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Assisted-Living Facility in South Oklahoma City First of Its Kind

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Assisted-Living Facility in South Oklahoma City First of Its Kind

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Leasing has started for a new assisted-living center that is under construction in south Oklahoma City.

The Village at Oakwood will be the first assisted-living community in the state for seniors on Medicaid, said Joyce Clark of Achievis Senior Living Associates, which is handling marketing and startup management for the 90-apartment facility at 817 SW 59th St.

Oklahomans qualifying for Medicaid have been able to receive assistance for nursing homes but not assisted-living centers. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority approved the Medicaid Advantage Waiver Program last week, providing assistance for residents of assisted-living centers. The program is expected to be activated around May 1 after it is approved by Gov. Brad Henry.

"Now people can choose from a continuum of care options ranging from home-based services and adult day care to assisted living and nursing home," said Clark. "Oklahoma joins approximately 41 other states in providing Medicaid-based assisted-living programs."

The Village at Oakwood will open this summer after construction is completed and the facility receives state approval and certification, Clark said.

"It is wonderful that we will finally have this care option for people who need some help but do not need as much help as nursing homes provide," she said. "Before they did not have the option to receive service at home and a nursing home."

The Village at Oakwood will have 90 one-bedroom, 545-square-foot apartments for people age 62 and older. Each unit will have a kitchenette and step-in showers. Services will include three daily meals, but not in a traditional format.

"We are going to offer restaurant-style dining so they do not just sit down at a certain time and eat something," she said. "Our service will be open all day and they can order from a short menu."

Staff members will be able to purchase meals at cost to take home to their families at the end of the day. …

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