Mission Creek

Offers Assisted Living and Memory Care

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3217 Fiddlers Creek Drive, Waukesha, WI 53188
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October 08, 2020

By Louise

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My mother-in-law is in Mission Creek. We chose it because the room was very roomy for my mother-in-law. She is very attached to her furnishings, and she was gonna have to go from a two-bedroom apartment to one room. It's kind of homey there. They allow (at this point in time), family members to come in and visit, which is nice, especially with the COVID, but they're taking extreme precautions. We've been very pleased. Everyone has been very kind and followed through with any questions we had. We like that they have an on-site physician and they bring in someone that does eye care, hearing, as well as dental. There were a few hidden costs that we didn't know about, but that was also due to her health needs no matter where she would've gone because of her fractured hip. The price went up a bit more than we had anticipated, but because of her needing so much one-on-one care, that's to be expected. She has a little fridge, the bathroom is huge, and there are big closets. We like that the ceilings aren't just ten feet, they go up high at an angle in each room, so you feel like it's a much more open space. For someone who has to go from a big place to just a one room, it's really been good. Even though she is having some short-term memory loss, they allowed her to be in the assisted living, and she's getting checked on every two hours and getting all that good, quality care.

January 23, 2020

By Gary

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My mother has been put in Mission Creek, which is a very nice place; it looks wonderful. Everything has been positive so far. The staff has been very attentive to anything I have asked them to handle, and any questions I have had they've addressed them without problems. My mom needs help with everything and they're very good with her. So I'm happy so far, and I haven't seen any negatives. My mom hasn't complained about the food; she eats it all. I have witnessed a bingo game going on, artists come in and play music, and they have an area where they do puzzles, make handicrafts, and things like that. They also have a music area where people can play the piano. The huge deciding factor for us choosing this place was because of Title 19 (Medicaid).

Provider Response

Thank you so much Gary! We are so glad you have been impressed by our community. We are so glad that you and your mother chose our community and are thankful that she has settled in so well! We will pass all your kind words to our staff.

July 22, 2019

By Tina

I visited this facility

Mission Creek seemed OK, but a little big and stuffy. The rooms were nice. The staff was pleasant, and they were doing their job. They had plenty of people, and I think they were doing a magic show. It was clean, very nice looking, and the dining area was big and open.

Provider Response

Thank you Tina for taking the time to leave a review. We always use feedback both positive and constructive to improve our community. We will pass your impressions onto our leadership and staff!

May 16, 2019

By Jennifer

I visited this facility

Mission Creek was very nice, the building was very clean, and everything was well-organized. There were numerous staff on the scene, they were all very pleasant, it seemed very upbeat, and the people seemed to like it there. We saw many residents who seemed to be active, doing something, or someone was working with them. We saw 2 different classes going on, whether they be exercise or question and answer games. They take people out when they want to go shopping, do something, or they have regular activities every weekend for the people to do. The dining area was very nice, it was very homey, not cafeteria like, and very clean. They have assisted living and memory care. The staff was very friendly, able to answer questions, sat down with us, and able to stay there as long as we wanted.

Provider Response

Thank you Jennifer! We appreciate when people take the time to share their positive experiences in our community. We are proud of our active and vibrant community - and will pass your comments onto our dedicated staff!

April 30, 2018

By Jim

I visited this facility

Mission Creek didn't smell. The rooms were very basic and all the same. The staff was very knowledgeable, and the amenities were adequate.

January 26, 2018

By Christine

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My father is now in Mission Creek. We chose it because there are other veterans there. It is a friendly, awesome place. My father is happy there, and we are glad that we found it. They have great food, and the staff is awesome. They have nice rooms. They also have the ability to do physical therapy.

May 31, 2017

By s-s-462103

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

So far it's going well. My in-laws had some complaints about problems with the heating system -- just few small detail. But overall, they're happy there. They're in the assisted living together in the same room. So far, the staff and everybody seem fine. My in-laws said they like the food. My father-in-law is interested in gardening. I've asked them to check in with him on that, so they've done that so far. They've only been there for 4 weeks, and so far they're pleased. We haven't had any incidences there.

Provider Response

Thank you for your review; we appreciate your confidence in us! We are delighted that your in-laws are enjoying their new home in our lovely community!

March 02, 2017

By anny52

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Not a good place... very low staff, caregivers are very rude, my mother fell 3 times in 1 week, she paged and no one answered her call light for an hour. I went out to see what the hold up was and the care givers were huddled at the nurse station talking. Staff does not care... ONLY GOOD CAREGIVER there Is on the AL side. Please DON'T be fooled

November 14, 2016

By Ann652065

I visited this facility

Mission Creek was very clean and pristine. It seemed like the amenities were really nice, but we did not see many activities going on. There weren't people moving around. It was our least favorite among all the places we visited. The staff was very nice, and she even gave my brother and I a pie each before we left the place.

Provider Response

Thank you for taking time to review our community! We would appreciate the opportunity to learn more about your experience and where we can continue to improve to make it a five-star vist. Please feel free to reach out to our Executive Director, Julia Giles, at (262) 896-8888 should you have any additional input. Thank you again!

October 05, 2016

By Rick210618

I visited this facility

Mission Creek had very nice people touring us, but we did not want to put our mom there. The place was nice, but the area that she would have to be in for her memory issues looked like an insane asylum to me. I never would want her to be with those people. We were told that she wouldn’t be able to be in the other section, and that’s where we would want her to be. However, it was in the perfect location.

Provider Response

Thank you for stopping by to tour Mission Creek. As the Executive Director, I was disappointed to learn you did not have a more positive experience, and would appreciate the opportunity to hear any additional feedback you may have. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at our community phone line by asking to speak with Julia. Thanks again for your time; Julia Giles, Executive Director

April 14, 2016

By Doing its best

I am a friend or relative of resident

My mom has been at Merrill Hills for almost three years so I have seen many things come and go. When it became Mission Creek I was skeptical that anything would be different. I have to say(holding my breath) that I think there is improvement going on. When they divided the place up into Memory Care and Assisted Living I saw the first changes. They are better able to care for the people who have varying stages of dementia.They have worked very hard at providing programs to keep the residents happy and occupied.The new activities director has some very good ideas and is loving and kind. The staff that is in place right now is very patient and understanding.I hope they continue to work there because that makes all the difference to the residents. I think the food is very tasty and is served beautifully.The desserts are especially well done.They bring a smile and comment from my mom.After having parents in various kinds of assisted living for more than seven years I think I really understand the challenges and think that Mission Creek is doing its best to make the quality of people's lives worth living.No place is perfect,but where there is compassion there is contentment.I have seen that demonstrated at Mission Creek. I hope and pray that it will continue.

March 11, 2015

By Dan34

I am a friend or relative of a resident

Merrill Hills seems OK right now, and we like that she would never have to move out of the room she is in. Even if she goes to the hospice care, she doesn’t have to move. There are people out there, and they bring the hospice to her. The staff has been helpful, and I would recommend them. We had dinner the other day, and everything was really good. It was clean and well-kept; that is why we picked it. It seemed to be the best.

February 18, 2015

By daughters opinion

I am a friend or relative of resident

I find this review very hard to write. My mother really wanted to be at her own home, and not here, so she told me that she would hate wherever I put her. We tried in-home care, but they quit because she was too difficult to care for. She stayed in 3 rehabilitation facilities before coming here, so I can compare the care she received here vs. those other facilities. Most of this review is from my observations visiting her many times per week for the few months she was here before she died. She had moderate dementia, and was fairly mobile until just before she came here, and we had hoped her mobility would improve, but instead it got much worse almost immediately after she came here, and went downhill quickly, so she needed lots of help/care. Overall, the facility is nice and clean, the rooms large, and each room has its own temperature control, so she could turn the heat on high when she was cold. I thought the care staff here was very nice, but the turnover rate was fairly high, and I thought there was not really enough staff to care for the patients’ needs at busy times. After meals, every resident wanted to use the bathroom, and many took 5-10 minutes to care for, so even if the staff ratios was 4 or 5 to 1 staff member (and I don’t know what the number was), that could lead to a very long wait. My mom needed 2 people to help her in the restroom, and so her waits to use the restroom were often very long. One time I pulled the cord and waited 15 minutes. I tried to help her myself and put her on the toilet, but could not get her off. She started screaming for help at the top of her lungs, so I finally went out in the hall and walked up and down until I found someone to help. About 5 minutes later (about 25 minutes after I pulled the cord), I heard them dispatch someone to her room on the radio of the person I found to help her. However, the staff was always very nice to her, and patient with her, even when she wasn’t pleasant to them. I walked in a few times when they were caring for her, and they had not seen me yet and did not know I was there, so I listened, and they were always extremely nice to her and patient with her. Note that her waits were just as long at the other facilities, and even longer when she visited the hospital, so I’m not really sure if there is a place that would be better for someone who needed as much help as she did. Also, they had pullcords in the rooms, but they weren’t really in easy reach for her, and she was too confused to use them, so she would often just yell for help. That worked in the facilities with smaller rooms, and the last place she was at, she was in the room next to the nurses’ desk. Here, since the rooms were larger the hallways were long and empty, so just yelling didn’t work. I considered moving her to a location that had push buttons to wear around her neck, but my sister’s mother-in-law had one of those and was too confused to press it, and so I wasn’t sure that would help her either, in her confused state. So, perhaps a place with smaller or shared rooms would have been better for her. They advertised their food as really good, but I didn’t really see that when I visited at mealtimes. Residents were supposed to have a choice of 2 different entrees per meal, but I never saw anyone asked what they wanted. Food was just placed in front of residents. One day I visited I saw on the sign at the front desk that the lunch choices were between turkey and crabcakes. My mom hated turkey, and loved crab cakes, but had turkey on her plate when I walked to the table. I asked her why she didn’t have the crab cakes, but she didn’t even know they were an option. A few times the food delivered looked cold and sort of congealed. Other times it looked ok. Overall, she liked the food better than at Lindon Grove, but didn’t think it was as good as at Lake Country. The one thing she really liked there, though, were their activities. They had many activites starting in the morning and going almost all day. She really enjoyed them. She loved the games and was always proudly showing me prizes she won at the games. She also really enjoyed group singing sessions. She had never enjoyed singing in the past, but loved it here. The woman that led the singing was a wonderful singer, and my mom wouldn’t even visit for us if we accidentally visited while she was singing. She had a real peaceful, happy smile on her face whenever they were singing. She also loved their church services, even though she hadn’t been a regular church goer in many years. During one of her hospital visits, she said she couldn’t wait to get back to Merrill Hills because she missed all the activities, and the hospital was just too boring. So that was the best endorsement I could have gotten from her. Although I believe the staff that cared for her and did activities with her were very nice, the staff that communicated with me after she moved in really didn’t prepare me for what my responsibilities were. For example, at the rehab places they provided diapers, but here I had to provide them, but no one told me. I had no idea until she ran out and they yelled at me. I had no idea what kind to buy, so it took a while for me to figure it out. She also had trouble on the toilet, and the visiting physical therapists told me what type of raised toilet seat to buy to make it easier for her, but none of their staff ever mentioned a different seat was a good idea, or was my responsibility to provide. I also had to bring in blankets for her, which I didn’t realize until she complained about how cold she was at night. Since she soiled them almost every night, I had to bring in A LOT of blankets. The physical therapists also called me to tell me she had run out of clean clothing. I had no idea, and the staff at Merrill Hills never called to tell me. I had brought all the clothing she had had for months at the rehab place, so I had no idea it wasn’t adequate here. I think they changed her more often and did the washing less, so I had to bring in lots and lots of clothing for her. When we had to move her out after she passed away, I was shocked to see all the clothing in the closet – literally dozens and dozens of pants and shirts, but her closet was always almost empty when she was living there, and I was always bringing in more so she wouldn’t run out, so I was shocked to see how many she wound up with in the end. They also did not brush her teeth very often. Her teeth were very brown. I tried to brush them when I visited, but she always refused and yelled at me, so I think they probably did the same to them, but still her mouth was in awful shape. Her dentist said that is very common in care facilities. When she was admitted to the hospital, the staff said she was very dirty. She also didn’t’ like baths and moving to the bath chair was painful, so that may have been why they hadn’t bathed her. So, I’m not really sure it was their fault, but I was disappointed. Finally, the nursing staff wasn’t real responsive, and I often had trouble finding out about her medical issues. They sent her to the hospital once without even calling me. They claimed they had, but since you can tell if you’ve missed calls on modern phones, I could tell they hadn’t called any of my phone numbers. Even though I had given them a paper with all my phone numbers on it, they only ever called my work phone number, even on weekends and holidays. Luckily the hospital had my home phone, so they called me after she was admitted. Also, I believe they kept her on a stool softener for weeks after she started having severe Diarrhea because they said a doctor had prescribed it and they couldn’t stop it without a doctor’s order. It took about a month to get the doctor that works at that facility to visit her. They told me the doctor would visit her on the 2nd week, but I waited there all morning, and when I finally tracked down the doctor, my mother hadn’t even been registered on the doctor’s list to see. It also took me 3 months to get a podiatrist to see her. I had asked because she had fungus on her toes and wanted it looked at, but they kept saying the podiatrist would see her, but he/she never did. I think on the 4th month they may have seen her, but I never got any report on what they found or did, and there was no treatment for the nail fungus, so I was never certain. Note I had just as many problems getting to talk to the nursing staff at the other facilities, so I don’t think this is unusual. At one of the other places I was so desperate to speak with the nurse that I stood at her desk for 20 minutes while she spoke to a doctor on the phone about her patients. She told me to wait in my mother’s room for her, which I did, but she never came even though I waited hours, and I could not find the nurse again. So, again, I am not sure where I could find better care. I heard rumors about better places from a few people, but when I tried those places, they all had waiting lists of 6 months to a year, and she needed immediate placement, and did not live long enough to have a chance at those places. So, I guess I would say that if your loved one is fairly mobile and can use the bathroom themselves, and just has memory issues and confusion, then I would recommend placing them here because they have really nice staff and nice activities to keep people happy and busy. If they need a lot of hands on care, I’m not sure what to say. I didn’t find a place that took better care of her than this one, but hopefully there are better places out there….

Provider Response

We are deeply saddened by the loss of your mother. Thank you for taking the time to review our community. We truly strive to give each and every resident the best quality of care and services possible and your mother was no exception. Please feel free to call me directly at (262) 896-8888 or by email at mmiller@seniorlifestyle.com and we can discuss more. I’m always open to feedback on how we can improve our community and would welcome a conversation with you. Thanks, Melissa Miller, Executive Director

September 20, 2014

By ceejai

I am a friend or relative of resident

Less than 1 star, the place is way over priced for the kind of care you receive. I agree with the person who said they talk a good line!!!!! My parents have lived there less than a year, they have missed giving my mother her eye medicine 4 days in a row, because they forgot to order it from the pharmacy. My dad has gotten pneumonia 3 times because I believe it is caused from lack of cleaning the equipment and my father fell out of bed and it took over 25 minutes for any staff to respond to my mother's yelling for help. In fact my mother called my sister because no one would respond to her yell for help. My sister told her to try and make it to the hallway to yell in the hallway for help. My sister got to Merrill. Hills just as they were starting to assist my father of the floor and she had to get dressed and drive 2 miles at 1 AM in the morning. The person who said to do your research before putting anyone at Merrill Hills, is the best advice I can offer as well!!!! To add insult to injury after they took over 25 minutes to finally help my father off the floor, they didn't bother to have his injured leg xrayed until later and when he asked for aspirin for the pain it took over 8 hours before they finally got him any pain reliever. Then they turned around and raised their price of my parents room by over $1000 month adding to their already over exorbitant cost they originally were paying of over $9000. To top it off, my dad's doctor wanted him on a no salt diet and for over 10,000 a month the administrator at Merrill Hills said they cannot do that either!!! My rating is less than 1 star, for some reason the computer keeps adding stars, not me!!!!

Provider Response

We are very disappointed that your parents did not have a better experience while residing at our community. Our goal is to provide a safe and home like atmosphere for our residents. We strive daily to provide excellent care and customer service. I would like to further discuss how we failed to meet your expectations and how we can improve the quality of care and service moving forward. Please call me directly at 262-896-8888. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Melissa Miller, Executive Director.

August 27, 2014

By Jerry37

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My mom was on respite care at Merrill Hills Manor for about a month, and it was a temporary situation until I could find something permanent. I think they did an adequate job in taking care of her needs, but it just wasn't at the same level as where she is at right now. It was more institutional, but it doesn't mean that they were bad. It was just a totally different approach to care. The rooms were furnished and were all basically very similar. It was relatively new, so it was in pretty good shape.

Provider Response

Thank you so much for supplying us with your feedback. It is our goal to provide the best care possible. We strive in not only providing the best care, but to make the experience at Merrill Hills a memorable one. I am disappointed to hear that you felt our facility was institutional because much of our focus is provide a home like environment. I can be contacted directly at 262-720-2286 so that in the future we can work to improve the expectations you and your family have for us. I look forward to hearing from you.


Melissa Miller, Executive Director at Merrill Hills Manor.

May 10, 2014

By Caring79619350

I visited this facility

Merrill Hills Manor was not real professional. It was not as well-maintained. You could see damage to the carpeting on the main hallways and stuff like that. It wasn't really expensive, but it was bare. You had the smell of urine in the place. The residents seemed stressed and not happy at all. We thought there was a lack of a good caregiver-to-resident ratio. They brought out the chef, and we got to talk a little about the meals, and that was probably the only positive thing I can think of about the experience. The cleanliness of the institution is one thing they can improve on. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody.

Provider Response

We are very disappointed to learn that you did not have a better experience while visiting our community. Our top priority is to deliver the best quality services and care for our residents in a clean and safe environment. Please contact me directly at (312) 545-0352 to share more information on why we failed to meet your expectations and how we could improve the quality of our services in the future. We thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Nick Catilleja, Executive Director of Merrill Hills Manor.

August 20, 2013

By Bad Karma

I am a friend or relative of resident

Please do your research. The facility can talk the talk but truly was a failure in everything else. I was afraid for my loved one every moment they were there. Check their records with the state of Wisconsin facility survey. Please be careful. I wished I had done a bit more research before I had put my family member there.

May 14, 2012

By Mercedes2

I am a friend or relative of a resident

We moved our parents here two weeks ago and this was the only place where they can move together. They've been living together for many many years and good thing we found Merri Hills. The facility is very nice and clean. The people are very warm and friendly.The food is good. Their rate is pretty good too. The room is nice with a livable space. It might not be the biggest but the important thing is that my parents can also take care of themselves. Their bathroom is big with walk-in showers so that helps them a lot. Old people may tend to adjust longer and it's been two weeks since they moved in but I'm really hoping they are happy there. Also I think the place is understaffed and I'd say they can be better if they are more organized. I'd sure recommend this place to others.
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  • Rent Plus Care Fees
  • Fee Structure Extra: Memory Care Is All Inclusive
  • Assisted Living Starting At: $3500/month
  • Memory Care Starting At: $3500/month

Room and housing options

  • Companion Suites: We Offer Companion Suites
  • Studio Apartments
  • Housing Extra: Deluxe Studios

Dining options

  • Dining Room Shared Meals
  • Room Service For Meals


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Computer Room
  • Resident Transportation
  • Party Space
  • Tv Room
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Security Gate
  • Spa

Cleaning services

  • Laundry For Linens
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry For Clothing

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms
  • Wifi
  • Technology Extra: Emergency Call System

Health services

  • Skilled Nursing
  • Hospice Care
  • Medication Management
  • Physical Therapy
  • Nurse On Staff: Yes


  • Offsite Activities
  • Music
  • Games
  • Stories
  • Religious Services
  • Lectures Discussions
  • Book Clubs
  • Wii Sports
  • Fitness Room
  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Activities Extra: Computer Class

Financial guidance

  • Home Sale Assistance
  • Va Benefits Consultation
  • Financing Advice

Guest services

  • Guest Parking
  • Guests At Mealtime
  • Overnight Guests


  • English


  • Resident Capacity: 91
  • Staff Patient Ratio: 6:1
  • Respite Care
  • Minimum Age: 62
  • Pets: Yes


  • Nurses Extra: We Have 24 Hour Nurses.

Range of services

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

Training Areas

  • Memory Care Training


  • Licenses: CBRF
  • State Licenses: 52D2010293
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About Mission Creek

Senior assisted living at Mission Creek offers residents the best of both worlds. All benefits of our senior living community are combined with a full spectrum of senior care services to create a premier senior assisted living community. Residents enjoy beautiful surroundings, on-site amenities and social programs alongside continual on-call medical care.

At Mission Creek, we adhere to state-of-the-art standards of senior assisted living while providing a special touch. Our residents receive personal and comprehensive care and are consistently treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Whether our residents need help with day-to-day activities, getting to appointments, or medication management, our caregivers kindly and competently meet those needs.

Our assisted living community in Waukesha has been purposefully designed to provide you or your loved one with a nurturing, comfortable, home-like environment that is attractive and easy to navigate. We foster community and family by hosting many activities and events each month. Residents are encouraged to participate in as many pursuits and outings as they like, appropriate to their ability. No matter what, everyone is treated as an individual person with unique needs.

At Mission Creek, our residents live life to its fullest as they age in place.

Assisted Living Amenities

  • Personalized Care Plans
  • 24-hour Staffing
  • Emergency Response System
  • Medication Management
  • Scheduled transportation to local shopping and medical appointments
  • Award winning Wellness Everyday™ programs, provided 7 days a week
  • Dining for Wellness™ - educational and wellness program
  • Brain Health University™
  • Beauty and Barber Shop
  • Housekeeping and maintenance service
  • All utilities and basic cable included
  • Individually controlled heat and central air
  • Fresh, seasonal cuisine prepared by the dining service team

What Makes Us Special

Major Hospital, clinics, and Rehabilitation Centers are within a three mile radius of Mission Creek___ We are conveniently located between Madison and Milwaukee, only two miles from Highway 94___Memory Care unit with secured outdoor garden area including walkways and a wheelchair swing___Life Enrichment staff that includes a music therapist, art therapist, and many other activities to engage and enhance our resident’s experience___State of the art therapeutic environment that promotes comfort, safety, and enrichment for all residents and families.

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