When taking care of a loved one, you may need to work outside of the home. Tulsa is home to adult day centers and respite care services that allow you to leave your aging loved one in the care of a professional. The centers offer clients activities to improve cognitive function, provide entertainment, and promote well-being.
The structured programs found in adult day care centers and nursing homes that provide respite care include activities such as exercises, games, meals and snacks, field trips, social activities, arts and crafts, baking and cooking, and assistance with transportation.
The staff will assist your loved one with activities of daily living like feeding, grooming, dressing, medication reminders, and toileting if needed. Some adult day care and respite care services also provide in-house physical, occupational, and speech therapy.
If your loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you can find specialized memory centers that provide respite care in a safe and secure environment that offers activities to maintain or improve cognitive function and memory.
Most centers are open Monday through Friday until 6 PM. You may be able to find centers on your daily commute to make transportation easier for both you and your loved one. The Better Business Bureau (BBB), as well as online senior care directories, maintain listings, ratings, and reviews for local adult day care centers and respite care providers.
You can contact the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ Aging Services and the Oklahoma State Council on Aging for referrals to local providers. Asking your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers for recommendations may garner you a high-quality facility, so remember to consult with your network.
According to the Genworth 2015 Cost of Care Survey for Oklahoma, the average stay in an assisted living facility in Tulsa is $123 per day. The average stay in a private room in a nursing home is $178 per day. Your loved one can visit an adult day care for as little as $60 per day on average. If you can commit to more days per week, the center may provide you with an additional discount.
The VA offers the Aid and Attendance pension to seniors or their surviving spouses that served in the military. The benefit covers respite care and adult day care in the form of a monthly stipend.
The Oklahoma Medicaid Program will cover adult day services and respite care through a Community-Based Waiver for low-income seniors in the Sooner State. The waiver program does have a waiting list, so apply for your loved one as soon as possible. You can contact the Oklahoma Department of Human Services or call 1-866-521-3571 to learn more about the available services.
Long-term care insurance policies will cover the costs. Speak to a senior care advisor or elder law attorney about alternatives before liquidating assets or applying for a reverse mortgage to cover respite care costs.
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