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Alzheimer’s special care units in Oklahoma, which can also go by the terms dementia care, Alzheimer’s care, or memory care, are facilities that are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with forms of dementia through the use of various services and activities. They typically include specially trained staff and other systems that constantly monitor residents to ensure their safety and prevent wandering.
Location Monthly Minimum Monthly Maximum Oklahoma City $2,300 $6,223 Tulsa $3,045 $5,775 Edmond $4,750 $5,800
*Average monthly cost for single occupancy room in a memory care community
The state is filled with museums, zoos, and sports fields. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art, Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, and Science Museum of Oklahoma are some of the most popular museums. The Tulsa Zoo, Chesapeake Energy Arena, and Chickasaw National Recreational Area are additional, well-known attractions throughout the state.
The climate in Oklahoma is continental, supporting four seasons with hot summers and cold winters. The high temperature in the summer is 94 degrees and the low temperature in the winter is 26 degrees. It is not uncommon for temperatures to reach into the 100s during the middle of summer. That, combined with humidity and 234 days of sunshine annually, can make the summers in Oklahoma feel very hot. The state also averages 36 inches of rain and six inches of snow annually.
Most residents of Oklahoma have descended from Native Americans, Scotch-Irish, English, or German ancestors, so that is where a lot of Oklahoma’s culture originates from. Because of this, there is a large array of languages spoken throughout the state. Some of them are even considered endangered.
The law in Oklahoma requires that assisted living facilities that offer special care units must disclose what they do and outline the services provided. At least two staff members must be on duty at all times and a program must be in action that limits residents from leaving the designated memory care unit. All staff that works in the special care unit must be trained to meet the needs of the residents.
Oklahoma is ranked 35th in home and community safety according to 2016’s Safest States to Live In.
Location Violent Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Property Crimes Per 1,000 Residents Coweta 1.89 8.41 Skiatook .9 14.37 Collinsville 1.11 11.69
Medicare, private long-term insurance, and out of pocket payments are the typical methods used to pay for dementia care in Oklahoma. A Medicaid waiver certificate program is available for assisted living centers. The average monthly cost for Memory Care in Oklahoma is about $4,403.
In Oklahoma, patients have the right to be informed about their diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis, in a manner they can understand, unless that information is deemed medically inadvisable. They may also either refuse of consent treatment. The patient’s privacy and confidentiality should be respected. The patient of a memory care community has the right to appoint a designated representative to make decisions for them if they no longer have the cognitive ability to do so.
Patients in Oklahoma are entitled to the information in their medical records. Upon request, the patient should provide a copy of the medical records for a specified price. An authorized person should also have access to the medical records.