Who We Serve
We work with and for adults living with cognitive disability who would benefit from living and participating in an active residential program. LiveOak residents are able to be involved both with our LiveOak family and in the surrounding community.
Consultations and Visits: A consultation and visit can be scheduled without cost or obligation. A fee schedule is available upon request. If you would like to schedule a visit, please call our office at (512) 357-4023 or email Rachel Medina at rm@LiveOakLiving.com.
Cost: Our daily fee is a fixed amount, making future care costs very predictable. Most individuals are privately funded through trusts, worker comp, or private pay. Traditional insurance policies or government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid typically do not pay for our services but are often used for medical care and medication.
For additional information or to make a referral, please call us at 512-357-4023 or send an email to Rachel Medina: rm@LiveOakLiving.com
Visitor Accommodations: LiveOak offers accommodations for potential residents and their family members in our Barndominium. The Barndominium is a 100-year-old barn that was renovated into a bed and breakfast for visitors. It is used year-round by potential residents, and by family members of current residents coming to visit their loved one. The Barndominium has two bedrooms, one bathroom. a living room, a kitchenette, and an outdoor patio area.
A Family's Perspective
"In 2010 I became my sister’s guardian. She had been living at home with our mother until that time. I searched across the county for a residential care home for her. A lovely woman, who taught painting lessons to Chris, recommended we look at LiveOak. David Seaton met with me the next day. David explained LiveOak’s philosophy of living for the residents. That philosophy included treating each resident as an individual with dignity and value. It included building activities around each resident’s interests. I have seen this philosophy put into action and it’s results. They really do “walk the talk.”
My sister has lived with a traumatic brain injury for over 35 years. She was angry, isolated and felt as if she didn’t have any friends. She would often tearfully say, “I don’t have any friends.” People avoided her because she was different. It was heartbreaking. She has been living at LiveOak for seven years now. Today she is a social butterfly. She enjoys the other residents and they enjoy her. I was recently brought to tears when she introduced me to another resident calling her “my friend”!
I can’t thank LiveOak enough for the difference they have made in my sister’s life. -Cindy G. Sister & Guardian of a LiveOak Resident
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.
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.
Do you offer an option for people who can live on their own with minimal support but woud 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 where they live. The average cost the LiveOak Apartments is $200. The average cost for our other programs offerering more support (LiveOak Ranch, Smith House) is about $225 per day.
Do you take insurance or forms of public assistance?
Most individuals are privately funded though 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?
At LiveOak, we provide the support and social connections that men and women with cognitive disabilities need to reengage with the world and get more out of life. We promote an atmosphere in which people feel respected, connected and valued.
Don’t just take our word for it. Here's what our friends and family have to say about LiveOak Living Community.
God bless all the caregivers at Live Oak. John feels safe and seems well and happy. Your approach is working. Thank you each and every one! -Ellen (mother of resident)
"My son, is 32 years old, and he was diagnosed with schizophrenia 15 years ago. Ross has lived in a number of different places, and unfortunately did not experience much success. Since moving to LiveOak Living Community five years ago, the quality of his life has improved significantly. The staff is very caring, they keep Ross safe, take care of his needs and have helped him to become more independent than he has been before." - Sid O. ,Father of a LiveOak Resident
The LiveOak staff are amazing and handle difficult situations brilliantly. They do a great job keeping all residents engaged and upbeat!- Candy S. Mother of LiveOak Resident