Alaska Assisted Living Facilities
Cost of Alaska Assisted Living Facilities
According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Alaska is $5,703 per month.
The monthly base rate for Alaska assisted living is typically higher when compared to neighboring states. Alaska is also more expensive compared to the national average.
This cost is the base cost for a one-bedroom assisted living unit in Alaska. Additional fees beyond the base rate may apply.
Monthly Costs Compared to Neighboring States
Assisted Living Regulations
Alabama defines Assisted Living Facilities as an assisted living home (or 'home') that provides a system of care in a homelike environment for elderly individuals, and individuals with mental or physical disabilities in need of assistance with daily living activities. Alaska is unique due to its size and sparse population, therefore providers determine the level of care and services they will provide, but must provide the state with a list of those services.
Alaska Assisted Living Facilities Scope of Care
Alaska assisted living communities may provide assistance with daily living activities, intermittent nursing services and skilled nursing care by arrangement. A licensed nurse may delegate certain tasks to staff, including noninvasive routine tasks. Certified third parties may provide skilled nursing care for 45 days or less with consent from the assisted living home, and arrange for that care to be provided in the assisted living facility to be provided by a licensed nurse as long as the arrangement does not interfere with services provided to other residents.
Alaska Assisted Living Admission Requirements
There are no limits on admission. However, facilities must have a residential services contract in place for each resident. 24-hour skilled nursing care must not last more than 45 consecutive days. Terminally ill residents may remain in the facility if a physician confirms their needs are being met. At least 30 days' notice is required before terminating a residential services contract. There is no required standard form. Applicable fire and environmental health codes must be followed.
Alaska Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements
While there is no required, standard form, a plan must be created for each resident including specific information.
Alaska Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements
The home will supervise the resident's self administration of the resident's medication if self-administration of medications is included in a resident's plan of care.
Alaska Assisted Living Facility Requirements
Alaska mandates that each home must furnish each resident's living space in a way that is typical for residents of homes in both the community, and neighborhood. Residents must have 'reasonable privacy.' The home must occupy a building used exclusively for assisted living, although a home may be licensed in a building that has more than one occupancy if the other occupancy is in keeping with the health, safety, comfort, and well-being of the residents of the assisted living home, and the other users of the building comply with applicable fire and environmental health codes.
Alaska Assisted Living Staffing Requirements
The home must employ a certain type and number of care providers and other employees necessary to operate the facility, and must have a sufficient number of care providers and other employees with adequate training to implement the facility's general staffing plan, and to meet the needs of residents. A Care provider must be on duty with CPR and first aid training. A criminal background investigation is required of staff and other residents of the facility who are not considered an assisted living resident. An administrator must be at least 21 years old, must complete an approved management or administrator training course, and have documented experience relevant to the needs of residents in the facility; or have sufficient documented experience as well as education, training, or other similar experience to fulfill the duties of an administrator for the facility. Providers in non-supervisory roles must be at least 16 years old. Care providers working without direct supervision must complete Staff Training for Alzheimer's Care. Each administrator must complete 18 hours of continuing education annually. Each care provider must complete 12 hours of continuing education annually.
Alaska Assisted Living Facility Medicaid Policy
A Medicaid facility and community-based services waiver covers the cost(s) of services. A tiered payment system is used to reimburse for services.
Alaska Medicaid Coverage of Assisted Living and Related Services
The State of Alaska offers the Older Alaskans Medicaid Waiver Program that pays for assisted living or "Residential Supported Living Services." The waiver program does have enrollment caps, so waiting lists for services do exist. They are called Home and Community Based Services, Waiver Funded Services, Medicaid Waivers or simply Waivers.
The primary concern of the four Medicaid waiver programs in Alaska is to help seniors live independently no matter where individuals choose to live for their long term care. The Medicaid waiver applies to a nursing home, an individual's home or a residential community whichever one that does not exceed a certain percentage of the cost of the same care in a nursing home.
Qualifications for the Older Alaskans Medicaid Waiver Program
Individuals must be 65 or older and are required to need a nursing home level of care. They must also qualify financially to collect Medicaid. Learn more about eligibility and how to receive benefits: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dsds/Documents/policies/Policy6-1.pdf or visit the State Resource Center http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/State-Resource-Center.html.
The Older Alaskans Medicaid Waiver Program administers an extensive long term care program offering eligible patients a wide range of care services and choices: adult day care, care coordination, in home care support, shared care, group home, day habilitation, supported employment, chore services, environmental modifications, meals, residential supported living, respite, specialized medical equipment and supplies, intensive active treatment, nursing oversight, specialized private duty nursing and transportation.
The Older Alaskans Medicaid Waiver Program is available to all Alaskans. However due to its distinctive size and meager population, some rural residents may need to re-locate to more urban areas to receive care in their homes.
MR/DD: This waiver allows persons with Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities who meet the ICF/MR level of care to remain living at home and in the community.
Older Alaskans: This waiver allows persons aged 65+ who meet the nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.
Adult Disabled: This waiver allows disabled persons aged 21-64 who meet the nursing facility level of care (for more than 30 days a years) to remain living at home and in the community.
Children with complex medical conditions: This waiver allows for disabled children aged 21 and younger who meet the nursing facility level of care to remain living at home and in the community.
What state department in Alaska handles the Medicaid waiver program?
Department of Health and Social Services Phone (907) 269-3640
Contact Michelle Ziemer Phone (907) 269-5258
What is the best number to call to get started?
To get Medicaid Waiver Services in Alaska, contact an Aging and Disability Resource Center: Anchorage office (907) 269-3666; Juneau Office (907) 465-3372; Fairbanks Office (907) 451-5045.
Alaska Division of Public HealthPhone: (907) 269-3640
Phone: (907) 269-5258
Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.
License information source: Alaska Health and Social Services
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