A nursing home is a complex that provides housing to at least two seniors who are not related by blood or by marriage to the administrator. A nursing home community offers its occupants around-the-clock care by on-site nurses. These nurses offer health related services for people who cannot take care of their own needs due to their aging.
This type of community is a familiar and comfy living option for persons 65 years or older, however nursing homes will routinely persons 55 and above which is for other senior care types. Some services come at an extra cost which can include personal comfort items, cosmetic and grooming items, and special care services not included in the community's Medicaid payment. Nursing homes are required to provide emergency dental services, room and bed maintenance services, routine personal hygiene items, and pharmaceutical services to residents. A large number of occupants are single women who have smaller social support groups, and about half of nursing home residents are over the age of 85. Many occupants of nursing homes may have behavioral difficulties, which can consist of a tendency to wander, verbal outbursts, or resisting assistance. A large number of nursing home residents are seniors who experience difficulty seeing and hearing, have incontinence issues, have a physical or mental disability, or require assistance with daily tasks such as getting dressed.
Cost of Living
The community where a senior care community is located could have a huge impact on the overall cost. Cost of living is a major factor in deciding which care choice works for your loved one. Homer has a median home value of $270,708 and the median cost of rent is around $1,202 per month. The rent burden for Homer is about 18.7% of the average person's monthly income.
Demographics and Values
In terms of education, 34.1% have a college degree, 15.2% have a graduate degree, and 22.1% have a high-school diploma. Based on gender, 47.0% are male and 53.0% are female. The median age of Homer is 39 years old. Homer has a population density of 159 people per square mile. The current population of Homer consists of 5,697 people. Out of the total population of Homer, 8.9% live in poverty, 17.2% do not have health insurance, 14.2% have some form of disability, and 5.1% are widows. In Homer, 9.3% of the population are veterans of the United States armed forces. Racially, the population of Homer is 5.0% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 0.4% black, 6.2% Hispanic, 0.7% other or not specified, 6.2% mixed race, 1.4% Asian, and 86.3% white.
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. 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. Overall, Alaska ranks 44th out of all states in quality of life and 25th in healthcare. Residents of Alaska enjoy its natural beauty which ranks 45th in the United States.
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. The state has a median age of 35 and 25% of its population being over the age of 55. 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.
State-wide weather information
The average air quality index rating in Alaska is 29.6 AQI. The average air quality index rating peaks in the month of February with a rating of around 42.0 AQI. The average temperature in the summer rises to around 54F. The average high summer temperature is around 74F in the month of July. The average low summer temperature is around 31F in the month of June. 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 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. On average, the humidity rating for Alaska is around 77%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of July at around 93%. 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, western hemlock, and black spruce. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the caribou, the brown, black, and polar bears, the frogs, or the bison. The state animal of Alaska is the the moose.