Fond du Lac is a small town in east-central Wisconsin located at the south end of Lake Winnebago in the attractive Fox River Valley. About 43,200 people call Fond du Lac home, including nearly 7,400 residents aged 65 or older. Active seniors enjoy the picturesque downtown, historic lighthouse and year-round outdoor activities at the 400-acre Lakeside Park. The area is noted for cool summers, a modest cost of living and a high quality of life, making it no wonder that Money magazine previously chose Fond du Lac as one of the top 100 places to live nationwide.

Seniors looking for a combination of independence and personalized supportive care in a community setting may choose assisted living for their residential needs. In Fond du Lac, seniors can expect to pay an average of $4,686 for assisted living per month, which is only slightly higher than the state and national averages.

This guide informs older adults about assisted living in Fond du Lac, including the average monthly cost compared to other senior living options. It also covers some benefits and drawbacks that retirees face and provides a list of free resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Fond Du Lac, WI

Lake View Place

517 Luco Road, Fond Du Lac, WI, 54935

Lake View Place is located in the university town of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, a gorgeous lakeside spot brimming with boutiques, galleries, museums and restaurants. Retirees seeking active, independent … (read more)
Lake View Place is located in the university town of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, a gorgeous lakeside spot brimming with boutiques, galleries, museums and restaurants. Retirees seeking active, independent … (read more)

Frontida Adelaide Place

478 W. Arndt Street, Fond Du Lac, WI, 54935

Frontida Adelaide Place was nice and clean. The staff seemed friendly. The lady who gave us the tour was very friendly and thorough about giving us information. It seemed like a smaller place. The roo … (read more)
Frontida Adelaide Place was nice and clean. The staff seemed friendly. The lady who gave us the tour was very friendly and thorough about giving us information. It seemed like a smaller place. The roo … (read more)

St. Francis Terrace

345 E First Street, Fond Du Lac, WI, 54935

St. Francis Terrace is a senior living provider located near scenic Lake Winnebago in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The facility specializes in Alzheimer’s disease, wound care and spinal cord care. The expe … (read more)
St. Francis Terrace is a senior living provider located near scenic Lake Winnebago in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The facility specializes in Alzheimer’s disease, wound care and spinal cord care. The expe … (read more)

St. Clare Terrace

31 Everett Street,, Fond Du Lac, WI, 54935

St. Clare Terrace is an assisted living facility located in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, situated right next to the St. Agnes Hospital. Visitors describe the facility as very nice and clean. Resident and v … (read more)
St. Clare Terrace is an assisted living facility located in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, situated right next to the St. Agnes Hospital. Visitors describe the facility as very nice and clean. Resident and v … (read more)

Woodlands Senior Park

77 Wisconsin American Drive, Fond Du Lac, WI, 54937

Woodlands Senior Park is located on a wooded lot in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, a short drive from St. Agnes Hospital. The facility has a spacious outdoor setting for residents to enjoy, with animals such … (read more)
Woodlands Senior Park is located on a wooded lot in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, a short drive from St. Agnes Hospital. The facility has a spacious outdoor setting for residents to enjoy, with animals such … (read more)

Mable Meadows

1001 Primrose Lane, Fond Du Lac, WI, 54935

Located in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, Mable Meadows offers graduated levels of care, ensuring residents receive needed services. Nearby hiking trails simplify staying active, while a community rose garde … (read more)
Located in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, Mable Meadows offers graduated levels of care, ensuring residents receive needed services. Nearby hiking trails simplify staying active, while a community rose garde … (read more)

Sage Meadow of Fond du Lac Suites

597 Kingswood Avenue , Fond Du Lac, WI, 54935

Walnut Grove Fond de Lac Suites is nestled inside a residential, surburban area of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, near Lake Winnebago and Interstate 41. Reviewers positively note the clean and spacious livin … (read more)
Walnut Grove Fond de Lac Suites is nestled inside a residential, surburban area of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, near Lake Winnebago and Interstate 41. Reviewers positively note the clean and spacious livin … (read more)

Sage Meadow of Fond du Lac House

154 South Pioneer Parkway , Fond Du Lac, WI, 54935


Liberty House

701 S Main St, Fond Du Lac, WI, 54935

Liberty House of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin is situated in the heart of this peaceful small town and is easily accessed via Highway 41 or Highway 23. There are also eight places of worship, two hospitals … (read more)
Liberty House of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin is situated in the heart of this peaceful small town and is easily accessed via Highway 41 or Highway 23. There are also eight places of worship, two hospitals … (read more)

The Meadows of Fond du Lac

620 W Rolling Meadows Dr, Fond Du Lac, WI, 54937

It was true that the staff during the week was more attentive than the weekend staff now they are all the same inattentive. Minimal staff and the less they have to do for you the better they like you. … (read more)
It was true that the staff during the week was more attentive than the weekend staff now they are all the same inattentive. Minimal staff and the less they have to do for you the better they like you. … (read more)

Tarfa Terrace

54 W ARNDT ST, Fond Du Lac, WI, 54935

In the peaceful community of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, Tarfa Terrace provides assisted living communities as well as nursing home facilities. Tarfa Terrace is located in a neighborhood with shops, resta … (read more)
In the peaceful community of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, Tarfa Terrace provides assisted living communities as well as nursing home facilities. Tarfa Terrace is located in a neighborhood with shops, resta … (read more)

KindredHearts of Fond du Lac

566 Sherwood Avenue, Fond Du Lac, WI, 54935


Touchstone Living Center

300 Winnebago St, N Fond Du Lac, WI, 54937

Touchstone Living Center is a newly built senior living facility located in North Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, just south of the beautiful Lake Winnebago. With convenient access to Interstate 41 and the po … (read more)
Touchstone Living Center is a newly built senior living facility located in North Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, just south of the beautiful Lake Winnebago. With convenient access to Interstate 41 and the po … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Fond du Lac

The Division of Quality Assurance, Bureau of Assisted Living licenses and regulates four types of assisted living facilities and programs in Wisconsin, including community-based residential facilities and residential care apartment complexes. Assisted living facilities must provide room and board and up to 28 hours per week of supportive and personal care and nursing services.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Fond du Lac

  • The cost of living in Fond du Lac is nearly 25% lower than the national average and almost 15% lower than the state average. While groceries, health care, utilities and transportation all cost less in Fond du Lac, the cost of housing offers the biggest savings. Housing costs in Fond du Lac are nearly 50% below the national average and about 38% lower than the state average.
  • Although Fond du Lac winters can be rather cold, the town boasts cool summers with high temperatures ranging between 70- and 85-degrees Fahrenheit. Seniors can expect snow in the winter, but Fond du Lac is considered one of the most pleasant places in Wisconsin.
  • Violent crime in Fond du Lac is lower than the national average, but property crime is slightly above average. However, violent crime was up in 2019 compared to 2018 while property crime was down.
  • Wisconsin isn’t as tax-friendly towards retirees as other states, but Fond du Lac seniors won’t have to pay state taxes on Social Security benefits. Income from pensions and annuities is usually taxable, but retirees aged 65 or older can deduct up to $5,000 of retirement income if their federal adjusted gross income falls below $15,000 for singles or $30,000 for couples filing jointly. On the plus side, Wisconsin has the ninth-lowest average combined state and local sales tax rate in the country.
  • Fond du Lac County’s Senior Services offers transportation to anyone aged 60 or older throughout the county. It also provides lift-equipped transportation to anyone of any age with mobility challenges, and frail people of any age can request transportation by car to medical appointments.

Paying for Assisted Living in Fond du Lac

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Fond du Lac is $4,686, making it only slightly higher than the state average of $4,400. It’s also less than $400 higher than the national average of $4,300.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Although Fond du Lac’s average cost of assisted living is higher than the state average, it’s lower than all four of the closest cities. The average costs of assisted living in Oshkosh and Sheboygan are both more than $200 per month higher. Average monthly costs in Fond du Lac are nearly $400 lower compared to Milwaukee and over $800 lower than in Appleton. 

$4686

Fond du Lac

$4400

Wisconsin

$4300

The United States

$4908

Oshkosh

$5500

Appleton

$4950

Sheboygan

$5073

Milwaukee

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Retirees in Fond du Lac also may explore other senior housing options based on their individual needs. Adult day health care offers the lowest-cost option at an average of $1,484 per month. Homemaker services and home health aides provide services to individuals in their own homes, but home health aides typically offer more extensive personal care. Therefore, homemaker services are slightly less, with an average of $4,242, while home health aides are around $4,814 per month. Living in a nursing home facility comes with the highest monthly price tag. Semiprivate rooms run an average of $7,902, while private rooms run about $8,724 per month. 

$4242

Homemaker Services

$4814

Home Health Aide

$1484

Adult Day Health Care

$4686

Assisted Living Facility

$7902

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8724

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Fond du Lac

In Fond du Lac, Wisconsin’s Exceptional Expense Supplement for Members of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program provides eligible seniors additional Social Security income that can be used to help pay for assisted living.  Seniors can also utilize the Medical Assistance Personal Care program when seeking to live in an ALF with fewer than 20 tenants.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Fond du Lac

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 Fond du Lac

Seniors benefit from a variety of free resources from local organizations throughout Fond du Lac County. Government agencies and nonprofit organizations strive to help seniors remain as independent as possible and lead healthy lives whether they live in assisted living or other senior living situations by providing helpful services at no cost.

ResourceContact Services
Aging and Disability Resource Centers of Fond du Lac County(888) 435-7335Local ADRC offices provide unbiased information on all aspects of aging, including information on various publicly funded programs and services related to long-term care. Services include long-term care options counseling, benefits specialists, health and wellness programs, senior transportation, meal programs, housing options, adaptive equipment and more.
Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources(608) 243-5670GWAAR is a nonprofit agency that supports aging programs and services in 70 counties throughout Wisconsin. Services include the elder abuse hotline, Wisconsin Senior Employment, transportation, health promotion and nutrition. 
Fond du Lac County Senior Services (800) 215-5494FDLCO Senior Services ensures older residents throughout Fond du Lac County have access to the services for their physical, mental, social and financial well-being. Benefits specialists and nutrition, transportation and caregiver support programs are available to seniors aged 60 or older. 
Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging(608) 243-5690WIHA provides programs for adults living with ongoing health problems, including fun, interactive classes and workshops. Programs cover fall prevention, physical activities for better health and managing health problems, such as diabetes, chronic pain, bowel and bladder issues and other chronic conditions. 
Long-Term Care Ombudsman (800) 815-0015The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is provided by the Wisconsin Board on Aging & Long-Term Care. It responds to complaints from residents of long-term care facilities, including assisted living. The ombudsman investigates and resolves problems and provides consultations and referrals. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Fond du Lac

Fond du Lac-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 Fond du Lac