Assisted Living in Waukesha, Wisconsin
The city of Waukesha sits at the western edge of the Milwaukee metropolitan area, approximately 14 miles from the city, and it’s home to a high percentage of seniors. According to the latest census estimates, 13.6% of Waukesha’s residents are aged 65 and over, compared to 10.5% in Milwaukee. Waukesha County as a whole has an even higher percentage of seniors — 19.2% of its residents are aged 65 and over. The city is a relatively safe area to live, both in terms of violent and property crime, which occur at lower rates than the national averages. The crime rates stand in stark contrast to the city of Milwaukee, which has a violent crime rate that’s more than seven times higher than that of Waukesha.
Waukesha’s assisted living communities are priced slightly higher than those in the surrounding area at an average of $4,400 per month. Within the city are 21 assisted living communities, with another 19 in the surrounding area.
Paying for Assisted Living in Waukesha, Wisconsin
The Cost of Assisted Living in Waukesha
Wisconsin’s assisted living communities have an average cost that’s roughly in line with the national average — the state average is just $100 per month higher, according to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey. Most neighboring states are slightly more affordable, including Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa. Illinois, however, is more expensive by an average of $175 per month.
Waukesha’s average cost for assisted living is just over $5,000 per month, whereas most nearby cities have costs just below that amount. Racine and Fond du Lac have costs just under $4,700 per month. Madison and Sheboygan average much closer to Waukesha at around $5,000. Janesville is significantly more affordable, with an average cost that’s roughly $1,100 per month lower than that of Waukesha.
Note: Data for Waukesha was unavailable, so data for the nearest city, Milwaukee, was used instead.
Waukesha Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Seniors, people with disabilities and some other categories of people may be eligible for Wisconsin Medicaid, which provides coverage for health care, long-term care and more. Medicaid programs in the state vary in their eligibility requirements, most of which relate to age, disabilities and income. Programs for seniors include help paying for prescription drugs, Medicare Part A and B premiums and deductibles. Additionally, residents of Waukesha County may be eligible for the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
Read more about financial assistance and eligibility on our Assisted Living in Wisconsin page.
Waukesha Assisted Living Resources
|Aging & Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County
|(262) 548-7848 / [email protected]
|The ADRC for Waukesha County serves as a central point of contact for seniors, people with disabilities and their family members who need help locating, accessing and understanding the various aging-related options and resources in the area. Services that are most applicable to assisted living residents include help with benefits counseling, dementia care, managed long-term care and support groups.
|Eras Senior Network
|This nonprofit organization helps seniors, people with disabilities and caregivers in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. It coordinates over 2,300 local volunteers who provide services that include transportation, nutrition, housing and faith-based initiatives. Eras also operates the Friendly Phone Calls and Friendly Visitors programs, which are designed to reduce social isolation. Residents who are aged 60 and over and those with disabilities are eligible for services.
|United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
|United Way is a nonprofit organization with offices and volunteer centers in Waukesha and Milwaukee. It funds more than 85 programs in these counties, many of which directly affect seniors and people with disabilities. United Way helps in the areas of financial and housing support, socialization and activities, support networks, access to health care and other health and wellness initiatives.
|Waukesha County Division of Veterans Services
|(262) 548-7732 / [email protected]
|The county Veterans Services Office (VSO) helps veterans, their dependents and survivors in many ways — some of which may be very useful for residents of assisted living communities. Generally, the most valuable service provided by a VSO is helping local veterans navigate the maze of eligibility requirements and paperwork needed to access VA pensions and other financial assistance that can be used to cover some or all of the cost of long-term care for seniors.
|Wauwatosa Hart Park Senior Center
|This senior center is located approximately 10 miles east of Waukesha. It consists of a 52-acre park, nature areas and trails as well as a curling rink, which is popular with local seniors. The center also provides seniors with lunches, birthday parties, games such as bridge and Wii, educational classes and free income tax preparation. Assisted living residents and their family members may benefit from the knowledgeable staff if they have questions or need a referral.
Waukesha Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Waukesha’s assisted living communities are officially referred to as community-based residential facilities (CBRFs). The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is responsible for licensing, regulating and inspecting all such facilities within Waukesha and the state as a whole. Read more about the requirements on our Assisted Living in Wisconsin page.