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What Are the Different Types of Assisted Living Facilities?

Assisted living facilities in the state of Wisconsin include Community-Based Residential Facilities, Adult Family Homes, Adult Day Care, and Residential Care Apartment Complexes. Wisconsin residents who need some level of care monitoring services, but who do not need or want 24-hour access to nursing care services, may reside in assisted living facilities.

A Community-Based Residential Facility (CBRF) is a residence designed for five or more unrelated individuals who live together in a community setting. These individuals receive care, treatment, or services that are above the level of room and board, as well as up to three hours per week of nursing care. Individuals who reside in a CBRF should not require more than an intermediate level of nursing care. Residents of a CBRF must be at least 18 years of age, and CBRFs may house as few as five to as many as 257 individuals.

A Residential Care Apartment Complex (RCAC) is an independent apartment complex where five or more adults live. Each unit must have a separate, lockable, entrance and exit, a stove or microwave, and individual sleeping, living, and bathroom areas. A RCAC may contain five to 109 individual units or apartments, and can be connected to or physically a part of a larger nursing home or CBRF. The average RCAC contains 36 units.

Adult Day Care (ADC) is a daily program that provides the elderly and other adults with certain services when their primary caregivers are at work or need relief from their caregiving duties. ADC staff provides a group of adults with assistance in activities of daily living, supervision, and protection, as needed. The services that an ADC provides may include personal care, provision of meals, medical care, medication administration, transportation, and social activities. ADCs may operate in family homes, free-standing centers, churches, schools, and senior centers.

An Adult Family Home (AFH) is a facility that houses adults who are over the age of 18 and unrelated to the operator or administrator of the facility. The care, treatment, and services provided in an AFH are above the level of room and board, and may include up to seven hours per week of nursing care. The state of Wisconsin regulates three and four-bed AFHs, whereas individual counties regulate one and two-bed AFHs. An AFH may house older individuals, persons with dementia, individuals with developmental or physical disabilities or mental health problems, individuals suffering from traumatic brain injury, AIDS, or alcohol or drug dependency, as well as correctional clients, pregnant women in need of counseling, and the terminally ill.

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