Senior Insights

Change is a constant! While some changes bring excitement and joy, other changes can create fear and uncertainty. As our loved ones age, their need for support and health care changes as well. This can be a very challenging time for both the senior and their adult children.

When someone begins to research options for their loved ones, they are generally in crisis. And what they want are the facts – not surprises! It is our goal to “show you” not “sell you.”

Our goal is to provide both the senior and their family with information and resources that help you navigate this difficult time. We think it is critical for you to understand the services and differences associated with Assisted Living, Memory Care-Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Senior Independent Living.

Senior Moving and Estate Resources

Let’s face it, most seniors have lived in their homes for more than 20 years and the thought of making a move is daunting at best. Aside from the history and connection seniors have to their homes, one of the reasons it’s hard to consider a move is the timeless question, “What am I going to do with all my stuff?”

SmoothTransition-imageThe Grandview works with partners who can provide valuable input and resources to seniors. Smooth Transitions of Central Montana, a Certified Senior Move Manager, provides individuals and families the emotional and physical assistance needed in making a change in living arrangements.

Sometimes all that may be needed is someone to coach you through the transition. However, they can also help to do any or all of the following:

  • Deciding what to take
  • Sorting household treasures
  • Changing utilities
  • Making moving arrangements
  • Packing
  • Orchestrating move day
  • Unpacking
  • Setting up new home
  • Shipping items to family members
  • Arranging for sale of household belongings
  • Donating unwanted items
  • Trash hauling
  • Cleaning the house
  • Arranging repairs
  • Finding good homes for treasures of a lifetime

We can help you get started via our contact page today.

Or, for more information, call Brian Smith of Smooth Transitions at 406-455-8650 or visit their website at

Grandview Tips, Guidelines, and Recommended Reading:

Supporting a Loved One as They Move to Assisted Living, by Kathi Ross

When is the Right Time to Have the Conversation, by Charlene Nelson

Other Helpful Assisted Living and Care Websites:

Having the Conversation
A great resource for anyone who has a loved one whose needs support with their daily activities and whose healthcare needs are beginning to change.
This site connects people who are caring for elderly parents. It hosts a caregiver forum, offers caregiver support, and advice on money and legal issues.

National Center for Assisted Living
This national association offers resources, tracks national legislation related to senior housing, and offers a number of consumer resources.