5 Assisted Living Facilities in Missoula, MT
With an average cost of $3,395 in Missoula, it’s often difficult to find assisted living communities that provide high-quality care at an affordable price. At Caring.com, our mission is to make this process as smooth and painless as possible, and we’ve helped many families along the way.
This guide provides everything you need to quickly compare communities and narrow your search, including 17 unique reviews from residents and our comprehensive database that gives pricing, amenity information, photos and more on the 5 facilities in Missoula.
What to Consider About Assisted Living in Missoula
Located in the mountainous western portion of the state, Missoula, Montana, is known for its hip, artsy vibe and enjoyable year-round atmosphere. This is due, in part, to the University of Montana campus in the heart of the city, but also due to the numerous outdoor activities, good restaurants and activities available in the area. There are five assisted living facilities for seniors to choose from in the Missoula area. These are all regulated by Montana's Department of Health and Human Services department.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Missoula
Weather in Missoula, Montana is predictably cold in the winter months, with low temperatures hovering at or well below freezing. From May through September, however, Missoula’s weather is almost unbeatably perfect, with highs rarely rising above 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 50s.
- Missoula’s air quality is outstanding, due to the fact that it is in the mountains and it isn’t a big enough city to create much pollution of its own.
- The cost of living in Missoula is higher than both the state and national averages. Groceries, housing and health care will all be noticeably more expensive for area residents.
- Missoula has a very high crime rate. In fact, it's 89 percent higher than Montana's overall crime rate and 103 percent higher than the national average.
- While a number of transportation services offer discounts for seniors in Missoula, the best may be the Mountain Lion Paratransit service, which transports seniors around town to various appointments, activities and errands.
- The Missoula area is home to world-class medical facilities, including Providence St. Patrick Hospital, in the event of medical emergencies and illnesses.
Paying for Assisted Living in Missoula
Average Monthly Costs
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Assisted Living costs in Missoula start around $3,395 per month on average, while the nationwide average cost of assisted living is $4,000 per month, according to the latest figures from Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey.
It’s important to note that assisted living rates in Missoula and the surrounding suburbs can vary widely based on factors such as location, the level of care needed, apartment size and the types of amenities offered at each community.
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.
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
Missoula and the surrounding area are home to numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations offering help for seniors searching for or currently residing in an assisted living community. These organizations can also provide assistance in a number of other eldercare services such as geriatric care management, elder law advice, estate planning, finding home care and health and wellness programs.
To see a list of free assisted living resources in Missoula, please visit our Assisted Living in Montana page.
Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Missoula
Missoula-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.
Recent Reviews of Assisted Living in Missoula
Review of Auberge at Missoula Valley
Brookdale Missoula Valley is bigger than the other place I visited, and it's a really nice community. The tour guide was waiting for us and was able to sit us inside the office to talk to us. They ... Read more
Review of The Village Senior Residence
We were very satisfied with The Village Senior Residence. They were friendly and took time for us. The facility was good, the staff was excellent, and the environment was really good and clean. I l... Read more
Review of Auberge at Missoula Valley
I chose Brookdale Missoula Valley for my friend because it had more of a cohesive family atmosphere. It just felt better, homier, and nicer than other facilities. My friend will have his own room a... Read more