Assisted Living in Alaska
Caring.com can help you find the best Assisted Living in Alaska. Read reviews, compare ratings, check prices and more with our comprehensive directory of Assisted Living Facilities.
What Assisted Living Facilities in Alaska Offer
- Individual or shared (up to two persons) living units (from single rooms to multi-room apartments) with some kitchen facilities; bathrooms may be shared
- All meals, usually in a common dining area
- General supervision and health monitoring
- Intermittent skilled nursing care at some facilities
- Supervision of resident self-administration of medications
- Personal care services, including assistance with one or more activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, or toileting.
- Social and exercise activities
Note: Some facilities also offer respite care and other special services.
Cost for Assisted Living in Alaska
Median monthly fees: $5,500 (higher for residents requiring memory care)
Assisted Living in AK
State of Alaska Requirements for Assisted Living Facilities
- Residents may contract with a licensed nurse or home healthcare agency to provide skilled nursing care not provided by the facility, including 24-hour care, for a period of up to 45 days.
- Residents may stay in the facility while receiving hospice services if the resident's physician certifies that the resident's care needs are being met.
State of Alaska Oversight of Assisted Living Facilities
The Alaska Division of Public Health (907-269-3640) oversees assisted living residences.
How to Resolve Problems or Offer Feedback
- Contact the Alaska long-term care ombudsman program (800-730-6393); this is a free service to help residents informally resolve problems with a facility.
- Rate and review assisted living facilities.
How to Pay for Assisted Living
- Most assisted living is paid for privately by the resident and/or his or her family.
- For Medicaid-eligible low-income residents 65 and over who might otherwise need nursing home care, Alaska's home and community-based services program pays for some personal care services provided in participating assisted living residences; payment is made on a sliding scale based on need.
- Low-income veterans or surviving spouses of veterans may be eligible for Aid and Attendance or other payments from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which can help pay for assisted living.
- Some assisted living facilities offer sliding scale fees, making a higher level of care available to families that might not otherwise be able to afford it. Be sure to ask -- or ask a geriatric care manager in the area if he or she knows which facilities offer sliding scale fees).
Help Finding and Choosing Assisted Living
- Use the form at the top of this page to start your search for assisted living in Alaska.
- Call (866) 824-8174 to speak to a Family Advisor to get (free) help with your search.
- Hire a geriatric care manager (most have extensive local knowledge about assisted living facilities in a particular geographic area, including space availability, resident needs assessments, sliding scale fees, and resident satisfaction). To find a geriatric care manager, see Caring.com's Geriatric Care Manager Directory.
- To compare assisted living to board and care, skilled nursing, and other long-term residential care communities, see Residential Care Options: How to Decide.
- For details about assisted living facilities in other U.S. states, see Assisted Living Regulations.