480 Assisted Living Communities in Alaska
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Assisted Living in Alaska Prices and Options
Alaska is America's last frontier, and there's still a lot of wilderness to be had in the largest state in the Union. Calling itself "the Land of the Midnight Sun," for the long daylight hours at the state's high latitudes, Alaska exerts a magnetic pull on adventurers, nature lovers and seniors looking into retirement in one of the most beautiful unspoiled wildernesses left on earth.
Alaska's biggest city by far is Anchorage, where nearly half of the state's 740,000 people live, and where aging citizens can find most of the conveniences of a modern city. Fairbanks and Juneau, the capital, hold just 31,000 inhabitants each. The other cities are smaller still, with vast stretches of mostly uninhabited wilderness between them. The forget-me-not grows wild in Alaska's natural environment, which is why it was chosen for the state flower. The same is true for the willow ptarmigan, the state bird.
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted living in Alaska is also called supportive living, residential care and sometimes adult foster care. Residents in Alaska's assisted living communities can expect room and board, emergency response from staff and help with the activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing and personal care, which may have become difficult for many seniors.
What does Assisted Living Cost in Alaska?
In Alaska, the average monthly cost of assisted living is $6,000, according to the 2018 Genworth Cost of Care Survey.
Residential care communities in Alaska can be found in and around the state's biggest cities, Anchorage and Fairbanks. The senior population of Alaska increased by 31 percent just between 2010 and 2015, with further increases projected as the population ages. Assisted living costs an average of $6,000 a month in Alaska. This is significantly more than the national median of $3,750 a month, according to the Genworth Cost of Care Survey. The cost is only somewhat higher than the $5,291 a month average for home-based health aides in Alaska.
How is Assisted Living Regulated in Alaska?
Alaska's state government regulates residential care homes through the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Division of Health Care Services, which conducts inspections and hears reports from the family and friends of seniors, as well as assisted living residents themselves. This regulatory body publishes guidance for providing high-quality senior care, regulates staff training issues and sets health and safety guidelines for Alaska's senior communities. The division also sets minimum standards of care for residential senior living, and it encourages communities to help senior residents live as independently as they can by helping with their basic needs.
How is Assisted Living in Alaska Affected by Laws and Taxes?
Alaska has one of the lowest tax burdens in the United States. There's no income tax in the state. In fact, Alaska arguably has a negative tax rate, as permanent residents get an annual payment from Alaska's Permanent Fund Dividend, which averages about $1,600 a year. Social Security and other forms of retirement income are likewise untaxed in Alaska, though seniors who shop or buy gasoline may pay up to a 7.5 percent sales tax on some items and an extra 12.3 cents per gallon of fuel. One major perk for seniors who still own property in Alaska is the Homestead exemption, which operates in some areas and exempts seniors from the usual 1.19 percent property tax on their own homes.
Politics in Alaska
Alaska became the 49th U.S. state in 1959, just a step ahead of Hawaii. Since then, while Hawaii has shown a definite tendency toward liberal politics, Alaska has remained staunchly conservative on almost every issue. Alaska is one of only seven states with a low enough population to have just a single congressional district. This means that the state's entire delegation, both to Congress and to the Electoral College, is just three people: two senators and a lone representative. In presidential politics, Alaska's three electors are routinely pledged to the Republican candidate, and the order in which states get called makes Alaska virtually the last state election in the country to post results on election night.
Domestically, Alaska's constitution creates a standard three-branch government structure that's based in Juneau. This constitution was actually adopted in 1956, three years before it went into effect in 1959. In addition to the U.S. state government, Alaska has 246 tribal governments, representing hundreds of thousands of Alaska Native people, which maintain government-to-government relations with both Alaska's executive branch and the federal government in Washington D.C. Unlike most other states, Alaska has no counties. Instead, the state is divided into 16 administrative regions called boroughs, which tend to be plotted out around population centers. Some of the state's boroughs are huge and effectively empty. The vast wilderness of these "unincorporated boroughs" is administered as federal land and only partitioned as boroughs for administrative and recordkeeping purposes. The sales tax seniors pay on their shopping varies largely by borough, as do the specifics of the Homestead exemption senior homeowners qualify for.
Alaska's largest lake, Lake Iliamna, is roughly the size of the entire state of Connecticut. Several small towns ring the shore of this lake in the far west of the state, where active seniors can hunt, hike and fish with a state license.
The largest salmon anyone has ever caught alive was a massive 126-pound male that came out of a fish trap near Petersburg, Alaska in 1949. Other salmon, many nearly as big, turn up every year in a dozen of Alaska's rivers, where citizens over age 60 can fish at no cost.
Alaska has both of the two largest national forests in the United States, Tongass and Chugach National Forests, and it is the only state in the Union with absolutely no poison oak or poison ivy in the wild, which potentially makes hiking and camping less taxing for seniors with allergies or skin conditions.