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10 Best Independent Living Communities in Madison, WI

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There aren’t many better places than the Badger State to spend your golden years — and its capital city of Madison, Wisconsin, might be a particularly great option when it comes to settling down later in life. With gorgeous lakefront views, a bright and social atmosphere, and no shortage of engaging cultural activities, this midsize city is an undoubtedly attractive option for seniors of all stripes.

Madison is the 22nd-best major city to retire in and the fifth-best city for seniors’ quality of life. Independent living in Madison is for lively seniors who are usually healthy and active but seek convenience and opportunities to socialize. In contrast with assisted living, independent living residents don’t receive help with activities of daily living. The style of residents’ living quarters will depend on the facilities and floor plans they choose, and they may have access to amenities and services on-site such as salons, physicians, and community lounges.

A Place for Mom partners with eight independent living communities within a 10-mile radius of downtown Madison. In this guide, we’ll cover information on independent living facilities, financing options, residential laws and regulations, care types, and more to help simplify your housing search.

How do we rank Madison’s independent living communities?

Our goal is to help you find high-quality independent living facilities that fit your needs. Using our 20+ years of experience in senior living, we developed a proprietary rating system based on the following:

  • Recent, high-quality reviews. We take into account reviews from the past two years. Then, we look for independent living options that people prefer. Communities that have mostly positive ratings in the past two years are prioritized over facilities that have low or no reviews in the past two years. Reviews also help us understand what matters most to families like yours and how you rate communities based on subcategories like meals and dining, staff, and cleanliness.
  • Facility transparency. Communities that have robust information are prioritized over facilities that don’t offer the same level of transparency.
  • Location. Independent living options vary based on proximity to your desired location.
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I researched various senior communities in southern Wisconsin when I decided to sell my home of almost 40 years. I made two trips here and narrowed my decision down to The Waterford and one other place. I...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Get to know the warm, friendly environment at The Waterford at Fitchburg and you'll see how thoughtful amenities and world-class services come together in harmony. Residents at our Independent Living and Assisted Living community in Fitchburg, WI, are afforded the privacy and freedom to live a...
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If friendship is paramount to your contentment, Park Glen is a place where you can cultivate and nurture these traits. Park Glen is a place where you will find your peers in quantity. The open door of the...
Provides: Senior Apartments
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Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Park Glen Apartments is for those 55 and better, located in Madison, Wisconsin. It is where luxury meets affordability. You may have heard of Madison being referred to as a college town but rest assured, college kids have not cornered the market on enjoying all this Midwest city has to offer....
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We have been pleased with the quality of care and level of attention our loved one is receiving. We chose the facility because they have a lovely campus, many food choices and can provide more robust levels...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
A Beautiful Place to Call HomeImagine trading in your household chores and responsibilities for a lifestyle rich in quality friendships, exciting activities and personalized care. Wouldn’t that be the dream?Here at our assisted living and memory care community in Madison, Wisconsin, your dreams...
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My grandmother loves The Ridge at Madison! My visits are always uplifting. Staff is informative, compassionate, and empathic to my grandma's needs. She tells me every visit how she feels at home and...
Provides: Assisted Living, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
At The Ridge, our mission is simple: creating environments where moments of joy, independence and wellness are the focus each and every day. We have a Med Staff on site 24 hours a day, dedicated to your health, safety and well-being. Located in Fitchburg, we serve all of Madison and the...
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It's a great place to be. I've only been here a few months, but I'm settling in and really like it. I picked this community because of socialization, activities, independence, music, good food, and great...
Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Quarry Ridge, the luxurious Resort Lifestyle Community, is currently under construction on Fitchrona Road in Fitchburg. We look forward to opening brand new during the Spring of 2022! Quarry Ridge will offer all of the comforts and conveniences of modern-day living that allow you to enjoy your...
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The common areas, dining, etc. was very clean. The cleanliness of my loved one's apartment fell a little bit short of our expectations. The staff are friendly, engaging, and they treat the residents as...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
BrightStar Senior Living is an assisted living community in the welcoming, scenic city of Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. Our beautiful community is centrally located in a quiet residential area near the West Beltline Highway, providing easy access to area attractions and the nearby cities of...
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A room opened up and so we moved her. All Saints has a very well-established and robust memory program. Mom seems to be happy there. These retirement communities are super expensive. That said, All Saints...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
All Saints Assisted Living and Memory Care offers seniors Spirited Community Living! The residence is part of the All Saints Neighborhood, which offers living options like cottages, condos and apartments for those 55 and better. As a person's needs change, the assisted living residence has...
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My mother has been at Holiday Middleton for almost two months now. Every time I ask how she likes living there, she says that everything is wonderful--the people are nice, the food and activities are great,...
Provides: Independent Living
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Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
The Jefferson has been here for over 16 years near beautiful farmland, Pope Farm and corn fields.We have senior care on site to offer Assisted Living. Our staff members have longevity over 15 years and more. We have won "Best Place to Live" 2018 and "Best Place to Work 3 years in a row. We are...
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I have lived here a year now and feel like I’m part of a big family. I really like the people, they are so caring and nice. The food is so good! [name removed] keeps me full and is great!
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Do more every dayLive your life to the fullest with a little help from us. If you’re looking for freedom and fun in senior living, we might be the right fit for you. Located in Middleton, Wisconsin, near Madison, you’ll have the care you need if you need it at our Assisted Living community. We...
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My dad is a resident at Talamore Sun Prairie. He loves it. He is very comfortable and has met friends. I'm glad they have a lot of activities for him and he participates in a lot.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
At Talamore Senior Living our engaging environment is thoughtfully designed to enrich the rhythms of our residents' lives. We focus on fostering meaningful relationships, creating engaging experiences, and providing exceptional care.Our brand new community is designed to be welcoming for...
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I liked everything about the place except the costs! I no longer live there because I got no services and paid a lot for rent. Very clean, very friendly staff, and very friendly residents.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
See what life can be like at Cardinal View Senior Living. From our 5-Star restaurant-style dining room to our full theater, everyday is a gift waiting to be unwrapped.We train our staff to cater to your every need, providing an experience that seamlessly blends comfort, convenience, and care. Our...
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It's a beautiful facility and very clean. I liked the wide hallways and open spaces. The bathroom was very accessible. I liked the country setting with southern exposure. The head chef had been in the...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
The Koselig House Assisted Living and Memory CareNamed in honor of our owner's beloved Grandmother Marion, The Koselig House is the premiere provider of Assisted Living and Memory Care in DeForest, Wisconsin. Our team provides round-the-clock specialized care for seniors looking for assistance...
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We liked the experience at Cedarhurst of Verona. The staff was friendly and helpful. Great place for my dad. He enjoyed it up until the day he died. Overall the services cover everything the patient...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Cedarhurst of Verona is a senior living community located in Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin, a short drive southwest of Madison. The community features apartment-style living designed to offer residents a high degree of comfort and independence, all while they benefit from the support needed.The...
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They were AMAZING. My mom was not here very long, but they really treated her like their own. A few of the staff members cried just as hard as we did when she passed away. We knew that if for some reason...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Sienna Crest of Waunakee is a full service facility located in a small town of the heartland. We have caring staff with decades of combined experience that will treat your family like their own. Our friendly residents will welcome your loved one during our group activities and outings. Sienna...
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Very nice facility. The Director is excellent. My friend really enjoys the food and all of the interns. Everyone is very friendly and they do an excellent job with meds, laundry, social activities, and care...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Home Again's newest community in Waunakee is Now Open!This beautiful new location has many new unique features like an on-site chef, in-house beauty salon, movie theater, pub and entertainment center, lounge and coffee areas, private dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, wellness center, private meeting...
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My loved one was only here for 2 weeks for a respite stay. We choose the facility on based location and familiarity. They had good staff and good food, but they need more activities.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Within the doors of Heritage Monona, you'll find a warm and gentle community where daily assistance is provided with love and the utmost respect for the personal integrity of our residents. Our compassionate staff has been specially selected and carefully trained to serve with an open heart and a...
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I am very sure that working on a memory care unit is extremely difficult for staff. Staff have to be mind readers with the patience of a saint when dealing with folks with dementia who can be violent, angry,...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Welcome to Oak Park Place! Located on Madison's far east side, Oak Park Place offers options beyond traditional senior living for the lifestyle you or your loved one deserve. Imagine an all-inclusive list of amenities and services that support a carefree, independent way of life for residents...
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I would say that my experience had been very good. Cedarhurst is the place I visited that was the best. I would recommend to others.
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Cedarhurst of Madison provides truly person-directed care, taking the time to know and work with each resident as an individual and providing them with care that’s as unique as they are. In Assisted Living, our caring, compassionate staff, first-rate amenities, new community and welcoming,...
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Cleaning of residents apartments is sub-par. Even though the administrator states they do, the cleaning service they employ does no dusting, no cleaning mirrors, no bed sheet changing. It appears that all...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Heritage Middleton is an assisted living center offering senior citizens the opportunity to maintain their independence and enjoy their lifestyle. Heritage Middleton prides itself on providing luxurious and spacious apartments that feature large closets, private baths and modern conveniences....
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McFarland Villa is a really great place. The staff were all very nice and accommodating, and they put up with my loved one. He did not want to live this far away from his friends so he moved. I would...
Provides: Assisted Living
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
At McFarland Villa Assisted Living, we strive to provide each of our residents a caring, nurturing environment with dignified and respectful services at a special place that they are proud to call 'home'. We understand there is no greater comfort in life than being around people who care. Our...
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My loved one is currently a resident at Tennyson Retirement Living. Overall, the experience has been positive so far. Like everyone else, they have staffing challenges. But there seems to be some steadiness...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
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Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
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It was a vibrant and social community. A wide range of activities are provided. Some improvements that need to be done are new carpeting put in all found levels of apartments. New chairs are needed in the...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Welcome to the award-winning Sebring Assisted Care and Sebring Gardens Memory Care Residences! Sebring Assisted Care Residence is an integral part of Coventry Village, Madison's premier west-side retirement community.Coventry Village is dedicated to enabling each resident to maximize their...
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The staff there at Capitol Lakes Terraces are super! They are very welcoming, very caring, and very well organized. Their staff is very well trained and they really care and do a great job. The only...
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Capitol Lakes Terraces is an assisted living community located in the heart of the city of Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. Surrounded on both the north and south by Lake Mendota and Lake Monona, respectively, residents of Capitol Lakes Terraces enjoy one of the best views in the city, no matter...
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Senior Apartments: Senior apartments offer accessible, no-frills living for seniors who are generally active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
We are a Senior Property for ages 55 and better! Our location couldn't be more convenient... close to shopping and on the busline! Our newly updated and affordable apartments are designed for your comfort and convenience! Sherman Glen offers you everything you'll need for your independent...
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My parents really enjoy Renaissance place.
Provides: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Independent Living
Care types provided by this community
Assisted Living: Assisted living facilities offer housing and care for active seniors who may need support with activities of daily living, like bathing, dressing, and medication management.
Memory Care: Memory care facilities provide housing, care, and therapies for seniors who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia in an environment designed to reduce confusion and prevent wandering.
Independent Living: Independent living facilities offer convenient, hassle-free living in a social environment for seniors who are active, healthy, and able to live on their own.
Located in the Hill Farms neighborhood on Madison's West Side, Renaissance Senior Living of Hilldale offers Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. We strive to provide a lifestyle that promotes independence and the opportunity to live life at its fullest!Strategically designed with...
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What families are saying about independent living in Madison

Recent reviews for independent living in Madison

Brookdale Middleton Century Avenue

5.0
Thrilled with the care and attention my Mother received while at this Brookdale. It felt like I was pet of a family! The food is wonderful and I enjoyed that when visiting. They also have fun activities for residents and their family members. Thanks for all you did and I would highly suggest ...
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Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge Independent Living Apartments a CCRC in Madison, WI

4.0
The week day staff is compassionate and well trained and employed by Oakwood. The weekend staff is hired from an agency and the care and compassion is lacking. They are working on fixing this but claim there are not enough people interested in this type of work.

Milestone Senior Living Stoughton

4.0
The staff that is there are wonderful, they have done a great job given the circumstances but there is a high turnover rate outside of the day to day staff. The director is trying her best, but communication with the staff and families has started to lack. The life enrichment coordinator is ...
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Costs of independent living in the Madison area

According to A Place for Mom’s proprietary data, Madison independent living options cost an average of $3,725 a month in 2022, which includes rent, relevant service fee add-ons, and associated expenses.[02] However, these monthly costs can vary given the unit size a resident lives in as well as the extra amenities and services they choose.

Breaking down Madison’s independent living costs

In general, monthly independent living costs in Madison include a base monthly fee as well as additional fees that help seniors live by themselves without worrying about typical homeowner responsibilities. These might include gardening and lawn care services, appliance repairs, or regular home maintenance.

Additionally, independent living communities in Madison often offer residents the following amenities in their facilities as part of their monthly costs:

  • Arts and crafts center
  • Fireplaces
  • Fitness center
  • Game room
  • Movie or theater room
  • Private patio, deck, or balcony
  • Raised garden beds
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar or pub
  • Billiards lounge
  • Café or bistro
  • Complimentary transportation
  • Computer or media center
  • Indoor and outdoor common areas
  • Library
  • Meeting room
  • TV lounge
  • Wheelchair-accessible showers

Likewise, independent living communities in Madison might offer residents the choice to use additional services, such as beauty salons or covered parking, which may increase their monthly payments.

The following chart shows baseline costs for independent living in Madison, but it doesn’t include any additional fees.

Average monthly cost of Independent Living in Madison, WI vs. nearby cities

Madison, WI

$4,019/mo

Kegonsa, WI

$3,904/mo

Waunakee, WI

$3,920/mo

How people pay for independent living in Madison

Residents looking for a Madison-based independent living experience have a variety of options to help finance their stay. Tenants can pay using private options, Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, or public resources.

In this section, we’ll cover different private and public payment options and will detail the types of in-home care that could be covered for independent living residents under Medicaid and Medicare.

Private pay methods in Madison

Potential independent living residents are welcome to pay their fees using private funding.

Long-term care insurance will not pay residents’ independent living costs given that they’re not senior care facilities and don’t include care fees within their monthly costs. Instead, tenants can tap into their personal savings, leverage Social Security benefits, cash out their pensions, or use investment returns to secure their spot in an independent living community.

Besides this, the following options are also available for residents trying to finance their own independent living stays in Madison:

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VA benefits for independent living in Madison
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Approximately 9,689 veterans live in Madison as of 2021.

Roughly 50% of Madison veterans are 65 or older as of 2021.

If you’re a veteran seeking independent living options in Madison, there are a variety of specialized financial options to consider that could help you fund independent living.

Aid and Attendance benefit

First, any veteran applying for placement in an independent living community partnered with A Place for Mom should look into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Aid and Attendance benefit. This benefit is especially generous, and it can increase funds to a veteran’s Pension that could help pay for in-home health care services that improve their quality of life.[04]

Resources for veterans in Wisconsin

Wisconsin offers the following state-specific benefits and resources veterans can take advantage of:

Assistance from local experts

Given their complexity, these benefits can sometimes be difficult to navigate. The following resources in Madison can be helpful:

  • Veterans services offices can provide a helpful hand for veterans looking into both VA and local resources to fund their independent living stays. Appointments at the Dane County Veterans Service Office are recommended. Wednesdays are held for walk-in appointments.
  • The Veterans of Foreign Wars office offers claims and assistance programs and opportunities to apply for unmet needs.
  • The Severson-Cairns American Legion Post in Madison can provide direction and additional assistance depending on their programs and offerings.

No matter whether you think you’ll qualify for benefits, be sure to contact vetted and VA-recognized VSOs before applying for independent living in Madison.

Resources for Madison Veterans

VSOs and veteran resources in Madison

Dane County Veterans Service Office

1709 Aberg Ave., Suite 2

Madison, WI 53704

Phone: 608-266-4158

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Wisconsin

4622 Dutch Mill Road

Madison, WI 53716

Phone: 608-221-2576

Veterans of Foreign Wars Day Post 7591

301 Cottage Grove Road

Madison, WI 53716

Phone: 608-221-9326

Severson-Cairns American Legion Post 501

105 Dempsey Road

Madison, WI 53614

Phone: 608-244-7716

Madison Medicaid for independent living

Medicaid is a health insurance program for lower-income Americans. Although the program doesn’t cover living costs at an independent living facility, Wisconsin Medicaid will pay for medically necessary health services in recipients’ residences.[05] This care is provided via waivers from Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).

For a closer look, you can view the highly comprehensive Wisconsin Medicaid eligibility handbook. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services also offers a Job Center to assist residents trying to discern their Medicaid eligibility.

Additional Medicaid resources

Madison offers the following local resources:

  • Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program is helpful for residents 65 and older who are in need of prescription medication assistance. The cost is $30 annually, and assistance is based on income. Applicants can sign up for this program either the month of their 65th birthday or after they turn 65.
  • Wisconsin’s Board on Aging and Long-Term Care and corresponding Ombudsman Program — as well as the local Area Agency on Aging — are available for seniors and their loved ones who have aging-related inquiries or questions about elder rights.
  • Seniors can find help determining their eligibility for benefits at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Job Center.

Madison resident Medicaid resources

Local Medicaid services

Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Job Center

1819 Aberg Ave.

Madison, WI 53704

Phone: 888-794-5556

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Board on Aging and Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

1402 Pankratz St., Suite 111

Madison, WI 53704

Phone: 800-815-0015

Dane County Area Agency on Aging

2865 N. Sherman Ave., Northside Town Center

Madison WI, 53704

Phone: 608-261-9930

Email: AAA@countyofdane.com

Office hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Medicare independent living coverage in Madison

Federal health insurance for people 65 and over is called Medicare. Seniors looking for ways to help cover the cost of Madison independent living communities need to know that Medicare doesn’t provide payment for custodial costs in these facilities, which includes room and board. However, the program does cover medical costs such as dental visits, medically necessary equipment, and hospital visits. Seniors can call or visit the Madison Social Security Administration Office to help determine their Medicare eligibility.

Wisconsin offers additional Medicare resources such as the following:

  • Wisconsin’s Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program is a Medicare Savings Program that helps qualified seniors cover their premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance.
  • My Choice Wisconsin offers five statewide programs available to seniors that focus on long-term care and health services. Seniors can apply over the phone, in person, or by mailing in an application.
  • Residents in need of extra assistance can reach out to Wisconsin’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors for individual advice related to Medicare payment, enrollment, and eligibility. SHIP counselors can be reached by phone via the Medigap Helpline or Medigap Part ​D and Prescription Drug Helpline.
  • To get in-person guidance in the Madison area, visit the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County.
  • Wisconsin’s Board on Aging and Long-Term Care has an Ombudsman Program that helps answer questions about aging and elder rights.

Resources for Madison Medicare recipients

Medicare-related assistance offices

Madison Social Security Administration Office

6011 Odana Road

Madison, WI 53719

Phone: 866-770-2262

Fax: 833-950-3737

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Dane County

2865 N Sherman Ave.

Madison, WI 53704

Phone: 608-240-7400

Fax: 608-240-7401

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Board on Aging and Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

1402 Pankratz St., Suite 111

Madison, WI 53704

Phone: 800-815-0015

Understand Madison laws and regulations for independent living communities

Independent living facilities in Wisconsin do not have licensing or inspection requirements. However, seniors with a disability are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. This act also allows for the exception of a service animal in independent living apartments that don’t accept pets.

Additionally, independent living communities that also provide more dedicated in-house care are typically overseen by Wisconsin’s Division of Quality Assurance. To see surveys performed on senior care facilities by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, you can use this portal.

Within Madison, A Place for Mom partners with two combination assisted living and independent living facilities and four more facilities that provide assisted living, independent living and memory care. Because of these additional care components, these facilities do have licensing and inspection requirements that are overseen by the Bureau of Assisted Living within the Division of Quality Assurance.

Wisconsin Department of Health

1 W Wilson St.

Madison, WI 53703

Phone: 608-266-1865

Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

COVID-19 regulations for Madison independent living communities

Madison and Wisconsin don’t have strict COVID-19 guidelines, but the state adheres to the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s overarching guidance. Here are some more specific guidelines:

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Vaccinations. Madison doesn’t have strict regulations around COVID-19. However, vaccines and boosters are recommended. Madison does subscribe to the guidelines approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Be sure to check with the specific communities you’re considering for additional information.

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Masking. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recommends masking in specific situations, like in health care settings requiring masks and for 10 days following COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.

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Quarantining. The state encourages residents to remain at home if they have COVID-19, are dealing with symptoms associated with the illness, or have been exposed.

Get to know independent living in Madison

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3.5/5.0 average in-network rating
100% of partner communities offer on-site activities
88% of communities offer pet-friendly services
50% of partner communities offer Hoyer lifts
25% of partner communities offer an on-site physician (or comparable offering)
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Number of people we’ve referred to Madison independent living communities in 2022

81%

Average age of residents we’ve referred to Madison independent living communities

87.5%

87.5% of facilities are pet friendly

What to expect from independent living in Madison

In Madison’s independent living facilities, residents can get the perks of home in a more convenient and social atmosphere. Things like maintenance and yard work are of no concern to residents. With age limits, usually at least 55+, you can expect a relaxing atmosphere with plenty of extras to enjoy.

A variety of options for Madison’s independent living residents

Madison’s independent living residents may find convenience in the form of these types of perks:[02]

  •  On-site barber shops and beauty salons
  •  Complimentary transportation
  •  Wi-Fi and high-speed internet
  •  Private decks or patios
  •  Swimming pools

Likewise, many independent living facilities in Madison equip residents with these great amenities:

  •  Full kitchens
  •  Bathtubs and wheelchair-accessible showers
  •  Fitness centers
  •  Movie rooms or theaters

There’s also no shortage of opportunities to connect with fellow seniors in bright and social facility common areas:

  •  TV rooms
  •  Garden beds
  •  Dedicated meeting rooms
  •  Game rooms
  •  Billiards lounges
  •  Libraries

Communities providing many types of senior care

Although two of the eight independent living facilities partnered with A Place for Mom in Madison offer this kind of living experience alone, there are also two combination assisted living and independent living facilities in Madison as well as four communities offering assisted living, independent living, and memory care.[02] These combination facilities can ensure a continuity of care for residents. Essentially, this means that you can continue living in the community as your care needs change, which may help ease concerns if there’s uncertainty about future needs.

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Unfamiliar with Madison? Highlights for seniors

36,271

Number of seniors over the age of 65 currently living in Madison as of 2021

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Percentage of seniors 65 and older within the Madison population in 2021

$25,775

Median annual Social Security income for Madison seniors 65 and older in 2021

Health care for seniors in Madison

General and geriatric medicine in Madison is primarily done within two major medical centers, along with the VA hospital.

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University Hospital in Madison

University Hospital in Madison is the No. 1 health care provider in the city. It’s also the 35th best hospital in the nation for geriatric care.

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SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Madison is the second-best hospital in the Madison area and the sixth-best hospital in the state. It’s a high-performing provider of lung surgery, spinal fusions, stroke care, and more.

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William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans’ Hospital

Madison’s VA hospital received the highest national award for patient experience in 2022. The hospital offers a wide variety of care, including cancer, cardiology, emergency, mental health, neurology, orthopedics, primary care, transplant surgery and social work.

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Transportation for seniors in Madison

Got somewhere to go in Madison? If so, you have any number of ways to get there in Wisconsin’s capital city.

Do you like to get places by road? Admittedly, Madison is a city best traveled in a car — and 75% of independent living facilities partnered with A Place for Mom offer complimentary transportation to residents.[02] This offers residents an easy way to go grocery shopping, run other errands, attend events, or go to the doctor.

Additionally, there are plenty of public transportation options in Madison as well as ample biking infrastructure for more active residents.

Public transportation in Madison

On Madison’s Metro Transit, passengers can travel throughout the city on accessible low-floor buses. Passengers 65 and older or living with disabilities can ride for just $1 if they present an Americans with Disabilities Act-approved transit card or Metro senior/disability card.

With paratransit, patrons unable to take fixed-route buses on a regular basis can traverse the city, and Group Access Service provides regularly scheduled drop-offs to places of interest in the community.

Other transportation options

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program provides door-to-door pickups and drop-offs for seniors needing rides to health appointments, and Madison’s Older Adult Transportation Assistance program allows seniors to travel independently while making critical appointments and meetings.

Biking in Madison

For bikers, not too many cities in the nation can top Madison — it’s ranked the 11th-best biking town in the country.[07] If you fancy a pedal, check out the Lake Monona Loop or a popular urban route.

The WalkScore metrics below are rated out of 100, with higher numbers meaning that a location is more walkable. It also gives additional insight into how well people can get around the city using different transportation methods:[08]

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Walk Score

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Transit Score

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66

Bike Score

Senior activities in Madison

Madison is a midsize city providing a balance of nature, history, arts, and culture — meaning there are a variety of things to do for seniors and their loved ones searching for engaging experiences.

Historical places of interest

Madison has a rich history and plenty of attractions that will appeal to wide range of interests:

Art and architecture

Take in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, whose architectural splendor can be seen at the Monona Terrace and Taliesin. For more traditional art experiences, look into the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Nature

For arboreal beauty, make a stop at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens’ 16 acres of greenery, check out one of the city’s many biking trails, or visit Henry Vilas Zoo, which is still free to the public.

Senior-focused activities

For more senior-specific things to do, the Madison Senior Center and Sharing Active Independent Lives each supply plenty of indoor and outdoor engagement for interested seniors. To learn more, check out their respective event calendars.

Seniors can also attend workshops at the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging or dance classes at Ballroom Basics for Balance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Holiday Middleton, The Waterford at Fitchburg and Park Glen Apartments are the top-rated Independent Living facilities near Madison, WI. These Independent Living facilities received the highest rankings based on verified family reviews. See full list of communities.

The average cost of Independent Living in Madison is 4019.01 per month. This cost may vary based on location, amenities, floorplan, level of care and other factors.

References

  1. WalletHub. (2022). Best & Worst Places to Retire.

  2. A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

  3. United States Census Bureau. (2021). Population Estimates 2021: Madison, Wisconsin [Data set].

  4. United States Department of Veterans Affairs. (2022, October 12). VA Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance.

  5. Benefits.gov. (n.d.). Wisconsin Medicaid.

  6. U.S. News and World Report. (2023). Best Hospitals in Madison, WI.

  7. LawnStarter. (2022, May 25). 2022’s Best Biking Cities in the U.S.

  8. Walk Score. (2023). Living in Madison.

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WalletHub. (2022). Best & Worst Places to Retire.

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A Place for Mom. (2023). A Place for Mom proprietary data.

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United States Census Bureau. (2021). Population Estimates 2021: Madison, Wisconsin [Data set].

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United States Department of Veterans Affairs. (2022, October 12). VA Aid and Attendance benefits and Housebound allowance.

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Benefits.gov. (n.d.). Wisconsin Medicaid.

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U.S. News and World Report. (2023). Best Hospitals in Madison, WI.

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LawnStarter. (2022, May 25). 2022’s Best Biking Cities in the U.S.

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Walk Score. (2023). Living in Madison.