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Illinois is home to the third most populated city in the U.S., Chicago. The state's next largest cities are immediately to the west of Chicago making the vicinity a populated part of the state. Assisted living developments are many in this region with several different types of care programs available to cover any health care need.
Springfield is the state capitol and found in the center of Illinois. It is the home and burial location of Illinois’s greatest lawyer, and one of the country’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln. The remaining sections of the state are rural towns communities, comprised of grain farms and livestock pasture ground. There are many lakes and rivers spread across Illinois for weekend enjoyment.
The Mississippi River is the state's Western boundary line, while the Northeast area around Chicago connects to Lake Michigan. The climate for Illinois varies with hot and humid summers, then cold, snowy winters.
Illinois's senior population over the age of 65 is more than 1,600,000. The ever-increasing need for assisted living housing and nursing home care is expanding daily. The average cost of assisted living in Illinois is $3,600 a month, $43,000 annual. Nursing home cost average is $59,500 annually, or $163 a day.
The Illinois Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services inspect and regulate nursing homes. The Illinois Department of Public Health/ Division of Assisted Living license and inspect assisted living care units.
Chicago offers brighter lights, tall buildings, museums and entertaining cultural events. Springfield, while steeped in history, is a leader in the health care field. It also has an acclaimed heart surgery institution, and offers a more down to earth retirement location. The retirees can decide if they want to see the tallest building in the country, the Sears Tower. Alternatively, choose to live where there is no traffic and only leisure time.
The many smaller towns across most of Illinois’s countryside have wonderful settings with friendly people. Nonetheless, these communities do still offer assisted living care and housing with quality standards by caring individuals. Seniors who would like to retire and live in an easygoing environment, would not go wrong checking out some of these rural retirement locals.