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Cost of Wisconsin Assisted Living Facilities

According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Wisconsin is $3,980 per month.

The monthly base rate for Wisconsin assisted living is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Wisconsin is also more expensive compared to the national average.

This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Wisconsin. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.

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Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States

Michigan$3,250
Minnesota$3,468
Iowa$3,500
U.S.$3,600
Wisconsin$3,980
Illinois$4,050

Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.

Researching Wisconsin Assisted Living? Ask these questions:

  • What terms does Wisconsin require to be disclosed to you prior to making a decision?
    Wisconsin may require the base price, payment schedule, services included in that rate and other items to be disclosed in writing - be sure to find out.
  • What is the Scope of Care offered?
    Find out the minimum services the facility MUST provide to you, as required by Wisconsin. These may include 24-hour supervision, types of meals, medical attention, etc.
  • What are the admission requirements to live at the facility?
    Each state is different; find out what the age and physical health requirements are for this specific facility as well as facilities in Wisconsin. Determine if the type of care you need is offered by the individual facility.
  • Will the facility complete an assessment and create a care plan for the resident?
    Wisconsin probably requires an initial evaluation and the creation of a care plan - be sure to find out exactly what the facility offers.
  • Ask about the handling of medication in the facility?
    There are sure to be specific requirements in Wisconsin - ask how the facility handles administering your medication.
  • Does the facility offer rooms and other areas that meet or exceed those required by Wisconsin?
    Wisconsin will have a minimum size of rooms, a limit to number of people per room, and even requirements as to privacy of available bathrooms - make sure you ask.
  • Does the facility offer the available required staff?
    Make sure the facility staffs the proper professionals, as Wisconsin requires. These may include an administrator and caregivers, as well as round-the-clock staff.
  • Is memory care offered?
    Find out of the facility is licensed to be able to handle dementia or Alzheimer's care in Wisconsin.
  • Are Medicaid waivers available for Wisconsin for this specific facility?
    If you are unable to cover the costs, find out if the facility may offer a Wisconsin Medicaid Waiver. You can also research at dhs.wisconsin.gov.

Helpful Wisconsin Assisted Living Resources

Do you have a question about licensing or regulations of assisted living facilities in Wisconsin? Questions about licensing and regulations are handled at the state level. You can contact the Wisconsin licensing and regulatory agency at:
Department of Health Services, Division of Quality Assurance, Bureau of Assisted Living
dhs.wisconsin.gov
(608) 266-8598
Do you want to report an issue or have a dispute with a senior living facility in Wisconsin? Your local Wisconsin long-term care ombudsman can help resolve disputes and offer assistance in your long-term care decisions. You can contact them at:
Board of Aging and Long Term Care of Wisconsin
longtermcare.wi.gov
Local: (608) 246-7012
Tollfree: (800) 815-0015
Are you aware of all the Wisconsin health-based programs available to you? Your Wisconsin Health Department can be a great resource. Contact them at:
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
dhfs.state.wi.us
Local: (608) 266-1865
Tollfree: (800) 362-3002
Are you familiar with the Wisconsin Area Agencies on the Aging and all the assistance they can provide to you?

The Wisconsin AAAs (Area Agency for the Aging) are very helpful. These offices can provide guidance to those 60+ in Wisconsin regarding elder abuse, caregiver support, insurance counseling, transportation and much more.

Find your local Wisconsin AAA below:

Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc.
Madison, WI
(608) 243-5670
Area Agency on Aging of Dane County
Madison, WI
(608) 261-9930
Milwaukee County Department on Aging
Milwaukee, WI
(414) 289-6010

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