The 2006 edition of The Vintage Guide to Housing and Services is now available from LIFE Senior Services. The free annual publication is northeastern Oklahoma’s most comprehensive guide to senior resources, and is a valuable tool for older adults and their families, caregivers, and professionals who work with older adults. %9
“The Vintage Guide is widely recognized as the best place to begin the search for information and services in northeastern Oklahoma. It is designed to help seniors and their families navigate what can be a confusing and overwhelming array of options,” says Susan Lively, editor of The Vintage Guide and The Vintage Newsmagazine.
The updated 176-page edition includes a comprehensive directory of more than 200 senior living options, including independent apartments, multi-level communities, residential care, assisted living, and nursing homes. Listings include contact information, rates and payment options, security features, and other special services.
In addition to these residential options, The Vintage Guide also includes home care services that often enable older adults to safely continue enjoying the comforts of their own homes. By getting additional support from adult day services, case management, and home health care agencies, many seniors are able to delay or even avoid altogether the move to a residential care facility or nursing home.
The Vintage Guide also lists nearly 600 community resources that provide assistance with everything from advocacy and adult day services, to caregiver respite and support, counseling and mental health; geriatric specialists and assessment; hearing, speech, and vision services; insurance, and legal services; Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and veterans’ issues; recreation, nutrition sites, senior centers, and volunteer opportunities; transportation assistance; and help with urgent needs.
The publication also features a number of helpful articles including:
?%9The Basics of Medicare
?%9Things to Consider, a check list to help families evaluate potential risks for seniors living alone
??riving and Older Adults
?%9Recognizing the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
?%9The ADvantage Program, An Alternative to Nursing Home Care
??0 Signs that the Time is Right for Adult Day Services
??hoosing an Assisted Living Center
LIFE Senior Services, a Tulsa Area United Way agency, has published The Vintage Guide to Housing and Services for more than twenty years. According to LIFE’s Executive Director Bill Major, “We’ve learned over the years that older adults want to make their own decisions – and they want choices. At LIFE, we believe one of our most important roles is to ensure that seniors are armed with complete, up-to-date information so they can make choices that best support their independence.”
Individuals interested in receiving The Vintage Guide by mail, and professionals who would like bulk quantities for distribution to patients and clients should call SeniorLine at (918) 664-9000 or request it online at www.seniorline.org. The publication may also be picked up at any of LIFE Senior Services’ three offices: in Tulsa at 5950 East 31st Street (west of 31st and Sheridan) and at 902 East Pine Street (at the corner of Pine and Lansing), or in Broken Arrow at 3106 South Juniper Avenue (west of 101st and Elm).