Senior Homes logo
Senior Homes logo

Call now

1 (844) 759-0108

89 Assisted Living Communities in Dane County, Wisconsin

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 89 Assisted Living Communities in Dane County and several 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

Assisted Living Facilities near Dane County, Wisconsin

Compare Costs, Photos, & Reviews of All Your Options Near Dane County

Who are you looking for?

Full Name



Our Family Advisors can help your family make a confident decision about senior living.

Call 1 (844) 759-0108

Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Dane County

Christopher Ory


June 5, 2022

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR LOVED ONES HERE! All the positive reviews you might see are from before this facility changed hands to a new management company. It was pretty good then. Now it is an absolute dumpster fire. -They have repeatedly raised the rent on residents to the limit of ability to pay while slashing costs and reducing staff and services. -The food is awful. It\'s cheap and doesn\'t meet minimum nutrition requirements. -Their staff is nice but the facility is horribly understaffed and under-skilled. -For most of my mother\'s time there there has been no driver or activities director for the residents. They can’t keep staff for longer than a couple months. -There have been multiple COVID outbreaks leading to hospitalizations. These outbreaks have not been reported to the state as required. Every time I go the staff are unmasked. They quickly put masks on when they see me. The residents are all unmasked and gathering in communal areas. They won’t deliver food to residents\' rooms forcing them to eat together in the communal area. -It regularly takes up to 3 hours for them to respond to a help call from a resident. -There have been several injuries recently with no RN on duty or available when called. Including a broken leg where the resident had to wait 3 days in her room with the injury before someone could take her to a doctor. This facility has been on the state\'s radar for a while with multiple complaints of poor care. Be Warned..



January 13, 2021

I am/was a resident of this facility

We're at The Jefferson. It's strictly independent, so we really have no help at all. We get three meals a day, which has been wonderful during the pandemic because they deliver three meals a day right to our apartment. We're so thankful for that. The Jefferson is pretty nice. They have a lot of things that would be offered in any senior community. However, they have very limited transportation. Actually, what we have is, they will take you Monday through Thursday to your medical appointments on a very limited schedule. The bus leaves here at 9:00 a.m., and you have to finish your appointment and be picked up and back here by noon. That's pretty limited. Then in the afternoon, sometimes, they will take you for a very quick trip to some of the nearby grocery stores. I think all of the staff members are caring people. We had lived in several different senior communities in Arizona before our family insisted that we come back here, and in all the ones we lived in Arizona there would be a staff person for whatever the thing was, like we had a person in charge of housekeeping, and we had the same housekeepers. It was always the same person. However, all these people who work here in The Jefferson interchange their duties. One day you may have them in the dining room, and the next day you may have them up doing housekeeping. It is so different from anything we have been used to. Maybe that's the way it is in a lot of places. Some days the food is wonderful. Other days, I just don't eat it, and I will eat something that I have saved from some time before. Food is OK; it's pretty good. My husband thinks it's wonderful. I'm more picky than he is I guess. Activity is quite limited since COVID has set in. Prior to that, and even right now with COVID being as bad as it is, they're trying to have a maximum of ten people at a time for a session of bingo like a couple of times a week. We had bridge in Arizona, but they don't have bridge here. They show movies nearly every night a week. They have a room where they show some movies. Both my husband and I have not been in the best of health since we have been here, so we don't do a lot with the activities. Before, they would have musical entertainment or some local people who are musicians who would come in, which was entertaining. The beauty shop has excellent people in it. Based on the rent that we pay, I don't think we're getting what we're paying for. Also, we have one elevator for all these many residents here, not only one elevator to get the residents from one spot to another, but only one elevator for people moving in or out. They don't even have a freight elevator.



September 16, 2020

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Everything seems quite good at The Jefferson. My friend is new so he's learning how they operate and what he is allowed and not allowed to do. Everybody's very friendly. They're trying to do what they can to help him when he has questions. It's a positive experience. I've personally been very happy about it. He seems to be getting along well. The only one person that I wasn't totally happy with was their maintenance man who had promised to help set things up and do things and then said, "I can't do that, I'm not supposed to do that." Maybe it was a misunderstanding on my part, but the rest of the staff has been great. The facility seems pretty good. The one thing I was concerned about right from the start is there's only one elevator and it probably could hold four people, but they have it restricted to two people with the virus going on. I don't see how people on the third floor are gonna get out of their if there's an emergency. I looked at other places and this one was the least expensive of the bunch. They're not cheap though. It's a reasonable value given what the cost of going to one of those homes is and what they do.

Jack H.


January 8, 2020

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My sister moved into the Jefferson. It has wonderful staff, they're very helpful, and they have a beautiful facility. It's independent, but they have a relationship with a higher level care providers that are able to provide additional support in place, like give medications and clean the house. They have the ability to bridge into higher level of care, but start as independent, kind of let someone age in place, without having to go to assisted living. It's a good location, with great food, and caring staff and it's a nice place. They have a professional concert band that plays there several days a week, they're really amazingly good, they have movies 4 nights a week, they have shuttle buses that take them to doctor's appointments or places they want to go, and they have art classes and lectures for people to come in and talk.



June 25, 2019

I visited this facility

The Jefferson was rather small and much more limited than some of the other places we looked at, although the location was perfect. We were just looking for something with quite a lot more activity. The place was perfectly pleasant, it just wasn't quite what we were looking for. They need to be much bigger to have the resources to meet the standards of some of the other places we saw. Also, when we looked at the menus they offered, it was clear that there wasn't anything in there that I was interested in eating since I'm vegetarian. My husband wasn't impressed either. It was kind of Wisconsin comfort food, like burgers and meatloaf.



February 12, 2019

I visited this facility

The Jefferson's main area badly needed new carpeting. The man who was showing us around was not dressed professionally. Some of the staff was very obliging to talk to, though. It wasn't really bad, but it wasn't really good. They had a small workout room and had a hairdresser come in. People were friendly, and the chef seemed interesting. They had outings on a little bus. The building itself looked nice on the outside, and they had a big foyer. The grounds looked beautiful.



January 16, 2019

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

The Jefferson is an independent living plus facility. The residents are fairly independent for the most part, but they provide three square meals a day and weekly housecleaning. They have a variety of food, and my grandmother can choose which meal she wants. They have two weekly housecleanings, which includes linen cleaning, her bed being made, transportation, and some of the basic things that she's not able to do for herself. It was a huge draw but when you add in the amount of care that the staff members have for the residents and the respect that they show, it's absolutely astounding. It will be a great place for her and they have the ability for her to age in place. As she needs more care and more services, they have programs there that you can add on to be able to keep her comfortable in her home for as long as possible. She loves the activities. There's a variety from adapted physical activities as well as card games, social activities like movie night and activities for New Year's Eve. They're always asking the residents for feedback and adding things in and adjusting. The food is absolutely fantastic.



March 14, 2018

I visited this facility

I really like The Waterford at Fitchburg, that's why I chose it. The staff is very nice and helpful, and I don't have any complaints. The grounds look very pretty, and the location is convenient for me.



February 12, 2018

I Am A Friend Or Relative Of A Current/Past Resident

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.

Map of Dane County, Wisconsin

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.

Dane County/Madison Area


National Average


State Average


Oshkosh Area




Milwaukee Area


Janesville Area


Fond du Lac


La Crosse Area


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

Assisted Living


Homemaker Services


Home Health Aide


Adult Day Health Services


Nursing Home Care


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.

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

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

Nearby Assisted Living Communities

Go a bit further out to explore pricing and amenities.

Find Communities

Senior Homes has an extensive directory of senior living options, with care and living providers across the United States. 


Other Senior Living in Dane County, WI

  • Nursing Homes in Dane County, WI
  • Memory Care in Dane County, WI
  • Independent Living in Dane County, WI
  • Continuing Care in Dane County, WI

Assisted Living Articles and Resources

Compare Costs, Photos, & Reviews of All Your Options Near Dane County

Who are you looking for?

Full Name



By clicking "Get Costs" I am providing express written consent to receive calls including automated/pre-recorded calls and automated texts for which I may incur a cost, as well as emails from Caring and its partners. I understand I am not obligated to provide this consent to utilize Caring’s service(s). I acknowledge I was able to review the Agreement to be Contacted, Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy.

Those with certain disabilities or diseases have more obstacles to overcome when searching for a quality assisted living home. If you have questions, we are here to help provide the answers. Give our senior care advocates a call and read our guides for specific information and resources related to your or your loved one’s condition.

Those with certain disabilities or diseases have more obstacles to overcome when searching for a quality assisted living home. If you have questions, we are here to help provide the answers. Give our senior care advocates a call and read our guides for specific information and resources related to your or your loved one’s condition.

Find Care

  • Assisted Living

  • Independent Living

  • Memory Care

© 2023 Caring, LLC. All rights reserved.