Adult Care in Oklahoma - The Ambassador

by Ron Jackson, Staff Reporter Modified: November 28, 2009 at 11:12 pm •  Published: November 28, 2009
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Chart of increases in percentage of elderly in Oklahoma
If adult day services are to become a viable option for Oklahoma’s growing elderly population, Bill Weaver is convinced it will come down to one thing – education.

“Education is crucial,” said Weaver, president and CEO of Oklahoma City’s four Daily Living Centers. “Most people have never even heard of adult day care.” No one is perhaps more knowledgeable about the subject in Oklahoma than Weaver, who at 72 is somewhat of an unofficial ambassador. Although he scoffs at such a depiction, he has watched the system grow nearly from birth. He arrived on the scene in 1987 when there were only four adult day care centers statewide and no government oversight.

Today, Oklahoma has 32 adult day care centers licensed by the state Health Department. Each is subject to periodic state inspections and operates by a 29-page manual of rules and regulations – a manual written by Weaver in 1992.

Despite the gains, Weaver scans the adult day care landscape and sees virtually barren terrain.

“Adult day care in Oklahoma is still in its infancy,” Weaver said.

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