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Cost of Montana Assisted Living Facilities
The average cost of assisted living in Montana is $1,600 per month
The range of costs is from $1,200 to $1,500 per month
This data is based on 3 of the larger facilities within the state and may not represent all facilities within the state. Additional fees may apply.
Montana Assisted Living Information
Montana defines an assisted living facility as a residential setting that coordinates or offers personal care, continuous supervision, health-related care, and activities. However, there are three categories of care that an assisted living facility may offer. Category A is the basic level of care with personal support services, while Category B residents need additional health and support services. Category C is for residents with severe cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, who cannot make their basic care decisions and need continuous care.
Montana Assisted Living Facilities Scope of Care
The availability of services varies according the level of care the facility is categorized to offer. All facilities, however, must provide personal services, assistance with medication, recreational activities, assistance with ADL’s, and help arranging supportive medical care (such as making appointments for eye or dental care).
Montana Assisted Living Admission Requirements
A resident assessment is created upon admission to determine the appropriate level of care. For Category A resident admission, the client must not need chemical or physical restraints, be a danger to himself or others, may not need consistent help with more than three ADL’s, does not need continuous nursing care, does not have a gastric tube, or a stage III or IV pressure ulcer. In Category B, residents can need help is four or more ADL’s, need skilled nursing care, but does not need physical or chemical restraints and is not a danger to himself or others. In Category C, residents may have severe cognitive impairments and may try to leave the center and is unable to make his or her own decisions about basic care needs. However, the resident cannot require physical restraints or be a danger to himself or others.
Montana Assisted Living Care Plan Requirements
The service plan, created when a resident arrives, is reviewed 60 days later to make sure that the plan meets all of the resident’s current needs.
Montana Assisted Living Medication Management Requirements
In a Category A setting, residents must self-administer their medication. In Category B, residents who are capable of administering their own medication are allowed to do so, while those who cannot may have direct care assistance. In Category C, medication is given by a licensed health care professional or by someone allowed to do so by the Montana Nurse Practice Act. A home health agency may also administer medication in any category facility.
Montana Assisted Living Facility Requirements
Private units require 100 square feet of space per person, while shared units require 8- square feet of space. In older homes, four residents in a room is acceptable, while newer facilities may have no more than two residents in a room. One toilet is required for every four residents, and one tub/shower is required for every twelve residents. Smoke detectors are required and smoking is limited to designated areas.
Montana Assisted Living Staffing Requirements
An administrator must hold a valid Montana nursing home administrator license or be in the process of receiving one. Staff members must be given orientation and trained to provide services that are required by each person’s service plan. The abdominal thrust maneuver and first aid are required skills for all direct care staff.
Montana Assisted Living Medicaid Policy
Although there are a limited number of slots available, the Medicaid home and community-based services waiver does cover services in assisted living facilities.
Montana Alzheimer’s Unit Requirements
In Montana, an Alzheimer’s unit would be defined as a Category C facility for those with significant cognitive impairment. Staff members who work in this unit must have adequate training to meet the needs of this population. Direct care staff must be sufficient in number to meet the needs of the residents, including an awake and dressed staff person present during the night.
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Quality Assurance DivisionPhone: (406) 444-2676
Phone: (406) 444-1575
Much of the information above was adapted from the National Center of Assisted Living 2010 Regulatory Review.
Montana Assisted Living Communities
Montana assisted living facilities are listed by city below. We recommend you search by ZIP code to include nearby facilities. However, you may choose a city to view all assisted living options in that area.
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