Below are some helpful links and articles to help you make the best decisions for you or your loved ones.


Medicare provides health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older who have worked and paid into the system, and to younger people with disabilities, end stage renal disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Social Security

Social Security is primarily the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) federal program that encompasses several social welfare and social insurance programs.

Health Department Inspections

The Long Term Care Service of Protective Health Services oversees the health and safety of residents living in licensed long-term care facilities.  Long-term care facilities include nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes, assisted living centers, continuum of care homes (which include an assisted living center and a nursing facility) and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID).

Five Star Rating System

The nursing home ratings system known as Oklahoma’s Focus on Excellence uses multiple metrics to score each nursing home on a level of one (lowest) through five (highest). The nursing home ratings are based on 9 separate “Metric Rating Factors.” Star ratings can be viewed as an overall rating or a specific metric rating. The Stars are the consumers’ tool to identify which areas may be important and significant to the family, consumer and/or loved one. Each quality measure will have a star rating from one to five.