Nearly 22,000 residents call Middleton home, including about 3,400 seniors aged 65 or older. Middleton is in Dane County and sits along part of Lake Mendota. It’s a suburb of Madison, which is a short 6 miles down the road. Seniors who enjoy nature and being outdoors with lots of recreational activities have a bounty of over 50 parks and natural areas, 27 miles of multi-use trails, 25 conservancy areas, an ADA-accessible kayak-canoe port and 27 holes of championship golf in Middleton. The city is also home to seasonal farmers’ markets, historic museums, nearly 80 diverse dining establishments and a picturesque downtown.

Assisted living provides a combination of personalized supportive care and prolonged independence in a residential setting offering numerous socialization opportunities. The average cost of assisted living in Middleton is $4,956, which is higher than both the state and national averages.

This guide provides valuable details about assisted living in Middleton, including the average monthly cost of alternate senior care options and comparisons of assisted living costs in other Wisconsin cities. It also offers an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Middleton and several free aging-related resources for seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Middleton, WI

Heritage Middleton

6234 Maywood Avenue, Middleton, WI, 53562

Heritage Middleton is a beautiful place. They were very friendly there, and they gave us a tour of an apartment. The facility is very elegant. At the time we went, there wasn’t an activity. We did go … (read more)
Heritage Middleton is a beautiful place. They were very friendly there, and they gave us a tour of an apartment. The facility is very elegant. At the time we went, there wasn’t an activity. We did go … (read more)

Brookdale Middleton Century Ave

6916 Century Avenue, Middleton, WI, 53562

We liked Brookdale Middleton Century Ave. We were very impressed. I liked that it’s a little smaller community and I liked that it’s on one level. The person who gave me the tour was very good. The ro … (read more)
We liked Brookdale Middleton Century Ave. We were very impressed. I liked that it’s a little smaller community and I liked that it’s on one level. The person who gave me the tour was very good. The ro … (read more)

Attic Angel Community

8301 Old Sauk Rd, Middleton, WI, 53562

This facility is top notch. My mother-in-law spent the last couple months of her life in the long-term care area. The staff are very attentive and caring. Everyone from administration to all the careg … (read more)
This facility is top notch. My mother-in-law spent the last couple months of her life in the long-term care area. The staff are very attentive and caring. Everyone from administration to all the careg … (read more)

Sage Meadow of Middleton

5340 Century Avenue, Middleton, WI, 53562

Artisans Seniors Living Community didn’t seem as flashy and was more quiet. The man who received me was nice and polite but a little bit uptight, but the place was very lovely. They cater to artists, … (read more)
Artisans Seniors Living Community didn’t seem as flashy and was more quiet. The man who received me was nice and polite but a little bit uptight, but the place was very lovely. They cater to artists, … (read more)

Cardinal View Senior Living

3820 Tribeca Dr, Middleton, WI, 53562

My tour of Cardinal View Senior Living was informative. I just found it way too expensive. For what you got, the rooms were pretty small. It’s all brand new though, so it’s nice. They had amenities I’ … (read more)
My tour of Cardinal View Senior Living was informative. I just found it way too expensive. For what you got, the rooms were pretty small. It’s all brand new though, so it’s nice. They had amenities I’ … (read more)

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)

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)

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)

Sylvan Crossings in Westshire Village

5475 Westshire Circle, Waunakee, WI, 53597

We found the Sylvan Crossings At Westshire satisfactory. They were basically all one-bedroom suites with full baths. The rooms were very nice. They had just completed renovations. The room that they s … (read more)
We found the Sylvan Crossings At Westshire satisfactory. They were basically all one-bedroom suites with full baths. The rooms were very nice. They had just completed renovations. The room that they s … (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)

Sylvan Crossings at Chapel Valley

5765 Chapel Valley Rd, Fitchburg, WI, 53711

<p>Dedicated to quality and service, Sylvan Crossings at Chapel Valley in Florida offers a full range of services and accommodations for seniors. Surrounded by world class beaches, shopping and cultur … (read more)
<p>Dedicated to quality and service, Sylvan Crossings at Chapel Valley in Florida offers a full range of services and accommodations for seniors. Surrounded by world class beaches, shopping and cultur … (read more)

Girlie’s Manor

2620 Military Rd,, Cross Plains, WI, 53528

My mother moved to Girlie’s Manor and is happy there. She likes that it is in her hometown, so she can maintain her church community and other local friends. She knows some people who live there and l … (read more)
My mother moved to Girlie’s Manor and is happy there. She likes that it is in her hometown, so she can maintain her church community and other local friends. She knows some people who live there and l … (read more)

Homestead Living

1040 Quinn Drive, Waunakee, WI, 53597

I visited my sister in Homestead, it was wonderful, beautiful, clean, and well-kept. They have underground parking, washers and dryers on every floor, and a gorgeous community room. She prepares outin … (read more)
I visited my sister in Homestead, it was wonderful, beautiful, clean, and well-kept. They have underground parking, washers and dryers on every floor, and a gorgeous community room. She prepares outin … (read more)

Home Again Living Waunakee

1120 Connery Cove, Waunakee, WI, 53597

I went to Home Again Living Waunakee, and it is beautiful. If that facility would have been closer, I would have chosen it. I think everything about it was very appealing. I liked the fact that the vi … (read more)
I went to Home Again Living Waunakee, and it is beautiful. If that facility would have been closer, I would have chosen it. I think everything about it was very appealing. I liked the fact that the vi … (read more)

Milestone Senior Living – Cross Plains

1870 Market Street, Cross Plains, WI, 53528

Milestone Senior Living – Cross Plains was nice. It’s a little dated and dingy, but the people there were nice. There were at least a couple of people in the hallways or watching TV. The views from th … (read more)
Milestone Senior Living – Cross Plains was nice. It’s a little dated and dingy, but the people there were nice. There were at least a couple of people in the hallways or watching TV. The views from th … (read more)

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)

Waunakee Manor

801 S. Klein Dr, Waunakee, WI, 53597

We really liked Waunakee Manor but it’s quite a ways from where we live now. It was very clean and it smelled nice. The staff was friendly and open to any of our questions. They showed us all around a … (read more)
We really liked Waunakee Manor but it’s quite a ways from where we live now. It was very clean and it smelled nice. The staff was friendly and open to any of our questions. They showed us all around a … (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)

Cedarhurst of Verona

1125 N Edge Trail, Verona, WI, 53593

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

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Middleton

The Bureau of Assisted Living is part of the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Quality Assurance. It’s responsible for licensing and regulating four types of assisted living facilities and programs in Middleton and statewide, including community-based residential facilities and residential care apartment complexes.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Middleton

  • While Wisconsin isn’t known as tax-friendly towards retirees, Social Security benefits, military pensions and Railroad Retirement benefits are fully exempt from state income tax. Income from other pensions and annuities is taxed, but up to $5,000 in income is exempt for retirees aged 65 or older with a federal adjusted gross income below $15,000, or below $30,000 for couples.
  • Wisconsin has a 5% sales tax rate, and municipalities can add up to 1.75% for a combined average rate of 5.43%. Middleton residents pay Dane County’s sales tax rate of 0.5%. Although this puts the combined total at 5.5%, Dane County has higher sales taxes than 95.5% of other cities and counties in Wisconsin. However, seniors may like to know that groceries and prescription drugs are completely tax-exempt.
  • The cost of living in Middleton is higher than the national average by nearly 12%, and it’s higher than the state average by 21%. However, health care costs in Middleton are 14% lower than both the national and state averages, which may be of most interest to seniors in assisted living. 
  • Violent crime in Middleton is very low compared to the national average. Crime is rated on a scale of one to 100 with one being the best rating. Middleton is rated at 8.3 for violent crime while the national average is 22.7. Property crime is also lower, with Middleton rated at 24.6 compared to the national average of 35.4. It’s also lower than the state average, which is 19.4 for violent crime and 28.2 for property crime. To add to this good news, assisted living facilities often have their own security features and procedures to ensure resident safety. 
  • Middleton residents enjoy temperate summers that earn the city a 9.2 out of 10 on the comfort index scale. Its July high is around 82 degrees Fahrenheit with four comfortable months boasting a temperature range between 70 degrees and 85 degrees. Alternately, winters can get extremely cold with an average January low of 11-degrees and freezing temperatures for 148 days annually. However, this is warmer than most places in Wisconsin.

Paying for Assisted Living in Middleton

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average cost of assisted living in Middleton is $4,956. This amount is higher than the state average by $556 per month and higher than the national average by $656.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Middleton’s average cost of assisted living is much higher than that of some cities, moderately higher than others and still slightly lower than some. Compared to Janesville, Middleton’s cost is nearly $1,000 more per month. However, compared to Racine and Fond du Lac, it’s only $306 and $270 higher, respectively. Middleton’s cost is lower than Milwaukee’s by $117 per month. 

$4956

Middleton

$4400

Wisconsin

$4300

The United States

$3975

Janesville

$4650

Racine

$4686

Fond du Lac

$5073

Milwaukee

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Middleton have several senior care options. Besides assisted living, they may opt for adult day health care at $2,019 per month, which is the lowest cost option. Seniors wanting to remain in their homes may choose homemaker services or home health aides, which both run $5,339 per month. For more extensive supportive care, seniors may require nursing home facilities, which are the highest cost option at $8,790 for semiprivate rooms or $9,429 for private rooms. 

$5339

Homemaker Services

$5339

Home Health Aide

$2019

Adult Day Health Care

$4956

Assisted Living Facility

$8790

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$9429

Nursing Home (private room)

Note: Data for Middleton was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Madison, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Middleton

Wisconsin Medicaid may cover services from assisted living facilities with up to 20 beds. Middleton seniors who need additional help paying for assisted living may be eligible for PACE, which is also offered through Medicaid. Wisconsin also has a Supplemental Security Income Exceptional Expense (SSI-E) payment for which seniors may qualify.

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 Middleton

Government entities and nonprofit organizations in Middleton, Dane County and the State of Wisconsin offer various free resources for seniors. These resources help seniors remain healthy and active in their communities while providing opportunities to socialize.

Resource

Contact 

Services

(855) 417-6892

The ADRC of Dane County provides information about resources and supportive services related to aging to any Dane County senior regardless of income. The center connects seniors with adaptive equipment, nutrition, health, transportation and in-home care resources. It also assists with long-care counseling and elder benefits.

(608) 831-2373

Middleton Senior Center coordinates services and programs for older adults to help them maintain their independence. It provides educational and recreational opportunities that address the physical, intellectual, creative, social, entertainment, health and emotional needs of individuals aged 55 or older. The center also provides information and referrals, facilitates civic engagement and offers supportive services, volunteer opportunities and transportation services.

(608) 261-9930

The AAA of Dane County facilitates services to individuals aged 60 or older. While it offers the Elder Benefit Specialist Program, all other programs and services are provided through annual contracts by Focal Points. Dane County has 12 Focal Points that deliver support groups, senior nutrition, transportation, educational programs, tax preparation and healthy aging.

(608) 238-7787

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Dane County matches volunteers aged 55 or older with community service opportunities that mesh with seniors' interests, knowledge, experience, energy levels and schedules. Senior volunteers benefit from staying active, meeting new friends and making a difference in their community.

(800) 815-0015

The Wisconsin Board on Aging & Long-Term Care administers the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program to protect the rights of long-term care residents throughout the state. An ombudsman responds to complaints made by residents of long-term care facilities, including assisted living and community-based residential facilities. The ombudsman investigates each complaint and strives to resolve the problem to improve the resident’s quality of care.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Middleton

Middleton-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