Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care Options
MorningStar Senior Living of Billings is dedicated to making your retirement years carefree. Our team offers you a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community.
Our beautiful community offers 32 cottages together with 72 bright suites for independent living, 70 for assisted living and 36 secure suites for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments. We are conveniently located in western Billings.
Independent Living, Assisted Living or Memory Care
MorningStar is a Place to Call Home
Life at MorningStar of Billings
Enjoy this brief video (left) celebrating the “radically relational” environment of MorningStar of Billings from the perspective of our Independent Living residents. And this brief video (right) from the perspective of our Assisted Living residents.
Grace: Our Most Adorable New Resident
Grace, a nine-week-old Golden Doodle, joined our MorningStar family in March 2015. Simply said (and this is a clearly unbiased remark), she’s the cutest dog on the planet. When no one is around to cuddle with, Grace is content to sit in her corner and chew her rawhide rope. Stop by and meet this furry bundle of love.
Executive Chef Jim Carlson: The Joy of Feeding Family
Jim Carlson’s father was the administrator of a skilled nursing home in Minnesota for much of Jim’s boyhood. Every Sunday found the family dining with the residents, and enjoying their company and fabulous stories. The Veterans Wall, with images dating back to the US Civil War, impressed young Jim with awe and abiding respect for his elders.
His first taste of a commercial kitchen was at a local pizzeria. It was love at first bite: the adrenalin rush of a busy night, the enticing aromas, the camaraderie in the kitchen—and especially the happy faces of patrons.
A broader world of fine dining opened when Jim studied under a French chef. It was exhilarating to learn the how’s and why’s of different ingredients and how they blended to make magic.
Through the years, he’s turned his hand in restaurants of every ethnicity and style, from American diners to haute cuisine, from hotels to catering. And while the variety was ideal for expanding his repertoire, Jim’s favorite venues were those with patrons who returned 3-4 times a week, sitting at “their table,” as laid back as in their own home. “Naturally, we came to know just what they liked, and just how they liked it prepared.”
It’s small wonder that Jim found his culinary sweet spot in senior living 13 years ago. What more steadfast group of “regulars” could a chef ask for? Discriminating? Sure, from 70-odd years in their own kitchens. Forthright? Oh yes, no reason to mince words. But a more loyal and appreciative audience you cannot find.
Happily settled at MorningStar of Billings since 2014, nothing warms Jim’s heart more than to look into his dining room, scanning the familiar faces and plating specially for each one.
Jim‘s menus offer residents what they are accustomed to and comforted by…the traditional fare of their generation: a perfect Sunday pot roast; chicken and dumplings with velvety sauce (just like Mother used to make); and homemade bread. Yum. More than could ever be quantified, dishes like these do much to foster a sense of Home and Family.
One of our residents absolutely loves raisin pie. For the last nine years, his birthday dessert has been an entire pie, fresh from the oven. The gentleman would quip after his third piece, “That was close, Jim. Let’s see if you can do even better next year!”
A new couple lived to MorningStar of Billings from the East Coast. They asked Jim for Finnan Haddie (smoked haddock and cream sauce). He researched the dish and presented it to them with a grin. “Thrilled, they said they hadn’t had it in years and it reminded them of home.”
Jim recently made a special trip to the grocer to buy bologna for a resident who (only) wanted a bologna, onion and peanut butter sandwich. Whatever he can do to bring a smile.
He also takes pleasure in broadening palates, introducing residents to the cuisine of other cultures, educating them on preparation techniques and nutrition. “My Jalapeño Cheddar Bread went over big, as did my Lime and Onion Jalapeño Marmalade Bacon.” (He smokes the pork bellies himself!)
Local professional chefs would agree: Jim is the Standard Bearer of senior living cuisine in Billings. He challenged the status quo, and upped the ante, encouraging senior communities throughout the region to enhance not only the quality and variety of offerings, but the entire dining experience. At the local “Taste of Home” cooking exhibition before a crowd of 1000, Jim demonstrated just how sophisticated senior menus should be, advocating for nutritious and delicious meals for the central reason that seniors are deserving; that they have earned the right to have the best of the best in tribute to the legacy they have given the rest of us.
• 24-hour Care Managers
• Full-time Licensed Nurse
• Wellness Programs & Activities
• Executive Chef-prepared Meals
• Restaurant-style Dining
• Private Dining Room
• Library with Computer/Internet
• Fitness Room
• Billiards and Game Room
• Secure Courtyard for Memory Care
• Strolling Paths
• Scheduled Transportation
• Laundry Facilities
• Life Enrichment Room
• Spa Bath
• Raised Garden Beds
There is nothing too small nor too big she won’t do to make “her people” (our residents) happy and have the best life possible. Kindness and understanding is her signature. To Dot, being our Life Enrichment Coordinator is not a job, but a fun adventure.
Helps You Stay Active & Connected
MorningStar is proud to offer the revolutionary “It’s Never 2 Late” technology. This state-of-the-art engagement system combines touchscreen computers with intuitive, picture-based software. Its library contains 3,000 choices for social and spiritual connection, intellectual and physical stimulation, emotional support and vocational interests—all the core dimensions of wellness.
Through “My Page,” iN2L becomes even more personal. Add your favorite games, email addresses, family photos, websites. Share your history, preferences and personality with our team members.
Ask us for a fascinating demonstration.
- Simplified email
- Web chats through Skype
- Online newspapers
- Easy navigation of the web
- Trivia, games, puzzles, brain
- Sermons, hymns, inspirational videos
- History quizzes and videos
- Interactive art studio
- Virtual tours through the world
- Movies; classic TV shows
- Music trivia, playlists and sing-a-longs
- Physical stimulation: bicycle on scenic routes, Sit & Be Fit class
- Flight simulation
Please drop in or give us a call at 406.652.9303 to schedule a tour of our grounds and senior living facility. We certainly hope you like what you see in our gracious home.
MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with a mission “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting team members with a felt calling to serve. Please schedule a tour to learn more about the personalized, resident-directed memory care that Billings MT families seek.