Yukon Kuskokwim Elders Home to open

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The new Yukon Kuskokwim Elders Home nears completion.

Staff recruitment, training, and program planning is underway as the construction of Bethel’s new long term care facility enters the final stage. The ribbon cutting ceremony and open house is planned for September 27.

A long-term care facility, unlike an assisted living home, provides 24-hour-care for resident patients who qualify under the guidelines set forth by the state of Alaska at a skilled nursing level, in a comfortable, home-like setting.

YKHC started working on the concept in the 1990s as a result of a nursing home being a number one priority at the Tribal Unity Gathering and also a priority of YKHC’s Board of Directors. Construction of the Yukon Kuskokwim Elders Home started in July of 2011 when $16 million in funding, mostly from the State Legislature, was finalized.

The facility will offer nursing care and physical therapy, as well as speech therapy and activity therapy.

Since our admission process is individually-based we cannot guarantee 100 percent acceptance and we also do not want to deter anyone from applying. Please contact the Social Worker, Christine Lucio, at 907-543-6562 for more information about your individual case. She’d be happy to assist you!

Welcome Nursing Home Staff

jasonandjanetWelcome Jason Blalock and Janet D. King, Administrator and Director of Nursing, respectively, for the Long Term Care facility—also known as the Kuskokwim Elders Home.

Jason comes from Gray, Georgia, where he was an Administrator of Long Term Care facilities.

Janet is returning to Bethel from Kenai after she left here in 2000. She has many years of experience as a Director of Nursing of Hospitals and Long Term Care. We are excited to have their combined years of experience and wealth of knowledge.

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