Dec 22

Rising Mountains Assisted Living in Bigfork

By: DILLON KATO

It’s never easy to make the decisions about the best place for yourself or a loved one to live as they age. Assisted living facilities are one of the options open to people, but many dislike the idea of going to live in a crowded, institutional-style residence.

IMG952014102895150325A new type of senior living center has started emerging across Montana, with the goal of serving smaller communities and keeping the same intimate, home-like feeling for the people who live there.

Rising Mountains Assisted Living is a new center of 30 single bedroom apartment homes looking out on mountain views outside of Bigfork.

The location also has two large sitting rooms, a community room, kitchen, and beautiful dining room. Additional services include a salon and a spa room with a walk-in tub, two laundry rooms, an outdoor patio, dog park, walking trail, and parking.

Each of Rising Mountains’ apartment units include basic television and wireless Internet as well as an emergency call system, and all utilities except telephone. The kitchenettes include full size-refrigerators, microwave ovens and individually controlled heating and cooling. All of the units have private bathrooms with walk in showers,

“With only 30 apartment, we can provide our residents the intimate, home-like environment they are used to and deserve. Friendships are easily made and there is always a sense of belonging,” said Rose Chadwell, administrator and executive director or operations.

Residents are provided with three meals a day, as well as laundry and housekeeping service and scheduled transportation. Assistance is provided as needed with daily tasks like bathing, dressing and personal hygiene, and Rising Mountains has staff available for maintenance and emergency repairs, as well as 24-hour security and caregiving.

Rising Mountains is Bigfork’s only assisted living facility, and Chadwell said many of their residents are from the immediate area, or are drawn from around the region by the idea of a top-quality facility in a small-town, intimate setting.IMG952014102895150346

In-house activities include arts and crafts, cooking, painting, musical performances and plays.

“Residents also take weekly trips to Bigfork, Polson, Whitefish, and Kalispell for shopping, plays, musical performances, athletic club, and anything else they want to do,” Chadwell said.

The most difficult part about moving into assisted living is the sense that a person has lost their autonomy, Chadwell said, but it can also be the right choice when issues with health or aging present problems staying safe in your home.

“It can also be a great move if you are simply tired of cleaning, cooking, laundry, and home maintenance,” she said.

Rising Mountains works hard to make sure its residents feel that they remain in control of their choices and their care, and are always ready to assist them and their families.

More information about Rising Mountains is available online at its Facebook page or www.risingmountains.com.

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