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According to Oklahoma law, an assisted living center or personal care community is defined as a resident establishment, which provides supervision, supportive services, personal care, and limited health services to a resident population of two adults who are unrelated to the management by blood or marriage.

There are approximately 200 assisted living centers operating in Oklahoma.

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Assisted Living Centers in Oklahoma – Cost Comparison

City Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Monthly Median
Lawton $2,338 $3,295 $2,825
Oklahoma City $2,250 $5,800 $3,125
Tulsa $2,150 $4,945 $3,550

The monthly median cost of assisted living care in Oklahoma comes in at about $3,345. This is actually lower than the national median cost of $3,600. There are many assisted living centers and personal care homes in the state, so you should shop around and find a community that fits into your budget.

For more information about assisted living costs in Oklahoma, check out Genworth’s 2015 Cost of Care Survey.

Recreation & Attractions in Oklahoma

Located in the heartland of America, Oklahoma developed a diverse history intricate to the formation of the United States. Travel through the Wild West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Known for cowboy culture, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is considered one of the leading museums of western culture and includes displays featuring American Western art, history, and culture.

Another premier Oklahoma museum, the Gilcrease Museum is a foremost leader in art museums. Known for the study and preservation of American art and culture, the museum features exhibitions such as Rendezvous Artists' Retrospective Exhibition. For those interested in nature's masterpieces, the Myriad Botanical Gardens offers the best display of fauna floral plant life in Oklahoma.

The Gardens also feature art pieces within the flowers and adult programs. Explore Oklahoma’s beautiful wilderness and unique attractions at Turner Falls Par, featuring multiple 77-foot waterfalls including natural swimming areas and intriguing rock formations.

Oklahoma’s Climate, Geography, & Culture

Oklahoma is a great hub for trade industry and transport due to its location near some of the most densely populated states in the country. Oklahoma residents have conservative values and are friendly and hard working. Oklahoma is full of many friendly cities and various attractions, making it an ideal state for personal care.

Located in the northeast of the United States, Oklahoma experiences a humid continental climate with four distinctive seasons and frequent precipitation. January is the coldest month in Oklahoma bringing winter temperatures below freezing into the 20 to 30-degree range.

Snow is frequent during winter with the average accumulation to be 20-50 inches of snow depending on your location and elevation in the state. Spring brings frequent April rain with mild temperatures in the 50 to 60-degree range. July is the hottest month in Oklahoma. Summer temperatures typically climb into the mid 70-degree range to the mid-80-degree range.

Oklahoma’s Assisted Living Homes Regulations & Laws

Assisted Living homes are regulated by a state-to-state basis. Every state has a publicly accessible legal document outlining the regulations, licensing, operation and other rules for assisted living. The official regulations concerning assisted living centers within Oklahoma can be viewed online via the Oklahoma State Department of Health website. These regulations will also outline the difference, if any, between an assisted living facility and personal care home. Public records concerning citations, violations, inspections, and the like pertaining to individual homes can be obtained via the Oklahoma State Department of Health website.

Crime & Safety in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has crime rates that are about in line with national average crime rates. There are plenty of safe areas in Oklahoma that you can feel secure and have peace of mind it. If you need some help getting started in your search, check out some of these safe communities in Oklahoma:

LocationViolent Crimes Per 1,000 ResidentsProperty Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Elgin0.001.38
Haskell1.002.50
Hinton0.004.00
Pocola0.004.49

(Source: safewise.com)

Payment Options for Oklahoma Assisted Living Communities

ADvantage Waiver Program

For those seeking financial assistance, Oklahoma’s Medicaid offers the ADvantage Waiver Program for elderly residents who qualify for nursing level care but opt to reside in an alternate residence. This program offers an array of long-term elderly care services ranging from personal care to home modifications with the option for participants to self-direct care services or allow the state to do so. Assisted living is an option under the waiver, formally referred to as the Assisted Living Service Option. To find more information on the program please visit the official ADvantage Waiver Program page.

Assisted Living Family Loans

Alternate payment options are available. Families can apply for an assisted living family loan. This provides temporary or long-term financial assistance when paying for assisted senior care. The program allows multiple people to contribute to payment.

Senior & Elderly Rights for Personal Care Residences in Oklahoma

While residing in the home, a resident retains constitutional civil rights, rights of privacy, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. The resident also retains the right to personal possessions, autonomy over personal finances, bodily autonomy, and power of attorney. The resident has a right to be informed of the process to file a complaint of unsatisfactory living situations, abuse, neglect and the like. The complete list of resident rights guaranteed by the state of Oklahoma can be viewed online via the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Oklahoma Assisted Living Homes: Medical Record Rules & Regulations

Oklahoma assisted living homes are required to provide appropriate health services that are ordered by an attending physician, as well as keep all medical information confidential, accurate, and complete. Medical records shall be readily accessible upon request and should be kept for a period no less than 5 years from death or discharge date.

Residents in Oklahoma personal care centers have access to their medical records and can request a copy of all or a portion of their medical records. They can also request a copy of some or all of the information, and it is to be provided at a cost not to exceed the community standard.

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