The Village of Gurnee is a northern suburb of Chicago, and it's the place millions of visitors go every spring through fall to have fantastic family fun. The town is home to several theme parks that make for fun visits with visiting grandkids, including a Six Flags Great America and a combination hotel/waterslide park. For seniors, it's just a short hop up the interstate from the USO of Illinois Great Lakes Center, where comedy greats like Bob Hope learned to entertain America's troops.
Seniors have a lot more to love about Gurnee. In addition to the historic frontier posts the village has lovingly restored as working museums over the years, Gurnee has world-class shopping downtown and a quiet spot to eat and drink at the Only Child Brewing Company. Gurnee's crime rate is 20% below the national average, which is good for active seniors who like to stroll along the lanes of the three or four forest preserves that ring the village. Fully 11.5% of the village's 31,000 residents are seniors aged 65 and over.
Seniors in Gurnee can expect to pay an average of $4,794 a month for assisted living in one of the village's 19 assisted living communities, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is significantly more than the $4,030 Illinois state average.
Look for your new home in this list of the 8 best assisted living facilities in Gurnee.
Bickford of Gurnee Assisted Living & Memory Care
301 S. Hunt Club Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
The staff at Bickford of Gurnee strive to offer a consistent home-like environment for its residents. The facility is pet-friendly and offers 24-hour security, personalized transportation to and from appointments and errands as well as chaplain services that are tailored to the spiritual needs of each resident. Seniors living at Bickford of Gurnee enjoy restaurant-style dining and meals prepared from high-quality, healthy ingredients. A variety of enriching activities are offered daily including outings, games, manicures and fitness programs. In addition to personal care, residents receive assistance with medication management, as well as care coordination by a registered nurse. The facility is also prepared to care for residents with dementia.
Sunrise of Gurnee
500 North Hunt Club Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
Living accommodations at Sunrise of Gurnee are designed to make seniors feel at home. Compassionate staff assists residents with daily living tasks, with a professional nurse available during business hours. Nutritious meals and snacks are prepared on-site, with room service available. The facility is secured for resident safety. For seniors who enjoy time outside, Sunrise has landscaped grounds and is close to wooded walking trails and a small pond. Those who choose to bring their small pets to live with them may enjoy walking the pets here. To help seniors acclimate and make new friends, Sunrise has planned activities and fitness opportunities. Transportation for medical appointments and shopping trips is also provided.
Autumn Leaves of Gurnee
505 N. Hunt Club Road
Gurnee, IL 60031
At Autumn Leaves of Gurnee, residents receive personalized care from staff members specially trained in supporting seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. Family-owned and operated, this community seeks to provide research-based assisted living memory care in an environment that's safe and feels like home. The facility features a secure courtyard area and walking paths, on-site beauty salon, library and cozy living areas for socialization, and offers a variety of programs and activities based on life engagement to give residents a sense of purpose in their daily lives. Throughout the year, the facility holds special occasions and events which family are invited to attend, and it's located just a short drive from a number of attractions, including Six Flags Great America amusement park, for fun outings when loved ones visit.
Theresa's Home Care, LLC
5044 Darlene Drive
Gurnee, IL 60030
Theresa's Home Care LLC is a small, seven resident facility that provides seniors with individualized assisted living care. The facility's staff focuses on providing residents with activities that promote independence and help them to maintain a high quality of life. Family members are welcome to visit residents at any time. Seniors living at Theresa's Home Care are treated with respect and compassion by professionally trained staff who are experienced in dealing with an array of health concerns including cancer, mobility issues and dementia.
5631 Manchester Drive
Gurnee, IL 60031
Gurnee Manor offers a small, residential setting for seniors who need assisted living accommodations. Each room is private and designed to be handicap-accessible. Nutritious meals are prepared on-site and served in the community dining room. Compassionate help with daily living tasks, including incontinence care and medication management, is given with dignity and respect. Staff is available around the clock for residents' needs. Housekeeping and linen services are included, as well. To help residents meet new friends and keep their minds sharp, planned activities and games are scheduled regularly. For those who need it, transportation to medical appointments and shopping trips is provided. There is also a private outdoor space for walking and small pets are allowed.
Heritage Woods of Gurnee
3775 Grand Ave
Gurnee, IL 60031
Seniors at Heritage Woods of Gurnee enjoy apartment-style living with plenty of amenities, including a beauty and barbershop, a TV room, a private library and a general store. Each studio or single bedroom apartment comes with a small kitchenette, and residents may choose to eat one of the three daily meals in the community dining room. To help seniors acclimate and make new friends, Heritage Woods has planned activities like fitness classes and book clubs. Transportation off site for group outings is provided, as well as individual transport to medical appointments, religious services or shopping trips for those that no longer drive. Medication management and an on-site nurse help residents with health needs.
Brookdale Vernon Hills
145 N. Milwaukee Avenue
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
At Brookdale Vernon Hills, seniors are immersed in a comfortable, engaging living environment that supports health, enjoyment and fulfillment. Seniors aged 62 and over can enjoy spacious one- or two-bedroom apartments, with small pets allowed. Well-trained staff provide personalized assisted living while giving residents a wide range of options to meet their preferences. The community's wellness programs allow residents to pursue emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual enrichment. Residents are encouraged to celebrate life through special events and group activities, including off-site events and outings. Among the many resort-style amenities are a pool, jacuzzi, large walking paths and an indoor rainforest & cafe.
Spring Meadows Libertyville
901 Florsheim Drive
Libertyville, IL 60048
Spring Meadows Libertyville offers residents peace and quiet in a tucked-away oasis just minutes away from the downtown area. MacArthur Woods Forest Preserve and the Riverside Golf Course are both a short walk from the community, and plenty of shopping and restaurants line Milwaukee Avenue. Gentle walking paths, manicured gardens, warm fireplaces and a game room give residents plenty to do without leaving home. All units come equipped with walk-in showers, smoke alarms, sprinkler systems and an emergency response call unit, so seniors relax in private with help available at the touch of a button.