Lawton is located in southwestern Oklahoma, close to the Wichita Mountains, and is the seat of Comanche County. About 90,000 people call Lawton home, including more than 9,900 seniors aged 65 or older. Lawton is a military town, home to Fort Sill, but it also has numerous cultural attractions, including venues that offer ballet performances, concerts and Broadway shows. Seniors who are history buffs may enjoy the city’s historic homes, numerous landmarks and museums covering everything from military memorabilia to Native American heritage. Visiting grandkids might enjoy the local waterpark, indoor trampoline park or numerous city parks.

Assisted living communities offer seniors a homelike setting that promotes continued independence while also providing the extra help they might need with daily activities. In Lawton, the average cost of assisted living is $3,490 per month. This monthly cost is lower than the state average and significantly lower than the national average.

This guide provides information about assisted living in Lawton, including how its cost compares to other Oklahoma cities and other types of senior care. It also offers an overview of the benefits and drawbacks of retiring in Lawton and includes some free resources for senior services.

Directory of Assisted Living Facilities in Lawton, OK

2015

Ten Oaks Place

3610 SE Huntington Circle, Lawton, OK, 73501

Ten Oaks Place is an assisted living community located near the Comanche County Memorial Hospital and Greer Park in Lawton, Oklahoma. Residents at Ten Oaks Place enjoy playing bingo, going on bus trip … (read more)
Ten Oaks Place is an assisted living community located near the Comanche County Memorial Hospital and Greer Park in Lawton, Oklahoma. Residents at Ten Oaks Place enjoy playing bingo, going on bus trip … (read more)

2022

Brookridge Retirement Community

7802 Nw Quanah Parker Trailway, Lawton, OK, 73505

Brookridge Retirement Community is situated in Lawton, Oklahoma near the Comanche County Memorial Hospital and the Central Mall. Residents note their favorite activities include wine nights, playing b … (read more)
Brookridge Retirement Community is situated in Lawton, Oklahoma near the Comanche County Memorial Hospital and the Central Mall. Residents note their favorite activities include wine nights, playing b … (read more)

The Chateau of Lawton

6302 Southwest Lee Boulevard, Lawton, OK, 73505

The Chateau of Lawton was clean. There was no odor and you could tell that it was well maintained. The lady that took us on the tour was very nice, very attentive, and answered my questions. She expla … (read more)
The Chateau of Lawton was clean. There was no odor and you could tell that it was well maintained. The lady that took us on the tour was very nice, very attentive, and answered my questions. She expla … (read more)

The Brentwood Senior Living Community

6920 SW Lee Blvd., Lawton, OK, 73505

Set against the backdrop of the majestic Wichita Mountains and located a short distance off U.S. Highway 62, The Brentwood Senior Living provides assisted living for 90 residents. Community members an … (read more)
Set against the backdrop of the majestic Wichita Mountains and located a short distance off U.S. Highway 62, The Brentwood Senior Living provides assisted living for 90 residents. Community members an … (read more)

What to Consider About Assisted Living in Lawton

The Long-Term Care Service of Protective Health Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Health Services, oversees assisted living facilities in Lawton and throughout the state. It conducts annual surveys in each facility to ensure the health and safety of residents and performs follow-up visits to ensure that any deficiencies found were corrected.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Assisted Living in Lawton

  • Retirees in Lawton benefit from Oklahoma’s relatively friendly taxes on retirement incomes. Seniors don’t pay taxes on Social Security benefits or Railroad Retirement benefits. The state also exempts up to 75% or $10,000 of military retirement plans, whichever is greater, from taxes. Other types of retirement income, up to $10,000 for singles or $20,000 for couples, may also be excluded.
  • Oklahoma has one of the highest combined state and local sales tax rates in the nation, at an average of 8.95%. However, seniors in Lawton don’t pay nearly this much. Comanche County has one the lowest sales tax rates statewide, only 0.38%, for a total combined sales tax rate of 4.88%. The county has lower sales taxes than 97.8% of the rest of the counties and cities in the state. Also, prescription drugs are tax-exempt, which is beneficial to aging adults who may have ongoing medical issues.
  • Lawton’s cost of living is 24% below the national average, which can be a major draw to seniors on fixed incomes. Groceries are 10% lower than the national average, despite being fully taxed, unlike many states. Unfortunately, health care costs are 16% higher than the national average.
  • Seniors in Lawton have two local hospitals to choose from should they require emergency care. Comanche County Memorial Hospital and Southwestern Medical Center both have on-site emergency departments and medical-surgical ICUs. The county hospital also has a cardiac ICU.
  • Lawton is far enough south that it experiences summer heat extremes with few cooling breezes. The summer climate in Lawton can be muggy and is among the hottest in the state, with average July temperatures of 96 degrees. However, winters are generally mild with only about 2 inches of snow annually.

Paying for Assisted Living in Lawton

According to Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey, the average monthly cost of assisted living in Lawton is $3,490. While this is only $260 lower than the state average, it’s $810 less than the national average.

The Cost of Assisted Living in Nearby Cities

Compared to other Oklahoma cities, Lawton’s average cost of assisted living is lower than most but not all of them. Its cost is higher than Enid’s by $530 per month, but it’s lower than Oklahoma City’s by $410. However, its cost is significantly lower than Tulsa’s by $1,029 per month. 

$3490

Lawton

$3750

Oklahoma

$4300

The United States

$2960

Enid

$3900

Oklahoma City

$4519

Tulsa

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors may also want to compare other types of care to determine which best meets their needs. Adult day health care offers the lowest level of care at the lowest cost, about $1,136 per month. Those wanting to age in place at home can expect to pay an average of $3,432 for either homemaker services or home health aides. Seniors who require extensive care, especially skilled nursing, may need a nursing home facility. This level of care comes at the highest cost with semiprivate rooms averaging $5,597 per month and private rooms at $6,540.

$3432

Homemaker Services

$3432

Home Health Aide

$1136

Adult Day Health Care

$3490

Assisted Living Facility

$5597

Nursing Home Facility (semiprivate room)

$6540

Nursing Home Facility (private room)

Financial Assistance for Assisted Living in Lawton

The Medicaid Waiver programs in Oklahoma provide senior citizens with financial assistance for assisted living. For example, applicants 65 years and older are eligible for the OK Sooner Services program.

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

Paying for Assisted Living Facilities in Oklahoma

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 Lawton

Seniors looking for social activities or assistance with transportation, legal aid or other aging-related services can find free resources in Lawton. These resources are available from local, county or state government agencies or nonprofit entities that provide supportive services to older adults in the community.

Resource

Contact 

Services

(580) 736-7036

ASCOG serves an eight-county region that includes Comanche County. It acts as the area’s Aging and Disability Resource Center and Area Agency on Aging. As such, it provides numerous aging-related services, including case management, nutrition and supportive services, legal aid and information and referrals.

(800) 658-1466

City of Lawton RSVP operates a volunteer program for residents aged 55 or older looking for ways to contribute their time and skills. The service helps augment nonprofit agencies while matching seniors with volunteer opportunities that meet the community’s needs and provide them with a gratifying experience.

(580) 248-0471

CCL is a nonprofit organization that acts as a meeting place for active seniors aged 55 and older. It meets their physical, social and intellectual needs through activities that include clubs, games, arts and crafts, movies, painting classes, Bible study, fundraisers and quilting. Exercise classes include tai chi, aerobics, arthritis exercises, line dancing and Seniors in Motion. The Center also regularly schedules fun, long-distance trips to events in Branson, Biloxi, New Orleans, Memphis and Colorado Springs.

(800) 211-2116

Oklahoma’s Ombudsman Program serves residents in long-term care facilities throughout the state, including assisted living homes. A trained ombudsman receives and resolves complaints from residents or their friends or relatives. An ombudsman also has the authority to recommend corrective action directly to the facility after exploring problems.

Assisted Living Laws and Regulations in Lawton

Lawton-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 Oklahoma