Nursing Home Grant Program – Approved Projects

The Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) is responsible for overseeing all nursing home grant projects. Information includes a brief description of the project, amount awarded, project status and on many projects, a final report and any additional resources. Projects are listed in two groupings; projects approved by the Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee, and projects approved by the Department of Health Services.

Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee Approved Projects

Grantee and Status Project Summary

Music & Memory

Date Awarded: 4/1/17

Status: Ongoing 

Implementation of the Wisconsin Student Volunteer Program - Statewide Expansion

The program will develop student run Music & Memory programs in certified Music & Memory nursing homes. Anticipated outcomes include increased number of volunteers in nursing homes and residents benefiting from intergenerational relationships, and continued reduction in the use of antipsychotic medications.

Wisconsin Department of Health Services/Division of Quality Assurance/ Division of Medicaid Services

Date Awarded: 3/15/17

Status: Ongoing

DHS Caregiver Program

The Department of Health Services (DHS), in partnership with nursing homes, LeadingAge Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Health Care Association, the Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care, and the Wisconsin Technical College System will develop the DHS Caregiver Career Program designed to add up to 3,000 nurse aides to the workforce. The program will offer training and testing at no cost to students, and a $500 retention bonus for nurse aides, after six months on the job at a nursing home. The program includes a marketing and recruitment plan and engagement program to increase awareness about the value of caregiving and the change caregivers can make in the lives of Wisconsin’s elders.

Brewster Village

Date Awarded: 2/15/17

Status: Ongoing

Fitbits and iPads to monitor sleep patterns

A pilot program that uses Fitbits and iPads to monitor sleep patterns and routines of nursing home residents with dementia. Studies have shown that sleep disturbance affects the overall quality of life. The information collected will help staff assess sleep patterns with minimal disruption to residents. Understanding sleep in residents with dementia will be used to distinguish falls patterns, monitor medication adjustment, and improve overall psychosocial well-being. Brewster Village will work with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to analyze the data collected.

Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh

Date Awarded: 2/1/17

Status: Ongoing

Noah's Landing Program

Establish a Noah’s Landing Program to enhance life by encouraging resident relationships with pets. Whenever possible residents will be involved in the love and care of the dogs and cats. Therapy programs will be adapted to lessen reliance on traditional therapy equipment and induce grooming dogs to build strength. The facility will create a video and program manual with lessons learned and a toolkit for program replication.

Good Samaritan Society-Lodi

Date Awarded: 1/3/17

Status: Ongoing

Intergenerational Program – Engagement with a student

The Good Samaritan Society-Lodi/School District of Lodi Intergenerational Programming is building relationships between the generations with their school-nursing home program. The after school program includes special events where students and residents foster relationships using prepared activities. These activities develop a social connection between the students and residents, establish positive relationships, and a respect for another generation. It is a win, win program for both generations.

Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh

Date Awarded: 12/1/16

Status: Ongoing

Cycling Without Age Program

Implement a Cycling Without Age program in the facility. Develop systems to support ongoing success of the program, develop a program manual, create a video and informational handout to assist nursing homes start their own program. The grant will fund the purchase of a transport trailer to carry a rickshaw to other nursing home communities and raise awareness of the benefits of the program. The nursing home will partner with the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, College of Nursing to conduct research to determine outcomes of the program.

Division of Quality Assurance Office of Caregiver Quality

Date Awarded: 10/24/16

Status: Ongoing


Social Media Awareness

The Office of Caregiver Quality (OCQ), within the Division of Quality Assurance, plans to increase awareness among nursing home providers and caregivers of the potential for violations of resident’s rights and caregiver misconduct by using handheld devices to capture images of residents. OCQ will develop posters to display in staff break areas and brochures to give to employees when they are hired and at ongoing training events. A webcast will be developed to assist nursing homes in introducing this topic to their staff.

Division of Quality Assurance and WI Healthcare-Associated Infections in Long-Term Care Coalition

Date Awarded: 9/1/16

Status: Ongoing

Healthcare-Associated Infections in Long-Term Care Coalition Workshops

The Division of Quality Assurance/WI Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) in Long-Term Care Coalition will provide 5 regional workshops in 2016 and a statewide conference in 2017 for nursing home staff to enhance infection control and prevention practices in their facility. The training will help facilities develop and implement effective policies and procedures and increase staff knowledge of infection prevention and control standards of practice. The Coalition anticipates that the increased knowledge will result in better care for residents and a more prudent use of antibiotics.

TimeSlips Creative Storytelling

Date Awarded: 9/1/16

Status: Ongoing

TimeSlips Program

The TimeSlips Company will provide training to nursing home staff, families and volunteers in the use of symbolic and emotional language arts through storytelling. The storytelling strengthens communication and relationships with residents with dementia and increases engagement between staff and residents while reducing challenging behaviors and the use of antipsychotic drugs. At the end of the grant period, TimeSlips will analyze the feedback from the surveys completed by participants and report the results to the Department of Health Services.

University of Wisconsin, Center for Career Development & Employability

Date Awarded 7/1/16

Status: Ongoing

DHS Dementia Care Training

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh will provide training for Wisconsin nursing home employees to increase competency in the areas of Dementia, Crisis Response and Challenging Behaviors. The purpose of this project is to improve the competency of the nursing home workforce to meet the needs of residents with Alzheimer’s or related dementia.

Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA), University of Wisconsin - Madison

Date Awarded: 8/1/15

Status: Completed 7/31/16

Amount Paid: $107,765.98

Pilot Test Quality Improvement Reporting Tools

The Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA) will pilot test the Wisconsin Nursing Home Performance Measurement Reporting System in 20 nursing homes to determine the usefulness of the reporting system as a tool to identify areas for quality improvement. The Performance Measurement Report System will assist nursing homes in selecting which measures are most useful and to identify resources and protocols to use to improve or maintain a high level of measured performance.

Final Report (PDF)

Atrium Post Acute Care of Little Chute  (Formerly Parkside Care Center)

Date Awarded: 4/1/15

Status: Completed 4/30/16


Provide a SNOEZELEN Multi-Sensory Environment room to offer residents with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia a relaxing place to stimulate their senses through tactile, olfactory and visual stimuli and reduce distress. Atrium Post Acute Care is contracting with the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Center for Career Development to conduct an evaluation to measure the impact on the well-being of residents using the multi-sensory environment room.

Final Report (PDF)

Music & Memory

Date Awarded: 2/15/15

Status: Ongoing

Music & Memory – Phase III

Implement Phase III of the Wisconsin Music & Memory program. Phase III will bring in the remaining 135 nursing homes who wish to participate as a Music & Memory nursing home and provide equipment for between 7 to 10 residents to listen to personalized music. Phase III will establish relationships between 50 Wisconsin nursing homes and area schools to assist in the implementation of the Music & Memory program and develop a blueprint for other nursing homes to replicate a student volunteer program.

Alzheimer’s Association-Southeastern Chapter and Greater Wisconsin Chapter

Date Awarded: 12/1/14

Status: Completed 2/29/16

Amount Paid: $70,000

Managing Challenging Behaviors

Provide training for nursing home staff to increase skills and competency in approaches to prevent and/or manage challenging behaviors with nursing home residents who have dementia.

Final Report (PDF)

Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh

Date Awarded: 12/1/14

Status: Completed 11/30/15

Amount Paid: $80,000

Namaste Care Program

Namaste Care is an innovative approach for people with severe dementia who are not able to participate in traditional activity programs. In a comforting environment with season scents, calming music, etc. residents receive meaningful activities through a caring touch by a specially trained staff.

Final Report (PDF)

Music & Memory

Date Awarded: 8/1/14

Status: Completed 12/31/15

Amount Paid: $188,990

Music & Memory – Phase II

Phase II of the Wisconsin Music & Memory Initiative to certify 150 additional nursing homes to become “Music & Memory” facilities. Expected outcomes include a reduction in anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medication, reduced agitation and enhanced socialization for persons with dementia. A major component of “Music & Memory” certification is to engage the community to help expand the project within the participating nursing home and into non-participating nursing homes.

Final Report (PDF)
Music & Memory: 2 WI Projects (PDF)
Implementation Survey Results (PDF)

Aspirus Care & Rehab – Medford

Date Awarded: 8/1/14

Status: Completed 7/31/16

Amount Paid: $16,736

Chair Yoga Program

Implement a Chair Yoga program designed to reduce the number of falls, improve sleep, provide better pain management and increase activities of daily living range of motion among participating residents.

Final Report (PDF)
Manual (PDF)
PowerPoint (PDF)

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Center for Career Development and Employability Training

Date Awarded: 3/12/14

Status: Completed 3/31/15

Amount Paid: $36,506

Increase Safety and Improve Quality of Life Training

Pilot a two-hour online training designed to increase safety by preventing violence, improve the quality of life for residents and help assure the safety of frail, elderly residents.

Final Report (PDF)

Wisconsin Center for Performance Excellence

Date Awarded: 5/21/13

Status: Completed 10/31/14

Amount Paid: $35,800

Evidence-based Technical Assistance

Implement a pilot program that will identify, develop and disseminate evidence-based technical assistance and resources to help twenty-four nursing homes achieve their quality and organizational goals.

Final Report (PDF)

Alzheimer's Association

Date Awarded: 3/15/13

Status: Completed 9/30/15

Amount Paid: $72,000

Sexuality and Intimacy in Dementia Care

Developing and implementing a comprehensive train-the-trainer education program regarding sexuality and intimacy in dementia care.

Final Report (PDF)

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Date Awarded: 2/12/13

Status: Completed 3/31/16

Amount Paid: $86,285

Antibiotic Prescribing in Nursing Homes

Antibiotic start process and an inventory of the major decisional, behavioral and environmental factors that influence antibiotic prescribing decisions in nursing homes.

Final Report (PDF)

Wisconsin DON Council

Date Awarded: 4/1/12

Status: Completed 8/31/13

Amount Paid: $49,650

Director of Nursing Training Program

Implement a Director of Nursing Educational Development Program to improve the performance and retention of Directors of Nursing and improve the quality of care provided in Wisconsin Nursing Homes.


Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups

Date Awarded: 7/1/11

Status: Completed 12/31/12

Amount Paid: $66,000

Substitue Decision Making Training

The provision of statewide, comprehensive, online trainings to Wisconsin nursing homes about legal matters surrounding the law of substitute decision making.

St. John's by the Lake

Date Awarded: 1/1/11

Status: Completed 6/6/11

Amount Paid: $42,387

Nurse Call System

Installation of a Home Free® Nurse Call system in the Saint John's on the Lake nursing home.

Dunn County Health Care Center

Date Awarded: 11/1/10

Status: Completed 5/31/11

Amount Paid: $60,000

Green House® Designs

The incorporation of Green House® designs in the replacement facilities for the existing Dunn County Health Care Center.


Lutheran Home & Health Services

Date Awarded: 7/1/10

Status: Completed 6/30/11

Amount Paid: $13,492

Enhanced Communication Technology

The purchase of information technology hardware and software to enhance communication between residents, families, and caregivers and increase the quality of life of residents.

St. Paul's Elder Services

Date Awarded: 7/1/10

Status: Completed 3/14/12

Amount Paid: $15,162


The implementation of aromatherapy to reduce agitation, anxiety, pain and improve the overall quality of life for residents of participating nursing home facilities.


Date Awarded: 2/2/10

Status: Completed 12/31/10

Amount Paid: $44,376

Pressure Ulcer Prevention

An initiative that emphasized ways to prevent pressure ulcers across settings and throughout Wisconsin.

Alzheimer's Dementia Alliance

Date Awarded: 7/1/09

Status: Completed 7/27/11

Amount Paid: $48,000

Dementia Training Scholarships

An initiative that provided dementia training scholarships to direct care staff in nursing homes throughout Wisconsin.


Department of Health Services Approved Projects

Grantee and Status Project Summary

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

Date Awarded: 11/4/13

Status: Completed

Amount Paid: $96,086

Music & Memory Program – Evaluation

Conduct an evaluation of the Wisconsin Music & Memory Initiative. The evaluation will study the effect of the Music & Memory program on resident, family and staff outcomes as well as the use of psychotropic medication.

Final Report (PDF)
Evaluation (PDF)

Division of Quality Assurance/Division of Long Term Care

Date Awarded: 4/23/13

Status: Completed

Amount Paid: $101,500

Music & Memory Program

Implementation of the Wisconsin Music & Memory Initiative to fund 100 nursing homes to become certified as a Music & Memory facility and provide equipment for 15 residents with Alzheimer and related dementias. Certification includes three 90-minute webinars for nursing home staff. Expected outcomes include a reduction in anti-psychotic and anti-anxiety medication, reduced agitation and enhanced socialization for persons with dementia.

Final Report (PDF)
Implementation Survey Results (PDF)

Wisconsin Health Care Association /LeadingAge

Date Awarded: 5/1/12

Status: Completed 12/31/12

Amount Paid: $100,000

Wisconsin Wound Care Program

Expand the number of nursing homes that use wound care professionals by increased specialized education, skills training and certification of facilities for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers.


Division of Long Term Care/UW Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis

Date Awarded: 12/30/11

Status: Completed

Amount Paid: $60,000

Falls Prevention Program

Develop a Nursing Home Falls prevention program that will identify nursing homes with high and low falls with injury rates, test a mentor/mentee program, test the program for effectiveness and isseminate successful falls prevention programs and track the incident of falls in nursing homes.

Final Report (PDF)

Division of Long Term Care/UW Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis

Date Awarded: 12/30/11

Status: Completed

Amount Paid: $60,000

Clinical Performance Measurement System

Development of a Nursing Home Clinical Performance Measurement System that defines quality and how to measure quality outcome for statewide implementation.

Final Report (PDF)

Division of Long Term Care/LeadingAge

Date Awarded: 4/1/07

Status: Completed

Amount Awarded: $598,870

Wisconsin Clinical Resource Center

Develop the Wisconsin Clinical Resource Center (WCRC) website to provide resources, training materials and guidelines for nursing homes in eight resident care areas. Care areas include: dementia and distressed behavior, pain management, pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, falls and fall risk, urinary incontinence, dehydration and fluid maintenance, depression and restraints.

Final Report (PDF)



Last Revised: May 11, 2017