One of the first questions we typically receive from worried adult children is how much an assisted living community will cost. They know their aging parent or loved one living with a disability needs help, but usually aren’t sure if they will be able to afford it. We thought it might help to share some of the average costs across the two states that we serve – Illinois and Missouri – to allow families better insight in to the different types of senior care and their costs. Over the next few months we will talk about a variety of senior care options and how much they cost.
Costs of Assisted Living in Illinois
Based on 2013 averages, the median cost of assisted living for the state of Illinois is $4,050 per month.
It probably comes as no surprise that the closer you live to the city of Chicago, the higher those expenses are. Illinois seniors who live near the cities Danville, Decatur, and Peoria will find assisted living to average between $3,500 and $3,700 a month. By contrast, older adults who need assisted living in Chicago, Rockford, and Highland Park will pay more. The averages in these areas range from $4,600 to $4,800 per month.
If you are the caregiver for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease in Illinois, dementia assisted living communities typically charge an additional $1,100 month over the standard assisted living fees.
Average Assisted Living Costs in Missouri
The cost of assisted living in the state of Missouri averaged $2,288 in 2013.
The range was from $1,310 to $5,130. This makes Missouri one of the states with the most affordable assisted living. St. Louis has the highest prices in the state with an average of $2,913 per month. Springfield and Columbia both average less at $2,250 and $2,275 respectively.
If the assisted living resident requires a secure, specialized Alzheimer’s care program there are additional fees. Most range from a few hundred dollars a month up to $1,400 or more.