What is Oasis?
Older Adult Services and Interfaith Sharing (OASIS) adult day services is a non-profit, community based program designed to provide affordable daytime care in a home-like environment for cognitively or physically impaired adults. For some adults, Adult Day Care offers an alternative to placement in a long-term care facility . The program helps prevent premature institutionalization by providing a safe and protective environment in which the participants remain a s independent as possible. OASIS—the quality choice at a true value.
Who Attends Oasis
Most participants are older adults, but any adult 18 years of age or older may participate in the program if they meet our enrollment criteria. Participants must be able to move about independently or with the aid of a walker or wheelchair. All participants must be weight-bearing. Adults with diagnosis of Alzheimer’s dementias or other chronic impairments attend OASIS Adult Day Services.
What is the Program?
Each day presents a full schedule of activities which provide physical, social, emotional and spiritual stimulation.
- An individualized plan of care is developed for each participant based upon their needs and interests.
- A nursing assessment, health monitoring, medication administration and social services are also provided.
- Physical, speck and occupational therapy can be provided on a contract basis.
- A light breakfast, a full noonday meal and two snacks are provided daily, along with regular exercises, music, arts and crafts, and educational and memory activities which help participants maintain or improve their independence.
Our goal at OASIS is to assist participants to remain in their homes and to enable them to continue to be part of their community despite their cognitive or physical challenges.
Full and part-time staff incudes Executive Director, Program Director, Site Manager, activity directors, program assistants (Certified Nursing Assistants) Registered Nurses and other contract therapists as needed. These professionals have been specially trained to work with individuals with dementia.
In additional to paid professional staff at OASIS, we have a number of volunteers who provide expertise and services to our participants and families.
There is a daily fee for this service, however this should not be a deterrent to utilizing our services. Many participants can receive assistance from OKDHS or the ADvantage program. OASIS also accepts respite vouchers as well as private pay and long term care insurance programs.
The Northeastern District of Christian Churches of Oklahoma established a task force in June 1993 for the purpose fo investigating and establishing an Adult Day Care Center. After identifying the need for additional adult day care centers in the community, a building was renovated to meet ADA standards and preparations were made for state licensure and staffing of the center.
OASIS, Inc. (Older Adult Services and Interfaith Sharing) opened in July, 1005 and is endorsed by the Northeast District of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma. The original OASIS Adult Day Services Center was located on the campus of South Side Christian Church at 3817 South Lewis in Tulsa. This location was selected in accordance with the high concentration of older adults in the area, as well as families involved with care giving responsibilities. Although endorsed by the Northeast District, OASIS,, Inc. and the Adult Day Services Center is a community-based, interfaith program with the Board of Directors recruited from the local community. The particular faith of participants has no bearing on their participation in the program.
OASIS serves participants and families in the Tulsa Metropolitan area as well as Tulsa, Osage, Creek, Okmulgee, Muskogee, Rogers, Waggoner and other surrounding counties. Although originally licensed to serve 40, OASIS now is licensed to serve 60 participants though its regular adult day program as well as the Navigators’ Club, a program especially designed for individuals with early Alzheimer’s disease.
In April, 2008, OASIS partnered with the First Presbyterian Church in Sapulpa to open a second center to serve Sapulpa and the surrounding counties. The new center is licensed to serve 30 participants and is located in the Fleming Mission Center of First Presbyterian at 410 East Lee in Sapulpa.
South Side Christian Church closed and the Lewis campus was sold in the fall of 2011. The members of South Side Christian Church voted to generously invest in the future of OASIS Adult Day Services as a legacy of their membership. Our new center was remodeled into a beautiful homelike environment and OASIS moved into our new facility and opened January, 2012. OASIS Adult Day Services of Tulsa will be forever grateful for the membership of South Side Christian Church and their commitment to our future and the future of caregivers and participants in the Tulsa area.
The mission of OASIS is to provide adult day services in a compassionate environment, designed to meet the needs of adults with functional impairments through a special plan of care, that nurtures, mind, body and spirit.
Phil Burch, Chair
David Polen, Vice Chair
Brian Elliott, Treasurer
Tami Letters, Secretary
Nancy Leslie Guard, MA
Rev. Wally Johnson
Dr. Craig Lamb
Jennifer Lamb, RN
Dr. Harley Galusha
Rev. Richard Ziglar
Rev. Leslie Dotson
Rev. Jay Baldwin
Dr. E. N. Lubin
Rev. Bill Moore
Tulsa Transit Authority
Meals On Wheels
Department of Human Services
Cimarron Public Transit
Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce
Oklahoma Arts Council
Oklahoma Center of Non Profits
The Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s Association – Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter
National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA)