South Milwaukee is a suburb of Milwaukee and has nearly 21,000 residents and a senior community that accounts for about 17% of the population. This city offers a range of benefits to older adults, including a low cost of living, minimal crime and comfortable year-round temperatures, making it a good retirement option. 

Assisted living facilities in South Milwaukee provide personal care services, housekeeping, meals and recreational programming, promoting a worry-free lifestyle for older adults. The Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey shows that on average, seniors in the South Milwaukee region pay $5,073 per month for this level of care, which is considerably higher than state and national medians. 

This guide gives an overview of assisted living in South Milwaukee, including the pros and cons of living here and how much seniors pay for care services. It also lists local nonprofit agencies that help older adults find the care options that suit their needs.  

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in South Milwaukee, WI

Oak Creek Place

3829 South Chicago Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI, 53172

Everything was very nice at Oak Creek Place. It’s just a shame that they couldn’t take my husband. It was OK, I guess. They said that they all had to get together and decide whether they were going to … (read more)
Everything was very nice at Oak Creek Place. It’s just a shame that they couldn’t take my husband. It was OK, I guess. They said that they all had to get together and decide whether they were going to … (read more)

Franciscan Villa

3601 S. Chicago Ave., South Milwaukee, WI, 53172

My wife used to be a resident of Franciscan Villa, but I wouldn’t recommend them to anybody. They were understaffed and didn’t respond to the residents’ needs. Her apartment wasn’t homey, it was old. … (read more)
My wife used to be a resident of Franciscan Villa, but I wouldn’t recommend them to anybody. They were understaffed and didn’t respond to the residents’ needs. Her apartment wasn’t homey, it was old. … (read more)

15th Avenue Adult Family Home

2903 15th Avenue, South Milwaukee, WI, 53172


St Marys Manor

1313 MISSOURI AVE, South Milwaukee, WI, 53172

My Aunt lives here and she loves it. The staff has been here for years. It’s clean and the residents are very happy.
My Aunt lives here and she loves it. The staff has been here for years. It’s clean and the residents are very happy.

St Johns Manor

812 MARQUETTE AVE, South Milwaukee, WI, 53172


2016, 2017, 2020, 2022

Harbour Village

5700 Mockingbird Lane, Greendale, WI, 53129

Harbour Village is located in Greendale, Wisconsin, minutes from Scout Lake Park and the Southridge Mall. Residents and their guests say the facility offers an array of convenient amenities, including … (read more)
Harbour Village is located in Greendale, Wisconsin, minutes from Scout Lake Park and the Southridge Mall. Residents and their guests say the facility offers an array of convenient amenities, including … (read more)

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)

Elizabeth Residence Franklin

9329 S 48Th St, Franklin, WI, 53132

My mother-in-law is at Elizabeth Residence Franklin. The level of care that the staffing provides is phenomenal. They are caring and loving, and there’s a consistency of care. There’s very little turn … (read more)
My mother-in-law is at Elizabeth Residence Franklin. The level of care that the staffing provides is phenomenal. They are caring and loving, and there’s a consistency of care. There’s very little turn … (read more)

Oak Park Place Oak Creek

1980 W Rawson Ave, Oak Creek, WI, 53154

My experience with Oak Park Place Oak Creek was very good. The staff was very personable and very friendly. He asked the right questions and gave me answers before I asked questions. He was very knowl … (read more)
My experience with Oak Park Place Oak Creek was very good. The staff was very personable and very friendly. He asked the right questions and gave me answers before I asked questions. He was very knowl … (read more)

The Waters of Oak Creek

8000 S. Market Street, Oak Creek, WI, 53154

The Waters of Oak Creek was very pretty. It’s brand new. It was operating as an assisted living. The facility is beautiful. The residents were very happy. It was a very nice place. We had a hard time … (read more)
The Waters of Oak Creek was very pretty. It’s brand new. It was operating as an assisted living. The facility is beautiful. The residents were very happy. It was a very nice place. We had a hard time … (read more)

Sylvan Crossings at Creekside Estates

6180 S Creekside Estates, Cudahy, WI, 53110

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

Cornerstone of Oak Creek

155 W. Sunnyview Drive, Oak Creek, WI, 53154

There were a lot of things that we didn’t like about The Cornerstone of Oak Creek. The staff member seemed cold and not friendly, and kind of rushed us through things. It was old and big. The resident … (read more)
There were a lot of things that we didn’t like about The Cornerstone of Oak Creek. The staff member seemed cold and not friendly, and kind of rushed us through things. It was old and big. The resident … (read more)

Elizabeth Residence Oak Creek

10441 South Nicholson Road, Oak Creek, WI, 53154

Elizabeth Residence has nice grounds, but it’s an older place. The person that took me around was nice. It’s a small community — only 18 patients — and it was not the cleanest place either. The st … (read more)
Elizabeth Residence has nice grounds, but it’s an older place. The person that took me around was nice. It’s a small community — only 18 patients — and it was not the cleanest place either. The st … (read more)

Sky Residential- Franklin

8104 S 35TH St., Franklin, WI, 53132


Howard Village Senior Living

2500 East Howard Avenue, Saint Francis, WI, 53235


Live To Serve Assisted Living

6606 S. Crane Dr., Oak Creek, WI, 53154


2015, 2018

Meadowmere & Mitchell Manor Oak Creek

701 East Puetz Road, Oak Creek, WI, 53154

Recently my dad had to go to a studio apartment. The workers surrounded my husband and I with help, to make sure we weren’t so overwhelmed with the move! They truly care here and we are so glad Dad lo … (read more)
Recently my dad had to go to a studio apartment. The workers surrounded my husband and I with help, to make sure we weren’t so overwhelmed with the move! They truly care here and we are so glad Dad lo … (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)

Auberry House

10320 S Hummingbird Lane, Oak Creek, WI, 53154

My visit at Auberry House was very good, it was a very nice place. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I’ve got a very positive feeling regarding the whole experience. My sister has given very fa … (read more)
My visit at Auberry House was very good, it was a very nice place. The staff was very friendly and helpful. I’ve got a very positive feeling regarding the whole experience. My sister has given very fa … (read more)

Ramsey Woods

3210 E. Ramsey Ave., Cudahy, WI, 53110

What’s nice about Ramsey Woods was that it’s a much smaller community than others, but the residents were happy. They were cared for beautifully. I met the staff, they introduced me to the cook and ca … (read more)
What’s nice about Ramsey Woods was that it’s a much smaller community than others, but the residents were happy. They were cared for beautifully. I met the staff, they introduced me to the cook and ca … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in South Milwaukee

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services monitors assisted living facilities, also referred to as community-based residential facilities, in South Milwaukee. This department outlines the services these facilities must provide and regulates staffing and staff training, nutrition and medication services and intake and discharge requirements. It also investigates reports of abuse or neglect in residential facilities.  

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in South Milwaukee

  • The overall cost of living in South Milwaukee is consistent with the state average and about 10% lower than the national rate, making it a financially sound option for those seeking budget-friendly retirement options. Housing is affordable here and may result in faster home sales for older adults moving to assisted living.  
  • Retirement taxes in South Milwaukee are generally low compared to other communities across the nation, although this varies depending on an individual’s financial situation. Social Security benefits and government pensions aren’t taxed at the state level, but withdrawals from retirement savings accounts and private pension income are fully taxed at the state level. Moving to residential care can give some seniors greater control over monthly expenses. 
  • South Milwaukee’s property crime rate is consistent with the national average, but the violent crime rate is low. On a 100-point index on which a lower score indicates less crime, the city’s violent crime score is 13.6 and the property crime rating is 32.5 versus the respective national scores of 22.7 and 35.4. This may appeal to those seeking a safe community for their retirement years.  
  • With year-round high temperatures ranging from 29-81 degrees, South Milwaukee is among the cooler communities in Wisconsin. The city sees about 36 inches of rain and 45 inches of snow annually. To help older adults attend medical appointments and complete errands during the snowy months, assisted living facilities provide or arrange transportation services.  
  • While health care costs are a little higher in South Milwaukee than in the typical U.S. city, residents have access to a range of provider options, which may make it easy to schedule primary and specialty services. There are 242 doctors per capita compared to the national rate of 210, and the region is home to high-performing facilities, such as Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore and Ascension SW Wisconsin Hospital. 

Paying for Assisted Living in South Milwaukee

In South Milwaukee, older adults pay $5,073 per month for assisted living services. This is considerably higher than the state and national respective rates of $4,400 and $4,300.  

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities  

Assisted living facilities in South Milwaukee charge $5,073 per month for services, making it among the most expensive communities in Wisconsin to obtain this type of care. However, the city is an affordable alternative to Appleton, which has the highest surveyed rates in the state at $5,500. In Fond du Lac, monthly rates are higher than the state median but several hundred dollars lower than in South Milwaukee at $4,686. In Janesville, seniors pay $3,975 for services, and in Green Bay, assisted living rates are the lowest in the state at $3,800.  

$5073

South Milwaukee

$4400

Wisconsin

$4300

The United States

$3975

Janesville

$4686

Fond du Lac

$3800

Green Bay

$5500

Appleton

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care  

Seniors who need personal care services have several options to choose from, depending on the level of care they need and whether they want to live in a private home or community setting. Assisted living residents pay $5,073 per month on average for housing, personal care, meals and housekeeping services. Older adults who live at home and arrange services through in-home care agencies typically pay $5,053 for homemaker services and $5,243 for care from home health aides. Adult day health care is a cost-effective alternative at $1,322 monthly. Nursing home residents pay the highest monthly care costs of $9,429 for shared rooms and $11,376 for private rooms.  

$5053

Homemaker Services

$5243

Home Health Aide

$1322

Adult Day Health Care

$5073

Assisted Living Facility

$9429

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$11376

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Note: Care cost data for South Milwaukee was not available, so data for the closest city, Milwaukee, was used instead. 

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in South Milwaukee

South Milwaukee 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.

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 South Milwaukee

Finding the right assisted living facility in South Milwaukee is easier with professional help from information specialists, options counselors and long-term care advocates. The following table features local nonprofit programs and agencies that help seniors navigate their care options, apply for public benefits that can help pay for services and connect with social and recreational programming in the community.  

Resource 

Contact 

Service 

(414) 768-8045 

The local senior center has a variety of educational, cultural, social and recreational programs for older adults in the South Milwaukee region. It hosts daily congregate meals, which individuals can sign up for in-person or over the phone.

(414) 289-6874 

The Milwaukee County Department on Aging administers a range of programs and services to South Milwaukee residents aged 60 and over. It hosts online Medicare classes to help older adults understand their health insurance benefits, choose the right Medicare Advantage or Medigap plan and resolve issues related to denied claims. It also houses the region’s long-term care ombudsman program, which protects the rights of those in residential care.

(800) 698-2411 

The Milwaukee VA Regional Office provides benefits counseling to older veterans and their spouses or survivors in South Milwaukee and the surrounding region. At this location, individuals are screened for eligibility for VA health insurance, medical care, counseling services and emergency financial assistance. The office can also help veterans apply for pension programs and Aid and Attendance or determine eligibility for veterans’ home placement, which can help control out-of-pocket care costs.

(414) 727-5300 

The Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee provides free civil legal advice and assistance to those aged 50 and over. Its legal professionals help seniors access public benefits that may help cover assisted living, such as Medicaid, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income. It can also help older adults address issues related to the quality of care in assisted living facilities.

(414) 488-6500 

RSVP has volunteer opportunities for those aged 55 and over in the South Milwaukee region. Through this program, older adults participate in pen pal programs, classroom tutoring and the Intergenerational Heritage Fair. They can also serve their community through food pantry support or as greeters and ushers at performing arts venues.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in South Milwaukee

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