Wisconsin’s Waukesha County is in the southeast corner of the state, immediately west of the city of Milwaukee and less than an hour’s drive north of the Wisconsin/Illinois border. According to 2020 U.S. Census data, 406,978 people live in Waukesha County, with a notably high percentage, 19.2%, of them being 65 years or older, roughly 3% higher than the national average. Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia can significantly affect life for people in this demographic. The Centers for Disease Control report that during a 5-year period from 2014 to 2018, Alzheimer’s-related deaths in Waukesha County increased by 57.14% while the overall death rate only increased by 13.57%.

Memory care communities can help aging seniors navigate the complexities of life with dementia and provide them with safe, welcoming environments tailored to their needs. This guide discusses several topics related to memory care in Waukesha County, including the costs in nearby areas and free government and nonprofit resources designed to support older adults in Waukesha County. 

Memory Care Facilities in Waukesha County, WI

Mission Creek

3217 Fiddlers Creek Drive, Waukesha, WI, 53188

Mission Creek is a senior living community in Waukesha, Wisconsin, located near Highway 94 with close access to medical centers, public transit, several restaurants and parks. Visitors and loved ones … (read more)
Mission Creek is a senior living community in Waukesha, Wisconsin, located near Highway 94 with close access to medical centers, public transit, several restaurants and parks. Visitors and loved ones … (read more)

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Heritage Elm Grove

800 Wall Street, Elm Grove, WI, 53122

Heritage Elm Grove is located in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, within walking distance of the Sunset Playhouse performing arts theater and minutes from an assortment of stores. This facility receives consiste … (read more)
Heritage Elm Grove is located in Elm Grove, Wisconsin, within walking distance of the Sunset Playhouse performing arts theater and minutes from an assortment of stores. This facility receives consiste … (read more)

Robins Landing of New Berlin

2900 S Moorland Road, New Berlin, WI, 53151

Applewood of New Berlin is nice. The people are wonderful. Her room looks great. She’s made two friends there already. She was distressed because of the death of my father, so they had her helping pre … (read more)
Applewood of New Berlin is nice. The people are wonderful. Her room looks great. She’s made two friends there already. She was distressed because of the death of my father, so they had her helping pre … (read more)

Auberge at Oak Village

w128n6900 Northfield Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI, 53051

My mother has been a resident for over a year. My siblings and myself find the care given our mother to be giving, kind, attentive and thoughtful. We can not imagine a better environment for our mom … (read more)
My mother has been a resident for over a year. My siblings and myself find the care given our mother to be giving, kind, attentive and thoughtful. We can not imagine a better environment for our mom … (read more)

The Arboretum Senior Living

W180n7890 Town Hall Rd, Menomonee Falls, WI, 53051


Oak Hill Terrace Senior Living

1805 Kensington Drive, Waukesha, WI, 53188


Lakewood Assisted Living and Memory Care

4065 N. Calhoun Rd, Brookfield, WI, 53005

I think Lakewood Assisted Living & Memory Care is wonderful. The staff is outstanding. It’s clean, and it’s a beautiful facility. My brother-in-law moved in two days ago. We saw some activities. T … (read more)
I think Lakewood Assisted Living & Memory Care is wonderful. The staff is outstanding. It’s clean, and it’s a beautiful facility. My brother-in-law moved in two days ago. We saw some activities. T … (read more)

Heritage

S64W13780 Janesville Road, Muskego, WI, 53150

My father-in-law was at Heritage of Muskego for four months before he passed away. And then my brother-in-law lived there for over a year. He has frontotemporal dementia, so he was in the memory care … (read more)
My father-in-law was at Heritage of Muskego for four months before he passed away. And then my brother-in-law lived there for over a year. He has frontotemporal dementia, so he was in the memory care … (read more)

Legacy Assisted Living

N26W26511 College Ave, Pewaukee, WI, 53072


Heritage at Deer Creek

3585 S 147th Street, New Berlin, WI, 53151

Located in New Berlin, Wisconsin, Heritage at Deer Creek is a pet-friendly facility close to Minooka Park, West Allis Memorial hospital and retailers. Loved ones and visitors are pleased with the meal … (read more)
Located in New Berlin, Wisconsin, Heritage at Deer Creek is a pet-friendly facility close to Minooka Park, West Allis Memorial hospital and retailers. Loved ones and visitors are pleased with the meal … (read more)

Heritage Court Menomonee Falls

N48W14250 W Hampton Ave, Menomonee Falls, WI, 53051

Is not too big and tenants can move around safe. My father never felt desoriented. He walked around and always new where was his bedroom. Heritage Court is like a big family.
Is not too big and tenants can move around safe. My father never felt desoriented. He walked around and always new where was his bedroom. Heritage Court is like a big family.

Auberge at Brookfield

1105 Davidson Road, Brookfield, WI, 53045

My father-in-law is at Auberge at Brookfield. It’s very clean and well-lit. So far, I’ve really liked that they actually do the activities that they say they’re going to do and I’ve been impressed wit … (read more)
My father-in-law is at Auberge at Brookfield. It’s very clean and well-lit. So far, I’ve really liked that they actually do the activities that they say they’re going to do and I’ve been impressed wit … (read more)

Brookdale Brookfield Capitol Dr

15100 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI, 53005

We placed our Mom in this facility about 6 months ago when we were not able to provide the proper care at home. She is thriving here. She is doing things here that we could never get her to do at home … (read more)
We placed our Mom in this facility about 6 months ago when we were not able to provide the proper care at home. She is thriving here. She is doing things here that we could never get her to do at home … (read more)

Tudor Oaks Senior Living Community

S77 W12929 McShane Drive, Muskego, WI, 53150

Tudor Oaks Senior Living Community is in the eastern part of Muskego, Wisconsin, minutes from Lake Brittany and Interstate 43. Visitors say the facility is clean, and the residents seem to be happy. T … (read more)
Tudor Oaks Senior Living Community is in the eastern part of Muskego, Wisconsin, minutes from Lake Brittany and Interstate 43. Visitors say the facility is clean, and the residents seem to be happy. T … (read more)

Heritage Lake Country

2975 Village Square Drive, Hartland, WI, 53029

I am consistently impressed with the staff’s attention to detail. Since the facility went into lockdown due to the pandemic, I feel I’ve been treated to a very high level of interaction and sharing … (read more)
I am consistently impressed with the staff’s attention to detail. Since the facility went into lockdown due to the pandemic, I feel I’ve been treated to a very high level of interaction and sharing … (read more)

Brookdale Brookfield

685 Woelfel Road, Brookfield, WI, 53045

Brookdale Brookfield is an assisted living facility situated in Brookfield, Wisconsin, close to Wanaki Golf Course, Mitchell Park and the East-West Freeway. Visitors to this facility are impressed by … (read more)
Brookdale Brookfield is an assisted living facility situated in Brookfield, Wisconsin, close to Wanaki Golf Course, Mitchell Park and the East-West Freeway. Visitors to this facility are impressed by … (read more)

Azura Assisted Living and Memory Care of Brookfield at Mierow Farm

16030 Washington Drive, Brookfield, WI, 53005

My mom has moved into Azura Assisted Living and Memory Care of Brookfield at Mierow Farm. It has been OK, but they have things I think they can improve on. I’ve only had one meeting with the caretaker … (read more)
My mom has moved into Azura Assisted Living and Memory Care of Brookfield at Mierow Farm. It has been OK, but they have things I think they can improve on. I’ve only had one meeting with the caretaker … (read more)

Azura Memory Care of Oconomowoc

540 E. Forest Street, Oconomowoc, WI, 53066

My mom is at Azura Memory Care of Oconomowoc. It’s very good. The staff is very caring, too. The only reason we were looking elsewhere is the cost. When she first went in there, we didn’t know if she’ … (read more)
My mom is at Azura Memory Care of Oconomowoc. It’s very good. The staff is very caring, too. The only reason we were looking elsewhere is the cost. When she first went in there, we didn’t know if she’ … (read more)

Arbor View Assisted Living

W232N3471 Hunters Ridge Rd, Pewaukee, WI, 53072


Heartis Village Brookfield

16100 W. Greenfield, Brookfield, WI, 53005


COVID-19 Rules for Memory Care in Waukesha County

Since most COVID-19 rules for Memory Care 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 Memory Care in Wisconsin. 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 Memory Care in Waukesha County

Overseeing Wisconsin’s memory care facilities is the responsibility of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Along with the state’s nursing homes and assisted living communities, Wisconsin’s memory care facilities are officially categorized as community-based residential facilities. The Wisconsin DHS’ Division of Quality Assurance is specifically tasked with ensuring the welfare of those living in CBRFs.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Memory Care in Waukesha County

  • Tax issues cut both ways in Waukesha County. The income tax rate in the county is 6.3%, which is slightly higher than the U.S. average of 4.6%. On the other hand, seniors can save a bit of money on the area’s day-to-day tax burden. Waukesha County’s sales tax rate is 5.1%, a couple of points under the U.S. average of 7.3%.
  • Crime is exceptionally low in this part of Wisconsin. On BestPlaces.net’s scale, where 1 is low, 100 is high and the U.S. average is 35.4, property crime in Waukesha County is just 20.3. Violent crime is even lower; the U.S. average is 22.7 on the same scale. However, crime is very low in Waukesha County at just 6.9.
  • Winters can get pretty chilly in Wisconsin, with high temperatures at freezing or just below from December to February. The upside, though, is that summers in this area are extremely pleasant. High temperatures hover between the low 60s and low 80s from May to October.
  • Health care is robust in this area; with 389 physicians per 100,000 people, the county has a considerably higher concentration of doctors than the U.S. where the number is 210 per 100,000 people. Air quality is also higher than average at 74/100 against a U.S. average of 58/100. However, water quality isn’t one of the area’s strong points; the U.S. average is 55/100, but Waukesha County’s is 35/100.
  • Like the rest of Wisconsin, Waukesha County sees significant levels of snow in the winter. The national average is 28 inches per year, but that number goes up to 43 inches in this county. However, the area is slightly less rainy than other options; it gets 35 inches of rain per year against an average of 38 inches elsewhere in the U.S.

Paying for Memory Care in Waukesha County

No organization tracks pricing data specifically related to memory care; we’ve used the cost of assisted living as reported by the annual Genworth 2021 Cost of Care Survey to approximate prices. Assisted living usually costs about 20-30% less than memory care; therefore, the lists below estimate memory costs to be 25% higher than assisted living costs.

The Cost of Memory Care in Nearby Cities

At $6,655 per month, Waukesha County’s memory care costs are relatively high. The U.S. average is roughly $1,000 lower at $5,625, and the average across Wisconsin is $5,750. Green Bay’s costs are lower than all the above at $5,563 per month. Costs are an estimated $6,000 per month in Madison, while Racine has the state’s highest costs at $6,813.

$6655

Waukesha County

$5750

Wisconsin

$5625

The United States

$6000

Madison

$5563

Green Bay

$6813

Racine

The Cost of Other Types of Long Term Care

The only option more expensive than memory care is nursing home care. A private room costs an estimated $12,045 per month and a semiprivate one costs roughly $10,872. Homemaker and home health aide services run an estimated $6,101 per month, while assisted living is cheaper by about $800. Meanwhile, at $1,322 a month, adult day care represents the least expensive option. 

$6101

Homemaker

$6101

Home Health Aide

$1322

Adult Day Care

$5324

Assisted Living

$10872

Nursing Home (semiprivate room)

$12045

Nursing Home (private room)

Note: Data for Waukesha County was unavailable, so data for the nearest region, Milwaukee Area, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Memory Care in Waukesha County

In Waukesha County, 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 WI

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 Waukesha County

Older adults dealing with Alzheimer’s and similar dementia-related issues have access to several community resources in Waukesha County. Maintained and administered by private nonprofits and government agencies at the local, state and federal levels, these programs can help area seniors find financial support, social connection and legal aid.

Resource

Contact

Service

800-815-0015

Representatives of this office are charged with looking into complaints regarding the quality of care in community-based residential facilities. They may investigate reports of abuse or neglect, inadequate nutrition or financial manipulation, among others. Ombudsmen can also assist residents of CBRFs and their families in determining how to find community services and pay for assisted living or nursing home care.

262-548-7848

This ADRC serves Waukesha County adults aged 60 and up and acts as a convenient clearinghouse for health-related information specific to seniors. It employs dementia care specialists who can help provide memory screens and tests to catch cognitive issues in their early stages and help seniors develop plans to maintain quality of life as they progress through later stages.

800-242-1060

A service of the State of Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care, the free Medigap Helpline provides information about health insurance to all Wisconsin residents aged 65 and up. Operators can help seniors with questions regarding Wisconsin SeniorCare, lost Medicare cards, the differences between Medicare and Medicaid and more.

608-232-3400

This nonprofit organization works to provide support for older adults in Wisconsin living with a form of dementia. The ADAW offers respite assistance and therapy groups for caregivers of adults with cognitive issues; it also runs a Memory Cafe program that gives such adults social opportunities to engage with peers in similar stages of dementia.

Memory Care Laws and Regulations in Waukesha County

Waukesha County 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 WI