Within the state of Wisconsin, approximately 15% of the population are aged 65 years old and older. When older adults start considering retirement, they want to make living more comfortable and downsize to something more manageable. The state of Wisconsin does offer something for residents who are still active and living an independent life. Independent housing options for seniors help older adults aged 55 and or 65 and over remain vibrant and provide different amenities to help. Some of the independent living options in Wisconsin include apartments, condos, townhomes, or formal retirement communities. Amenities often provided include transportation, meal service, housekeeping, recreation, or home maintenance. The cost of independent living in Wisconsin is approximately $2,000 per month. However, the price does vary depending on the type of housing and what amenities are offered. Some of the cities providing independent living for seniors include Milwaukee, Green Bay, or Greenfield among many others.
When full independent living is not available, there are assisted living facilities for seniors within the state. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Quality Assurance, Bureau of Assisted Living regulates and provides licenses. Within the state of Wisconsin are three types of regulated residential assisted living providers. These are community-based residential facilities, residential care apartment complexes, and adult family homes. When families begin the search for assisted living, the level of care is determined by what the needs are of the resident. Most types of assisted living facilities, unless otherwise known, do not offer full nursing care, such as a nursing home. Senior residents living at an assisted living facility are still living independently but need help with some activities of daily life. The cost of assisted living in the state is approximately $3,000 per month. However, this cost does fluctuate depending on the level of care required for the resident.