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.
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.
Subsidized Senior Apartments
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.
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.
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
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.