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Assisted Living in Wisconsin

Overview of assisted living in Wisconsin

Assisted living communities offer seniors assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing and grooming, in a residential setting with social activities. In Wisconsin, assisted living is primarily offered in either a licensed community-based residential facility (CBRF) or a residential care apartment complex (RCAC). Assisted living is also available through an adult family home setting. The average monthly cost of assisted living in Wisconsin is $5,400 per month or $64,800 per year.[01] This is higher than the cost of independent living, which does not provide ADL support, but less than the cost of memory care.

Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Wisconsin

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Azura Memory Care of Oshkosh

2220 Brookview Court, Oshkosh, WI 54904
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40 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Jody - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The team at Oshkosh treats my grandmother like family. I can tell they love her and the other residents. This really makes my grandmother feel at home and helped with the transition from home to Azura.

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Azura Memory Care of Stoughton

1221 E Main St, Stoughton, WI 53589
9.9
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72 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Sandy R - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

All of the staff at Azura Stoughton was so caring, kind, and loving to my husband. As he approached the end of his life, they were working to keep him comfortable while being so kind to me and his family. I...

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Oak Hill Terrace

1805 Kensington Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
9.9
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32 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Betty W - I'm a current/former resident or client

I do really enjoy it here at Oak Hill Terrace. I enjoy the activities and the ladies who lead them. [name removed] at the front desk is so nice and very sharp, she knows all our names. [name removed] the...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Brookfield

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Heartis Village of Brookfield

16040 W Greenfield Ave, Brookfield, WI 53005
9.8
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30 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Barbara S - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My mother has been at Heartis since, Jan 2023. Her care has been phenomenal! Leanne in Marketing was my first contact with Heartis Brookfield. She took time aside from my tour to talk to me and share her...

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Azura Assisted Living and Memory Care of Brookfield

16030 Washington Dr, Brookfield, WI 53005
9.3
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35 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Kathy B - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My mom moved in when they first opened. We chose Brookfield Azura for it's home feel, accessible layout and close proximity to family. At times there have been normal challenges keeping it staffed, but my...

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ProHealth Regency Senior Communities - Brookfield

777 North Brookfield Road, Brookfield, WI 53045
9.2
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32 reviews
Kathy - I live or lived in this community

What I like the most about the PreHealth Regency Senior Communities is the meals, the quality of the meals is excellent. The administrative team reaches out to residents individually, and they have several...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Milwaukee

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Library Square

1820 South 75th Street, West Allis, WI 53214
9.6
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37 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Kathy - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

My mom is a lot happier now with the safety features Library Square allows her - a walk-in shower, pull cords, etc. She's more active now than she ever was. They have plenty of activities. The staff have...

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Hickory Park Senior Living

3933 S Prairie Hill Lane, Greenfield, WI 53228
9.2
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43 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Daughter Mari bittl - I'm a current/former resident or client

My dad went down hill fast. We needed to get them into assisted living Fast. We had looked at a few last year just to see what was out there. Nothing came close to Hickory Park. My parents love it and...

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Villa St Francis

1910 W Ohio Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53215
8.9
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13 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

Our experience with Villa St. Francis was for respite care and what we liked the most about this community is the staff. They took care of our loved one and helped her stay safe and comfortable during her...

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Appleton

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Dimensions Living Appleton

5800 Pennsylvania Ave, Appleton, WI 54914
9.0
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46 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Jim F - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The staff show a genuine concern for their residents. They serve with a smile and do their jobs well. I'm very appreciative of A Place for Mom for connecting my family with Dimensions Living Appleton. It...

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Azura Memory Care of Oshkosh

2220 Brookview Court, Oshkosh, WI 54904
10
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40 reviews
Starting at
$X,XXX/mo
Jody - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The team at Oshkosh treats my grandmother like family. I can tell they love her and the other residents. This really makes my grandmother feel at home and helped with the transition from home to Azura.

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Emerald Ridge of Neenah

130 Byrd Ave, Neenah, WI 54956
9.4
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11 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Betty M - I'm a current/former resident or client

I have lived here for three and a half years. It is a wonderful home. It is not so big that you can get lost or too small that you are with the same people all the time.

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Top-rated Assisted Living facilities in Madison

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The Waterford at Fitchburg

5440 Caddis Bend, Fitchburg, WI 53711
9.7
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98 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I live or lived in this community

My overall experiences at the Waterford has been a positive one. I enjoy all the activities and have made new friends. All the staff make me feel like I am a family member.

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Brookdale Madison West

413 & 429 S. Yellowstone Drive, Madison, WI 53719
9.2
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81 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

What we like most about the Brookdale Madison West community is the pleasant and very helpful staff team. The community is also clean. Based on the experience we have had so far, we would recommend this...

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Timberwood Lodge Assisted Living and Memory Care

7102 Timberwood Drive, Madison, WI 53711
9.0
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6 reviews
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$X,XXX/mo
Anonymous - I'm a loved one of a resident or client

The facility is well cared for. The staff is good. I know they struggle like all facilities right now in getting good workers. My brother is lactose intolerant and they do a good job of providing him with...

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Cost of assisted living in Wisconsin

A Place for Mom has gathered proprietary pricing data from our partnered communities in Wisconsin. The seniors we’ve helped have paid between $3,250 and $7,450 per month for assisted living in Wisconsin. The national average monthly cost of assisted living is roughly $5,100, while Wisconsin’s average cost is just under $300 more per month.[01] The range of prices in the state may be due to several factors.

As you tour assisted living communities, consider how these factors may affect the cost:

  • Your loved one’s room size and layout
  • Pet rent or fees
  • The level of care your loved one needs
  • Whether you plan to add optional expenses, such as an errand service
  • The community’s location

Many seniors and their families use a variety of payment options to cover the cost of assisted living.

Compare costs of Wisconsin vs. the national average

Average monthly costs

Wisconsin

$4,275/mo

US National average

$4,440/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. nearby states

Average monthly costs

Wisconsin

$4,275/mo

Minnesota

$4,091/mo

Iowa

$4,174/mo

Michigan

$4,074/mo

Illinois

$4,990/mo

Compare costs of assisted living in Wisconsin vs. nearby cities

Average monthly costs

Wisconsin

$4,275/mo

Milwaukee, WI

$5,898/mo

Appleton, WI

$4,329/mo

Madison, WI

$4,552/mo

Compare costs of assisted living vs. other senior care types in Wisconsin

Average monthly costs

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Paying for assisted living in Wisconsin

Since assisted living can be expensive, it’s typical for seniors to use a mixture of private pay and public assistance. It’s helpful to keep in mind that the earlier you and your loved one plan for care, the more payment options you’ll have. Some benefits that can help pay for care, such as veterans benefits or long-term care insurance, may have a waiting period before they take effect. For more information about the many options you may want to consider, you can also consult our complete guide to paying for long-term care.

Assisted living requirements and regulations in Wisconsin

Assisted living communities are licensed through the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Division of Quality Assurance: Bureau of Assisted Living. Wisconsin recognizes three types of community settings for assisted living:[02]

  • Community-based residential facilities (CBRF) provide care and services to five or more seniors who do not need more than an intermediate level of nursing care.
  • Residential care apartment complexes (RCAC) offer an apartment to each resident and can provide up to 28 hours of assistance per week per resident.
  • Adult family homes (AFH) refer to a private residence where three or four seniors live together. They receive some care services, but not any nursing care. This type of care typically serves seniors with a physical or intellectual disability.

Wisconsin requires that assisted living facilities conduct a care assessment for all new residents. While the state doesn’t mandate a staff to resident ratio, they do say that communities should have enough staff available to meet the needs of its residents, with an awake caregiver available to any resident needing round-the-clock care.[02]

It’s also helpful to know that licensing and inspection reports of assisted living facilities in Wisconsin can be easily accessed by prospective residents and their families. We’ve outlined how to access such records in the section below.

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Evaluating Wisconsin’s licensing and inspections process

We developed a system to rate each state on how easy — or difficult — it is to find important assisted living records and reports, and compiled tips to help you in your search.

States with the most transparent records allow you to look up important information about each assisted living facility online, including inspections, complaints, survey results, violations, capacity, and whether the facility accepts Medicaid.

Access to Wisconsin assisted living records: Exceptional

Public access to assisted living records and reports for the state of Wisconsin is exceptional. Wisconsin is one of two states to include information about the pricing of assisted living communities online. Assisted living records in Wisconsin are highly transparent, having met all but one of the transparency criteria.

How to look up Wisconsin assisted living licenses and records

Use Wisconsin’s Division of Quality Assurance Provider Search to find information about assisted living licensing and backgrounds. We provide some steps below to help navigate the search.

  • Narrow your search by selecting “assisted living facilities” as the provider type.
  • Click the name of a provider from the results page for very detailed information.
  • Profiles of assisted living communities with pricing details are available as PDF documents on the state’s Assisted Living Directories and Facility Profiles webpage.

How we arrived at our Wisconsin rating

We developed a standard methodology for state data collection and evaluation, and based our rating primarily on the objective, state-specific accessibility criteria outlined in these questions:

  1. Are licensed assisted living communities listed online in any form? Yes
  2. If Yes to #1, is the information updated frequently? Yes
  3. If Yes to #1, is the list of licensed communities searchable? Yes
  4. Does the state post inspections, complaints, survey results, or violations online? Yes
  5. If Yes to #4, is the information updated frequently? [within 90 days] Yes
  6. If Yes to #2 and #4, is the enforcement information included in the same place as licensed communities? Yes
  7. If Yes to #4 and No to #6, are violations / inspections searchable at all? Yes or N/A
  8. Is information about special licensing for care shown? Yes
  9. Capacity shown? Yes
  10. Payment types shown, [e.g. Medicaid, private pay]? Yes
  11. Administrator / Contact name shown? Yes
  12. State may fine facility? Yes
  13. Frequency of inspections? Every 6 months
  14. Website includes pricing of facility? Yes

References

  1. A Place for Mom. (2022). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  2. State of Wisconsin. Department of Health Services. Division of Quality Assurance. Bureau of Assisted Living. (2020, May). Revised licensing, certification, and registration process for assisted living facilities.

Top cities in Wisconsin for assisted living

8.3
Kenosha, WI
5 facilities
7.6
Milwaukee, WI
1 facilities
7.3
Appleton, WI
4 facilities
7.2
Madison, WI
2 facilities
7.0
Green Bay, WI
3 facilities
6.9
Brookfield, WI
6 facilities

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