Known for its wide-open landscape and distinctive red dirt, Oklahoma is an ideal retirement destination for seniors looking for a calming, relatively inexpensive lifestyle. The Sooner State’s two largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, grew during the oil booms of the early 1900s and today feature popular art museums, zoos, and botanical gardens. On Route 66, which crosses almost the entirety of the state from east to west, travelers can catch a glimpse of the Old West while stopping at old-fashioned restaurants and roadside attractions.
Currently, Oklahoma has around 10 home care agencies that provide home health aides for seniors who live alone at home. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of home care services in Oklahoma to help you find one that fits your needs and budget.
The median monthly cost of home care in Oklahoma is about $4,200, according to Genworth.
Each state regulates senior living care differently. Because home care providers offer similar services to assisted living, states may regulate home care within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Oklahoma.
In Oklahoma, home care — or in-home care — is a service which offers compassion and help to seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) and wish to remain in their homes. Levels of care vary according to need, and can include companionship, meal prep, cleaning, transportation, and help with ADLs like bathing and dressing. Home care aides are trained to understand the nuances of senior care but generally aren’t licensed to provide medical services.
Overall, the cost of living in Oklahoma is considered to be more affordable than the national average. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.
About 16% of Oklahoma’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Oklahoma leaned heavily conservative.
Oklahoma’s climate is divided into two classifications: humid subtropical for the majority of the state, and cold semi-arid in the “panhandle” toward the west. In general, Oklahoma has extreme temperatures, with hot summers, cold winters, and not much rainfall. As part of Tornado Alley, Oklahoma often has severe weather in the spring and summer months, and it has one of highest annual rates of tornadoes in the world.
Moderate air quality means that those who are sensitive to particulates in the air should limit the amount of time they spend on outdoor exertion.