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Assisted living in Illinois for couples

In the state of Illinois, there are over 500 assisted living facilities. These senior living centers can be found in the following locations: Carbondale, Chicago, Bloomington, Decatur, Champaign, Springfield, and Peoria. Prospective ALF residents must go through a thorough medical assessment before moving into the respective ALFs. If no major health events occur, the assessment will be repeated yearly and updated accordingly.

Based on this assessment, an individualized service plan is developed, which is focused on the needs and requirements of the resident in question. Specific references might be made with regard to the level of assistance needed, as well as treatment schedules and medication management. These assisted living facilities generally accept residents who require minimal assistance with ADLs, but they might welcome senior adults with more complex needs, on a limited basis.

Assisted living facilities accept senior adults who meet the eligibility criteria, both in terms of age and financial capability. Usually, assisted living homes accept those who are over the age of 62, with some facilities lowering the acceptance limit to 55. In terms of financial eligibility, one must be able to cover the monthly fees, which can be quite substantial. A major benefit is that couples are allowed to live together, being able to enjoy their retirement to the fullest.

Each senior living facility reserves the right to refuse certain applications. For instance, assisted living residents who are bedridden, those who suffer from infectious or deteriorating conditions, and those who rely on equipment to live will not be accepted into the ALF. If the respective adult might pose a danger to himself/herself or to others, or if there is a recent history of untreated mental illness, the admittance will also be refused. The same goes for the situation in which the needs of the resident exceed the available scope of care.

Financing and costs of assisted living in Illinois

The average cost of assisted living in Illinois is of $4,000 per month, which is similar to the national median. As statistics show, Illinois-based ALFs are less expensive than the ones in Wisconsin and Indiana. On the other hand, all of the other neighboring states – Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, and Kentucky – have more affordable rates.

Within the state, the fees for assisted living do not vary too much; the highest costs are found in Chicago and Bloomington. The lowest fees for ALFs are located in Carbondale, Champaign, and Peoria. Compared to other long-term care solutions, such as nursing home care, assisted living has higher costs. Independent living is the only option that has more affordable rates.

Services provided to married couples by assisted living facilities in Illinois

ALFs offer a diverse array of services to both married couples and individuals living alone. Some of these services are meant to make life more comfortable, including: laundry and linen service, meal planning and preparation, housekeeping, general maintenance, 24/7 security, Internet access, emergency call system, transportation to/from appointments.

Assistance with the activities of daily living is offered every day. Residents might be helped with getting dressed, bathing, using the toilet, eating, grooming, oral hygiene, etc. As a general rule, they are encouraged to be as independent as possible. However, the staff is available to provide assistance whenever it is needed. Limited nursing services are available, and some facilities also provide diabetes care and resident supervision.

Medication management is almost always part of the service list. Assisted living residents are allowed to take their own medication when possible, with the staff offering reminders or helping them open bottles/packages. They might also monitor residents, to ensure they are taking their treatment correctly and in the prescribed dosage. Registered nurses can administer medication, if the resident is unable to handle that task.

Assisted living facilities sometimes have integrated memory care units, which are designed to handle the complex needs of dementia residents. Here, senior adults with Alzheimer's or dementia benefit from constant supervision, assistance with daily living activities, and specific care.

Amenities for couples moving to an assisted living in Illinois

The assisted living facilities in Illinois offer couples the possibility to live in private apartment units. These apartment units can be occupied by single senior adults as well. All units have a minimum square footage and are equipped with everything necessary for comfortable living. Living amenities include: private telephone line, Internet access, emergency call system, accessible bathroom, fully-functional kitchen, thermostat control, and keyed entry. Pets are allowed in some ALFs, but it is a good idea to check the community policy on such matters.

Senior adults have access to a wide array of on-site amenities as well. Potential options include but are not limited to: swimming pool, fitness center or gym, yoga glasses, art studio, woodworking shop, library room, computer room, lounge, social club, fine dining restaurant and café, religious service with chaplain. Dementia residents might have access to specific amenities, including learning center, art studio, guided walks, memory garden.

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What are some positives and negatives associated with moving to assisted living in Illinois for couples?

For many senior adults, moving into an assisted living facility means being able to live their golden years in peace. What it might mean to you? Here a few pros and cons to bring you closer to a potential answer.

Pros of moving to assisted living for couples in Illinois

  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Your independence is encouraged, and you are free to spend your time doing the things you like
  • Married couples can live together in private apartments, enjoying their retirement in peace
  • Assisted living is more affordable than nursing home care

Cons of moving to assisted living for couples in Illinois

  • Monthly fees are high and thus difficult to cover, but there are solutions to consider (financial assistance)
  • Skilled nursing care is not available round-the-clock in such facilities
  • Couples have to leave the community once they require higher levels of care
  • ALFs have certain restrictions, including in terms of visitation

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