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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Cook County, IL for 2024

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What to Consider About Memory Care in Cook County

As one of the nation's largest counties, Cook County boasts a population of 5.2 million residents, and 14 percent of those residents are 65 or older. Some of them may be among the 220,000 Illinois seniors that have Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. These seniors can choose from 48 memory care facilities in Cook County, which includes Chicago.

Memory care facilities in Cook County, along with the rest of the state, represent a type of assisted living facility. The Illinois Department of Health's Division of Assisted Living licenses and regulates these facilities to ensure they deliver high-quality care to seniors living with Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in

 

  • Cost of living in Cook County is above the national average. On a scale where 100 represents the U.S. average, Cook County's cost of living ranks 115.7. Transportation and housing costs drive up this cost of living. However, healthcare costs are below average at 94. Seniors' families may want to evaluate these expenses as they budget for memory care facility costs.
  • Cold and snowy winters and moderate summers define Cook County's climate. The area sees temperatures drop into the teens in the winter, along with an average of 36 inches of snow. Summer temperatures are comfortable, with highs in the mid-80s. Cook County sees fewer sunny days and about as much rain as the national average.
  • Crime rates in Cook County are above average. The violent crime rate is 49.2, compared to a national average of 31.1. Property crime rates nationally rank 38.1, and Cook County's property crime rate comes in higher at 50.2. Seniors' families may want to consider the location of the memory care facility and security measures used to maximize their loved one's safety.
  • Cook County is home to world-class medical facilities, including those specializing in brain health and dementia care, such as the University of Chicago Medicine Center's Memory Center, in the event of medical emergencies or illness.

 

Paying for Memory Care in Cook County

Memory Care costs in Cook County start around $6,873 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of memory care is $5,694 per month.

It’s important to note that memory care rates in Cook County 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.

Counties in Illinois

Cook County

$6,873

Kane County

$6,614

Du Page County

$6,614

Will County

$6,547

US

$5,694

Porter County

$5,469

Lake County

$4,932

Kankakee County

$2,925

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Cook County

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

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 Cook County

Cook County and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in a memory care 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 memory care resources in Cook County, please visit our Memory Care in Illinois page.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Cook County

Cook County-area memory care communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all memory care communities 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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Sherry

I visited this facility

Review of Colfax Manor Assisted Living

Colfax Manor Assisted Living is a house. It is more of a home environment where I feel that my mom will be safe there. I have nothing that I liked least about it. Everything just looked well taken...

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Mary

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

Review of Aspired Living of La Grange

Mom moved to Aspired Living of La Grange. I think her experience has been good. The care seems good. I think that they did an onboarding process, which was pretty good, too. Mom seems safe and...

Provider response

Our team is focused on providing you and all our residents an enriching, active lifestyle. Always feel free to share your experiences with us.

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Laurence

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

Review of Artis Senior Living of Wilmette

My wife is in Artis Senior Living of Wilmette. It is good, but it's very expensive. The staff is good. They offer lectures, movies, and some activities, like throwing the ball. The rooms are all...

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