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The legal licensing term for Assisted Living in the State of Wisconsin is Residential Care Apartment Complexes, Community-Based Residential Facilities and Adult Family Homes. The governing body that licenses Assisted Living and retirement homes in the State of Wisconsin is Bureau of Assisted Living through the Division of Quality Assurance. For the purposes of this document, we will refer to facilities in general as “assisted living facilities”, even though they may be licensed as residential care facilities or AFHs.

Overview of Assisted Living Facilities in Wisconsin

There are nearly 4,000 assisted living facilities in the Badger State, established taking care of the elderly. The residents in these communities can generally take care of themselves. They will only require a particular level of assistance that they need to flourish, such as healthcare, access to social events/opportunities, and attentive caregivers.

Residents of Wisconsin assisted living facilities will get help with meal prep, laundry, showering, 24-hour surveillance, housekeeping and more. Most residents usually live in a private living space – just like a condo or apartment – with a private kitchen and bathroom. Elderly couples are generally allowed to stay together.

Residents of assisted living facilities in Wisconsin can choose the level and type of senior care services they need help with. They also get to enjoy an excellent level of socialization and can participate in organized residential excursions and trips to the movies, museums, and the beautiful Wisconsin landmarks.

Unit Requirements & Regulations for Assisted Living in Wisconsin

First, all assisted living facilities in Wisconsin must comply with the regular building codes for the city they are in. That includes all ordinances and zoning requirements. They must also comply with the Wisconsin admin code chapter DHS 83 sub chapters 4, 5 and 6. These pertain to the safety and the physical environment and any additional requirements to keep senior care facility residents safe. The minimum number of beds allowed in a Wisconsin assisted living facility is 5. The minimum sleeping room size can hold a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 100 square feet, which depends on the licensing that a particular facility has in their classification.

There are three classifications for seniors who are residents at assisted living facilities in Wisconsin: 1) ambulatory is number one and that means that seniors can walk by themselves without use of ambulation equipment, which means walkers, wheelchairs and the like; 2) Semi ambulator, which means that the seniors do use ambulatory equipment like wheelchairs and walkers; and 3) Non-ambulatory, meaning that the seniors are wheelchair-bound.

The next consideration in assisted living licensing is determining whether the structure for the Wisconsin assisted living facility is new or old construction. Another question is, are the units private or shared occupancy? All the construction requirements including all the fire safety and all accessibility depend on the size of the facility and on the class of the facility. The class is defined by whether or not the residents of the senior care facility can evacuate on their own in an emergency, respond to fire alarms and act on their own without any verbal or physical prompting.

For the bathroom requirements, there must be one toilet one sink and either a tub or shower unit for every 10 residents.

Cost and Payment Options for Assisted Living in Wisconsin

Statewide, the cost for assisted living in Wisconsin is currently $4,300 monthly, and that is $300 over the national average which is $4,000. The cheapest assisted living facilities are in Lacrosse at $2,638 per month average cost, which is well below the national average. The costliest assisted living facilities are in Milwaukee at $4,264 average, Wausau at $4,644 and Sheboygan at $4,674. The city that hits the top at most expensive is Oshkosh at $5,000 average cost.

When you consider dementia and Alzheimer’s care, it will bring you to a range of $860 to $1,290 extra over the top of the above figures, bringing the most expensive city of Oshkosh to $6,000+ estimated monthly cost with memory and Alzheimer's care.

For seniors who are struggling to cover the high cost of senior living in Wisconsin, MAPC Medical Assistance Personal Care Program will cover assisted living personal care services only, but not room & board. The income cap for this program is $2,313. There may be a spend-down program by which you can lower the income amount to the amount that the state requires, if the senior’s income is only spent on medical bills.

Wisconsin can be an excellent retirement option for many seniors who prefer diverse landscapes, the great mix of small and large cities, as well as the overly friendly communities. The Great Lakes are also close to any part of the area, so elders who love the outdoors can visit from time to time.

The Difference Between Wisconsin Assisted Living Facilities and Nursing Homes

Before you move your loved one to any retirement home in Wisconsin, you should understand the difference between assisted living and nursing homes.

The primary difference between these two senior care and living options is the level of medical attention that is provided to the elderly. The #1 priority of assisted living facilities is helping residents with activities of day-to-day living.

The level of everyday care in a nursing home is more medically focused than what prevails in Wisconsin assisted living facilities. Although assisted living facilities may support with chronic disease, pain, and medication management, assisted living facilities do not provide the rehabilitation services offered at nursing homes.

Nursing homes offer everything, from making use of the restroom to getting out of bed or getting dressed. They are perfect for seniors who need daily or regular medical care or attention. It is usually the option of choice for family caregivers who feel they are no longer competent enough to care for a senior in their keep.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Wisconsin have day-to-day activities lined up for their residents, and this includes craft classes, fitness, live performances from visiting musicians, and happy hour. Assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Wisconsin differ greatly, especially in terms of amenities, location, and types of care provided. What matters most – at the end of the day – is that your loved one should feel comfortable, safe, and happy.

The state of health of your loved one will determine whether you take them to a nursing home or an assisted living community in Wisconsin. It is also important to trust your instincts; if you can envision your loved one enjoying life to the fullest in a friendly community, then you may have found the right fit.

Top 10 Assisted Living in Wisconsin

    Rem Wisconsin Ii Germantown

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  1. Rem Wisconsin Ii Germantown
  2. Rem Wisconsin Ii Germantown provides assisted living services in Germantown, Wisconsin. It can house a maximum of 4 elderly adults at a time. With a location at N116 W16105 Main St, in the 53022 area code inside Washington county, Rem Wisconsin Ii Germantown assists those retirees who need assistance with activities of daily living. Some of the amenities offered by Rem Wisconsin Ii Germantown include staff available day and night, personal laundry and religious services. Rem Wisconsin Ii Germantown has an active license by Wisconsin to provide senior living, with license number 15066.

    Wellington Meadows

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  3. Wellington Meadows
  4. Wellington Meadows specializes in providing senior living in Jefferson county, Wisconsin. It includes a total of 28 studio and one bedroom suites for 55 and over adults. Wellington Meadows is pet-friendly and can provide help with taking a bath and getting dressed to any senior citizens living in Fort Atkinson, WI and surrounding areas. Wellington Meadows is located at 525 Memorial Dr, 53538 zip code. Wellington Meadows includes services such as: a fitness center, 24-hour security and pet-friendly services.

    Evergreen Terrace

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  5. Evergreen Terrace
  6. When looking for senior living in Antigo, Wisconsin, you will find Evergreen Terrace as an excellent luxury senior care option. It contains a total of 24 assisted living units. It is located at 715 Ackley Street, 54409 zip code and provides services such as numerous social activities, personalized service plans and incontinence assistance. Its license number is 15557. Evergreen Terrace provides assisted living not only to Antigo residents, but also to all Langlade county residents too.

    6700 Family Home

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  7. 6700 Family Home
  8. If you need assistance with daily tasks, 6700 Family Home, located at 6700 W Thurston Ave in the 53218 zip code area can help you or your loved one to locate the help with daily living you need in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 6700 Family Home has a total capacity of 4 seniors. It offers an on-site pharmacy, personal laundry and memory care services. 6700 Family Home is licensed with Wisconsin and its license number is 13802.

    Open Arms 20

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  9. Open Arms 20
  10. Open Arms 20 has a capacity of 4 older adults. Open Arms 20 includes amenities that include: a hair salon, personalized service plan and health checkups. It is located at 5335 Taylor Ave, and it is fully equipped to provide assisted living services to Mount Pleasant, WI elderly residents. Open Arms 20 is licensed with Wisconsin and its license number is 14841.

    Restoring Hope Adult Family Services

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  11. Restoring Hope Adult Family Services
  12. Located at 5020 18th Ave, inside 53140 zip code area in Kenosha county, Restoring Hope Adult Family Services provides assisted senior living to Kenosha, WI senior citizens and includes amenities such as educational opportunities, laundry services and regular health assessments. Restoring Hope Adult Family Services can accommodate up to 4 seniors at a time. Restoring Hope Adult Family Services has official license # of 14678.

    Knapp State Street

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  13. Knapp State Street
  14. Located at 500 South State St, Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin, 53821, Knapp State Street will help any Crawford county elderly adult with daily living activities and provides services such as arts and crafts, a personal laundry service and a registered dietitian. Knapp State Street can provide long term care and assisted living to a maximum of 4 residents at once. Its license number is 11032.


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  15. Porchlight
  16. Seniors looking for assisted living in Madison, Wisconsin will find Porchlight, located at 902 Northport Dr inside 53704 zip code as a wonderful choice for all of their care needs. Porchlight is able to care for up to 8 senior citizens and allows seniors to stay with pets. Wisconsin records show that Porchlight has a license number of 9527. With amenities that include a hair salon, laundry services and faith-based services, Porchlight will be a perfect senior living choice for any senior.

    Ridge Crest Manor

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  17. Ridge Crest Manor
  18. With a location at 110 Park Drive in Dunn county, Ridge Crest Manor shines at providing assisted care services for older adults in Colfax, WI as well as those who live in surrounding areas. Ridge Crest Manor offers amenities such as housekeeping and emptying trash, assistance with medications and memory care services. Ridge Crest Manor is capable of caring for a maximum of 16 Colfax older residents and provides several levels of care. Ridge Crest Manor has an official license to provide senior living for Dunn, WI residents, with license # 14418.

    Positive Pathways

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  19. Positive Pathways
  20. Positive Pathways, located at 5025 N 83rd St provides assisted living and care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and provides amenities and services such as pharmacy services, private laundry service and an on-site dietitian. Positive Pathways is equipped to care for up to 4 elderly senior citizens from 53218 zip code in Milwaukee county and nearby areas. Positive Pathways is licensed to provide assisted living services in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with license # 410039.

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