The Legacy Assisted Living in Helena

by Erin Loranger

By creating a homelike environment with a small facility and flexibility, The Legacy Assisted Living Facility is full with a waiting list.

Monica Martinez, manager at The Legacy, said all 28 beds are occupied with multiple people waiting for a room. While caring staff is on site 24 hours a day, residents aren’t fully dependent on staff, which Martinez said appeals to future residents who have their own vehicles and still want to be part of the community in Helena.

The facility is Category A, meaning it provides a basic level of care with personal support. It does not provide memory care or accept Medicaid waivers.

The Legacy Assisted Living Facility is located at 624 Ptarmigan Lane in Helena.

The Legacy Assisted Living Facility is located at 624 Ptarmigan Lane in Helena.

Residents have the choice of a private studio ($3,250- $3,650 per month) or a one bedroom apartment ($3,850 a month). A second person in a room costs an additional $800 a month. According to the 2015 Genworth Financial cost of care survey, the average cost of assisted living in Montana is $3,560 per month, which is slightly lower than the national average of $3,600 a month.

Each suite has an ADA compliant bathroom and kitchenettes with a sink, microwave and refrigerator. The Legacy provides residents with three homemade meals each day, housekeeping and laundry services, daily activities, shower assistance, television and internet, medication management and weekly access to a nurse.

The 20-person staff is able to assist with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming and monitoring medicines.

The Legacy also has large common areas, a communal dining room, a salon and jetted tub for residents to use.

The facility opened in May 2016, and quickly filled as the need for long term care in the state is expanding. The percentage of the elderly population in Montana is expected to double between 2010 and 2030 as people are generally living longer and the baby boomers approach retirement age.

According to the U.S. Census, Montana is expected to have the fifth highest percentage of the population over 65. The Legacy currently has residents aged 79 to 101.

The Legacy Assisted Living is located at 624 Ptarmigan Lane in Helena. People interested in living at the facility can call 406-442-2045 to set up a tour and health assessment to ensure the facility can meet their needs.

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