Jan 16

Social Security: Access your benefits on the go

Nicole Tiggeman Tribune News Service Smartphones have been in our lives for over a decade and have changed the way we interact with each other. Social Security is at the forefront of technological advancements, making online business easier and more secure. About a third of the visitors to SocialSecurity.gov use their smart phones to learn […]

Jan 16

The Fabulous Baker Girl: The Life of Irene Lentz

She was the fabulous Baker girl who built “Irene” into a quality trademark. This fabled designer of magical gowns for the movies once led such a charmed career that she was minimally known by her first name: Irene. Census records validate her birthplace as Brookings, South Dakota, in 1901, though myriad publications complicated matters with […]

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 […]