Assisted Living in Green Bay, Wisconsin
Green Bay, Wisconsin, is located in the eastern part of the state. The city has a long history as a shipping city and is home to the Green Bay Packers football team. It’s a larger city with a small-town feel, and full of family-friendly entertainment options, including fishing in nearby Lake Superior or year-round outdoor activities at Baird Creek, which has hiking trails and small ski hills in the wintertime. Winters in Green Bay are cold and often snowy, although summers are warm and mild. Seniors who are sensitive to high temperatures may be comfortable here. The cost of living in Green Bay is nearly 20 points below the national average. Low cost of living, plus the fact that Wisconsin doesn’t tax Social Security income and some kinds of retirement income, may make it easier for Green Bay seniors, about 12% of the city’s population of 105,000, to afford accommodations in assisted living.
There are 33 assisted living communities in Green Bay for seniors to choose from. The average monthly cost for assisted living is $4,400 per month in the city, although the costs per facility will vary depending on the amenities offered.
Paying for Assisted Living in Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Cost of Assisted Living in Green Bay
Costs for assisted living average $4,400 per month in Green Bay, which is slightly higher than the Wisconsin average of $4,350 and several hundred dollars per month higher than the national average of $4,051. Wisconsin’s monthly average cost for assisted living is slightly higher than its neighboring states. Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, to the south, are close to Wisconsin’s average, at $4,078, $4,170 and $4,100, respectively, as is Michigan, to the east, at $4,000. Minnesota, to the west, it notably lower, averaging $3,800 per month for assisted living.
Compared to other large Wisconsin cities, Green Bay’s average monthly fees for assisted living fall roughly in the middle, although more than $2,000 separates La Crosse, which has one of the lowest monthly average costs for assisted living, from Racine, which, at $4,788, is one of the highest. Green Bay and Milwaukee are both close in cost for assisted living fees, at $4,400 and $4,485, respectively.
Green Bay Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Seniors in Green Bay may be eligible for an assisted living wavier to help cover their room and board in a long term care facility. The program is administered by Wisconsin Medicaid and is called the Medical Personal Assistance Plan. Applicants must provide proof of income and demonstrate a need for a nursing home level of care.
Learn more about the ALW, the eligibility requirements and application process at our Assisted Living in Wisconsin page.
Green Bay Assisted Living Resources
|Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Brown County||(920) 448-4300||This state-funded agency provides many different programs to help seniors. Programs include a loan center for durable medical equipment, help applying for government benefits, a “clothes closet” donation center and virtual and video workshops for topics that deal with the needs of the elderly.|
|Legal Action of Wisconsin||(608) 256-3304||Local Green Bay attorneys provide free legal aid for seniors, including investigating cases of elder abuse, help with bankruptcy filings, drafting wills and living wills and other civil matters. Criminal cases are not covered.|
|Green Bay Metro Transit||(920) 469-8858||Seniors and those with a qualifying disability may be eligible for a discounted fare card for the Green Bay public transportation system. This is a fixed bus route service, with handicapped transportation available by appointment.|
|Ombudsman Program – Board on Aging & Long Term Care||(800) 815-0015||The Wisconsin Department of Health administers an ombudsman program to address complaints from long-term care residents and their families. Representatives also advocate for the needs of the elderly in assisted living.|
|Brown County Department of Veterans Services||(920) 448-4450||VA staff workers help veterans and their surviving spouses access benefits from the US Veterans Affairs office, including death benefits and health care services.|
|SeniorCare Prescription Drug Assistance Program||(800) 657-2038||Seniors aged 65 and older may be eligible for help paying for prescription medications from this program, which is administered through the Wisconsin Department of Health.|
|Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)||(920) 429-9445||Seniors aged 55 and older have access to volunteer opportunities, depending on their abilities and level of independence. This state agency links volunteers to area nonprofit agencies.|
Wisconsin Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services licenses and regulates assisted living communities. Regular inspections of the cleanliness and livability of the facility, including safety precautions for residents, are part of each inspection. Meal offerings, the certification of each staff member and the resident-to-staff member ratio are also evaluated. Visit our Assisted Living in Wisconsin page for more information about these laws.