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The average cost of assisted living in the city is $4,264 a month. This guide is a starting point covering the cost of assisted living care in the city, as well as financing options to pay for it. You’ll find in-depth information on 12 assisted living facilities in Milwaukee and 30 in surrounding areas.
The Cost of Senior Care in Milwaukee, 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…
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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.
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.
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…
I tried unsuccessfully to have my brother admitted to this facility. The person that did the assessments found more reasons not to admit him than reasons why he should move in there. They claimed transportation was the reason as my brother has a late appointment for dialysis. I think they just didn\'t want the responsi...Read more Hampton Supportive Care reviews
St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus provides us with three meals a day and a number of different types of games like Pokeno, Bingo, and some lawn games like croquet. We do a number of things and we have special meals for the holidays. We also have movies and lectures. The staff is always there and is very capable.Read more St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus reviews
St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus was OK. There's nothing wrong with it. It's clean, and that's what you look for in a facility. Why we didn't choose to consider that as a future home for my husband is that he's a care level four, he needs a lot of care. He can't do anything for himself, he's got Parkinson's, and the fee w...Read more St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus reviews
The cost of assisted living in Milwaukee ($4,264) is comparable to the Wisconsin median of $4,300 but slightly higher than the $4,000 average across the nation. Prices are more expensive in some cities in this region of the state, such as Racine ($4,888), Sheboygan ($4,674) and most notably Oshkosh, where assisted living averages $5,000 per month. Rates drop a bit in Janesville ($4,068) and even more in Fond du Lac, where the monthly average is only $3,744.
The Cost of Assisted Living in Surrounding Areas
The wide price range for senior care in Milwaukee corresponds to different service levels and care settings. Minimal weekday-only care in a group setting costs just $1,408 per month, whereas round-the-clock specialized care in a nursing home averages $9,555.
Residential assisted living that provides meals and accommodations costs $4,264 on average, while homemaker and home health aide services are slightly more expensive at $4,767 per month. When comparing these two care options, it’s important to weigh the value of room and board provided with assisted living versus the extra expenses that accompany in-home care, such as groceries, utility bills, rent or mortgage payments, and home maintenance.
Senior Care Cost Comparison Chart
Wisconsin Medicaid coverage is available to eligible low-income residents of all ages, including dependent children, pregnant women, disabled and blind adults and senior citizens. It covers a full range of health care services such as doctor and specialist visits, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, lab work and X-rays, ambulance and nonemergency medical transportation, prescription drugs and institutional nursing home care.
Qualifying for Medicaid
Milwaukee residents who are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants can qualify for long-term care through Medicaid if they’re aged 65 or older or blind or disabled and aged 64 or younger. Individual applicants are limited to $2,313 per month in income and assets with a value of $2,000 or less.
Medicaid counts all sources of income when determining an applicant’s eligibility but disregards some assets such as an owner-occupied home, one vehicle, household and personal effects, and burial plots.
When only one married spouse needs coverage, the individual income and asset limits apply. To meet Medicaid’s requirements to prevent spousal impoverishment, the non-applicant may receive up to $3,160.50 of the applicant’s monthly income as a minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance. They may also retain up to $126,420 of the couple’s joint assets as a resource allowance.
Seniors with income above the limit may be able to use a Medicaid Deductible plan to qualify. This involves deducting the program’s current income limit from an applicant’s monthly income then multiplying by six. Once the resulting deductible figure has been spent on approved medical expenses, the applicant qualifies for six months of Medicaid coverage.
Applying for Medicaid
Milwaukee residents can apply for Wisconsin Medicaid online or call (800) 362-3002 for information or assistance completing an application.
The Wisconsin Medicaid program only provides institutional nursing home care as an entitlement. The state does offer two waivers that provide seniors who wish to remain in the community with alternatives to nursing home admission.
Family Care Waiver
The Family Care waiver program provides services through a managed care organization. Approved participants are assessed by their MCO, and a personalized care plan is developed to meet their needs. Based on this plan, seniors receive funds to pay for support services at home or in a community setting such as an assisted living facility.
Covered services may include:
To qualify for the program, applicants must be Medicaid-eligible, aged 65 or older or disabled/blind and aged 18 to 64, and need daily help to remain independent and avoid nursing home admission.
Include, Respect, I Self-Direct Waiver
The IRIS waiver provides participants with a monthly budget to use toward services and supports. The amount of funding received is based on a needs assessment and care plan developed by the participant’s assigned case manager.
To qualify, Milwaukee seniors must be Medicaid-eligible, aged 65 or older or disabled if younger, reside in a private home, residential care facility or adult family home, and need nursing-facility level care.
Participants may use their budget for various goods and services, including residential or adult day care, personal care, nursing services, medical equipment and supplies, nonmedical transportation, meals and assistive technologies.
To learn more about the Family Care and IRIS waiver programs or apply, seniors can contact the Milwaukee County Department on Aging at (414) 289-6874.
State Supplemental Income Benefit
Milwaukee residents who qualify for Supplemental Security Income are also eligible for a monthly top-up payment from the state of Wisconsin. The amount of this state SSI benefit depends on an applicant’s living arrangement and income, but it may be as high as $179.77 per person. Those who qualify for SSI benefits also receive Wisconsin Medicaid coverage.
To apply for federal and Wisconsin SSI benefits, Milwaukee residents can call the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213.
Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits
Milwaukee veterans and their spouses who receive a VA pension and have increased care needs and costs may be eligible for additional monthly funds through the VA Aid and Attendance program. Applicants must have an annual income of $22,577 or less and one of these qualifying conditions:
Successful applicants also can’t be receiving a VA disability pension and must be honorably discharged with a minimum 90-day active duty service record that includes one or more days during wartime.
Senior veterans can obtain help completing and filing an application for A&A benefits by contacting the Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office at (414) 266-1235.
The Milwaukee County Department on Aging operates the city’s four busy seniors centers where residents aged 50 and older gather to socialize and take part in an array of recreational, fitness and educational programming. Depending on the center they attend, seniors can stay fit with tai chi, chair dancing and light aerobics, join woodshop, painting or jewelry-making classes, take part in Bible studies or Buddist meditation, or enjoy a game of Scrabble, chess or sheepshead.
The centers also offer nutritious hot lunches on weekdays, regular seminars on relevant topics, health screenings, one-on-one counseling, special events such as concerts and parties, fun outings to area attractions and day trips to interesting destinations.
Clinton Rose Senior Center
3045 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53212
McGovern Park Senior Center
4500 W. Custer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53218
Washington Park Senior Center
4420 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee, WI 53208
Wilson Park Senior Center
2601 W. Howard Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53221
Local senior veterans can access a comprehensive range of health care services at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, including primary, acute and specialty care such as surgery, neurology, oncology and audiology. Milwaukee County Veterans Service officers can help veterans determine the federal and state benefits they’re eligible for and provide application and appeal assistance.
Milwaukee VA Medical Center
5000 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53295
Milwaukee County Veterans Service Office
6419 W. Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53214
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