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10 Best Nursing Homes in Tulsa, OK for 2024

Tulsa, OK is a vibrant metropolis of 401,190, of which 13.7% are ages 65 and over. Here, seniors have access to 19 hospitals and a high number of Medicare-registered physicians. Multiple home health care and senior living facilities serve older residents in Tulsa as well. The cost of nursing home care here is more affordable than in many other parts of the country, and the city also has an active volunteer and philanthropic community that helps accommodate the evolving physical, social and financial needs of its elder population.

Aging often brings many changes in health and the ability to maintain independence. Nursing homes provide a high level of personal and medical assistance for people who don’t need hospitalization but require 24-hour skilled nursing care. For those who have not reached the point of needing 24-hour supervision, an assisted living arrangement can provide safety and stability when remaining at home is no longer feasible. However, many seniors may be able to age in place with the help of family caregivers or home health care services.

In this guide, we explain what seniors can expect to pay for nursing home care in Tulsa, comparing those costs with what seniors across Oklahoma and the U.S. are paying. We also compare nursing home costs with other senior care options in the city. Lastly, we share some local resources for helping seniors get the care and support they need to remain at home for as long as possible.

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Nursing Home Costs in Tulsa, OK

Seniors can expect to pay up to $1,000 more per month for a private room than a shared one in a nursing home. In Tulsa, nursing home care costs average around $5,323 per month for a semi-private room and $6,038 for a private room.

The Cost of Nursing Home Care in Nearby Cities

Tulsa’s average for semi-private rooms is equal to Oklahoma’s state average. Seniors here are fortunate to be paying over $2,000 less than the national average of $7,756. Costs in Tulsa are mid-range compared to other parts of the state. A semi-private room in Oklahoma City costs an average of $5,247 per month, not quite $100 below Tulsa’s cost. In Enid and Lawton, seniors are paying almost $100 more than those in Tulsa.

Oklahoma City

$5,247

Lawton

$5,597

The Cost of Other Types of Senior Care

Seniors in Tulsa can consider several options for elderly services with varying price points. The least expensive care, adult day health care, costs an average of $1,517 per month. Assisted living community residents pay about $4,519 per month, while homemaker services and home health aide services run around $4,767 each. Nursing home care costs exceed most of these choices at over $5,000 – $6,000 per month.

Adult day health care

$1,517

Assisted living

$4,519

Homemaker services

$4,767

Home health aide

$4,767

Nursing home semi-private room

$5,323

Nursing home private room

$6,083

Financial Assistance for Nursing Home Care in Tulsa, OK

Many seniors and their families use some form of financial assistance to help them pay for nursing care. The main options available are Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans benefits. These programs can be complicated, especially when it comes to benefit terms. Below, we give a brief overview of how these programs may be used towards paying for skilled nursing care.

  • Medicare: Medicare will typically cover all skilled nursing costs for the first 20 days of one’s stay in a nursing home and a portion of the costs until day 100. After 100 days in a skilled nursing facility, Medicare will not cover any part of the cost of the stay. While this is adequate when short-term care is needed, those in need of long-term care will need to either pay out-of-pocket or use another source of financial assistance.
  • Medicaid: Medicaid covers most of the costs of living in a skilled nursing facility for those who qualify. Care, room, and board are covered with no time limit, but residents may be charged for extras like specially prepared food or cosmetic services. Medicaid eligibility standards are strict and complex, so not all seniors are eligible for Medicaid benefits.
  • Veterans Benefits: Veterans receiving a VA pension may also be eligible for the Aid and Attendance benefit administered by the VA. Aid and Attendance is a monthly allowance that beneficiaries may use to pay for their long-term care, including skilled nursing care.

If these options aren’t available to you, check if your loved one has long-term care insurance or contact your Area Agency on Aging to ask about any local financial assistance programs for seniors.

Free Resources for Seniors in Tulsa, OK

Multiple agencies and organizations provide support to help seniors remain in their community. Their services include personalized care plans, meal delivery, transportation and caregiver assistance. Many come at no cost to qualifying Tulsa residents.

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LIFE Senior Services(918) 664-9000LIFE offers an array of programs that help seniors maintain independence. The agency is a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), coordinating preventive, primary and long-term care services for positive health outcomes. It also provides door-to-door transportation service to all medical appointments at no cost.
LIFE Case Management Services(918) 664-9000LIFE’s Case Management helps seniors at risk of institutionalization by assessing their needs and coordinating community services to help those seniors remain independent and comfortable in their own homes. LIFE provides a Medicaid Waiver Program called ADvantage Case Management as well as Independent Case Management for those who are not in the ADVantage program. Case managers serve seniors at no cost, although seniors may incur charges for services.
INCOG Area Agency on Aging(918) 579-9477The INCOG Area Agency on Aging is a portal connecting seniors with support for aging at home. Seniors have access to free information and assistance with home and health care options, nutrition programs, transportation, medical and dental referrals and other services depending on need. This AAA also furnishes congregate and home-delivered meals to all seniors ages 60 and over at no cost, regardless of income.
Cherokee Elder Care (CEC)(918) 453-5554CEC is a PACE sponsored by a Native American Tribe, but the agency serves Natives and non-Natives. CEC builds personalized care plans, arranging services from physicians, nurses and medical specialists to help delay entry into a nursing home. Seniors can also receive transportation assistance and access to behavioral health and social service supports.

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