About Assisted Living in Oklahoma

With an average of 234 days of sunshine per year, along with their mild winters, Oklahoma is a great place for the outdoorsman. Other state incentives include a low cost of living, no taxes on social security income, no estate tax, and low property taxes.

What Options are Available for Assisted Living?

In the state of Oklahoma an assisted living center is a home-setting that offers, coordinates, or provides services to two or more individuals by choice or functional impairment needing assistance.

All facilities are required to meet local and state fire marshal standards, requiring the use of sprinklers and smoke detectors as well as submitting to regular inspections by local authorities.

What are the Alzheimer’s Requirements for Assisted Living Centers in Oklahoma?

Assisted living centers offering special care must outline the scope of services they provide, as well as staffing to address the special needs of the residents. They must have a minimum of 2 staff members on duty at all times.

Senior Assisted Living Details and Costs for Cities in Oklahoma

The listings below are some of the larger cities in Oklahoma. Each city details page provides details on senior care facilities, independent living, senior group homes, and memory care. Provided details may include costs, amenities, services provided, and other useful information.

What Training is Required for Assisted Living Center Staff?

All staff must be trained to meet resident needs, and direct care staff must also be trained in first aid and CPR. All direct care staff must also have completed the certified nurse’s aid (CNA) training.

Is an Assessment Required Before Move-In?

The state of Oklahoma uses a required assessment form for potential residents and for reassessment.

What Care is Available in an Assisted Living Center?

  • Assistance with personal care.
  • Nursing supervision.
  • Intermittent or unscheduled nursing care.
  • Medication administration.
  • Assistance with cognitive orientation and Alzheimer’s or dementia care.
  • Mobility assistance.

The facility or the resident may reach out to 3rd party licensed home health agencies for contracted services. All services must be in accordance to the resident’s written orders from their attending physician.

How is Medication Managed?

The administration of medication is permitted, however, all unlicensed staff must complete a training program before being allowed to administer medication to residents.

What are the Bathroom Requirements for an Assisted Living Center?

No more than 4 residents may share a bathing facility unless the Department of Health has approved the use of more residents based on the facility’s documentation. Shower and bathing facilities may only be occupied by one resident at a time.

What are the Move-In or Move-Out Requirements?

Assisted living centers can only admit residents whose needs can be met by the facility, and they may not admit or retain residents who:

  • Require physical or chemical restraints.
  • Pose a threat to oneself or others.

Is Assisted Living Covered by Medicaid in the State of Oklahoma?

Yes. In 2009, Oklahoma added a Medicaid waiver certification program for assisted living centers.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Health, Protective Health Service
Darlene Simmons (licensure)
Mary Fleming, RN (inspection)
(405) 271-6868