Independent Living Communities offer seniors a convenient balance between an independent lifestyle and not having to worry about housekeeping. Meals, leisure activities and housekeeping duties are handled for you while you are unrestricted to use your time as you desire. Along with their daily needs being met, residents can enjoy the opportunity to be among peers, surrounded by others of similar ages and interests. Typically consisting of a private living space and a full kitchen, these communities offer residences with many of the amenities of apartment life but without the hassle. Guests can be invited over and entertained, and more time can be spent with them with the basic maintenance of daily tasks out of the way. While policies vary between locations, a number of residences allow cats and dogs as well. If residents decide they would like to utilize the services of private health care professionals, they always have the option. There are a number of advantages and costs to keep in mind when selecting an independent living community. It is important to figure out if these amenities are covered in your plan: Waiting list deposit, move-in fee, utilities, laundry, wellness program, transportation, initial assessment fee, and private phone. The luxuries associated with independent living include laundry service, golf course, game/TV room, concierge services, restaurant-style dining hall, beauty salon & barber shop, fitness center & swimming pool, and security guards.
Regional Climate and Weather Information
The air quality, air temperature, and humidity of a destination may have a large effect on the well-being of you or your loved one. Helena has a cold semi-arid type of climate. Monthly, Helena measures approximately 1 inches of precipitation. The most rain historically falls in June with an average of 2 inches in a month. In terms of snow fall Helena gets an average of 42.10 inches of snow per year. On average, Helena has a humidity rating of roughly 57%. The average humidity levels are highest in the month of December at about 69%. The average air quality index rating in Helena is approximately 46.7. The average air quality conditions are rated as good. This means that there is no health advisory associated with the air quality for this destination. The air quality index rating is at its peak in the month of December at about 67.6. During this time, the average air quality conditions are rated moderate. This means that those who are unusually sensitive should consider limiting the amount of time spent on outdoor exertion. During the summer, Helena is approximately 69°F. The summer high temperature peaks at around 91°F in July. The low summer temperature is roughly 47°F in the month of June. During wintertime, the average air temperature in Helena sinks to roughly 25°F. The high winter temperature gets to around 41°F during the month of February. The low winter temperature will rise to approximately 12 °F during the month of December.
Cost of Living
Cost of living is a motivating factor in determining which destination is the best fit for your family. The rent burden for Helena is around 16.6% of the average monthly income. Helena has a median home value of around $218,035 and the median cost of rent is around $992 per month per month. Helena has a cost-of-living index of around 100.8 and a cost-of-groceries index of around 106.8. Index scores are founded on a scale where 100 is the average and anything higher than 100 is considered costlier than said average.
Local Hospitals and Health Care Providers
For many seniors, especially those who live with chronic diseases or those who require continuing care, access to hospitals can be a major determinant when selecting which senior care facility best meets you or your family's needs. In total, there is one hospital located in Helena which offer emergency services and other healthcare. The top hospitals in Helena include St Peters Hospital and Shodair Children's Hospital.
Demographics and Values
The current population of Helena is growing at a rate of 0.017%. Helena has a population density of 726 people per square mile. Demographically, Helena is 93.2% white, 0.6% black, 0.1% Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian, 2.8% mixed race, 3.8% Hispanic, 2.1% Native American, 0.6% other or not specified, and 0.7% Asian. During the last presidential election, 47.9% voted Republican, 41.0% voted Democrat, and 11.1% voted for a third party candidate in Lewis and Clark county. Out of the total city population, 50.6% are female and 49.4% are male. In Helena, 31.3% of the population are over the age of 55, 14.6% are over the age of 60, 7.1% are over the age of 70, and 4.6% are over the age of 80. The median age of Helena is 41 years old. In Helena, 9.6% of the people are veterans of the United States military. Helena is considered neutral to members of the LGBTQ+ community. In terms of non-Christian denominations in Helena, out of the total population 0.0% practice Judaism, 0.0% practice an Eastern religion, and 0.0% practice Islam. In Helena, 60.2% are nonbelievers. In terms of Christian denominations, out of the total population of Helena 14.3% practice Catholicism, 5.6% are Lutherans, and 5.0% worship the Church of Jesus Christ. In Helena, 6.9% do not have health insurance, 6.0% consider themselves widows, 64.5% participate in the labor force, and 15.6% live in poverty. In terms of crime, Helena has 42.8 property crimes per 1000 residents and 6.9 violent crimes per 1000 residents. In terms of education, 20.7% have a high-school diploma, 17.2% have a graduate degree, and 44.4% have a college degree.
An overview of Montana
The quality of life enjoyed by the average Montana citizen is ranked 29th nation-wide. Additionally, Montana is ranked 28th by healthcare standards. Residents of Montana enjoy its natural beauty which ranks 22nd in the United States. In terms of resources, Montana has a cost of living index of 104.0, a grocery index rating of 105.1, and a housing index rating of 111.6. These index ratings are based on a system where 100 is considered the national average and anything above 100 is considered more expensive than said average. In total, Montana has 65 general hospitals and 64 health centers that provide care for 1,071,601 citizens. The three highest ranked hospitals in Montana are St Patrick Hospital, St Vincent Healthcare, and Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
Social demographics of the state
In terms of diversity, Montana ranks 46th in the nation. The median age in the state is 40, and 33% of the population is over the age of 55. During the latest presidential election, 56% voted for the Republican candidate while 36% voted for the Democratic candidate. Thirty-one percent of Montana residents regularly attend a religious service from one of the state's 1,778 different congregations. The top three Christian denominations in the state are Evangelical Protestant-28%, Mainline Protestant-14%, and Historically Black Protestant-1%. The top three non-Christian denominations in the state are Jewish-<1%, Muslim-<1%, and Buddhist-<1%. In Montana there are 94 masonic lodges.
State-wide weather information
The average air quality index rating in Montana is 37.0 AQI. The highest seasonal air quality index rating occurs in the month of August with a rating of 69.8 AQI. The average amount of precipitation peaks during the month of June at around 4.69 inches. On average, the state receives 1.27 inches of precipitation a month. During the summer, the average temperature in Montana is around 65°F. Over the summer months the average high temperature peaks at around 91°F during the month of July. In the summer, the average low temperature drops to around 34°F during the month of June. The average temperature in the winter falls to around 23°F. The average high winter temperature is around 44°F in the month of February. The average low temperature during the winter drops to around -3°F in the month of January. The average humidity across the state is 60%. Humidity levels tend to reach their peak in the month of December at around 82%. While residents of Montana mostly enjoy pleasant conditions, it's important to be aware of inclement weather as well, which in Montana can include floods and earthquakes (moderate) and tornados.
Wildlife to be found in Montana
The state of Montana has a diverse array of plant and animal life. Local plant life can consist of the bellflower family, the bittersweet family, bedstraws, and common moonwort. While venturing throughout the state, you might see animals such as the mollies, the gars, the catfishes, or the drums. The state animal of Montana is the grizzly bear.