Care homes offer a personal care experience for seniors. Care homes offer a domiciliary care environment with around the clock staff and individualized care. This type of facility is akin to a single-family home. Services offered might include three meals a day, laundry services, and transportation. In Alaska, the annual median cost for an assisted living facility is around $72,000. Alaska maintains a number of stipulations related to this type of facility. The Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Health Care Services, and and the Department of Administration licenses this type of facility.
Local Hospitals and Health Care Providers
For many seniors, primarily those who live with chronic disease or those who require continuous care, proximity to hospitals may be a key consideration in deciding which care option is best for them. In total, there are 5 hospitals located in Anchorage which offer emergency services and other healthcare. The top hospitals in Anchorage include Alaska Regional Hospital, Providence Alaska Medical Center, and Alaska Native Medical Center.
Cost of Living
The location where a facility is based might have a big impact on facility price. Cost of living is a major factor when determining which facility meets the needs of your family. Anchorage has a cost of living index of 137.1 where a score of 100 is the average, and anything over 100 is considered costlier than the national average. Anchorage has a grocery-price index of 122.1. The sales tax in Anchorage is 0.00%.
Regional Climate and Weather Information
The humidity, air temperature, and air quality of a location can have a large influence on the well-being of your loved one. Anchorage has a subarctic type of climate. In the summer, the average temperature in Anchorage is approximately 59°F. The summer high temperature peaks at around 69°F in July. The lowest summer temperature is around 49°F during June. In the winter, the average temp in Anchorage sinks to about 19°F. The winter high gets to about 29°F during the month of February. The low winter temperature gets to around 9 °F during the month of January. On average, Anchorage has a humidity level of approximately 69%. Humidity ratings peak in the month of December at about 78%. Monthly, Anchorage measures about 1 inches of precipitation. The most precipitation historically falls in September with an average of 4 inches in a month. For snowfall, Anchorage gets an average of 78.80 inches of snow. On average, the air quality index rating in Anchorage is approximately 35.5. The average AQI conditions are rated as good. The air quality index score is at its peak in the month of 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.
Demographics and Values
In Anchorage, 10.9% have some form of disability, 13.2% do not have health insurance, 3.4% consider themselves widows, and 73.5% participate in the labor force. 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 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. Of the population of Anchorage 34.6% have a college degree, 12.6% have a graduate degree, and 23.8% have a high-school diploma. Out of the total city population, 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. In Anchorage, 12.9% of the population are veterans. Anchorage is considered very friendly to members of the LGBTQ+ community. In terms of crime, Anchorage has 55.5 property crimes per 1000 residents and 12.1 violent crimes per 1000 residents. During the last presidential election, 3.5% voted for a third party candidate, 62.1% voted Republican, and 34.4% voted Democrat in Anchorage county. Anchorage has a population density of 66 people per square mile. The current population of Anchorage consists of 253,421 people and in total the Anchorage metro area has a population of 294,356. The current population of Anchorage is shrinking at a rate of -0.009%. Demographically, Anchorage is 9.3% Asian, 2.4% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 2.2% other or not specified, 7.3% Native American, 8.9% Hispanic, 9.7% mixed race, 63.7% white, and 5.5% black.
An overview of Alaska
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. The natural beauty of Alaska is ranked 45th in the nation. The quality of life enjoyed by the average Alaska citizen is ranked 44th nation-wide. Additionally, Alaska is ranked 25th by standards of healthcare. In total, Alaska has 26 general hospitals and 35 health centers that provide care for 735,097 citizens. The three highest ranked hospitals in Alaska are Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Alaska Regional Hospital, and Providence Alaska Medical Center.
Social demographics of the state
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 the most recent presidential election, 51% of Alaska residents voted Republican and 37% voted Democrat. The state has a median age of 35 and 25% of its population being over the age of 55. The state of Alaska ranks 15th in the country for diversity, and the state is considered LGBTQ friendly.
State-wide weather information
The average air quality index rating in Alaska is 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 amount of precipitation peaks during the month of October at around 21.97 inches. The average monthly precipitation for the state of Alaska is around 3.13 inches. 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. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around -31°F in the month of February. The average temperature in the summer rises to 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 humidity across the state is 77%. The highest monthly average humidity rating is 93% in the month of July. 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 western hemlock, sitka spruce, white spruce, and black spruce. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the birds, the orca, the frogs, or the caribou. The state animal of Alaska is the the moose.