Wisconsin Nursing Home Laws And Regulations

Nursing homes, in Wisconsin, are governed by state laws and regulations. Although they may require 24-hour care and supervision, nursing home residents have the legal right to be treated with dignity and nursing home facilities are to promote as much independence as possible for their residents and enhance their quality of life. Nursing homes are not just warehousing for the elderly and disabled. If you believe that your loved one may be the victim of nursing home abuse, the Madison nursing home litigation team of Boller & Vaughan LLC are here to help.

Definition of a Nursing Home

According to Wisconsin law a nursing home is, “a place where 5 or more persons who are not related to the operator or administrator reside, receive care or treatment and, because of their mental or physical condition, require access to 24-hour nursing services, including limited nursing care, intermediate level nursing care and skilled nursing services.”

Nursing Home Residents Have Rights

Nursing home resident have the legal right to be treated with courtesy, respect, and dignity. By law they cannot to be:

  • Humiliated
  • Harassed
  • Threatened
  • Physically abused
  • Sexually abused
  • Mentally or verbally abused
  • Financially abused
  • Restrained physically or chemically
  • Subjected to involuntary seclusion
  • Discriminated or reciprocated against when they voice grievances about their care or contact the Ombudsman to advocate on their behalf

Nursing home residents also have the right to private and unrestricted visitation and communication with anyone they choose via in-person visits, telephone, or mail. They have the right to reasonable access to their money if it is held for them by the facility, to manage their own finances, to keep and use their personal possessions.

Nursing homes have a duty to provide care and supervision as needed. Nursing home residency is not meant to be a form of incarceration or punishment.

If you believe that a loved one has been or is currently the victim or nursing home abuse anywhere in Wisconsin, please call Boller & Vaughan LLC at 608-268-0268 or submit an online questionnaire. Your initial consultation with Boller & Vaughan LLC is free of charge and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingent-fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.


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