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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Oshkosh, WI for 2024

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in Oshkosh, WI below include 15 Assisted Living facilities with 312 reviews. On average in Oshkosh, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options 3.01 out of 5 stars.

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Oshkosh

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has overall responsibility for ensuring assisted living facilities in the state adhere to its standards. The department issues licenses to high-quality assisted living communities and revokes them from facilities that violate standards. Some monitoring work is conducted at a local level by the Long-Term Care Ombudsman who can influence licensing decisions.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Oshkosh

  • According to Sperling’s Best Places, the cost of living in Oshkosh is very favorable when compared to the national average of 100. The city’s score is 81.7, which is also better than the state average of 90.9, indicating that seniors’ incomes can go further in Oshkosh. The exception is health costs, which are above average. However, other categories, such as transportation, are significantly less costly when compared to the state and country averages.
  • Although there aren’t many hospitals in and around Oshkosh, the primary medical facility, Aurora Medical Center, is rated as high-performing in treating Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease and knee replacement surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Oshkosh is also less than 90 minutes from the state’s best hospitals in Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee.
  • Seniors should expect the winters to be very cold in this part of the world, with lows of 10 degrees Fahrenheit in January being common. However, temperatures in the spring can be very pleasant, and highs of 81 degrees in the summer months aren’t unusual. There can be a significant amount of snowfall between December and March, so seniors will need to be prepared for this.
  • One of the many reasons seniors choose to live in Oshkosh is its below-average crime rates. According to Neighborhood Scout, violent crime in the city is 2.91 per 1,000 residents, compared to the U.S. average of 4. The figures for property crime also make more comfortable reading at 16.37 compared to 21. It’s worth noting that crime is usually associated with specific areas. In Oshkosh, these tend to be the city center and some neighborhoods bordering Lake Winnebago. 
  • There are several low-cost transportation solutions that can help seniors get around Winnebago County. These include free transportation in wheelchair-accessible vehicles provided to Medicaid beneficiaries by MTM Inc. and the reduced cab fares offered to adults aged 60 and over who qualify for the services provided by Oshkosh Senior Dial-A-Ride

Paying for Assisted Living in Oshkosh

In addition to revealing that the average cost of an assisted living placement in Oshkosh is $4,908, the 2020 Genworth Cost of Care Survey also showed that the costs for different types of senior care can vary greatly but also be surprisingly similar. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Despite being above the state and national averages, Oshkosh’s assisted living fees are not the highest in the state. Seniors in Sheboygan pay a little more, at $4,950,  those in Appleton pay significantly more, at $5,500. However, some cities are more affordable. Families in Oshkosh can save approximately $222 per month if they consider Fond du Luc and $1,108 for a move up to Green Bay.

Oshkosh

$4,908

Wisconsin

$4,400

The United States

$4,300

Appleton

$5,500

Green Bay

$3,800

Fond du Lac

$4,686

Sheboygan

$4,950

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

The 2020 survey doesn’t record adult day care costs for Oshkosh. However, the state average is $1,322. Despite the latter offering limited medical services, home care and home health care both have average costs of $4,957, which are above the $4,908 costs for assisted living, which also provides accommodation. By far, the most costly type of care is in nursing homes. However, families might be interested to know that the average costs for semiprivate rooms and private rooms are the same, at $9,262.

Home care

$4,957

Home health care

$4,957

Assisted living

$4,908

Nursing home (semiprivate room)

$9,262

Nursing home (private room)

$9,262

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Oshkosh

Eligible seniors in Wisconsin can receive additional Social Security income to help pay for assisted living through the Exceptional Expense Supplement for Members of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Additionally, Medicaid’s Medical Assistance Personal Care program can provide financial aid to seniors residing in an ALF with less than 20 residents.

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

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Oshkosh

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 Oshkosh

These resources are examples of how families can get financial assistance to help make assisted living an affordable option. There’s also information on how to deal with concerns about the standard of care provided to seniors already in an assisted living facility.

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VA Aid and Attendance Benefits(920) 965-0001U.S. military veterans and their spouses who are currently residing in assisted living facilities can apply for the VA Aid and Attendance benefit. It’s a monthly payment included in the VA pension that’s intended to help cover some care costs. There’s no requirement to pay the benefits back, which can be up to $1,881 per month for a single vet, $2,230 for a couple and $1,209 for a surviving spouse. VeteranAid.org provides a useful tool on its website for seniors to check if they qualify.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman(800) 815-0015The Long-Term Care Ombudsman is a division of the Board on Aging & Long Term Care. The ombudsman investigates complaints made by seniors regarding their care, mediates disputes between seniors, their families and the owners of care communities and educates residents about their rights. Additionally, the ombudsman works with families looking for the ideal facilities for their loved ones. This can include providing them with data held on file about the facilities.
Medicare Counseling – Benefits Specialists(877) 886-2372Seniors in Oshkosh and Winnebago County can get counseling services regarding various benefits free of charge. The counselors provide unbiased information and advice on a range of benefits for older residents. These can include evaluating existing Medicare plans to determine if they provide seniors with the coverage they need and helping them choose the best plans to cover shortfalls. Although this may include private health care insurance, the counselors will not try to sell those plans. Additionally, they can help low-income seniors who may be eligible for the Medical Assistance Personal Care program, which can provide financial help for those in assisted living, but it won’t cover room and board costs.
Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging (GWAAR)(608) 243-5670GWAAR is a multiple-purpose resource for seniors and their families in Oshkosh. It provides assistance but can also refer seniors to other service providers, such as legal services that specialize in Elder Law.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Oshkosh

Oshkosh-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 Oshkosh

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Review of Arborview Manor

Room is ok, Food is not what our loved one would normally eat. Staff not very interactive with the patients.

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I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Arborview Manor

My mom was a resident of Arborview The Good Life for 3 years. She was well cared for. The staff was genuine and so very caring. They were all very loving towards her. Her rooms were very good. She...

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I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Review of Arborview Manor

Never felt more helpless than when I visit here. Staff does not interact with the people, they are snippy when answering call buttons (almost like the residents are a bother to them). There just is...

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