Most older adults would prefer not to use nursing home care. Yet, when the time comes, Oklahoma City offers facilities with options that are more than just your average care. For example, Villages on the Park offers nursing home care as well as a memory care option for seniors with Alzheimer’s. There are several dozen other homes throughout the area, each with different individual amenities and flare making it simple to find the right level and approach to care for you.
Here’s a summary of the Oklahoma City basics including expected costs, included services, and what to keep an eye out for in a skilled nursing facility.
There are over 30 skilled nursing properties in the Oklahoma City area.
In the state of Oklahoma, nearly 19,000 seniors lived in a skilled nursing facility in 2014.
It’s estimated that at some point, 2/3 of 65-year olds will need long-term care.
The average senior will utilize long-term care for 3 years.
However, 20 percent of seniors will need it for 5 years or more.
As we revealed in our snapshot, the average care period in a nursing home is approximately 3 years. As women live longer than men on average, they will usually need a few months of additional care. However, it’s important to remember that every individual need is different. Depending on why you’re exploring skilled nursing care in the first place, it’s possible you or your loved ones stay could be anywhere from a few weeks to years.
When people picture a “typical” nursing home, often times we think of long-term facilities that house seniors with major, chronic health issues. While it’s true that often times residents will have significant health conditions, they also offer care on a short-term basis for older adults who need a transitional period after a hospital stay before turning home.
Other nursing home facilities offer memory and dementia care on a respite basis. This care allows caregivers to take a break to do things like go on vacation or deal with their own medical needs. Sometimes, a short-term or respite care situation can serve as an excellent way to “try-out” a facility in the event that you consider long-term care down the line.
Nursing homes provide residents with a higher level of care than assisted living. Staff is available to help with activities of daily life like feeding, toileting, and bathing as well as medical care like medication management, wound care, patient check-ups, and to provide specialized care for seniors with memory or dementia needs. Certified nurse assistants administer the daily care and are supervised by a registered nurse on staff.
Additional care on-site could include speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Hospice services may also be available for seniors and their families to support them when diagnosed with a life-ending illness.
Meals provided at nursing homes accommodate doctors’ recommendations and balanced nutrition. They’re served in a dining hall and residents are able to socialize with each other, bring guests, and get assistance with eating, if needed. Seniors may also eat in their rooms if desired.
Social directors coordinate weekly activities like game nights, movies, outings, and holiday celebrations. Spiritual activities and religious support groups are typically also provided on-site.
Nail and hair salons are also often available on-site to residents. They offer discounted services and book appointments as needed for regular beautification or for special occasions.
According to research done by Genworth in their 2015 Cost of Care survey, the median rate for a semi-private room in a nursing home in the Oklahoma City area was $4,563 monthly, and a private room was $5,597. These costs were just above the median for the state as a whole with state averages coming in at $4,441 and $5,019 respectively.
Within Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas, you’ll discover that rates can vary quite a bit depending on location, the size of the facility, and extra amenities offered. Medicaid certified nursing homes will have a contract rate for patients within the program. There are non-profit facilities that may be able to negotiate a lower rate for seniors who aren’t eligible for Medicaid assistance, but who also have a limited income.
There are a few important things to look for in a nursing home. Check to ensure the facility has the proper licenses, a good history of complaint resolution, a clean inspection record, has adequate staff, and is clean. In addition to these important basics, be sure to try the food, speak with the staff, and establish an idea of how well provided for the residents are. Visiting the facility is a great way to do this, and to examine the cleanliness, staff, and security of the building for yourself.
Visit websites that offer online reviews of facilities, and ask friends and family for recommendations. You can also reach out to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for resources specific to aging in your area.
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