About half a million people over the age of 65 live in Oklahoma. That number is expected to rise dramatically over the next few decades, leaving the state to plan for the care of this burgeoning population.
The state’s Aging Services Division (ASD) “helps develop systems that support independence and help protect the quality of life for older persons as well as promotes citizen involvement in planning and delivering services.” Those services include:
-- Adult Day Services: A structured place for seniors to go during the day when their caretakers are away at work.
-- ADvantage Program: Provides Medicaid services to help low-income frail elders stay at home instead of going to a nursing home.
-- Grandfamilies: Aid and support to seniors who are raising their grandchildren.
-- Legal Services: Legal referrals and information to seniors.
-- Long-Term Care Ombudsman: Advocating for the rights of residents of nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.
-- Oklahoma Senior Corps Program: Volunteer opportunities for seniors.
-- Oklahoma State Council on Aging: A 30-member appointed body that serves in an advisory capacity to the ASD.
-- Pharmacy Connection Council: Improving access to prescription drugs and helping low-income seniors to pay for them.
-- State Plan Personal Care: A Medicaid service providing such at-home assistance including bathing, grooming, meals, eating and light housekeeping.
-- Transportation: Helping seniors get around who can no longer drive themselves or have no one to drive them.
Most medical experts and advocates for the elderly agree that all seniors should at least consider getting a medical alert system, especially if they want to remain living independently for as long as possible.
There will inevitably be a point when seniors need monitoring, when they can no longer live alone. As long as they do not have serious health concerns, a medical alert system can take the place of moving in with children, or going to an assisted living center or a nursing home – the last resort for many seniors.
To check out the services from more than a dozen top companies, which all operate in Oklahoma as well as the other 49 states, click on this link.A medical alert system can literally be a lifesaver some day. Let’s say you fall down in your home and cannot get up to get to a phone and call for help. You are stuck there until someone comes to check up on you. That could take hours or days, and by that time, your injuries might be irreversible.