Assisted living facilities administer oversight, personal care, and social opportunities to individuals around 65 years of age or older. Services offered often involve aid with ADLs. Occupants may be kept under monitoring and assessment. In select cases, facilities may provide Alzheimer's care, continuing care, or respite. In Alaska, the annual median cost for an assisted living facility is around $72,000 . The state of Alaska maintains specific rules related to this kind of facility. The Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Health Care Services, and the Department of Administration supervises this type of facility. Public assistance is available through Two Medicaid 1915(c) waiver programs--Alaskans Living Independently and Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities.This facility type has a number of provisions pertaining to medication assistance. These provisions include read labels, open containers, and direct/guide the hand of a resident at a resident's request. Before a resident is accepted, they must go through a service plan screening to make sure their needs are going to be met. This screening includes a number of areas of interest such as preferences for roommates, plan must identify how services will be provided by the facility or other agencies, religious affiliation, and plan must identify how health-related needs will be addressed. This type of facility is required to offer a number of services. These include assistance with instrumental activities of daily living, 24-hour skilled nursing for up to 45 days, assistance with activities of daily living , and assistance with obtaining supportive services. Staff must receive education in a variety of fields. These areas include resident interaction, universal precautions, physical plant layout, and reporting responsibilities. This facility has a number of provisions concerning food and diet which include The home must consider each resident's health-related or religious restrictions and cultural or ethnic preferences in food preparation, three balanced, nutritious meals and at least one snack daily at consistent times, the home must accommodate any preference for smaller portions, and Fresh fruits and vegetables should be offered as often as possible. This type of facility is required to have a staff member on duty 24 hours a day. The minimum number of residents for this facility type is 3. There must be one bath or shower for every 1 residents and one toilet for every 1 residents.
Cost of Living
The neighborhood where a facility is based might have a large effect on facility price. Cost of living can be a motivating factor when determining which care option is best for your loved one. The rent burden for Anchorage is about 19.1% of the average monthly income. Per month, the median rent in Anchorage is $1,702 and the median home value in Anchorage is around $304,137. Anchorage has a sales tax of 0.00%.
Regional Climate and Weather Information
Climate can be a major factor in determining which city is the right fit for you or your loved one. On average, the air quality index rating in Anchorage is around 35.5. The average AQI conditions are rated as good. The air quality index rating is at its highest in November at approximately 51.9. During this time, the average air quality conditions are rated moderate. This means that those who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion. In the summer, Anchorage is around 59°F. The summer high rises to approximately 69°F in the month of July. The low summer temperature is about 49°F in the month of June. In winter months, the temperature in Anchorage falls to around 19°F. The peak winter temperature gets to about 29°F in the month of February. The low winter temperature is roughly 9 °F during the month of January. On average, the humidity level for Anchorage is roughly 69%. The average humidity levels peak in December at around 78%. Anchorage has a subarctic type of climate. Monthly, Anchorage receives about 1 inches of precipitation. The most rain normally falls in September with an average of 4 inches during the month. In terms of snow fall Anchorage receives on average 78.80 inches of snow in a year.
Local Hospitals and Health Care Providers
For many seniors, especially those with chronic disease or those who are in need of long-term care, proximity to hospitals may be a motivating determinant in deciding what type of care best suits your loved ones needs. In total, there are 5 hospitals located in Anchorage which offer emergency services and other healthcare. The top hospitals that service Anchorage include Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, and Alaska Native Medical Center.
Demographics and Values
Out of the total population of Anchorage, 73.5% participate in the labor force, 13.2% do not have health insurance, 3.4% consider themselves widows, and 8.1% live in poverty. In terms of Christian denominations, out of the total population of Anchorage 9.2% practice another Christian faith, 8.9% practice Catholicism, and 4.9% worship the Church of Jesus Christ. In Anchorage, 63.8% are nonbelievers. In terms of non-Christian denominations in Anchorage, out of the total population 0.2% practice Judaism, 1.5% practice an Eastern religion, and 0.3% practice Islam. In terms of education, 23.8% have a high-school diploma, 34.6% have a college degree, and 12.6% have a graduate degree. In the previous presidential election, 34.4% voted Democrat, 3.5% voted for a third party candidate, and 62.1% voted Republican in Anchorage county. Anchorage has a population density of 66 people per square mile. The current population of Anchorage is shrinking at a rate of -0.009%. The current population of Anchorage consists of 253,421 people and in total the Anchorage metro area has a population of 294,356. In terms of crime, Anchorage has 12.1 violent crimes per 1000 residents and 55.5 property crimes per 1000 residents. Demographically, Anchorage is 2.4% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 8.9% Hispanic, 5.5% black, 2.2% other or not specified, 7.3% Native American, 63.7% white, 9.7% mixed race, and 9.3% Asian. In Anchorage, 12.9% of the citizens are veterans of the United States military. Anchorage is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. Based on gender, 51.1% are male and 48.9% are female. In Anchorage, 21.7% of the population are over the age of 55, 9.0% are over the age of 60, 3.9% are over the age of 70, and 1.8% are over the age of 80. The median age of Anchorage is 33 years old.
An overview of Alaska
The natural beauty of Alaska is ranked 45th in the nation. There are 26 general hospitals and 35 health centers that provide care for 735,097 Alaska residents. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Alaska Regional Hospital, and Providence Alaska Medical Center are among the top three highest ranked hospitals in the state. Overall, Alaska ranks 44th out of all states in quality of life and 25th in healthcare. The state of Alaska has a cost of living index of 130.6 where a score of 100 is the national average, and anything above 100 is considered more expensive than the average. The state has a grocery index rating of 134.2 and a housing index rating of 133.9.
Social demographics of the state
The median age in the state is 35, and 25% of the population is over the age of 55. Thirty percent of Alaska residents regularly attend a religious service from one of the state's 1,246 different congregations. The top three Christian denominations in the state are Evangelical Protestant-22%, Mainline Protestant-12%, and Historically Black Protestant-3%. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-<1%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%. In Alaska there are 27 masonic lodges. In terms of diversity, Alaska ranks 15th in the nation and is considered LGBTQ friendly. In the most recent presidential election, 51% of Alaska residents voted Republican and 37% voted Democrat.
State-wide weather information
On average, Alaska has an air quality index rating of around 29.6 AQI. The highest seasonal air quality index rating occurs in the month of February with a rating of 42.0 AQI. The average humidity across the state is 77%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 93% in the month of July. During the summer, the average temperature in Alaska is around 54°F. The average high summer temperature is around 74°F in the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 31°F in the month of June. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 12°F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 43°F during the month of February. In the winter months, the average low temperature falls to around -31°F during the month of February. On average, the state receives 3.13 inches of precipitation a month. The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of October at around 21.97 inches. While residents of Alaska mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it's important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Alaska can include floods.
Wildlife to be found in Alaska
The state of Alaska has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of White Spruce, Black Spruce, Western Hemlock, and Sitka Spruce. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the Frogs, the Mountain Goat, the Salamanders, or the Orca. The state animal of Alaska is the The Moose.