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Badger Prairie Health Care Center Services

Badger Prairie provides comprehensive person-centered and goal-oriented services. Our objective is to meet the needs of the whole person, including physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual needs.

In addition to our skilled nurses, we also staff MDs and psychiatrists who make rounds weekly.

Our services include
  • 24-hour skilled nursing care
  • Psychiatric services
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pharmacy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Recreational therapy
  • Dementia programming (sensory stimulation, aromatherapy, reminiscing)
  • Social services
  • Dental care
  • Eyecare
  • Podiatry
Other amenities include
  • Beauty salon and barbershop
  • Large activity room
  • Dietary services
  • Community outings (pontoon boat rides, fishing, farmers market, restaurants, movies, bus rides, etc.)
  • Social events (concerts, picnics, parties)
  • Exercise programs
  • Bingo
  • A variety of religious services and studies
  • Daily 1-on-1, small group, and all facility programs

Our facility:

Our newly constructed building opened on February 23, 2011. It features twelve (12) households, each with its own dining room, sunroom, and living room. Households also have private bedrooms, private bathrooms, and access to outdoor patios.

Badger Prairie offers two households with delayed egress and two locked households for those residents who need a higher level of supervision.

The nursing support areas throughout the care center are in discreet spots. This ensures they are not the dominant feature of resident life while still allowing the staff to work efficiently. We want to create a home-like environment and keep our residents feeling safe and comfortable.

Recreation Therapy

Recreation Therapy uses recreation services and leisure experiences to help people with limitations enhance - physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. Recreation Activity Therapy staff at BPHCC selects activity programs that are utilized to treat or maintain the physical, mental and emotional well being of individuals served. These interventions help individuals reduce the effects of illness or disability and achieve an optimal level of personal independence. The goals of interventions include improving physical, cognitive and social functioning.


Activity Programs at BPHCC

  • Community Outings: out to eat, pontoon boat rides, fishing, farmers market, movies, bus rides
  • Social Events: concerts, picnics, parties
  • Dementia Programming: sensory stimulation, aroma therapy, reminiscing
  • Exercise programs
  • Bingo
  • A variety of religious services / studies
  • 1-on-1, small group, and all facility programs are offered on a daily basis

To volunteer individually or as a group in the Recreation Activity Therapy department, contact Jeff Lyon, Director of Recreation Therapy and Volunteer Coordinator at or call 608-845-1210. Badger Prairie will work to find the best fit of your talents to help us meet the needs of our residents.

Skilled Nursing Care

Badger Prairie Health Care Center offers 24-hour skilled nursing care for residents who require long-term care or subacute services. We offer an excellent location and atmosphere and our dedicated staff welcome residents with a friendly smile and years of experience.

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Medical care is provided by UW physicians. A comprehensive treatment plan is developed for each resident by our skilled staff of nurses, doctors and therapists. Our team meets complex medical needs, including wound care, pain management, rehab therapy, enteral feeding, hospice care and behavior management. A consulting psychiatrist sees each resident individually.

We provide skilled care for residents who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Cannot take care of themselves because of physical, emotional, or mental problems;
  • Can no longer care for their own personal needs, such as eating, bathing, using the toilet, etc.
  • Requires more care than can be provided by their in-home caregiver, and cannot live alone;
  • Might wander away if unsupervised;
  • Has extensive medical needs requiring daily attention by an RN supervised by an MD;
  • Is going to be discharged from the hospital and requires temporary skilled nursing care or rehabilitation before returning home;
  • Has been recommended for a Nursing Home by a physician.