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Amanda Lofgren
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July 2017

Staff appreciation day at the Anchorage Pioneer Home
Certificates and awards were presented to employees for their years of service and dedication. Read more...


June 2017

Alaska Pioneer Homes announces a new Director
Alaska Pioneer Homes are excited to welcome our new Director, Amanda Lofgren. Amanda brings a wealth of experience to Alaska Pioneer Homes. She previously worked for Alaska Mental Trust Authority as a Program Officer. In this position, Amanda had an emphasis on Housing and Long Term Services and Supports, Beneficiary Employment and Engagement and Medicaid Expansion and Redesign. Prior to her time at the Trust, she was with the Division of Senior and Disabilities Services as the Rural Long Term Care Coordinator to ensure home and community based services were available in rural Alaska and then with Alzheimer’s Resource of AK directly providing services and supports to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementia and their caregivers. She holds both a graduate and undergraduate degree in Gerontology and has a strong passion for working with seniors and their families. Amanda will be working at the Anchorage Pioneer Home as she currently lives in Anchorage with her husband Bryant and their two children Hans and Haddi.

Amanda is taking over the Director’s position from Vickie Wilson, who is now enjoying her well-deserved retirement. Alaska Pioneer Homes will always be grateful to Vickie for her dedication to the homes. Vickie began working for the Fairbanks Pioneer Home in 1998 as an Assisted Living Care Coordinator. She became the administrator for the Fairbanks home in 2000. Vickie became the Director in 2014, when Governor Walker and Commissioner Davidson began their tenure. During her years with the Alaska Pioneer Homes, Vickie was instrumental in adapting many different programs to help improve the lives of the elders we serve, including the adoption of Eden philosophy and principles. In recognizing the demands of Alzheimer’s and Dementia care, Vickie has worked closely with the Department of Labor to develop a CNA Dementia Specialty Apprenticeship in order to advance our training and increase the knowledge of our staff to better meet the needs and comforts of our elders.

Vickie has sat by the side of many an elder through the years at the Pioneer Homes and shared the stories of their lives, their loves, their heartaches and grief and the adventures of growing up and living in the last century in Alaska. Her heart has been filled with tears, laughter and love. She wants to say thank you to all of the residents who allowed her to be part of their lives and to the staff who have shared the caring and passion with her. She wants us all to remember that kindness matters! Vickie is very happy to be having Amanda joining our homes.

Please join all of us at Alaska Pioneer Homes in thanking Vickie and welcoming Amanda.


April 2017

Rate Increase effective April 1, 2017

          Level I:   $2,588.00/month

          Level II:  $4,692.00/month

          Level III: $6,795.00/month

May 2017

Alaska Pioneer Homes Start New Apprenticeship Program Expanded training will continue improving quality of care
for residents

JUNEAU, Alaska— The Alaska Pioneer Homes are starting a new registered apprenticeship program for its employees who provide long-term care. The apprenticeship features in-depth training in dementia care and other long-term care specialties. This training program represents a partnership between the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Alaska Pioneer Homes; Alaska State Employees Association; Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship. 

“With this workforce development partnership, the Pioneer Homes will continue improving on what Alaskans already recognize as the best long-term care facilities in the state,” said Labor Commissioner Heidi Drygas. “I applaud Alaska Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson and Division Director Vickie Wilson for their hard work to develop this program.”

“Alaska’s senior population is one of the fastest growing in the nation. One of our primary goals at the Department of Health and Social Services and the Pioneer Homes is to meet our seniors’ changing needs while providing the best care to our residents,” said Commissioner Valerie Davidson. “I thank Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Heidi Drygas and our partners at the Alaska State Employees Association and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship for making this program possible. This apprenticeship will allow Pioneer Home staff to grow professionally and improve the quality of care they provide on a daily basis.” 

The Pioneer Homes long-term care apprenticeship program is a model for other long-term care providers to consider. It provides a structured on-the-job learning program with dedicated mentorship, along with related technical instruction. The Pioneer Homes will administer the training program after developing it in partnership with the state employees’ union. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship and Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development have provided technical assistance to help the Pioneer Homes staff develop the program.
View and print press release (PDF) HERE.



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