35 Assisted Living Communities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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 35 Assisted Living Communities in Milwaukee and several in surrounding areas. The Cost of Senior Care in Milwaukee, WI
- Assisted Living: $4,264
- Nursing Home Care: $9,555
- In-home Care: $4,767
- Adult Day Health Services: $1,408
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Reviews of Assisted Living Facilities in Milwaukee
January 24, 2021
My husband was in Maple Ridge Health and Rehabilitation Center. I was with him quite a bit. I thought they were good, but my husband was a terrible patient. He did not like it there, but he wouldn't have liked it anywhere. They were attentive and kind, even when he was being difficult. You had your choice of meals in the dining room or in your room. The physical therapy came to your room, and they had a physical therapy room, and they worked really well with you. The occupational therapy came to your room and they played games. I thought they were very nice and they did their job very well. At any of those places you're gonna wait a couple of minutes when you push the help button because they got a lot of patients, but it wasn't an outrageous amount of time. Usually, it was about five minutes. You would push the button and then somebody would come. No place is perfect, but they were very good. Their staff was excellent. They had the typical hospital rehab food.
November 29, 2019
BRIA of Trinity Village was a nice place. We would've considered it except that it was way too big for my mother-in-law. There wasn't a room available within a few doors of the elevator. There were long hallways and some inclines, but it appeared clean. They were friendly, and there were quite a few residents in the lobby when we first got there. The lobby area was nice. The assistant who showed us around was very nice, pleasant, and informative.
November 20, 2018
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 responsibility of his care. But he\'s been admitted to another facility that had the same issues about transportation. But unlike Hampton, they worked with my brother to get Transit Plus to transport him inexpensively.
November 13, 2018
Eastcastle Place used to be called Protestant Home. When you walk in, there's a really beautiful, upscale reception area. The place gets its name because the orginal building looks like a castle, and it's a long-established and expanding community. There are very large apartments that aren't even in the market I'm looking at, but the $3,000 plus range is over-priced and outdated. We saw one of the rooms that probably based on the price-range for one of their prime rooms because it was in a corner. That particular apartment was OK, but it's just the overall feeling, like when you go down the hall. The person showing us around tried to gather information from us, and that was very good.
September 18, 2018
BRIA of Trinity Village was impressive. It was a nice big place, but it was depressing to me. The apartment looked really clean. I didn't have a car at the time, so I would have had to go and buy groceries (and I would have to go byy bus or walk there), and that I didn't like. It was not in the location where I would like to be. The place was very clean, but there was a smell, which I think was the carpeting. The people that I saw sitting down were all very nice people, they greeted me, and it was more personal. There were people on the computer and other people were talking to each other. The staff member was very knowledgeable and very personal during the tour, and she came across as very proud of her organization that she ran there.
June 29, 2018
BRIA of Trinity Village had really old buildings and was kind of set back. It wasn't very appealing to me from a looks perspective, but the staff I met was really nice and helpful. They had a lot of great facilities. The apartment size was fine. They have a library, social room, church room, and they have more care if you need it.
April 9, 2018
BRIA of Trinity Village is the only community I'm interested in. It is a nice and clean place; however, it is too expensive for my budget. The staff is super nice. They have lots of nice activities. They have a gym and a game room. I did see their menu. You get 11 free meals for the first week or so.
March 27, 2018
Everything was fine at the BRIA of Trinity Village, but the two-bedroom apartment was too small. They had a choir, bell ringers, a van to take you shopping, and a pretty chapel where you can have service with different ministers that come in. You can have food upstairs in your living quarters or you can go down to the social area. Everybody was polite, nice, and helpful. The lady who gave us the tour was very helpful and polite. Anything we asked, she gave us the answer to it. The place was nice, clean, and fresh.
November 21, 2017
Bria was very nice and clean. They were informative and gave me all my options. Everyone was friendly. The layout of the dining area was nice, and it looked like the people could interact with one another.
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Assisted Living Costs in Milwaukee
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.
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Care Cost Comparison
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.
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Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Milwaukee
Medicaid in Wisconsin
The state of Wisconsin provides low-cost or free health insurance to over 900,000 residents through its Medicaid program that’s jointly funded and regulated by the federal government.
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:
- Relocation assistance
- Care coordination
- Assistance with daily living activities
- Occupational, physical and speech therapy
- Skilled nursing care
- Adaptive aides
- Medical supplies and equipment
- Medical transportation
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.
Other Financial Assistance Programs for Assisted Living
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.
Assisted Living Resources in Milwaukee
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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