Assisted Living in Oklahoma

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Families looking for assisted living in Oklahoma (OK) have a wide array of communities to choose from, since estimated that there are more than 30,000 assisted living communities serving seniors across the U.S., and over 154 statewide. The state is also home to a rapidly growing number of senior citizens, with adults over 65 making up an estimated 15 percent of the population. A resident in an assisted living community in Oklahoma will pay $3,325 per month on average.

Average Monthly Costs

States near Oklahoma

$4,978.00 Kansas
$4,146.00 Texas
$4,000.00 US
$3,633.00 Oklahoma
Genworth lists the average cost of a private, one bedroom unit in an assisted living community in Oklahoma as $3,633. This places Oklahoma on the lower end of the scale at about $400 under the national average, and about $400 lower than the median cost of assisted living in nearby states.

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When it comes to care options, assisted living is just one of several choices available to seniors. Some care options, like part-time in-home care or independent living, may cost less, while others like memory care or skilled nursing are likely to cost significantly more. Seniors can speak with their medical practitioners to receive guidance on what level of care will best suit their needs and abilities.

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Average Monthly Costs

Cities in Oklahoma

$3,811.00 Tulsa
$3,648.00 Oklahoma City
$3,647.00 Rest Of State
$3,538.00 Lawton
When estimating the cost of assisted living, it's important to know that average prices can differ significantly between various parts of Oklahoma. For example, assisted living rates in areas such as Tulsa are at least $100 more than the state average of $3,633, but in areas like Lawton, you're saving on average $100. The most affordable region in Oklahoma for assisted living is Lawton at $3,538.

What You Should Know About Assisted Living in Oklahoma

The State of Oklahoma is careful to differentiate between assisted living centers and a residential care home. While residential care homes are defined as facilities that provide accommodations and support to ambulatory, largely self-reliant seniors, assisted living centers are establishments that care for two or more people who need additional assistance with personal care, nursing care and other essential functions such as ambulation.

The guidelines that follow pertain to assisted living centers. The rules for residential care homes may be different.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has several subsidy programs aimed at helping low-income seniors find alternative ways to pay for their placement in an assisted living facility.

Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services operates Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled, a state-run supplemental program that provides assistance for low-income seniors as well as other qualifying individuals.

Who Is Eligible?

The Aged, Blind and Disabled program is open to Oklahoma residents who are 65 years of age or older and who meet financial requirements. Applicants are also required to file with the Social Security Administration.

How to Apply

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services accepts applications for the Aged, Blind and Disabled program. Visit the DHS website for more information or to find a local DHS office.

More Ways to Finance Assisted Living

While many families use their own funds or personal assets to pay for assisted living, there are plenty of additional options to cover these costs. Visit our 9 Ways to Pay for Assisted Living page for more information.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Oklahoma

Area Agencies on Aging (AAA)

There are more than 600 organizations in the United States that operate under the auspices of the Area Agencies on Aging, a network that provides federal funding for aging adults in need of assistance and services. Oklahoma has several dozens of these agencies spread throughout the state, all of which offer some combination of essential services such as mobility assistance programs, counseling, respite care, meal plans and housing.

Click here for a full list of AAAs in Oklahoma and detailed contact information for those offices.

Association of South Central Oklahoma Governments (ASCOG) AAA

802 Main St. P.O. Box 1647, Duncan, OK 73534-1647
(580) 736-7036 / 1-800-658-1466

COEDD Area Agency on Aging

400 North Bell, Shawnee, OK 74802
(405) 273-6410

Eastern Oklahoma Development District (EODD) AAA

1012 N. 38th St. P.O. Box 1367, Muskogee, OK 74402-1367
(918) 682-7891

Grand Gateway Economic Development Association AAA

333 S. Oak St. P.O. Box Drawer B, Big Cabin, OK 74332-0502
(918) 783-5793 / 1-800-482-4594

INCOG Area Agency on Aging

2 West Second St., Suite 800, Tulsa, OK 74103
(918) 584-7126

Kiamichi Economic Development District of Oklahoma (KEDDO) AAA

1002 Hwy. 2 North, Wilburton, OK 74578
(918) 465-2367 / 1-800-722-8180 (TDD)

Long Term Care Authority of Enid (LTCA-E) AAA

202 W. Broadway Ave., Ste. A, Enid, OK 73701-4048
(580) 234-7475

Oklahoma Economic Development Authority (OEDA) AAA

330 Douglas Ave. P.O. Box 668, Beaver, OK 73932-0668
(580) 625-4531 / 1-800-658-2844

Southern Oklahoma Development Association (SODA) AAA

2704 N. First Ave., Durant, OK 74701
(580) 920-1388

Southwestern Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) AAA

420, Sooner Drive P.O. Box 569, Burns Flat, OK 73624-0569
(580) 562-4882/1-800-627-4882 (TDD)

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Oklahoma

Seniors living in assisted living facilities in Oklahoma are protected by the state’s laws governing such institutions. The following are a few of the guidelines that residents and their families might find helpful:

Assisted Living Service Plan Requirements

All assisted living centers in Oklahoma are required to give each resident a contract detailing the following:

  • Details regarding admission and discharge policies
  • Which services are provided
  • How disputes and grievances are handled
  • The term of the contract and how it can be cancelled or renewed
  • Confirmation that the community conforms to all relevant state laws

Each assisted living community must employee a health professional who is familiar with the state’s resident assessment process. That employee uses a state-mandated form to gauge an applicant’s needs, determine eligibility for placement and formulate a service plan.

Assisted Living Admission Requirements

Assisted living facilities in Oklahoma are only allowed to admit and retain those individuals who are reasonably self-sufficient aside from the assistance services routinely provided by the community. This means that the facility may not admit applicants or house residents who require physical or chemical restraints, who are considered a risk to themselves or others or who cannot have their needs fully met.

That said, residents who develop a condition or disability that may be grounds for discharge must be given any accommodations or services that may allow them to remain in the assisted living community. These allowances are determined by a group of interested parties, including a physician, staff and either the resident or their legal representative.

Assisted Living Scope of Care

Oklahoma’s assisted living communities provide services such as:

  • Help with personal care
  • Nursing care and supervision
  • Medication administration
  • Services for those with cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer's
  • Help for residents who are not ambulatory
  • Social activities
  • Routine chores such as housekeeping and laundry

All assisted living communities are to provide three meals per day, with meal plans approved by a licensed dietician or nutritionist.

Assisted Living Medicaid Policy

Medicaid is known as SoonerCare in Oklahoma. Eligible seniors may qualify for an AdVantage Program waiver, which can deliver some services and other types of support to elderly individuals either in their home or in an assisted living facility. It's important to note that there are only a certain number of available waivers set aside for this program, and once these have been claimed, applicants will be put on a waiting list.

Assisted Living Facility Requirements

Oklahoma’s policies regarding assisted living accommodations are sparse. Assisted living facilities don’t have to offer apartment-style private units, but they must not have more than two residents per bedroom, and there must be one toilet and one bath or shower per every four residents.

Medication Management Regulations

Medication administration is mandatory, but only according to doctor’s orders. Employees must prepare the correct dose, give the medication to the resident, make sure oral medications are swallowed, and then record the event in the resident’s record. Details of medication schedules are reviewed once per month by a pharmacist or registered nurse (RN) and by a pharmacist once every quarter.

The state also has scrupulous instructions regarding other aspects of medication administration, including how bulk medications may be stored and dispensed and which kinds of bulk medications are allowed.

Staffing Requirements

State law identifies several types of assisted living community staff:

  • Administrator: Oversees total community operations
  • Nursing staff: Skilled employees trained in medicine who provide skilled interventions and services
  • Dietary consultant: Assesses residents' needs and formulates dietary plans
  • Pharmacy consultant: Reviews details of medicine administration
  • Nurse consultant: Mandatory if there is not a nurse on staff
  • Direct care staff: Employees tasked with assisting residents with personal care and other needs

Staff Training Requirements

Oklahoma has minimal training requirements for the staff of the state’s assisted living facilities. While administrators are required to complete 16 hours of continuing education annually, the rest of the community’s staff only needs to train according to residents’ needs.

Background Checks for ALR Staff in Oklahoma

Assisted living facilities in Oklahoma are required to follow the Long-Term Care National Background Check program. That program works to evaluate the suitability of applicants by searching criminal history records and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Registry. Any potential employee or volunteer who will be providing assistance to residents on either a part- or full-time basis and who is not a licensed health professional must undergo this check.

Requirements for Reporting Abuse

In Oklahoma, staff of long-term care facilities, including assisted living communities and residential care facilities, are considered mandatory reports of abuse. That means that any assisted living staff member who reasonably believes a resident is being abused, neglected or exploited must make a report to the Department of Human Services either via their website, by calling the Department at (800) 522-3511 or by contacting the local police or sheriff’s department.

Assisted Living Facilities in Oklahoma



Top-Rated Caring Stars Winners in Oklahoma’s Caring Stars award program recognizes the best assisted living facilities across the U.S. based on reviews from family caregivers and older adults. This award is meant to help older adults and their loved ones find the best assisted living or in-home care option in their area. The list below shows up to 10 listings that have won the most Caring Stars annual awards in their state, sorted by their current overall average rating. For a complete list of Caring Stars winners for each year, please visit our Caring Stars info center.


Tamarack Assisted Living Center

Altus, OK $$

43 reviews


Lyndale Edmond

Edmond, OK $$

27 reviews

The Parke Assisted Living

Tulsa, OK $$$

26 reviews


Sommerset Neighborhood

Oklahoma City, OK $$

17 reviews

Tealridge Retirement Community

Edmond, OK Cost Levels

12 reviews


Legend at Rivendell

Oklahoma City, OK $$$

18 reviews


Arbor House of Norman

Norman, OK Cost Levels

13 reviews


Vitality Living Village

Oklahoma City, OK $$$

8 reviews


Heritage Assisted Living

Yukon, OK $$

13 reviews

Oklahoma Methodist Manor, Inc

Tulsa, OK Cost Levels

11 reviews