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Wisconsin has long been known as “America’s Dairyland” offering a trademark Midwest experience with a slower pace of living, less traffic, few big cities, and hospitable and friendly neighbors. The attitude translates well to Wisconsin nursing homes where many decide to make it their short-term care or long-term care home, along with many that relocate to the state specifically for that purpose.

Wisconsin nursing homes feature moderate costs for semi-private and private rooms that reflect the national average. Therefore, Wisconsin skilled nursing facilities are neither expensive nor extremely cheap. Yet with such a terrific location, many elderly seniors are quick to want to make Wisconsin long term care their next home.

Wisconsin Nursing Home Costs

The average semi-private room in Wisconsin nursing homes goes for $42,000 per year. It is about $1,000 more per year than the projected average for the rest of the United States. Meanwhile, a private room averages nearly $97,000 per year. The private room average is especially higher, as nationally private rooms tend to go more for $82,000 to $86,000.

The good news is Wisconsin nursing home costs are rising at a slower average than the rest of the country. Assisted living facilities only rose 2.5 percent in the last year, and nursing homes in Wisconsin demonstrated a similar trend. Skilled nursing facilities in other parts of the nation are rising much higher, nearly double at approximately 4.5 percent.

Wisconsin has a fair selection of nursing homes with over 400 different providers. Affordable skilled nursing homes in Wisconsin are spread around parts of the state. A vast majority of the region is rural with farm or ranch land. However, larger communities with many senior living and care options exist in Milwaukee (595,000 population), Madison (233,000 population), Green Bay (104,000 population) and Kenosha (99,000).

Racine, Appleton, Waukesha and Oshkosh are equally pleasant cities for elderly care facilities in Wisconsin. Depending on your need, Wisconsin nursing homes are broken down by short term care, rehabilitation or long-term care. Some Wisconsin nursing homes offer care of all three inside the same complex.

Wisconsin Nursing Home / Skilled Nursing - Amenities

Wisconsin long term care features a good blend of amenities. Standard features include routine checkups, medication administration, specialized treatment for certain cognitive disabilities (Alzheimer’s, dementia and others), providing secured entrances and exits, and daily housekeeping.

Well-balanced meals are also served daily. Special nutritional needs are followed, along with any other special requests in terms of eating habits or religious acknowledgements.

Wisconsin nursing homes adhere to the five basic principles of quality skilled nursing care. These include:

  1. Representing the resident as priority number one. Staff at the best Wisconsin nursing homes view the skilled nursing facility as their home and act accordingly.
  2. Allowing the resident to make all important decisions regarding their health and wellbeing.
  3. Providing a well-staffed, skilled nursing unit that is not overworked or ever acts unprofessional.
  4. Providing extended hours for family and friends to visit. Family should never be blocked from seeing their loved one in any reasonable circumstance.
  5. Providing meaningful activities on a daily basis that help with physical health, mental wellbeing and also encourage social interaction.

Nursing and Retirement Homes in Wisconsin

There are a total of 377 nursing homes in Wisconsin that Wisconsin senior citizen residents can take advantage of. Wisconsin nursing facilities can be part of larger nursing care communities, including continuing care, dementia or Alzheimer's care communities. Most skilled nursing facilities in Wisconsin will provide older adults with both long term care as well as short term rehabilitative nursing care. Most Wisconsin nursing homes accept Medicaid and all will accept private pay. All nursing facilities throughout Wisconsin state that you can locate through Senior Guidance are officially licensed by Medicare. provides comprehensive resources on various senior living options, including: assisted living facilities, senior living communities, nursing homes, independent living communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) and all other long term senior care options, including memory care such as Alzheimer's or Dementia.

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