Rice Lake is a charming community in Red Cedar River valley that’s home to a growing number of seniors aged 65 and over who are close to a quarter of its over 9,000 residents. The city acts as the medical and cultural center of nearby smaller towns including Barron and Cumberland. This quaint city has minimal crime and clean air, making a safe option for retirees who prefer a peaceful environment surrounded by scenic areas. 

Assisted living communities provide personal residential care to seniors. Facilities can assist older adults with daily living and sometimes offer accommodation in a home-like setting. Residents enjoy three meals a day and other amenities such as recreational activities and access to in-house beauty salons. Many facilities provide individualized care plans created to promote independence. In Rice Lake, the median price for assisted living is $4,000 per month.

This page is an introduction to Rice Lake and assisted living rates within the state. It also includes several resources that may help older adults.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Rice Lake, WI

Vista Prairie at Brentwood

633 Cameron Road, Rice Lake, WI, 54868

We have chosen Vista Prairie at Brentwood for my mother-in-law. We haven’t moved her in; we have just decided to move her there. The staff was super friendly. They said they’re going to be super suppo … (read more)
We have chosen Vista Prairie at Brentwood for my mother-in-law. We haven’t moved her in; we have just decided to move her there. The staff was super friendly. They said they’re going to be super suppo … (read more)

VitaCare Living – Rice Lake II

1639 Kern Ave, Rice Lake, WI, 54868

I visited and the units were only one room and a bathroom. They all had to have their meals in the general area. It was clean. They had activities for people, an area where they could watch TV, and an … (read more)
I visited and the units were only one room and a bathroom. They all had to have their meals in the general area. It was clean. They had activities for people, an area where they could watch TV, and an … (read more)

Cambridge Senior Living – Rice Lake

820 Bear Paw Avenue, Rice Lake, WI, 54868

I like how Cambridge Senior Living Rice Lake took a lot of time to explain their services and how they operate. They also let us do a guest lunch with the potential residents and family residents (tha … (read more)
I like how Cambridge Senior Living Rice Lake took a lot of time to explain their services and how they operate. They also let us do a guest lunch with the potential residents and family residents (tha … (read more)


Woodstone Rice Lake

950 Bear Paw Avenue, Rice Lake, WI, 54868

Woodstone Rice Lake was more of what we were looking for. It was just assisted. It was more apartment style, and it was very clean and bright. They had a lot more than others. They had a theater, a ba … (read more)
Woodstone Rice Lake was more of what we were looking for. It was just assisted. It was more apartment style, and it was very clean and bright. They had a lot more than others. They had a theater, a ba … (read more)


Monroe Manor

508 E Monroe Ave, Barron, WI, 54812

Monroe Manor is a very nice place. The place was clean, it was modern, and had a decent size of rooms. The staff who assisted me during the tour was very informative. They had activities going, they h … (read more)
Monroe Manor is a very nice place. The place was clean, it was modern, and had a decent size of rooms. The staff who assisted me during the tour was very informative. They had activities going, they h … (read more)

Dove Healthcare – Barron

1333 Memorial Drive, Barron, WI, 54812


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Rice Lake

Assisted living communities in Rice Lake, also known as community-based residential facilities in Rice Lake, need to follow a comprehensive set of state regulations as determined by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Rice Lake

  • The number of physicians in Rice Lake per capita is only slightly lower than the U.S. average. There are several hospitals in the city including the Marshfield Medical Center and the Rice Lake VA Clinic. 
  • Older adults in the city can stretch their retirement funds further thanks to Rice Lake’s below-average cost of living rates. The city’s general living expense ranking of 82.9 is lower than the state’s index of 90.9. 
  • During the cold season, Rice Lake receives around 32 inches of rain and 52 inches of snow with temperatures dropping as low as 1 degree. Thankfully, many assisted living facilities provide recreational activities indoors so seniors can stay warm during the colder months. The city does enjoy warm summers with an outstanding comfort index of 9.2 and temperatures of around 80 degrees. 
  • Rice Lake is a small community that sees very little crime throughout the year. While the property offense rates are higher than the national average, assisted living communities are usually secure units where seniors’ belongings are kept as safe as possible. 
  • The city’s air quality index of 77 means that seniors’ risks of respiratory disease are lower than in other parts of the country. 

Paying for Assisted Living in Rice Lake

The Genworth Cost of Care 2020 Survey indicates the average monthly rate for assisted living in Rice Lake is $4,000. This cost is $300 and $400 lower than the corresponding national and state medians. 

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Rice lake is one of the more affordable Wisconsin areas for assisted living and is only $155 above the southern city of La Crosse. Southeast in Wausau assisted living prices are $100 higher than in Rice Lake. Around the shores of Lake Winnebago, in areas such as Appleton ($5,500) and Oshkosh ($4,908), assisted living costs are substantially higher than in Rice Lake. 

$4000

Rice Lake

$4400

Wisconsin

$4300

The United States

$4100

Wausau

$5500

Appleton

$4908

Oshkosh

$3945

La Crosse

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Adult day health care is the most affordable option for seniors in Rice Lake at a median monthly rate of $1,040. However, when compared with the costs of homemaker and home health aide providers, seniors who chose to move into an assisted living facility can save around $576 on average each month. At an average cost of $7,756 for a semiprivate room and $8,304 for a private room, receiving nursing home care is the most expensive form of senior care in the area. 

$4576

Homemaker Services

$4576

Home Health Aide

$1040

Adult Day Health Care

$4000

Assisted Living Facility

$7756

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8304

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for Rice Lake was not available, so data for the closest city, Eau Claire, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Rice Lake

Seniors with Medicaid in Wisconsin may qualify for financial assistance through the Family Care program or the Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE). These programs cover long-term care services in a person’s home of choice, which includes CBRFs and RCACs. 

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 Rice Lake

The Rice Lake area has several assistance programs that can help older adults who either already reside in an assisted living community or are considering moving into one. 

Resource

Contact 

Service

(715)537-6225

The ADRC is the initial point of contact between older adults and services in their areas. Seniors can contact the service for help and advice on local resources and eligibility for financial assistance programs. 

(715) 234.7224

The Senior Center of the Rice Lake Areas serves older adults aged 55 and older. Seniors can join an array of low-cost social activities including line dancing, card games and ceramic classes. 

(800)815-0015

Older residents of assisted living communities can contact the long-term care ombudsman program for help and advice when they have a complaint about their units. Volunteers with the program can help with investigating complaints on topics such as meals, quality of care and facility cleanliness. The ombudsman can also educate seniors on their rights as residents. 

(800) 242-1060

This statewide program offers free insurance counseling to older adults aged 65 and over. Seniors can request advice on topics such as Medigap, Medicare part B and prescription drug policies.

(715) 369-1409

The RSVP program is aimed at seniors aged 55 and older who wish to continue serving their community. Volunteers are matched with local nonprofit and government agencies based on their skillset and interests. 

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Rice Lake

Rice Lake-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