Lasting Legacy in Billings

by Dillon Kato

When Chad Green opened Lasting Legacy Assisted Living in Billings, he knew he had to provide something special to make it stand out in an increasingly crowded senior living market. He decided to make his number one priority the level of care his staff provides.

“We always have at least one caregiver to every four residents,” Green said.

The first building on the Lasting Legacy campus opened in summer 2015, and in April the assisted living
center will hold a grand opening for the second, which will double the space to 32 rooms. Six of those
rooms are double occupancy, which Green, who co-owns the center with registered nurse Berni Brown, said most commonly have been used for couples or siblings who come to Lasting Legacy and live together.

Apart from the care level, Green said Lasting Legacy places a great deal of importance on its residents’ independence.

“We are there to assist in everyday functions. But we want to make sure they continue to feel they are living on their own,” he said. “We’ve tried to design our home so it is still a home, if you will, it’s not a 100-room facility.”

Caregivers on staff can help residents with everything from daily hygiene needs to administering medication and making sure they have regular meals. Lasting Legacy has a kitchen staffed by a team of chefs who cook for residents, but the people who live there can stop by around the clock to grab a snack as well.

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Partners Berni Brown and Chad Green of Lasting Legacy Assisted Living at 1636 Inverness Drive in Billings

“Again, it’s making it as much as if they were at their own house as possible,” Green said.

Lasting Legacy also partners with a physician at Billings Clinic who does regular rounds and appointments with the residents at the assisted living center so they don’t have to coordinate getting to and from the hospital for medical needs.

“He is also the primary care doctor for a lot of the people who live here, and that can be really helpful, especially in the winter months,” Green said.

Co-owner Brown said rates vary depending on a person’s situation, but start at $120/day for single occupancy rooms.

Anyone who wants to learn more about Lasting Legacy can visit its website at Green added he is always happy to set up a tour for anyone who wants to see the center in person.

Lasting Legacy is usually approached by family members who are looking for options to make sure an older parent or other relative is taken care of, he said.

“That transition may not be something every resident looks forward to, but again, that’s where we step in to help,” Green said. “Once they are here they usually say they never want to leave.”

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