Frequently Asked Questions

Who lives at LiveOak?
LiveOak is an intentional community where individuals are supported in taking control of their own lives. Residents of LiveOak are individuals who have a desire to be actively engaged with their peers and the greater community of San Marcos.

LiveOak residents are adults, 18 years of age or older. Residents come from all over the United States and have a variety of cognitive disabilities; including developmental disabilities, mental health issues, brain injuries, and autism. We have three different program locations at LiveOak; the Ranch, an assisted living program in Martindale, TX, SmithHouse a small group home in San Marcos, and the LiveOak Apartments, an independent living program in downtown San Marcos.

LiveOak is not a memory care facility and does not admit individuals needing assistance due to Alzheimer’s or dementia.
What determines who lives at which location?
The level of support required, the desires of the residents and their families, and availability are all considered when placing a resident at one of our three locations.

Individuals who are more independent and can be successful without overnight support or medication supervision would be good candidates for the LiveOak Apartments. Here, some residents have a roommate, while others live alone in one of five, two-bedroom apartments. Residents at the LiveOak apartments still have daily staff support, interaction with other LiveOak residents, access to community activities, case management, and transportation.

Those living at SmithHouse usually require extra levels of support, whether it's medication monitoring, greater physical accessibility, or a more structured daily schedule. SmithHouse can accommodate up to 10 residents in private and semi-private rooms.

The Ranch is home to a diverse group of individuals with varying abilities, though most require a moderate level of support. These residents enjoy regular outings to San Marcos, but with 63 acres, a swimming pool, a walking trail, and a recreation room for billiards, ping pong, games, and crafts, there is no shortage of activities for people right on the property.
Do you offer an option for people who can live on their own with minimal support but would still benefit from a community like LiveOak?
If you are inquiring about someone who prefers to live in their own apartment or home yet still needs some level of assistance, please contact Rachel Medina at 512-357-4023 for information about our concierge services.
How much does it cost to live at LiveOak?
Our fee structure is a flat per-diem rate, based on the level of support a person requires and which location they live at. Our per-diem ranges from $225-$350 per day depending on placement and need, with an average daily rate of $250-$300 a day.

All daily supports and services are included, except external professional healthcare services.

What does the cost include?
  • Customized schedule for each resident, as well as 24-hour staffing at SmithHouse and the Ranch
  • Personalized programming emphasizing healthy activities, choice, responsibility and quality of life
  • Medication monitoring, management, and facilitation
  • Care management – scheduling of doctors’ appointments, follow-up, communication, and advocacy
  • Transportation to and from all doctors’ appointments
  • Monitoring of health conditions
  • Assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as basic hygiene, if needed
  • Meals and assistance with preparation and cooking
  • Regular communication with family members
  • Regular outings in the community
Do you take insurance or forms of public assistance?
Most individuals are privately funded through trusts, workers comp, or private pay. Traditional insurance policies or government programs such as Medicare or Medicaid typically do not pay for our services but are often used for medical care and medication.
Do you provide in-home medical services?
No. We are not a medical facility nor do we have nursing or therapy staff. We work closely with physicians and therapists in the San Marcos area who know our residents well. We monitor medical conditions, make doctors’ appointments, and provide care management services but we defer to the medical community for treatment.
Do residents have private rooms?
Most residents have a private room and some share a bathroom with one other resident. A few bedrooms at SmithHouse are semi-private.
Can I schedule a tour?
If you would like to take a tour of LiveOak or learn more about our program, please call (512) 357-4023.

We regularly schedule tours for interested families and know that coming to the program in-person is the best way to see for yourself what a unique program we offer.

Our Communities

LiveOak is an intentional community that provides people with cognitive disabilities a caring and supportive community where they can grow and thrive throughout their lifetime. We are comprised of three different locations; LiveOak Ranch, LiveOak Apartments, and SmithHouse. Each location provides different supports and opportunities to meet the unique wants and needs for each individual.