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BEDS NEEDED! NORCAL & SOCAL WILDFIRES EMERGENCY RESIDENTS RELOCATION

DSS needs your available bed space for immediate residents relocation.

As you may already be aware, the wildfires in Northern and Southern California are forcing resident evacuations of affected facilities.

DSS is in the process of pulling lists of available bed space in the Sacramento, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas and will post to their website as soon as possible.

In the meantime, you may sign up by clicking the button below and 6Beds will forward your facility information to DSS.

SIGN UP!

6Beds, along with DSS, appreciates your assistance in ensuring our residents’ health and safety is the first priority in this emergency.

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URGENT: DSS Requests Input to Latest Draft of Overhauled Incidental Medical Care Regulations

Calling all 6Beds members:

Join our call-to-action phone conference this Thursday, Nov 8, from 2PM – 3PM to review and provide your input to upcoming DSS regulations that will soon impact how we deliver care to our residents.

DSS has requested input from 6Beds and its members to the latest draft of the overhauled Incidental Medical Care Regulations (see topics below) before they are ratified.

As a DSS stakeholder, 6Beds is the only organization representing 6-bed RCFEs to be given a first-hand look at these proposed regulations, as well as the opportunity to influence what the final regulations will be.

In effect, we now have a golden opportunity to determine how these regulations will impact our delivery of care — to ensure that they are both beneficial to our residents, as well as pragmatic and cost effective to our operations.

The topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • When to Call 9-1-1
  • Clarification and Examples of Assistance with Self-Administration of Medication
  • Use of Medication Administration Record (MAR)
  • Recording of Missed/Refused Medication Doses
  • PRN Medications
  • How to release medications that are going outside the facility with the resident during an outing
  • And more!

This phone conference is open and limited to 6Beds members only. Instructions on how you can participate in this important dialogue will be emailed to 6Beds members this Wednesday.

If you are not yet a 6Beds member and wish to participate, please take a moment to join our collective to protect and advance the residential care industry.

JOIN 6BEDS

Sincerely,

George Kutnerian, MS, MBA
Director, Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legislation
RCFE Operator

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Applying Labor Laws to ARF & RCFE Homes Serving Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Gina Wasdyke — ARF operator of ARM and negotiated rate homes for over 10 years — will present her application of federal and state labor laws, as well as efficient staffing models in ARM rate levels 3 and 4 ARF DD homes, as well as in RCFE homes.

In addition, Gina will cover the following:

  • Insights into negotiated rate homes
  • The importance of an employment agreement for live-ins
  • Ways of changing caregiver mindset of correctly filling out paper and/or electronic timesheet
  • Unique nuances of rest and meal breaks for care homes

Gina encourages non-DD, private RCFE providers to attend as well. There is a growing trend of RCFE private pay migrating to RCFE DD. Now may be the right time for you.

Gina will present during the October 8 and Oct 22 Joint Federal and State Labor Presentation & The How To’s for ARFs and RCFEs, in San Jose (NorCal) and Brea (SoCal).

For those not yet in the know, Gina is a director and the founder of 6Beds. Since 6Beds’ inception in 2014, Gina has been instrumental in helping care home operators achieve labor compliance as well as seek out untapped opportunities in the residential care industry.


Joint Federal and State Labor Presentation & The How To’s for ARFs & RCFEs

You are Invited to 6Beds’ Labor Workshop
Free Admission, Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks Courtesy of 6Beds Preferred Vendor Sponsors

Monday, October 8, 2018
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
San Jose Masonic Center, 2500 Masonic Drive, San Jose CA 95125

Seats are limited. Please RSVP today!

(NorCal) RESERVE SEATS


Monday, October 22, 2018
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Brea Community Center, 695 E. Madison Way, Brea CA 92821

Seats are limited. Please RSVP today!

(SoCal) RESERVE SEATS

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TAKE ACTION NOW: Help Streamline Our Caregiver Criminal Clearance Process

The legislature has already passed 6Beds’ sponsored bill, Assembly Bill 1437 (Criminal Record Clearances); Governor Brown just needs to sign it.

AB 1437 allows a cleared worker to be associated with all the facilities operated by the same owner by filing a single form eliminating the need for filing multiple forms for transfer among those facilities. AB 1437 will also allow licensees to designate a single Central Administrative Facility within a region to which all of a licensee’s employees may be associated to.

Help us urge Governor brown to sign AB 1437 by end of September.

Currently, every time a worker goes to work at another facility even on a temporary basis to fill in for an absent worker, a form must be filed with the Community Care Licensing Division to transfer the worker’s criminal background clearance to that other location even if the location is operated by the same licensee. Failure to file the form before the worker transfers can draw fines of $100 a day up to $500 — even though the worker in fact has a criminal background clearance.

Do you support AB 1437? If so, let Governor Brown know ASAP.
SIGN PETITION NOW

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TAKE ACTION NOW: Help Expand ALW by Signing Our Petition to Governor Brown

The legislature has already passed Assembly Bill 2233 (Assisted Living Waiver); Governor Brown just needs to sign it.

AB 2233 impacts our industry and the growing communities we serve. Let us stand united in support of one another and all older adults in California.

Help us urge Governor Brown to sign AB 2233 by end of September.

AB 2233 offers many benefits:

  • Enrollment increase from 5,700 to as high as 18,500.
  • Expansion of ALW beyond the 15 counties currently approved participation.
  • Increased transparency in how the wait list is administered.

Do you support AB 2233? If so, let Governor Brown know ASAP.

SIGN PETITION NOW

The program is currently limited to 5,700 people but the need is much greater. The current wait list requires people to wait months and sometimes years in order to receive services.

AB 2233 will allow enrollment in the assisted living program to increase up to 18,500 people and improves several other aspects of the program. The legislation already passed through the Senate and the Assembly without any “no” votes. And for good reason – an improved ALW program benefits both consumers and the state, which saves thousands of dollars monthly when a Medi-Cal beneficiary receives necessary services through the ALW rather than in a nursing home.

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Important Residential Care Facility Legislation Goes to Governor’s Desk: AB-1437 Care Facilities: Criminal Record Clearances

The legislation AB-1437 Care facilities: criminal record clearances was passed on August 29 by the state Senate nearly unanimously, and was presented to the Governor on September 11. If the Governor signs the bill into law, it will be beneficial for residential care facility owners, caregivers and residents.

Currently, when new prospective employees are screened before they begin working, they must undergo a criminal clearance using fingerprinting technology to be in compliance with the Department of Justice and the FBI. This process is undergone for the employee to work in just one residential care facility for the elderly.

However, residential care facility owners typically operate several facilities, not only one. They need to be able to have new employees screened and pass their criminal clearances for multiple care facilities at once, so the hiring and onboarding process is much more efficient. At the moment, having an employee work in multiple care facilities requires the faxing of each employee’s 5 pages of criminal clearance documentation to each facility she/he will work at, but some of these documents can easily be lost, and the documents can be cumbersome to store. The new bill would help streamline this process and make it more manageable for the care facility owners and also for the Department of Social Services.

If the bill is signed by the Governor, it would result in greater flexibility in residential care staffing, which would mean better service for the health and safety of the residents. This bill will also significantly help with staff management when caregivers call in sick, tend to a family emergency or go on vacation.

The Governor has until September 30 to sign it.

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OCT 8: ALL EYES ON 6, IN NORCAL – SAN JOSE!

Joint Federal and State Labor Presentation & The How To’s for ARFs & RCFEs

You are Invited to 6Beds’ Labor Workshop
Free Admission, Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks Courtesy of 6Beds Preferred Vendor Sponsors

Monday, October 8, 2018
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
San Jose Masonic Center, 2500 Masonic Drive, San Jose CA 95125

Seats are limited. Please RSVP today!

CLICK to RESERVE SEATS


CLICK HERE FOR BREA (SOCAL) WORKSHOP.

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OCT 22: ALL EYES ON 6, IN SOCAL – BREA!

Joint Federal and State Labor Presentation & The How To’s for ARFs & RCFEs

You are Invited to 6Beds’ Labor Workshop
Free Admission, Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks Courtesy of 6Beds Preferred Vendor Sponsors

Monday, October 22, 2018
7:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Brea Community Center, 695 E. Madison Way, Brea CA 92821

Seats are limited. Please RSVP today!

CLICK to RESERVE SEATS


CLICK HERE FOR SAN JOSE (NORCAL) WORKSHOP.

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6Beds comments to family charged with running human trafficking ring out of daycare

On behalf of 6Beds, Inc., we express the horror and repulsion we feel reading about the charges against six Bay Area child care and residential facilities. Our hearts go out to all individuals, and their families, affected by this tragic, inhuman crime. 

Click to Watch Video: Owners of California Daycare, Senior Centers Accused of Human Trafficking

6Beds is a volunteer organization that represents small licensed homes serving adults in ARF (Adult Residential Facilities) and elderly in RCFEs (Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly) throughout California.  We serve the frail elderly and individuals with developmental disabilities and/or mental illness in a home like setting and operate in residential communities throughout California.  These homes are run by individuals devoted to improving the quality of life for all their residents, with caregivers who love, bond with and respect these residents. We respect and value our caregivers who help us care for our residents.  The residential care facilities belonging to the family accused are not current 6Beds member.  

For the past four years, 6beds collaborated with the Department of Labor (DOL) and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) and jointly presented over a dozen of Labor Compliance Workshops all over California and over 3,000 operators attended. The most recent labor presentation was on August 24, 2018 in Daly City.  We are hosting two more Labor Workshops before the year ends – October 8 in San Jose (Norcal) and October 22 in Brea (Socal).  

6Beds also partnered with Littler Mendelson P.C., the largest U.S.-based labor law firm and created the Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities.  We always look to improve compliance  and willing to educate and inform our members and other residential care operators.   We are hoping that our regulatory agencies such as the Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and the 21 Regional Centers will encourage their operators to attend these Labor Workshops.  

On behalf of 6Beds, Inc., we express the shock we feel that such abhorrent events could happen in a licensed residential facility.   It is in no way represent who we are, and what we stand for. 

Dorie Paniza, 6Beds Norcal President

Ron Simpson, PhD, 6Beds Socal President