Gina Del Rosario
4675 Glacier Hwy.
Juneau, AK 99801-9518
Phone: (907) 780-6422
Fax: (907) 780-4765
Juneau Pioneer Home
The Juneau Pioneer Home was completed in 1988 and is currently home to 45 Alaskan seniors. The home is nestled in the wetlands along Juneau's Egan Drive and has breathtaking views of nearby mountains and the Gastineau Channel. Living in the heart of a true wilderness provides residents the opportunity to view wildlife such as brown bears, eagles, ravens, blue herons, kingfishers, porcupines, deer, and squirrels.
The home's four long hallways have been setup in small neighborhoods that act as mini-communities. Each community is supported by a team made up of residents, caregivers, support staff, family members, friends and volunteers. The team members sustain each other and individuals are encouraged to be creative in the development of a caring, loving home. The neighborhood concept is instrumental in building an atmosphere where loved ones who have dementia can feel safe and appreciated.
Inside our home
Inside, the Juneau Pioneer Home teems with activity. A variety of common and elegant birds sit on top of their cages and are taken care of by residents themselves, with occasional assistance from staff. The Great Hall, dining areas, and neighborhood corridors are frequently adorned with fresh flowers, and many household plants create a tropical human habitat. Friendly cats roam freely throughout the neighborhoods providing companionship to whoever will stop long enough for petting, stroking or an occasional ear scratch. Spontaneity is the catchphrase of every day!
In 1998 the Juneau Pioneer Home embraced the Eden Alternative® philosophy. Staff work on combating the three plagues of loneliness, boredom and helplessness that many seniors may feel. The Eden goal is to create an environment where elders, caregivers, support staff, family members, friends, and volunteers can flourish and grow. Central to the Eden philosophy is that decisions are made by people closest to the resident, or by the resident themselves.