An assisted living community is a residential community which offers support, aid, and care to self-sufficient individuals who do not need skilled nursing services. The services offered often involve help with ADLs. Residents may be kept under observation and assessment. Under certain circumstances, communities may offer respite, Alzheimer's care, or hospice. In Alaska, the annual median cost for an assisted living community is around $72,000 . Alaska maintains a number of provisions related to this type of community. The Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Health Care Services, and the Department of Administration licenses this type of community. Before a resident is accepted, they must go through a service plan screening to guarantee their needs are going to be met. This screening includes a number of areas of interest such as living environment, recreation, religious affiliation, and plan must identify how services will be provided by the community or other agencies. This community type has a number of provisions pertaining to medication assistance. These provisions include medication reminders, reassure the resident that the dosage is correct, and read labels. There must be one toilet for every 1 residents and one bath or shower for every 1 residents. The minimum number of residents for this community type is 3. This type of community is required to have a staff member on duty 24 hours a day. This community has a number of provisions concerning food and diet which include three balanced, nutritious meals and at least one snack daily at consistent times, All food offered must follow the U.S. Department of Agriculture publication, The Food Guide Pyramid, The home must consider each resident's health-related or religious restrictions and cultural or ethnic preferences in food preparation, and the home must accommodate any preference for smaller portions. This type of community is required to offer a number of services. These include health-related services, monitoring and supervision, assistance with obtaining supportive services, and hospice services. Staff members obtain training in a number of fields. These areas include resident rights, care providers must receive 1(2 hours) annually, resident interaction, and physical plant layout. Public assistance is available through Two Medicaid 1915(c) waiver programs--Alaskans Living Independently and Adults with Physical and Developmental Disabilities.
Demographics and Values
Demographically, Soldotna is 91.1% white, 3.6% mixed race, 0.0% black, 0.6% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 4.7% Native American, 1.3% Hispanic, and 0.0% other or not specified. Based on gender, 46.6% are male and 53.4% are female. The median age of Soldotna is 39 years old. Soldotna has a population density of 258 people per square mile. In Soldotna, 9.9% of the people are veterans of the United States armed forces. Out of the total population of Soldotna, 6.5% live in poverty, 66.1% participate in the labor force, 16.0% have some form of disability, and 16.0% do not have health insurance. In terms of education, 9.9% have a graduate degree, 22.9% have a college degree, and 29.6% have a high-school diploma.
Cost of Living
Cost of living is a major factor when choosing which care option is the best fit for you or your loved one's needs. Soldotna has a median home value of around $227,923 and the median cost of rent is about $1,124 per month per month. The rent burden for Soldotna is around 15.3% of the average person's monthly income.
An overview of Alaska
The quality of life enjoyed by the average Alaska citizen is ranked 44th nation-wide. Additionally, Alaska is ranked 25th by healthcare standards. There are 26 general hospitals and 35 health centers that provide care for 735,097 Alaska residents. The top three hospitals in the state are considered to be Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Alaska Regional Hospital, and Providence Alaska Medical Center. The natural beauty of Alaska is ranked 45th in the nation. Out of a national average of 100, Alaska has a cost of living index rating of 131, a grocery index rating of 134, and a housing index rating of 134.
Social demographics of the state
In terms of diversity, Alaska ranks 15th in the nation and is considered LGBTQ friendly. During the latest presidential election, 51% voted for the Republican candidate while 37% voted for the Democratic candidate. In terms of religion, 30% of Alaska residents attend religious services among the 1,246 different congregations that are available in the state. 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 Alaska, 25% of the population is over the age of 55. The median age in the state is 35.
State-wide weather information
During the winter, the average temperature in Alaska drops to around 12F. During the winter, the average high temperature peaks at around 43F during the month of February. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around -31F in the month of February. The average temperature in the summer rises to around 54F. The average high summer temperature is around 74F in the month of July. In the summer, the average low temperature drops to around 31F during the month of June. The average humidity across the state is 77%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of July at around 93%. 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 monthly precipitation for the state of Alaska is around 3.13 inches. 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 Sitka Spruce, White Spruce, Black Spruce, and Western Hemlock. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the Brown, Black, And Polar Bears, the Moose, the Turtles, or the Frogs. The state animal of Alaska is the The Moose.