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.
THREE LAKES - The DNR hopes it won't find more Northwoods deer with chronic wasting disease.
Last year, a deer on a game farm near Three Lakes tested positive for the deadly disease. Although it hopes that incident is isolated, the DNR wants more data on the health of the Northwoods deer herd.
The agency is urging hunters near Three Lakes to give their deer heads to the DNR for CWD testing.
The Boulder Junction Town Board voted two to one Tuesday night to move forward with a town plaza plan. The plan will now go to a design phase.
The board estimated the cost of the design phase to be between $30,000 to $50,000, but it was dropped to about $25,000 at the meeting.
Town Chairman Dennis Reuss and Town Supervisor Dennis Duke voted in favor, with Town Supervisor Denny McGann voting against the plan.
A little more than $1 million may not seem like a lot of money to a city like Madison or Milwaukee. But for a town of fewer than one thousand people, it's a lot. The Boulder Junction Town Board could vote Tuesday whether or not to move onto the next phase of a $1.26 million town plaza project.
Dennis Duke has a vision of what Boulder Junction could look like in a few years.
"This one has a much more artistic flair, this has a more engineering flair if you will," said Duke while looking at potential design plans.
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