Appleton, a midsize city in central Wisconsin’s Fox Valley, sits on the northern shores of calm Lake Winnebago. The city’s an excellent retirement choice for budget-conscious seniors, as its cost of living is significantly lower than the national and state averages. With 72,623 residents, approximately 9,700 of whom are aged 65 or older, Appleton is both large enough to offer a variety of experiences and small enough to provide a welcoming social environment. 

Assisted living facilities offer a midpoint between independent living and nursing home care, making them a good option for seniors who need day-to-day support as they age but who wish to retain as much autonomy as possible. Although the city’s overall cost of living is low, seniors in Appleton can expect to pay $5,138 per month for assisted living, which is higher than both the nationwide and Wisconsin medians.

This guide covers various aspects of assisted living in Appleton. It provides price comparisons with other areas and types of long-term care, a look at Appleton’s particular benefits and drawbacks for older adults, and a list of free programs and services available to support seniors in the area.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Appleton, WI

2015, 2016

Dimensions Living Appleton

5800 Pennsylvania ave, Appleton, WI, 54914

Dimensions Living Appleton is really in the middle of nowhere as far as location. There was no outside area. It’s near the airport. So you can’t just hop in and go to a grocery store. My mom still dri … (read more)
Dimensions Living Appleton is really in the middle of nowhere as far as location. There was no outside area. It’s near the airport. So you can’t just hop in and go to a grocery store. My mom still dri … (read more)

Century Oaks

2100 East Glenhurst Lane, Appleton, WI, 54913

I toured Century Oaks , and we like it because it’s a 1-level. I also like the buffet-style food, because my dad can’t read menus very well. There were a lot of people milling around, telling my dad h … (read more)
I toured Century Oaks , and we like it because it’s a 1-level. I also like the buffet-style food, because my dad can’t read menus very well. There were a lot of people milling around, telling my dad h … (read more)

Oak Park Place Menasha

2205 Midway Road, Appleton, WI, 54952

Oak Park Place Menasha is located in Menasha, Wisconsin, just a short drive from the historic city of Appleton and with easy access to shopping and medical services. The facility boasts an award-winni … (read more)
Oak Park Place Menasha is located in Menasha, Wisconsin, just a short drive from the historic city of Appleton and with easy access to shopping and medical services. The facility boasts an award-winni … (read more)

Province Terrace Villas

5216 Long Court, Appleton, WI, 54914

Province Terrace Villas is a close-knit assisted living community in Appleton, Wisconsin, located across from Fox River Mall. Residents praise the facility for the fun and inventive activities it offe … (read more)
Province Terrace Villas is a close-knit assisted living community in Appleton, Wisconsin, located across from Fox River Mall. Residents praise the facility for the fun and inventive activities it offe … (read more)

Apple Creek Place III

5117 N Cherryvale Ave., Appleton, WI, 54913

Apple Creek Place III was the only one I visited. It was very, very nice. It’s assisted memory care. The tour was wonderful. I like the rooms. The private rooms they had were extremely nice. The staff … (read more)
Apple Creek Place III was the only one I visited. It was very, very nice. It’s assisted memory care. The tour was wonderful. I like the rooms. The private rooms they had were extremely nice. The staff … (read more)

Carolina Assisted Living

3201 W. 1st. Avenue, Appleton, WI, 54914

The residents we met here were very, very nice. The food smelled really good. It smelled like they were having some kind of roasted chicken and stuffing. We like that place. They were all very informa … (read more)
The residents we met here were very, very nice. The food smelled really good. It smelled like they were having some kind of roasted chicken and stuffing. We like that place. They were all very informa … (read more)

Apple Creek Place II

5118 N Cherryvale Avenue, Appleton, WI, 54913

It was a clean place. The staff was real good, but it’s just that they didn’t have what we were looking for, which was a two-bedroom apartment. What they could offer us was, you have to go out to the … (read more)
It was a clean place. The staff was real good, but it’s just that they didn’t have what we were looking for, which was a two-bedroom apartment. What they could offer us was, you have to go out to the … (read more)

Country Terrace of Wisconsin in Appleton

749 W. Parkway Blvd., Appleton, WI, 54914

Country Terrace of Wisconsin in Appleton receives excellent reviews from residents and family members alike. It offers a home-like environment and is located near shopping, dining, and recreational fa … (read more)
Country Terrace of Wisconsin in Appleton receives excellent reviews from residents and family members alike. It offers a home-like environment and is located near shopping, dining, and recreational fa … (read more)

Care Partners Assisted Living in Appleton

5101 N. French Road, Appleton, WI, 54913

Located in Appleton, Wisconsin, Care Partners Assisted Living in Appleton features easy access to Fox Valley Golf Course and Plamann County Park, as well as nearby medical facilities, retail and dinin … (read more)
Located in Appleton, Wisconsin, Care Partners Assisted Living in Appleton features easy access to Fox Valley Golf Course and Plamann County Park, as well as nearby medical facilities, retail and dinin … (read more)

Apple Creek Place I

5102 N Cherryvale Ave., Appleton, WI, 54913


2015

Appleton Retirement Community

200 W. Packard Street, Appleton, WI, 54911

Appleton Retirement Community is located in the heart of Appleton, Wisconsin on West Packard Street and is only minutes from the Appleton International Airport. Residents and loved ones give great rev … (read more)
Appleton Retirement Community is located in the heart of Appleton, Wisconsin on West Packard Street and is only minutes from the Appleton International Airport. Residents and loved ones give great rev … (read more)

Touchmark on West Prospect

2601 Touchmark Dr, Appleton, WI, 54914

Touchmark on West Prospect is near Interstate 41 and West Prospect Avenue in Appleton, Wisconsin. Residents can select a studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment, and according to relatives, the … (read more)
Touchmark on West Prospect is near Interstate 41 and West Prospect Avenue in Appleton, Wisconsin. Residents can select a studio, one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment, and according to relatives, the … (read more)

HELEN’S HOUSE® – Grand Chute

4236 N Shadywood Court, Appleton, WI, 54913

My tour at Helen’s House® Grand Chute was great. It’s a little different because they only have four rooms, and each person gets a large bedroom and then an attached bathroom. The staff member who ga … (read more)
My tour at Helen’s House® Grand Chute was great. It’s a little different because they only have four rooms, and each person gets a large bedroom and then an attached bathroom. The staff member who ga … (read more)

The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community

2600 S Heritage Woods Dr, Appleton, WI, 54915

The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community provides more care than where my mom was living before, and it is not as expensive. She is in the community-based residential facility part, but they also have … (read more)
The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community provides more care than where my mom was living before, and it is not as expensive. She is in the community-based residential facility part, but they also have … (read more)

The Renaissance Assisted Living in Appleton/Fox Cities

301 East Florida Avenue, Appleton, WI, 54911

My father is at The Renaissance. In my dad’s words, he felt it was very homey, and it’s very attractive on the inside. It has a lot of woodwork. The staff is great; it’s just that there could be more … (read more)
My father is at The Renaissance. In my dad’s words, he felt it was very homey, and it’s very attractive on the inside. It has a lot of woodwork. The staff is great; it’s just that there could be more … (read more)

Rennes Health Center Appleton

325 E Florida Avenue, Appleton, WI, 54911

My husband lived at Rennes Health Center Appleton. The place was nice. The dining area was very nice, but my husband doesn’t like the food. They have bingo.
My husband lived at Rennes Health Center Appleton. The place was nice. The dining area was very nice, but my husband doesn’t like the food. They have bingo.

Eagle Point Senior Living

955 East John Street, Appleton, WI, 54911

Eagle Point Senior Living was very nice. It appeared to be well kept and friendly. The reason we didn’t choose that one is it seemed like it was more formal than what my mother-in-law would’ve been co … (read more)
Eagle Point Senior Living was very nice. It appeared to be well kept and friendly. The reason we didn’t choose that one is it seemed like it was more formal than what my mother-in-law would’ve been co … (read more)

Homes for Independent Living

1612 West Packard Street, Appleton, WI, 54914

The Homes for Independent Living assisted facility was recommended by a friend in the region as an option for our aunt. The backyard features many places for seniors to enjoy around the grounds safely … (read more)
The Homes for Independent Living assisted facility was recommended by a friend in the region as an option for our aunt. The backyard features many places for seniors to enjoy around the grounds safely … (read more)

Willow Lane

850 W Elsner Rd, Appleton, WI, 54913

I love Willow Lane, the building itself, the perfect layout, the activities, the grounds, and the people who work there. It seems that the people who work there have worked there for some time. They d … (read more)
I love Willow Lane, the building itself, the perfect layout, the activities, the grounds, and the people who work there. It seems that the people who work there have worked there for some time. They d … (read more)

Matthews of Appleton

West 2613 Barney Court, Appleton, WI, 54915


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Appleton

Since most COVID-19 rules for Assisted Living Communities and other Senior Living Facilities are set at the state level, you can view the specific rules for your state on our Guide to Assisted Living in Wisconsin. Keep in mind that every community has specific policies that they put in place to protect their residents, so you should contact your local community for more information. Additionally, you can contact your local Area Agency on Aging to learn more – find contact information here.

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Appleton

In Appleton, as in the rest of the state, assisted living facilities are categorized as community-based residential facilities and fall under the oversight of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The department’s Division of Quality Assurance is tasked with ensuring the well-being and safety of people living in CBRFs.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Appleton

  • Crime rates in Appleton are lower than the U.S. averages. On a 100-point scale where 100 represents higher reported incidents, Appleton rates 20.4 compared to the U.S. average of 22.7 for violent crime and 27.1 versus 35.4 for property crime.
  • Summers in Appleton are very pleasant, with temperatures generally hovering in the mid-70s and low 80s from June to August. However, in winter, temperatures rarely get above freezing from December to February often dipping into the single digits. The area also gets high amounts of snow — approximately 41 inches per year, which is considerably more than the national average of 28 inches — so it’s great for active seniors who enjoy white winters.
  • Tax rates in this area differ from the U.S. averages. The sales tax rate in Appleton is just 5%, which is considerably lower than the national average of 7.3%. However, the combined state, county and local income tax rate in the city is 6.3%, which is higher than the national average of 4.6%.
  • Appleton is a good retirement location for health-conscious seniors. There are two highly rated major hospitals in the city proper — ThedaCare Regional Medical Center and Ascension NE Wisconsin – St. Elizabeth Campus  —  and the city’s air quality rating of 63 beats the nationwide average of 58. However, water quality in Appleton is rated at 40, which is lower than the U.S. average of 55.
  • Getting around the Appleton area is easy, even for seniors who don’t drive. Public buses regularly run from the centrally located Appleton Transit Center, and discounted curb-to-curb transportation for seniors and people with disabilities is available through Valley Transit II.

Paying for Assisted Living in Appleton

According to data reported by Genworth Financial’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey, assisted living care in Appleton costs an average of $5,138 per month. This is several hundred dollars more expensive than the Wisconsin average of $4,600 and the national median of $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities  

Appleton’s cost for assisted living is one of the highest in the state. The lowest prices are found in western Wisconsin in the La Crosse area, where assisted living costs approximately $4,263 per month. In the southeast corner of the state, Milwaukee and Racine have the highest in-state costs at $5,324 and $5,450, respectively. To the north in Green Bay, the average is $4,450.

$5138

Appleton

$4600

Wisconsin

$4500

The United States

$4263

La Crosse

$4450

Green Bay

$5324

Milwaukee

$5450

Racine

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Assisted living is one of several long-term care options available to area seniors. Although cost data for adult day health care isn’t available for Appleton, based on the statewide average of $1,723 per month, it’s likely the most affordable type of care in the city. Homemaker and home health aide services both cost approximately $5,339 per month. Seniors who need skilled nursing care pay the highest rates at $8,958 per month for a semiprivate room and $9,581 for private lodging. 

$5339

Homemaker Services

$5339

Home Health Aide

$5138

Assisted Living Facility

$8958

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9581

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Appleton

Appleton seniors who are frail and low-income may be able to receive help paying for services received in assisted living through the Family Care and Personal Care programs, although the services covered are limited. 

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Wisconsin page.

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Wisconsin

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Wisconsin page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Appleton

There are plenty of free resources for assisted-living bound seniors in Appleton. Below are some resources for seniors looking into assisted living as well as resources for those who are already there, those who want to get around town or join a social club, and even for those in need of durable medical equipment. 

Resource

Contact

Service

(920) 832-5178

This ADRC is an information hub tasked with helping Appleton's older adults access help regarding assisted living and other types of long-term care. In addition to employing elder benefits specialists who can help seniors navigate issues with Social Security and similar programs, the ADRC offers health and wellness classes for older adults. 

(920) 225-1719

This nonprofit organization helps Appleton seniors get around the Fox Valley area by connecting them with existing public transportation lines and volunteer drivers. It also helps older adults apply for reduced bus fare. Per-ride donations are encouraged but not required.

(800) 815-0015

The Long-Term Care ombudsman operates as part of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and is responsible for investigating complaints against assisted living communities. These may include physical, mental or financial abuse, breaches of privacy and denial of services. The ombudsman can also provide advice regarding establishing powers of attorney and finding financial support for assisted living.

(920) 939-3088

This local nonprofit senior center works to create social outlets and educational opportunities for Appleton adults aged 50 and over. It hosts billiards, cribbage and pickleball games as well as technology classes and informational sessions on health topics. It also houses the regional location of the state of Wisconsin's Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired, which offers adaptive equipment, rehabilitation services and legal resources for people with vision issues.

(920) 427-3244

Located in Larsen, about 20 minutes southwest of Appleton's city center, this Lions Club loan locker allows Outagamie County residents to check out medical equipment at no cost. Equipment includes bed pans, crutches, wheelchairs, blood pressure monitors and more. All equipment must be picked up on-site; no delivery option is available.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Appleton

South Milwaukee-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set Appleton Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in Wisconsin are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Wisconsin page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Wisconsin