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topics: Wisconsin Assisted Living: assisted living in Wisconsin: Community Residential Facilities: assisted living program: residential health care: assisted living apartments
Assisted Living defined*
An assisted living residence is a special combination of housing, personalized supportive services and health care designed to meet the needs -- both scheduled and unscheduled ó of those who need help with activities of daily living.
These needs usually include meals each day served in a common dining area, housekeeping services, assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and walking, 24-hour security and staff availability, medication management, personal laundry services, and others.
*source: Assisted Living Federation of America, 1650 King Street, Suite 602, Alexandria, VA 22314-2747
Assisted living facilities tend to be very different from one another. An assisted living unit may be as grand as a small apartment with a tiny kitchen in a large complex or as modest as a shared room with little more than a bed and dresser for each resident. One can find an assisted living facility housing 100 residents and providing on-site nursing care two blocks away from another facility that houses six residents and employs a staff with no healthcare expertise at all. *source:
Assisted Living Consumer Alliance
In Wisconsin, Assisted Living facilities:
are classified in two categories: Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) or Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC)
Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF)
CBRFs range in size from 5 to 257 beds. CBRFs can admit people of advanced age, persons with dementia, developmental disabilities, mental health problems, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, AIDS, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, correctional clients, pregnant women needing counseling and/or the terminally ill. CBRFs residents do not require care above intermediate level nursing care, and receive care, treatment or services that are above the level of room and board, but includes no more than three hours of nursing care per week per resident.
Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC)
An RCAC is a place where five or more adults reside. Apartments must each have a lockable entrance and exit; a kitchen, including a stove (or microwave oven); and individual bathroom, sleeping and living areas. This living option also provides for residents not more than 28 hours per week of the following services: Supportive Services; Personal Assistance; and Nursing Services (Health monitoring, medication administration and medication management). RCACs are not for those persons who are incompetent or for those with Alzheimer- related dementia or other infirmities of aging that require more in-depth monitoring by health care professionals.
Community Option Program (COP) and COP-Waiver funds may be available depending on eligibility and waiting lists
source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wisconsin Assisted Living information, links, brochures, articles & publications
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source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services 12 pages; languages: English from the brochure :...There are over 1,300 licensed community based residential facilities (CBRFs), 800 adult family homes (AFHs), and 160 residential care apartment complexes (RCACs) in Wisconsin. Facilities may be owned by individuals, corporations, religious groups, and county governments. They may be private or public, for-profit or not-for-profit, but all must meet applicable licensing standards ...
more from Wisconsin Department of Health Services: web page: Freedom of Choice of Pharmacy Provider languages: English from the web page:This memo addresses a residentís right to choose a pharmacy provider while residing in an assisted living facility. These facilities include adult family homes (AFHs), community-based residential facilities (CBRFs), and residential care apartment complexes (RCACs).
web page: Assisted Living Directories and Glossary of Terms languages: English from the web page:The assisted living directories include four (4) provider types that the State of Wisconsin licenses, certifies, registers and regulates as follows: Adult Day Care (ADC) Adult Family Home (AFH) Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF) Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC).
web page: Client Rights languages: English from the web page:The term "client" means anyone in Wisconsin who is:
Receiving services for mental illness, a developmental disability, or substance abuse... receiving protective services or is protectively placed under Ch. 55, Wis. Stats...
source: Wisconsin Assisted Living Association languages: English from the web page:According to the Assisted Living Federation of America, factors contributing to the growth and popularity of the assisted living industry include...
more from Wisconsin Assisted Living Association: web page: Different Sizes, Different Fits languages: English from the web page: "With such a wide range of options available in assisted living, how do you know which facilities to consider for yourself or your loved one? One way to narrow your search is to decide which kind of living environment appeals most to you or your loved one. That's one of the great things about assisted living - you have a lot of choices. In Wisconsin, assisted living facilities are divided by size and type for regulatory purposes. They are broad categories, but important differences exist between them."
Information on Wisconsin Regulations languages: English from the web page: "All assisted living facilities in Wisconsin fall within chapter 50 of the state statutes. Each type - AFH, CBRF and RCAC - is further regulated under the Wisconsin Adminstrative Code.."
languages: English from the web page:...This website has been designed to help local and long-distance family members and friends, who care for... * persons age 60 and over; or * individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders regardless of age...