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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

    Serene Grace Alh

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  1. Serene Grace Alh
  2. Serene Grace Alh provides assisted living services in Anchorage, Alaska. It can accommodate a maximum of 5 55 and older adults at a time. With a location at 3639 E. 74th Ave, in the 99507 area code inside Anchorage Municipality county, Serene Grace Alh assists those 55 and older adults who need help with activities of daily living. Some of the amenities offered by Serene Grace Alh include a library area, weight management and scheduled bathroom reminders. Serene Grace Alh is fully licensed by Alaska to provide assisted living care, with license number 101074.

    Nightingale Alh

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  3. Nightingale Alh
  4. Nightingale Alh specializes in providing senior assisted living in Anchorage Municipality county, Alaska. It includes a total of 5 studio and one bedroom suites for retirees. Nightingale Alh is pet-friendly and can provide help with eating, feeding and dressing to any elderly adults living in Anchorage, AK and surrounding areas. Nightingale Alh is located at 1572 N. Heather Meadows Loop, 99507 zip code. Nightingale Alh provides amenities such as: housekeeping and emptying trash, a tailored service plan and help with daily living.

    Jewel Lake Alh

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  5. Jewel Lake Alh
  6. When looking for senior assisted living in Anchorage, Alaska, you will find Jewel Lake Alh as an excellent luxurious senior care option. It contains a total of 10 assisted living units. It is located at 4132 West 88th Ave, 99502 zip code and provides services such as housekeeping, laundry and linen service and pet-friendly services. Its license number is 101014. Jewel Lake Alh offers assisted living not only to Anchorage residents, but also to all Anchorage Municipality county residents too.

    Mssca - Plymouth Rock (formerly Hollywood & Vine)

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  7. Mssca - Plymouth Rock (formerly Hollywood & Vine)
  8. If you need help with daily tasks, Mssca - Plymouth Rock formerly Hollywood & Vine, located at 951 Plymouth Circle in the 99654 zip code area can help you or your loved one to find the help with daily living you need in Wasilla, Alaska. Mssca - Plymouth Rock formerly Hollywood & Vine has a total capacity of 2 older adults. It offers arts & crafts, medication assistance and a staff dietitian. Mssca - Plymouth Rock formerly Hollywood & Vine is licensed with Alaska and its license number is 100425.

    Golden Hearts Agency - Blackberry

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  9. Golden Hearts Agency - Blackberry
  10. Golden Hearts Agency - Blackberry has a capacity of 3 seniors. Golden Hearts Agency - Blackberry includes amenities that include: a reading section, laundry services and incontinence assistance. It is located at 3442 West 64th Ave, and it is fully equipped to provide assisted living services to Anchorage, AK elderly residents. Golden Hearts Agency - Blackberry is licensed with Alaska and its license number is 100738.

    Full Circle Alh

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  11. Full Circle Alh
  12. Located at 1510 Lily Pond Circle, inside 99507 zip code area in Anchorage Municipality county, Full Circle Alh provides assisted senior living to Anchorage, AK senior citizens and includes amenities such as 24-hour awake staff, falls management and continence management. Full Circle Alh can accommodate up to 2 seniors at a time. Full Circle Alh has official license # of 100802.

    Hope - Hidden View Court

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  13. Hope - Hidden View Court
  14. Located at 8511 Hidden View Court, Anchorage, Alaska, 99504, Hope - Hidden View Court can assist any Anchorage Municipality county resident with daily tasks and offers services that include transportation to doctor's appointments, a tailored service plan and health checkups. Hope - Hidden View Court can offer long term care and assisted living to a maximum of 2 seniors at a time. Its license number is 100099.

    House Of Serenity

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  15. House Of Serenity
  16. Seniors looking for assisted senior living in Anchorage, Alaska will find House Of Serenity, located at 3424 East 16th Ave. inside 99508 zip code as a wonderful choice for all of their care needs. House Of Serenity is able to care for up to 2 seniors and allows seniors to stay with cats and small dogs. Alaska records show that House Of Serenity has a license number of 101176. With services that include off-site outings and picnics, help with medications and memory care services, House Of Serenity will be an excellent senior living choice for any elderly person.

    Betty J. Vickers

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  17. Betty J. Vickers
  18. With a location at 8531 E. 11th Court in Anchorage Municipality county, Betty J. Vickers excels at providing assisted living services for seniors in Anchorage, AK as well as those who live in nearby cities. Betty J. Vickers offers amenities such as a pharmacy, gardens and incontinence management. Betty J. Vickers is capable of caring for a maximum of 3 Anchorage older residents and provides multiple levels of senior care. Betty J. Vickers has an official license to provide senior living for Anchorage Municipality, AK residents, with license # 100303.

    Mssca - Lone Cub

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  19. Mssca - Lone Cub
  20. Mssca - Lone Cub, located at 850 E. Lone Cub Drive provides assisted living and care in Wasilla, Alaska and provides services and amenities such as a studio for arts & crafts, 24/7 supervision and regular health assessments. Mssca - Lone Cub is equipped to care for up to 2 older adults from 99654 zip code in Matanuska-susitna Borough county and surrounding areas. Mssca - Lone Cub is licensed to provide assisted senior living services in Wasilla, Alaska, with license # 100344.

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