Located along the banks of the Yellowstone River, Billings is known for its rugged sandstone cliffs, wide-open spaces and historical monuments that capture the spirit of the American West. Billings is the largest city in Montana with more than 109,500 residents, just over 1,800 of whom are seniors aged 65 and older. In addition to the breathtaking natural scenery, retirees have access to some of the highest-rated hospitals in the state, and residents enjoy a cost of living that’s slightly lower than the national average.

Assisted living facilities provide access to full-time staff assistance, accommodations, meals and help with activities of daily living. These communities are ideal choices for seniors who can no longer live at home alone, but don’t yet meet the criteria for nursing home admission. Assisted living in Billings costs an average of $4,100 per month, according to Genworth’s 2020 Cost of Care Survey. This is more affordable than both the national median of $4,300 and the statewide average for Montana, which is $4,213.

This guide provides more information about Billings, details on the local cost of assisted living compared to other cities and other types of long-term care, as well as local resources for seniors and their families.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Billings, MT

2022

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings

4001 Bell Ave, Billings, MT, 59106

MorningStar of Billings is located on the western side of Billings, just north of the town of Yegen. It sits within walking distance of the Shiloh Ridge Trail, giving residents an easy option for gett … (read more)
MorningStar of Billings is located on the western side of Billings, just north of the town of Yegen. It sits within walking distance of the Shiloh Ridge Trail, giving residents an easy option for gett … (read more)

Autumn Springs Assisted Living

3758 Avenue B, Billings, MT, 59102

Autumn Springs Assisted Living is a senior community located west of Billings, MT, sandwiched between Zimmerman Park and the Yegen Gold Club. The cozy and home-like community offers a number of housin … (read more)
Autumn Springs Assisted Living is a senior community located west of Billings, MT, sandwiched between Zimmerman Park and the Yegen Gold Club. The cozy and home-like community offers a number of housin … (read more)

Casmur Assisted Living

930 Ave E, Billings, MT, 59102

Camphor Assisted Living is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood just minutes from downtown Billings, Montana, the North Elevation Historic District and Billings Logan International Airport. Ca … (read more)
Camphor Assisted Living is located in a quiet, residential neighborhood just minutes from downtown Billings, Montana, the North Elevation Historic District and Billings Logan International Airport. Ca … (read more)

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Highgate at Billings

3980 Parkhill Drive, Billings, MT, 59102

Minutes from Peter Yegen Golf Course, Highgate at Billings is an assisted living and memory care facility in Billings, Montana. Residents and visitors are impressed by the quality of care, the welcomi … (read more)
Minutes from Peter Yegen Golf Course, Highgate at Billings is an assisted living and memory care facility in Billings, Montana. Residents and visitors are impressed by the quality of care, the welcomi … (read more)

Sweetwater Retirement Community of Billings

3140 Sweet Water Drive, Billings, MT, 59102

Located one block west of Stewart Park and two from Rimrock Mall, Sweetwater Retirement Community of Billings is an assisted and independent living facility in Montana. Residents praise the food, fami … (read more)
Located one block west of Stewart Park and two from Rimrock Mall, Sweetwater Retirement Community of Billings is an assisted and independent living facility in Montana. Residents praise the food, fami … (read more)

The Springs at Grand Park

1221 28th St W¾, Billings, MT, 59102

The Springs at Grand Park offers assisted living options for seniors and is situated close to the Yegen Golf Course in the heart of Billings, Montana, a few minutes away from shops and cultural activi … (read more)
The Springs at Grand Park offers assisted living options for seniors and is situated close to the Yegen Golf Course in the heart of Billings, Montana, a few minutes away from shops and cultural activi … (read more)

Westpark Village

2351 Solomon Avenue, Billings, MT, 59102

Westpark Village has a recently remodeled interior, and its residents and their guests rave about its appearance. The residents enjoy using the comfortable dining area, and say that the food is delici … (read more)
Westpark Village has a recently remodeled interior, and its residents and their guests rave about its appearance. The residents enjoy using the comfortable dining area, and say that the food is delici … (read more)

Tendernest Assisted Living

4001 Parkhill Drive, Billings, MT, 59106

Tendernest Assisted Living is a facility in Billings, Montana, where the priority is to ease residents’ transition into their new life. Residents are impressed by chefs who cater to all dietary requir … (read more)
Tendernest Assisted Living is a facility in Billings, Montana, where the priority is to ease residents’ transition into their new life. Residents are impressed by chefs who cater to all dietary requir … (read more)

Mission Ridge/Wyndstone

1920 Wyndstone Way, Billings, MT, 59105


Eagle Cliff Manor

1415 Yellowstone River Rd, Billings, MT, 59105



Edgewood Vista – Billings

1225 Wicks Lane, Billings, MT, 59105

Edgewood Vista – Billings is located in a cozy neighborhood in Billings, Montana, and lists their first core value as honesty and dependability. The facility works to create a great experience for its … (read more)
Edgewood Vista – Billings is located in a cozy neighborhood in Billings, Montana, and lists their first core value as honesty and dependability. The facility works to create a great experience for its … (read more)

The Legacy Assisted Living

810 Wicks Lane, Billings, MT, 59105


What to Consider About Assisted Living in Billings

In Billings, assisted living facilities are licensed and regulated by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The Department ensures that facilities comply with the state’s long-term care regulations on medication administration, staffing, training and other aspects of their operation to ensure a high standard of care is provided.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Billings

  • Billings residents have easy access to several hospitals, including St. Vincent Healthcare, Advanced Care Hospital of Montana and Billings Clinic. U.S. News & World Report rated Billings Clinic as the best hospital in Montana for seven years in a row, and it’s ranked as high performing in the treatment of heart failure and COPD.
  • Adult Resource Alliance of Yellowstone County offers several low-cost transportation programs for seniors in Billings. One is the RIDES program, which provides nonmedical transportation to stores, work and various destinations throughout the city.
  • Compared to the national cost of living index of 100, Billings is slightly cheaper with a rating of 94.9. Transportation (75.2), utilities (95.6), health care (96.7) and housing (99.7) are more affordable than the U.S. averages, while groceries (101.3) are slightly more expensive.
  • Montana residents don’t pay sales tax, and property taxes are somewhat low. Seniors are partially taxed on Social Security earnings, however, and most other types of retirement income are fully taxed.
  • Winters in Billings can be very cold, with an average low of 15.8 degrees in January, the coldest month of the year. The city receives an average of 46 inches of snow annually, which is much higher than the U.S. average of 28. Summers are pleasantly warm with an average high of 88.3 degrees, and Billings gets less annual rainfall than the U.S. average.
  • The air quality in Billings is quite good, scoring 71 points out of 100, compared to the national average of 58. Water quality is below average, however. The city scored a 38 compared to the nationwide average of 55.
  • Both property and violent crime rates are higher in Billings compared to other Montana cities. Billings’ violent crime rate is 6.16 per 1,000 residents, while the Montana average is 4.05. The property crime rate of 41.06 is nearly double that of Montana as a whole (21.93). Seniors can have peace of mind thanks to the 24-hour staffing and security features provided by assisted living facilities.

Paying for Assisted Living in Billings

Assisted living costs an average of $4,100 per month in Billings. This is $200 cheaper than the U.S. average of $4,300 and $113 less expensive than the $4,213 median for Montana.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Billings is the pricier city in Montana for assisted living. To the northwest in Great Falls, rates are almost $250 lower at $3,857. Further west in Missoula, the average rate is somewhat closer at $3,913. In neighboring Idaho, assisted living in Idaho Falls costs an average of $3,673, or $427 less than what seniors pay in Billings. The average is much higher in Casper, Wyoming, where assisted living costs $5,550 per month.

$4100

Billings

$4213

Montana

$4300

The United States

$3857

Great Falls

$3913

Missoula

$3673

Idaho Falls, ID

$5550

Casper, WY

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Billings have several options when it comes to long-term care. For $5,139 per month, or about $1,000 more than the cost of assisted living, retirees can get homemaker services in the comfort of their own home. Home health care, which also provides limited medical services, costs the same. Adult day health care provided at a community-based center is the most affordable option at just $2,080 per month. Seniors who need 24-hour skilled care can expect to pay $7,756 for a semiprivate room and $8,060 for a private room in a nursing home.

$5139

Homemaker Services

$5139

Home Health Aide

$2080

Adult Day Health Care

$4100

Assisted Living Facility

$7756

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$8060

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Billings

Those who are living in Billings will be eligible and can apply to a number of different programs created by the State of Montana to help with senior care. Most notably is the Big Sky Home and Community Based Services Program, also known as the Elderly/Physically Disabled Waiver.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Montana page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Billings

More Ways to Pay for Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Montana page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Billings

There are a variety of resources available for residents of Billings’ assisted living facilities and those who are planning a transition to long-term care. These resources are provided by nonprofit organizations and government agencies across Yellowstone County.

ResourceContactService
Area II Agency on Aging(406) 323-1320The Area II Agency on Aging provides information about local senior services and counseling on Medicare, Social Security and other important resources for seniors as they age. It offers representative payee services for seniors who need help managing their money, which can be used to pay for housing, medical needs, personal care items and other necessities on an individual’s behalf.
Billings Vet Center(406) 657-6071Veterans can contact the Billings Vet Center to learn about and apply for disability compensation, pensions and other benefits they may be eligible to receive. The Billings Vet Center also offers mental health and substance abuse support groups several times a week.
Montana Legal Services Association(800) 666-6899This nonprofit organization provides self-help legal resources and free advice about civil law concerns for residents of Yellowstone County. Some of the issues its attorneys may be able to help with include advance care directives, wills, tax disputes and elder neglect. Seniors must apply and meet income requirements to get free legal aid; self-help resources are available to people of all income levels.
Billings Community and Senior Center(406) 657-8371At the Billings Community and Senior Center, residents will find enrichment classes, wellness screenings, social clubs and a full schedule of fun activities. It also offers nutrition education and balance training, as well as yoga sessions and low-impact exercise programs.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Billings

Billings-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Montana are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Montana page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Billings