Cities with Independent Living Communities in Wisconsin

Sycamore Place

  7300 West Dean Road
Milwaukee, WI 53223

The Classic at Hillcrest Greens

  2455 Sawgrass Place
Altoona, WI 54720

Saint John's On The Lake

  1840 North Prospect Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Cedar Community

  5595 County Road Z
West Bend, WI 53095

St. Rita Square

  728 E Pleasant Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Drumlin Reserve

  139 E. Reynolds Street
Cottage Grove, WI 53527

Harbour Village

  5700 Mockingbird Lane
Greendale, WI 53129

Dimensions Living Stevens Point

  5625 Sandpiper Drive
Stevens Point, WI 54482

Meadowmere & Mitchell Manor Oak Creek

  701 East Puetz Road
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Hyland Campus

  881 Liberty Blvd
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

The Gables of Germantown

  N109 W17075 Ava Cir
Germantown, WI 53022

St. Catherine Commons

  3524 7th Ave
Kenosha, WI 53140

Village Pointe Commons

  101 Walnut Circle
Grafton, WI 53024

Huntington Place

  3801 N Wright Road
Janesville, WI 53546

Oak Hill Terrace

  1805 Kensington Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188

Layton Terrace

  9200 W Layton Avenue
Greenfield, WI 53228

Laurel Oaks

  1700 W Bender Road
Glendale, WI 53209

The Arboretum

  W180 N, 7890 Town Hall Rd
Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

Wilson Commons

  1500 W. Sonata Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53221

Summit Woods

  2501 Summit Avenue
Waukesha, WI 53188

Killarney Kourt

  8800 Shannon Ln
Sturtevant, WI 53177

Library Square

  1820 S 75th St
West Allis, WI 53214

Howard Village

  2500 E Howard Ave
St. Francis, WI 53235

Hart Park Square

  6600 W River Parkway
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Parkside Senior Living

  6902 Parkside Circle
DeForest, WI 53532

Hickory Park

  3933 S. Prairie Hill Lane
Greenfield, WI 53228

New Perspective Island Shores

  131 E North Water St
Neenah, WI 54956

Bellevue Senior Living

  1660 Hoffman Road
Green Bay, WI 54311

The Jefferson

  9401 Old Sauk Road
Middleton, WI 53562

Holiday Oakwood Hills

  4316 Oakwood Hills Parkway
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Willowbrook Place

  205 Green Bay Road
Thiensville, WI 53092

The Landmark of West Allis

  1441 South 68th Street
West Allis, WI 53214


  3023 S 84th Street
West Allis, WI 53227

ManorPointe Oak Creek

  700 East Stonegate Drive
Oak Creek, WI 53154


  350 Winnebago Street
North Fond du Lac, WI 54937

Luther Manor - Wauwatosa

  4545 North 92nd Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53225

Ascension Living Alexian Village Milwaukee

  9301 N. 76 Street
Milwaukee, WI 53223

Milwaukee Catholic Home

  2462 N Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Mulberry Campus

  1255 W Main St
Whitewater, WI 53190

What are Retirement Communities?
Retirement communities are often also called independent living communities, because they are designed for seniors who are able to live independently, with no need for daily personal or medical care. They are generally mid-to large-sized campus-style communities that offer a wide variety of activities and conveniences for residents.

If this sounds similar to an active adult or 55+ community, that is because retirement and active adult communities share some core commonalities. These often include providing exterior home and lawn maintenance, planned social activities, communal spaces and outdoor amenities such as tennis courts, golf courses or swimming pools. The benefits of living in a retirement community are generally the same as living in other types of senior housing: more opportunities for social engagement, more free time to spend pursuing hobbies and low-maintenance living. Retirement communities take low-maintenance living to an even higher level than active adult communities, because the following are often included, with other services available a la carte:

• Meals – 3x/day, served in a dining room
• Linen and laundry service
• Housekeeping
• Interior home maintenance
• Scheduled transportation to shopping, medical appointments and other errands
• 24-hr staff and onsite-healthcare in case of emergency

As in most types of senior housing, the size and style of home varies from community to community, from studio apartments to large villas, often with many styles available within the same campus. While the homes may differ in size, most will have features that are designed with seniors in mind, such as:

• One-level living
• Wide doorways
• Walk-in showers
• Low thresholds
• Emergency call systems

And while every community is unique, many will offer the same types of amenities and benefits to residents, all aimed at allowing them to live easier, more engaged and fulfilling lives. Most retirement communities provide an even broader range of amenities than those found in active adult communities, including:

• Daily scheduled activities, fitness classes or crafts
• On-site salons, libraries and chapels
• Game rooms
• Theaters
• Community meeting spaces such as club houses and bistros
• Private dining rooms for special family meals
• Community excursions

Some independent living communities are located within larger campuses that also offer assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care services; these campuses are called Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs). They offer a full range of senior care to residents as they age and their health needs change. CCRCs allow residents to age in place, and stay within the same overall community, as they move from one level of care to the next. A CCRC is especially helpful if one spouse has different care needs than the other. Even if one spouse is in a higher-level care facility, couples are still close enough to see each other every day and are able to enjoy the same amenities and activities.

Use our US map above to begin your search for the best retirement communities for you or your loved one.