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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 15 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Dane County, WI
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 Assisted Living I & II, located in Madison, provides seniors with a selection of amenities to encourage an enjoyable senior living experience.
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, located in Madison, Wisconsin, provides personalized assisted living care and innovative services for seniors in a secure, caring community setting.
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.
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 is a community specifically designed to provide care for seniors with early-late stage Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body dementia and Frontotemporal dementia.
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…
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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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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…
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.
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…
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.
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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.
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…
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…
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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…
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.
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.
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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.
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 ...Read more Elmcroft of Madison reviews
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...Read more Elmcroft of Madison reviews
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...Read more Brookdale Madison West reviews
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...Read more Parkside reviews
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...Read more Parkside reviews
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...Read more Oak Park Place Madison reviews
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
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
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:
Qualifying for Wisconsin Medicaid
To qualify for long-term care through Medicaid, Dane County residents must be American citizens or qualified immigrants and:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Madison West VA Clinic
1 Science Ct., Madison, WI 53711
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