I love it when I can direct people to a resource that is incredibly helpful and trustworthy. Unfortunately, in the murky waters of the internet, those types of great resources are hard to identify.
For Montana, there are s number of great tools and resources available to the public for the state’s assisted living facilities, memory & Alzheimer’s care, residential senior care and more – if you know where to look.
First, I’d like to direct you to the State’s Quality Assurance Division website, which is sort of a ‘hub’ for the State of Montana’s health care services, including assisted living.
Their site looks like this:
There’s a lot of information here about licensure, complaint procedures, as well as contact information for the department.
How do I get a list of assisted living facilities in Montana?
Within the Quality Assurance Division, there is a section for Regulated Facility Lists, and within this section, there is a link to Residential / Health Care Facilities.
The link opens into an Excel document which can be saved, printed modified and sorted.
The Column’s include
- Facility Type
- License Number
- Facility Name
- Facility Phone Number
- Facility Administrator’s Name
- License Expire Date
- Number of Beds
- Address (including the city and zip) both physical and mailing
The list will look like this:
I did a ‘sort’ of the first column to see assisted living facilities in Montana. At this time, there are almost 300 statewide.
I also sorted the facility size section, which is useful in that many seniors are drawn to either smaller, more residential-style facilities that offer a more home-like environment, whereas other seniors like the larger, more active, and often corporate-backed ‘community’ style assisted living.
This list is really great for those who like to write notes (not via computer) and for those times when you are touring a facility, you’ll have a list at your disposal to jot notes on, or to cross off those that are not a good match.