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COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Milwaukee

For assisted living communities, COVID-19 rules and regulations are typically set at the state level. You can view specific rules on our guide to assisted living in WI. These rules change often, and many communities have policies in place that go above and beyond what’s required by the state, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more.

How to Pay for Assisted Living in Milwaukee

Assisted living facilities in Milwaukee charge $5,324 for services, which is considerably higher than state and national respective rates of $4,600 and $4,500.

Assisted Living in Milwaukee vs. Nearby Cities 

With assisted living rates at $5,324 per month, Milwaukee is the costliest surveyed city in Milwaukee for this level of care. In Oshkosh, fees are lower at $5,157, and in Racine, fees are lower but still high compared to state and national medians at $5,450. Seniors in Sheboygan pay $4,625 for services, and in Fond du Lac, rates are among the lowest in the state at $4,175.

  • Milwaukee: $5,324
  • Wisconsin: $4,600
  • United States: $4,500
  • Racine: $5,450
  • Sheboygan: $4,625
  • Oshkosh: $5,157
  • Fond du Lac: $4,175

Assisted Living vs. Other Types of Care in Milwaukee, WI 

Seniors in Milwaukee have multiple long-term care options to choose from, depending on their budgets and living preferences. Assisted living costs $5,324 per month, which is moderate compared to other types of care. Older adults who want to save money may opt to live in a private home and attend adult day care for $1,322 per month. Home-based care, which includes homemaker services and home health aide services, is costlier than assisted living at $6,101. Nursing home care is the most expensive option at $10,872.

  • Homemaker Services: $6,101
  • Home Health Care: $6,101
  • Adult Day Health Care: $1,322
  • Assisted Living: $5,324
  • Nursing Home: $10,872

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Milwaukee

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Other Ways to Pay for Assisted Living in Milwaukee

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about your options for making assisted living more affordable, visit our guide to Assisted Living in Milwaukee.

Free and Low-Cost Assisted Living Resources for Seniors in Milwaukee

Milwaukee seniors have access to a range of free and low-cost programs and services to help guide their long-term care decisions. Through the following resources, older adults and families can connect with specialists who provide valuable information on choosing the right assisted living facility, understanding residents’ rights and knowing where to find advocacy services when needed.

Resource Contact Service
Serving Older Adults (414) 933-2332 SOA is a local nonprofit organization that provides services and programs to area residents aged 50 and over. It maintains a resource network that serves as a single point of access to technology and information assistance, financial and legal planning assistance, health and wellness services and consumer protection services. The organization also operates several senior centers throughout the region.
Milwaukee County Department on Aging (414) 289-6874 The Milwaukee County Department on Aging provides information and assistance regarding community resources to individuals aged 60 and over, as well as options counseling to help individuals understand privately and publicly funded long-term care options in the region. It also has specialists who provide benefits screening and assistance with signing up for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance.
Milwaukee Regional Office (800) 698-2411 The VA’s Milwaukee Regional Office provides advocacy, outreach and assistance to older veterans and their families. Through this center, veterans can apply for compensation programs, such as disability compensation, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation and Special Monthly Compensation, which provide tax-free income that can be used toward assisted living expenses. The office also helps qualifying individuals obtain medical services and can screen for eligibility for veterans’ home placement.
Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee (414) 727-5300 The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee operates the Elder Law program, which features free advice and assistance to those aged 50 and over in the region. Through this program, older adults get help with issues related to health care and public benefits, including applying for financial assistance and resolving issues, such as benefits overpayment. The office can also help with basic estate planning and advanced directives.
Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (414) 488-6500 The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program helps those aged 55 and over connect with remote and in-person volunteer opportunities in their community. Through this program, older adults participate in the Pen Pal Program, serve as classroom tutors, offer library support and sort donations to food banks. In exchange for their time, volunteers may receive supplemental insurance, regular newsletters and mileage reimbursement, depending on the capacity they serve in.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Milwaukee

Assisted Living Communities in Milwaukee are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

Laws and regulations for assisted living in Wisconsin

The Top Assisted Living Communities in the Milwaukee Area

In order to find the top assisted living communities in the Milwaukee area, our team of researchers:

  • Sorted through 59 communities using our unique methodology
  • Spent over 30 hours researching assisted living communities in Milwaukee
  • Read more than 470 reviews left by residents and their family members

After filtering out facilities that didn’t meet our high standards, we were left with 20 assisted living communities that earned our seal of approval. Through this process we discovered that the average cost of assisted living in the city of Milwaukee is $5,324, which is higher than the state average of $4,600 and also higher than the national average of $4,500.

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Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)
Christina Drumm-Boyd
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM)

Christina is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Geriatric Care Manager (GCM) who is passionate about seniors and their families. Along with her staff, Christina works hands-on with each client to find the best solutions for the challenges that often come with aging.

Read on for in-depth information about the top assisted living facilities in Milwaukee, a brief dive into our methodology for determining the best assisted living communities, and a searchable directory of 59 communities in the Milwaukee area.

Our Methodology

It’s not what we research, but the way we research that makes stand out. We start by identifying problems and challenges in the senior care industry by gaining insight from conversations with industry professionals, older adults, and those that care for them. Next, our research team led by industry experts apply our data-driven research techniques to understand the magnitude of the challenge and how to overcome it. Finally, we present our findings in easy-to-understand guides and studies and share our actionable results with influencers and caregivers, as well as the general public.

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Facility Features (40%)

Facility Health Services Graded on health services provided
on the facility including, but not
limited to, on-site nursing,
pharmacy, skilled nursing,
medicine administration, etc

Facility Amenities Graded on the available

Affordability Financial assistance acceptance
and overall costs and value.

Residential Quality (40%)

Resident Satisfaction Polling & survey of overall facility satisfaction.

Facility Complaint and Violations Number of complaints and violations the facility had. Taking into account improvement over time.

Online Reviews Aggregated verified online reviews.

Location (20%)

Location-Based Benefits Including, but not limited to, proximity to
hospitals, ambulance response times, senior
resources available, and state and city
financial assistance.

Location Quality Local crime rates, incidents against older
adults, air quality, climate.

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