414 communities in Illinois
Vi At The Glen
Cedarhurst Of Collinsville
North Shore Place
Greentree At Mt. Vernon
Brookstone Of Mattoon South
Brookstone Suites Of Effingham
Emerald Glen Olney
Senior Care Services At Brookstone Of Harrisburg
Admiral At The Lake
Brookstone Estates Of Charleston
Brookstone Estates Of Olney
Lexington Square Elmhurst
Brookdale Glen Ellyn
Brookstone Estates Of Effingham
Senior Care Services At Brookstone Estates Of Tuscola
Illinois is the Land of Lincoln. It it also the land of Ronald Reagan and Hillary Clinton, though neither of those facts are stamped on the state license plates (yet). This large Midwestern state follows the pattern in most other states: One gigantic city dominates the region economically, culturally and politically, while the more agrarian rural areas follow along in its wake. This produces some odd effects, as when farm districts universally support a measure, only to be overruled in the state legislature by Chicago's huge urban delegation. A land of contrasts, Illinois has the country's second-most urbanized metropolitan area, which can only be reached on land by driving through hundreds of miles of open cornfields.
Illinois' state bird is the northern cardinal, which eats seeds and occasionally — for no known reason — suddenly goes completely bald on its head. The stricken bird thus looks like a Hobbit vulture, until the feathers spontaneously grow back as inexplicably as they fell out. The state flower is the violet, which is not actually a single type of flower, but a general name for up to 500 different groups of flowering plants. This actually works out, since there's a color and shape for every occasion, and they all have an equal claim to being the state flower when they're used in a parade.
Illinois is a welcoming place for seniors to settle into the assisted living routine for the first time. The state's residential communities cluster around the high rise jungle of Chicago, though there are fewer in the heart of the city than population distributions would predict. Many of the area's aging citizens prefer to live in a quieter rustic setting, which Illinois has in abundance. Rumors once circulated that the state capital, Springfield, is the Springfield of The Simpsons fame, but that's actually the one in Oregon.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living is the first level of residential senior care, a step up from in-home visits from a full-time caregiver and one step down from skilled nursing, which is more medically oriented. The goal of assisted living is to encourage seniors to live the active, healthy lives they used to enjoy, before they came to need outside help with the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing and getting dressed.
Aging citizens who go into assisted living communities almost always start with a thorough medical examination from a doctor, to make sure their choice of care level is appropriate and that there are no underlying medical needs that would disqualify the senior from moving into a private or semi-private room.
The Most Popular Cities for Assisted Living in Illinois
Illinois' peculiar layout makes discussion of cities versus other cities somewhat brief. The state has Chicago, which is No. 1 in almost everything, while the things that don't fit in the Windy City generally wind up in Springfield, the state capital and "other" city. Both are popular spots for assisted living communities, though Chicago has the highest number by far, while Springfield manages slightly more properties per capita.
What does Assisted Living Cost in Illinois?
Monthly cost for assisted living in Illinois hinges on two variables: What level of care is desired, and whether or not the residence is located in Cook County. Regarding the first, most assisted living falls into three broad categories: basic, standard and luxury. Basic assisted living is designed to be minimally invasive of privacy, and it's usually cheaper. The national median monthly cost for assisted living is $3,750 a month, while in Illinois its $4,050, according to the 2015 Genworth Financial Cost of Care survey. Higher levels of care are more full-service, but also generally more expensive.
The second variable, the location of the community, also has an effect on a property's price. Cook County, where Chicago is located, is naturally the most expensive part of the state. Some assisted living communities near the border with Missouri, however, can reach as low as $2,500 a month for basic care.
Seniors in Illinois make up 15.2 percent of the state population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This share is slated to increase somewhat toward the year 2030, when aging citizens might be as much as 20 percent, despite the general trend of a declining population.
How is Assisted Living in Illinois Regulated?
The State of Illinois regulates most independent and assisted living in the same general way it oversees skilled nursing and post-acute rehab care. The rules are mostly commonsense things, such as always washing hands before going into an assisted living community's kitchen, and various licensing requirements. The state Department of Human Services oversees implementation, as well as taking complaints and concerns from the public, and offers help to providers that need to qualify for a state license.
How is Assisted Living in Illinois Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Seniors in Illinois are entitled to certain tax benefits on their homes, worth $250 a year, but expandable up to $750 a year when combined with other credits. Only a professional accountant can provide financial advice, so it's a good idea to talk to one before claiming any senior-specific property or income tax benefits.
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Politics in Illinois
Illinois is, to the eternal chagrin of its rural community, a blue state. This is more of Chicago dominating the state by virtue of its comparatively huge population. Every election cycle, it seems, the state edges red from the river to the lake, only to drastically swing back the moment Chicago's results are announced. Domestically, Illinois has a legendary culture of machine politics that the expression "making laws is like making sausages" was originally a reference to the grooming of Chicago city aldermen.
Facts About Illinois
• Chicago, not New York, was the site of the world's first skyscraper, built in 1865.
• Superman's hometown of Metropolis is a real place in southern Illinois. Smallville is not.
• Illinois was the first state to ratify the 13th Amendment in 1865, and thus abolish slavery.