All Posts, ARF, COVID-19, RCFE

Food and Supply Shortage During COVID-19 Crisis: 6Beds Working with Community Care Licensing and Governor’s Office on a Solution

Dear Providers,

I want you to know that 6Beds is aware of the challenges being faced by providers as it relates to shortages of food and supplies as we deal with COVID-19.  We know that local grocery stores and other retailers are subjecting residential care facility owners/operators to the same quotas as individual households.

6Beds has been in direct contact with the highest levels of Community Care Licensing (CCL) to report to them the on-the-ground challenges that facilities are facing with regard to the shortage of food and supplies.  In turn, CCL is in direct contact with the Governor’s Office in regards to a potential solution.

We will notify you as soon as any solution is announced.  In preparation for a potential solution specific to residential care facilities, please make a copy of each of your facility licenses or take a picture with your smartphone of each of your facility licenses that you can show grocers and other retailers.

Thank you.

Best Regards,

George Kutnerian

All Posts, COVID-19

COVID-19 Prevention, Containment Migration Measures Guidance

On Friday March 14, 2020, Community Care Licensing (CCL) issued the following Provider Information Notice (PIN) 20-07-ASC: PREVENTION, CONTAINMENT, MITIGATION MEASURES, AND STATEWIDE WAIVER FOR CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19).

Earlier on Friday March 14, 2020, CMS issued the following guidance pertaining to visitors at nursing facilities.

Restrictions on Visitors to Assisted Living

At Governor Newsom’s press conference on Sunday March 15, 2020, he announced a prohibition on visitors to Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities, except in end-of-life situations. We are awaiting official written direction, but while that is still pending, we want to get this information to you right away. As soon as the written directive is available, we will forward it to you.

Self-Isolation for Those Over 65

The Governor’s directive also included that all persons 65 and older should self-isolate, which should apply to most residents of Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs).

6Beds will continue to monitor the situation and the impact on Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) and Adult Residential Facilities (ARFs) in California.  It is also advisable to consult your local public health department for any specific guidance applicable in your local community.

All Posts, COVID-19

Important Coronovirus News & Resources

There is no specific treatment currently for Coronavirus. Most infected people will recover on their own. If you or a family member have traveled recently to an erase of risk, or if you think you may have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms of respiratory illness, you should call your healthcare provider or the advice number on your health insurance card for further instructions.

Coronavirus usually causes an upper respiratory tract illness like the common cold. Patients with this new coronavirus have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath according to the CDC.

It’s still cold and flu season, and the same practices that stop the spread of these common illnesses are recommended:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are at risk.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.

Coronavirus Resource & Links:

Information about COVID-19 in the United States
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov

Coronavirus advisory information
World Health Organization
who.int/emergencies

Coronavirus Q&A
World Health Organization
who.int/health-topics

Source: Kaiser Permanente

ARF, Events, RCFE

Free RCFE/ARF Labor Training Coming to San Diego

Due to popular demand, 6Beds will be holding an additional FREE Training Workshop in San Diego on Friday, November 15.  Seating is limited.  RSVP today to reserve your spot in this FREE training opportunity.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 5 PM
FREE ADMISSION

8:30 AM – 5 PM
3 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos,CA  92069

>> REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

 

All Posts, Events, Issues

Workers’ Compensation Action Network Sponsors Town Hall and Summit

Workers' Compensation Action NetworkMark your calendars for Workers Town Hall Meeting featuring San Mateo County District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe and special guests State Senator Jerry Hill, Chair, Labor, Public Employment and Retirement and Teena Barton, Senior Fraud Investigator, ICW Group.  This FREE event will be held on July 26 at Angelicas, 863 Main Street in Redwood City from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm. For additional information about the Worker’s Compensation Action Network, please contact Maryann Marino, at (949) 375-0856 or by email at contactus@fixworkerscompnow.org.

WCAN is a broad-based, statewide coalition that has successfully fought for reforms to provide state and local officials more tools to combat workers’ compensation fraud to help meet the dual goals of stable costs for employers and higher benefits for injured workers. In recent years, state lawmakers enacted several pieces of legislation designed to improve system efficiency, reduce conflict and litigation, and stem abuses by service providers. These reforms are delivering higher benefits to California workers while stabilizing employer costs. Despite these reforms, California’s system remains one of the most costly and litigious in the nation and vulnerable to evolving forms of fraud and abuse.

Complimentary lunch will be provided. 

Advocacy, All Posts, ARF, legislation

Legislation To Watch: SB 512 Long-term Services and Supports

6Beds is supporting a number of important pieces of legislation up for consideration this session that could have a positive impact on residential care facilities and those we serve. One such bill is SB 512, introduced by Dr. Richard Pan, which would create two entities to provide oversight of a proposed trust fund to finance services for some in need of care.

SB 512

Sacramento CapitolSB 512 would establish the California Long-Term Services and Supports Benefits Board (LTSS Board), as well as a Long-Term Services and Supports Advisory Committee. The purpose of the LTSS Board would be to manage and invest revenue deposited in the California Long-Term Services and Supports Benefits Trust Fund (LTSS Trust), which the bill would create to, upon appropriation, finance long-term services and supports for eligible individuals. The LTSS Advisory Committee would provide ongoing advice and recommendations to the LTSS Board.

6Beds is supporting this legislation because California currently has almost 8 million persons who are either older adults or persons with mobility, sensory, intellectual/ developmental, and/or mental health disabilities. This population will grow significantly over the next decade. Long Term Supportive Services (LTSS) are not covered adequately by Medicare, and most Californians cannot afford to purchase private long-term care insurance. Paying out-of-pocket for LTSS is cost prohibitive for many and creates a significant financial and social burden for California families. The creation of a LTSS Board is a positive step in efforts attempting to address this area among many others.

The LTSS Board would consist of 9 specified members including the Treasurer as chair, the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency as vice chair, and three members to be appointed by the Governor. We believe it would be important to include “service providers” to the Long-Term Services and Supports Advisory Committee since they are literally on the front line when it comes to providing housing and care for this vulnerable population and would add significant value and insight.

Make Your Voice Heard!

During the 6Beds conference August 30-31 in Southern California, we’ll be providing updates and ways you can help advocate for 6Beds and make your voice heard.  The only way for us to achieve our collective advocacy goals is for us to make our voices be heard individually on an ongoing basis. Successful advocacy efforts are rarely, if ever, one-time events. They are built on shaping public policy through consistent messaging and relationship building over time.  Don’t delay register to attend 6Beds 2019 ARF & RCFE Annual Conference.

ARF, Events, RCFE

Mark Your Calendars: 2019 ARF & RCFE Annual Conference & Gala

The 2019 ARF & RCFE Annual Conference & Gala Awards Banquet will be August 30-31 in Southern California.  Admission is FREE to attend the day-long conference and Gala Award are $70/per person.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2019 | 7:30 AM – 5 PM
FREE ADMISSION

Brea Community Center
695 East Madison Way
Brea, CA

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 2019 | 5:30 – 12 AM
GALA BANQUET TICKET $70/PERSON

Sheraton Cerritos
12725 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703

>> REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

 

housing crisis, Issues, legislation

Housing Crisis in California Update

“I want to give you a prediction here. There will be a major infectious disease epidemic this summer in Los Angeles.” That was the prediction of Dr. Drew Pinsky recently as he spoke of the city’s homeless situation and sanitation crisis. “It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen in my life, Pinsky said. I feel like I’m on a train track waving at the train and the train is going off the bridge. The bridge is out.”

While this dire prediction may not come to pass, the homeless situation in California is certainly a point of significant concern for those who monitor it and the strain homelessness puts on California’s public resources. Due to an increasing number of homeless people in California — some estimate nearly a quarter of the nation’s homeless population lives in the state, many with mental illness — there is a growing need for safe and affordable housing to keep them off the streets, and out of hospitals and jails which can be very costly to the State, cities and counties, and the health care systems in our communities.

Proposed Legislation

Sacramento CapitolTo help combat the problem, California Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a $1.75 billion package to ease the cost of housing. The proposal sets higher short-term goals for housing that cities and counties must meet, and provides $750 million in support and incentives to help jurisdictions plan and zone for the housing targets. The proposal would also update and modernize the state’s long-term housing goals, known as Regional Housing Needs Allocations (RHNA), to better reflect regional housing and transportation needs.

The proposal includes $1 billion in tax credits and loans to spur low, mixed and middle-income housing production through separate legislative and budget proposals. Even if all of the proposal is adopted however, it would be years before California could build the 3.5 million additional homes a 2016 study by the McKinsey Global Institute estimated California needs by 2025 — as much as the other 49 states combined. The New York Times editorial board has even weighed in on the issues, coming out in support of California Senate Bill 50, which would force local governments to allow higher-density development in areas close to transit and jobs. While the bill has received both praise and criticism, everyone seems to agree California is facing a housing crisis as the median home price in the San Francisco Bay Area is $830,000 and in Los Angeles County at just under $600,000.

Make a Difference by Partnering with 6Beds

While all of these proposals are promising, California is currently only on pace to add about one million housing units by 2025. So while state lawmakers debate over the best way to address California’s housing crisis, property owners, service providers, administrators and caregivers can make a difference today by partnering with 6 Beds Foundation to help end this growing crisis of homelessness. In keeping with the 6Bed’s Foundation mission to help California’s most vulnerable populations, your generous donation will help ease the strain in both Northern and Southern California by providing housing stipends in 6Bed facilities as well as fund the distribution of blankets and supplies on December 21, the first day of winter.

6Beds Foundation

https://6bedsfoundation.org/

https://6bedsfoundation.org/donate/

Advocacy Day 2019
Advocacy, Advocacy Day, All Posts, Events

Advocate for 6Beds: Make Your Voice Be Heard

Our 6 Beds 2019 Annual Advocacy Day and trip to the California State Capitol may be over, but your advocacy must continue throughout the year if it is to be effective. The only way for us to achieve our collective advocacy goals is for us to make our voices be heard individually on an ongoing basis. Successful advocacy efforts are rarely, if ever, one-time events. They are built on shaping public policy through consistent messaging and relationship building over time.

Advocacy Day 2019

What should you advocate for?

Each time you have the opportunity to meet with, or interact with, a leader or influencer, there are three important messages to relay:

  • 6 Beds and its members support safe and affordable, quality residential care.
  • 6 Beds and its members’ facilities play a critical role in our state’s healthcare structure.
  • 6 Beds and its members support commonsense legislation that protects seniors and allows facilities to continue providing the level of safe and affordable care our customers expect.

Who should you be advocating to?

Advocacy is simply equipping those in positions of influence with the information they need to affect good public policy. Your target audiences should include:

  • State legislators – who can enact legislation that positively supports our work or negatively impacts the work we do.
  • Local elected officials – who can pass local regulations and ordinances that affect our facilities and those we serve. (Don’t forget, many local elected officials later run for the state assembly or senate.)
  • Key opinion leaders – These are the influencers in your communities whose voice has the ability to shape the opinions of others.
  • Public – Don’t forget the public helps shape policy too through their votes and support or opposition to candidates and policies.

Advocacy Day 2019

Our thanks go out to the legislators and agency staff who made our 2019 Advocacy Day such a learning opportunity for all involved. However, if our advocacy efforts are going to result in good public policy that supports our facilities and our clients, we must all work together to deliver these consistent messages to those in positions of influence. Let’s make our voices be heard!

Advocacy Day 2019

Advocacy Day 2019

Advocacy Day 2019

Advocacy Day 2019