About Wisconsin Assisted Living

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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: source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Wisconsin Assisted Living information, links, brochures, articles & publications

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  • brochure or publication:
    Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

    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...

  • web page:
    Facts About Assisted Living

    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.."

  • brochure or publication:
    Residential Care and Assisted Living Compendium: 2007

    source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
    13 pages; languages: English
    A state summary for Wisconsin with an Overview of Residential Care and Assisted Living Policy...

  • web site:
    Wisconsin Family Caregiver Support Program

    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...


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