Wisconsin sits in the northern portion of the Midwest and is often referred to as “America’s Dairyland,” due to the state’s large number of dairy farms. Besides having great cheese, Wisconsin is known as a northern oasis, with many lakes and streams throughout the state – Wisconsin has some of the highest concentrations of fresh water in the country. Popular local pastimes include fishing, boating, hunting, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Whether you prefer spending time outdoors or enjoy living in a major city like Milwaukee, Wisconsin has got you covered.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because care homes operate similarly to assisted living communities, states may regulate care homes within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to community records in Wisconsin.
In Wisconsin, care homes — sometimes called residential care homes, board and care homes, group homes, or personal care homes — are often houses in residential neighborhoods that are adapted, equipped, and staffed to care for a small number of residents, usually 10 or less. Similar to assisted living but in a smaller, more residential setting, these homes provide supervision, organized events, and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). This means care homes can help with everyday routines but typically do not provide 24-hour skilled nursing assistance.
Overall, the cost of living in Wisconsin is considered to be more affordable than the national average. The capital city of Madison and the city of Milwaukee are the most expensive areas in the state. The following index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 17% of Wisconsin's population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Republicans won the state by a very small margin. Madison is the most liberal city in the state, while much of the rural areas outside the larger cities are fairly conservative.
Wisconsin has a humid continental climate, with cold winters and warm to hot summers. The state receives a large amount of snowfall, especially in the northern regions which border the Great Lakes. Much of Wisconsin is covered in lakes and the state has some of the highest concentrations of fresh water in the country. The average humidity level is around 70%, and humidity levels are often highest during August at about 80%.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.