The Village Health Care is a long term care nursing home in Missoula, MT. It is located next to Community Medical Center and the Village Senior Residence. They offer many services, including Sub Acute Therapy with Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapies, Wound Care, Respite, Overnight Stays following outpatient surgeries, Comfort Care for End of Life care and support, Pearls of Life Memory Care for alzheimers or dementia care with specially trained staff, the Dining Program, Staying in Touch program to encourage family involvement and communication, and Transportation Services. They also offer Volunteer and Career Opportunities. For details on each of these services, check their website, listed below.
Opportunity Resources, Inc. in Missoula, Montana, offers residential housing and support for people 16 years and older with physical and/or developmental disabilities. ORI owns and manages an apartment complex in Missoula which houses 15 people, as well as 4 group homes, each housing 6-8 people. Benton Independent Living is one of these group homes (see www.assistedcarefacilities.net).
They offer case management, personal care assistance from 4 hours/week up to 24 hours/day, depending upon the needs of each resident. The Care Plan focus is on community participation and presence, expanding life skills to promote independent living, as well as behavior assessments and programs for those with behavior challenges. 24/7 on-call help is available for assistance and emergencies.
Lighthouse Assisted Living is a 13-bed personal care home located on the south side of Missoula, Montana. It is staffed 24/7. A beautiful and complete renovation was done in 2011, with several skylights in the living room ceiling. There are 9 private rooms and 2 double occupancy rooms. It is one block from a park, and 1-2 miles from a hospital and shopping. They offer home cooked meals and snacks, served family style, from an open kitchen where residents are able to enjoy watching and smelling meals being prepared. There is a fenced back yard with a large deck off the kitchen.
“We treat our residents like we’d treat our own mother or grandma.” I recently had the pleasure of visiting Grandma’s House Assisted Living Home in Missoula, Montana. It is a small, friendly assisted living, with a capacity of maximum 6 residents. They are a “Category A” status, meaning the residents must be able to independently do some activities of daily living, even though they require help or cueing to meet some of their needs. There’s a nice home-like atmosphere at Grandma’s House, with a large single table dining room with an open kitchen where the residents can watch and smell the wonderful food baking (like brownies!). French doors open out to a large wheelchair/walker-accessible covered patio on the south side, overlooking the back yard, garnished with large trees. A new 100 yd sidewalk goes around the perimeter of the back yard, providing an opportunity for a walk outside, but within the safety of the fenced yard. The house dog is a friendly Australian cattle dog named Nakota. Linda, the owner, said “Nakota is a therapy dog, because he will sit next to a resident if they’re stressed and he senses they need comforting.” Caregiving staff is onsite 24/7, and comply with a dress code and are first-aid certified. All rooms are wired for cable/internet, and call cords are in each room and bathroom. One bedroom has a new added bathroom. Shopping, motels, and apartments are located within one mile. For maps and contact information about Grandma’s House, look at assistedcarefacilities.net.