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.
There are more than 60 nursing homes in Oklahoma. A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisors can provide you with a list of nursing homes in Oklahoma to help you find the community that fits your needs and budget.
The median monthly cost of a private room in a nursing home in Oklahoma is about $5,600, according to Genworth.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that regulates and provides ratings for nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities. CMS offers guidance to state Medicaid services regarding rules for facilities that are Medicaid-certified. Medicare provides a national nursing home website to view the audit and licensing history of Medicare-approved nursing homes.
Each state regulates senior living communities differently, but you can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Oklahoma.
In Oklahoma, nursing homes — also called convalescent homes or skilled nursing facilities — are intended for seniors who require 24-hour monitoring and medical assistance. These communities are designed to promote independence among seniors who require constant nursing care to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not require hospital-level care.
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.