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If you're pondering whether to give assisted living facilities in Alaska (a.k.a. The Last Frontier) a chance at caring for your loved one, perhaps you should know that the state does have some great assisted living homes. While the weather might be a sticking point for some, there are more than a handful of reasons to make it the ideal location for elderly adults. This includes being a tax haven for residents, unique sights and friendly people. If you're quite the lively senior, you'll find that Alaska assisted living facilities offer you a chance to get acquainted with beautiful surroundings and other aspects of nature.

Types of Assisted Living in Alaska

Alaska offers some limited space for seniors who are relatively independent and require a place to live, with safety being the first concern, as well as assistance with daily activities. This may include assistance with dressing and bathing, for example. Alaska assisted living facilities can also be called adult foster care, residential care, and supportive living.

The assisted living homes in Alaska are small and offer some private rooms, suites and shared rooms. There’s a program that’s licensed by the state of Alaska called Pioneer Homes. This started in 1913 as a homestead for prospectors. Today, they can handle a capacity of 497 seniors at assisted living facilities.

Other than the above program, most spaces for Alaska assisted living units are private retirement homes and small facilities, while there are a few larger assisted living communities in Anchorage with a capacity of up to 150. As compared to some other states, such as Washington that have separate licensing for senior foster care and assisted living, Alaska runs all facility types under the same umbrella as assisted living homes. Alaska assisted living homes and similar facilities have their licensing handled by the Alaska Department of Health.

Many seniors try out independent senior living in Alaska, which is a great choice if you're healthy and independent but prefer living with others who are in the same age-grade. For such care facilities in Alaska, there is on-site maintenance personnel to look after the housekeeping needs. This helps the seniors mind their health and well-being, as well as socialize with their new friends.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Alaska

At a whopping 48% higher than the national average of $4,050 per month, assisted living costs in Alaska come in first nationwide for being the most expensive, at $6,000 per month - and that doesn't even account for memory care. With smaller facilities and fewer choices, this can be a concern. The average retiree only collects a monthly income that’s fixed at $1,200 per month. This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of how much they need to cover the costs of assisted living in Alaska. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, somewhat, depending on whether they qualify for the programs we will discuss.

Fairbanks is at the top-end of the spectrum at $6,500 for assisted living communities in Alaska, with Juneu and Anchorage being comparable. The more isolated you are, the more the rates will fluctuate. Unfortunately, Alaska has unique characteristics that play a significant role in senior assisted living homes and their costs. So, if you're looking for the perfect assisted living facility in The Last Frontier, do proper research.

How You Can Pay for Assisted Living in Alaska

Once you’ve overcome the sticker-shock, you’ve got to figure out the most creative way to pay for your Alaska assisted living community.

Programs that help with paying for assisted living specifically include:

1. Alaskans Living Independently:

This program, known as (ALI), will pay for services other than assisted living, but it’s great for receiving care in senior assisted living homes. Some homes don’t offer full-time ADL care or care may be limited. Programs like this are aimed at helping you supplement the cost of assisted care in Alaska.

2. Alaska Senior Benefits Program:

The restriction on this program is that a recipient must not be living in a nursing home or a state-subsidized assisted living facility. Other than that, there’s no restriction on how you can use the cash allowance they provide.

3. Alaska Pioneer Homes:

As mentioned earlier, Alaska pioneer homes can be helpful for seniors who need assisted living care in Alaska.

Elderly Living Costs in Alaska

If you're looking to retire in Alaska or relocating there, you should know it's not as easy a proposition as other states. For one, the location is not as ideal and often, food has to be brought from long distances. Add to that the cost of utility seniors living in Alaska will have to put up with, which is one of the highest in the United States. Also, it's always very cold in Alaska, which means like others, your central heating will most likely be on 24/7. Having your central heating on most of the time only means one thing - more electricity bills than you can manage.

On the whole, senior living costs in Alaska are on the higher spectrum of things and markedly more than what you'd find in other states. Since you obviously need to eat, keep warm and do a host of other important things, it's best you look for areas with low senior living expenses in Alaska. One of such favorable places a senior can retire to is Fairbanks. It's rather light on the pockets since it's easy to get to for commuters and transported goods. Also, the cost of living in this Alaskan town is one of the lowest across the state.

Tips on Moving to an Assisted Living Facility in Alaska

Moving is never easy and stirs up different emotions. Observe these tips and moving to an assisted living facility in The Last Frontier won't prove quite as difficult as you imagined.

  • Go over the materials before moving in. This includes paperwork, rules, and regulations.
  • Get a list of permitted items and pack what's necessary.
  • Socializing in Alaska assisted living facilities is important. Getting familiar with the activities schedule helps.
  • Get acquainted with those in authority and other staff.

Assisted living communities in Alaska do pose a bit of a challenge; however, it’s not impossible to surmount. Begin with the resources here with a can-do attitude and you’ll have a better chance at landing the right assisted living community for your unique needs.

Assisted Living Facilities in Alaska

    Snow Circle Alh

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  1. Snow Circle Alh
  2. Snow Circle Alh provides assisted living care in Anchorage, Alaska. It can accommodate a maximum of 5 elderly adults at a time. With a location at 2634 Carroll Place, Unit 1, in the 99508 area code inside Anchorage Municipality county, Snow Circle Alh assists those seniors who need help with activities of daily living. Some of the services offered by Snow Circle Alh may include a library area, weight management and memory care activities. Snow Circle Alh is fully licensed by Alaska to provide assisted living, with license number 100903.


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  3. Snowshoes
  4. Snowshoes specializes in providing senior assisted living in Anchorage Municipality county, Alaska. It includes a total of 2 one bedrooms and studios for elderly adults. Snowshoes may be pet-friendly and may provide assistance with moving around, eating and putting on clothes to any elderly adults living in Anchorage, AK and surrounding areas. Snowshoes is located at 530 Mumford St. #4, 99508 zip code. Snowshoes may include amenities like: housekeeping and bathroom cleaning, medication administration and an emergency alert system.

    New Horizons

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  5. New Horizons
  6. When looking for senior assisted living in Anchorage, Alaska, you will find New Horizons as an excellent luxurious senior care option. It has a total of 3 assisted living units. It is located at 3300 Amber Bay, 99515 zip code and may include services such as a daily fitness programs, outdoor walking grounds and memory care activities. Its license number is 100480. New Horizons offers assisted living not only to Anchorage residents, but also to all Anchorage Municipality county residents too.

    Hope - Hidden View Court

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  7. Hope - Hidden View Court
  8. If you require assistance with daily tasks, Hope - Hidden View Court, located at 8511 Hidden View Court in the 99504 zip code area can help you or your loved one to locate the assistance with daily activities you need in Anchorage, Alaska. Hope - Hidden View Court has a total capacity of 2 elderly residents. It may offer numerous educational activities, walking gardens and memory care activities. Hope - Hidden View Court is licensed with Alaska and its license number is 100099.

    Full Circle Alh

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  9. Full Circle Alh
  10. Full Circle Alh has a capacity of 2 seniors. Full Circle Alh may provide amenities such as: delicious meals, personalized service plans and emergency pendants. It is located at 1510 Lily Pond Circle, and it is fully equipped to provide assisted living to Anchorage, AK senior citizens. Full Circle Alh is licensed with Alaska and its license number is 100802.

    Mssca - Lone Cub

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  11. Mssca - Lone Cub
  12. Located at 850 E. Lone Cub Drive, inside 99654 zip code area in Matanuska-susitna Borough county, Mssca - Lone Cub provides assisted senior living to Wasilla, AK senior citizens and may include amenities such as staff available day and night, a garden and Alzheimer’s care services. Mssca - Lone Cub can accommodate up to 2 seniors at a time. Mssca - Lone Cub has official license # of 100344.

    Susan's Alh

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  13. Susan's Alh
  14. Situated at 1506 Turpin Street, Anchorage, Alaska, 99504, Susan's Alh will assist any Anchorage Municipality county elderly adult with activities of daily living and may provide amenities such as a library, private laundry service and religious services. Susan's Alh can offer assisted living services to a maximum of 2 seniors at a time. Its license number is 100546.

    Arc - Melody Place

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  15. Arc - Melody Place
  16. Older adults looking for senior assisted living in Anchorage, Alaska will find Arc - Melody Place, located at 247 Melody Place inside 99504 zip code as a great choice for all of their care needs. Arc - Melody Place is able to care for up to 3 senior citizens and may allow seniors to stay with cats and small dogs. Alaska records show that Arc - Melody Place has a license number of 100201. With amenities that may include a reading room, medication administration and scheduled bathroom reminders, Arc - Melody Place will be a wonderful choice for any older adult.

    Arc - 2210 Unit #2

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  17. Arc - 2210 Unit #2
  18. With a location at 2210 Arca Drive Unit #2 in Anchorage Municipality county, Arc - 2210 Unit #2 excels at providing assisted care services for older adults in Anchorage, AK as well as those who live in nearby areas. Arc - 2210 Unit #2 may provide amenities such as housekeeping, assistance with medications and a registered dietitian. Arc - 2210 Unit #2 is capable of taking care of a maximum of 3 Anchorage seniors and provides several levels of care. Arc - 2210 Unit #2 has an official license to provide senior living for Anchorage Municipality, AK residents, with license # 100969.

    Crossroads Counseling And Training (ccat) 3

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  19. Crossroads Counseling And Training (ccat) 3
  20. Crossroads Counseling And Training ccat 3, located at 1139 Ungava Ct provides senior assisted living services in Fairbanks, Alaska and may offer amenities such as delicious meals, a personal laundry service and health checkups. Crossroads Counseling And Training ccat 3 is equipped to care for up to 2 seniors from 99701 zip code in Fairbanks North Star Borough county and nearby areas. Crossroads Counseling And Training ccat 3 is licensed to provide assisted senior living services in Fairbanks, Alaska, with license # 100669.

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