The downtown shopping district in St. Charles is less than 20 miles away from the heart of Chicago, but seniors strolling through the quiet calm of the Koi Whisperer Sanctuary & Japanese Gardens might never know it. The entire town of St. Charles maintains the quaint air of the old family suburb it became as early as the 1940s when the township was settled by Navy families during WWII. Seniors who live in St. Charles today can shop in the historic downtown, where scores of old buildings have been restored to the way they were between 1830 and the 1950s. Other options include taking in a show at the Arcada Theatre or visiting the Wheeler House Museum, which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, to hear the stories of St. Charles' role in the abolitionist movement of the pre-war era.
Over 16% of St. Charles current population of 33,000 people are seniors aged 65 and over. The town they share enjoys crime rates that are less than one-third the national average, while the standard of living is nearly 50% higher than the Illinois average.
Seniors who live in one of St. Charles' 19 assisted living communities pay an average of $4795 a month, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. Seniors in the rest of the state pay less, around $4,030.
Look for your new home on this list of the 8 best assisted living communities in Illinois.
Bickford of St. Charles
2875 Campton Hills Road
St. Charles, IL 60175
The caregivers at Bickford of St. Charles focus on meeting all the needs of residents and promoting their happiness and quality of life. The facility strives to preserve resident safety and features controlled access, 24-hour supervision and personal monitoring devices for every resident. At Bickford of St. Charles, professional chefs prepare gourmet, restaurant-quality meals three times per day that are prepared with fresh, healthy ingredients. Between meals, residents are invited to enjoy a variety of leisure activities including games, shopping excursions and live entertainment. Transportation to and from medical appointments is provided.
Brighton Gardens of St. Charles
600 Dunham Road
St. Charles, IL 60174
Brighton Gardens of St. Charles offers assisted living and memory care in a large facility secured for resident safety. Nutritious meals are prepared on-site and served in the community dining room, and room service is also available. The compassionate staff works with each individual's treatment plan, including medication management, reminders and redirection. A certified nurse is on-site during business hours. Residents may enjoy strolling through the private landscaped grounds or joining a fitness activity or hobby club. Organized games and activities are scheduled to help keep residents' wits sharp and develop relationships. Transportation is provided for those who need it, and there's plenty of parking for those who still drive. Small pets are welcome additions to the community.
River Glen of St. Charles
975 North Fifth Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
River Glen of St. Charles employs licensed nurses, nurse aides and resident care assistants 24 hours per day. The staff is trained to provide personalized, resident-focused care that prioritizes the safety, security and wellness of each senior who lives there. The facility features a variety of amenities including a beauty/barber shop, an aviary that boasts a grand piano and plenty of outdoor space including a walking path and a gazebo. Seniors living at River Glen of St. Charles enjoy a variety of scheduled activities including craft workshops, games, fitness classes and shopping and dining excursions.
1500 South 14th Street Street
Charles, IL 60174
Carriage Oaks offers independent living for seniors, in either one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartments. Residents may choose to dine in the community dining room, where three meals are served daily, order room service or cook in their own kitchenettes. For those who still drive, underground heated parking is provided; otherwise, transportation to medical appointments or shopping trips may be arranged. Seniors at Carriage Oaks are invited to make new friends, take part in group outings or participate in one of the planned activities for residents. There is a library and a TV room as well as outside space for less formal socialization. Beauty and barbershop services are available on-site, too
Robin's Nest Assisted Living
405 S. 7th Street
St. Charles, IL 60174
The St. Charles branch of Robin's Nest Assisted Living is located in a 150-year-old Victorian home in the city's historic downtown district. The facility offers private and semi-private rooms that feature warm decor and all the comforts of home. Caregivers provide personal assistance and supervision around the clock and three dietician-approved meals are prepared with fresh ingredients every day. Residents take part in art and music therapy, as well as a variety of scheduled activities such as group games, social gatherings and puzzles. Other available services at Robin's Nest include visiting hair stylists, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy and in-home nursing care.
Autumn Leaves of St. Charles
10 North Peck Road
St. Charles, IL 60175
Autumn Leaves of St. Charles is a family-owned assisted living and memory care facility that's just minutes away from the city's historic downtown district. Its grounds are secure and stately, featuring a large courtyard with a picturesque fountain. Inside, residents enjoy plenty of natural light and comfortable, tastefully decorated suites. The facility's culinary staff prepare meals according to residents' personal preferences and dietary needs. On holidays and special occasions, family members are invited to dine with their loved ones. Caregivers at Autumn Leaves of St. Charles are trained to provide care to seniors living with Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia.
GreenFields of Geneva
0N801 Friendship Way
Geneva, IL 60134
At GreenFields of Geneva, assisted living offers a caring blend of help and support. Residents enjoy a full calendar of events while the staff handles chores like housekeeping and laundry. Three chef-prepared meals are served in the dining room daily, and snacks are always available. The 26-acre grounds feature landscaped walking paths, a fishing pond and native prairie lands. Historic downtown Geneva is just a five-minute drive, and two golf courses are across the street. Between festivals, concerts and resident-run clubs, there's always something to do.
Halina's Senior Services
825 North 5th Avenue
Saint Charles, IL 60174
Halina's Senior Services offers personalized assisted living care in a cozy, home-like environment. Its small size and live-in caregivers allow residents to develop a comfortable, reliable routine. Halina's staff focus on individual preferences and providing residents with independence and choices, including preparing custom meals to suit each person's tastes. Residents can choose private or semi-private rooms, and they are welcome to spend time in the well-appointed common areas visiting with family, friends and other residents.