Rep. David Dank, R-Oklahoma City, calls adult day services “one of the most important, if not the most important” elderly program financed in part by the state.
“It’s the best bargain around,” said Dank, emphasizing that the state pays adult day centers $45 a day to care for a client based on a six-hour day. By comparison, nursing homes receive a daily average rate of $129.18 per client for 24-hour care, according to the Oklahoma Health Authority.
“If we can keep people out of nursing homes, that’s gonna save the state a lot of money,” Dank said. “Do the math.”
Dank chaired a sub-committee for the Elderly and Long-Term Care, but the committee was eliminated this year by the Republican-controlled legislature.
“We’re just gonna have to set our priorities,” Dank said. “I think ultimately Republicans will support this program.”