What is Residential Care?
Assisted living facilities combine independent apartment living with supportive, personal, and nursing care.
Tenants have their own apartments that include a private bath and kitchen facilities. Services are tailored to each tenant needs and preferences and are adjusted as needed. Facilities may provide up to 28 hours of service per week and may extend those hours for a 90 day period of time for acute illness or injury.
Assisted living tenants retain control over their personal care, decisions and daily routines but may no longer feel safe living alone. They may be an active participant in the community or may enjoy peaceful relaxation in the privacy of their own apartment. They can live the way they choose.
The state of Wisconsin officially calls these apartments Residential Care Apartment Complexes (RCAC) and regulates them only if they accept Medicaid Waiver funds. The administrative code that regulates the care provided by RCAC’s is Chapter HFS 89 (pdf file).
“SUPPORTIVE” care means assistance with tasks which the Tenant cannot perform for him or herself. Supportive services include meals, housekeeping, laundry, arranging for transportation, and arranging access to medical services.
“PERSONAL” care means that direct assistance with activities of daily living including dressing, eating, grooming, bathing, toileting, transferring, and ambulation or mobility.
“NURSING” care means nursing procedures which must be performed by, or supervised by, a Registered Nurse. Some nursing tasks may be delegated by a Registered Nurse to another staff person.