The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) recently announced the approval of 18 new Supportive Living Facilities (SLFs) in Illinois. The state’s Supportive Living Program offers an alternative to nursing home care for low income seniors, and people with physical disabilities and the state’s Medicaid program pays for a portion or all of the medical care for eligible residents. Residents are responsible for paying for their housing with Social Security or other personal funds.
“The expansion of the Supportive Living Program will result in additional high quality housing options for people who need long-term care, as well as economic development opportunities throughout the state,” said HFS Director Barry S. Maram. “The development of new SLFs will mean additional jobs – construction, facility staff – not to mention the potential for increased revenue for local businesses while supporting the states’ efforts to reform its long term care system.”
“SLFs make a critical range of services available while providing individuals with more choices for care,” said Theresa Eagleson, Administrator of the state’s Medicaid program. “The quality of applications received in this solicitation was outstanding. Clearly, the market and consumer demand for this type of affordable housing with services model is strong.”