Even in tough-minded Oklahoma, there comes a time to admit that you need some help with your routine household tasks. No matter how we live, aging will gradually diminish our strength and energy levels. Routine chores can become more difficult to perform, putting your independence at risk. Tulsa residents can, fortunately, take advantage of a wide range of services that will make senior living much more comfortable and dignified. Take advantage of concierge services that will perform any number of simple tasks for you, or on-call delivery services that will bring the things you need straight to your door. Enjoy the benefits of homemaker services that will help you with meal preparation and housekeeping and even grooming and bathing assistance. Look forward to the comfort of senior living facilities that will provide you with a less stressful lifestyle surrounding by friendly people and convenient health services and amenities. Read on to learn just some of the valuable senior services available to Tulsa seniors.
Luckily for Tulsa seniors, according to a survey by Genworth, the median cost of senior care in the state of Oklahoma for 2016 is lower than the national average cost. On the high end of the scale, you have the cost of a private nursing home room in Tulsa at about $68,000 per year. Compare that with the national median cost for the same accommodations of approximately $92,000 per year. A semi-private room in a nursing home will be even more reasonably priced in the $53,000 range. An assisted living facility in Tulsa will average about $39,000 per year, compared to the national average of $43,000. Adult day health care costs an average of $17,000 in Tulsa, while a home health aide will cost $50,000 annually. Homemaker services will be a little less expensive than a home health aide and will cost about $50,000 on average.
Our growing population of retirees has resulted in an explosion of service providers anxious to serve the aging population in the United States. There are senior living communities that are fashioned along the lines of resort-style living, with fun amenities like movie theaters, Olympic pools, and games rooms. If your health requires more attention, you can find nursing homes with important medical and nursing services located on-site. If you enjoy staying in your home long-term, you can design your own custom package of senior services using the popular concierge services that have grown in popularity. You need to become familiar with the options you have before you can take advantage of them.
Here are both in-home and community senior service options that can help you stay in your home longer. There are homemaker services in Tulsa that will cook your meals, perform light housekeeping, and help you maintain your bathing and grooming routines. Companies like Right at Home and Griswold Home Care are both local to Tulsans, and convenient to rely on. There are home health services that Tulsans can utilize. They offer a range of in-home health services like diabetes and cardiac care, medication assistance, and physical therapy. You can choose from providers such as Maxim Healthcare to keep you comfortable in your familiar home. There are also adult day programs in Tulsa that will provide hours of social interaction and interesting activities to keep your mind sharp and get you outside. The range of concierge services available is astounding. Try services like TaskRabbit, Porch, Rover, and Favor. Even Amazon has a great concierge service called Amazon Home Services. You can have tasks done for you as varied as washing the dishes to walking the dog!
Using a service is like purchasing any other product; you want to make sure the company is reputable and stands by their product. Here are some questions you might want to ask to make sure: Is the provider licensed (if they require one)? Are they insured, and/or bonded? What if someone doesn’t show up? How do they handle billing disputes? Check the company’s reputation on the internet, and ask anyone you know who has used the company what their experience was like.
If you know that the best option for you is to live in a senior supportive community like an assisted living facility or nursing home, you’re lucky you live in Tulsa. Tulsa has a wide range of senior community types available for a spectrum of care needs. There are hotel-style accommodations for very independent seniors who want to enjoy housekeeping service and get away from the responsibilities of owning a large home. There are continuum of care communities where you can take increasing advantage of medical and other services as your health and strength levels change with age. This will provide seniors with the benefit of not having to move as their care needs outstrip what the residence can provide.
There are serious questions that you’ll need answered before settling on a senior community to live in. Try using these and add others pertinent to your situation: What is included in the rent? What amenities or services are not included? What time are meals, and can you see a sample menu? Can you visit for a day to meet the staff and residents? As always, ask people their opinion. Talk to current residents and their families if possible. Learn all you can before committing to a place.
You can start by considering how much you receive in Social Security benefits and any pensions to defray the cost of senior care. Next, consider savings and other assets such as your home. The sale of a home can provide years worth of senior care in some cases. Renting your home can be a good option to increase your monthly retirement income with rent payments. Tulsa has a lot to offer seniors. Enjoy fine dining and entertainment, special events and cultural opportunities. If you enjoyed this short guide, please check out our other great Tulsa guides for seniors, and learn even more about what Tulsa has to offer you.
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