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Statement of Purpose

The Mary Oakley Foundation was established in 1995. Mr. Jules Oakley, a long time resident of Santa Barbara, CA, directed that the proceeds of his Family Trust be committed to multipurpose utilization including the provision of Residential Facility Care stipends for indigent elderly with dementia such as Alzheimer's Disease, Respite Care Grants, and funding to other non-profit organizations for public education, as well as the research of medical, pharmacologic and surgical therapies which will lead to the amelioration of age related cognitive diseases such as the dementias and associated disorders of related organ systems (such as eyes and ears as they are an extension of the brain) seen in the senescent adult population.

The first Mary Oakley home was opened in May, 1996, in Montecito, CA. Today multiple facilities are used by the Mary Oakley Foundation from the Santa Ynez Valley to Simi Valley, CA, providing comprehensive residential care including transporation to and from physician appointments, appropriate individualized exercise, entertainment and beautician services.

Staffed by a voluntary board, contributions and Foundation earnings are directed to the provision of grants for resident stipendees, projects to proffer resident welfare, short-term respite stipends for qualified applicants, public education and medical research of the adult dementias.

Should you have any questions regarding The Mary Oakley Foundation, you may contact William C. Stivelman, M.D. directly.

William C. Stivelman, M.D.
CEO and Medical Director
The Mary Oakley Foundation

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How The Mary Oakley Foundation Works
The Mary Oakley Foundation residential care program assists individuals who meet the qualifications enumerated below by awarding a monthly stipend covering the preponderance of the cost of placement in a contracted Residential Dementia Care facility. A recommended portion of the applicant's Social Security and any other monthly benefits the applicant receives, on a sliding scale, is used to supplement the Mary Oakley Foundation stipend.

The applicant will receive this stipend as long as it is deemed appropriate based on the discretion of the Foundation exclusively. The initial term is for two years, and can be extended where appropriate, in the opinion of the Foundation, for one additional year. The Foundation reserves the right to terminate the stipend, without explanation, with 30 days formal written notice.

Availability of residential care facility funding is limited to a certain number of applicants at any one time. Therefore, once an applicant has been approved, they will be placed on a waiting space until a space is available in one of the designated residential care facilities.

The Foundation does not envisage using facilities other than those on its approved list, but will consider the petition by qualified candidates' family or legal conservator for variance on an individual basis, and will conduct an assessment of such a facility if and when deemed appropriate. The decision of the Mary Oakley Foundation Board to grant or decline such a petition shall be final.

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Applicant Qualification Requirements

  • A diagnosis of dementia such as Alzheimer's Disease, Lewy Body dementia, lacunar infarct dementia or other similar senior dementia is required and must be designated by a practicing internist or neurologist; a family practitioner diagnosis without appropriate specialty consultation is not acceptable
  • Be considered indigent (does not own a home, car, savings, investments, other real estate or other possessions, etc.)
  • Provide incontrovertible proof of U.S. Citizenship
  • Qualify for and be issued a Medi-Cal number; admission will be delayed until that card is in the stipendee’s possession and a copy provided to the Mary Oakley Foundation
  • Be a long time resident of the Tri-Counties (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Ventura) area; by definition, this means at least a 10 year residency or more. The Foundation will not consider individuals who have been moved to Santa Barbara by their families in order to obtain a stipend

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Application Procedure for Family Member/Caregiver/Responsible Party

  • Fill out an application and submit to the Mary Oakley Foundation liaison, whose name and address is under Contact Us

The application will be reviewed to determine candidacy and submitted to The Mary Oakley Foundation Board for action. The Mary Oakley Foundation Liaison will communicate the Board's decision to the designated responsible party.

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