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Expert Senior Living Advisors from A Place for Mom can help direct you to Independent Living communities. Together, we will find the perfect fit for your loved one; and we will provide direction and support as needed. We partner with 47 Independent Living communities in WI and the surrounding area, so there are many options to choose from. A Place for Mom is the largest senior living referral service in North America, and we can help you make a good choice at no cost to you.

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  • McAuley Apartments

    McAuley Apartments

    1018 E Knapp St, Milwaukee, WI 53202
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    McAuley Apartments offer affordable housing apartments as well as market rate apartments. Located on Milwaukee’s Lower East side, McAuley Apartments is blocks away from Lake Michigan. The area provides seasonally changing scenery plus hiking and biking trails, tennis courts and all the city...

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  • Eastcastle Place

    Eastcastle Place

    2505 E Bradford Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211
    (13)
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    For 135 years and counting, Eastcastle Place has been a beautifully welcoming senior living community in the heart of Milwaukee’s East Side. What makes life rich is all within reach — from the lake and your favorite spots on Downer Avenue to the friend next door who shares your love of life. With...

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  • Bria of Trinity Village

    Bria of Trinity Village

    7300 W Dean Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53223
    (11)
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    Trinity Village is a leader in senior living offering a complete spectrum of care and lifestyle choices on a single campus. Part independent living, part assisted living, part skilled nursing and part transitional care, we offer a tiered approach to the aging process, accommodating the changing...

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  • Brewery Point Apartments

    1244 N 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205
    (3)
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    Brewery Point Apartments is a modern senior housing community located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin in Milwaukee County. Our convenient location in the downtown Milwaukee area means great views of the city skyline for our residents, and convenient accommodations for visiting friends...

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  • Greenwich Park

    2353 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
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  • Alexian Village of Milwaukee Independent Living

    9301 N 76th St, Milwaukee, WI 53223
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  • Hart Park Square

    Hart Park Square

    6600 W. River Parkway, Wauwatosa, WI 53213
    (7)
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    Hart Park Square is a Laureate Group senior living community located in the heart of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. You’ll experience the peaceful tranquility along beautiful River Parkway, yet you’re minutes away from Tosa Village shops, restaurants, grocery stores, parks, and churches. Our community has...

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  • Howard Village

    Howard Village

    2500 E. Howard Avenue, St. Francis, WI 53235
    (15)
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    Howard Village is a Laureate Group senior living community in St. Francis, Wisconsin. Many people at Howard Village come from the communities on Milwaukee’s South Shore, choosing to stay in the area where they have worked, raised their families, and maintained their close friends. It’s an active...

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  • Thompson Meadows

    3120 E. Norwich Avenue, Saint Francis, WI 53235
    (4)
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    Thompson Meadows is an apartment community designed for seniors 55 and older. We offer spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. We are located in a quiet area close to shopping. Heat, air conditioning and hot water are included in the rent. Pets are welcome. (Some restrictions do apply). Thompson...

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  • Noble Senior Living at West Allis

    Noble Senior Living at West Allis

    7400 W Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI 53214
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    Noble Senior Living at West Allis is an assisted living and memory care community located just east of Interstates 94 and 894, in the heart of downtown West Allis, Wisconsin, and 15 minutes from downtown Milwaukee. West Allis is the home of Allis-Chalmers and the Wisconsin State Fair Park. Noble...

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  • Library Square

    Library Square

    1820 South 75th Street, West Allis, WI 53214
    (13)
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    Library Square is a Laureate Group senior living community in West Allis, Wisconsin. With friendly neighbors such as the West Allis Public Library, the West Allis Senior Center, and the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, seniors can enjoy numerous lifestyle activities in our community or around the West...

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  • Laurel Oaks

    Laurel Oaks

    1700 W. Bender Rd., Glendale, WI 53209
    (4)
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    Laurel Oaks is a Laureate Group senior living community in a quiet Glendale, Wisconsin neighborhood. Those who live in our community experience a Milwaukee North Shore lifestyle with the convenience and peace of mind that a senior living community setting offers. Choose to easily explore the...

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  • Luther Manor: A Life Plan Community

    Luther Manor: A Life Plan Community

    4545 N. 92nd Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53225
    (12)
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    Luther Manor’s Wauwatosa Life Plan Community offers a wide range of programs and services including Independent Living, Supportive Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation, Memory Care, Hospice Care, and an Adult Day Program. We know you have options. We are grateful that you’re...

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  • Hickory Park

    Hickory Park

    3933 S Prairie Hill Lane, Greenfield, WI 53228
    (33)
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    Hickory Park Independent & Assisted Living in Greenfield, WI, is in the center of the action in Milwaukee County. Bordering on Hales Corners, Greendale, West Allis, New Berlin and Franklin, this thriving village is the fourth largest community in Milwaukee County. Minutes away from shopping,...

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  • Harbour Village

    Harbour Village

    5700 Mockingbird Lane, Greendale, WI 53129
    (73)
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    Harbour Village is a senior living community in Greendale, Wisconsin that provides independent living, assisted living and memory care services to senior citizens. With a convenient location just outside Milwaukee, Harbour Village retirement community in Greendale offers independent living, assisted...

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  • Layton Terrace

    Layton Terrace

    9200 West Layton Avenue, Greenfield, WI 53228
    (15)
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    Layton Terrace is a Laureate Group senior living community committed to serving those in Greenfield, Wisconsin. Many throughout Southeastern Milwaukee come to Layton Terrace because it’s in the heart of it all — 84SOUTH and Southridge Mall for shopping and restaurants, nearby beautiful parks, and...

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  • Algonquin Manor

    Algonquin Manor

    5005 W Bradley Road, Brown Deer, WI 53223
    (2)
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    Algonquin Manor is an independent senior living community which provides one and two bedroom apartment homes for seniors who are 55 and better. Algonquin contains 80 luxurious apartment homes ranging approximately 670 to 790 square feet for a one bedroom to approximately 950 to 1050 square feet for...

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  • Congregational Home Inc.

    Congregational Home Inc.

    13900 W Burleigh Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005
    (3)
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    Congregational Home is a non-profit, faith-based Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offering a Rare Full Continuum of Care for seniors: Short-Term Subacute Rehabilitation, Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing Home Care and Hospice Care – all under one roof. We...

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  • Marquette Manor

    Marquette Manor

    2409 10th Ave, South Milwaukee, WI 53172
    (2)
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    Marquette Manor is an independent senior living community which provides one and two bedroom apartment homes for seniors who are 62 AND BETTER. Marquette Manor contains 74 luxurious apartment homes. Each home has large closet areas, telephone and cable television hook-ups, and air conditioning. Best...

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  • Parkwood Highlands Apartments 55+

    Parkwood Highlands Apartments 55+

    13800 West Park Central Blvd, New Berlin, WI 53151
    (6)
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    Parkwood Highlands is conveniently located in New Berlin, WI, and offers a variety of spacious one and two bedroom apartments and townhomes for Active Seniors age 55 or better with some reserved for moderate income seniors. Our community offers all the amenities of suburban living with the...

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  • Clare Meadows Senior Apartments

    Clare Meadows Senior Apartments

    7700 S. 51st Street, Franklin, WI 53132
    (7)
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    Clare Meadows Senior Apartments has independent living and offers 135 luxurious, income-eligible or market-rate senior apartment homes. Call or email and schedule a tour today! Floor plans are available in one- or two-bedroom layouts, ranging from 640-1,080 sf in size. Professional on-site managers...

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  • New Perspective Senior Living | North Shore

    New Perspective Senior Living | North Shore

    8875 N 60th St, Brown Deer, WI 53223
    (19)
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    Founded in 1998, New Perspective Senior Living (NPSL) is a family owned company that operates and develops Senior Living Communities throughout the Midwest. Our foundational belief—that all seniors deserve attentive, personalized, respectful care that support Living Life with Purpose and aging with...

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  • Meadowmere & Mitchell Manor Oak Creek

    Meadowmere & Mitchell Manor Oak Creek

    701 East Puetz Road, Oak Creek, WI 53154
    (10)
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    We are conveniently located near Oak Creek High School and in close proximity to fine restaurants and shopping. Whether you are living at Meadowmere, Mitchell Manor or ManorPointe, we understand the uniqueness of each resident and promote continued independence through individualized service...

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  • The Waters of Oak Creek

    The Waters of Oak Creek

    S 8000 Market Street, Oak Creek, WI 53154
    (1)
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    The Waters of Oak Creek opened in June 2019. The community features 136 apartment homes within an elegantly designed 4-story building located in the Drexel Town Square development in Oak Creek, WI. We offer Independent Senior Living, Assisted Living (RCAC) and Memory Care (CBRF.) The Waters of Oak...

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  • Village at the Falls

    Village at the Falls

    W129 N6889 Northfield Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
    (34)
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    Village at the Falls provides a fulfilling, independent lifestyle in a welcoming environment. Village at the Falls was built in 2005 in pleasant Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the state's largest village. In the shadow of the beautiful Menomonee River, and with all the big-city attractions of...

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  • Cornerstone of Oak Creek

    Cornerstone of Oak Creek

    155 W Sunnyview Dr, Oak Creek, WI 53154
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    Cornerstone of Oak Creek is a 36-apartment assisted-living residence that has been serving the Oak Creek, Wisconsin community for more than 20 years. Through the passionate pursuit of excellent care and superior service, we help make the your treasured years fulfilling, purposeful and enjoyable...

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  • Foresthill Highlands Apartments 55+

    Foresthill Highlands Apartments 55+

    8930 W Highland Park Ave, #109, Franklin, WI 53132
    (4)
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    Foresthill Highlands is conveniently located in Franklin, WI, and offers a variety of spacious one and two bedroom apartments for Active Seniors age 55 or better with some reserved for moderate income seniors. Our community offers all the amenities of suburban living with the convenience of on-site...

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  • ProHealth Care Regency Senior Communities - B

    ProHealth Care Regency Senior Communities - B

    777 North Brookfield Road, Brookfield, WI 53045
    (23)
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    ProHealth Care Regency Senior Communities - B is an assisted living community located in Brookfield, Wisconsin in Waukesha county. Remaining independent during senior years is easy when living at ProHealth Care Regency Senior Communities - B. Seniors of the community live just two blocks away from...

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  • Ovation Sarah Chudnow

    Ovation Sarah Chudnow

    10995 N. Market Street, Mequon, WI 53092
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    The Sarah Chudnow Community offers asssisted living situated in a 19-acre park-like environment in Mequon, Wisconsin, located in Ozaukee County. Our residents enjoy the country club setting surrounded by beautiful woodland and meadow. We offer apartments for seniors who want assisted living, and...

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  • Highlands at Riverwalk Apartments 55+

    Highlands at Riverwalk Apartments 55+

    10954 N. Cedarburg Rd, Mequon, WI 53092
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    The Highlands at Riverwalk, conveniently located in Mequon, WI, offers multiple styles of spacious one and two bedroom apartments to Active Seniors age 55 or better. Our community lies in a beautiful park-like setting, with a walking path to the Milwaukee River. Enjoy the convenience of nearby...

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  • Menomonee Place

    Menomonee Place

    N84 W17147 Menomonee Ave, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
    (49)
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    Our senior living community in Menomonee Falls, WI, is a warm, lively environment where our residents get compassionate care and help with their daily routine. We develop individual care plans to meet the needs of each resident, and a full-time registered nurse is available 24 hours a day to provide...

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  • Brookfield Highlands Apartments 55+

    Brookfield Highlands Apartments 55+

    20825 George Hunt Circle, 708, Brookfield, WI 53186
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    Brookfield Highlands is conveniently located in Waukesha, WI, and offers a variety of spacious one and two bedroom apartments for Active Seniors age 55 or better. Our community offers all the amenities of suburban living with the convenience of on-site walking trails, nearby shopping and...

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  • Wildwood Highlands Apartments 55+

    Wildwood Highlands Apartments 55+

    N78 W17445 Wildwood Dr, 408, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
    (9)
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    Wildwood Highlands is conveniently located in Menomonee Falls, WI, and offers a variety of spacious one and two bedroom apartments and townhomes for Active Seniors age 55 or better. Our community offers all the amenities of suburban living with the convenience of on-site walking trails, nearby...

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  • Highlands at Wildwood Lake Apartments 55+

    N77W17700 Lake Park Dr, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
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    Highlands at Wildwood Lake is conveniently located in Menomonee Falls, WI, and offers a variety of spacious one and two bedroom apartments for Active Seniors age 55 or better. Our community offers all the amenities of suburban living with the convenience of on-site walking trails around our lake,...

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  • The Arboretum

    The Arboretum

    W180 N7890 Town Hall Rd., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051
    (7)
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    Nestled on 16 acres of beautiful wooded land, The Arboretum provides studio, one and two bedroom independent and assisted living apartments. Awake, on duty staff 24 hours a day, an emergency call system and morning/evening check in service provide peace of mind. You will appreciate the many...

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  • Heritage of Muskego

    Heritage of Muskego

    S64 W13780 Janesville Road, Muskego, WI 53150
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    Heritage Muskego is a state-of-the-art 108-unit community on Janesville Road that offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Enhanced Assisted Living and Memory Care, allowing residents to age in place as their health care needs change. Opened in 2018, Heritage Muskego’s high-end units come...

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  • ProHealth Care Regency Senior Communities - Muskego

    ProHealth Care Regency Senior Communities - Muskego

    W181 S8540 Lodge Boulevard, Muskego, WI 53150
    (16)
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    Regency — Muskego is conveniently located near the intersection of Racine Avenue and Woods Road. Situated on 32 scenic acres and offering a private 3 acre lake, patios, gazebo and woods lining the campus, we offer full-service senior living with continuing care for mature adults aged 55 and...

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  • Oak Hill Terrace

    Oak Hill Terrace

    1805 Kensington Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
    (10)
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    Oak Hill Terrace is a Laureate Group community for senior living in Waukesha, Wisconsin. You’ll feel like you’re part of a friendly neighborhood when you walk into Oak Hill Terrace. With easy access to the Fox River Sanctuary and the Glacial Drumlin Trail, we’re a close-knit community woven into the...

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  • The Providence Place a CCRC

    The Providence Place a CCRC

    815 Washington Street, Grafton, WI 53024
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    The Providence Place is a new, independent senior living facility built on a six-acre parcel of land located at 815 Washington Avenue Grafton, WI. We invite you to call for a personal tour!

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  • Heritage Lake Country

    Heritage Lake Country

    2975 Village Square Drive, Hartland, WI 53029
    (7)
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    Heritage Lake Country in Hartland offers a wide array of community services and modern amenities. Our goal is to provide inspiration for active lifestyles, engaging the mind and spirit with an abundance of choices and social opportunities with our utmost respect. Independent, Assisted, Enhanced...

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  • Maple Crest Apartments

    Maple Crest Apartments

    922 Sunset Road, Port Washington, WI 53074
    (2)
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    Maple Crest Apartments are settled comfortably in Wisconsin's Ozaukee County - more specifically, Port Washington, WI. Many people are more familiar with Milwaukee however, which is approximately 25 miles south; Chicago, Illinois being approximately 110 miles south as well. Maple Crest is...

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  • Forest View Manor

    Forest View Manor

    W194 N16744 Eagle Drive, Jackson, WI 53037
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    Forest View Manor is a 20-room assisted-living residence that has been operating in the Jackson, WI community for more than 13 years. Through the passionate pursuit of excellent care and superior service, we help make the treasured years of our residents fulfilling, purposeful and enjoyable through...

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  • Jackson Crossings

    Jackson Crossings

    N168 W22022 Main Street, Jackson, WI 53037
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    Jackson Crossings is a retirement community designed to make the most of a naturally beautiful setting. Surrounded by lush landscaping, our waterfront location opens up a world of natural wonder and surprises. The Northwoods Resort atmosphere is evident throughout. Stone and timber construction,...

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  • Harbor Campus

    Harbor Campus

    333 W Walters St, Port Washington, WI 53074
    (5)
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    Premier Senior Living Facility located on 12 acres in the heart of Scenic Port Washington, Wisconsin.  We offer 60 independent apartments with 15 different floor plans to choose from ranging from 570 to 1480 sq. ft., some with Lake Michigan views.  We also offer 70 class C CBRF suites with 5...

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  • ProHealth Care Regency Senior Communities - New Berlin

    13750 W. National Ave., New Berlin, WI 53151
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    Regency New Berlin's 31 acre campus is ideally situated, midway between Waukesha and Milwaukee, close to many stores, restaurants and entertainment choices.  The campus'  innovative floor plan is interconnected and user friendly with multi levels of care available.You'll find every...

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  • Hotel Lifestyle Senior Living - Brookfield

    Hotel Lifestyle Senior Living - Brookfield

    1005 S Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005
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  • Parkview Gardens

    5321 Douglas Avenue, Racine, WI 53402
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Independent Living in Milwaukee, WI

Independent living communities, also known simply as retirement communities in Milwaukee, WI, are for seniors who are capable of living on their own without any daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of Milwaukee retirement communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

The median monthly cost of independent living in Milwaukee is about $2,850 within the city proper, and $2,406 in the metropolitan area. The median monthly cost for independent living in the state of Wisconsin is around $2,034.

For this type of senior living, Milwaukee, WI offers many great options, and A Place for Mom can help you find the right one.

Cost of Living in Milwaukee, WI

A city on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee combines waterfront views with active, constantly expanding nightlife and culture. Recently named the “Coolest City in the Midwest” by Vogue, Milwaukee cost of living remains low, despite recent bursts of urban development. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Cost-of-living index Grocery index Median rent Rent burden Median home value Median family income Estate tax
90 91 $1,061 21.4% spend over 30% of their income on rent $115,152 $38,289 No estate tax or inheritance tax

Local Medical Providers

The Milwaukee region has several highly-rated hospitals, and the following are often ranked among the best in the area:

  • Mayo Clinic Health System Prairie du Chien - This Mayo Clinic location holds a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and was named Best Hospital statewide and regionally by U.S. News & World Report. Services include audiology, orthopedics, diabetes care, and cardiology.
  • Ascension St. Francis Hospital - This community is known for its Accredited Chest Pain Center and Certified Stroke Center. Other specialty areas encompass cancer care, orthopedics, and a 24/7-staffed emergency community. The hospital also emphasizes its large staff of more than 700 doctors.
  • ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital - This 262-bed community focuses on specialty areas like spine and nervous system care, cancer rehabilitation, stroke care, and heart and vascular treatment.

Climate and Weather

The climate of Milwaukee, WI is considered hot-summer humid continental. Residents can expect four distinct seasons, with warm summers and cold winters. On average, the humidity level for Milwaukee is 71%. This number peaks in December, with 75% humidity.

Seasonal Temperatures

Average summer temp Typical summer high Typical summer low Average winter temp Typical winter high Typical winter low
71°F 84°F (July) 57°F (July) 26°F 37°F (December) 16°F (January)

Air Quality

Average air quality index rating Average maximum air quality index rating
48 (Good) 63 in December (Moderate)

Moderate conditions mean that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should consider limiting the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.

Precipitation

Average monthly precipitation Average maximum monthly precipitation Average yearly snowfall
3” 5” (June) 45”

Demographics and Values

Milwaukee leans liberal, and has been a long-standing Democratic stronghold. The technology, healthcare, and brewing industries thrive within the city. Rockwell Automation, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, and Roundy’s -- a subsidy of Kroger -- have established themselves as leading employers. ManpowerGroup Global, a fortune 500 company and the third-largest staffing agency in the nation, is headquartered in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee is a majority-minority area with a rich, diverse cultural makeup. The city has a local chapter of the NAACP, as well as an involved and passionate Black Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the Bronzeville Week celebration pays homage to Black businesses and encourages community support. The Wisconsin Black Historical Society Museum chronicles the history and accomplishments of the city’s pivotal, Black leaders. The city’s Juneteenth festival stands out as one of the nation’s most exuberant.

Milwaukee’s South Side overflows with Latin restaurants, including specialties like Cuban and Peruvian cuisine. The Mexican Fiesta occurs annually over three days in August, bringing street food, mariachi bands, and traditional dancers. The Latino Arts program uplifts music, visual art, literature, and other works that reflect Hispanic culture. The Mexican Consulate dedicates itself to community outreach, health care, education, and financial services.

The Jewish Museum Milwaukee traces Jewish experiences and influences throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. The institution regularly hosts events to celebrate the Jewish community, including a Lunch & Learn book club series.

2016 Presidential Election Results for Milwaukee County

Voted Democratic Voted Republican Voted Third Party
65.48% 28.58% 5.93%

Population Statistics

Population Population density Population trend
590,000 2,389 people per square mile Shrinking at a rate of -0.32% since 2010

Age

Median 55+ 60+ 70+ 80+
31 21% 8% 4% 3%

Highest Level of Education

High-school diploma College degree Graduate degree
30% 24% 8%

Race & Ethnicity

Asian Black Hispanic Native American Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian White Two or more
4.3% 38.8% 18.4% 0.6% <1% 44.6% 4%

Crime

Property crimes per 1,000 citizens Violent crimes per 1,000 citizens
39 16

Miscellaneous

Unemployed Participate in the labor force Have some form of disability Live in poverty Widows Veterans
9% 65% 14% 27% 5% 5%

Milwaukee is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. This means that members of the community are accepted by the general public and can actively participate in public life without fear of bigotry. The Advocate named Milwaukee “the most underappreciated gay Mecca in the U.S.,” backed by resources like the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center and Sanctuary Restaurants, a long list of eateries focused on creating a safe, affirming atmosphere. The Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival spans four days each year, while PrideFest packs three days of comedy, discussion, and rousing drag performances.

Arts, Culture, Entertainment, and Recreation

Milwaukee has been a leader in the craft beer and brewing industry since the 19th century. This tradition continues today, with both major beer companies -- like Miller -- and clusters of lively, independent gastropubs contributing to the beer lover’s paradise. Lakefront Brewery, one of the premiere producers of organic and gluten-free beer, presents waterfront views, in contrast to the landlocked, cobblestone locale of the Historic Pabst Brewery. This versatility transcends across Milwaukee’s many breweries, making for an eclectic tour.

Milwaukee derives much of its charm from its natural, lakeshore surroundings. The Milwaukee RiverWalk District, the city’s main pedestrian walkway, combines these gorgeous views with quirky, local commerce. The North Point Lighthouse is an iconic staple of Milwaukee architecture and sightseeing, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Visitors can oversee a grand, panoramic expanse, as well as explore a maritime museum. Lake Park, Boerner Botanical Gardens, Mequon Nature Preserve, and many other wildlife havens ensure nature enthusiasts plenty to explore. The city has a notable, 185-acre Audubon Nature Center that strives to provide meaningful interaction with the environment.

Additionally, the city flaunts a renowned museum scene. The Milwaukee Art museum contains 31,000 works, with a focus on German Expressionism, Haitian art, and American art. Milwaukee Public Museum enriches visitors’ historical knowledge, displaying the largest-known dinosaur skull, and permanent exhibitions on Africa, Asia, Europe, the Arctic, Middle America, and the Costa Rican Rainforest. Among the city’s more off-the-wall treasures are the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts, and the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Transportation

Many people living in Milwaukee count walking among their primary modes of transportation, as the city ranks 13th most walkable in the nation. The 2-mile streetcar connects some of Milwaukee’s most popular neighborhoods, in addition to a more wide-ranging, ADA-accessible bus system. The Milwaukee Intermodal Station has 14 daily Amtrak departures, making for easy getaways to cities like Chicago and Minneapolis.

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