Assisted Living & Senior Care Options for Fairbanks
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Caring Bridges Assisted Living
107 7th Ave # 1
Fairbanks, AK 99701
2221 Eagan Ave
Fairbanks, AK 99701
A Non-Profit Assisted Living Home
Other Relevant Senior Services for Fairbanks
Star Council on Aging, Seniors Center
1424 Moore Street
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701
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Cancer and Assisted Living: As we mentioned in the introduction to our Fairbanks assisted living page, Cancer is now becoming a much more accepted "condition" for people in assisted living or long-term care environments (dispelling the outdated myth that assisted living can only serve those who are elderly, or with memory disorders). Whether it is active Cancer, treatment, or post-chemo issues, assisted living can be a viable option for those who can no longer care for themselves independently. The following video interview was produced by Assisted Living Directory, and features a daughter who is coping with her mom's diagnosis, and considerations for housing - which include the possibility of assisted living.
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Additional Information for Fairbanks
Homebound seniors are particularly at risk during the long winter months in Alaska and the North Star Council not only provides meals, social activities and transportation but essential referrals to other agencies and resources. North Star Council on Aging is but one safety net in an area where, as Chris says, “it is very dangerous to go without a safety net.” Chris enthuses that North Star Council on Aging is “geared toward maintaining autonomy” for seniors while being an integral part of that safety net. Learn more about what agencies on aging may be able to offer in terms of services, programs and assistance.
Additional local agencies in Fairbanks include the Fairbanks Native Association (http://www.fairbanksnative.org) whose mission is “to provide quality services in a professional manner for its membership and the greater Fairbanks community. These services are provided through special and innovative programs which preserve the membership’s unique lifestyle and culture, while improving the quality of life for the community.” The Fairbanks Native Association preserves the local culture of taking care of their elders.
In addition, a transportation service known as the “Van Tran” provides transportation for the elderly and disabled, an essential component to finding and accessing resources. More information on how to apply for this service can be found in their handbook at http://www.co.fairbanks.ak.us/transportation/Van_Tran_Handbook.pdf.
State resources can also be of assistance at the local level. The State of Alaska provides for Aging & Disability Resource Centers throughout the state. (http://hss.state.ak.us/dsds/grantservices/adrc.htm) These Resources Centers connect seniors or those with disabilities or their caregivers with resources available throughout the state. Resources are available through these centers for people of all ages and income levels. (The North Star Council on Aging is one such resource center).
In addition, many states offer a Waiver Program for home-based care, or funding for an Assisted Living Facility or Skilled Nursing Facility. Alaska is no exception. Information on the waiver programs available (and there are several depending on the situation) can be found at (http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dsds/grantservices/hcbwaivers.htm). As in other states, eligibility requirements vary and can be very specific. It is important to check the State of Alaska, Health and Human Services’ website or contact the agency for specific eligibility requirements.
Online support may be especially useful during what can be isolating winter months in Fairbanks. National online caregiver resources which are available at any time may help supplement the local support in Fairbanks. These online resources include:
Association for Retired Persons (AARP) (www.aarp.org)
The Family Caregiver Alliance (www.caregiver.org)
National Family Caregivers Association (www.nfcacares.org)
National Alliance for Caregiving (www.caregiving.org)
VA Caregiver Support (www.caregiver.va.gov) (Fairbanks Veterans Center)
Well Spouse Association (www.wellspouse.org)
Additional educational and support resources specific to certain conditions are also available online.
Alzheimer’s Disease (as well as other forms of dementia):
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (www.alzfdn.org)
National Institute on Aging/Alzheimer’s (www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/adfact.htm)
Learn more about Alzheimer's and Dementia on Assisted Living Directory
Cancer Society (www.cancer.org)
National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov)
Learn more about Cancer and Assisted Living on Assisted Living Directory
Parkinson Foundation (www.parkinson.org)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/parkinsons_disease)
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org)
Learn more about Parkinson's and Assisted Living on Assisted Living Directory
Seniors and the disabled as well as their caregivers who need a clear path to resources, access to services and a community in which to seek support will find all of that and more in Fairbanks. Whether caring for a parent, spouse or other loved one in the city of Fairbanks or the outlying rural areas, the resources provided by the North Star Council on Aging, the State of Alaska resources as well as the national resources listed here will help provide enough comfort and security to warm any heart no matter what city a person lives in.
That, and a maybe a little hot chocolate.
Assisted Living Facilities, Senior and Long Term Care in Fairbanks, Alaska (AK)