Q&A with Catheryn Koss
Senior Law Center issues guide to long-term care in Oklahoma
Q: The nonprofit Senior Law Resource Center recently published the “Oklahoma Legal Guide To Long-Term Care” by Catheryn Koss. I understand all proceeds of the book, which may be ordered on amazon.com, will benefit the center. What is long-term care?
A: Long-term care refers to a variety of services for people whose disabilities or illnesses prevent them from caring for themselves without help. These services may be medical, such as nursing care, or nonmedical, such as assistance with bathing or housekeeping.
Q: What types of issues are covered in the new book?
A: The guide addresses long-term care at home, in assisted living centers and in nursing homes. It covers how to pay for care, including how to qualify for Medicaid and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits. It also addresses residents' rights from the time of admission to the time a resident leaves a facility. Unlike many legal guides, this one specifically covers Oklahoma law and provides contact information for dozens of state programs and agencies.