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. Montana is also home to charming, quaint cities like Missoula, home of the University of Montana, and Bozeman, a top destination for fans of skiing and outdoor recreation.
There are more than 14 nursing homes in Montana. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Montana to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget.
The median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in Montana is about $7,700, according to Genworth.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Montana.
In Montana, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.
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.