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Joshua Shaver

Joshua Shaver

AVPH Administrator
joshua.shaver@alaska.gov

Contact Us

250 East Fireweed Avenue
Palmer, AK 99645-6638
Phone: (907) 745-4241
Fax: (907) 745-0230

Alaska Veterans & Pioneers Home

Overview

The Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home in Palmer was built in 1971 on the former site of the Alaska State Fairgrounds. Nestled in the heart of downtown Palmer, the home is surrounded by beautiful views of the Chugach and Talkeetna Mountain Ranges as well as the massive Knik Glacier.

In 1999 the home became registered as an official Eden Alternatives home. The home's casual country charm made for a seamless transition to the Eden Alternative approach to a home environment centered on the residents. Several resident neighborhoods, complete with their own dining rooms and sitting/activity areas support the Eden philosophy.

In May 2004 the Alaska legislature approved development of the state's first veterans home.

After extensive remodeling and upgrades to meet U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs requirements, the facility was renamed the Alaska Veterans and Pioneers Home. Seventy-five percent of the 79 beds in the home are designated for veterans, and twenty-five percent are available for non-veterans.


Services

The home strives to assist older Alaskans to have the highest quality of life by providing assisted living in a safe home setting which promotes independence, positive relationships, meaningful activities and physical, emotional and spiritual growth.

The home may provide the following services, depending on health status and need:

  • Private or semi-private rooms
  • Opportunities for recreation
  • Meals & housekeeping services
  • Emergency assistance
  • Physical activities
  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Nursing assessment and intermittent health services depending upon level of care
  • Payment assistance for those who qualify
  • Pharmacy services

Qualifying Veterans

Qualifying Veterans are eligible for a perdiem from the VA to offset costs of their care. For more information on how to qualify for VA benefits call the Veteran's Liaison at 1-888-355-3117. ​​

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