Purpose and Guiding Principles
The purpose of the Wisconsin Community Options Program is to provide
the assistance an individual needs in order to continue to live in his or her own home, in
his or her own community, at a cost which averages no more than that of nursing home care.
This purpose makes certain values inherent in Community Options. These
values have led us to embrace the following guiding principles which are
incorporated into the acronym RESPECT.
- Relationships. Relationships between participants, care
managers and providers are based on caring, respect, continuity over time, and a sense of
- Empowerment to make choices. Individual choice is the
foundation of ethical home and community-based long term support services.
- Services to meet individual need. Individuals want prompt
and easy access to services that are tailored to their unique circumstances.
- Physical and mental health services. Intended to help
people achieve their best level of health and functioning.
- Enhancement of participant reputation.
Services maintain and
enhance participants' sense of self-worth and community recognition of their value in
every way possible.
- Community and family participation.
supported to maintain and develop friendships to participate in their families and
- Tools for independence.
supported to achieve maximum self-sufficiency and independence.
April 24, 2013