A Utah-based assisted living company plans to build up to 120 skilled care beds in South Anchorage – a move that could increase the number of scarce care home spaces available in the community by about a third.
Maple Springs Management LLC has already laid the groundwork for an assisted living facility slated for 11,000 C St. in South Anchorage, said Kansas City-based owner Marc Dunn. The location is south of O’Malley Road. Maple Springs already operates facilities in Palmer, and Wasilla has now asked the state health department for certification of the need to approve construction at the South Anchorage site according to an online public notice.
According to the public notice, the $ 60 million facility would be 106,000 square feet. It could also include hospice care at home, a first for the city.
Adding a large new facility that provides higher-level care would be a big deal, said Pamela Kelley, executive director of Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska.
“This is a great facility here,” she said. “And that would be a big increase right here in Anchorage.”
Currently, the community has 248 skilled care beds between the 102-bed Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center and two Providence Alaska facilities with a total of 146 beds, according to Alexandria Hicks, coordinator for the Department of Health and Social Services Certificate.
Qualified nursing and assisted living differ. Assisted living lives in a community, but manages most aspects of daily life independently. Qualified caregivers require medical care from nurses and other medical workers for everyday life, Dunn said. They are also subject to stronger regulation.
Such high-level supplies were in short supply in Anchorage, Dunn said.
“It turned out that there was a great need for qualified services and also for assisted living,” he said.
If the qualified care units are approved, the facility could accommodate up to 200 people, Dunn said.
Expect more needs in the future, Kelley said.
“We’re in Alaska,” said Kelley. “Our population is aging.”