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.]