Straddling the Wisconsin River, Wausau provides a unique combination of big-city amenities and a small-town atmosphere. The city is home to a large senior population, and was ranked by 24/7 Wall Street as the fifth-best city in the U.S. for seniors to retire to, largely for its abundant access to care services.
Low crime rates help create a safe environment and its low overall cost of living makes it an affordable choice for seniors on a budget. Surrounded by woods, lakes and hills, Wausau offers active seniors numerous opportunities to experience the outdoors. The city also boasts a vibrant arts community, including Broadway productions at The Grand Theater and exhibits at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and the downtown River District is home to a variety of shopping venues and a growing local dining scene. Each year seniors can enjoy events, such as the Badger State Games, International Wisconsin Ginseng Festival and Grand Prix of Wisconsin.
According to the Genworth Cost of Care survey 2019, assisted living services in Wausau cost an average of $4,000 per month. This rate is lower than both the U.S. national average of $4,051 per month and Wisconsin state median of $4,350 per month, which could help budget-conscious seniors access the care they need.
Check out this list of the top 10 assisted living facilities available in Wausau.
Sylvan Crossings on Evergreen
1605 Evergreen Road
Wausau, WI 54403
Located in Wausau's Riverview neighborhood, Sylvan Crossings on Evergreen delivers compassionate care in a warm, friendly environment. It's regarded as one of the area's top facilities for its dedication to meeting the needs of each individual resident. Staff members work to develop relationships with each resident and are available to provide assistance with personal care while respecting independence. Meals are designed by the facility's dietitian and prepared from scratch, and snacks are available all day long. To encourage residents to stay socially and physically active, daily exercises are offered in both individual and group settings, as well as a selection of diverse recreational programs.
Wellington Place of Rib Mountain
4100 North Mountain Road
Wausau, WI 54401
Wellington Place of Rib Mountain is a nonprofit community that seeks to provide seniors with a place that feels like home. Residents can enjoy the comfort of private suites, spacious common areas and three delicious home-cooked meals every day. While independence is encouraged, professional staff are always available on-site to ensure the comfort and safety of residents. We included it in this list because of its engaging social atmosphere, where residents can feel like they're part of a family. Group exercises are held every morning, followed by a full daily schedule of activities, including games, happy hours and monthly community outings.
Our House Senior Living - Wausau Assisted Care
210 W Campus Drive
Wausau, WI 54401
A commitment to making a true difference in the lives of its residents is what sets Our House Senior Living - Wausau Assisted Care apart. Staff members offer warm, personalized attention to each resident, assisting with activities of daily living and medication management, while still allowing seniors to maintain a sense of independence. The entire facility is designed to be accessible and features handrails in the hallways for resident safety. Residents can enjoy an engaging, carefree lifestyle with three home-cooked meals served daily, regular housekeeping and linen services and a robust activities calendar.
Primrose Retirement Community of Wausau
2100 Townline Road
Wausau, WI 54403
Primrose Retirement Community of Wausau seeks to create a happy, healthy environment when seniors can thrive. Residents have the privacy of their own personal apartment, with the security of trained care staff on-site 24 hours a day. It's included in this list for its state-of-the-art amenities and full calendar of daily activities. The facility features a billiards room, wellness center, ice cream parlor and chapel, and offers scheduled transportation services and daily meals. With its emphasis on socialization and active living, residents have countless opportunities to participate in programs and events, such as book club, movie nights, bingo and Thai Chi.
Mountain Terrace Senior Living
3312 Terrace Court
Wausau, WI 54401
Seniors at Mountain Terrace Senior Living can enjoy a simplified life in a home-like environment. It's considered to be one of the premier facilities in Wausau because of its efforts to deliver compassionate care and create a sense of community among staff and fellow residents. The welcoming community features cozy common areas, a light-filled dining room and landscaped outdoor spaces, as well as the convenience of on-site amenities, such as a beauty and barbershop, library and country store. Residents are encouraged to stay active through a diverse offering of daily programs, fun events and scheduled excursions.
Tender Reflections of Weston
3404 Community Center Drive
Weston, WI 54476
Tender Reflections of Weston delivers care that serves the mind, body and spirit in a family environment that promotes security and safety. We included it in this list for its person-centered approach. Care plans are customized to meet residents' individual needs, and the facility offers a full continuum of care services to accommodate the changing needs of older adults. Residents enjoy a full calendar of daily activities and three daily meals served in the family-style dining room, with the added benefit of regular housekeeping, flat linen and personal laundry services.
Care Partners Assisted Living in Weston
5855 Delikowski Street
Weston, WI 54476
The goal at Care Partners Assisted Living in Weston is to create an environment in which seniors can enjoy an improved quality of life. The facility is located near a number of shopping, dining and recreational venues, as well as top medical facilities. With just 16 beds, the facility's small size creates a warm and caring atmosphere and allows staff members to provide dedicated, personalized care. The facility encourages residents to live as independently as possible, with the peace of mind of 24-hour trained care staff available to assist with daily tasks, medication management and health monitoring.
Cedar Creek Manor I
2480 Terrebonne Drive
Mosinee, WI 54455
Family owned and operated since 1988, Cedar Creek Manor is regarded as one of Wausau's top assisted living facilities for its dedication to improving the lives of its residents each day. Located in a quiet, wooded area, seniors can enjoy ample access to nature in a safe and secure environment. Trained caregivers are on-site 24-hours a day, and services, such as housekeeping and laundry provide carefree living. The facility offers a variety of amenities for resident comfort, including an on-site beauty salon, living room with fireplace and landscaped courtyard with pond and garden. Daily structured social activities and special events help residents stay socially, mentally and physically active.
Rehab & Skilled Nursing in Weston/Wausau
4602 Barbican Avenue
Weston, WI 54476
Rehab & Skilled Nursing in Weston/Wausau offers personalized service plans to meet seniors' specific care needs in a secure, comfortable and scenic environment. Connected to Rennes Health & Rehab Center, residents have access to state-of-the-art healthcare services, with a number of shopping and entertainment venues nearby. In addition to assistance with activities of daily living, residents can enjoy maintenance-free living with daily home-cooked meals, personal laundry services and transportation. The facility features an on-site beauty salon, whirlpool spa and pub, and provides seniors with the opportunity to participate in activities and outings, including happy hour socials, exercise classes and games.
7805 Birch Street
Schofield, WI 54476
Seniors at Pride TLC can feel like they're part of a family. We included it in this list for its efforts to create a nurturing, supportive environment and sense of community. The campus is designed to be like a small town, complete with a main street full of premier amenities, including a theater, chapel, beauty salon, gym and bakery. Staffed by qualified and credentialed therapists, nurses and caregivers, seniors receive assistance with daily living tasks as needed, with respect to their independence and privacy. The facility offers a diverse schedule of activities intended to enrich residents' lives and promote wellness of the mind, body and spirit.