Caregiverlist® Reports Montana Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index for June 2016

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Seniors in Montana interested in long-term senior care should first know the daily costs of nursing homes in their area and review the most important quality of care factors.

Montana Nursing Home Costs

Montana Nursing Home Cost Infographic

Montana seniors can expect to pay about $75,920 per year for a nursing home.

For most Montana seniors needing a long-term stay in a nursing home, families can expect to pay about $75,920 per year, the average annual cost based on the daily rates of private and semi-private rooms in the state’s 92 nursing homes.

Seniors in the Treasure State who require nursing home care can now view the most recent ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area by using the interactive Caregiverlist® Nursing Home Directory. This month’s update of the Montana Caregiverlist® Index shows that the average cost of a nursing home in Montana is $208 per day (based on both private and semi-private rooms), or about $6,326 per month. Of the 92 total Montana nursing homes, half receive a score of 4 or 5 stars, Twenty six more recieved a 3+ -star rating. While 10 Montana nursing homes rate at the lowest star rating, new nursing homes will also receive only a 1-star until they have had a chance to be rated.

Caregiverlist® Rating Criteria National Averages for Montana Nursing Homes

June 2016 National Averages Weighting for Rating

2 hours, 28 minutes: C.N.A. Hours per Resident per Day 40%
15.7%: Long-stay Residents with Increasing Activities of Daily Living Needs 20%
1.0% Short-term Residents with Pressure Sores (Bed Sores) 20%
Overall Medicare Star-Rating Score 20%

Caregiverlist® Montana Nursing Home Rating and Cost Index

Below is a snapshot of Montana nursing home costs and ratings:
Total Number of Nursing Homes: 92

Average Single Price: $215
Average Double Price: $200
Average Rating: 3.0 (out of 5)

Star Rating Snapshot:
5-Star: 7
4-Star: 46
3-Star: 26
2-Star: 3
1-Star: 10

The Caregiverlist® rating combines 4 criteria to calculate an overall star-rating with a 5-star rating as the highest and a 1-star rating as the lowest score, as rated against the results for the total number of nursing homes.

Madison Valley Manor in Ennis is the Montana nursing home with the highest Caregiverlist® rating; it carries a score of 4.6 out of 5 stars. The nursing home's daily private room cost is $165, 23.43% lower than the average single room price of $215 .

Montana seniors may find themselves in nursing rehabilitation as an extension of a hospital stay. Oftentimes Medicare health insurance will authorize a hospital discharge directly to a nursing home for rehabilitation, and can cover up to 100 days of "skilled nursing" care. Families may be financially responsible for extended stays. Medicaid may pay ongoing nursing home stays for low-income qualifying seniors.

Costs of senior care are always a factor when choosing the right senior care option. Low-income seniors in Montana may qualify for Medicaid, with the financial qualification of no more than $2,000 in assets for individuals and a $3,000 limit for couples. Medicaid will pay for long-term care in a nursing home for as long as the senior qualifies for needing care, even if this means multiple years of care until death. Visit the Caregiverlist® Montana Medicaid Eligibility Requirements for more information.

Montana seniors and their families should review the ratings and costs of nursing homes in their area. Ratings for nursing homes are only a starting point and while the Caregiverlist® Index calculates a custom rating based on the most important criteria for quality, Medicare will only begin auditing the nursing home’s submitted information for C.N.A. staffing next year. Right now all of the information for the nursing home ratings is self-reported. We recommend, when possible, to visit the properties in person for preview.

About Caregiverlist®® is the premier service connecting seniors and professional caregivers with the most reliable senior care options, highest quality ratings and outstanding careers nationwide. Founded by senior care professionals, Caregiverlist® delivers the efficiencies of the internet to senior care companies by providing online job applications, caregiver training, background checks and industry news. Seniors and caregivers can access senior service information “by state,” view nursing home costs and star-ratings and learn about all senior care options and quality standards. For more information, please visit

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