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Assisted Living in Dane County, WI

The average cost of assisted living in the county is $4,363 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the county, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 82 assisted living facilities in Dane County and 21 in surrounding areas.

The Cost of Senior Care in Dane County, WI

  • Assisted Living: $4,363
  • Nursing Home Care: $8,821
  • In-home Care: $4,004
  • Adult Day Health Services: $1,842

Elmcroft of Madison

1601 Wheeler Road
Madison, WI

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Found in a residential neighborhood of northern Madison, Brookdale Madison North provides quality assisted living care in a peaceful and supportive setting.

Parkside

6902 Parkside Circle
De Forest, WI

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Located just north of Madison, Parkside Independent and Assisted Living offers country-style living with easy access to some of the finest amenities and services in the state.

Oak Park Place Madison

718 Jupiter Drive
Madison, WI

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Oak Park Place Madison Assisted Living I & II, located in Madison, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.

Heritage Middleton

6234 Maywood Avenue
Middleton, WI

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Heritage MIddleton is the perfect place to help seniors enjoy their lifestyles and maintain their independence. Featuring attentive assisted living and compassionate memory care with choices of studios, one- and two-bedrooms you'll find a welcoming home.

Brookdale Madison West

413 South Yellowstone Drive
Madison, WI

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Brookdale Madison West, located in Madison, Wisconsin, provides personalized assisted living care and innovative services for seniors in a secure, caring community setting.

Stoughton Meadows

2321 Jackson St
Stoughton, WI

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As a premier senior living community in Stoughton, Wisconsin, Stoughton Meadows features warm and friendly assisted living with a variety of activities and social events.

New Perspective | Sun Prairie

222 South Bristol Street,
Sun Prairie, WI

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The Lighthouse of Sun Prairie, our newest community, is scheduled to open early in 2013. At Lighthouse of Sun Prairie, beautiful and creative interior design combines warm, friendly tones with the amenities of a fine hotel. And when the resident…

McFarland Villa

5206 Paulson Ct
Mc Farland, WI

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Featuring both independent living and personalized assisted living and numerous amenities and fun-filled activities, McFarland Villa is a wonderful place to age in place.

Azura Memory Care of Stoughton

1221 East Main Street
Stoughton, WI

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Azura Memory Care of Stoughton is a community specifically designed to provide care for seniors with early-late stage Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body dementia and Frontotemporal dementia.

Tender Reflections of Deforest

4897 Innovation Drive
De Forest, WI

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Tender Reflections serves seniors, the frail elderly and specializes in, but is not exclusive to, the care of persons with irreversible dementias such as Alzheimer's disease. We are dedicated to having our residents age in place. It is the goal…

Oakwood Village University Woods

6205 Mineral Point Road
Madison, WI

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Oakwood Village University Woods off Mineral Point Road sits amid nearly 30 acres of wooded grounds that include sidewalks and a nine-acre nature preserve. Assisted Living in the Tabor Oaks building fosters a community where residents receive tailored care when…

Milestone Senior Living - Cross Plains

1870 Market Street
Cross Plains, WI

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Milestone Senior Living Cross Plains is an assisted living community nestled on a hillside of Cross Plains Wisconsin that provides assistance and peace of mind to active seniors age 62 and above.

Our House Senior Living - Cambridge Assisted Care

201 W. Madison Street
Cambridge, WI

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Offering numerous services and amenities, Cambridge Assisted Care nourishes the mind, body and spirit, allowing those who can no longer live safely alone to thrive, in a pleasant homelike environment.

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Brookdale Middleton Century Ave

6916 Century Avenue
Middleton, WI

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Brookdale Middleton Century Ave is one of Wisconsin's premier assisted living communities and is dedicated to providing its residents with a true second home.

Home Again Cambridge

308 England Street
Cambridge, WI

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Home Again Cambridge has been built from the ground up to provide the highest quality assisted living and memory care with warm brightly-lit rooms, and mid-western, prairie-charm.

Madison Pointe

705 Ziegler Rd
Madison, WI

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As a premier senior living community in Madison, Wisconsin, Madison Pointe features stellar assisted living and respite care, with numerous activities and amenities for residents to enjoy.

Faith Living Center

131 Clarmar Drive
Sun Prairie, WI

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Faith Living Center is a unique community providing for individualized experiences with your long-term care living options.

Tallgrass of Sun Prairie

605 Chase Blvd
Sun Prairie, WI

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Offering personalized independent and assisted living services and first-class amenities, KindredHearts of Sun Prairie is a vibrant senior community serving seniors in the greater Madison area. Set along Chase Boulevard near the Colonial Club Senior Center, our community is conveniently…

Homestead Living

1040 Quinn Drive
Waunakee, WI

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Homestead Living is a 16 bedroom Residential Facility that has been serving our community’s Memory Care needs for the last 25 years. We are family owned and operated and pride ourselves on offering the same quality of care to our…

Prairie Gardens

900 OKeefe
Sun Prairie, WI

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Caring staff who are always on hand when your loved one needs assistance and country-like décor that is reminiscent of home is what makes Prairie Gardens the community of choice for families.

Sylvan Crossings of Fitchburg

5784 Chapel Valley Road
Madison, WI

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Life is a journey. And no matter where it leads, we all need a place to call home. Sylvan Crossings Memory Care of Fitchburg provides that home when the people who are most important to you need special care. At…

Cottages of Madison

5555 Burke Road
Madison, WI

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Trinity Senior Community raises memory care to new levels of excellence because at our community we promote and encourage our residents' independence, all within a a homelike setting.

Milestone Senior Living - Stoughton

2220 Lincoln Avenue
Stoughton, WI

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Milestone Senior Living Stoughton is a beautiful assisted living community nestled in high on a hill with great views of farmland. Our community provides a comfortable, safe and peaceful home for active seniors age 62 and above.

Heartsong Assisted Living

415 E Ave
Belleville, WI

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Heartsong Assisted Living is an inviting home offering a selection of amenities and supportive services for Belleville seniors to consider.

Home Again Living Waunakee

1120 Connery Cove
Waunakee, WI

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Home Again's newest community in Waunakee is Now Open! This beautiful new location will have 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…

Meadowmere Madison

5601 Burke Road
Madison, WI

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Meadowmere Madison offers compassionate senior care in Madison, Wisconsin, and we strive to create a homelike atmosphere where you and your loved ones can feel secure.

Sebring Assisted Care Residence

7710 SOUTH BROOKLINE DRIVE
Madison, WI

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All Saints Memory Care

8210 Highview Dr
Madison, WI

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Hyland Campus

881 Liberty Boulevard
Sun Prairie, WI

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Our unparalleled apartments are spacious, bright and comfortable with an element of elegance that cannot be found in any other independent and assisted living community in town. Stunning brick fireplaces, large walk-in closets, beautiful kitchens, and washers and dryers are…

Sage Meadow of Middleton

5330 Century Avenue
Middleton, WI

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Willow Pointe

1125 N Edge Trail
Verona, WI

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Our warm, well-trained staff works closely with our residents to provide the utmost care and comfort.

Middleton Glen

6720 Century Avenue
Middleton, WI

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Sage Meadow of De Forest

206 North Main Street
De Forest, WI

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Artisan at DeForest offers premier assisted living. Our team of professional caregivers adapt their services to residents' changing while our Life Enrichment Staff arrange engaging activities.

Sage Meadow of Middleton

5340 Century Avenue
Middleton, WI

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Artisan at Middleton makes you our priority. We offer premier assisted living in the small town of Baraboo, Wisconsin with comforting care and fantastic services to make sure each resident lives the good life.

KindredHearts of Cottage Grove

325 West Cottage Grove Road
Cottage Grove, WI

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Offering access to both assisted living and memory care, KindredHearts of Cottage Grove is a great option for Wisconsin seniors seeking a supportive living environment.

KindredHearts of Cottage Grove Assisted Living

325 West Cottage Grove
Cottage Grove, WI

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KindredHearts knows that when it comes to senior living, choice is everything. That's why we provide our residents with the very best choices and opportunities. And, while we're happy to be a safe, supportive and comfortable environment for residents who…

Sun Prairie Retirement Center

228 WEST MAIN ST
Sun Prairie, WI

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Girlie's Manor

104 Lincoln Ct.
Mount Horeb, WI

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North Bay Lodge

3602 Memorial Drive
Madison, WI

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Girlie's Manor

2620 Military Rd,
Cross Plains, WI

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Serenity House I

504 Basset St
De Forest, WI

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Attic Angel Community

8301 Old Sauk Rd
Middleton, WI

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Refund Plan: Declining balance refund over 25 mos. Priority Assisted Living and Nursing Care on Fee-For-Service basis.

Capitol Lakes

333 W. Main Street
Madison, WI

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Entrance Fee amortized over 3 yrs. Priority access to Assisted Living and Nursing Care on Fee-For-Service basis.

Sienna Crest-Oregon

981 Park Street
Oregon, WI

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The population is aging and changing dramatically. Sienna Crest is attuned to the shifts in health, finances, family relationships, and mobility. At S...

Skaalen Retirement Services Inc

400 North Morris Street
Stoughton, WI

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Aster Retirement Community of Cottage Grove

139 E Reynolds St
Cottage Grove, WI

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Brightstar Senior Living - Madison

6550 Schroeder Rd
Madison, WI

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Oak Park Place Madison West Nakoma

4327 Nakoma Rd
Madison, WI

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Oak Park Place Madison West Nakoma is tucked away in a historic neighborhood close to Nakoma Plaza, which houses a variety of eateries and shops. Residents can spend their leisure time in nearby parks, golf courses or beaches, and public…

Inglewood Residential Care Apartments

405 N 8th St
Mount Horeb, WI

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The village of Mt. Horeb has over 7,000 people and among its farmland and fertile soil sits the Inglewood Residential Care Apartments. This assisted living community is manicured with expert landscaping and plenty of outdoor space to enjoy. UW Health…

Tennyson Assisted Living

1936 Tennyson Ln
Madison, WI

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Tennyson Senior Living Community is thoughtfully designed to offer residents an easy and convenient lifestyle with deluxe amenities that maximize comforts. The not-for-profit senior living community is located at the intersection of Peckers Avenue and Tennyson Lane, a short distance…

Chamomile Assisted Living, Ltd

22 Milo Ln
Madison, WI

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Chamomile Assisted Living is nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood of Madison, Wisconsin, about 15 minutes northeast of the city center. This assisted living community is near some of Madison's most popular attractions, such as East Towne Mall and Olbrich…

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Sienna Crest - Marshall

604 Lewellen St
Marshall, WI

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Sienna Crest is an assisted living facility located in Marshall, a lovely community in the northeastern part of Dane County, WI. Situated adjacent to Converse Park and not far from the Marshall Millpond 72, seniors reside in a quiet and…

Woodland House, Inc.

1106 Woodland Way
Madison, WI

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Elderhaus Of Stoughton

1940 Jackson St
Stoughton, WI

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Arc- Dayton St.

2009 E Dayton St
Madison, WI

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Arc- Paterson

202 N Paterson St
Madison, WI

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Primrose Retirement Community

2100 N Wisconsin St
Madison, WI

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Heartland-Park Valley

2605 Church St
Cross Plains, WI

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Arbordale

2821 Todd Dr
Madison, WI

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Encore Senior Village

2940 Chapel Valley Rd
Madison, WI

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Elder Haus Of Fitchburg

2934 Chapel Valley Rd
Madison, WI

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Tellurian Ucan Res.

300 Femrite Dr
Madison, WI

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Haack'S Tendercare

3122 Old Gate Rd
Madison, WI

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Hope Haven-Colvin Manor

425 W Johnson St
Madison, WI

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Arc Maternal & Infant Program

4202 Monona Dr
Madison, WI

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Encore Senior Villa

5008 McKenna Rd
Madison, WI

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The Grove

505 Westlawn Dr
Cottage Grove, WI

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Inglehaven

512 Alan Dr
Mount Horeb, WI

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Pierstorff House

7457 Terrace Ave
Middleton, WI

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Appletree Villas

2875 Fish Hatchery Rd
Madison, WI

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So Close To Home, LLC

202 Lakewood Terrace
Marshall, WI

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Apara Care

7601 Ganser Way, Suite 200
Madison, WI

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CherryTree is an Apara Care Community. CherryTree is a new assisted living community in Beloit, Wisconsin that will offer 48 units of affordable assisted living and 24 units for memory care. Along with providing assisted living services, Apara Care also…

Deerfield Place Assisted Living

15 State Street
Deerfield, WI

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Oakwood Village - Prairie Ridge

5565 Tancho Drive
Madison, WI

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Emerson Assisted Living

402 Rustic Drive
Madison, WI

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Cambridge Assisted Care

201 West Madison Street
Cambridge, WI

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Oakwood Village University Woods

6205 Mineral Point Rd
Madison, WI

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Refund Plan: 90% of Entrance Fee. Access to Assisted Living and Nursing Care on Fee-For-Service basis.

Noel Manor

471 Prairie Way Blvd
Verona, WI

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Four Winds Manor

309 SCHWEITZER DRIVE
Verona, WI

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Chamomile I Assisted Living Ltd

842 Jupiter Drive
Madison, WI

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Reviews of Dane County Assisted Living Facilities

All Saints Memory Care

Review by Local Professional | Expert

Facility offers updated furnishings within the interior. The interior is embellished in an elegant manner. Program offers 24/7 nursing assistance. Spacious rooms with fully-furnished accommodations. However, very few accommodations offered to those with mobility issues. The staff members were not forthcoming or friendl...

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Elmcroft of Madison

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This program has very friendly staff members, but has poor follow-through all around when it comes to meeting the goals set for the residents. The living arrangements are good, but staff members are inconsistent in meeting the needs of each resident. Some are fully committed, but sometimes have issues with maintenance ...

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Elmcroft of Madison

Review by Harlyn | Consumer

I really liked Elmcroft of Madison a lot. It had a very nice, warm feeling to it, and it was homey. The staff, which was the administrative person and the front desk person, were not really well-versed on the care and the offerings. They were kind and all, but they didn't seem to know an awful lot about things when I h...

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Meadowmere Madison

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Serene atmosphere with big-sized apartments, including studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units with a full-sized dining room, large kitchen with spacious storage. There is a 24/7 nurse on site. Activities are scheduled on a consistent basis. Residents are stealthily monitored without interference in their daily act...

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Sebring Assisted Care Residence

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Offering a reasonable and affordable price, this facility offers residents with a wide variety of options, including the "Lunch Bunch" where residents explore the local eateries within the community. Other activities are also included in the program, including movie outings and exercise programs. Residents are given au...

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Brookdale Madison West

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This facility offers a lower cost compared to other facilities, and offers pet accommodations. Beautiful landscape with spacious backdoor patio, along with beautiful gardens. Dining offers healthy menu options with snack provided throughout the day. Speech and physical therapy included in residents' program. Wheel chai...

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Map of Dane County Assisted Living Facilities

Assisted Living Costs in Dane County

Assisted living costs an average of $4,363 per month in Dane County, which is just $63 more than the median rate in Wisconsin, and $363 higher than the national average of $4,000. Monthly rates fluctuate considerably between other communities across the state, from a low of just $2,638 in La Crosse to a high of $5,000 in Oshkosh.

Prices for assisted living are near the national average in Green Bay ($4,075) and Janesville ($4,068), and they’re close to the state median ($4,300) in Milwaukee, where seniors pay $4,264 per month.

Note: Data for senior care costs in Dane County wasn’t available, so data for the county seat, Madison, was used instead.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas

Care Cost Comparison

Senior care costs in Dane County tend to vary due to various factors. The skill level of care, number of dedicated service hours and whether room and board are included all affect the rates seniors pay.

Compared to assisted living ($4,363) room-and-board prices, home health aides ($4,767) and nursing homes ($8,821) provide personalized care, but the 24/7 skilled nursing services available in nursing homes explain why these facilities charge over $4,000 more than assisted living communities, while home health aide services average $400 more per month.

In-home services from homemakers ($4,004) average about $350 less than assisted living expenses. The rates for in-home care cover service hours only, so costs for food, upkeep, utilities, taxes and insurance must be added to the in-home care prices for a realistic cost comparison.

Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Dane County

Medicaid in Wisconsin

Residents of Wisconsin who can’t afford health insurance may qualify for coverage through the Wisconsin state Medicaid program. Those who meet the eligibility requirements receive a range of health care benefits, including:

  • Case management
  • Primary and specialist care
  • Inpatient, outpatient and emergency hospital services
  • Preventive and diagnostic services
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Prescription drugs
  • Long-term care in intermediate and skilled nursing facilities

Qualifying for Wisconsin Medicaid

To qualify for long-term care through Medicaid, Dane County residents must be American citizens or qualified immigrants and:

  • Aged 65 or older, or
  • Below age 64 and disabled or blind
  • Have a monthly income of $2,313 and countable assets of $2,000 or less as an individual

When determining Medicaid eligibility, the state counts income from all sources but disregards certain assets, including a primary home worth up to $858,000, household and personal effects, one automobile and burial plots.

Wisconsin Medicaid offers two other ways seniors may qualify for coverage:

  • Those who exceed the income limit but have high medical bills may reach the necessary threshold using a Medicaid deductible. This requires that an applicant’s excess income figure multiplied by six be spent on allowed medical expenses to receive six months of coverage.
  • Dane County residents who are eligible for Supplemental Security Income automatically receive Medicaid medical and long-term care coverage when they’re approved for SSI benefits by the Social Security Administration.

Dane County seniors can call (800) 362-3002 to learn more about the state Medicaid program or visit Wisconsin Access to apply online.

Wisconsin Medicaid Waivers for Long-Term Care

Wisconsin Medicaid only offers institutional nursing home care as an entitlement. However, it does offer two waiver programs (noted below) that may allow Medicaid-eligible seniors and disabled adults receive long-term support services at home or in assisted living facilities.

Family Care Waiver

Participants in the Family Care waiver receive long-term managed care in the community setting of their choosing. Each enrollee is assigned a case manager and receives a personalized care plan based on their assessed needs. The services and supports provided may include:

  • Transition assistance to relocate from a nursing home
  • Care coordination
  • Help with personal care and daily living activities
  • Residential services
  • Occupational, physical and speech therapy
  • Periodic skilled nursing services
  • Adaptive aids
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Medical transportation

To qualify for the Family Care waiver program, Dane County residents must be adults aged 18 to 64 and disabled or seniors aged 65 or older. They must also be at risk of nursing home admission if daily assistance isn’t provided.

Include, Respect, I Self-Direct Waiver

The IRIS waiver offers the means for seniors to develop their own plan and budget for care services with the help of a case manager. Once the plan is in place, the participant can use the approved budget to pay for support services from the providers they choose. The IRIS waiver is available to Medicaid-eligible Dane County residents who want to live in a community-based residential care setting, private home or adult family home and are:

  • Aged 65 or older, or
  • Aged 18 to 64 and disabled, and
  • Assessed as needing the level of care provided in an intermediate or skilled nursing facility

Budgeted funds received through the IRIS program may be used to pay for a variety of services, such as personal care assistance, adult day care, residential care, prepared meals, medical supplies and equipment, periodic nursing services and nonmedical transportation.

To learn more about the Family Care or IRIS program or begin the application process, Dane County seniors should contact the local Aging and Disability Resource Center at (608) 240-7400.

Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living

Reverse Mortgage

Dane County homeowners who need extra monthly income to cover assisted living costs for one spouse may consider applying for a reverse mortgage. Instead of requiring a regular payment to a lender, this type of mortgage provides homeowners with a monthly equity-based check to use as needed. When the last borrower moves out or the property is sold, the lender must be repaid in full. The homeowners’ ages, financial situation and equity level determine eligibility and how much is received each month.

For more information about reverse mortgages, interested seniors can contact Elderlife Financial Services at (888) 228-4500.

State Supplemental Payment

Residents of Dane County who receive SSI benefits can also qualify for a monthly stipend from the state of Wisconsin. The amount of this State Supplemental Payment is based on a person’s income and living arrangement, but the maximum available is $179.77 per individual.

To apply for federal SSI and Wisconsin state SSP benefits, seniors can call the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213.

Assisted Living Resources in Dane County

Aging and Disability Resource Center

The Dane County Area Agency on Aging operates the ADRC as an aging-related resource hub for local seniors and their families. County residents can receive free information, advice and referrals for valuable resources, including nutrition programs, in-home support services, long-term care options counseling, disability services, case management and public health care benefits.

ADRC of Dane County
2865 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, WI 53704
(855) 417-6892

Senior Activity and Outreach Centers

The AAA also oversees 12 senior activity and outreach centers operated by independent focal point organizations spread throughout the county. At the centers, local residents aged 60 and over can access a wealth of life-enriching social, recreational, educational and wellness programs and services.

Each center offers its own schedule of activities, but most host a weekday congregate meal, a variety of fun games, exercise classes, common interest clubs, regular social events and planned group outings.

Veterans Resources

The Veterans Service office of Dane County has trained staff available to help senior veterans and their loved ones identify and apply for local, state and VA benefits.

Veterans in need of medical services can visit the Madison West VA outpatient clinic for primary care, medication and disease management, lab work and nutrition counseling. Referrals for specialist care at the city’s Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital are also provided.

Dane County Veterans Service Office
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-4158

Madison West VA Clinic
1 Science Ct., Madison, WI 53711
(608) 284-6360

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