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Alaska is a remote state for housing of any kind. With a population of under 1 million, and not growing much, it’s far behind its non-continental U.S. associate Hawaii, which has nearly twice the population.

Why look for assisted living in Alaska?

Though secluded, Alaska is one of the most beautiful states in America, if not the most beautiful. While the winters are brutal on its residents, if you do not mind being outside a lot during the colder months, they are definitely manageable.

Traditionally, the senior citizens looking for assisted living have been here for years so they have gotten used to the long winters and time changes. Alaskans are notoriously hardy people that are independent and adventurous at their core. Alaskan assisted living reflects it as well.

Alaska Assisted Living - Cost

There is not a ton of data available on costs for assisted living in Alaska. Since the data is limited, actual figures may vary though a recent report states the monthly average at approximately $5,800.

Compared to the national average of $3,700 per month, Alaska assisted living is approximately 45 percent higher than the continental United States.

Anchorage, which accounts for the vast majority of the state’s population, also has the highest selection of elderly care communities while Fairbanks is a distant second. The rest of the state is extremely remote and thus lacking in senior care.

Types of Assisted Living Available in Alaska

Alaskan senior housing is often more expensive because of how remote the state is and the high cost of shipping in goods. Meanwhile, the health care staff is a little more limited yet certainly not lacking in skill and expertise.

Alaska assisted living facilities may help with activities for daily living, including bathing, grooming and dressing. It provides a solid mixture of independence while delivering some assistance with certain functions.

However, the services provided are variable based on the elderly care community as some are more assisting than others while some are more apartment-style with a couple of luxuries like food service and fitness center.

Paying for Assisted Living in Alaska

Though more expensive than the national average, the state does provide a variety of financial services.

The Alaskans Living Independently Waiver and Adults with Physical Disabilities Waiver will cover part or all of the stay at a senior living community. DenaliCare, the Alaskan version of Medicaid, may also cover medical expenses. The Older Alaskans Medicaid Waiver is no longer available.

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