The small community of Baraboo features a historic downtown square, unique cultural attractions and Devil’s Lake State Park, attracting nature lovers and history buffs alike. It has nearly 13,000 residents and a senior community that makes up nearly 18% of the population. Older adults have access to a reliable public transportation system and high-performing medical facilities, and Baraboo’s low cost of living makes the city a financially viable option for those with tight retirement budgets. 

Assisted living offers residential personal care services to older adults, promoting a low-maintenance lifestyle for those who need help with daily living activities. Residents live in suites or apartments and have access to daily meals, social and recreational activities and in some cases, amenities such as fitness centers, swimming pools and salons. The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey discloses that assisted living residents in this city pay approximately $4,956 per month for care, which is higher than the state and national rates. 

This guide provides more information on the pros and cons of living in Baraboo. It also highlights local senior care costs and compares assisted living rates with other care options, and it features an overview of resources available to older adults seeking this level of care.   

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Baraboo, WI

Oak Park Place Baraboo

800 Waldo Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913

We moved our mother to Oak Park Independent Living just before Covid. We were so grateful that she was there, especially during the lockdown. We knew she was being cared for during the pandemic and th … (read more)
We moved our mother to Oak Park Independent Living just before Covid. We were so grateful that she was there, especially during the lockdown. We knew she was being cared for during the pandemic and th … (read more)

Greenbriar Apartments

1350 Jefferson Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913

Greenbriar Apartments was clean. Michael was very nice, very, very helpful, and was very kind in listening to me even after I said how my mom was on a Section 8 program. He even helped me with checkin … (read more)
Greenbriar Apartments was clean. Michael was very nice, very, very helpful, and was very kind in listening to me even after I said how my mom was on a Section 8 program. He even helped me with checkin … (read more)

St Clare Meadows Care Center

1414 Jefferson St, Baraboo, WI, 53913

The staff at SSM Health St. Clare Meadows Care Center was really great and dedicated. They’re understaffed and overworked, but they take care of whoever is in their building and help them be comfortab … (read more)
The staff at SSM Health St. Clare Meadows Care Center was really great and dedicated. They’re understaffed and overworked, but they take care of whoever is in their building and help them be comfortab … (read more)

Our House Senior Living – Baraboo Assisted Care

1200 Washington Avenue, Baraboo, WI, 53913

I went to Our House Senior Living Baraboo Assisted Care. I love the menu plan, and I love how they were very healthy cooking oriented. The activity schedule looked great. The rooms were, however, very … (read more)
I went to Our House Senior Living Baraboo Assisted Care. I love the menu plan, and I love how they were very healthy cooking oriented. The activity schedule looked great. The rooms were, however, very … (read more)

Artisan at Baraboo

1114 Silver Drive, Baraboo, WI, 53913

Artisan at Baraboo is pretty old and in fair condition. The meals look pretty good, and they fix them fresh very day at every meal. It’s supposed to be memory care, but they don’t do any for the peopl … (read more)
Artisan at Baraboo is pretty old and in fair condition. The meals look pretty good, and they fix them fresh very day at every meal. It’s supposed to be memory care, but they don’t do any for the peopl … (read more)

Meadow Ridge Assisted Living

1700 Jefferson Street, Baraboo, WI, 53913


Our House Senior Living – Wisconsin Dells Assisted Care

1954 State Road 23, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 53965

The team greeted me at the door and was very helpful. The home atmoshere was very comfortable and inviting. The rooms were bright and the common areas were cozy. Residents looked happy and were busy w … (read more)
The team greeted me at the door and was very helpful. The home atmoshere was very comfortable and inviting. The rooms were bright and the common areas were cozy. Residents looked happy and were busy w … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Baraboo

In Baraboo, as in the rest of the state, assisted living facilities are officially called community-based residential facilities, and they’re governed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The department enforces regulations regarding minimum and maximum capacity, scope of care, staffing and resident services. It also investigates reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation made by or on behalf of residents. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Baraboo

  • The Baraboo Transit-Shared Ride Service provides affordable transportation services in and within 15 miles of the city, helping older adults visit local attractions, complete errands and attend medical appointments. The service provides curb-to-curb transportation seven days per week from 5 a.m. to midnight. 
  • SSM Health St. Clare Hospital-Baraboo is located in the city, providing access to emergency, primary and specialty medical services. It specializes in heart and vascular care, cancer care and diagnostic imaging, as well as senior health. Local health care costs are about 10% lower than the national median, which may free up money for senior care expenses. 
  • Seniors in Baraboo don’t pay state income taxes on Social Security benefits or government pension income, but all other types of income, such as private pensions and withdrawals from retirement savings accounts, are taxed. Wisconsin has some of the highest property taxes in the nation, which may make assisted living an economical alternative to living in a private home. 
  • Baraboo’s overall cost of living is about 20% below the national median and 10% lower than the state average, making the community an attractive option for those with limited retirement budgets. Seniors may also save money on personal groceries and miscellaneous expenses such as clothing and restaurant meals. 
  • Summers in Baraboo are pleasant, with high temperatures in the low 80s. Winters may be harsh, however, with low temperatures in the single digits and over 40 inches of annual snowfall. To help residents stay comfortable year-round, assisted living facilities often equip apartments with individual climate controls. 
  • On a 100-point crime index, Baraboo’s property crime is rated 46.6. This is about 10 points higher than the national rate, indicating that this type of crime is a little more common in Baraboo than in the typical U.S. city. However, the city’s violent crime rate is several points lower than the national figure at 16.3, which may provide peace of mind for seniors relocating to the region for assisted living. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Baraboo

Assisted living facilities in Baraboo charge an average of $4,956 per month. This is several hundred dollars higher than the national rate of $4,300 and the state median of $4,400.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities 

Older adults in Baraboo pay $4,956 per month for assisted living. While this is relatively high, it’s fairly consistent with care costs in some other Wisconsin cities. In Milwaukee, monthly rates are even higher at $5,073, and in Appleton, residential care costs are the highest in the state at $5,500. Those seeking more economically priced care may consider Janesville ($3,957) or Green Bay, which has the lowest fees in the state at $3,800.  

$4956

Baraboo

$4400

Wisconsin

$4300

The United States

$3975

Janesville

$5073

Milwaukee

$3800

Green Bay

$5500

Appleton

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Assisted living facilities offer one the more affordable care options in the city at a cost of $4,956. Adult day health care, which provides personal care and recreational programs in a community setting, is the least expensive option at $2,019 per month. In-home care, including homemaker and home health aide services, costs $5,339. Nursing home rates are considerably higher, with facilities charging $8,790 for shared rooms and $9,429 for private accommodations.  

$5339

Homemaker Services

$5339

Home Health Aide

$2019

Adult Day Health Care

$4956

Assisted Living Facility

$8790

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9429

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Baraboo was not available, so data for the closest city, Madison, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Baraboo

Baraboo 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.

Financial Assistance 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 Baraboo

Baraboo residents have access to a broad range of supportive services through various nonprofit organizations and programs. Through the following resources, seniors can obtain health insurance options counseling, information and referrals for community-based services and legal assistance, which can help them make informed decisions regarding their care.  

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

(608) 356-8464 

The Baraboo Area Senior Citizen Organization provides social and recreational programming for those aged 50 and over. At the center, members participate in activities such as cardmaking and scrapbooking, congregate meals and book clubs. It also provides volunteer opportunities for older adults.

(608) 355-3289 

The ADRC provides a single access point for community-based services and programs in Sauk County. Baraboo residents can reach out to this nonprofit organization for information and assistance with accessing health and wellness services, nutrition counseling and transportation.

(608) 243-5670 

The Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources administers a range of programs to those aged 60 and over in Baraboo. Through this agency, seniors can obtain information and referrals for community-based services and options counseling to help them make informed decisions regarding their care.

(608) 355-3260 

The local Veterans Service Office helps older veterans in Baraboo obtain the services and benefits they’re entitled to, including those that may help cover assisted living expenses. The office can also connect veterans with services and programs in the community, such as transportation and financial assistance.

(800) 242-1060 

The statewide, toll-free Medigap Helpline provides free, impartial information regarding Medicare benefits. Baraboo residents can call the helpline for one-on-one assistance with understanding their Medicare coverage, determining if Medigap or Medicare Advantage is right for their needs and whether they qualify for Medicare Savings Programs.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Baraboo

South Milwaukee-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities 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