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The average cost of assisted living in the county is $4,264 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 23 assisted living facilities in Milwaukee County and 30 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Milwaukee County, WI
BRIA of Trinity Village is a Life Plan Community that provides a full continuum of care including independent living apartments, assisted living and skilled nursing care. BRIA of Trinity Village is a proven leader in rehabilitation and skilled nursing that…
The Cornerstone at the Gathering in Oak Creek, Wisconsin features an all-inclusive set of programs and services providing the support you need to maintain your independence.
Cameo Care Center has been in operation for over 55 years as a family-owned and operated health care center that provides assisted living services and skilled nursing care.
Villa St Francis is an assisted living community that provides most caring and compassionate care. Here residents are treated with respect and we are committed in providing residents the best experience like no other assisted living community.
Elizabeth Residence Franklin is an assisted living community that provides different level of assistance and services because we believe in each individual’s level of independence and ability.
Sky Residential group homes are home-like places where your loved one can enjoy their life and you can feel good about your choice. We know it isn't easy making the transition from an independent home to a lifestyle of sharing…
Ramsey Woods Assisted Living offers gracious residential living in a home-like setting in Cudahy, Wisconsin. Our community is located on beautiful grounds and boasts a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, available 24 hours a day to meet the personal needs and…
Located in Franklin, Wisconsin, Brenwood Park offer warm and caring assisted living in a comfortable residential atmosphere. Residents enjoy a variety of activities and social events each and every day.
Oak Park Place is excited to announce its newest Senior Living community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Oak Park Place Oak Creek provides both Assisted Living and Memory Care services at our location on Rawson Avenue, just off I-94. We focus…
St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus has a long history of compassionate care for older adults of the greater Milwaukee area and offers assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing.
Clifden Court is a family-owned assisted living campus that promotes a healthy, happy lifestyle with extraordinary care and amenities. Our care team puts resident needs first every day with the highest standard of care by our friendly, skilled staff. Having…
New Perspective | North Shore elegantly serves seniors throughout the Milwaukee North Shore area. Shopping, parks and Lake Michigan are just minutes away. You can either drive yourself or use our convenient shuttle bus. When you are back at home,…
We at Landmark Terrace will provide a welcoming and supporting environment for senior citizens who can no longer live independently and need some assistance to maintain their independence. We embrace this challenge and welcome the responsibility to provide not only…
The Chopin Independent Senior Living Community, for seniors 62 and better, encourages an active lifestyle balanced with the carefree living you desire and the comfort and security you expect. Choose from a variety of apartment styles with unique and well-designed…
Independent Living at Chai Point is retirement living at its best. In the heart of Milwaukee's Jewish cultural and community activities, you're right where you want to be! Overlooking Lake Michigan, the views are spectacular year 'round. The beauty of…
Payment Plans: Unlimited Life Care- Declining Balance over 4 yrs.; 90% Refund-with fee-for-service health care (Price: same as Unlimited Life Care); Optional LifeCare plans available with lower Entrance Fees>
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Love and Cares is a three bedroom, one family ranch style home. Love and Cares delivers quality care for 4 or fewer individuals with developmental disabilities. It provides 24 hours, 7 days a week care, with supervision to ensure safety…
Our 89 year old dad had finally made the decision to move into Harbour Village\'s Independent Living apartments. We were thrilled that he would be in a safe environment that offered so many amenities and activities, as well as, delicious meals. We worked with Debbie, the Executive Director and Melissa, the Sales Coun...Read more Harbour Village reviews
The Cornerstone of Oak Creek seemed clean, and the little apartment settings were nice. The calendar showed different, nice activities. The room had a sitting room, bedroom, nice bathroom, and a little area where they could have a coffee pot, refrigerator, and microwave. It was really nice. The dining area looked nice,...Read more Cornerstone of Oak Creek reviews
The rooms at The Cornerstone of Oak Creek were small and not really handicap-accessible. The corridors were very narrow, and it was obviously an older building. Things were not well lit and kind of dreary-looking. I did not see any residents while I was there. They showed me a medium-sized patio area but it did not loo...Read more Cornerstone of Oak Creek reviews
The Cornerstone of Oak Creek wasn't bad. They were a little pricey but they were willing to negotiate on the price. The place was small but clean. It wasn't all one level and I'm not an apartment person so I don't like the different levels, but the facility was pretty nice. The staff was wonderful to work with.Read more Cornerstone of Oak Creek reviews
The Genworth 2018 Cost of Care study shows that senior care in Milwaukee County costs more than the state ($4,300) and national ($4,000) monthly averages. Prices in most cities in this area of Wisconsin are within a few hundred dollars of the local rate, including Racine ($4,888), Sheboygan ($4,674) and Janesville ($4,068). Two notable exceptions are Oshkosh at $5,000 per month and Fond du Lac, where the average cost is just $3,744.
Note: Senior care cost data wasn’t available for Milwaukee County, so data for the city of Milwaukee was used instead.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
Rates for senior care are influenced by various factors, such as the type of services and setting and the level of care required. In Milwaukee County, the cost of nursing home care is more than double that of assisted living even though both are provided in residential settings.
In-home services from a homemaker or home health aide are also more costly than assisted living. This gap widens further when day-to-day household expenses are factored in, such as utilities, upkeep and food. Assisted living is more cost-effective in comparison because it typically includes room and board.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Medicaid provides health insurance for over 72 million low-income people across the United States. The federal government regulates and jointly funds the program, and each state defines and administers its own Medicaid plan within the established federal parameters.
The Wisconsin Medicaid program provides vital health care services to eligible residents of all ages, including seniors and those with disabilities. To qualify for Medicaid coverage that includes long-term nursing home care, applicants must be U.S. citizens or qualified immigrants and aged 65 or older, blind or disabled.
Applicants are limited to $2,313 in monthly income and a total of $2,000 in countable assets per person. Income from all sources is considered, but some assets are disregarded, including a primary home valued below $858,000, one automobile, burial plots, household furnishings and personal effects.
Those with high medical bills and income over the above-mentioned limits may qualify through a Medicaid Deductible plan. This requires applicants to reach a specific medical care deductible before receiving Medicaid coverage for a six-month period. The deductible amount is calculated by subtracting the program’s income limit, currently $591.67, from the applicant’s countable income.
Milwaukee County residents can apply for Wisconsin Medicaid online or call (800) 362-3002 for information or assistance completing an application.
Regular Wisconsin Medicaid only covers long-term care in a nursing facility. However, the state also offers waivers that allow elderly and disabled individuals to receive care services in community-based residential settings, including assisted living. Currently, there are two such waiver programs available.
Family Care Waiver
Wisconsin residents who participate in the Family Care waiver program are enrolled with a long-term managed care provider to receive assistance developing a personal service plan to match their needs. Funding is then provided so they can pay for the plan’s services and supports in the community setting of their choice.
To qualify, applicants must be aged 18-64 and disabled or aged 65 and older and need daily assistance to continue living independently and avoid nursing home placement.
Those approved for the Family Care program can receive services, such as health care coordination, transitional assistance, help with activities of daily living, skilled nursing care, medical transportation, residential services, speech, physical and occupational therapy, necessary medical equipment and supplies and adaptive aids.
Include, Respect, I Self-Direct Waiver
The IRIS waiver gives seniors and disabled adults the means to direct their care based on their needs. Those enrolled in the program work with a case manager to develop a personalized care plan and budget they can then allocate for their plan’s services and supports. To qualify, Wisconsin residents must:
The IRIS program can cover a number of goods and services for participants, such as personal care assistance, adult day care, residential care, meals, nonmedical transportation, assistive technology, nursing care and specialized medical equipment and supplies.
Seniors and disabled adults can learn more about the Family Care and IRIS waiver programs or apply by contacting the Milwaukee County Department on Aging at (414) 289-6874.
State Supplemental Security Income Benefit
Wisconsin residents who receive federal Supplemental Security Income automatically qualify for an additional monthly benefit from the state that may be used for expenses, such as assisted living room and board. The specific dollar amount a person receives depends on their income and living arrangement, but the maximum monthly benefit amount is $179.77. As an added benefit, those eligible for federal and state SSI benefits are enrolled automatically in Wisconsin Medicaid.
To apply for both federal SSI and Wisconsin SSI benefits, Milwaukee County residents can contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213.
Assisted Living Bridge Loan
Oftentimes, seniors planning a move to assisted living face short-term cash flow problems while waiting for a home to sell or benefits to kick in. If a funding shortage is delaying a move, a bridge loan from Elderlife Financial may provide a solution. These loans are only available to finance entrance fees or monthly rent and service charges at an assisted living facility. It’s set up as a line-of-credit structure and available for terms up to 12 months, Elderlife bridge loans have no application fees or upfront costs. Up to six family members can add their names to a senior’s application to ensure approval, after which funds may be available in as little as 24 hours.
Milwaukee County operates five seniors centers to enrich the lives of its residents aged 50 and older. While the specific offerings may vary between locations, seniors can expect a welcoming atmosphere and a wide range of social, recreational, fitness and educational opportunities at the center closest to home. The centers also host the county’s senior dining program that provides tasty and nutritious hot lunches at numerous locations each weekday. Seniors can call (414) 289-6995 to learn more, obtain a dining card or book a next-day lunch reservation.
The Milwaukee County Department on Aging’s mission is to provide residents aged 60 and over with access to beneficial information, services and resources in their local communities. Seniors can get help identifying and applying for benefit programs, such as Medicaid and Social Security, receive counseling on long-term care options and funding sources and obtain assistance accessing transportation or health and wellness programs.
Milwaukee County Department on Aging
1220 W. Vliet St., Ste. 300, Milwaukee, WI 53205
The SeniorLAW program operated through the nonprofit Legal Action of Wisconsin provides legal information and civil representation to Milwaukee County residents aged 60 and older at no charge. Some of the legal issues the agency handles are consumer law, long-term care, financial and physical elder abuse or neglect and public benefit programs such as Social Security and SSI.
Legal Action of Wisconsin
230 W. Wells St., Milwaukee, WI 53203
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