Nursing Home Grant Program: Resources

Projects funded through the Nursing Home Grant Program have created the following resources that are available for use in all facilities. Each resource includes the name and contact information for the grantee if you have questions regarding the project or how to replicate the program.

Care Programs

Noah's Landing Program

Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh has establish a Noah’s Landing Program where dogs and cats have become residents of the nursing home. Resident have the opportunity to care for the pets as if they were their own. Therapy programs have be adapted to lessen reliance on traditional therapy equipment and induce grooming dogs to build strength. The facility has create a video and program manual with lessons learned and a tool planning for program replication for other facilities.

Cycling Without Age

Miravida Living has implemented a successful Cycling Without Age (CWA) program designed to enhance the quality of life for persons living in skilled nursing facilities. The CWA program has had a positive impact on the well-being of nursing home residents and staff. As part of the grant agreement, a manual and videos were developed to assist other nursing homes in Wisconsin to start their own program.

Chair Yoga

Aspirus Care & Rehab – Medford implemented a very successful Chair Yoga program designed to reduce falls, improve sleep, provide better pain management and increase range of motion among participating residents. To learn how you can establish a program in your facility, including a Chair Yoga Manual developed by Aspirus Care & Rehab, visit: f

Namaste Care

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 seasonal scents, calming music, etc., residents receive meaningful activities through a caring touch by a specially trained staff.

SNOEZELEN Multi-Sensory Environment

The SNOEZELEN Multi-Sensory Environment room offers residents with Alzheimer’s disease a relaxing place to stimulate their senses through tactile, olfactory and visual stimuli and to reduce distress. Atrium Post-Acute Care of Little Chute established the program for their residents and provided information on the effect the room is having on the well-being of their residents.

Training Programs

Social Media Awareness

The Office of Caregiver Quality (OCQ), within the Division of Quality Assurance, has raised awareness among nursing home caregivers of the potential for violations of resident’s rights and caregiver misconduct by using handheld devices to capture unwanted or inappropriate images of residents. Facilities may make copies of the brochure and poster for distribution and utilize the videos for ongoing staff training.

Wisconsin Clinical Resource Center

The Wisconsin Clinical Resource Center (WCRC) website provides 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. The website was developed by the Department of Health Services, Division of Long Term Care and LeadingAge Wisconsin.

Increasing Safety by Preventing Violence

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Center for Career Development and Employability Training developed a two-hour online training course designed to increase safety by preventing violence, improve the quality of life for residents and help assure the safety of frail, elderly residents.

Last Revised: July 27, 2021

This content reflects the views and opinions of the advisory council. It may not reflect the official policy or position of DHS.