Nursing Homes: Rules and Regulations

Definition: Wisconsin Stat. § 50.01(3):

"Nursing home" means a place where 5 or more persons who are not related to the operator or administrator reside, receive care or treatment and, because of their mental or physical condition, require access to 24-hour nursing services, including limited nursing care, intermediate level nursing care and skilled nursing services.

"Nursing home" does not include any of the following:

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

State Regulations

Federal Regulations

Waiver or Variance Requests

View Waivers and Variances: Long-Term Care for information to submit a request.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the waiver or variance process, email Elizabeth Laubenstein or call 608-266-2966.

Last Revised: January 30, 2020