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.
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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.
Oklahoma’s ADvantage Program of the Home- and Community-Based Services is a Medicaid waiver the helps low-income seniors find alternatives to nursing home placement. Seniors can choose between in-home care and other options such as assisted living with an expansive set of available services including:
- Case management
- Skill nursing in a home health setting
- RN assessment/evaluation
- Therapeutic services
- Environmental modifications
- Specialized medical equipment and supplies
Who is Eligible?
ADvantage eligibility is linked to Medicaid (known as SoonerCare in Oklahoma), so applicants must first apply for Medicaid and qualify according to its guidelines regarding need and financial status.
How to Apply
For more information on applying for ADvantage services, visit the Oklahoma Department of Human Services website. Current ADvantage members can get information on the Assisted Living Service Option by talking to their case manager. Applicants who are not currently enrolled in the ADvantage program can request more information through the Care Line at (800) 435-4711.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all assisted living communities in Oklahoma accept the subsidies listed above. Some may accept one or two as payment while others decline subsidies all together. It’s essential for applicants to meet with each community’s financial advisor to discuss payment options and ask which subsidies are accepted. This is also an opportune time to ask whether the assisted living community has any in-house programs available to their low-income residents.
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.
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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.
802 Main St. P.O. Box 1647, Duncan, OK 73534-1647
(580) 736-7036 / 1-800-658-1466
400 North Bell, Shawnee, OK 74802
1012 N. 38th St. P.O. Box 1367, Muskogee, OK 74402-1367
333 S. Oak St. P.O. Box Drawer B, Big Cabin, OK 74332-0502
(918) 783-5793 / 1-800-482-4594
2 West Second St., Suite 800, Tulsa, OK 74103
1002 Hwy. 2 North, Wilburton, OK 74578
(918) 465-2367 / 1-800-722-8180 (TDD)
202 W. Broadway Ave., Ste. A, Enid, OK 73701-4048
330 Douglas Ave. P.O. Box 668, Beaver, OK 73932-0668
(580) 625-4531 / 1-800-658-2844
2704 N. First Ave., Durant, OK 74701
420, Sooner Drive P.O. Box 569, Burns Flat, OK 73624-0569
(580) 562-4882/1-800-627-4882 (TDD)
There are Veterans Administration Centers throughout the country including several in Oklahoma. These centers are staffed by people with in-depth knowledge of the benefits and services available to military vets and their families. For veterans looking into long-term care options, VA Centers can help determine available benefits, program eligibility and more.
Here is a list of VA Centers in Oklahoma along with essential contact information:
As many of subsidy options for assisted living in Oklahoma are actually federally funded, Social Security offices are a great place to find details for those programs, including SSI [jump link to SSI section above], as well as information on other related benefits.
921 Lonnie Abbott Blvd, Ada, OK 74820
1-888-810-1940 or TTY: 1-580-332-2956
321 Holiday Drive, Ardmore, OK 73401
1-800-619-4774 or TTY: 1-580-223-6129
900 Leisure Ln, Bartlesville, OK 74006
1-877-836-1557 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
506 W Utah Ave, Chickasha, OK 73018
1-877-622-9096 or TTY: 1-405-224-8331
410 Opal Ave, Clinton, OK 73601
1-877-405-9345 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
121 S 12th Ave, Durant, OK 74701
1-866-495-0042 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
2202 N Van Buren St, Enid, OK 73703
1-877-405-0436 or TTY: 1-580-237-7687
1610 SW Lee Blvd, Lawton, OK 73501
1-866-931-2732 or TTY: 1-580-355-0869
902 S George Nigh, Mcalester, OK 74501
1-877-893-4665 or TTY: 1-918-429-1510
2108 Denver Harnar Dr, Miami, OK 74354
1-888-878-0013 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
200 NE 27th St, Moore, OK 73160
1-866-964-4260 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
2401 W. Shawnee Street, Muskogee, OK 74401
1-877-575-5195 or TTY: 1-918-687-2394
12301 N. Kelley Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73131
1-866-331-2207 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
308 Creek Place, Okmulgee, OK 74447
1-855-287-4791 or TTY: 1-918-756-2286
1306 Tarby Rd, Poteau, OK 74953
1-877-405-7697 or TTY: 1-918-647-5042
909 E Federal St, Shawnee, OK 74804
1-877-897-0604 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
406 E Hall of Fame Ave, Stillwater, OK 74075
1-888-366-6143 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
4750 S Garnett Rd, Tulsa, OK 74146
1-866-931-7106 or TTY: 1-800-325-0778
Seniors in Oklahoma’s long-term care facilities, including those in assisted living communities, have an advocate in the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The Ombudsman’s office is dedicated to helping seniors and other long-term care residents improve their quality of life and the quality of care they receive.
Visit the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for more information about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. To file a complaint, contact the area Ombudsman Supervisor or the Oklahoma State Health Department. The business addresses of the area supervisors are below:
Grand Gateway Area Agency on Aging
333 S Oak, PO Drawer B, Big Cabin, OK 74332-0502
EODD Area Agency on Aging
EODD Building, 1012 N 38th St., PO Box 1367, Muskogee, OK 74402-1367
KEDDO Area Agency on Aging
Vo-Tech Admin. Addition, 1002 Hwy 2 North, Wilburton, OK 74578-3607
SODA Area Agency on Aging
2704 North 1st St., PO Box 709, Durant, OK 74702-0709
COEDD Area Agency on Aging
400 N. Bell, PO Box 3398, Shawnee, OK 74802-3398
INCOG Area Agency on Aging
2 West 2nd Street, Ste 800, Tulsa, OK 74103-3116
Long-Term Care Authority of Enid
202 W. Broadway, Ste. A, Enid, OK 73701-4048
Areawide Aging Agency Inc.
4101 Perimeter Center Drive, Ste 310, Oklahoma City, OK 73112-5910
ASCOG Area Agency on Aging
802 Main St., PO Box 1647, Duncan, OK 73534-1647
SWODA Area Agency on Aging
Sherman Industrial Air Park, Building 420 - Sooner Dr., PO Box 569, Burns Flat, OK 73624-0569
OEDA Area Agency on Aging
330 Douglas Ave., PO Box 668, Beaver, OK 73932-0668
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.
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
Caring.com’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 $$
Edmond, OK $$
The Parke Assisted Living
Tulsa, OK $$
Oklahoma City, OK $$
Tealridge Retirement Community
Edmond, OK Cost Levels
Legend at Rivendell
Oklahoma City, OK $$$$
Arbor House of Norman
Norman, OK Cost Levels
Legend at Council Road
Oklahoma City, OK $$$
Oklahoma Methodist Manor, Inc
Tulsa, OK Cost Levels
Forest Hills Assisted & Independent Living
Broken Arrow, OK Cost Levels