— Oklahoma ranks among the worst in the nation on several measures of quality of care in nursing homes. This must stop! AARP Oklahoma has created the Nursing Home CARE Plan which is a series of bills that begin to correct the ways in which our state’s most frail and vulnerable are cared for: HB 1902 / SB280: Ties nursing home reimbursements to quality of care. SB 142: Puts an end to the shameful and immoral practice of using antipsychotic drugs …

— The Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), which provides electricity around Tulsa, McAlester and Lawton for about 550,000 households, is proposing an $88 million rate hike. That would raise rates for a typical residential customer by $7 a month. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission will consider the request, which PSO says is needed to make improvements and investments in new technology. The utility’s customers saw their electric bills drop about $5 a month last October. AARP Oklahoma urges members to call …

— Join AARP Oklahoma for a telephone town hall on the role advance practice nurses play in solving Oklahoma’s health care crisis. AARP Oklahoma’s state director Sean Voskuhl will be joined by Toni Pratt-Reid, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and Jenny Schmitt, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to discuss the vital role APRNs and CRNAs play in the delivery of care across Oklahoma. We will also be discussing legislation that could help these professionals do more to improve Oklahoma’s health rankings. Please …

— Our state is experiencing a health care crisis and there is no sign of that letting up. While physicians play an important role, it is a variety of professional nurses who provide care for us at all levels. SB 839 would allow our Nurse Practitioners to practice to their full education and training while SB 801 would remove an antiquated requirement for Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists that is threatening rural hospitals from being able to provide surgeries. Email  or call your …

— Oklahoma ranks first in the nation in the use of antipsychotic drugs without a psychiatric diagnosis in nursing home residents. Oklahoma nursing home records show one in five residents are inappropriately prescribed antipsychotics despite the medications’ serious side effects. Instead of treating our nursing home residents with respect and dignity, and providing proper care, our nursing home owners simply sedate them with drugs that carry dangerous and deadly side effects. Chemical restraint of our seniors must be stopped. Senate Bill …

— Year after year, Oklahoma nursing home care ranks among the worst in the nation. Now, a News on 6 investigation, Oklahoma Nursing Homes Rank Among Worst in Nation, underscores the severity of the problem. Watch the special report HERE. Are you ready for change? If so, please ask your state senator to support AARP’s Nursing Home CARE (Creating Accountability, Reform and Excellence) Plan. The CARE Plan includes HB1013, SB142 and SB280 with amendments. The CARE Plan seeks to end the overuse …

— AARP Oklahoma and The Alzheimer’s Association Oklahoma Chapter today announced support for Senate Bill 142. SB 142, introduced by Senator Stephanie Bice (R-Oklahoma City) and Representative Tammy West (R-Bethany), will require a nursing home resident to have a psychiatric diagnosis prior to the prescription of antipsychotic medications. Oklahoma ranks first in the nation for nursing home resident use of antipsychotic medications without a psychiatric diagnosis, according to an August 2018 AARP report. One in five nursing home residents currently receives …

— AARP Oklahoma wants to ensure that residents in the state’s nursing facilities receive proper care and attention. Last year a study from AARP’s Public Policy Institute found that Oklahoma’s nursing facilities had the second-highest rate in the U.S. of residents at high risk for pressure sores. Such sores are worrisome because they can lead to dangerous infections. Oklahoma also ranked first in the nation in the use of antipsychotic medications for patients without a psychiatric diagnosis. AARP Oklahoma is working …

— More than 524,000 Oklahomans care for older parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can live independently in their homes and communities. These unpaid family caregivers provide 488 million hours of care valued at a staggering six billion dollars annually, according to AARP Oklahoma, the nonprofit and nonpartisan advocacy organization for Americans 50 and older. These findings highlight the profound role of family caregivers who are recognized officially during National Family Caregivers Month in November. “Family caregivers’ labor of …

— Did you know Oklahoma ranks among the worst of states surveyed in the quality of care provided in nursing homes? Join us for a telephone town hall to find out how you can help improve the lives of many of Oklahoma’s most frail and vulnerable. Also, learn about options available to you and your loved ones to remain living independently in your own homes for as long as possible. REGISTER HERE Friday, December 14, 2018 10 a.m. We cannot sit …