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Page Reviewed / Updated – July 19, 2022

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Seniors 65 and over make up approximately 12% of the estimated 269,840 residents in Madison, Wisconsin. Madison, with an overall cost of living (COL) score of 100.6, comes close to matching the national average (100) but is further away from Wisconsin’s 90.9. Its average cost of health care score (86.3) significantly beats both the state (100.3) and national (100) scores. 

Madison seniors also have access to a wide selection of assisted living facilities. Those who decide to reside in one may pay a $4,800 monthly median, which is just a bit higher than the national average of $4,500. 

This guide provides more cost comparisons and information on helpful resources so seniors can make a more informed decision about how they can get the best care while saving more money in their golden years.

The Cost of Assisted Living and Care in Madison, WI

There’s only a $300 range between the medians for national ($4,500), Wisconsin ($4,600) and Madison ($4,800) monthly assisted living costs. Two cities on the following list — Eau Claire ($4,375) and Green Bay ($4,450) — are both within a $125 range below the national median. Oshkosh ($5,157) and Milwaukee ($5,324) are $357 and $524, respectively, more than Madison. 

  • Madison: $4,800
  • Wisconsin: $4,600
  • National: $4,500
  • Eau Claire: $4,375
  • Green Bay: $4,450
  • Oshkosh: $5,157
  • Milwaukee: $5,324

The Cost of Other Types of Care in Madison, WI

Madison has multiple senior care options, and there’s an estimated $7,532 difference between the lowest and highest monthly median costs. Adult day health care ($2,019) is the least costly option, with assisted living ($4,800) costing a significant $2,781 more. In-home care and home health care, each $5,339, are $539 more than assisted living. Next, and with the highest cost jump, is a semiprivate room and private room at a nursing home facility, for which seniors may end up paying a monthly cost of $8,851 or $9,551, respectively. 

  • In-Home Care: $5,339
  • Home Health Care: $5,339
  • Adult Day Health Care: $2,019
  • Assisted Living Facility: $4,800
  • Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room): $8,851
  • Nursing Home Facility (private room): $9,551

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Madison, WI

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Other Ways To Pay for Assisted Living in Madison, WI

Since not everyone can afford to pay for assisted living out-of-pocket, it’s important to find alternative methods to help make assisted living more affordable. Some of these options include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For additional information and planning, read our comprehensive guide to paying for senior care in Wisconsin.

Free Resources for Seniors in Madison, WI

There is no shortage of ways seniors are able to get assistance in Madison. Whether looking for budget-friendly recreation options or help with formal paperwork, the following resources provide good starting points.




University of Wisconsin-Madison – Senior Learning Program (608) 262-1156 The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a Senior Learning Program that is open to individuals who are 50 and up. Multiple participation options, including taking (non-credit) classes, are available. 
Madison Senior Center (608) 266-6581 The Madison Senior Center on West Mifflin Street is open weekdays until 4 p.m. It offers events to keep seniors busy and informed both virtually and in person. Events range from light-hearted options like dance classes to more serious options like information sessions about burial options. 
Madison Public Library 

(608) 266-6300

Located on West Mifflin Street, the Madison Public Library has multiple ways seniors can stay engaged, whether they check out interesting books or partake in one of the many events and classes. Its calendar offers the option to filter events by age level, including by “senior” and “adult.” Events range from free tax assistance to knitting circles to free tech repair.
YMCA of Dane County

Lussier Family East: (608) 221-1571; Lussier Family West: (608) 276-6606

There are two YMCA locations in Madison: Lussier Family East on Cottage Grove Road and Lussier Family West on Medical Circle. Seniors receive many perks through the YMCA of Dane County, including the “Actively Aging Day Pass” every Wednesday for individuals who are 55 and over and senior personal training. Membership may be required for certain options. 
Dane County Department of Human Services – Area Agency on Aging

(608) 261-9930

Open weekdays, the Area Agency on Aging on North Sherman Avenue in Madison aims to help residents who are 60 and older. Assistance is available in a range of areas, including for seniors needing legal services via the Dane County Elder Benefit Specialist (EBS) Program and for caregivers through the Wisconsin National Family Caregiver Support Program. 

Rules and Regulations for Assisted Living Facilities in Madison, WI

Assisted Living Communities in Madison are required to follow a set of rules and regulations that are determined by the state. For an overview of those rules and regulations, see the information below. For more specific information, talk with your local community or Area Agency on Aging.

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The 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Madison, WI

Oakwood Village University Woods

Situated conveniently between two major shopping centers and just a few minutes from the UW Health Research Park Clinic, Oakwood Village University Woods is a continuing care community that prides itself on offering residents a variety of lifelong learning opportunities. The campus is home to an auditorium that regularly features guest lecturers and cultural performances. While residents are not learning, they can be found enjoying the salad bar at the bistro, meandering through the 9-acre nature preserve or taking advantage of the regular shuttle bus to nearby grocery stores and shops. Assisted living residents are offered support with daily activities, basic healthy monitoring, three daily meals, medication management and housekeeping services. We included Oakwood Village University Woods for its unique programming.

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Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge

Tucked into the lower corner of the North-East Greenspace, Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge is a continuing care community that houses residents in an attractive high-rise with multiple shared community rooms. In addition to its scenic location, Prairie Ridge also offers 18 acres of wooded land with paved walking paths so active seniors can continue to explore their surroundings. Seniors can often be found in the on-site coffee shop with friends, in the woodworking shop, exercising in the fitness center or getting a haircut at the on-site salon. Assisted living residents enjoy support with daily activities, medication management, and access to light nursing care. We placed Prairie Ridge on our list for its wooded campus. 

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  • Regular shuttle service to nearby shops 
  • Car wash bay on-site for resident drivers

Oak Park Place Madison

Located in a peaceful area just a few blocks from Interstate 90 and the City of Madison Police Department, Oak Park Place Madison is a continuing care senior retirement center that offers assisted living, independent living and memory care. The facility provides its assisted living residents with three daily meals, housekeeping services and individualized personal care plans. Seniors are welcome to use the indoor pool, stroll through the large surrounding gardens, take part in regular lunch outings or join one of the many social clubs. 

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  • Free scheduled transportation within a 10-mile radius 
  • Kitchenettes in rooms

Brookdale Madison West

Brookdale Madison West sits close to downtown near a cluster of shops and restaurants behind Mineral Point Road. The elegant assisted living and memory care community staffs caretakers around the clocks so that residents have access to help with the simple press of a button. Assisted living residents enjoy support with the activities of daily living as needed, housekeeping and linen services and three chef-prepared meals per day. Seniors can often be spotted walking through the landscaped grounds, relaxing by the fireside with visiting family members or popping into the sports bar to watch the latest game with friends. 

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Madison Pointe

Situated in a residential area conveniently right off Route 30, Madison Pointe Senior Living is an assisted living community that provides daily support to seniors who want to remain mostly independent. Within the community, seniors have access to a landscaped patio, community television lounge, barbershop and wellness center. Scheduled transportation is available for medical appointments and group outings are frequently planned into the community. Residents have their own apartment and an individualized care plan that includes housekeeping, assistance as needed and three daily meals.

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Tennyson Assisted Living

Tucked into a residential neighborhood next door to Lake View Elementary School, the Tennyson Senior Living Community provides both independent living and assisted living accommodations. Assisted living residents have access to care staff around the clock via an emergency call system and receive daily assistance with the activities of daily living, health monitoring and health management of chronic conditions via an RN. All residents are invited to partake in three daily home-cooked meals in a restaurant-style setting. 

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  • Studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments
  • Happy hour at on-site bistro

Meadowmere Madison

Meadowmere Madison is an upscale assisted living community that provides tenants with individual care plans and a wide host of community amenities. Apartments are modern and completely furnished so that residents only need to worry about adding small trinkets of personal decor. The elegant facility features resident gardens, a fully stocked library, full kitchens in every apartment, movie nights, and access to beverages and snacks all day. At the same time, residents enjoy the perks of a supported lifestyle which include three daily chef-created meals, medical transportation, health care coordination and housekeeping and linen service.

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Wickshire Madison

Located next to Linden Grove Park, Wickshire Madison is an upscale assisted living facility that provides an oasis for residents in search of a quiet and scenic place to live. Assisted living residents are provided with daily assistance with activities of daily living along with private apartments that are maintenance-free. Community amenities add to the elegant facility and include restaurant-style meals, an outdoor garden and courtyard, walking paths and personalized programming options. We included Wickshire Madison on our list for its scenic backyard and quiet residential neighborhood.

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Coventry Village

Tucked into a quiet residential neighborhood just a few blocks away from High Point Park, Coventry Village is a luxury assisted living facility that offers independent and assisted living, memory care and respite stays. The upscale facility allows seniors to enjoy their golden years with luxe amenities and decor including a large pond complete with a fountain in the middle of the interior courtyard. The modern facility has plenty to keep residents busy including a bistro, gardening areas, a movie theater and plenty of outdoor areas that feature walking paths. Assisted living residents have the option of modern apartments with full kitchens and assistance with the activities of daily living.

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The Waterford at Fitchburg

Nestled in between the Fitchburg Springs Park and the Hatchery Hills Park, The Waterford at Fitchburg is a senior living community that provides independent living, assisted living and memory care accommodations. Seniors can be spotted out in the community park or venturing farther to the parks surrounding the lakes where they can fish. On cooler days residents choose to huddle by the fire for games of bingo or cards. Assisted living residents have access to caregivers around the clock and receive assistance with the activities of daily life in line with their personal care assessment, daily meals, medication management and housekeeping. We included the Waterford at Fitchburg on our list for its modern apartments and idyllic location.

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