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San Mateo County grants rental assistance to elderly facing evictions in care homes

A much-needed rental assistance for elders in dire need was granted by the San Mateo County as part of federal CARES Act to somehow alleviate the plight of those who respite from the ongoing challenges posed especially by the COVD-19 pandemic.

Supervisor David J. Canepa announced that the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors approved a $500,000 grant in the CARES Act funding to the Institute on Aging to provide rental assistance to individuals facing eviction in Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFE).

“Many residents in these facilities have fallen behind in their rents, face eviction and possibly homelessness in the middle of a deadly pandemic. We are talking about people as old as 94 and others with dementia and other critical needs,” Canepa acknowledged. “These people are unable to live by themselves who live in facilities where the rents can be as high as $8,000 a month. If evicted, these individuals face more than just the specter of homelessness but also a heightened risk of infection and death due to COVID. This funding will protect many of these individuals from eviction and that’s an investment I’m proud to make.”

Canepa represents San Mateo County District 5 which includes the cities of Daly City, Colma, Brisbane, portions of South San Francisco and San Bruno and the unincorporated Broadmoor Village.

It was observed that the there are San Mateo County RCFE residents that have run out of money in and are in a quandary on how to take care of basic needs much less on rental dues.

The San Mateo County Ombudsman Services reported that there are at least 10 residents that will face eviction as of December 31, 2020 because of back rent due and not able to meet the monthly rent that they now must pay.

“They either have run out of money, have no family left, or their children can no longer help them due to the coronavirus and loss of jobs. These residents use their social security income plus what the family can contribute to meet the monthly rent,” San Mateo inc. Ombudsman Services Executive Director Bernadette “Bernie” Mellott laments. “Some owe back rent up to $60,000 and others do not have any back rent but no ‘gap funds’ to bridge their social security money and the cost of rent per month. The CARES funds can really help with the ‘gap fund’ as a bridge to help these residents ‘age in place’.”

Mellot shared that there is a 94 year old who has run out of money, has no one to help, and is also on hospice.

“You cannot evict this person but what does the facility do in this case? There are many of these cases and more happening each day,” Mellot added.

The Ombudsman Services of San Mateo County Inc. (OSSMC) works to ensure the protection of residents of long-term care facilities, including RCFEs, in the county through advocacy, direct intervention and education in collaboration with service providers.

Presently, there are 248 RCFEs in the county, with their individual capacity ranging from 6 beds to 50 beds per facility, and a collective capacity of 5,346 beds according to records of the OSSMC.

It is also OSSMC’s job to make sure your stay is safe, comfortable, and dignified, and that each resident receives the quality of care that he or she rightfully deserves.

They are committed to changing the face of aging in the Bay Area. In addition to actively investigating complaints, we are proactive in providing resources and ongoing support to residents and their families. We know how challenging it can be to navigate the long-term care system and we are here to help you.

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Provider Profile: S3C Energy

Your stand-up kind of back-up

The wildfire season and PG&E’s public safety power shut offs brings home the necessity of power back-ups for care homes. What can you do to make sure your care home is safe with enough power that your lights stay on and medicines and rooms stay cool when these shut offs are unexpected and can last for days.? There is a “stand-up kind of back up” source for power available to you when you partner with nature and go solar! Today, Solar+Battery Storage can provide backup power for your care home to provide you a peace of mind at NO UPFRONT COST, cutting your power bill in half, you home care will have power as long as the sun is there.

Are you surprised? This package is what solar power company S3C Energy can do for 6Beds members and other customers.
S3C co-founder Alex Alino says, “Our solar plus battery back-up system can be configured to back up your entire home or at minimum provide back up power for your most important appliances, equipments and rooms. Your choice will determine the number of batteries for your specific installation.”

He explained, “We have installed a lot of solar panels for 6Beds, so we understand the needs of a typical 6Beds care home. We can put together a solar package with financing that will not increase their ‘debt-to-income’ ratio and preserve their buying power in the future.”

“We found out that a typical care home can save anywhere from $90,000 to $180,000 on their electricity bills (depending on the system size) over 25 years. That’s a reduction in costs running between 50-60 percent and giving the care home a huge savings.”

“Just to give you an actual example: We were asked by an owner to put solar power systems on their nine care home facilities. The total estimated savings for electricity costs over 25 years for the nine homes is a little over $1,000,000. These savings were achieved with the S3C no-upfront cost program and without carrying a loan by simply paying for power produced by their solar system at a fixed low monthly payment for the next 25 years. The only requirement S3C has is that the care home owner must have a FICO score of at least 650 and be identified as owner on the care home title.”

Solar power systems and installations have changed a lot since the days of the failed solar company Solyndra. “Back then” homeowners are required to pay cash for acquisition and typically takes an average of 8-10 years to realize a Return-On-Investment (ROI).

Alino said, “All our 6Beds customers realize savings immediately – the moment we turn on their system. Since the care homes didn’t put money out, they didn’t have to worry about ‘rate of return’ or ‘payback in future months.’ Their solar bills are a lot less than their current monthly electricity bill and over the years they’ll see those savings as long as they qualify for our solar program.”

“S3C service is one-stop-shop. We handle your solar project from beginning to end. We can also include roofing work, upgrading your electrical main panel or any additional work to complete your solar project.”

In the early days there was no uniformity in approvals for solar installations. Both the ‘pro’ installers and the home owners faced regulatory hurdles with some local city departments declining to issue permits and/or did not know the required documents. It used to be if you found a city that would issue solar permits, each of those cities had its own timeline.

Alino: “Fortunately today it is not hard to get a solar permit from the city. Typical documents you’ll need include – architectural plan, load calculation, solar panel technical specification up to any materials we will use to install the solar panels (i.e. screws, conduit sizes, wires, etc.). Plus, the roof must be in good condition and the electrical panel must meet the load requirement for the size of the system. Some cities issue permits over the counter while others take two to three weeks or more depending on the city current workloads. With COVID-19, the reduced city workforce could prolong the timeline.”

Homeowners, solar companies, and industry advocates alike were given a big Christmas gift in 2015 when Congress approved the 2016 federal spending bill and extended the solar panel tax credit. The December 18 bill contained a 5-year solar tax credit extension, which makes solar energy more affordable for all Americans.

Fortunately, Alino said, “There is still a Federal tax credit which is 26 percent for 2020. This will go down to 22 percent in 2021, but the tax credit is expiring in 2022. This helps providing a low monthly payment for your solar panels whether you lease or purchase the system.”

Today’s solar panel is much improved in efficiency and size. Customers can now monitor their solar system production from their mobile phone by downloading the monitoring app. In addition, it is easier to acquire solar system nowadays due to NO UPFRONT COST as long as the homeowner has a decent FICO Score of 650.

Alino explains, “We install an optimizer on each solar panel so it minimizes the effects of shadows – so flights of birds, trees and chimneys don’t reduce our panel efficiency. Also, we consider shadows when we design your solar system and compensate by adding more panels. As far as cleaning panels, it is not required. Solar panels nowadays are built to resist dust. It wash out the dirt when it rains. We meet all challenges like installing on metal, clay or tile roofs, or mounting panels on the ground and patio which often times are turned-down by other solar companies due to being time consuming to complete.”

S3C Energy solar projects run typically two to three months from start to finish, unlike bigger solar companies that could take six to eight months for the same project because they sell more projects than us.

S3C Energy has been a member provider for 6Beds for two years now. They understand the needs of a home care owner from saving on their electricity cost to providing a backup power solution during power outages.

By Harvey Barkin

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Maestro Medical offers mobile COVID-19 testing 24/7 for care residents, students and TV/movie crews

A new company formed by a medical front liner who has been conducting tests practically since the pandemic wreaked havoc in California offers COVID-19 testing to nearly anyone all-week and 24/7 with fast results and NO LONG WAITS!

Such is the claim by Maestro Medical Testing’s owner and Intensive Care Unit nurse, Andrea Mcauliff. The company also prides itself with providing both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, the so-called gold standard test, and rapid antigen testing.

Before Maestro, Macauliff worked on a COVID STRIKE TEAM of San Mateo County. During March 2020 they built a swab team that went out to test the congregate care facilities in most of San Mateo. “Several residential care facilities for elderly (RCFEs) and assisted living facilities (ALFs) reached out asking for help and for resources (for testing), and I did not know what to say to help them… until about 2 weeks later when I decided I would try to start a company so we could keep testing,” In other words, Maestro was started to specialize in emergency testing for outbreak prevention and to provide rotation schedule testing 24/7 while operating in full compliance with state and county testing standards.

“We come to you no matter where you need the testing or what time you need the tests. Maestro is fully mobile so we arrive as soon as possible removing your risks of exposure and hassles with transport. We do all the paperwork and handle all the billing as well. Once we test, your samples are double/triple checked and brought to FedEx where they are sent over night to the lab,” she added.

Maestro says their procedure is an easier non-invasive test. They use a laboratory machine that is so specific that their mid nasal or anterior nares swab using a bigger Q-tip only touches the front or middle part of the nose. This is procedure does not draw a sample from far back of the nose anymore and no one should view the new test procedure as painful.

Maestro PCR tests are taken to either Molecular Labs in Washington or Warrior Labs in Colorado. Both labs are CLIA approved and report test results to CALREDIE with a 24-72 hour (1-3 days) turnaround from the time the lab received the samples.

Because the COVID-19 emergency is requiring a lot of testing – both employees and residents – you’ll want to understand the expenses involved. Each test, whether PCR or antigen, costs $15 for Maestro to administer. All PCR tests are billable to insurance companies which are, in turn, required to reimburse the lab that runs the test. If the person is covered by insurance the lab cost of $105 will be paid. Those without out insurance will pay the lab costs. The rapid antigen total test kit cost is $90 on top of the cost to administer. However, these tests are not covered by insurance.

The Maestro Rapid Antigen testing, is indeed ‘rapid.’ It takes only about 20 min to get results! This test is most useful for symptomatic individuals (those who have symptoms) so it can quickly determine if they are Covid-positive for immediate isolation. On the other hand, antigen testing is not the type of test recommended for surveillance testing.

Maestro’s Medical Testing is often used by other groups and events where their speciality mobile testing is highly desirable. Frequent customers include: film/TV productions before shoots so that the cast and crew can go to work safely; weddings; parties, etc. Maestro also tests businesses with employees that are re-joining the move to work from their offices again.

Mcauliff hopes to make the side of Maestro that tests congregate living facilities into a non-profit organization in the next 30-60 days. This would allow Maestro to pair with other non-profits in accessing some government resources to provide less expensive, or possibly free, testing to those that desperately need it and cannot afford it. They would keep the TV/film testing side as the for-profit Maestro entity that would donate funds to the non-profit to help pay for more tests.

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Virtual Town Hall Meeting: December 9, 2020

Registration is now open for the 6Beds Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday, December 9 from 9 am – 4 pm.  Participants will be able to earn 4 CEUs by FOBI Pharmacy.

Agenda

Emcee: Ron Simpson and Gina Wasdyke
Moderator: Roberta Mendonca
Zoom Host: Chris Minnery

8:45 AM – Sign in via Zoom
9:00 AM – Welcome – Dorie Paniza, 6Beds NorCal President
9:05 AM 6Beds – Ron Simpson, 6Beds SoCal President & Director
9:20 AM – Why I joined 6Beds – Angie Marinda, Secretary
9:25 AM – Membership Benefits – Gina Wasdyke, 6Beds Founder and Director
9:30 AM –  2020 – Legislative Recap – George Kutnerian, Senior VP of Public Policy & Legislation & Director with Atty. Robert Naylor and Roxanne Gould, Lobbyists
10:00 AM – Break (10 Min)
10:10 AM – Preferred Vendor Presentation – Olive Deanda, Treasurer
11 AM – 1 PM – Medication Administration and Documentation Part 1 – FOBI Pharmacy
1:00 PM –  Break (10 Min)
1:10 PM – Preferred Vendor Presentation – Ines Otbo, Vice President
2 PM – 4 PM – Medication Administration and Documentation Part 2 – FOBI Pharmacy

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Don’t Forget to RSVP for 6Beds Free Federal and State Labor Training on  March 11 in Los Angeles

6Beds will be hosting a free labor law workshop on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles. The last southern California labor workshop was packed with hundreds in attendance, so sign-up today to make sure you get your space.

What Attendees Are Saying

Check out what past attendees have said about the FREE Federal and State Labor Training Workshop:

“It was a long day but it was so worth it because I’ve learned so much, not just labor but operations too.”
– Maria Y., ARF Administrator

“I came all the way from Sacramento to attend the training in Brea and I am glad I did.”
– Aida, ARF Provider

“I am an RCFE (private) provider and now in the process of opening an ARF DD because of the opportunities I learned from 6Beds.”
Tony, RCFE and ARF Provider

Workshop Benefits


  • Ensuring you are in compliance with applicable labor laws.
  • Reduce the risk of being audited and/or fined.
  • Learning how to manage your business better.
  • Receiving updates on relevant policies at the state level.

Workshop Topics

  • Application of federal and state labor laws pertinent to live-ins in ARF and RCFE care homes.
  • Creating an efficient staffing model in RCFE homes and in ARM rate levels 3 and 4 ARF DD homes.
  • Insights on negotiated rates.
  • The importance of an employment agreement for live-ins.
  • Unique nuances of rest and meal breaks for care homes.

Free Food

Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided for attendees courtesy of 6Beds preferred vendor sponsors.

Please come and learn more about labor law compliance, and share this event announcement with others.

Location

Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027
Phone: (323) 665-1154
www.laparks.org

Time

8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Register Today!

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Free Federal/State Labor Training and How To’s for RCFE and ARF, March 11

6Beds will be hosting a free labor law workshop on March 11, 2019 in Los Angeles. The last southern California labor workshop was packed with hundreds in attendance, so sign-up today to make sure you get your space

Labor law compliance is very important because it prevents operational errors and legal infractions which could result in penalties and investigations. For example, one potential mistake is not documenting all employee breaks in timesheets. Care facilities may excel in providing onsite care to clients, but might need some help in operations management.



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Network with Colleagues

Connect with your fellow operators, both near and far, share ideas and learn from one another how to survive and prosper in our industry.

Benefits

• Ensuring you are in compliance with applicable labor laws.
• Reduce the risk of being audited and/or fined.
• Learning how to manage your business better.
• Receiving updates on relevant policies at the state level.

Topics
• Application of federal and state labor laws pertinent to live-ins in ARF and RCFE care homes.
• Creating an efficient staffing model in RCFE homes and in ARM rate levels 3 and 4 ARF DD homes.
• Insights on negotiated rates.
• The importance of an employment agreement for live-ins.
• Unique nuances of rest and meal breaks for care homes.

Free Food
Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided for attendees courtesy of 6Beds preferred vendor sponsors.

Please come and learn more about labor law compliance, and share this event announcement with others.

Location
Friendship Auditorium
3201 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles CA 90027
Phone: (323) 665-1154
www.laparks.org

Time
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Register Today!

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Vendor Connect Update

Thank you to our preferred vendors for their support of the residential care industry! They also provide resources at 6Beds events, and we appreciate their participation very much. Please take a look at their sites and/or contact them to get to know their representatives and services.

Tier I

Senior Community Learning, RCFE/ARF Continuing Education
Contact: Mickey Grey, mgrey@seniorcommunitylearning.com
Phone: (760) 580-2208
https://www.seniorcommunitylearning.com/

Financial Tax Strategies, Finance strategies for RCFE/ARF facilities
Contact: Scott Varney,
Scott@fesexperts.com
Phone: (408) 569-0778
https://fesexperts.com/

Tier 2

Therap Services, Electronic documentation and reporting for care facilities
Contact: Stanley Higgins,
stan.higgins@therap.net
Phone: (203) 596-7553 https://www.therapservices.net/

Summa Insurance Service, Insurance for healthcare providers
Contact: Marge Aguilar,
maguilar@summainsures.com
Phone: (714) 774-3778
https://www.summainsures.com/

Realtime Senior Living, Senior care facility referrals
Contact: Steve Hoyt,
shoyt@realtimesl.com
Phone: (925) 368-7514
https://realtimeseniorliving.com/

CareerSmart, Continuing education for care facilities
Contact: Caitlyn Leeger Langan, cleeger@careersmart.com
Phone: (877) 479-7338
https://careersmart.com/

The Law Offices of Gould and Hahn, Health, Business, and Labor law
Contact:
law@gouldhahn.com
Phone: 510-665-1800
https://gouldhahn.com/

Hospice Group of Southern California, Inc., a hospice provider
Contact: Veronica Austen,
hospicegroupofsouthernca@gmail.com
Phone: (818) 337-2628

Other Vendors Supporting 6Beds

Halo Industry: Emergency Food Supply featuring The Survivor Kit
Contact: otbo1956@aol.com

Phone: (562) 842-7539
http://thesurvivorkit.com/