WISCONSIN - The Mount View Care Center in Wausau tops the list of best nursing homes in the country.
A division of the Department of Health and Human services handles nursing home inspections.
Quality assurance agents help determine a nursing home's rating.
"It's based on a system that looks at staffing, surveys, the results of our inspections, what's called quality indicator information, the nurse staffing levels. They combine all those numbers to determine what the nursing home rating will be," said Otis Woods, Department of Quality Assurance inspector.
There are different types of inspections quality agents conduct.
Those could be re-licensing or complaint-based.
But most people don't know about the programs that citizens can join to help.
"The Board on Aging and Long-Term Care, or they're called the Ombudsman Program. They have what's called the volunteer ombudsman program, whereby local citizens serve as the eyes and ears for the Ombudsman program for the nursing home," said Woods. "They have every right under federal and state law to go in and even talk to some of the residents."
Woods believes families should check inspection reports and federal ratings before choosing a facility.
Your county's department of aging is also a useful resource.
TOMAHAWK - If you feel stir-crazy this time of year, taking a quick drive Tuesday afternoon might help.
Hometown Chiropractic in Rhinelander and Tomahawk hopes to spread smiles during, "Sunshine on the Streets."
The doctors will wave signs with their favorite positive quotes starting at 12:30 in the afternoon.
Chiropractors normally work to get your physical health in check, but they want to help your mental health, too.
"I want to say we are one of the smaller countries in the world, but we take almost 80 percent of the world's anti-depressants. So we want to make sure we have positivity energy and positive thoughts because it will help us heal better and feel better," says Dr. Grace Zuiker Nash.
"Sunshine on the Streets" also marks the First Official Day of Spring.
RHINELANDER - Some members of the Hyms and Hyrs singing group have shared a stage together for more than 30 years. However, they almost had to stop when one of their key members passed away. "When it all works really well, nothing can top it," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Corky. The 25 members of the Hyms and Hyrs singing group are used to hitting the right rhythm together.
"We have a lot of fun," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Jim Priovolos. However, when the group's director and founder of the group died, they thought they would have to put their beats on hold. "We were wondering where we were going to end up with that," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Ken. Just a few months before their talent showcase at Nicolet College Sunday, Priovolos stepped in. "I feel very honored to be conducting them," said Priovolos. Priovolos got the group to pick up exactly where they left off. "He's kept us going," said Ken.
RHINELANDER - A New York based dance company brought their talent to Northern Wisconsin. The Equus Projects performed at ArtStart in Rhinelander Sunday. ArtStart Program Director Ashley McLaughlin was excited to bring art the community usually doesn't get to see She also wanted to bring new talent to the area.
The group doesn't perform traditional choreography. "[I's] improvisation of dance so they're reacting off of each other. [Their] acting off the spot. Very little is choreographed. So that goes to the whole emotion of the group," said McLaughlin. ArtStart collaborated with the Ware House in Eagle River. The Equus Projects will participate in dance classes at ArtStart all week.
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