Montana, or “Big Sky Country” as it’s often called, is an ideal retirement destination for seniors looking for a relatively quiet lifestyle paired with truly breathtaking scenery and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Eastern Montana is part of the Great Plains and has a distinctive mixed landscape of vast prairies, buttes, and bluffs, which is also captured by the area known as the “Missouri Breaks” in the north central part of the state. However, it’s western Montana — with several subranges of the Rocky Mountains — that draws most of the state’s tourists. Its two national parks, Glacier in the northwest and Yellowstone in the southwest, feature some of the country’s best opportunities for sightseeing and hiking.
Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 20 senior living communities in Montana that provide assisted living.
The median monthly cost of assisted living in Montana is about $4,400.
Assisted living communities are regulated by the Department of Public Health and Human Services. Public access to assisted living records and violations history in Montana is rated as high. You can use the state’s facility locator to research the violation history of an assisted living community.
In Montana, an assisted living facility provides elderly or disabled residents supportive services and health care coordination to maintain the residents’ independence, individuality, privacy, and dignity. These services include assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing, dressing, eating, walking, physical transfer, giving medications, or helping residents give themselves medications. The level of care provided in each facility is determined by the licensure endorsements and services each facility chooses to offer. An assisted living facility offers a suitable living arrangement for persons with a range of capabilities, disabilities, frailties, and strengths.
Overall, the cost of living in Montana is considered to be slightly less affordable than the national average. The following index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 19% of Montana’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Montana leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like the Missoula area, tend to be more progressive.
Given Montana’s significant geographical variation throughout the state, it has many different climate types. The entire central and eastern portions of Montana fall into the country’s Great Plains region, while the western part of the state is defined by its mountainous terrain. This means the eastern half of the state largely has a cold semi-arid climate, with hot summers, cold winters, high winds, and not much precipitation. Much of western Montana — which is set apart from the rest of the state by the Continental Divide — has a climate similar to the Pacific Northwest’s, with milder temperatures throughout the year and more moisture in the air. The state’s higher elevations in the northern Rockies have a subarctic climate classification, with temperatures that are much lower, and winters which can be extremely cold with lots of snowfall. Due to these vastly different terrains and climates, certain parts of Montana can experience sudden temperature swings within a single day.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.