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See full list of all 648 licensed assisted living homes in Alaska for 2019. Senior Living Help enables senior citizens and their loved ones to search for every licensed assisted living facility in Alaska. If you or your loved one are looking for a facility in any part of Alaska with kind and caring staff who will assist with daily living tasks such as bathing, dressing, eating, transferring or any other activities, please browse all facility listings below by your city or county, or alternatively use the search box above to find an assisted living community in Alaska that is nearby.
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 facilities 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 as assisted living facilities.
Other than the above program, most spaces for Alaska assisted living units are private 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 has separate licensing for senior foster care and assisted living, Alaska runs all facility types under the same umbrella as assisted living homes. The Alaska Department of Health handles the licensing for all of it.
Assisted Living Cost in Alaska
At a whopping 55% higher than the national average of $4,000 per month, Alaska comes in first for assisted living costs nationwide at $6,300 per month. With smaller facilities and less choice, 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 in the following section.
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.
How to 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:
- 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 may be limited. Programs like this can supplement.
- Alaska Senior Benefits Program: This program has two restrictions: 1. The 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.
- Alaska Pioneer Homes: These were mentioned in the ‘types’ section of the article and can be helpful for seniors who need assisted living.
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.