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This webpage will assist Oklahoma residents in becoming familiar with the costs of elder care options throughout the state. This includes assisted living, home care, and adult day care. Payment options and programs to reduce the cost of long-term care in the home and in the community will also be covered.
The programs outlined on this page include all of the programs that are available from the state of Oklahoma. However, there are also national programs that provide assistance, but are not included on this webpage. An important part of seeking elder care is to consider all of your options in order to find the most appropriate program for the given needs and situation. To assist in your search for nationwide assistance, please use our Resource Locator Tool at no cost to you.
In Oklahoma, as of 2017, the average monthly cost of assisted living throughout the state is $2,850. Compared to the national monthly average of $3,650, this rate is extremely low. In the area of Lawton, in the Southwestern part of the state, the monthly average, $2,348, is even lower than the Oklahoma statewide average. The metropolitan areas of Oklahoma City and Tulsa have the highest average monthly rate for assisted living, which ranges from $3,288 - $3,328. Even so, this amount is still lower than the nationwide average. Individuals who need additional care and supervision due to Alzheimer’s are able to reside in assisted living memory care units. However, one should expect to pay an additional $850 - $1,050 per month.
Statewide in Oklahoma, in 2017, the average hourly rate for home care is $20.50. This rate remains fairly consistent throughout the various geographic areas of the state. Both Oklahoma City and Tulsa have hourly average rates of $20.50, which is on par with the statewide hourly average. The area of Lawton is ever so slightly higher at $20.75 / hour. For seniors who need a higher level of care, home health care is also available and is provided by a health professional. Statewide, the hourly average for this type of care is approximately $1.50 - $2.50 more an hour. However, the area of Lawton has a much higher average rate than the other geographic areas of Oklahoma at $29.50 / hour.
The most affordable option for senior residents of Oklahoma, who would like to age in place, but require some assistance or supervision, is non-residential adult day care. As of 2017, the statewide average cost for this type of care is $62 / day. In and around the city of Lawton (Comanche County), one will find the most affordable adult day care at $47 / day. Oklahoma City (Oklahoma City County) is right on par with the statewide average of $62 / day, while the city of Tulsa (Tulsa County) is slightly higher at $67 / day. Please note that adult day care is often billed in half-day increments.
Medicaid (which should not to be confused with Medicare) is a jointly administered program by the federal government and the state of Oklahoma, providing health coverage to low-income elderly residents. In Oklahoma, Medicaid is called SoonerCare. For frail, elderly residents and disabled individuals, the Oklahoma state Medicaid plan will pay for nursing home care and some personal care. The state of Oklahoma also offers Medicaid Waivers, commonly referred to as Home and Community Based Services Waivers. These waivers provide in-home and community based services for the elderly and disabled, preventing or delaying nursing home placement, and allowing the individual to age in place at home.
Programs and Waivers
The Personal Care Program is part of the Medicaid state plan, which is an entitlement program, and provides financial assistance to elderly and disabled individuals to employ a personal caregiver. Assistance may also include shopping for essentials, meal preparation, and housecleaning. This program allows for self-direction, enabling eligible individuals to hire the caregiver of their choosing, including select non-immediate relatives.
The Advantage Program Wavier provides seniors with a variety of services and supports in their home or in an assisted living facility. Benefits may include meal delivery, disposable medical supplies, adult day care, home modifications, and personal care. Via this waiver, eligible applicants can self-direct their own personal care, even hiring some family members.
Medicaid has restrictive eligibility requirements based on functional ability, income, and financial resources. As of 2017, Oklahoma applicants are allowed a monthly income of up to $2,205 (300% of the current Federal Benefit Rate). Applicants are also permitted up to $2,000 in countable resources. This excludes an individual’s primary residence, given the applicant is living in it and it is not valued over $560,000. Even if one exceeds these income and asset limits, it is still possible to qualify for OK Medicaid. However, it is strongly recommended that one contact a Medicaid Planner prior to applying for Medicaid for assistance in restructuring finances for eligibility purposes.
Oklahoma also offers two non-Medicaid assistance programs, which provide an alternative to assisted living or nursing home care.
The Adult Day Care Services program, also called the Adult Day Health Services program, helps to cover a portion of the fee for adult day care. In some cases, 100% of the fee is covered. While in adult day care, services may include personal care assistance, supervision, medication management, basic nursing services, recreational activities, and meals.
Through In Home Assistance and Care Services for the Elderly, services are provided free of charge to low-income elderly Oklahoma residents through local Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) offices. While services may vary based on the AAA office, supports often include personal care assistance, housecleaning, laundry, transportation, chore assistance, meal delivery, and in-home respite care.
Another option, not directly related to long-term care, but could free up some money that could be used towards the cost of senior care is the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This program assists with the costs of heating and cooling one’s home. Read more.
In addition to the state specific programs that assist in covering the cost of elderly care in Oklahoma, there are also federal and non-profit programs available. In order to find other programs that assist in paying for care or reduce your out-of-pocket cost, make sure to use our Resource Locator Tool. This tool makes it easy to locate and consider all of your options and choose the program that best fits the circumstances. Eldercare loans and programs that aid veterans with assisted living are other available options.
One of the best ways to manage the cost of elderly care is to find a high quality provider that offers services at an affordable rate. To assist families in this endeavor, a partnership has been formed between our organization and several others. This service is provided free of charge and matches an individual’s care needs with care providers in the geographic location in which one resides. Click here to find affordable care.