 a month. Nursing home care is the priciest type of senior care, with a semiprivate room in Chicago averaging $6,996 a month and a private room averaging $8,060 a month.

Homemaker services

$5,672

Home health aide

$5,720

Adult day care service

$1,842

Assisted living facility

$4,825

Nursing home with semiprivate room

$6,996

Nursing home with private room

$8,060

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Chicago

In Chicago, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Illinois page.

More ways to pay for memory care in IL

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Illinois page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Chicago

If you have a dementia diagnosis or are a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you can tap into several local resources to help you navigate care and support. Consider contacting these Chicago organizations for help.

ResourceContactService
Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter(800) 272-3900The Alzheimer's Association Illinois Chapter serves the state's 87 counties. The organization works with families dealing with Alzheimer's disease, providing information, care consultation and supportive services.
Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program(888) 401-8200The Illinois Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program is an advocacy program for residents of long-term care facilities throughout the state. This program provides information on residents' rights, listens to seniors' concerns and advocates for high-quality long-term care in the state.
GoldMind Arts(312) 405-6672GoldMind Arts offers dementia care art programs for seniors with Alzheimer's and dementia. These programs, which are led by professional artists, engage participants at an appropriate skill level.
Illinois Family Caregiver Support Program(800) 252-8966The Illinois Department on Aging offers a web-based caregiver support program that provides families with resources they need when caring for a loved one with dementia. It offers information on keeping seniors with dementia safe and finding appropriate housing for loved ones with Alzheimer's.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Chicago

Chicago Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Illinois are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Illinois page for more information about these laws.

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Andy

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Review of American House Oak Park

The tour I had at American House Oak Park went well. The managers were friendly. The facilities were very nice and clean. They have a lot of offerings. It felt safe. We were looking at the memory...

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Marcia

I visited this facility

Review of Belmont Village Lincoln Park

My husband is going to go to Belmont Village Lincoln Park. Why we chose that one, was because of their more aggressive approach to involving residents in activities, getting them out of their rooms...

Provider response

Thank you for your visit, this review, and for entrusting us with your husband's care. We are always sure to target resident engagement with our active programming and care. If you have any...

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Marcia

I visited this facility

Review of Sunrise of Lincoln Park

I toured Sunrise of Lincoln Park. It has been there a while, so it wasn't a brand-new sparkling facility, but it was still very nice. The accommodation appeared to be very comfortable. The way the...

Provider response

Hi Marcia, Each and every guest who enters a Sunrise community is important to us. It is wonderful to know that you had such a positive experience when touring Sunrise of Lincoln Park. We would be...

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