Apr 14

The Peaks in Ronan

by Vince Devlin A relatively new, but rapidly growing, concept in senior living is making its way to Ronan this spring. It’s called “independent living,” and that’s what The Peaks will offer. “It’s a step below assisted living,” explains co-owner Sage Dorrington, who along with his wife Lindsey hope to have The Peaks fully open […]

Apr 14

Butterfly Homes in Billings

by Erik Olson Photos by Casey Page Ardy Robertson chose her room in the newest residence at Butterfly Homes in Billings Heights for a simple reason: the view. The former Roundup resident was the first member of Butterfly’s new assisted-living facility, so she had her pick of rooms. She chose the one with a window […]

Oct 23

Area Agencies on Aging

Toll-Free: 800-551-3191 Overseen by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services’ Aging Services Bureau, the Area Agencies on Aging address the needs and concerns of elderly Montanans in their community. Each one of the following public or private nonprofit agencies is required to have an advisory council made up of seniors who will review and comment on all […]

Oct 23

Montana Veterans Homes

The State of Montana operates and manages the Montana Veterans’ Nursing Home in Columbia Falls and oversees a contract for the operation of Eastern Montana Veterans’ Nursing Home in Glendive. Both facilities are restricted to honorably discharged veterans who have served in the armed forces of the United States, and their spouses (spouses are admitted […]

Oct 23

Ombudsmen

Montana’s State and Regional Ombudsmen serve as advocates for the residents of both long term care and assisted living facilities. There are over 30 certified Ombudsmen in the state of Montana. Ombudsmen duties include: Informing the public about nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and long term care issues and concerns Helping you learn about resident […]

Oct 23

Medicaid: Nursing Home Assistance

Medicaid helps pay for nursing home care for those who could not otherwise afford care. There are specific “resource limits” that must be met in order to receive Medicaid. Approximately 2/3 of all nursing home residents in Montana use Medicaid. Seniors who suspect that they will need Medicaid should contact their local Office of Public Assistance in order make an appointment with a case manager […]

Oct 23

Types of Care

Adult Day Care Center (ADC) – a facility that provides adults with the regularly scheduled care necessary to meet the needs of daily living. These centers, which may be freestanding or connected to another health care facility, do not provide overnight care. Adult Foster Home (AFH) – a private home or other facility that provides […]