Congruence between action and our fundamental beliefs is the cultural bedrock upon which we will build our movement.
Live Oak Project Vision Statement
A transformed culture of long-term services and supports systems rooted in basic human rights that cultivates well-being, relationships and community, by supporting the empowerment of each person and each group of stakeholders.
Live Oak Project Mission
The mission of the Live Oak Project is to organize a process that transforms all dimensions of the long-term care system while simultaneously helping to ensure that each person currently in a long-term care community is not harmed and has a voice and choice in the decisions that impact one’s life.
Live Oak Project Guiding Principles
The culture that drives the transformation of the system is person-centered, cultivates community, and empowers each person and each group of stakeholders.
Each person who is eligible for long-term care funded by Medicaid and Medicare has a full range of options about their care setting, including their own homes,
Each person who receives long-term care is related to as a whole person, who is still growing, still learning, still with potential, with physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and relationship needs.
Each person in a long-term care setting is entitled to the full range of human rights, including simple pleasures, risk taking in everyday life, and a voice and choice in the decisions that impact one’s life.
Each person is entitled to have their needs for quality of life and the kind of health care they choose in a way that is appropriate to their traditional culture.
The physical environment of each care setting supports at-homeness by providing private rooms, plenty of spacious common areas, healthy air quality, natural light, and easy access to outdoors.
The system of reimbursement is sufficiently funded to provide high quality care and a meaningful life for each person.
Direct care workers, including Certified Nursing Assistants, are professionals: well trained; equitably compensated; valued for what they know and can contribute; related to with dignity and respect; and have a career ladder.
The management culture within each care setting and each government agency engaged with long-term care moves from a hierarchical top-down culture to one that is collaborative, transparent, and learning based.
The regulatory system approaches long-term care settings that pursue excellence as partners in quality, and meaningfully enforces the full extent of the law with those that are chronically poor performing.
The process of transforming the culture is a journey and not a destination that takes time, is challenging, and ultimately is rewarding for all the stakeholders involved, especially those people the system is designed to serve.
There needs to be people within each system who are responsible for growing the culture that supports these principles.