Illinois Assisted Living

SeniorLiving FAQ

By David Besnette


In this research guide you will learn how to get a COMPLETE, non-commercial, Statewide list of Assisted Living & Senior Living Facilities Provided by the State of Illinois.

Did you know that, at this time there are over 460 licensed assisted living communities in Illinois?   

The challenge is, as you are probably aware if you have been trying to find or research facilities, that often times websites that list facilities don’t offer complete information, and usually don’t provide the facility’s contact information.    This seems to be the norm with most commercial assisted living websites.

Our goal here, on SeniorLiving FAQ, is to teach you how to find facilities using State-supplied data and information.  This is the safest way to research, since there is no ‘commercial motive.’  We have a growing list of Research Guides that accomplish this goal for each state.

Additionally, State resources are typically updated the most frequently, and the most accurate.

How To Get A Complete List of Assisted Living Facilities in Illinois – Statewide

Illinois’s Safest Facilities:

Safe Facilities

We’ll now turn to a great resource, provided by the State of Illinois, and their Department of Public Health Website.   This site offers a complete database of all licensed Senior Living establishments in Illinois, including:

  • Alzheimer’s Facilities
  • Adult Day Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Shared Housing

First, You’ll need to jump over to the dedicated ‘Assisted Living’ section of the DPH website here.   

The site, at this time looks like this:

IDPH - Assisted Living

This is a great jumping-off point for you to access a number of different informational topics and databases relevant to Assisted or other Senior Living modalities in Illinois.

Database of Senior Living Facilities in Illinois – To access the database, simply select the first choice in the top right-hand column of the Assisted Living section titled ‘IDPH Assisted Living and Shared Housing Licensed Establishments Listing.’

This will bring you to a page offering a dataset of facilities statewide in Illinois that offer assisted living or shared housing functionality.  

Just as important, it offers a date that the dataset was most recently updated.   

To access the facility list, select ‘Explore’ where you can either preview or download the data.  I have also embedded the list here:

Information offered by the list of assisted living / shared housing establishments:

  • Establishment / Facility Name
  • Address
  • City
  • Zip
  • Phone Number
  • License Number
  • License Issue Date
  • License Expiration Date
  • Alzheimer’s Beds (capacity)
  • Regular Beds (capacity)
  • Adult Day Care Offered
  • County

You can also select the map option to see where the facility is located.

To view a specific city’s offerings, you can enter that city into the Search Data field, and that will narrow down your search to the city desired.

How To File A Complaint

Another very useful section of the IDPH site is dedicated to filing complaints against Senior Living Communities in Illinois.

File a Complaint


There are a number of ways to do this.  

  • Central Complaint Registry Hotline – 800-252-4343
    Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    TTY for the Hearing Impaired Only- 800-547-0466
  • Mail
    Healthcare Facilities Complaint Form
    Mail form to:
    Illinois Department of Public Health
    Office of Health Care Regulation
    Central Complaint Registry
    525 W. Jefferson St., Ground Floor
    Springfield, IL 62761-0001

At this time, unfortunately, there is no way that the public can access (online) a record of complaints or violations for an Assisted Living facility or facilities.   

However, for Nursing Homes, the State does offer Quarterly Reports for Nursing Home Violators.

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Establishments in Illinois

If you want to get a copy of, or review the Rules, Statutes and Regulations for Assisted Living or Shared Housing Establishments, you can certainly do so by visiting the Illinois General Assembly site, and their:


Administrative Code

There is a LOT here, and it’s broken down into sections, or “Subparts” that include:

  • General Provisions
  • Policies
  • Personnel
  • Resident Care and Services
  • Medications
  • Resident Rights
  • Resident and Establishment Records
  • Food Service
  • Physical Plant & Environmental Requirements

One section I always like to point out is the ‘definitions’ section, which offers a specific definition for terms relevant to Assisted or Senior Living, and Shared Housing.   

It’s important to understand how a State defines terms such as assisted living, since, each state can be slightly (or radically) different from another in terms of defining care.

As is often the case, children of aging parents, or loved ones attempt to research assisted living in another state (usually where the parent lives) and they are slowed down or frustrated when it does not match what is offered or provided in the state the loved one lives in. 

How Illinois Defines Assisted Living

Definition 1

What assisted living is NOT in the State of Illinois:

Definition 2

IHCA Facilities Search for Illinois – Statewide

Another way to find Senior Living facilities in Illinois is by using he Illinois Health Care Association’s member facilities directory, which you can search by county using their interactive map of Illinois.

Facilities Search Illinois

Very simply, you can choose a county, and from there, you’ll see a list of Assisted Living and Nursing Establishments in that county.   Each facility listed is a member of the IHCA. 

Illinois Residents:


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