Resident & Family Information
The six Alaska Pioneer Homes are staffed by a team of caring professionals who are committed to creating true home environments that enrich the lives of our residents and our staff. The homes are licensed by the State of Alaska as assisted living homes.
The first home was established in 1913, when a home for prospectors and other pioneers was created in an old U.S. Marine barracks in Sitka. 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.
As of 2014, the homes have 509 licensed beds and operate a waiting list.
Alaska Veteran’s and Pioneer Home (Palmer)
This home in downtown Palmer, licensed for 79 residents, has views of the Chugach and Talkeetna mountain ranges as well as the Knik Glacier. It is the only home certified through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Anchorage Pioneer Home
This 168-bed home is located in downtown Anchorage, with a stunning view of the Chugach Mountains.
Fairbanks Pioneer Home
Situated in a 16-acre birch forest across from the Fairbanks Senior Center, this 93-bed home provides residents a cozy living environment. The Fairbanks location was the second home built.
Juneau Pioneer Home
The 45-bed Juneau home is the newest location. Nestled in wetlands, it has breathtaking views of the Gastineau Channel.
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.
Sitka Pioneer Home
As the site of the first Pioneer Home, Sitka’s history is woven into the fabric of Alaska. While the current 75-bed home, built in the 1930s, has been renovated and modernized, it still holds dear the legacy of Alaska’s pioneers.
In October 2014, residents ranged in age from 67 to 107 years old. Over the past decade, the average age has increased to 86.5. Residents come from various backgrounds and walks of life, but they have one thing in common: they are true Alaskans. More than 83 percent of individuals on the waitlist alone have called Alaska home for 20+ years.
Levels of Care
The Pioneer Home offers three levels of care. Each resident receives a comprehensive assessment to identify her or his appropriate care level
• Level I services include housing, meals, emergency assistance, and opportunities for recreation, home activities, and events. Monthly rate: $2,588
• 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: $4,692
• Level III services include all the services of Level I and Level II, with 24-hour hands-on assistance provided. Monthly rate: $6,795
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’ (an assessment term), such as dressing and bathing.
• 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 dementia
• Recreational opportunities/programs
• Opportunities for spiritual devotion
• Activities including ice cream socials, art walks, cooking and gardening contests, and more
Plants and Animals in the Homes