Licensing procedure and requirements.
Inspections and investigations.
Penalties and remedies.
Fees permitted for a workshop or seminar.
Departmental powers and duties.
Use of name or advertising prohibited.
Admission to and care in a hospice for certain incapacitated persons.
Accompaniment or visitation.
Right of injunction.
Fees permitted for a workshop or seminar.
Ch. 50 Cross-reference
See s. 46.011
for definitions applicable to chs. 46
, and 58
CARE AND SERVICE RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES
As used in this subchapter:
“Adult family home" means one of the following and does not include a place that is specified in sub. (1g) (a)
, or (g)
A private residence to which all of the following apply:
Care and maintenance above the level of room and board but not including nursing care are provided in the private residence by the care provider whose primary domicile is this residence for 3 or 4 adults, or more adults if all of the adults are siblings, each of whom has a developmental disability, as defined in s. 51.01 (5)
, or, if the residence is licensed as a foster home, care and maintenance are provided to children, the combined total of adults and children so served being no more than 4, or more adults or children if all of the adults or all of the children are siblings.
The private residence was licensed under s. 48.62
as a home for the care of the adults specified in subd. 1.
at least 12 months before any of the adults attained 18 years of age.
A place where 3 or 4 adults who are not related to the operator reside and receive care, treatment or services that are above the level of room and board and that may include up to 7 hours per week of nursing care per resident.
“Advanced practice nurse prescriber" means an advanced practice nurse who is certified under s. 441.16 (2)
to issue prescription orders.
“Basic care" includes periodic skilled nursing services or physical, emotional, social or restorative care.
“Community-based residential facility" means a place where 5 or more adults who are not related to the operator or administrator and who do not require care above intermediate level nursing care reside and receive care, treatment or services that are above the level of room and board but that include no more than 3 hours of nursing care per week per resident. “Community-based residential facility" does not include any of the following:
A convent or facility owned or operated by members of a religious order exclusively for the reception and care or treatment of members of that order.
A facility or private home that provides care, treatment, and services only for victims of domestic abuse, as defined in s. 49.165 (1) (a)
, and their children.
A place that provides lodging for individuals and in which all of the following conditions are met:
Each lodged individual is able to exit the place under emergency conditions without the assistance of another individual.
No lodged individual receives from the owner, manager or operator of the place or the owner's, manager's or operator's agent or employee any of the following:
Personal care, supervision or treatment, or management, control or supervision of prescription medications.
Care or services other than board, information, referral, advocacy or job guidance; location and coordination of social services by an agency that is not affiliated with the owner, manager or operator, for which arrangements were made for an individual before he or she lodged in the place; or, in the case of an emergency, arrangement for the provision of health care or social services by an agency that is not affiliated with the owner, manager or operator.
A residential facility in the village of Union Grove that was authorized to operate without a license under a final judgment entered by a court before January 1, 1982, and that continues to comply with the judgment notwithstanding the expiration of the judgment.
A private residence that is the home to adults who independently arrange for and receive care, treatment, or services for themselves from a person or agency that has no authority to exercise direction or control over the residence.
A group home licensed under s. 48.625
or a residential care center for children and youth licensed under s. 48.60
that provides care and maintenance for persons who are in extended out-of-home care under s. 48.366
“Facility" means a nursing home or community-based residential facility. If notice is required to be served on a facility or a facility is required to perform any act, “facility" means the person licensed or required to be licensed under s. 50.03 (1)
“Immediate jeopardy" means a situation in which a nursing home's noncompliance with one or more requirements under 42 CFR 483
related to the operation of a nursing home has caused, or is likely to cause, serious injury, harm, impairment, or death to a resident.
“Intensive skilled nursing care" means care requiring specialized nursing assessment skills and the performance of specific services and procedures that are complex because of the resident's condition or the type or number of procedures that are necessary, including any of the following:
Direct patient observation or monitoring or performance of complex nursing procedures by registered nurses or licensed practical nurses on a continuing basis.
Repeated application of complex nursing procedures or services every 24 hours.
Frequent monitoring and documentation of the resident's condition and response to therapeutic measures.
“Intermediate level nursing care" means basic care that is required by a person who has a long-term illness or disability that has reached a relatively stable plateau.
“Licensed practical nurse" means a nurse who is licensed or has a temporary permit under s. 441.10
or who is licensed as a licensed practical/vocational nurse in a party state, as defined in s. 441.50 (2) (j)
“Nurse aide" means a person who performs routine patient care duties delegated by a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who supervises the person, for the direct health care of a patient or resident. “Nurse aide" does not mean a feeding assistant, as defined in s. 146.40 (1) (aw)
; a person who is licensed, permitted, certified, or registered under ch. 441
, or 460
; or a person whose duties primarily involve skills that are different than those taught in instructional programs for nurse aides.
“Nursing care" means nursing procedures, other than personal care, that are permitted to be performed by a registered nurse under s. 441.01 (3)
or by a licensed practical nurse under s. 441.001 (3)
, directly on or to a resident.
“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.
“Operator" means any person licensed or required to be licensed under s. 50.03 (1)
or a person who operates an adult family home that is licensed under s. 50.033 (1m) (b)
“Personal care" means assistance with the activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, bathing and ambulation, but does not include nursing care.
“Plan of correction" means a nursing home's response to alleged deficiencies cited by the department on forms provided by the department.
“Recuperative care" means care anticipated to be provided in a nursing home for a period of 90 days or less for a resident whose physician has certified that he or she is convalescing or recuperating from an illness or medical treatment.
“Registered nurse" means a nurse who is licensed under s. 441.06
or permitted under s. 441.08
or who is licensed as a registered nurse in a party state, as defined in s. 441.50 (2) (j)
“Resident" means a person who is cared for or treated in and is not discharged from a nursing home, community-based residential facility or adult family home, irrespective of how admitted.
“Residential care apartment complex" means a place where 5 or more adults reside that consists of independent apartments, each of which has an individual lockable entrance and exit, a kitchen, including a stove, and individual bathroom, sleeping and living areas, and that provides, to a person who resides in the place, not more than 28 hours per week of services that are supportive, personal and nursing services. “Residential care apartment complex" does not include a nursing home or a community-based residential facility, but may be physically part of a structure that is a nursing home or community-based residential facility. In this subsection, “stove" means a cooking appliance that is a microwave oven of at least 1,000 watts or that consists of burners and an oven.
“Respite care" means care anticipated to be provided in a nursing home for a period of 28 days or less for the purpose of temporarily relieving a family member or other caregiver from his or her daily caregiving duties.
“Short-term care" means recuperative care or respite care provided in a nursing home.
“Skilled nursing services" means those services, to which all of the following apply, that are provided to a resident under a physician's orders:
The services require the skills of and are provided directly by or under the supervision of a person whose licensed, registered, certified or permitted scope of practice is at least equivalent to that of a licensed practical nurse.
The inherent complexity of a service prescribed for a resident is such that it can be safely and effectively performed only by or under the supervision of registered nurses or licensed practical nurses.
The full recovery or medical improvement of the resident is not possible, but the services are needed to prevent, to the extent possible, deterioration of the resident's condition or to sustain current capacities of the resident.
Because of special medical complications, performing or supervising a service that is generally unskilled or observing the resident necessitates the use of a person whose licensed, registered, certified or permitted scope of practice is at least equivalent to that of a licensed practical nurse.
“Violation" means a failure to comply with any provision of this subchapter or administrative rule promulgated thereunder. An alleged deficiency in a nursing home reported in writing to the department by any of its authorized representatives shall not be deemed to be a violation until the department determines it is a violation by serving notice under s. 50.04 (4)
. If the facility contests the department determination, the facility shall be afforded the due process procedures in this subchapter.
History: 1975 c. 413
; 1977 c. 170
; 1979 c. 111
; 1983 a. 189
s. 329 (18)
; 1985 a. 29
; 1985 a. 332
s. 251 (1)
; 1987 a. 127
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1993 a. 327
; 1995 a. 27
; 1997 a. 13
; 1999 a. 22
; 2001 a. 74
; 2003 a. 33
; 2005 a. 187
; 2007 a. 20
; 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 32
; 2013 a. 20
; 2013 a. 165
; 2015 a. 55
See s. 46.011
for definitions applicable to chs. 46
Up to 7 hours of nursing care may be provided by a community-based residential facility under sub. (1g). Hacker v. DHSS, 197 Wis. 2d 441
, 541 N.W.2d 766
The department can constitutionally license and regulate community-based residential facilities operated by religious organizations that are not exempt under s. 50.01 (1), 1985 stats. [now 50.01 (1g)] or s. 50.03 (9). 71. Atty. Gen. 112.
Department; powers and duties. 50.02(1)
The department may provide uniform, statewide licensing, inspection, and regulation of community-based residential facilities and nursing homes as provided in this subchapter. The department shall certify, inspect, and otherwise regulate adult family homes, as specified under s. 50.032
and shall license adult family homes, as specified under s. 50.033
. Nothing in this subchapter may be construed to limit the authority of the department of safety and professional services or of municipalities to set standards of building safety and hygiene, but any local orders of municipalities shall be consistent with uniform, statewide regulation of community-based residential facilities. The department may not prohibit any nursing home from distributing over-the-counter drugs from bulk supply. The department may consult with nursing homes as needed and may provide specialized consultations when requested by any nursing home, separate from its inspection process, to scrutinize any particular questions the nursing home raises. The department shall, by rule, define “specialized consultation".