There are 104 assisted living facilities in Montana. On average, seniors in this state pay $4,450 per month for services, which is consistent with the national norm of $4,500. Care costs range throughout the state, with seniors in Missoula and Billings paying respective rates of $4,650 and $4,564 and residents in Great Falls paying $4,150.

What Do Assisted Living Facilities in Montana Provide?

There are three assisted living categories in Montana, each of which provides a different level of care based on the needs of its residents. Category A facilities provide help with up to three daily living activities and are for residents who are in generally good health. Category B facilities are for those who need help with up to four daily living activities and may occasionally require skilled nursing services. Category C facilities are for those with cognitive impairments who are unable to make decisions on their own behalf.

Regardless of their category, all assisted living facilities in Montana provide 24-hour staffing and monitoring, help with arranging medical care, recreational activities and help with self-administered medications. They also serve three meals daily.

Choosing Between Assisted Living and Nursing Home Care

Assisted living is ideal for older adults who need help with some daily living activities as well as limited or intermittent skilled nursing services. Because this type of care is considerably more cost-effective than nursing home care, it’s usually the preferred option for those without advanced medical needs. Nursing home care may be more suitable for those who require around-the-clock medical care and monitoring from licensed health care professionals.