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The 3 Best Assisted Living Facilities in Missoula, MT for 2024

Our comprehensive listings and authentic reviews in Missoula, MT below include 4 Assisted Living facilities with review. On average in Missoula, residents and their loved ones rate Assisted Living options .

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What to Consider About Assisted Living in Missoula

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services is the government agency responsible for licensing and overseeing the activity of long-term senior care facilities in the state. The state’s assisted living facilities are considered Category A, with nursing home facilities considered Category B and advanced memory care homes considered Category C.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Missoula

  • The overall cost of living in Missoula is 4.4% higher than the national average, but breaking down costs by category reveals that most of that cost increase is due to the price of housing, which is roughly 32% higher than the national average. Both health care and transportation costs are below average, which means that seniors in assisted living communities may find their specific costs to be lesser than those of homeowners or traditional renters.
  • Tax rates are simultaneously a benefit and a drawback in this state. There’s no sales tax in Montana, and with the national average for such tax at 7.3%, Missoula seniors may see significant savings over time. However, the area’s income tax rate of 6.9% is slightly higher than the national average of 4.6% and can bite into pensions.
  • Missoula’s weather is another double-edged sword. Summer in Missoula is extremely pleasant and suits seniors who prefer cool climates. Temperature highs range from 67 in May to 72 in September, peaking at 85 in July. On the other hand, Montana is known for exceptionally cold winters. Missoula’s average daytime lows are at or below freezing from October to March, with nighttime temperatures occasionally falling well below zero. The city sees an average of 40 inches of snow per year, much higher than the national average of 28.
  • Crime in Missoula can be a mild concern. The city’s violent crime rate of 24.5 on a 100-point scale is slightly higher than the national average of 22.7. Property crime rates, though, are quite elevated at 63.1 for Missoula against the U.S. average rate of 35.4. However, as of 2022 crime data, property crime rates have been on a steady downward trend for years since peaking in 2015.
  • According to U.S. News & World Report’s respected rankings of high-performing hospitals, Missoula’s Providence St. Patrick Hospital is the top medical facility in Montana. It gets particularly high marks for its lung surgery and urology care.

Paying for Assisted Living in Missoula

The average monthly cost of assisted living care in Missoula is $4,650, according to yearly data from Genworth Financial. Costs may vary depending on a specific facility’s array of services and amenities.   

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Costs for assisted living in Montana and some nearby cities exist in a fairly narrow range. The national average cost for such care is $4,500, with the Montana state average slightly lower at $4,450. The state’s most populous city, Billings, is slightly less expensive than Missoula at $4,564 a month, and the third-largest city, Great Falls, reports the state’s lowest prices at $4,150 a month. Over the Idaho border, costs are somewhat similar. In Coeur d’Alene, seniors pay $4,675 a month for assisted living care, and in Lewiston, they spend $4,419 a month.

Missoula

$4,650

Montana

$4,450

United States

$4,500

Great Falls

$4,150

Billings

$4,564

Coeur d'Alene, ID

$4,675

Lewiston, ID

$4,419

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Assisted living is the cheapest long-term care option in Missoula, as Genworth reports no price data for adult day care facilities in the city. At $5,243 a month, in-home care and home health care costs represent a jump of almost $600 over those of assisted living. Nursing home care is nearly twice as expensive as assisted living care, with a semiprivate room in a skilled nursing facility averaging $9,125 a month. 

In-Home Care

$5,243

Home Health Care

$5,243

Assisted Living Facility

$4,650

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$9,125

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Missoula

The state of Montana offers a number of different programs to help with senior care and those who are living in Missoula will be eligible and can apply. Most notably is the Big Sky Home and Community Based Services Program, also as the Elderly/Physically Disabled Waiver. Those who qualify can receive financial assistance for the costs associated with around-the-clock care in an assisted living facility anywhere in the state.

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

Financial Assistance in Montana

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 Missoula

The resources in the following chart can help Missoula seniors borrow and buy helpful technology, connect with other seniors in the area, continue their education and find legal representation for elder law issues.

ResourceContactService
Missoula Senior Center(406) 543-7154This gathering place for older adults offers social connection through card games, bingo nights and meditation classes, as well as age-appropriate fitness opportunities through regularly scheduled tai chi, hula and yoga workouts.
University of Montana Senior Tuition Waiver(406) 243-6266Montana residents who are at least 65 years old are eligible to participate in the UM Golden College program, which allows them to take undergraduate courses without paying regular tuition. Some fees still apply.
Montech(406) 243-5511This program is part of the University of Montana and helps seniors borrow assistive devices such as communication aids and mobility items that can improve their quality of life. Loans are for one month, three months or six months, depending on demand.
Missoula Aging Services(406) 728-7682As the designated Area Agency on Aging for Missoula County, this organization is both a provider of and an aggregator of senior services in the city. Through it, Missoula's older population can connect with peers, receive money management tips, research their rights as residents of community living environments and more.
David J. Thatcher VA Clinic(406) 493-3700Veterans of the U.S. military can rely on this clinic for various kinds of medical care, including physical therapy, blood work and issues with hearing and speech. Addiction counseling and mental health care are also available through the clinic.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Missoula

Missoula Assisted Living Communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all Assisted Living Facilities 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 Montana

Reviews of Communities Nearby

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Reviewer#ET0402

I visited this facility

Review of Auberge at Missoula Valley

I toured Auberge at Missoula Valley. The gal who was running it was very personable and knowledgeable. The place was clean. The residents I saw there looked happy. It was big and that was my...

Provider response

We are so happy to hear you've found our staff to be so helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this feedback for your experience with The Auberge at Missoula Valley. Your kind...

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Patti

I am/was a resident of this facility

Review of Auberge at Missoula Valley

THE ROOMS ARE SPACIOUS AND WELL LIT. THE STAFF IS KNOWLEDGABLE AND SO HELPFUL. THE KITCHEN IS CLEAN AND FOOD IS OF GOOD QUALITY. ACTIVITIES ARE GOING ON ALL THE TIME AND I NOTICED RIGHT AWAY THE...

Provider response

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this review for The Auberge at Missoula Valley. Our staff strives to foster a positive community experience for all our residents, and your feedback...

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kayft34

I am/was a resident of this facility

Review of The Village Senior Residence

The Management is excellent, loving and makes sure our needs are met, the food is good and I have a remodel apartment with a dishwasher! I have great mountain views, love it here

Provider response

Hello, We are thrilled to hear you are enjoying your experience at The Village Senior Residence. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Sincerely, Lindsay, Executive...

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