Alaska might not be the obvious first choice destination for most people to retire to, but it has all the fresh air and wilderness a person could hope for. What’s more, the state boasts 0 percent tax on any retirement income and has some of the country’s highest Medicaid spending for eligible seniors. While sunseekers might shy away, anyone who appreciates a crisp, snowy winter will feel right at home in Alaska.
Even if you’ve decided this is definitely where you want to retire to, you might still be overwhelmed by the wealth of retirement options. We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 assisted living facilities in Alaska to help narrow things down. You can see our top picks below, listed in no particular order.
1. Mama’s Assisted Living Homes
9630 Albatross Drive
Anchorage, AK 99502
With residents spread over four small homes, rather than one large facility, Mama’s is designed to feel like a close knit family. Staff are always on site to help out where needed, and personal care and housekeeping services are provided, but there’s an emphasis on maintaining independence. With plenty of scheduled activities, residents won’t find themselves getting bored.
2. Joshua House
2180 South Foothills Boulevard
Wasilla, AK 99654-9509
Located in the beautiful Wasilla area, Joshua House is set in 20 acres of stunning Alaskan scenery, with wildlife abound. In this family-owned facility, you’ll find suites suitable for couples, as well as singles, so residents can stay close to their loved ones. There’s high-speed internet and 40-inch flat screen TVs in every room, plus residents can enjoy delicious home-cooked meals.
3. Campbell Creek House
4745 Piper Street
Anchorage, AK 99507
At Campbell Creek House, staff recognize that all residents are individuals, so a range of services are available, carefully tailored to meet each person’s needs. As well as basics like personal care assistance, housekeeping and laundry services, residents of Campbell Creek can enjoy a rich timetable of activities, both at the facility and out in the community.
4. Tranquility Manor Estates
1950 Hemmer Rd.
Palmer, AK 99645
Tranquility Manor Estates aims to offer a home-like environment for its residents and treat them with “respect, dignity, compassion, understanding and love.” Rooms come furnished or unfurnished, so those who come to live here are free to bring their own familiar furnishings. Not that they’ll be spending much time in their rooms with the daily living and recreation activities provided. Since it’s located in such a picturesque setting near parks and other outdoor activities, residents can easily get out into nature.
5. Marlow Manor Assisted Living
2030 Muldoon Rd
Anchorage, AK 99504
Anyone looking for a retirement community offering private apartments with as much or as little support as they need will find Marlow Manor is an excellent choice. There’s a packed activities calendar, with something going on daily, from from exercise groups to bingo to art classes, and a whole lot more in between. Located in downtown Anchorage, Marlow Manor is conveniently located for those who want to get out on their own, too.
6. Wildflower Court
2000 Salmon Creek Lane
Juneau, AK 99801
Wildflower Court adheres to the “eden alternative” model of care, which sees the emotional well-being of its residents considered just as important as the physical well-being. There’s a friendly community feeling at this assisted living facility, and small pets are welcome, too. Daily activities take place from morning until night, including arts and crafts, nature travel, light exercise, coffee mornings, and much more. While residents don’t have to take part in everything, they are encouraged to take an active role in community life at Wildflower Court.
7. Sues Sourdough Assisted Living Home
11931 Hilltop Drive
Anchorage, AK 99515
Home to just five residents at any one time, Sues Sourdough Assisted Living Home has that personal touch that you won’t find in many larger facilities. Owner and administrator, Sue Cress is a registered nurse with 25 years experience working with seniors, so she knows what good care looks like. Residents are kept safe, while still being encouraged to participate in a range of activities at home and out in the community. They also get three home cooked meals daily, plus snacks if needed, as well as housekeeping and laundry services and more, all in a small, friendly environment that’s just like home.
8. Colony Manor Assisted Living Home
6801 Westwood Drive
Palmer, AK 99645
Sitting on the shore of Finger Lake, Colony Manor is a stunning farm style building that’s designed to feel just like home. Staff are available 24 hours a day, in case residents need anything, and there’s an excellent program of activities, featuring games, crafts, singing and exercise. All rooms are fitted with WiFi and are set up for Skype communication so residents can easily have face to face conversations with friends and family, no matter how far away.
9. Wasilla Primrose
889 N. Elkhorn Drive
Wasilla, AK 99654
There may be more than ample things to do at Wasilla Primrose, but residents are free to do as much as little of it as they want. Whether that means taking part in daily activities and exercise classes, grabbing a sundae at the onsite ice cream parlor, checking out a classic flick at the movie theater, reading and researching in the library, or simply relaxing with a cold one at the pub. While care and nursing staff are available 24/7 if needed, residents have their own private space in the form of a pet-friendly one or two bedroom self-contained apartment. Although the facility offers three square meals a day, apartments either have full kitchens or kitchenettes, in case residents fancy cooking for themselves.
10. Jewel Lake Plaza
8300 Jewel Lake Road
Anchorage, AK 99502
The Jewel Lake Plaza retirement community is comprised of 19 one bedroom apartments, giving residents plenty of autonomy. That said, staff are available to help out 24 hours a day, plus they can aid residents to network within the community so they don’t feel isolated. There are also regularly scheduled activities that residents can choose to take part in, as well as a multipurpose common room to enjoy. Pets are also welcome, subject to the management’s pet policy, so there’s no need to say goodbye to your furry friends.
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