Located less than 30 minutes outside of Tulsa and just steps away from the Arkansas River, Bixby can be a great retirement option for seniors seeking the peace and quiet of country living. Nearly 28,000 people call this small city home, and about 14% of them are seniors aged 65 and above. Bixby is known for its affordable housing, mild winter weather and very safe neighborhoods, with crime rates much lower than other cities in Oklahoma.

Assisted living includes supervision, certain medical services and help with a senior’s activities of daily living. In Bixby, assisted living costs an average of $4,519, according to the Genworth 2020 Cost of Care Survey. That’s more expensive than the national average of $4,300 and the state average of $3,750; fortunately, Oklahoma has several programs and Medicaid waivers that can make assisted living more affordable for people of limited financial means.

This guide covers the benefits and drawbacks of living in Bixby, a cost comparison of assisted living in other Oklahoma cities, the cost of other types of long-term care and several resources seniors may find useful.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Bixby, OK

Covenant Living of Bixby

7300 E. 121st Place South, Bixby, OK, 74008

My mother was in Covenant Living of Bixby. She was there for a while and they told us that she needed more care. We had already started looking for a place to move her to, and she got sick. They were … (read more)
My mother was in Covenant Living of Bixby. She was there for a while and they told us that she needed more care. We had already started looking for a place to move her to, and she got sick. They were … (read more)

Sand Plum Assisted Living

9999 East 121st Street South, Bixby, OK, 74008

You will be sold on this place at first. The woman we spoke to was like a car salesman and sold us on almost everything. Too bad that was all a lie. My grandmother has to fight to get a bath at least … (read more)
You will be sold on this place at first. The woman we spoke to was like a car salesman and sold us on almost everything. Too bad that was all a lie. My grandmother has to fight to get a bath at least … (read more)

University Village Retirement Community

8555 South Lewis Avenue, Tulsa, OK, 74137

University Village Retirement community is a facility located in the outskirts of Jenks, Oklahoma. Loved ones enjoy that the facility is well-maintained and very clean so that the residents are living … (read more)
University Village Retirement community is a facility located in the outskirts of Jenks, Oklahoma. Loved ones enjoy that the facility is well-maintained and very clean so that the residents are living … (read more)

2015, 2016, 2018

The Parke Assisted Living

7821 East 76th Street, Tulsa, OK, 74133

The Parke Assisted Living is located in a prime location in Broken Arrow, just a short distance away from numerous entertainment venues, restaurants, shops and medical facilities. Visitors highly prai … (read more)
The Parke Assisted Living is located in a prime location in Broken Arrow, just a short distance away from numerous entertainment venues, restaurants, shops and medical facilities. Visitors highly prai … (read more)

Legend at Tulsa Hills

701 W 71st St South, Tulsa, OK, 74132

Legend at Tulsa Hills is located eight miles south of downtown Tulsa, close to the Arkansas River, Turkey Mountain Park and Highway 75. Residents and visitors admire the attractiveness of the facility … (read more)
Legend at Tulsa Hills is located eight miles south of downtown Tulsa, close to the Arkansas River, Turkey Mountain Park and Highway 75. Residents and visitors admire the attractiveness of the facility … (read more)

Brookdale Broken Arrow

4001 South Aspen Avenue, Broken Arrow, OK, 74011

Comfortable, homey and very well-organized are a few of the positive things residents and visitors are saying about Brookdale Broken Arrow. Located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Brookdale offers assisted … (read more)
Comfortable, homey and very well-organized are a few of the positive things residents and visitors are saying about Brookdale Broken Arrow. Located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Brookdale offers assisted … (read more)

Bellarose

18001 E 51st St., Tulsa, OK, 74134

Bellarose is an assisted living community located in the heart of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Residents like that they are allowed to have small pets in their rooms and that the rooms feature modern decor. The f … (read more)
Bellarose is an assisted living community located in the heart of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Residents like that they are allowed to have small pets in their rooms and that the rooms feature modern decor. The f … (read more)

Aberdeen Heights

7210 S Yale Avenue, Tulsa, OK, 74136

Aberdeen Heights is a conveniently located senior community south of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is easily accessible from 71st Street and Yale, and close to shopping, restaurants and St. Francis Hospital. Vi … (read more)
Aberdeen Heights is a conveniently located senior community south of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is easily accessible from 71st Street and Yale, and close to shopping, restaurants and St. Francis Hospital. Vi … (read more)

Legend at Mingo Road

7902 S. Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK, 74133

The Legend at Mingo Road is located in the Tulsa suburb of Woodland just a couple of minutes off highway 64. Visitors to the senior community remark on the aesthetic beauty of the facility and rooms a … (read more)
The Legend at Mingo Road is located in the Tulsa suburb of Woodland just a couple of minutes off highway 64. Visitors to the senior community remark on the aesthetic beauty of the facility and rooms a … (read more)

The Grove at Midtown

5211 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK, 74105

A relative of mine transferred to The Grove a few months ago, and I have found the whole experience for him appalling. His floor has nine empty rooms; apparently they can’t keep residents for very lon … (read more)
A relative of mine transferred to The Grove a few months ago, and I have found the whole experience for him appalling. His floor has nine empty rooms; apparently they can’t keep residents for very lon … (read more)

Prairie House Assisted Living & Memory Care

2450 N Stone Ridge Drive, Broken Arrow, OK, 74012

We moved my mom into Prarie House Assisted Living and Memory Care in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. When we first toured the place, we saw their assisted living area first (which is really, really nice). I w … (read more)
We moved my mom into Prarie House Assisted Living and Memory Care in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. When we first toured the place, we saw their assisted living area first (which is really, really nice). I w … (read more)

Brookdale Tulsa South

8231 South Mingo Road, Tulsa, OK, 74133

Brookdale Tulsa South is a senior community located off I-64 in the southeast corner of Tulsa, OK. Residents enjoy the freedom of a large cafeteria styled dining hall, and appreciate living in a woode … (read more)
Brookdale Tulsa South is a senior community located off I-64 in the southeast corner of Tulsa, OK. Residents enjoy the freedom of a large cafeteria styled dining hall, and appreciate living in a woode … (read more)

BeeHive Homes of Broken Arrow

3200 West Washington St S, Broken Arrow, OK, 74012

The owner will answer all of your questions. If she doesn’t have the answer, she will find out and let you know ASAP. Each of the staff are extremely qualified in taking care of my Mom. Very attent … (read more)
The owner will answer all of your questions. If she doesn’t have the answer, she will find out and let you know ASAP. Each of the staff are extremely qualified in taking care of my Mom. Very attent … (read more)

2020

Forest Hills Assisted & Independent Living

4304 W Houston St, Broken Arrow, OK, 74012

COVID-19 has been a surreal & difficult time…but I absolutely appreciate how Forest Hills kept a tight lid with CDC guidelines, to keep my mother-in-law safe. We look forward to more living &am … (read more)
COVID-19 has been a surreal & difficult time…but I absolutely appreciate how Forest Hills kept a tight lid with CDC guidelines, to keep my mother-in-law safe. We look forward to more living &am … (read more)

Seasons Living Cedar Ridge

10107 S Garnett Rd, Broken Arrow, OK, 74011

Cedar Ridge is located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and is situated in a country-style setting with a view of the Cedar Ridge Country Club and Golf Course. This senior living community is nearby to loca … (read more)
Cedar Ridge is located in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and is situated in a country-style setting with a view of the Cedar Ridge Country Club and Golf Course. This senior living community is nearby to loca … (read more)

Montereau

6800 South Granite Avenue, Tulsa, OK, 74136

Montereau is a non-profit assisted living facility nestled in the heart of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s located on top of a hill within a wooded area for privacy and is close to St. Francis Hospital and a sh … (read more)
Montereau is a non-profit assisted living facility nestled in the heart of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s located on top of a hill within a wooded area for privacy and is close to St. Francis Hospital and a sh … (read more)

Country Club At Woodland Hills

6333 S 91st East Ave, Tulsa, OK, 74133

I really liked the Country Club At Woodland Hills. I would have encouraged my dad to go there, but they didn’t allow pets for their "residential care" — that’s what they call their assisted living — … (read more)
I really liked the Country Club At Woodland Hills. I would have encouraged my dad to go there, but they didn’t allow pets for their "residential care" — that’s what they call their assisted living — … (read more)

The Villages at Southern Hills

5721 South Lewis Ave , Tulsa, OK, 74105

Mark this facility off your list. The rooms are okay. Staff members are cold. There are no activities especially since COVID.
Mark this facility off your list. The rooms are okay. Staff members are cold. There are no activities especially since COVID.

The Linden at Stonehaven Square

10802 E. 81st Street, Tulsa, OK, 74133

I only met the move-in coordinator at The Linden at Stonehaven Square because I went on a Saturday, so the salesperson was not available. She was friendly. She showed me the one room that they had ava … (read more)
I only met the move-in coordinator at The Linden at Stonehaven Square because I went on a Saturday, so the salesperson was not available. She was friendly. She showed me the one room that they had ava … (read more)

Disciples Village Apartment

9014 E 31st Street, Tulsa, OK, 74145

Disciples Village of Tulsa Inc. is located in the northwestern portion of the city, which is the county seat of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Residents may attend a church that is conveniently located across the s … (read more)
Disciples Village of Tulsa Inc. is located in the northwestern portion of the city, which is the county seat of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Residents may attend a church that is conveniently located across the s … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Bixby

In Bixby, assisted living facilities are licensed and regulated by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. A full list of long-term care rules and regulations is available on its website.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Bixby

  • The closest hospitals to Bixby can be found in nearby Tulsa. These include Ascension St. John Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital, which was rated as the best hospital in Oklahoma by U.S. News and World Report. It’s also highly rated in five procedures, including knee replacement, colon cancer surgery and the treatment of COPD.
  • Public transportation options are limited in Bixby. Physically disabled residents may be able to schedule low-cost door-to-door transportation via Tulsa Transit.
  • Compared to the national cost of living index (100), living in Bixby is slightly cheaper at 96.5. The median home cost in the city is $203,100, about $28,000 less than the median cost nationwide. While health care (109.5) is more expensive, groceries (99.3), utilities (99.8) and transportation (96) are all cheaper than average.
  • The very low violent crime and property crime rates in Bixby can give its residents peace of mind. The violent crime rate is only 1.07, compared to Oklahoma’s 4.3 and a national median of four. Oklahoma has a high property crime rate (28.5) compared to the national median (21), but the rate in Bixby is much lower at 14.4.
  • Oklahoma offers seniors several tax breaks that can help keep money in their pockets. It doesn’t tax Social Security benefits, and seniors are able to deduct up to $10,000 of other types of retirement income. Additionally, retirees are eligible for a property tax freeze if their household income is below a certain amount. However, residents pay sales tax on clothing and groceries, and combined local and state sales rates are among the highest in the country at 8.95%.
  • Winters can be cold in Bixby, but the city gets an average of just 5 inches of snow annually compared to the U.S. average of 28. The average high temperature in July is 93 degrees; in January, the average low is 26.

Paying for Assisted Living in Bixby

Seniors in Bixby pay an average of $4,519 monthly for assisted living. This is $219 more than the national average and $769 more than the average for Oklahoma overall.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

At $4,519, Bixby is one of the priciest places for assisted living in the state. In central Oklahoma, the capital of Oklahoma City costs $3,900, or about $620 less. Prices go down further in Lawton, where seniors pay $3,490. The cheapest city for assisted living is Enid, located in the northern part of the state. Retirees here pay only $2,960 monthly for care.

$4519

Bixby

$3750

Oklahoma

$4300

The United States

$3900

Oklahoma City

$3490

Lawton

$2960

Enid

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Bixby have several other options for long-term care. Homemaker services, which allows retirees to receive care in their own home, costs about $250 more than assisted living at $4,767. Home health aides are priced the same, even though it includes some medical services that regular home care doesn’t. The least expensive is adult day health care, priced at an average of $1,517, which can be a good choice for people who only need daytime supervision. Nursing home care is the costliest, with a semiprivate room averaging $5,323 and a private room at $6,083.

$4767

Homemaker Services

$4767

Home Health Aide

$1517

Adult Day Health Care

$4519

Assisted Living Facility

$5323

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6083

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

 Note: Care cost data for Bixby was not available, so data for the closest city, Tulsa, was used instead.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bixby

Oklahoma provides financial assistance with assisted living through a variety of Medicaid Waiver programs. For example, the OK Sooner Services program is available for senior citizens 65 years of age and older.

Learn more about these programs, plus who’s eligible, on our Assisted Living in Oklahoma page.

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Bixby

More Ways to Pay for 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. Some additional ways to finance assisted living costs include:

  • Veterans Benefits
  • Life Insurance Policy
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Reverse Mortgage

For more information about different ways to finance assisted living, visit our Assisted Living in Oklahoma page.

Free Assisted Living Resources in Bixby

In the Bixby area, seniors can find several government agencies and nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping people in assisted living. Resources available to retirees include benefits counseling, legal aid, assistance for veterans and many more.

ResourceContactService
INCOG Area Agency on Aging(918) 579-9477INCOG is the dedicated Area Agency on Aging for Tulsa, Creek and Osage Counties. Its services include information about local resources, nutrition education, transportation and in-home support. Through INCOG, seniors can reach their long-term care ombudsman regarding assisted living facility concerns and complaints.
Tulsa Vet Center(918) 628-2760The Vet Center serves former military members who live in Bixby and other cities throughout Tulsa County. Seniors can find answers to questions about benefits they might be eligible for, such as disability compensation, and get help with the application process. It also provides counseling for bereavement and trauma, substance abuse assessments and referrals, veteran employment assistance and community outreach programs.
LIFE Senior Services(918) 744-6760LIFE operates two senior centers in Tulsa, where Bixby residents can find social events, exercise classes, wellness screenings and opportunities to volunteer. It offers a tax assistance program that helps with preparation and filing, which is free for low-income seniors aged 60 and up. LIFE also runs the PACE program for Tulsa-area residents. PACE provides low-cost personal care, medical services, meals and transportation for seniors who live at home.
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma(918) 308-5295LASO’s OK-SPLASH program provides free legal advice, education and advocacy for people ages 60 and above. Through the program, lawyers can answer questions about estate planning, wills, powers of attorney and assisted living facility rights. Its taxpayer clinic provides help with IRS audits, liens, levies and Earned Income Credit denials. Seniors will need to meet income eligibility limits to qualify for all services.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Bixby

Bixby-area assisted living communities must adhere to the comprehensive set of state laws and regulations that all assisted living communities in Oklahoma are required to follow. Visit our Assisted Living in Oklahoma page for more information about these laws.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Bixby