There are almost a half-million seniors living in the state of Oklahoma. A good majority of the seniors live in the larger metropolitan areas of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Other larger populations of seniors reside in Norman, Edmund, Lawton and Broken Arrow. These areas offer wider selections of assisted living facilities and nursing homes. These cities may also offer more options for health care services. More populated areas typically have more options for emergency care, cancer treatment, physical rehabilitation and other senior specific medical services. The 2007 overall cost of living index for Oklahoma is 89.8, ranking Oklahoma as the fourth least expensive place to live in the United States. Although health care costs for Oklahoma are about average compared to the rest of the country, the housing costs index is 76.7, making it the second least expensive state for housing in the country. These factors are especially important for seniors who have a limited retirement budget.
Assisted Living Facilities: Oklahoma Inspections And Complaints
The Oklahoma Department of Health inspects assisted living facilities every 12 to 15 months. To request copies of inspection reports or copies of complaints for a specific assisted living facility, you can contact the Department of Health at 405-271-6868. There maybe a small fee associated with copies of reports. To file a complaint, call the Oklahoma hotline at 800-747-8419. You may also call or contact your Oklahoma Ombudsman:
Esther Houser,State LTC Ombudsman Long Term Care Ombudsman Prog. DHS Aging Services Division
2401 N.W. 23rd Street Suite 40 Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Phone (405)521-6734 Fax: (405)522-6739
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This directory includes 851 assisted living options for Oklahoma. Use the "Advance Search" to find the nearest 40 senior services based on your desired location or select a city and then choose a tab to see different types of senior care including nursing homes, Alzheimer's care centers, CCRCs, independent living, in-home and hospice care.
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Oklahoma Assisted Living Facility Newbie Guide
The single most important factor when choosing an assisted living facility in Oklahoma is the safety and well-being of the residents. Use the information below to contact the local government agencies to get more information about safety records, inspections and complaints for specific assisted living facilities. Other critical factors in selecting an assisted living facility car the proximity to family and friends and the overall cost of the facility. Additional factors include the amenities and environment at the facility. Smaller facilities usually offer more personal service while larger facilities offer a wider variety of activities including field trips to surrounding attractions and internal events such as exercise classes, clubs and group activities. Try to did as many assisted living facilities as possible before making a decision and try to avoid any facilities where watching TV is the main activity. You may also want to talk to local residents and the staff to get a better feel about the environment at the assisted living facility so you can find one that best meets your expectations.