Assisted Living in Norman, Oklahoma
Norman is the third-largest city in Oklahoma, and it outpaces both the state and country in population growth, according to U.S. census data. The University of Oklahoma brings many new residents to the city, and it’s also responsible for many of the cultural attractions in the area, such as the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Despite the rapid growth and size of the city, Norman is relatively safe; the violent crime rate is roughly 30% lower than that of the United States.
There are five assisted living communities for seniors in Norman, and another five in neighboring areas. According to the Genworth 2019 Cost of Care Survey, these communities have an average monthly cost of $3,324. Norman’s average cost is 18% lower than the national average of $4,051 and 5.5% lower than that of Oklahoma.
Note: Data for Norman was unavailable, so data for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area was used instead.
Paying for Assisted Living in Norman, Oklahoma
The Cost of Assisted Living in Norman
Assisted living communities in Norman are relatively affordable — at a monthly average of $3,324 — which provides $700 per month in savings compared to the U.S. average of $4,051. Oklahoma as a whole is also much more affordable than the national norm for this level of care; the average savings for state residents is $500 per month. Arkansas is the most affordable neighboring state, at a monthly average of $3,175 for assisted living, while Kansas is the most expensive at $4,473.
Within the state of Oklahoma, Norman is priced midway between neighboring areas. Norman and Lawton share an average cost — $3,324 per month — while in Enid the cost is almost $500 per month lower. Tulsa is the most expensive area in the state, with an average cost over $1,000 higher than the alternatives. For some interstate perspective, the cost of assisted living is roughly $300 higher in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and $800 higher in Dallas, Texas.
Norman Assisted Living Financial Assistance
Low-income seniors in Norman can apply for Oklahoma Medicaid, known as SoonerCare, which provides coverage for a large range of health and other services. In addition to the core Medicaid coverage — doctor visits, prescriptions, hospital fees and transportation — seniors may be eligible for coverage of some assisted living costs via the ADvantage Waiver program. Residents must be aged 65 and older for waiver eligibility.
Read more about financial assistance on our Assisted Living in Oklahoma page.
Norman Assisted Living Resources
|Areawide Aging Agency||(405) 942-8500||Areawide is designated as the Area Agency on Aging for Cleveland and several nearby counties. It receives state funding to provide senior services, such as information and referrals, caregiver support and respite, nutrition programs, advice on long-term care and other concerns. Areawide also managed the Long-Term Care Ombudsman program, which advocates for Norman’s assisted living residents and investigates complaints on their behalf.|
|Aging Services – Cleveland County||(405) 321-3200||Aging Services, Inc. is a nonprofit that is partnered with Areawide to provide a more local approach to similar services. Residents of Norman and Cleveland County aged 60 and over may be eligible.|
|City Of Norman Senior Center||(405) 329-4200||Seniors aged 55+ are welcome to join the the City of Norman Senior Center for a nominal fee. Weekly activities include exercise classes, card games, crafts and creative writing. Movie nights and Bingo are monthly events. |
|Veterans Corner||(405) 387-5070||Veterans Corner is a nonprofit Veterans Service Organization that provides a range of useful services for eligible residents. Veterans can get help applying for financial assistance from the VA and state programs, including filing the appropriate forms and managing the appeals process if needed. Seniors in assisted living may be eligible for the VA Aid and Attendance benefit.|
|Oklahoma 2-1-1||211||Oklahoma 2-1-1 is the state hotline for information and referrals to local services. The line is open 24/7 and the website provides a searchable directory of services, such as long-term care, financial assistance, health and dental, transportation and support groups.|
|Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma||(918) 308-5295||Legal Aid Services operates a helpline and website to provide legal advice and resources for eligible residents aged 60 and older at no cost. This may include aid with various issues such as medical debt, financial assistance denials and guardianship.|
Norman Assisted Living Laws and Regulations
Assisted living communities and other senior care facilities in Norman are managed by the Long-Term Care Service under Oklahoma’s State Department of Health. These communities must follow state regulations and are regularly inspected. Visit our Assisted Living in Oklahoma page for details on the applicable regulations.