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The 10 Best Memory Care Facilities in Madison, WI for 2024

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  • Memory Care Facilities in Madison, Wisconsin
  • What to Consider About Memory Care in Madison
  • Paying for Memory Care in Madison
  • Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Madison
  • Free Memory Care Resources in Madison
  • Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Madison

What to Consider About Memory Care in Madison

The Wisconsin Department of Health Bureau of Assisted Living Southern Regional Office regulates residential memory care facilities in the city of Madison. The state and regional offices develop policy, handle licensing and registration and ensure state standards are met for resident care, food service, physical plant management and more.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Madison

  • The health care network in Madison is well-established. The University of Wisconsin Hospital has a highly regarded geriatrics department and is a leader in aging research. The UW-Madison School of Nursing is also a leader in dementia care. There is a wide selection of Memory Care communities and facilities in the city.
  • Many top lists include Madison as a great place to retire. Part of its attraction for retirees is a reasonable cost of living. But for seniors in a residential memory care facility it costs an average of $6,000 each month. This is both more expensive than elsewhere in the state and much more expensive than the national monthly average of $5,625.
  • Retirees laud Madison’s senior-friendly tax profile. Wisconsin’s sales tax is just around 5% — among the lowest in the country — and the state provides a property tax deferral loan program for older residents with a household income below $20,000. Social security income is not taxed and neither are many federal pension benefits.
  • Although it is often cold and rainy, Madison is still considered temperate. Air quality can be less than optimal throughout the state, depending on weather patterns and wildfires. However, summers in Madison, which run from June to September, are generally pleasant and sunny with a few humid days scattered in.
  • Although post-pandemic, crime rates in Madison are higher than normal, it is still considered a relatively safe place to live. Both the violent crime and property crime rates are lower than the national average.
  • Madison became a member of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities late in 2019. This international network is dedicated to developing policies and programs that make cities and communities friendlier for seniors through design, social engagement and innovation.

Paying for Memory Care in Madison

Note: Residential memory care is usually offered in assisted living facilities, and in general, memory care rates tend to be 20-30% higher than assisted living rates. No national database currently tracks memory care costs in the United States, so we’ve estimated the monthly memory care costs listed below by adding 25% to the rates listed in Genworth’s 2021 Cost of Care Survey.

The average monthly cost of Memory Care in Madison is $6,000. This is higher than both the state average of $5,750, and the national average of $5,625.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

Memory Care is relatively expensive in Madison, although both Milwaukee and nearby Minneapolis, MN are more expensive at $6,655 and $6,454 respectively. Elsewhere in the north end of the Badger State, monthly costs average $5,562 in Green Bay and $5,469 in Eau Claire, both a bit less pricey.

Madison

$6,000

Wisconsin

$5,750

The United States

$5,625

Green Bay

$5,562

Milwaukee

$6,655

Eau Claire

$5,469

Minneapolis, MN

$6,454

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Memory Care, which involves specialized support for seniors with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia is costly at an average of $6,000 per month. Nursing Home Care is more expensive at $8,851 per month in a semiprivate room.

For seniors who are able to live independently, in-home care and non-medical assistance with activities of daily life like food preparation and grooming, averages $5,339. Home Health Care, which involves some degree of medical attention like medication management or wound dressing, costs the same as more basic In-home Care. Assisted living in a care community costs an average of $4,800 per month. The most affordable form of professional support, Adult Day Care, averages $2,019 a month in Madison, WI.

Memory Care

$6,000

In-home Care

$5,339

Home Health Care

$5,339

Adult Day Care

$2,019

Assisted Living

$4,800

Nursing Home Care (semiprivate room)

$8,851

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Madison

In Madison, there are options for seniors who need financial assistance paying for Memory Care. For more information about other options, who qualifies, and how to apply, Memory Care in Wisconsin page.

more ways to pay for memory care in Wisconsin

More Ways to Pay for Memory Care

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for memory care, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance memory care costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance memory care, visit our Memory Care in Wisconsin page.

Free Memory Care Resources in Madison

Free and easy to access resources are available to seniors living in Madison who are at-risk or currently dealing with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive disorders. Many of these resources are also directed at family members and caregivers who are lending support. Some of the following resources are educational as the research landscape of cognitive disorders and how to treat them most effectively is developing rapidly. 

ResourceContactService
Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin(608) 232-3400Based in Madison, this state-wide program provides support, services and education to seniors with cognitive decline, their families and caregivers. Their programs include workshops and Memory Cafés, where seniors can meet socially and experience peer support and discussion on new developments in cognitive care.
University of Wisconsin- Madison Institute of Aging(608) 262-1818A major research center, the Institute takes a multi-disciplinary approach to improve the lives of aging populations, including those living with cognitive disorders. Information and resource links are shared online, during clinical studies and at an annual conference on aging.
Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE)(608)265-4330CARE at the UW-Madison School of Nursing offers a series of training videos as a Dementia Friendly Toolkit, developed to build communication and respectfully engage people living with dementia.
Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center(800)438-4380A program of the National Institute on Aging, this site compiles current information on Alzheimer's disease for health professionals, seniors with cognitive disorders, and their families. They also publish a downloadable Community Resource Guide for Dementia Patients and Caregivers.
Alzheimer’s Association Wisconsin Chapter(800)272-3900The Madison AA chapter provides information and care consultation and support services for families and works on policy change. Their ALZConnected® is a free online forum where people living with Alzheimer’s, caregivers, families and friends can connect and exchange information.
SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss(608)256-6445 ext. 156Free and led by Alzheimer's professionals, SPARK programs at the Madison Art Center are designed for seniors with mid-level memory loss and their caregivers.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Madison

Madison Memory Care Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Memory Care Facilities in Wisconsin are required to follow. Visit our Memory Care in Wisconsin page for more information about these laws.

Laws and regulations for memory care in Wisconsin

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Sherrie

I visited this facility

Review of All Saints Memory Care

I visited All Saints Memory Care for my father. I saw kind people and many residents within the memory care area who had progressive dementia, and they were all treated with respect. They had...

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Sarah

I visited this facility

Review of Brookdale Madison West

My tour of Brookdale Madison West was really good. Heidi, who gave us the tour, was very nice and very knowledgeable and took the time to answer all our questions. The individual rooms were nice....

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Sarah

I visited this facility

Review of Oak Park Place Nakoma

I toured Oak Park Place Nakoma. Sue, the director, was the most kind, caring, and generous with the time of any of the people. She was the most proactive in terms of follow-up and not pressuring...

Provider response

Thank you for your kind words, Sarah. I enjoyed working with you and your in-laws. I so appreciate all that you shared about your father-in-law. What an incredible man, and whichever community...

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