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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

    Tranquility Way Ii

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  1. Tranquility Way Ii
  2. Tranquility Way Ii provides assisted living care in Wausau, Wisconsin. It can house a maximum of 4 seniors at a time. With a location at 1922 Milwaukee Avenue, in the 54403 area code inside Marathon county, Tranquility Way Ii assists those senior citizens who need assistance with daily tasks. Some of the amenities offered by Tranquility Way Ii include staff awake 24/7, gardens and continence care. Tranquility Way Ii is licensed by Wisconsin to provide assisted living services, with license number 14710.

    Above & Beyond Afh Ii

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  3. Above & Beyond Afh Ii
  4. Above & Beyond Afh Ii specializes in providing assisted senior living in Racine county, Wisconsin. It includes a total of 4 studio and one bedroom suites for 55 and over adults. Above & Beyond Afh Ii is pet-friendly and can provide assistance with eating, feeding and dressing to any elderly adults living in Racine, WI and surrounding areas. Above & Beyond Afh Ii is located at 1606 Crabtree Lane, 53406 zip code. Above & Beyond Afh Ii provides amenities like: off-site outings and picnics, tailored service plans and assistance with daily living.

    Ola House

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  5. Ola House
  6. When searching for senior living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you will find Ola House as an excellent luxury senior care option. It has a total of 4 assisted living units. It is located at 4735 N 54th St, 53218 zip code and provides services such as housekeeping and emptying trash, a landscaped courtyard and pet-friendly services. Its license number is 14166. Ola House offers assisted living not only to Milwaukee residents, but also to all Milwaukee county residents as well.

    Harbour House

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  7. Harbour House
  8. If you need assistance with daily living, Harbour House, located at 5900 Mockingbird Ln in the 53129 zip code area can help you or your loved one to find the assistance and care you need in Greendale, Wisconsin. Harbour House has a total capacity of 52 seniors. It provides a library, a tailored service plan and dementia care services. Harbour House is licensed with Wisconsin and its license number is 8910.

    Arbor View Communities

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  9. Arbor View Communities
  10. Arbor View Communities has a capacity of 40 senior citizens. Arbor View Communities offers amenities such as: arts & crafts, private laundry services and scheduled bathroom reminders. It is located at 34201 Arbor Lane, and it is fully equipped to provide assisted living to Burlington, WI seniors. Arbor View Communities is licensed with Wisconsin and its license number is 12469.

    Heritage Of Monona Fe Heritage 10

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  11. Heritage Of Monona Fe Heritage 10
  12. Located at 111 Owen Rd, inside 53716 zip code area in Dane county, Heritage Of Monona Fe Heritage 10 provides assisted senior living to Monona, WI senior citizens and includes amenities such as 24 hour staff, unique service plans and health checkups. Heritage Of Monona Fe Heritage 10 can accommodate up to 34 seniors at a time. Heritage Of Monona Fe Heritage 10 has official license # of 15720.

    Chcs Harley Crossing Afh

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  13. Chcs Harley Crossing Afh
  14. Located at 816 S 90th St, West Allis, Wisconsin, 53214, Chcs Harley Crossing Afh will help any Milwaukee county senior with activities of daily living and offers services like numerous social activities, personalized service plan and a staff dietitian. Chcs Harley Crossing Afh can provide long-term assisted living to a maximum of 4 seniors at a time. Its license number is 190063.

    Fieldstone House

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  15. Fieldstone House
  16. Older adults looking for assisted living in Hortonville, Wisconsin will find Fieldstone House, located at 495 W Nye St inside 54944 zip code as a great choice for all of their care needs. Fieldstone House is able to care for up to 6 older adults and allows seniors to stay with pets. Wisconsin records show that Fieldstone House has a license number of 110532. With amenities that include all meals included, walking gardens and continence management, Fieldstone House will be a wonderful senior living option for any older adult.


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  17. Riverbend
  18. With a location at 475 Golfview in Polk county, Riverbend shines at providing assisted living services for elderly senior citizens in Amery, WI as well as those who live in surrounding cities. Riverbend includes amenities such as numerous educational activities, personal laundry and scheduled bathroom reminders. Riverbend is capable of caring for a maximum of 11 Amery elderly adults and provides several levels of senior care. Riverbend has an official license to provide senior living for Polk, WI residents, with license # 15097.

    Sky Lane Home

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  19. Sky Lane Home
  20. Sky Lane Home, located at 109 Sky Lane Dr offers senior assisted living services in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and offers amenities such as a library room, laundry and linen service and faith-based services. Sky Lane Home is equipped to care for up to 4 senior citizens from 53147 zip code in Walworth county and nearby areas. Sky Lane Home is licensed to provide assisted senior living services in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, with license # 15178.

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