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Area Agency on Aging of Southwestern Illinois

Care Pathways

Department of Health and Human Services

Illinois Department on Aging

New Lifestyles: The Source for Senior Living

Community-Based Long-Term Care

It is important that older adults maintain their independence and dignity in their homes and communities. Finding housing for a loved one can be a demanding endeavor, but can be equally rewarding when the right match is found. To help you find the right environment and fit for your family member, we have provided links to checklists and service providers in your area.
Individuals and their families gravitate toward living arrangements that offer a comfortable, secure, and stimulating environment, while providing access to health care. Continuing care retirement centers (CCRCs) offer several housing options depending on a resident's health and ability to function independently. These options include independent living, assisted living, nursing care, and special care living arrangements.

  • Independent living units typically are one- or two-bedroom, studio apartments or detached units, often referred to as patio homes or villas, for residents who can function and provide personal care without assistance. Independent living is similar to apartment or condominium living with additional services provided, such as meals, basic housekeeping and laundry.
  • Assisted living units are designed for persons with limited mobility who need assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, eating or taking medications. Units can be a single room with a bath or a small apartment with a bath and kitchenette.
  • Nursing care (skilled nursing facility) is a nursing home environment, typically with two persons per room, although private rooms might be available. Persons with chronic, debilitating conditions and very limited mobility who require skilled nursing will receive care at this housing level.
  • Special care centers exist in some facilities for persons with Alzheimer's, dementia, or other memory conditions.
  • Long-Term Care Options
  • Living Options: Online Directory
  • Elder Care Locator