Nursing Homes: Rules and Regulations

According to Wis. Stat. § 50.01(3), a nursing home is a place where five or more people who are not related to the operator:

  • Reside.
  • Receive care or treatment for their physical or mental health.
  • Need access to 24-hour nursing services, including limited nursing care, intermediate-level nursing care, and skilled nursing services.

A nursing home is not:

  • A convent or facility owned or operated by members of a religious order.
  • A hospice, as defined in s.50.90 (1), that directly provides inpatient care.
  • A residential care apartment complex.

State regulations

Federal regulations

Waiver and variance requests

To submit a request, see Waivers and Variances: Long-Term Care.

If you have questions about the waiver or variance process, contact Elizabeth Laubenstein:

Last Revised: January 12, 2023