Arc of Anchorage reaches goal of five new residential homes
ANCHORAGE – The Arc of Anchorage is celebrating a milestone: The nonprofit that serves the developmentally disabled has reached a goal to build five new assisted living homes in Anchorage over a five-year period.
The fifth home was completed this fall.
Mark Falsey lives in one of the new homes. Falsey, 27, has autism. Up until two years ago he lived with his parents. Margie and Dave Falsey joke that their son’s new home is nicer than their own.
Mark is the type of guy who can never stay still and, more often than not, he has a Dr. Pepper in each hand. The open floor plan of the home allows him to move about with ease.
There is nothing in the house to suggest that it was designed with special needs in mind, until you enter the bathroom. It’s one large room with a roll-in shower for a wheelchair and a lift over the tub.
Mark and his roommates don’t need those accommodations yet, but the house is designed to be a home for them as they age or become medically fragile.
Mark has just one roommate now but there is space for a third, plus another bedroom for the full-time staff person who is on duty 24 hours a day. Mark’s parents say that gives them the confidence that their son is supported and safe while living as independently as possible.
The Arc of Anchorage operates 32 assisted living homes. Almost all are located in residential neighborhoods.