Located in south-central Wisconsin, Madison makes a particularly good home for active seniors who enjoy a vibrant urban culture, as it’s the state capital and home to the main campus of the University of Wisconsin. The high percentage of college students in Madison means that the senior population is a bit lower than the national average; seniors account for roughly 31,000 of its 269,840 citizens. Madison is conveniently drivable from three other major Midwest destinations, with Milwaukee, Green Bay and Chicago all under 2.5 hours away.

Seniors who require assistance with the tasks of everyday living but who don’t need around-the-clock medical care may opt to move into assisted living facilities. These communities usually offer an array of amenities that include meal services, social experiences and entertainment options. In Madison, the $4,800 monthly cost for assisted living is just slightly higher than the national average.

This guide discusses some considerations for seniors thinking about moving into an assisted living facility in Madison. In addition to detailing costs for assisted living and related long-term care options, it examines free local resources for senior citizens and some specific benefits and drawbacks to life in this bustling Wisconsin city.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Madison, WI

Oak Park Place Madison

718 Jupiter Drive, Madison, WI, 53718

Oak Park Place Madison is a popular senior community off I-90 near Lake Monona. Family members appreciate that their loved ones can participate in a variety of activities like choirs, daily exercise g … (read more)
Oak Park Place Madison is a popular senior community off I-90 near Lake Monona. Family members appreciate that their loved ones can participate in a variety of activities like choirs, daily exercise g … (read more)

Oakwood Village University Woods

6205 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI, 53705

Oakwood Village University Woods is situated on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin, and is close to hospitals, restaurants, parks and other city amenities. The facility’s nine-acre nature preserve an … (read more)
Oakwood Village University Woods is situated on the west side of Madison, Wisconsin, and is close to hospitals, restaurants, parks and other city amenities. The facility’s nine-acre nature preserve an … (read more)

2013

Brookdale Madison West

413 South Yellowstone Drive, Madison, WI, 53719

Brookdale Madison West is situated near the Odana Hills Golf Course and has numerous shopping and medical facilities in close proximity. Residents and visitors consistently give the community high mar … (read more)
Brookdale Madison West is situated near the Odana Hills Golf Course and has numerous shopping and medical facilities in close proximity. Residents and visitors consistently give the community high mar … (read more)

Madison Pointe

705 Ziegler Rd, Madison, WI, 53714

Madison Pointe is located in the heart of Madison, Wisconsin. Residents enjoy amenities such as a beautiful, well-stocked library, computer room, party space and patio with a garden. Visitors tout the … (read more)
Madison Pointe is located in the heart of Madison, Wisconsin. Residents enjoy amenities such as a beautiful, well-stocked library, computer room, party space and patio with a garden. Visitors tout the … (read more)

Tennyson Retirement Living

1936 Tennyson Ln Madison, WI, Madison, WI, 53704

We toured both the assisted living and memory care of Tennyson Retirement Living. I liked it a lot. It had a good layout and lots of space. Where you come in from the front door off to the side is a n … (read more)
We toured both the assisted living and memory care of Tennyson Retirement Living. I liked it a lot. It had a good layout and lots of space. Where you come in from the front door off to the side is a n … (read more)

Traditions of Madison

734 Mesta Ln, Madison, WI, 53704


Wickshire Madison

1601 Wheeler Road, Madison, WI, 53704

The Wickshire Madison assisted living was sort of new, well-kept, and pretty clean. There are low incidences of COVID, the staff seemed warm and helpful, and the residents seemed friendly and nice. It … (read more)
The Wickshire Madison assisted living was sort of new, well-kept, and pretty clean. There are low incidences of COVID, the staff seemed warm and helpful, and the residents seemed friendly and nice. It … (read more)

Oakwood Village – Prairie Ridge

5565 Tancho Drive, Madison, WI, 53718

I’ve been a resident at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge since the Grasslands independent living apartments were completed in July 2019. My wife and I couldn’t be happier. We have a spacious apartment, b … (read more)
I’ve been a resident at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge since the Grasslands independent living apartments were completed in July 2019. My wife and I couldn’t be happier. We have a spacious apartment, b … (read more)

All Saints Memory Care

519 Commerce Drive, Madison, WI, 53719

All Saints Memory Care is located in South Central Madison, Wisconsin, and has received high marks for its clean and inviting environment, as well as the knowledgeable and engaging staff. Residents at … (read more)
All Saints Memory Care is located in South Central Madison, Wisconsin, and has received high marks for its clean and inviting environment, as well as the knowledgeable and engaging staff. Residents at … (read more)

Chamomile I Assisted Living Ltd

842 Jupiter Drive, Madison, WI, 53718

Chamomile II Assisted Living Ltd is located in the eastern part of Madison, Wisconsin, near Highway 51, Door Creek Golf Course and the town of Blooming Grove. Residents and visitors appreciate the pro … (read more)
Chamomile II Assisted Living Ltd is located in the eastern part of Madison, Wisconsin, near Highway 51, Door Creek Golf Course and the town of Blooming Grove. Residents and visitors appreciate the pro … (read more)

Emerson Assisted Living

402 Rustic Drive, Madison, WI, 53718

Emerson Assisted Living is an older home, but they keep it clean and comfortable. The staff is really nice. The food is very good. My aunt has actually put on some weight.
Emerson Assisted Living is an older home, but they keep it clean and comfortable. The staff is really nice. The food is very good. My aunt has actually put on some weight.

North Bay Lodge

3602 Memorial Drive, Madison, WI, 53704

There is full time staff at the facility. They are caring and are available most times. Three meals a day are provided in a group room. There is a TV room with couches and chairs. The clients take tur … (read more)
There is full time staff at the facility. They are caring and are available most times. Three meals a day are provided in a group room. There is a TV room with couches and chairs. The clients take tur … (read more)

Sebring Assisted Care Residence

7710 SOUTH BROOKLINE DRIVE, Madison, WI, 53719

I would NOT recommend this place to anyone at this time. Sebring has many staffing issues. Most weekend and holidays are short staffed. Cares are not met in a timely fashion due to incompetent Resi … (read more)
I would NOT recommend this place to anyone at this time. Sebring has many staffing issues. Most weekend and holidays are short staffed. Cares are not met in a timely fashion due to incompetent Resi … (read more)

Apara Care

7601 Ganswer Way, Madison, WI, 53719


Cedarhurst of Madison

5601 Burke Road, Madison, WI, 53718

Cedarhurst of Madison offers compassionate senior care in Madison, WI. We strive to create a home-like atmosphere where you and your loved ones can feel secure. Our warm, well-trained staff works clos … (read more)
Cedarhurst of Madison offers compassionate senior care in Madison, WI. We strive to create a home-like atmosphere where you and your loved ones can feel secure. Our warm, well-trained staff works clos … (read more)


H U Assisted Living Homes, LLC

2842 Cimarron Trail, Units #1 & #2, Madison, WI, 53719


The Waterford at Fitchburg

5440 Caddis Bend, Fitchburg, WI, 53711

The overall attitude is very corporate and uncaring; my relatives receive little support while paying out a LOT of money. The theme is "You’re on your own; we’re not really interested." Some of the st … (read more)
The overall attitude is very corporate and uncaring; my relatives receive little support while paying out a LOT of money. The theme is "You’re on your own; we’re not really interested." Some of the st … (read more)

Heritage Monona

111 Owen Road, Monona, WI, 53716

My aunt has moved into Heritage Monona. There had been a few little issues, but we got those straightened out. Right now, the one thing I did not like about it is I don’t feel like they have enough st … (read more)
My aunt has moved into Heritage Monona. There had been a few little issues, but we got those straightened out. Right now, the one thing I did not like about it is I don’t feel like they have enough st … (read more)

2015

Avalon Assisted Living & Memory Care Community

2879 Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg, WI, 53713

I liked Avalon Assisted Living & Memory Care Community pretty well. It was nicer than I expected, and it’s set back off the road which gives you a nice feeling, although I don’t think there are an … (read more)
I liked Avalon Assisted Living & Memory Care Community pretty well. It was nicer than I expected, and it’s set back off the road which gives you a nice feeling, although I don’t think there are an … (read more)

COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Madison

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 Madison

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is responsible for licensing and certifying community-based residential facilities throughout the state. Wisconsin law defines CBRFs as places where five or more unrelated adults receive care and treatment that goes beyond simple room and board but does not rise to the level of nursing home care.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Madison

  • Summers in the Madison area are pleasantly warm, with highs averaging 80 degrees from June through August. This northern state is ideal for seniors who enjoy the winter season. Average highs remain below freezing from December to February, and the city sees 42 inches of snow a year, quite a bit more than the national average of 28. 
  • Madison is a relatively safe place for seniors to call home. The city’s crime rate of 188 per 100,000 people is lower than the national average, as is the property crime rate of 1,644 per 100,000 people. Property crime, in particular, steadily dropped in the area through the 2010s.
  • Living in Madison comes with tax benefits and drawbacks alike. On one hand, Wisconsin’s income tax rate of 6.3% is notably above the national average of 4.6%, making yearly tax bills higher. On the other, Madison’s combined sales tax rate of 5.43% is among the lowest in the nation, so day-to-day tax costs are less of an issue.
  • In general, Madison’s cost of living is in line with the national average, but costs associated with specific indices vary widely. For example, the cost of health care in Madison is just 86.3 on a scale where 100 represents the U.S. average. Transportation is also quite affordable at 85.8. However, at 111.1, the costs of housing in Madison are considerably above national norms, as are the costs of utilities at 107.5. 
  • Madison is a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, which focuses on improving livability for older adults. The network helps promote local initiatives such as health services, encourages civic participation and supports green outdoor spaces that provide areas for exercise and communing with nature.

Paying for Assisted Living in Madison

According to data from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, assisted living care in Madison costs an average of $4,800 a month. That’s slightly higher than the Wisconsin average of $4,600 and the U.S. average of $4,500.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Madison’s monthly cost of $4,800 for assisted living puts it roughly in the middle of the pack for Wisconsin. Prices are generally lower in the northern and western parts of the state, with Wausau and La Crosse both averaging under $4,300 a month. Costs spike in southeast Wisconsin, where Milwaukee averages $5,324 a month, and Racine leads the state at $5,450.

$4800

Madison

$4600

Wisconsin

$4500

The United States

$4125

Wausau

$4263

La Crosse

$5324

Milwaukee

$5450

Racine

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care 

Seniors living in Madison may also choose from an array of other long-term care possibilities. The $2,019 monthly outlay for an adult day health care facility is thousands of dollars lower than that for assisted living. For approximately $500 more than assisted living, seniors may set up home-based care through homemaker or home health aide services; both average $5,339 monthly. The most intensive and most expensive care is available in nursing homes. In Madison, seniors can expect to pay about $8,851 monthly for a semiprivate room and $9,551 monthly for a private one.

$5339

Homemaker Services

$5339

Home Health Aide

$2019

Adult Day Health Care

$4800

Assisted Living Facility

$8851

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9551

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Madison

Madison 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 Madison

Seniors living in Madison have access to an array of free resources that support older adults who choose to stay in assisted living communities. These resources are available through the work of both government agencies and private groups and include local transportation options, physical fitness programs, advice on accessing public benefits and more.

Resource 

Contact  

Service

(608) 266-6581  

Located in the heart of the city, the Madison Senior Center aims to help older adults with maintaining cognitive health, engaging socially and creatively and staying disease-free. The center hosts nearly 3,000 events per year, including book clubs, art exhibits, live music performances and ballroom dancing classes.  

(608) 261-9930  

This government agency is tasked with assisting adults 60 years of age and up with both short-term and long-term needs. In addition to publishing regular informational newsletters for area caregivers and seniors, it can help guide seniors through questions about accessing benefits and signing up for prescription drug programs.  

(800) 815-0015  

The ombudsman's role is to investigate care issues reported by residents of long-term care facilities. Family and friends may also report problems to the ombudsman. Care issues under the purview of the ombudsman can include physical abuse, financial exploitation, lack of adequate privacy and breaches of confidentiality, among others. The ombudsman can also guide seniors and families through questions about power of attorney and patients' rights regarding refusal of treatment. 

(608) 240-7400  

The ADRC's mission is to facilitate access to resources that can help older adults and those with disabilities. ADRC employees can direct Madison seniors to food delivery programs such as Meals on Wheels, alcohol and substance abuse services aimed at the unique needs of older people and social groups for seniors in the LGBTQ community. All of the ADRC's services are free of charge and carry no income requirements.   

(608) 242-4897

Offering job training for adults 55 years of age and older, WISE is funded by the Older Americans Act and can help Madison seniors build new skills while earning a part-time income. Job placements include senior centers, hospitals and libraries, helping older adults remain connected to peers in their community while they gain experience.  

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Madison

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