Appleton is a picturesque city that overlooks the Fox River and is situated in the state of Wisconsin. It is known for its scenic walking trails and interesting museums that visiting family members may enjoy. The city has a population of 74,098 and about 13.4% of residents are aged 65 and over. Seniors residing in Appleton have access to medical care facilities at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton and Ascension NE Wisconsin St. Elizabeth Hospital

Nursing home care offers full-time assistance and medical care to seniors who are very fragile or have a chronic disease that requires constant care. This type of senior care is generally very expensive and seniors living in Appleton may want to look at more cost-effective care options such as home care and assisted living. According to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey 2020, the average monthly cost of nursing home care in Appleton is $8,502, which is higher than the national average of $7,756. 

This guide looks at the costs of nursing home care in Appleton and surrounding cities as well as the average costs of alternative care options. 

Directory of Nursing Homes in Appleton, WI

Brewster Village

3300 W BREWSTER ST, Appleton, WI, 54914

My mom is probably going to be at Brewster for the rest of her life. It’s a nursing home. I really haven’t been in it because of Covid, but so far, she has received great care and everybody is very he … (read more)
My mom is probably going to be at Brewster for the rest of her life. It’s a nursing home. I really haven’t been in it because of Covid, but so far, she has received great care and everybody is very he … (read more)

The Heritage and Peabody Manor Community

2600 S Heritage Woods Dr, Appleton, WI, 54915

Independent living at the Heritage is a total farce. My parents left the Heritage last summer and were immediately able to live together. They were also immediately able to play games and cards with … (read more)
Independent living at the Heritage is a total farce. My parents left the Heritage last summer and were immediately able to live together. They were also immediately able to play games and cards with … (read more)

Rennes Health Center Appleton

325 E Florida Avenue, Appleton, WI, 54911

A big part of our choice to have my dad in Rennes Health and Rehab Center was the location. The other part was familiarity with it and reviews from others about their care. He’s there for rehab at the … (read more)
A big part of our choice to have my dad in Rennes Health and Rehab Center was the location. The other part was familiarity with it and reviews from others about their care. He’s there for rehab at the … (read more)

Appleton Health Care Center

2915 N Meade St., Appleton, WI, 54911

The Bridges is really progressing in working with dementia. My mother has a severe form of dementia. They work with skilled staff to try to work with that group of people without confining them too mu … (read more)
The Bridges is really progressing in working with dementia. My mother has a severe form of dementia. They work with skilled staff to try to work with that group of people without confining them too mu … (read more)

Manorcare Health Care Services

1335 S Oneida St, Appleton, WI, 54915

Please do not place your loved one here. They are very understaffed.. they are overwhelmed with way too many people to care for… They over medicate patients so they do not have to care for them. T … (read more)
Please do not place your loved one here. They are very understaffed.. they are overwhelmed with way too many people to care for… They over medicate patients so they do not have to care for them. T … (read more)

Fox River Nursing & Rehab

601 Briarcliff Dr, Appleton, WI, 54915

Smelled of urine staff were friendly when you would see them. Very slow response to call light I feel to being not staffed due to ratio of residents!
Smelled of urine staff were friendly when you would see them. Very slow response to call light I feel to being not staffed due to ratio of residents!

Affinity Subacute Care

1506 S ONEIDA ST, Appleton, WI, 54915


The Recovery Inn

2105 E Enterprise Ave #120, Appleton, WI, 54913


St Paul Elder Services

316 E. Fourteenth St, Kaukauna, WI, 54130

My stepmom was at St. Paul Elder Services. She was in their memory care locked down unit, and it was all good. The staff was friendly. Her room was large. Activities wise we did the rosary once a week … (read more)
My stepmom was at St. Paul Elder Services. She was in their memory care locked down unit, and it was all good. The staff was friendly. Her room was large. Activities wise we did the rosary once a week … (read more)

Oakridge Gardens Rehabilitation & Memory Center

1700 MIDWAY RD, Menasha, WI, 54952

Oakridge seems unconcerned about the comfort they give their patients. The currently are under construction and make no place to visit available. They also whimsically move patients to a different roo … (read more)
Oakridge seems unconcerned about the comfort they give their patients. The currently are under construction and make no place to visit available. They also whimsically move patients to a different roo … (read more)

Parkside Care Center

1201 Garfield Avenue, Little Chute, WI, 54140

My mom had to be in a nursing home for a few days after her hospitalization. She knew this name but didn’t know anyone who stayed. Parkside had received a call from the hospital that she’d be coming b … (read more)
My mom had to be in a nursing home for a few days after her hospitalization. She knew this name but didn’t know anyone who stayed. Parkside had received a call from the hospital that she’d be coming b … (read more)

Nursing Home Costs in Appleton, Wisconsin

The average monthly cost of nursing home care in Appleton is $8,502 for a semiprivate room and $9,870 for a private room. 

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Seniors and their loved ones may be interested in the cost of nursing home care in nearby cities. Using the average monthly cost of a semiprivate room as a comparison point, the cost of care in Appleton is higher than the national average of $7,756. However, the average monthly cost of care in Appleton is similar to the Wisconsin state average of $8,684.

The average monthly costs of nursing home care in the nearby cities of Wausau ($8,851), Janesville ($9,612), Racine ($9,277) and Milwaukee ($9,429) are all higher than in the city of Appleton. 

$8502

Appleton

$8684

Wisconsin

$7756

The United States

$8851

Wausau

$9612

Janesville

$9277

Racine

$9429

Milwaukee

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Those seniors who have not made a final decision on moving to nursing home care may want to know the costs of alternative care options in Appleton. The average monthly cost of adult day care is $1,517 and assisted living has a monthly average cost of $5,500. Both home services and home health aides have a monthly average charge of $4,814. Nursing home care is the most expensive option with a monthly average cost of $8,502 for a semiprivate room and $9,870 for a private room. 

$1517

Adult day care

$5500

Assisted living

$4814

Home services

$4814

Home health aide

$8502

Nursing home care (semiprivate room)

$9870

Nursing home care (private room)

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Appleton, Wisconsin

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Appleton, Wisconsin

The following resources may assist seniors who are looking for services to help remain safely in their own homes for a longer period of time. One resource looks at financial assistance information for seniors who are looking at moving into nursing home care.

ResourceContactService
Meals on Wheels(920) 727-5555 ext. 2213The Meals on Wheels program provides meals to seniors aged 60 and over who are no longer able to prepare a meal for themselves. The program does not require seniors to be homebound. Seniors are billed on a monthly basis for the meals but financial assistance is available for those who cannot afford the charges. Meals can be customized to specific dietary requirements. Volunteer drivers deliver the meals each day from Monday to Friday and they will notify VNA staff members if they are worried about the senior so that staff can carry out a wellness check.
SHIP(800) 242-1060The SHIP program is funded by the federal government and the state of Wisconsin. Staff members are available 24/7 to assist seniors and their ones by providing free and unbiased information on health insurance. The counselors can help seniors to apply for insurance benefits they are eligible for and assist seniors in making sure they are receiving the financial benefits they are entitled to. The program can explain the long-term financial assistance options for seniors in nursing home care.
Senior Companion Program(414) 906-2779The Senior Companion Program arranges for seniors aged 60 and over who are still physically well to provide companionship and assistance to homebound seniors who live alone. The companions can assist seniors by driving them to medical appointments, assisting with simple chores, grocery shopping and providing a social connection.