Apr 3

Missoula’s St. Thomas House Offers Intimate Care in a Home Setting

Story by Elizabeth Rolle, for Montana 55 Visiting with various people who run small assisted living homes in the Missoula area spurred my inspiration. Each is unique in their approach, but most have a common history; one owner had to quit a job to take care of an aging family member, thus opening a home. […]

Apr 3

BeeHive Homes Allows Seniors to “Age in Place”

Story by Kolby Kickingwoman, for Montana 55 Montanans entering their golden years occasionally are faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to move into an assisted living or nursing home. Assisted living homes have become increasingly popular for out-of-home care for seniors, and BeeHive Homes is a national franchise bringing a slightly different […]

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 […]

Apr 12

Westhills Assisted Living Home

by Michelle McConnaha Providing residents with privacy in a home environment is the goal of a new assisted living home in Hamilton. Alina Goman is the owner and administrator of the Westhills Assisted Living Home a beautiful 6,000 square foot home, her husband, Gabriel, built near Blodgett Canyon in Hamilton. The couple hosted an open […]

Apr 12

Cooperative Living

by Dillon Kato Bill Carey is continuing to work on bringing a new option for senior housing to Missoula. He thinks the rest of the state could benefit from the idea as well. The former Missoula county commissioner has organized a group of interested professionals from a variety of housing-related industries in an attempt to […]

Mar 29

BeeHive of Kalispell

by Chelsea Davis The new 19-bed memory care home opened Feb. 10. It’s owned by Josh and Jessi Burlage, who moved to Kalispell after selling BeeHive Homes in Columbia Falls. This particular home is different from other assisted living facilities, Josh said, because it specifically caters to those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. It’s a secure […]

Jul 17

Bee Hive of Butte

by Erin Heitzmann Bee Hive Homes of Butte is now up and running with a passion! A passion to provide competent and compassionate care to our elderly population in a safe, comfortable and homelike environment.

Dec 22

Independent Living Column

By: BARBARA BLANCHARD When I was in my early 30s attending a seminar, I met a mature woman named Maggie Kuhn (1905-1995). She referred to herself as a “wrinkled radical” who thought that senior citizens “constituted America’s biggest untapped and undervalued human energy source.” She considered her wrinkles “badges of distinction.”

Dec 22

Help for Living Independently

By: DILLON KATO Recovering at home from a surgery or other injury is shown to lead to faster rehabilitation times and is also a cost effective measure. It’s also never been easier for a patient to use this method of healing.