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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 25 assisted living facilities in Dane County and 14 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

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

Oakwood Village University Woods

6209 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…

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.

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.

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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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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...

Reviews of Dane County Assisted Living Facilities

Elmcroft of Madison

Review by Local Professional | Expert

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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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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Parkside

Review by Dorothy V. | Consumer

Parkside is a place where I feel safe and that I can really call home. The Assisted Living Attendants take excellent care of me. I do not press my call light often, but when I do it is answered promptly, every time. I love the community feeling of Parkside, the other residents are truly people I can call friends. We ha...

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Parkside

Review by Jack T. | Consumer

Parkside is very quiet and the staff is so friendly! You get a great sense of community because everyone who lives here is so nice. The staff are very helpful and so nice to be around. The food is very good. My Wife and I enjoy eating the meals provided here. The building is very clean and everything is up to snuff. Ev...

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Oak Park Place Madison

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Very supportive and engaging environment with friendly staff members. Program includes fully furnished one or two bedroom apartment units with high quality appliances including granite counter tops and a fireplace. Program includes a memory care, independent living, and assisted living units with various options for s...

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Heritage Middleton

Review by kar | Consumer

Lazy staff. The new management never interacts with the residents. The Dementia Care area smells like urine and the resident's look dirty. Staff spends more time on their cell phones than taking care of my family member. It's a dump.

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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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