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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

    Margarets Place Adult Family Home

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  1. Margarets Place Adult Family Home
  2. Margarets Place Adult Family Home provides assisted living services in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It can house a maximum of 4 older adults at a time. With a location at 2514 W Chambers St, in the 53206 area code inside Milwaukee county, Margarets Place Adult Family Home assists those 55 and older adults who need aid with daily tasks. Some of the amenities offered by Margarets Place Adult Family Home include a reading room, walking gardens and memory care services. Margarets Place Adult Family Home is licensed by Wisconsin to provide assisted living, with license number 15971.

    Cottages At Cedar Run

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  3. Cottages At Cedar Run
  4. Cottages At Cedar Run specializes in providing senior assisted living in Washington county, Wisconsin. It includes a total of 66 studio and 1-bedrooom apartments for retirees. Cottages At Cedar Run is pet-friendly and can provide help with taking a bath and getting dressed to any seniors living in West Bend, WI and surrounding areas. Cottages At Cedar Run is located at 6090 Scenic Dr, 53095 zip code. Cottages At Cedar Run includes amenities like: a barber and beauty shop, laundry service and a staff dietitian.

    Bothne House

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  5. Bothne House
  6. When searching for assisted senior living in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, you will find Bothne House as an excellent upscale senior care option. It contains a total of 15 assisted living units. It is located at 100 Bothne Drive, 54623 zip code and includes services such as vacuuming and dusting, a garden and court yard and incontinence assistance. Its license number is 14323. Bothne House offers assisted living not only to Coon Valley residents, but also to all Vernon county residents too.

    Everest House

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  7. Everest House
  8. If you require help with daily tasks, Everest House, situated at 1515 Webster Avenue in the 54701 zip code area can help you or your loved one to locate the help with daily living you need in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Everest House has a total capacity of 4 senior citizens. It includes 24-hour awake staff, highly trained staff and Alzheimer’s care services. Everest House is licensed with Wisconsin and its license number is 13125.

    Bethesda Lutheran Communities Wakoka Ii

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  9. Bethesda Lutheran Communities Wakoka Ii
  10. Bethesda Lutheran Communities Wakoka Ii has a capacity of 8 senior citizens. Bethesda Lutheran Communities Wakoka Ii offers amenities such as: around-the-clock staff, personal laundry and continence care. It is located at 1320/1322 Wakoka St, and it is fully equipped to provide assisted living services to Watertown, WI senior citizens. Bethesda Lutheran Communities Wakoka Ii is licensed with Wisconsin and its license number is 15849.

    Waterford Glen

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  11. Waterford Glen
  12. Located at 2672 Dungarvan Rd, inside 53711 zip code area in Dane county, Waterford Glen provides assisted senior living to Fitchburg, WI senior citizens and includes amenities such as arts & crafts, 24-hour security and regular health assessments. Waterford Glen can accommodate up to 4 seniors at a time. Waterford Glen has official license # of 9195.

    Virginia Place

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  13. Virginia Place
  14. Situated at 2121 Virginia St, Racine, Wisconsin, 53405, Virginia Place can assist any Racine county resident with everyday tasks and includes amenities that include transportation to appointments, personalized assistance and a staff dietitian. Virginia Place can offer long term care and assisted living to a maximum of 4 residents at once. Its license number is 14844.

    Manorpointe Apartments

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  15. Manorpointe Apartments
  16. Older adults looking for senior assisted living in Oak Creek, Wisconsin will find Manorpointe Apartments, located at 700 E Stonegate Dr inside 53154 zip code as a great option for all of their care needs. Manorpointe Apartments is able to care for up to 20 older adults and allows seniors to stay with cats and small dogs. Wisconsin records show that Manorpointe Apartments has a license number of 14831. With services that include a fitness center, laundry service and a registered dietitian, Manorpointe Apartments will be a perfect choice for any older adult.

    Fox Point Manor

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  17. Fox Point Manor
  18. With a location at 7450 N Port Washington Rd in Milwaukee county, Fox Point Manor excels at providing assisted care services for elderly seniors in Fox Point, WI as well as those who live in surrounding areas. Fox Point Manor offers amenities such as community dining, medication administration and meals approved by a dietitian. Fox Point Manor is capable of providing care to a maximum of 8 Fox Point seniors and provides multiple levels of care. Fox Point Manor has an official license to provide senior living for Milwaukee, WI residents, with license # 13076.

    Merit Centre South

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  19. Merit Centre South
  20. Merit Centre South, located at 3900 East Avenue South provides assisted living and care in La Crosse, Wisconsin and includes services such as a daily fitness programs, a court yard and garden and continence management. Merit Centre South is equipped to care for up to 25 elderly adults from 54601 zip code in Lacrosse county and surrounding areas. Merit Centre South is licensed to provide assisted living services in La Crosse, Wisconsin, with license # 9901.

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