Older adults make up around 10.5% of Milwaukee’s 577,222 residents, which is low by national standards but doesn’t reflect the city’s genuine appeal to older residents or its conscious efforts to provide them with plenty of life-enriching opportunities. The below-average cost of living and numerous medical facilities also help make Milwaukee a senior-friendly city. 

Assisted living is a form of senior care suitable for people who need help with everyday tasks, such as getting in and out of bed, cooking meals and bathing. Its many benefits include being cared for 24/7 by trained caregivers and socializing daily with other seniors in safe and comfortable communities. The 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey found that the average monthly fee for assisted living in Milwaukee is $5,324, above the state and national averages but not Wisconsin’s costliest city. 

This guide considers the average costs for assisted living in Milwaukee and the surrounding region, including typical fees for other types of senior care. It also reviews the pros and cons of living in the city and lists several local resources that can make life more comfortable for its seniors.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Milwaukee, WI

2014

Autumn Lake Healthcare at Greenfield

5790 S. 27th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53221

Cameo Court Assisted Living is a few minutes away from Corpenicus Park, Boston Store Clearance Center and Goldman Park. Visitors note the professionalism of the staff members and the warmth with which … (read more)
Cameo Court Assisted Living is a few minutes away from Corpenicus Park, Boston Store Clearance Center and Goldman Park. Visitors note the professionalism of the staff members and the warmth with which … (read more)

Ebenezer Christian Home LLC

3207 N 36th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53216

Excellent care. Therapy was helpful and practical. Staff was amazing. Food was good, especially the soup. Guests were warmly welcomed by the staff.
Excellent care. Therapy was helpful and practical. Staff was amazing. Food was good, especially the soup. Guests were warmly welcomed by the staff.

Deerwood Crossing

4195 W Bradley Rd., Milwaukee, WI, 53209


Eastcastle Place

2505 East Bradford Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53211

My visit at Eastcastle Place went very well, in fact they had a very good recruiter. It seemed to be very welcoming and well established. The rooms were very nice, and the staff was also welcoming. Th … (read more)
My visit at Eastcastle Place went very well, in fact they had a very good recruiter. It seemed to be very welcoming and well established. The rooms were very nice, and the staff was also welcoming. Th … (read more)

Abundant Life Manor

1904 E Belleview Place, Milwaukee, WI, 53211

Abundant Life Manor is located in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, near Riverside Park, shopping and restaurants. Visitors give this facility high marks for its attentive staff, spacious rooms, beau … (read more)
Abundant Life Manor is located in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, near Riverside Park, shopping and restaurants. Visitors give this facility high marks for its attentive staff, spacious rooms, beau … (read more)

St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus

3800 N 92nd St, Milwaukee, WI, 53222

We were very impressed with St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus. They offered everything that we were looking for in assisted living. It was very highly recommended by a few of our friends, and so we had a … (read more)
We were very impressed with St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus. They offered everything that we were looking for in assisted living. It was very highly recommended by a few of our friends, and so we had a … (read more)

BRIA of Trinity Village- CLOSED

7500 W. Dean Rd. , Milwaukee, WI, 53223

BRIA of Trinity Village is a life plan community in the Whispering Hills neighborhood of Milwaukee and is just minutes away from the shopping complex in Brown Deer. It houses assisted and independent … (read more)
BRIA of Trinity Village is a life plan community in the Whispering Hills neighborhood of Milwaukee and is just minutes away from the shopping complex in Brown Deer. It houses assisted and independent … (read more)

Wilson Commons

1400 W. Sonata Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53221

I will be moving into Wilson Commons. It was on the south side. It was a lot cheaper. I just interacted with the nurse who did the assessment on me. They will be checking on me, giving me my medicatio … (read more)
I will be moving into Wilson Commons. It was on the south side. It was a lot cheaper. I just interacted with the nurse who did the assessment on me. They will be checking on me, giving me my medicatio … (read more)

Canterbury Court

1840 N PROSPECT AVE, Milwaukee, WI, 53202

Located along Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Canterbury Court provides seniors with a comfortable and safe assisted living community. This facility gets rave reviews for its high-end treatments, spacious … (read more)
Located along Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Canterbury Court provides seniors with a comfortable and safe assisted living community. This facility gets rave reviews for its high-end treatments, spacious … (read more)

Ovation Chai Point

1400 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 53202

Ovation Chai Point in Milwaukee offers a full continuum of care for seniors, and it’s housed in a sophisticated high-rise building overlooking Lake Michigan. Residents and visiting loved ones find t … (read more)
Ovation Chai Point in Milwaukee offers a full continuum of care for seniors, and it’s housed in a sophisticated high-rise building overlooking Lake Michigan. Residents and visiting loved ones find t … (read more)

Garden Terrace

10851 W. Donna Drive, Milwaukee, WI, 53224

Garden Terrace is located in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is only 25 minutes away from downtown Milwaukee and is a 30-minute drive away from General Mitchell International Airport. It’s close … (read more)
Garden Terrace is located in the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is only 25 minutes away from downtown Milwaukee and is a 30-minute drive away from General Mitchell International Airport. It’s close … (read more)

Villa St Francis

1910 W Ohio, Milwaukee, WI, 53215

The level of care and compassion at Villa St. Francis dates back to Felician Sisters, who brought their ministry to Milwaukee in 1907. This timeless compassion is still evident at Villa St. Francis in … (read more)
The level of care and compassion at Villa St. Francis dates back to Felician Sisters, who brought their ministry to Milwaukee in 1907. This timeless compassion is still evident at Villa St. Francis in … (read more)

Ascension Living Alexian Village

9301 N. 76 Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53223

My parents both stayed at Ascension Living Alexian Village. My dad was gonna move out with my mom too, but for some reason they have a 60-day notice, which I thought is so silly, because my parents ha … (read more)
My parents both stayed at Ascension Living Alexian Village. My dad was gonna move out with my mom too, but for some reason they have a 60-day notice, which I thought is so silly, because my parents ha … (read more)

Clare Terraces

3553 South 41st St., Milwaukee, WI, 53221

I’m at Landmark at the Terrace. They just changed a couple of months ago. It’s even worse than it was when St. Clare had it. I wasn’t aware that it was complete assisted living when I came here becaus … (read more)
I’m at Landmark at the Terrace. They just changed a couple of months ago. It’s even worse than it was when St. Clare had it. I wasn’t aware that it was complete assisted living when I came here becaus … (read more)

3 Heavenly Oats Adult Family Homes

2222 West Bolivar Avenue, Milwaukee, WI, 53221

The facility overall was fairly decent. The location could be slightly more scenic but it’s certainly not as depressing as other locales I am aware of. The amenities overall are acceptable; nothing to … (read more)
The facility overall was fairly decent. The location could be slightly more scenic but it’s certainly not as depressing as other locales I am aware of. The amenities overall are acceptable; nothing to … (read more)

Primrose Residential Facility

3910 West BURLEIGH ST, Milwaukee, WI, 53210

While in the area, we visited the Primrose Residential Facility as a living option for our aunt. The backyard featured many places for seniors to enjoy in a park-like settings with lush trees and mani … (read more)
While in the area, we visited the Primrose Residential Facility as a living option for our aunt. The backyard featured many places for seniors to enjoy in a park-like settings with lush trees and mani … (read more)

Care Share Parkway House

2780 N MENOMONEE RIVER PKWY, Milwaukee, WI, 53222

Care Share Parkway House was adequate. The main administrator was really good, and some of the other employees were OK. It was not a bad place, but there’s room for improvement.
Care Share Parkway House was adequate. The main administrator was really good, and some of the other employees were OK. It was not a bad place, but there’s room for improvement.

Family House 2

3269 North 11Th Street, Milwaukee, WI, 53206

this house is very unsanitary, the basement has water coming up from the sewer,the toilet in the downstairs is broken, none of the lights work in the bedroom downstairs.
this house is very unsanitary, the basement has water coming up from the sewer,the toilet in the downstairs is broken, none of the lights work in the bedroom downstairs.

Bell Therapy Belwood

5151 W Silver Spring Dr, Milwaukee, WI, 53218


Bridge Halfway House

2404 N 50TH ST, Milwaukee, WI, 53210


COVID-19 Rules for Assisted Living in Milwaukee

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 WI. 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 Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is responsible for regulating and licensing assisted living facilities, known in Milwaukee as community-based residential services. The department conducts unannounced inspections and monitors complaints to determine if facilities are complying with the terms of their licenses. If not, it has the power to revoke licenses or demand improvements by specific dates.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Milwaukee

  • According to Sperling’s BestPlaces, Milwaukee has an average cost of living index of 84.9. This is below the state and national averages of 90.9 and 100, respectively, which suggests Milwaukee’s residents get more for their dollar than most. Health care costs are above average but the cost of living index figure implies this could be offset by other common living expenses.
  • Like other major cities across the country, violent crime has risen sharply in Milwaukee in recent years. Property crime is also above average, although by a much smaller percentage. Seniors concerned about crime may be interested to know that assisted living communities provide security as a standard, with many installing additional protections for their residents’ peace of mind.
  • There are over a dozen well-regarded hospitals in and around Milwaukee, with some, such as Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin, nationally recognized for several of their specialties. The city also has a high number of Medicare-registered medical professionals, allowing its seniors more choice over who provides their health care. 
  • Although Milwaukee has a humid continental climate, its above-average levels of precipitation results in a rich green landscape by city standards. Seniors experience four distinct seasons with relatively stable climates, despite wide variations in the surrounding weather conditions.
  • Milwaukee County Department on Aging operates several free and low-cost transportation programs for seniors. For $3 per one-way ride, adults aged 60+ can use OATS, a van service mainly for medical and daily living needs (such as grocery shopping). Residents aged 65+ and those with disabilities can apply for a reduced fare card, which lowers MCT bus fares to $1.10 per ride. They can also apply for a GO Pass, which covers unlimited trips throughout Milwaukee County for $2 per day.

Paying for Assisted Living in Milwaukee

The results of the 2021 Genworth Cost of Care Survey found the average senior in Milwaukee pays $5,324 per month for assisted living care. This is approximately $724 more than normal for Wisconsin and $824 greater than the national average. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Although Milwaukee’s median monthly fee of $5,324 is above the state average, the city isn’t Wisconsin’s costliest, a position held by Racine, where seniors typically pay $5,450. However, most cities offer more affordable fees than Milwaukee, such as Oshkosh and La Crosse at $5,157 and $4,263 per month respectively. Wausau, whose median fee of $4,125 per month, is the state’s lowest.

$5324

Milwaukee

$4600

Wisconsin

$4500

United States

$4125

Wausau

$5450

Racine

$4263

La Crosse

$5157

Oshkosh

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Adult daycare centers offer the most affordable type of senior care in Milwaukee, with fees averaging $1,322 per month. Although assisted living fees are significantly higher, at $5,324, the services provided greatly exceed daycare centers and include accommodation and 24/7 support. Home and home health care agencies both average fees of $6,101 per month, despite the former offering non-medical services and the latter providing medical care. Milwaukee’s most expensive option is nursing home care, where the most affordable choice is a semiprivate room, which averages $10,872 per month.

$6101

In-Home Care

$6101

Home Health Care

$1322

Adult Day Health Care

$5324

Assisted Living Facility

$10872

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Milwaukee

Wisconsin’s state Medicaid program provides waivers for qualified seniors that can help pay for supportive services at assisted living care facilities. Though the waivers do not cover room-and-board costs, they do set a limit on what a facility can charge for those services.

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 Milwaukee

Milwaukee seniors in assisted living facilities needn’t rely only on their care providers for support as there are many non-profits and government agencies committed to helping them have more fulfilling lives. The resources listed here can help seniors concerned about the quality of their care, those needing free medical equipment and those requiring hospital levels of care. 

Resource

Contact

Description

(414) 384-2000

The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center is a facility that provides primary care and specialty health services to vets, including mental health and cancer care. It operates 24/7 all year round and also has the facility to provide palliative and hospice care. 

(414) 488-6500

Eras Senior Network is a multi-resource non-profit agency dedicated to assisting seniors in the counties of Milwaukee and Waukesha. It administers RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program developed by AmeriCorps to help adults aged 55+ assist non-profits in their communities. Volunteer opportunities are varied and can include visiting homebound seniors who may live alone, transporting residents on low incomes to medical appointments and tutoring the community's younger members on a range of subjects.

Milwaukee County's Department on Aging manages five senior centers in and around the city. They're available to residents aged 50 and older, who can participate in an array of games and programs, including pool, tai chi and classes on quilting and woodworking.

(800) 815-0015

The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is an advocate for the rights of seniors residing in care facilities throughout Wisconsin. Ombudsmen are volunteers who regularly visit facilities to engage with residents, listen to their concerns and investigate complaints made by them, their families or third parties. 

(414) 483-4474

Cudahy-St. Francis Interfaith Program for the Elderly is a local charity that mostly assists seniors living at home. However, some of its resources are suitable for those in residential care facilities. One is the durable medical equipment loan closet, which lends equipment for free for three-month periods, although these can be extended. Equipment often available includes wheelchairs, crutches and walkers.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities in WI are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in WI page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Wisconsin