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I’ve mentioned in workshops that according to national data a few years old, it costs on average $54,000 annually to stay in an assisted living home, known as “3 hots and a cot” (3 full meals, a place to sleep, and at times laundry services and possibly medication assistance).  According to a Fairbanks Daily Newsminer article this weekend (http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/fairbanks-faces-void-in-care-for-aging-population/article_0e5fb0b8-f3a0-11e3-ad6f-001a4bcf6878.html#.U50fG0FFDxI.gmail) the up to date median cost for one year of assisted living arrangements costs an Alaskan resident $74,000 (median, not average), or $6,166 per month.  What do you pay for your mortgage, groceries, and utilities?  I bet many times less.  But the main issue here is independence and safety, which can be provided in the elder’s original home often with a well thought out Universal Design strategies and several hours of handiman services (often ~$60/hour) to install relatively inexpensive grabbars, walk in shower pans, low threshholds, under counter lighting, etc…  Call Carmen  at 474-6366 to sign up for one of our Aging in Place workshops, a handout on details and to find out when we release our film on environmental modifications for your home. Aging successfully doesn’t mean expensively, or in someone else’s home!

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