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Residential Care Apartment Complexes: Rules and Regulations

As defined in Wis. Stat. ch. 50.01, RCACs are places where five or more adults reside that consist of independent apartments with specific criteria:

  • Individual lockable entrance and exit
  • Kitchen, including a stove
  • Individual bathroom
  • Sleeping area
  • Living area

These facilities also provide residents with no more than 28 hours per week of supportive, personal, and nursing services.

RCACs are not nursing homes or community-based residential facilities, but they may be physically part of these facilities.

Regulatory information

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Last revised January 17, 2023