Older Montanans 

Faith communities are one of the few institutions that bring together multiple generations in one location. Here, older Montanans can receive support to address isolation, loneliness, and provide a sense of connection to their communities, allowing them to live independently. Below is a list of resources, as well as ideas for how your congregation or organization can work with DPHHS in service to older Montanans in your community.
  • Many individuals in need of long-term care services choose to remain in their own homes or select other community options to meet their needs. The Community Services Bureau administers a number of Medicaid-funded options that enable people who are aged or disabled and have limited income and resources to remain in their homes, rather than receive services in a hospital or nursing facility.

  • In recent years, a wide range of long term care services have been developed to keep Montanans independent for as long as possible. These services range from help with household tasks and personal care, to comprehensive and intensive home health services, to nursing home care. Learn more about home and living options for older Montanans.

  • To learn more about financial planning, a variety of topics are available on the DPHHS Senior and Long Term Care site. If you would prefer some assistance gathering the information you seek, contact the staff of the Montana Senior and Long Term Care Division or your local Area Agency on Aging.

  • Changes are inevitable as we age, however, disease and disability are not. To avoid this fate, it's important to learn how to maintain good health, especially throughout our later years. Wellness means choosing a balanced way of life that incorporates physical activity and healthy habits into all of one's daily activities, to achieve an active, healthy and satisfying lifestyle. The DPHHS Healthy Living site has suggestions for eating right, staying in shape, strengthening your emotional health, and staying mentally sharp for years to come.

  • As citizens age or become disabled, they sometimes fall victim to exploitation and/or abuse. The physical, emotional and financial abuse of elderly and disabled adults is an ever-increasing concern. Find information regarding elder law, legal services referrals, and how to access telephone assistance, as well as information regarding investigation of referrals of abuse and neglect, and the protection of senior citizens and disabled adults on the DPHHS Senior and Long Term Care site.

  • Find Medicare and Medicaid eligibility at eligible.mt.gov.

  • Respite is a temporary break for family and individual caregivers. The Montana Lifespan Respite Voucher program provides funding for eligible families access respite care. Visit The Lifespan Respite Voucher Program for information on how to apply, or call 1-800-224-6034 for help finding resources.   

  • Need Help? Contact the Senior and Long Term Care Division.

Aging is a natural process. Abuse is not. Look for the signs of abuse and report it.

What should I do if I suspect something?

  • If you suspect harm is occurring right now, call 911.

  • If the concern is not life threatening, you can contact Adult Protective Services (APS) online, or call 1-844-277-9300 to make a report or to find your area APS office.
    Note: These offices are only available during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, except on holidays. For all emergencies, call 911.

  • If you would like a brochure to explain what Adult Protective Services is, you can view and print the online brochure or contact any office for a copy.