Archive for January 21st, 2007

How to fall-proof your body and your home

Liz Taylor has a review of two complementary books

Geared to older people and their families, rather than professionals in the health-care field, both books are highly readable with large print and no medical jargon, amply illustrated and easy to understand.

Read more here–

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Bethel’s assisted living home construction 2006

July 15, 2006
Assisted living home construction could begin soon
By Katie Baldwin, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp.

Construction on an Assisted Living Home in the YK Delta for elders and adults with disabilities may be just beyond the horizon….

Currently, elders who need this type of comprehensive health care are forced to move to facilities in Anchorage or Fairbanks….

In November of 2001, several local agencies met to discuss the establishment of an assisted living home in Bethel. … Preliminary drawings were made and the City of Bethel approved a 30-year land lease at a site located south of the Lu-Lu Herron Building [sic] on Ptarmigan street.

YKHC has obtained $8.3 million to fund the project. However, the funding requires a 30 percent match. …

The 18-bed facility will be a congregate residential setting with personal and health care services, including 24-hour supervision and assistance.

At the request of the Denali Commission, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation resubmitted their business plan on Friday, June 30. Construction plans will be made later this summer, pending the Denali Commission’s final analysis.

The anticipated completion of the project is 2008.

Lulu Heron Congregate Home was opened in 1997, and is built and run by AVCP Regional Housing Corp. It was supposed to be the long-awaited assisted living housing. For some reason, it was never deemed as meeting regulations for an AL facility. It is currently just rental housing, although the elderly and low-income get first crack. To the left in the photo is the location of the assisted living home to be built by Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corp. and the City of Bethel. It was promised to open Sept 2005!!

[The Betty Guy Memorial Nursing Home Fund is an entirely separate project of volunteers, deliberately NOT affiliated with the city or other local institutions. People have been collecting money for this much needed facility for over 10 years. The effort is locally run, organized, and will be controlled by the elderlies themselves. Those wishing to, may contribute to the fund at First National Bank in Bethel, Alaska.]

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No room for seniors

No room for seniors
By Chris Eshleman and Margaret Friedenauer, Fairbanks Daily News Miner Staff Writer
Published January 21, 2007

Ruth Grounds, 85, is No. 42 on the list for a spot at Fairbanks Pioneers’ Home after waiting two years. That experience has prompted her son, Barney McClure to take a proactive step in anticipation of his own golden years, even though he’s only 65. “I’m in the process of signing up for the Pioneer Home right […]

According to Alaska Housing Finance Corp. Senior Housing services, there are 356 assisted and independent living units for seniors in the Fairbanks North Pole area for about 7,400 seniors, age 60 and older….

In an attempt to fill that niche, the organizers of a Fairbanks nonprofit have spent three years planning their proposed retirement “community.” The nonprofit Retirement Community of Fairbanks’ proposed project aims to create a new living option for seniors still strong and healthy enough to live with some degree of independence and who don’t need round-the-clock help….

Southwest Alaska isn’t anywhere near to being as ready as the proposed Fairbanks facility. It doesn’t help when the local elite state publicly that older people aren’t capable of running their own programs or ban them from participating in the decisions about senior services.


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