Resident & Family Information
The Alaska Pioneer Homes system is a team of caring professionals who are committed to creating Homes that enrich the lives of our residents and our staff. In 1913, the first Home was established using old marine barracks. The home was intended specifically for Alaskan pioneers. Since then, five more homes have been built to carry on the Pioneer Home Mission of Providing elder Alaskans a home and community, celebrating life through its final breath.
The Pioneer Homes have six locations strategically placed across Alaska to ensure that Alaska’s Pioneers have a safe place to reside. To view a map of the six Pioneer Home locations, click on this link (http://dhss.alaska.gov/daph/Pages/map.aspx). The Homes are licensed by the State of Alaska as an Assisted Living Home. As of today, the Homes have 509 licensed beds and operate a waiting list.
Alaskan Veteran’s and Pioneer Home (Palmer)
The Alaskan Veteran’s and Pioneer Home is the only VA certified Pioneer Home. It is located in Palmer, Alaska. The Home is licensed for up to 79 residents. To read more about this home, follow this link to the Alaskan Veteran’s and Pioneer Home webpage (http://dhss.alaska.gov/daph/Pages/palmer/default.aspx).
Anchorage Pioneer Home
The Anchorage Pioneer Home has 168 licensed beds and is located in downtown Anchorage with astunning view of the Chugach Mountains. To read more about this home, follow this link to the Anchorage Pioneer Home webpage (http://dhss.alaska.gov/daph/Pages/anchorage/default.aspx).
Fairbanks Pioneer Home
Situated on 16 acres of birch wood forest and across from the Fairbanks Senior Center, this Home provides residents a cozy living environment and is licensed for 93 beds. The Fairbanks location was the second home built. To read more about this home, follow the link to Fairbanks Pioneer Home (http://dhss.alaska.gov/daph/Pages/fairbanks/default.aspx).
Juneau Pioneer Home
The Juneau Pioneer Home is the newest location and is nestled in the wetlands with breathtaking views of the Gastineau Channel. This location has 45 licensed beds. To read more about this home, follow this link to the Juneau Pioneer Home (http://dhss.alaska.gov/daph/Pages/juneau/default.aspx).
Ketchikan Pioneer Home
Conveniently located on the local bus line and near the Alaska Marine Highway and Airport Ferry Terminal, the Ketchikan Home is a natural hub for family and friends to congregate. This home has 48 licensed beds. To read more about this home, follow the link to the Ketchikan Pioneer Home (http://dhss.alaska.gov/daph/Pages/ketchikan/default.aspx).
Sitka Pioneer Home
As the first Pioneer Home, Sitka’s history is woven into the fabric of Alaska. While the building has been renovated and modernized, it still holds dear the legacy of Alaska’s Pioneers. Sitka Pioneer Home is licensed for 75 beds. To read more about this home, follow the link to the Sitka Pioneer Home (http://dhss.alaska.gov/daph/Pages/sitka/default.aspx).
As of October 2014, the Pioneer Homes are the residence of 456 seniors. Residents come from various backgrounds and walks of life; however, they have one thing in common, they are true Alaskans. Over 83% of individuals on the waitlist alone have called Alaska home for 20 + years. Over the past decade, the average resident age has increased. Residents of the Pioneer Home range in age from 67 to 107 years old; the average age is 86.5
Levels of Care
To accommodate individuals with varying levels of need, the Pioneer Home offers three levels of care. Each resident receives care based on a comprehensive assessment that identifies the level of care needed. The level of care also determines the resident’s monthly rate/fee.
• Level I services include housing, meals, emergency assistance, and opportunities for recreation, home activities, and events. Monthly Rate: $2,350
• Level II services include all Level 1 services plus medication administration, health related services, and staff assistance, including assistance with activities of daily living, supervision, and reminders. Level II does not provide assistance during the night shift. Monthly Rate: $4,260
• Level III services include all the services of Level I and Level II, with 24 hour hands-on assistance provided. Monthly Rate: $6,170
Coinciding with the increased age of residents at admission, the majority of residents receive Level III care. As of October 2014, Level III residents made up 56% of the Home population.
• Meal Preparation
• Dietary assessment; medically prescribed diets
• Emergency call systems/assistance
• Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
• Assistance with medications
• Health assessment
• Social work services
• Care during periods of illness not requiring hospitalization
• Care suited to the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Disorder
• Recreational Opportunities/programs
• Opportunities for spiritual devotion
• Planned events including, but not limited to, ice cream socials, art walks, and cooking contests
Plants and Animals in the Homes