Kro Assisted Living

About

Safe. Personal. Engaging.

History

After a few years of paperwork, trying to find the perfect home, and vetting a top-shelf staff, Kro Assisted Living opened in the summer of 2016. I started Kro to help take care of my father, who was living with Lewy Body Dementia. I wanted to make sure my father was given the absolute best quality care possible. I wanted his home to be safe and dementia-friendly. I wanted his care-providers to really care about him, to engage with him, and to be equipped with cutting edge training. I wanted him to be fed good, hot, healthy meals. I wanted him to remain active, even in his diminished state. I didn't want him to sit in front of the TV all day or play bingo games he wasn't interested in. But most of all, I wanted him to be safe. I didn't want my father to wander away in the middle of the night, getting into things he shouldn't like a hot stove, or be found on the floor hours after he fell when no one was watching him. I just wanted the best for my dad and I realized that the only way I can do that was to start a home for him with his specific care needs in mind.

Soon after I opened the doors for my father, another resident moved in. The new resident's family didn't have to worry about him living by himself. Our 24- hour staff took him for walks almost daily, fed him meals that we would have been happy to eat, and made sure we helped him take his vital medications. Soon after he came, a new resident moved in. Then another, and then another. Each resident came with their own unique challenges and quirks we had to learn about. Each had to be addressed differently, as a unique individual. We provided not just great care to each, but personalized care that only a small, tight-knit home-style assisted living home like ours could provide. Soon we had to build another room, hire more staff, and add more amenities in the home in order to insure we were providing the best and most personal care. Today Kro Assisted Living has become the leader in providing responsive and personalized care within the state of Alaska.

-Teddy Krogh

 

Get in touch

We at Kro Assisted Living know that finding the right assisted living home for your loved one is a choice not to be taken lightly. There are my questions, issues, and concerns that you've probably never thought about when considering assisted living. The decision-making process can be overwhelming. That’s why we would be happy to meet, discuss, and review options about how we can help your loved one and your family.

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I look forward to seeing our residents everyday. They are like my ‘work-family!’
— Shonacé, Direct Care Provider

The Staff

Great care will always begin and end with a great staff. An assisted living home could have the finest gourmet meals, the most engaging activities, and could have the fanciest state-of-the-art technology but if the staff is substandard, disengaged, inattentive, or just not “getting-it”, the care will leave much to be desired. Our staff are of the finest around and they become personally invested in each of our residents. They understand that there is a high level of trust and responsibility placed on them. In many ways, our staff will end up getting to know our residents better than anyone else at this point in their lives. This is something we take seriously and find very rewarding.

Besides the high level of respect we have for our duties we also work hard to stay knowledgeable and current with new techniques, methods, and approaches to providing care. We undergo specialized training during the year through live seminars, webinars, workshops, and classes which often focus on new approaches to Alzheimer’s & dementia care, incontinence & hygiene care, confidentiality & HIPPA procedures, and safe transferring & fall prevention. All of our staff speak fluent English, have passed a background check with the State of Alaska, are certified in CPR & first aide, and are friendly and personable.

Finally, we at Kro realize that many of the families who come to us are being introduced to the world of assisted living for the first time and are often overwhelmed with worry, stress, and grief. We understand that family members are adjusting to having a new role with their loved one and we do our absolute best to be as accommodating as possible to family wishes. We try to make every family experience at Kro as easy and pleasant as possible.

 
 

 
 The week's fresh groceries being collected by Teddy.

The week's fresh groceries being collected by Teddy.

Owner & Administrator

Teddy Krogh, MBA

Once my father was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia, I wanted to learn everything I could about how to care for him, what his disease entailed, and what to expect for his future. I orientated my career and education toward helping him and others who are living with diseases that require a high level of care and attention. My experiences with my father have also helped me with the families who come to Kro and I can relate to those who feel overwhelmed with new decisions, are being introduced to the challenges of long-term care, and are now having to rethink what a future will be like when someone they love is living with a degenerative disease.

 

Education

AJ DIMOND HIGH SCHOOL
Diploma

PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY
B.A., Biology

ALASKA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY
Master in Business Administration

Activities & Affiliations

  • Emergency Medical Technician 2014-2016
  • AHCA (American Health Care Association) Member
  • NCAL (National Center for Assisted Living) Member
 

 
 
 Shonacé starting documentation for the day.

Shonacé starting documentation for the day.

Direct Care Provider

Shonacé

Shonacé works the weekday morning shift and is in charge of getting the residents going for the day. Her fast pace, positive attitude, and friendly demeanor help set the daily tone for those living at Kro. She very much enjoys interacting with each resident and bringing out the “lovey-dovey” side of even the more challenging residents. Taking care of each resident and connecting with them personally is something Shonacé looks forward to daily.

 

Fun Facts about Shonacé

Her favorite number is 5.
She has two dogs: Koda & Nina.
Her car's name is Goldie.

 

 
 
 One of our residents crocheting with Nyajal.

One of our residents crocheting with Nyajal.

Direct Care Provider

Nyajal

The small, home-style environment and the family-like atmosphere are a few reasons why Nyajal likes working at Kro. Nyajal works the day shift and focuses a lot on keeping the residents engaged, active, and busy with activities and hobbies during the day. She is a Graphic Design major at UAA and brings a lot of creativity and artistic flair to our home by doing art with our residents and decorating rooms for birthdays and holidays. She also is an excellent cook and likes to share her cooking ideas with the rest of the staff.

 

Fun Facts about Nyajal

Has a cat named Amelia.
She is from Gambela, Ethiopia.
She speaks fluent in English and Nuer and is familiar with Spanish and Arabic.

 

 

 
 
 Katie making sure one of our residents has a great birthday!

Katie making sure one of our residents has a great birthday!

Direct Care Provider

Katie

Katie works the evening shift where she provides friendly companionship for both visitors and residents alike. The first thing you will probably notice about Katie is that she is incredibly affectionate and she is very tuned into each of our residents daily emotional state. Katie can just sense when something is “off” with a resident and she’ll focus her attention to getting that resident into a positive place. Katie’s humorous approach, light-hearted energy, and cheerful personality enables her to get even our most stern residents to smile and have a laugh.

Fun Facts about Katie

Caring for others has been something she's wanted to do since she was a kid.
She has a mouse (Little Tail), hampster (Pedro), two frogs, and two cats (Autumn & Kobi).
She's the only one from her family born and raised in Alaska.

 
 

 
 
 Blood pressure being taken by JoAnna.

Blood pressure being taken by JoAnna.

Direct Care Provider

JoAnna

UAA Surgical Tech student by day, friendly Direct Care Provider by night, JoAnna brings a high level of professionalism and an outgoing vibe to Kro Assisted Living. She is quick to laugh and is a welcoming presence to not only our residents, but our evening visitors and families too. With her medical background in surgical tech and addiction counseling, she especially appreciates our careful adherence to HIPPA regulations, our well-placed hand-sanitizer stations, and our strict approach to medication documentation.

Fun Facts about JoAnna

She’s from Mountain Village, Alaska.
Has an Associates Degree in Addiction Counseling from UAF.
Has conducted numerous surgeries on Arctic Ground Squirrels.

 
 

 
 
 Nyalang making sure things are well stocked for the day.

Nyalang making sure things are well stocked for the day.

Direct Care Provider

Nyalang

A key member to our 24-awake staff is Nyalang. She works the night shift and regularly keeps our wandering, sundowning residents safe and with good company. Her gentle demeanor, kind touch, and awareness allows her to check on our most light sleepers throughout the night as well. In addition to the hands-on care she provides, she also cleans, organizes, and prepares the home and resident’s rooms for the next day so we can hit the ground running in the morning. When Nyalang is not at Kro she is studying Business Administration at UAA.

Fun Facts about Nyalang

She studied Culinary Arts at King Career Center.
Writing poetry is a passion of hers.
Volunteers at Boys and Girls Club of Alaska.

 

 
 

 
 
 Making sure we get the last bite in with Biana.

Making sure we get the last bite in with Biana.

Direct Care Provider

Biana

Connecting with each resident is something Biana really looks forward to when working at Kro. She finds that the home-style environment and one-on-one type of care really allows her to learn about the quirks, preferences, and habits of each of our residents. This has come as a contrast from the bigger, more institutional places she has worked for in the past. She also enjoys her coworkers and the warm, friendly vibe that they all bring to the home. Biana is a graduate from the Caregiver Training Academy.

Fun Facts about Biana

When she was younger, she wanted to be a poet.
She is the middle child of five.
Her purebred 65lbs English Bulldog is named Pacho.

 

 
 

 
 
 Playing catch with Zahria.

Playing catch with Zahria.

Direct Care Provider

Zahria

Comforting our residents and our families during challenging times is a big focus of Zahria’s care. She especially prides herself on keeping our residents safe and content. Discovering each resident’s personality and experiences and engaging in the daily dialogue with each resident is very rewarding for her. She also enjoys assisting in our giant lego building or teaming up with our residents when playing our oversized decks of cards.

Fun Facts about Zahria

She is the oldest of six siblings.
Her family is from the Caribbean.
She was born and raised in Alaska.