“Providing Homes with a Heart”

Prader-Willi Homes of Oconomowoc (PWHO) specializes in providing residential services and supports to individuals diagnosed with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS).   For over 35 years, PWHO has been nationally and internationally recognized by the PWS community for excellence in the therapeutic treatment and care of individuals diagnosed with PWS. PWHO is one of only a handful of providers in the world with expertise specific to the syndrome.

PWHO is licensed by the state of Wisconsin and follows the best practice guidelines set forth by the International Prader-Willi Syndrome Organization. Our staff are extensively trained in supporting the unique challenges characteristic of the syndrome and certified in all state approved training courses. The extensive ongoing training of all employees is an asset to our customers. PWHO strives to stay current with new methodologies, techniques, and latest developments in treatment used to support the highest quality of care for our residents.

Echoing our commitment to helping people with PWS, PWHO now supports more individuals diagnosed with PWS than any other residential provider in the world. Originally part of Oconomowoc Developmental Training Center (now Genesee Lake School), PWHO’s programs accomplished significant positive growth, development and recognition.  In July 2002, we became an independent division focused on providing the best in residential, community-based care. Prader-Willi Homes of Oconomowoc is proud to be an employee-owned company. As an employee-owned company, PWHO offers the very best in professional, compassionate care because our caregivers are also our owners.


Prader-Willi Homes of Oconomowoc’s mission is to provide each individual with the opportunity to explore his/her highest potential of independence within a safe, supportive, and therapeutic environment.

Brian-Fishing-2Our multi-disciplinary team approach provides a therapeutic environment that is conducive to the needs of those diagnosed with PWS. Our focus is on the importance of developing quality homes and individual programs which enhance each person’s potential to reach their highest level of physical, intellectual, and emotional well-being.  This includes the development of independent living skills, a positive self-image, successful behavior and weight management.

Individual Service Plans allow the multi-disciplinary team to identify the individual’s strengths and growth opportunities through past history, data collection, program evaluation, and medical/psychiatric oversight necessary in maintaining optimal growth for individuals within our care.  The continuity of services from PWHO to the Vocational/Educational teams sets us apart from other providers as it allows our individuals to have the necessary specialized intensive structure and supports following them throughout their day.

PWHO prides itself on providing a family friendly environment. Doherty-at-the-Zoo-(3)Our homes are nestled into the community and are well-maintained by our direct care staff, residents, and maintenance department. Our goal is to blend into these very-established neighborhoods and be active members of the community. Creative and therapeutic activity planning allows our residents the opportunity to participate in normalized outings with the understanding of specialized supports necessary in fostering success.

Prader-Willi Homes of Oconomowoc offers an array of specialized programs and services to achieve this goal through:

  • Food Secure Environment
  • Behavior Management
  • Individual Service/Treatment Plans
  • Case Management Services
  • On-Staff Psychiatrist
  • On-Staff Registered Dietician
  • Community/Social Integration Opportunities
  •  Special Olympic Participation
  • Family Contact & Involvement
  • Provision of/Arrangement for transportation in the local Oconomowoc, Wisconsin geographic area
  • 24-Hour Awake Supervision
  • House Motivational Systems & Therapeutic Approach Plans
  • Independent Living/Social Skills Training-ADLs
  • Health Monitoring & Assistance
  • Exercise Programs & Dietary Plans
  • On-Staff Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner
  • Leisure Time Activities
  • Vocational/Day/Educational Services
  • Respite Care

PWHO continues to be active members of PWSA-WI, PWSA-USA and IPWSO and continues to grow by obtaining on-going education, training and initiating forefront research. Through this experience we develop supporting programs and utilize best practice knowledge to improve and expand our array of services.