Birch and Spruce are our Assisted Living Cottages for residents with Alzheimer's disease or other memory disorders. These cottages are the first of its kind in Anchorage.
What sets the cottages apart from other assisted living apartments is that we tailored our home and our services to our residents' special needs - from room design to staff training, The result is a philosophy of caring for our residents like family.
The cottages are attached by a walkway to the Horizon House apartments, and the goal in its design was that a resident never feels lost. Everything about the cottages, from bathroom design to staffing has been determined by best-practice research on Alzheimer's building design and care planning.
Having the look and feel of a family home, the cottages are designed with "memory-triggers" so that a resident can come out of his or her room and immediately see what is going on, see familiar items such as a dining room table and wander easily to activities.
Special features of the Birch and Spruce cottage include:
- 2 large cottages with 11 bedrooms in each cottage
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- Life enhancing activities designed around dementia care
An emerging philosophy in the care for people with Alzheimer's is that services should be designed to fit the demands of the disease and not the other way around, That's what we've done in developing the cottages.
For more information
To learn more about The Cottages, please call (907) 212-5340, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To find general information and specific health topics, visit our online