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Voted Best Illinois Senior Assisted Living, 6 Years in a Row!

Award-Winning Care in Cozy, Residential Homes



Best Senior Living & Memory Care

in McHenry County … 6 years in a row!

“This is Home”

We care for area seniors through an entirely new approach to senior living. Our beautiful, converted residential homes provide all the amenities of “big box” facilities with the comfort & feel of home. Mix in our award-winning staff and industry leading caretaker-to-resident ratios, and you have Shepherd Premier.

Family owned and operated since 2014, Shepherd Premier was created to bring dignity and honor back to senior care after a disappointing personal experience in a 100+ bed facility. Click below to learn the why behind Shepherd Premier.

Our Senior Living Homes

At Shepherd Premier Senior Living, we have crafted a unique senior-living experience in each of the communities we serve. All of our homes are unique, however you can expect premium amenities, state-of-the-art safety equipment, and loving caregivers at each location. We believe the home environment could be a great fit for families that are looking for high quality care for their loved ones.

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Shepherd of Crystal Lake

5430 E Hillside Rd, Crystal Lake, IL 60012

A Cozy, Assisted Living Home Situated Atop 5 Rolling Acres

Driving up to Shepherd of Crystal Lake you will be greeted by landscaped grounds and colorful wildflowers before arriving at the home. In the winter months residents can often be found cozying up next to a beautiful, stone fireplace. Call for availability: this home is nearly full!

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Shepherd of Harvard

Shepherd of Harvard

210 E. Front St Harvard, IL 60033

Senior living in a charming, historic home that is full of life!

At Shepherd of Harvard, we provide seniors with a residential environment where they feel both safe and comfortable while enjoying the golden years in the company of others. Our engaging, award-winning staff are there 24/7 to provide care but also bring joy and laughter to the lives of our residents. NOTE: this home is nearly full, call for availability and to schedule a tour!

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Shepherd of Dixon

503 Countryside Lane, Dixon, IL 61021

Formerly known as Avonlea Cottage, this fully-renovated home re-opened Feb. 2022!

Located in Dixon, Illinois, a town famous for its Petunia Festival, the newest Shepherd Premier home is now accepting new residents! After a full renovation, the former Avonlea Cottage is now ready to welcome you or a loved one to visit and see what makes Shepherd Premier truly unique!

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Shepherd of Oregon

8 Terrace View Blvd, Oregon, IL 61061

Formerly Family First Shared Home, this fully renovated home just opened and is filling up fast!

New for 2022! This fabulous 16-bed home previously operated under the brand “Family First,” and just re-opened in February 2022 as Shepherd of Oregon following extensive renovations. Our award-winning staff is busy getting to know all of our new residents and the home’s “personality” is taking shape! Schedule your tour today!

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Shepherd of Bull Valley

1001 Cherry Valley Rd, Bull Valley, IL 60050

Assisted Living in a breathtaking, 18,000 square foot estate

Located in Bull Valley, Illinois, Shepherd of Bull Valley opened its doors in 2021 and is ready to welcome you or your loved one! This rustic, magnificent home sits amongst 34 wooded acres and features a grand fireplace, olympic sized swimming pool, and a movie room for the enjoyment of its residents.

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Grab our brochure to see how
we’re different with our…

  • Unmatched Caregiver Ratios
  • Secure, COVID-19 Resistent Homes
  • Fully Customizable Care Plans
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hospitality
  • Family Ownership & Kind Staff

The Amenities of Large Senior Living
with the Comfort and Feel of Home

24/7 Video Surveillance
Wheelchair accessible homes
Laundry Services
3 home cooked meals a day
Activities and outings
ADA accessible bathrooms
Cable TV and WiFi
Quiet residential neighborhoods
Beautiful landscapes & home gardens

See How We're Different

Homestyle Residential Living
Industry-leading Caregiver-to-Resident Ratios
Comprehensive On-site Doctor Services
24/7 Personalized Care
Family Gatherings Welcome!

Our Services


Assisted Living

Assistance with activities of daily life in a cozy, COVID-resistant home that promotes safety, wellbeing, and enjoyment!


Memory Care

Superior care in secure homes where seniors with fading memories find respect, emotional support, and cognitive stimulation.

music therapy for alzheimer's

Music Therapy

Music therapy is offered to elderly individuals with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, due to its reported cognitive, physical, and psychological benefits.

Speak to Our Team

We are pleased to offer tours 7 days
a week for your convenience!

Meranda Vela

Assistant Executive Director

(847) 665-1872