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Illinois memory care is one of the most popular destinations in the Midwest for a variety of reasons. Part of it is due to the quality healthcare and other services located in the major metropolitan area of Chicago. On the other hand, the more rural settings outside of Chicago provide fairly quick access to the aforementioned healthcare in the big city while having more of a traditional, midwestern living environment.

Memory Care in Illinois - Cheapest & Most Expensive Places

Illinois is far and away the most expensive place to live in the Midwest for senior care, including Alzheimer’s and dementia care. The average median price is increased primarily by some more expensive places in Chicago, but as you will find in the lists (below) there are also some costly suburbs and other cities throughout the rest of the state.

The Top 5 Most Affordable Cities for Memory Care in Illinois based on Monthly Pricing

  1. Charleston, IL                   $4,205
  2. Harrisburg, IL                    $4,390
  3. Mattoon, IL                       $4,460
  4. Kankakee, IL                     $4.565
  5. Urbana, IL                        $4,610

The Top 5 Most Expensive Cities for Dementia Care in Illinois

  1. Barrington, IL                    $6,110
  2. Deer Park, IL                    $6,110
  3. Highland Park, IL             $6,105         
  4. South Barrington, IL          $6,105         
  5. Lake Zurich, IL                  $6,065

The Top 5 Most Affordable Counties in Illinois for Memory Care based on Monthly Average Median

  1. Coles County                    $4,340
  2. Saline County                   $4,395
  3. Christian County               $4,660
  4. Logan County                   $4,670
  5. Williamson County             $4,695

The Top 5 Most Expensive Counties in Illinois when it comes to Alzheimer’s care

  1. Lake County                     $6,050
  2. Kendall County                 $6,020
  3. DuPage County                 $5,850
  4. McHenry County               $5,725
  5. Will County                       $5,690

Illinois Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care - Services

Illinois memory care communities provide a good mixture of standard services with added amenities. Standard services include daily meal servings, housekeeping, assistance with day-to-day activities, regularly scheduled programming and other events.

Also, in some dementia care units, other amenities like a beauty salon or barber shop may be offered. Some even feature a massage service. Cable TV may also be provided in the private room along with in a general day-use setting. Private seating for a meal with family and friends is usually accommodated at no extra fee.

Though most will avoid the outdoors during the long winters in Chicago and other parts of Illinois, outdoor seating areas and community gardens often highlight outdoor activities during the summer. A guided and secure pathway can also provide means for simple exercise as residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia can work on walking and keeping balance with caregivers.

Moving to a new community, particularly a larger building with many other residents can be overwhelming for loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s. As a result, some of the best dementia care homes in Illinois keep enrollment to a minimum. Some memory care communities in Illinois are limited to a small size, so the ratio between dementia trained staff and residents is smaller, and thus residents are inclined to feel more comfortable and friendlier. Staff makes it a point to get to know residents on a first name basis, and always treats them with dignity and respect. provides comprehensive resources on various senior living options, including: assisted living facilities, senior living communities, nursing homes, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and all other long term senior care options, including memory care such as Alzheimer's or Dementia.

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