The mission of Wisconsin Illinois Senior Housing Inc. (WISH) is to serve elderly and disabled individuals by providing quality housing, health care and other services to enhance the lives of those we serve.
Wisconsin Illinois Senior Housing Inc. (WISH) began as an Illinois 501c3 nonprofit corporation, then called Crystal Lake Home for the Aged, Inc., in 1989. Its purpose was to operate a 46-bed skilled nursing facility (SNF), in Crystal Lake, IL.
In 1998, the corporation purchased three SNFs and an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded (ICF/MR) in Wisconsin. The corporation changed its name to Wisconsin Illinois Senior Housing Inc. (WISH), enhanced its Board of Directors, and went through the process to complete a tax-exempt bond issue to purchase those four facilities and refinance the Crystal Lake facility.
In 2000, Montello Care Center in Montello, Wisconsin was gifted to WISH, providing it with its sixth facility and fifth SNF.
In 2006, another opportunity was presented to WISH to purchase six community based residential facilities (CBRFs) in Wisconsin. The Board of Directors created a single member limited liability corporation (LLC) called Wellington Homes of Wisconsin, LLC, to purchase those facilities.
In 2009, Kiwanis Manor, a nonprofit nursing facility in East Troy, WI was purchased by WISH and became its newest facility. WISH also constructed a new 14-bed CBRF on the grounds of Montello Care Center in Montello, WI.
In 2012, WISH purchased Ingleside Manor, a for-profit SNF with an attached independent living facility in Mt. Horeb, WI. WISH purchased Edgerton Care Center, a SNF in Edgerton, WI.
In 2013, one of the original three Wisconsin SNF’s purchased in 1999 was re-built as a 44,000sf SNF from its original 18,000sf SNF.
In 2014, WISH opened a 16-unit CBRF on the Mt. Horeb campus.
In 2015, a SNF in Spooner, WI was gifted to WISH and was renamed Maple Ridge Care Center. This facility included a hospital building, a clinic and 9 acres of land. The hospital and clinic were relocated to new locations. In addition to the continued operation of the SNF, WISH renovated a floor of the hospital into a 14-bed memory care CBRF (The Villas At Maple Ridge). The remainder of the space is available for leasing for a variety of uses and has been renamed the Spooner Business Park. In early 2020, there were 14 tenants in that space.
In 2016, WISH opened Transitions At Home, a home health agency in southern Wisconsin. In 2018, Transitions opened a second site in Stevens Point, WI which serves central Wisconsin counties. In 2020, a third home health agency was opened in Mt. Horeb, WI which serves western Wisconsin. A non-medical home care division has since been added to the southern and western regions.
In 2019, WISH purchased Bell Tower Residence, a 90-unit CBRF in Merrill, WI. Also that year, WISH ceased operations at Wild Rose Manor in Wild Rose, Wisconsin.
Since its inception in 1989, WISH has contracted management of the facilities and Transitions At Home through Carriage Healthcare Companies, Inc., a Colorado-based long term care management company.
Services provided by WISH include skilled nursing services, dementia care, rehabilitation services, home health and various levels of assisted living services including memory support.