Lake Michigan keeps Milwaukee comfortable for local seniors during the hotter weeks of late spring and early summer. During the day, cool breezes blow inland and keep the local climate stable, while the effect reverses at night and warms up the waterfront. Seniors who go out for a stroll between March and July can thus enjoy some of the Midwest's most stable temperatures from noon to almost midnight. Milwaukee is a welcoming place for seniors in other ways, such as the high-tier medical system at institutions such as Aurora Sinai Medical Center, which has both a dedicated senior health department and a stroke unit for emergency care near downtown Milwaukee.
Milwaukee was an infamous "cool-off" town for Chicago gangsters during Prohibition, and today several old speakeasies are still open, including a cigar bar once owned by Al Capone, who has a street named after him in town. Seniors also get a discount at the Chudnow Museum of Yesteryear on N. 11th St., as well as on the scheduled routes of the Milwaukee County Transit System.
Seniors in Milwaukee pay an average of $4,264 a month for assisted living, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey. This is a little less than the $4,300 average for the state of Wisconsin, but still more than the $4,000 average nationwide.
Find your ideal senior living community on this list of the 8 best assisted living facilities in Milwaukee.
BRIA of Trinity Village
7500 W. Dean Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223
A life plan community in north Milwaukee that offers a full range of senior care and skilled nursing services, BRIA of Trinity Village offers residents worry-free living. Independent and assisted living residents are free to enjoy their chosen lifestyles with a variety of amenities and activities for creativity, socialization, learning and entertainment. Convenient services include internet access, banking, shopping trips and transportation to help residents easily run errands. An on-site chapel and pastoral services are also available to cater to different faiths. BRIA of Trinity Village also has a comprehensive range of health care and rehabilitation services, including a state-of-the-art ventilator care program, which addresses various respiratory conditions.
Villa St. Francis
1910 W. Ohio Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Villa St. Francis, an ecumenical community sponsored by the Felician Sisters, offers a secure loving home-like environment for all residents of different faiths. This complex is conveniently located right next to Ascension St. Francis Hospital in the Morgandale neighborhood of Milwaukee. Assisted living residents have their own private apartments and enjoy a variety of amenities including an on-site salon and barbershop, a banking center and a convenience store. A range of in-house health and wellness services include massage therapy, podiatry, audiology, vision and dental services. Life Enrichment programs let residents enjoy different activities such as arts and crafts, games, ice cream socials, shopping, bird-watching and live entertainment. Pastoral care and daily masses are also available.
St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus
3800 N 92nd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53222
St. Anne's Salvatorian Campus is a Catholic elderly care facility in the St. Aemilian's neighborhood of northwest Milwaukee. The complex has dedicated assisted living and enhanced assisted living residences that are distinct from St. Anne's skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities. Assisted living residents enjoy independent apartment living in Jordan Hall and Tivoli Terrace. Enhanced assisted living is for seniors who wish to retain as much independence as possible while receiving round-the-clock nursing assistance. These residents also have their own apartments in Mission Court and Providence Court. All assisted living and enhanced assisted living residents can participate in enriching activities such as holiday parties and social events and enjoy various on-site amenities including the salon, chapel, gathering rooms and landscaped grounds.
Cameo Court Assisted Living
5790 S. 27th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Cameo Court Assisted Living offers personal care services, as well as on-site skilled nursing care, physical therapy, medication management and mental health services. Residents can choose to live in companion suites or studio apartments, all of which include housekeeping services, cable and internet. Cameo Court boasts plenty of amenities including a beauty/barbershop, a spa, and transportation services. Daily activities include music, crafts, games, gardening and book clubs.
New Perspective - North Shore
8875 N. 60th Street
Brown Deer, WI 53223
New Perspective - North Shore is conveniently situated next to Walgreens and Walmart in Brown Deer Village, a prosperous suburb immediately northeast of Milwaukee. This modern senior living community has a selection of spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Residents enjoy outdoor views by strolling on landscaped grounds or just sitting in the sunroom or front porch. The fitness center has on-site physical and occupational therapy services and a warm indoor pool for aquatic exercises. Mealtimes and socialization over snacks and desserts are enjoyed at the restaurant-style dining room, bistro and pub. A variety of engaging activities include physical exercises, quiz games, meditation classes, cocktail hours and taco Tuesdays.
3553 South 41st Street
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Clare Terraces, part of Landmark terrace assisted living, offers personalized care for residents depending on their needs. Everything from dignified assistance with daily living tasks to medicine management and hospice care is provided by qualified, compassionate staff. Accommodations vary, from companion suites to 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, some with private kitchenettes. All residents may enjoy nutritious meals served three times a day in the dining room if they desire to eat in company. Light housekeeping and laundry services are also included. Planned events, such as Bell Coir and Bingo nights, are especially popular with residents. Transportation to medical appointments or for errands is also provided and small pets are welcome.
1500 W. Sonata Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Wilson Commons has a scenic location right next to Wilson Park in the Wilson Park neighborhood of Milwaukee and is just over a mile from Ascension St. Francis Hospital. This Capri Senior Communities campus has a dedicated assisted living complex called The Polonaise, which consists of spacious one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Residents at the Polonaise enjoy convenient amenities including a lounge, a library, a salon, an exercise/therapy room and a multipurpose activity area for movies, games, arts and crafts and other activities. Masses are celebrated daily at the chapel, and there are also gardening areas and short and long walking trails through Wilson Park for residents to enjoy the green outdoors.
Milwaukee - Ovation Chai Point
1400 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Ovation Chai Point is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, near Lake Michigan, and residents can travel to the nearby zoo or art museum for day trips with friends and family. Seniors can enjoy a well-balanced lifestyle thanks to the many activities, such as tai chi and yoga, available to keep them fit, as well as daily religious services and observance of Jewish holidays. Amenities in the community include an art studio for creative projects and lakeside seating to chat with friends or enjoy a good book. Residents can choose from a studio or a one- to three-bedroom apartment and get a shave or new hairdo at the on-site barber/beauty shop.