A new state law, which takes effect Nov. 1, aims to expand the number of places across the state that connect family caregivers with local resources. The Oklahoma Caregiver Support Act directs the state Department of Human Services to work with community groups to improve access to caregiver services in low, middle and high income areas. Schools and city and county facilities will provide information, counseling, training and in some cases vouchers to help caregivers.
More than 524,000 Oklahomans serve as family caregivers, providing more than 488 million hours of unpaid services worth about $6 billion a year to help their parents, spouses or other loved ones keep living at home.
To download a statewide caregiver resource guide or a similar guide specific to northeastern Oklahoma, click here.