Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory
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
Enjoy these brief videos celebrating the “radically relational” environment of MorningStar of Billings from the perspective of our Independent Living and Assisted Living residents.
A brief look at our Independent Living
A brief look at our Assisted Living
Nestled on the west end of Billings, the largest city in Montana, MorningStar of Billings boasts a country setting near shopping centers and the medical community. Our spacious campus is situated in a beautiful, park-like neighborhood with views of the Rockies. The city is home to four golf courses and just miles away from Red Lodge, Montana, with its quaint, historic buildings and a menu of winter and summer adventures.Read more
Montana was awarded the #7 ranking by MSN.com in its 2015 article, “The 10 Best States for Retirement,” in recognition of its nice weather, low cost of living, reasonable taxes (well below national average), and scenic beauty. To read the article – Click Here
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 moved 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.
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.
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.
“I feel honored to serve the people who live at MorningStar. Giving back to ourRead more
elders, who have given so much through their lives, is what I love about my job and MorningStar. I want everyone who comes into our community to feel the joy we have each and every day in being together.”
“I had two grandmothers who were my mentors, the first seniors I loved and lost.Read more
One was a teacher for 40 years, mostly in rural settings; she shared a lot of key elements in helping me choose what path I should follow. From her advice, I became a nurse.”
Director, Community Relations
“A simple rule by which I live my life: To do everything as if in the “light of day.”Read more
I would never do something or say anything that I would not say in the bright light of day. I govern my actions as if my grandmother were looking over my shoulder, and I would not want to embarrass her.”
Life Around Our House
“Kindred Spirits, Living in Community”
MorningStar of Billings
Testify to Love
“Older people are apt to procrastinate when addressing their realistic needs for the future, thus causing a real concern for our children. My husband and I were just such a couple. But upon visiting MorningStar, we saw immediately that this was a happy home. The dining room is a place of lively chatter and very patient waitresses who know every resident by name. What makes MorningStar five-star?: a loving, caring and compassionate staff.”Read more reviews
“The dedication your entire team at Billings has shown toward our parents has been truly remarkable. We are speechless over the genuine care you have for your residents.”
“You have an excellent staff at MorningStar of Billings. They are very friendly, courteous & helpful, as well as efficient. All this contributes in making MorningStar a very pleasant and happy home.”
“I’ve never been in a place where so many people are smiling. Everywhere I go, I meet people who are happy, friendly and willing to sit and talk. On my way to some planned activity, I get to talking with others, and miss the activity altogether.”
A Most Adorable Resident
Grace, a Golden Doodle, joined our MorningStar family in 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.