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Housing Options

Finding the most appropriate living arrangement is important to maintaining a high quality of life. However, sorting through the many different housing options can be difficult, as well as time consuming. There are several housing options available in Walworth County and each option provides different levels of accommodations, care and support.

Independent Senior Apartments

This is multi-unit rental housing that is designed for and marketed to older adult tenants restricted by age, usually 55+. Most offer studio and/or one bedroom apartments and some have a recreation room or other common space for social gatherings. There may be a manager available to make referrals, organize events, or assist with independently living. Tenants may individually arrange for supportive services from outside providers, as with any in-home care. No license or special regulation is required for the facility.

Federally Subsidized Senior Apartments

Federally subsidized apartments offer affordable rents to qualified lower income older adults and mobility impaired persons. In most communities residents pay approximately 30% of an adjusted (after medical bills) income for rent. Income Guidelines are amended yearly.

Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF)

CBRFs are staffed group living arrangements that provide room, board, supervision and other supportive services to five (5) or more adult residents. Typically, residents have a private bedroom and bathroom with shared living and dining space with other residents of the facility. CBRF's are intended for people who cannot live independently, but are neither acutely ill nor need extensive amounts of nursing care. All CBRFs must be licensed by the state.

Community Based Residential Facility - Memory Care

Memory Care facilities specialize in caring for persons with various dementias, most commonly Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease or Vascular Dementia (dementia caused by strokes). Memory Care units are often part of a larger Assisted Living community. There are some communities that specialize in Memory care only and do not admit persons whom are not cognitively impaired. The type of care provided in a Memory care unit is the same type of care provided to the general population of an Assisted Living community, but on a much more intense level. Caregivers are also more familiar with the behaviors associated with memory impairments and interact positively to achieve desired goals.

Nursing Homes

A nursing home is a health care facility which provides room, board and 24-hour-a-day care for residents who need more than 7 hours a week of nursing or personal care. Residents may be admitted for short term, respite or recuperative stays or for long term care for chronic conditions. Nursing homes are licensed by the state. Most are also certified for Medicare and Medicaid, which provide public funds to cover the cost of care for eligible residents.



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