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2-Year Celebration Highlights 6Beds Accomplishments and Visionaries

by Jack Rein
On August the 27th, 6Beds leaders and members gathered at the Embassy Suites Waterfront Hotel in Burlingame to celebrate the culmination of 2 years of hard work and the successful political and operational establishment of the organization as a force in the RCFE and ARF community.

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Led by Gina Wasdyke and Olivia DeAnda — who headed the organizational committee of volunteers — 6Beds members and 6Beds VC members met during the day to discuss the Wage and Hour Guide for Residential Care Facilities. Presenters included opening remarks by Board Member, Dr. Ron Simpson, followed by Board Member, George Kutnerian, who delivered an illuminating presentation on 6Beds policy and legislative updates. Representatives from the DOL and the DDS gave us their insights on issues relating to personnel and regulatory changes that affect RCFE and ARF operators.

The day conference and the evening gala was attended by more than 500 care homeowners and vendors. The evening gala enjoyed a festive and well-earned evening of dinner, music and dancing in the elegant setting of the hotel’s Ambassador Ballroom.

Highlights of the party included awards to more than 15 outstanding members who have provided incredible service over many decades to the cause of providing personalized, loving care to thousands of residents.

Our 2016 Caregiver of the Year Award was presented with tremendous applause to Flordeliza Pascua for a lifetime of service to the elderly and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness. We cannot begin to express our gratitude to Flordeliza for her incredible dedication and perseverance. The award was one of the highlights of the night!

Other honorees included Eufemia Romero Abaya, Lucy Romero Nicario and Elvira Romero in recognition of more than 50 years of service to the frail and the elderly and adults with developmental disabilities.

Our 30 Year Honorees were Greg and Diana Hernandez (ARF-DD) and Carmelita Pineda (ARF-MI). Other 30 Year Service Awards were presented to Fernando and Lorna Farol, Ovanes and Nazeli Kutnerian and Patrick and Carole Nobis (RCFE).

The city was well represented and plaques of appreciation were presented by San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, Daly City Vice-Mayor David Canepa and Daly City Council Mike Guingona. Other political luminaries included Assembly Member Kevin Mullin, who provided Certificate of Recognition to Honorees.

The keynote speaker at the gala was former California State Assemblyman Robert Wesley Naylor, one of the key members of 6Beds successful and ground-breaking lobbying effort in Sacramento. His upbeat message was a simple one: The RCFE and ARF communities are growing, getting stronger, and the future is extremely bright.

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Keynote speaker – Robert Naylor (6Beds Lead Lobbyist)

Special thanks for this informative day and fabulous night has to go to the Event Committee: Lillie Mauricio, Olivia DeAnda, Angelita Marinda, Dorie Paniza, Menchu Montilla, Ines Otbo, Nestor Uy, Imelda Eusebio, Leni Lacap and Gina Wasdyke. Thanks for all of the hard work, persistence and expertise!

Ferdie Ebio, 6Beds Chief of IT and Multimedia, immortalized the entire day with video and pictures, and they can be seen here.

There is so much to be thankful for and so much work left to do. The “deep breath” that we all took on August 27th showed us the value of intelligent, persistent effort. 6Beds, Inc., now stands as one of the premiere RCFE and ARF organizations in the Western Unites States, due in no small part, to the daily striving for excellence from our Board of Directors, our 6Beds officers, our key position officers, our area leaders and, most importantly, the excellence of our unparalleled members!

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In photo – 6Beds, Inc., Board of Directors and officers L-R Olivia de Anda, George Kutnerian, Jack Rein, Cinty Minnery, Ines Otbo, Roxanne Gould (6Beds Lobbyist), Gina Wasdyke, Ron Simpson, Robert Naylor (Keynote speaker)

Bravo! Thank you! Together, we are looking forward to a great future!

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6Beds VC: Staying Mobile

Brought to You by Santa Margarita Ford.

www.SantaMargaritaFord.com

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by Jack Rein
There is a growing need in the RCFE and ARF community to do more for residents — especially when it comes to making certain that they remain an active part of the community. Whether it’s the need to make a doctor’s appointment, to get to a community center, or simply going to see a movie — making the decision on how to get them there can be a big problem.

To that effect, we are very pleased to welcome a new preferred vendor to our organization, Santa Margarita Ford. They have been part of the fabric of the Southern California community for 19 years and consistently receive some of the highest marks for customer satisfaction in the automotive retail industry.

Santa Margarita Ford is home to Jon Jacobs, one of the moving forces in the industry who helped create the program for RCFE and ARF operators to lease or purchase specially-customized vehicles. His partner, Tony Merten, is a recent addition to the Santa Margarita Ford Mobility Team. Tony has been in the commercial vehicle business for over 20 years and brings with him a wealth of technical knowledge that can truly solve some of life’s unique challenges.

The Santa Margarita Ford vans and SUV’s help to serve the elderly with a wide range of personal mobility. Whether they are wheelchair-bound, need help walking, or simply desire safe and easy transportation, these vehicles provide the opportunity to make a variety of appointments and social events that they would otherwise not be able to attend.

  • Need a wheelchair lift? Check.
  • Need adjustable seats for easy in and easy out? Got that.
  • Need a vehicle that works for the multiple purposes that is efficient and cost-effective? Got that too!
  • How about a vehicle that I can get a tax break on?
    Santa Margarita Ford can show you several different ways of making your purchase or lease make great financial sense and increase the value of your operation.

Santa Margarita Ford has programs that work throughout California and assures 6Beds members that there are no geographic boundaries — a state-wide reach that is unmatched in the industry.

We invite you to call Jon Jacobs and Tony Merten at Santa Margarita Ford and talk about your resident’s special needs. Here’s their contact information:

Jon Jacobs
Mobility Manager
jjacobs@santamargaritaford.com

Tony Merten
Fleet Manager
tmerten@santamargairtaford.com

Santa Margarita Ford
(888) 589-1551

As always, we invite you to support our Vendors and to write about your experiences with them. If you have a specific comment, suggestion or contribution to our blog, just let us know.

Welcome Jon, Tony and Santa Margarita Ford!

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6Beds VC: “How Can I Have a Better Relationship with My Grandparents?”

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by Jack Rein
As our population ages we get questions from a lot of 20 and 30 somethings about relationships, especially when it comes to grandparents and the problems they face as they get older. It can be very difficult to deal with the decline of people who you love, especially if they start to develop serious health issues.

So let’s give you a few things that you can easily do to help grandma and grandpa as they get older and more dependent on other people’s help.

  • Consider yourself lucky that you have people in your life who love you unconditionally.
    Keep in mind that these are the same people who spoiled you rotten, that you looked forward to seeing you when you were a kid and who would listen to you with endless patience as you wound your way through stories and experiences that you had as you were growing up. Remember that family is the most important and wonderful component that you will ever have in your life.
  • Spend some time with them.
    This means getting your head out of the screen. If you can’t be with them physically then give them a call, if only to say that you love them and you’re thinking about them. You would be amazed at the psychological lift that this simple act can have on another person’s spirit. Dedicate a little of your time. This takes the most frightening thing that many millennials can possibly think of: commitment.
  • Embrace your new role with them.
    Look, you probably have far more access to information and the way things are being done today then your grandparents and even your parents ever had. Now you can turn that screen addiction into something more powerful than you can imagine. You can help another human being become empowered, informed and connected. This is a wonderful gift that you can give your grandparents if you make the decision to use it.
  • Learn to become their advocate.
    If you have access to information that they need and can use it to their benefit then communicate it to the people who can help them. This would include many of the things that would affect older adults as they live their daily lives, and make those lives easier. Transportation, exercise, nutrition, entertainment and physical care all fall under the umbrella of important issues that are necessary for vital, healthy, active and intellectually stimulated seniors. Your help and involvement with these issues will invariably help your grandparents to lead happier lives.
  • Make certain they avoid isolation.
    In the worst case, grandma and grandpa will inevitably lose friends and family members through the natural processes of life. Make certain that they don’t close themselves to the things that give them joy. Take them to church. Take them to a senior club. Take them to watch a little league game, or any place that might stimulate them. Teach them how to stream a movie or a popular series. Engagement is incredibly important to happy human existence. Loneliness is a killer.
  • Network for them.
    You have friends, they have friends, and you are truly socially connected and know how to work the system. Get your grandparents involved in the things that you discover about the world and how connected everything is. Oh…and a lot of your friends have grandparents too! In the final analysis, your connectivity will bring their world, and yours, a little closer.

Remember to use SafeWander when you can’t be everywhere at once. With SafeWander you’ll be notified when mom or dad, grandma and grandpa get out of bed or their chair. SafeWander drastically reduces the risk of catastrophic falls. Every 6Beds member gets a 20% discount on Safe Wander sensors and software. SafeWander can monitor multiple people at once. It’s safe, small, easy-to-use and information can be instantly accessed if you’re close by or far away using most mobile devices, tablets, desktop and laptop computers

Contact SafeWander right now for a peace of mind. Here’s the link:

info@safewander.com

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6Beds VC: Welcome Mountain View Services, Inc.

Welcome to New Vendor Mountain View Services, Inc.

www.MtviewServices.com

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by Jack Rein
6Beds would like to take the opportunity to welcome Mountain View Services, Inc. to Vendor Connect. It is one of the large, one-stop suppliers for RCFEs and ARFs in California. They provide a great value to 6Bed members — making the choice of equipment, service and food-stuffs supplier an easy one.

We asked Eric Goodman, President of Mountain View Services, Inc., to explain the 5 top reasons why an RCFE or ARF owner would consider doing business with his company.

A single source supplier like Mountain View is the only way to effectively control expenses and to track the exact cost of goods and services for Care Facilities. It’s very important to know what you are paying for supplies when you include all the overhead and hidden costs that affect your facilities budget. Lots of times the real costs are something most owners and administrators don’t see on invoices.

Here are some reasons why it’s so important to know your true cost of supplies. Most facilities only look at the cost of the item they are buying and not any other factors that increase that cost and affect your budget.

  • Overhead cost associated with using multiple suppliers. With each different invoice you have staff time to check orders and administrative time. Most importantly you have a cost involved in paying multiple invoices from finance time to the cost of each check and postage. This can increase the cost of each product from different suppliers.
  • Your financials are affected when your budget is increased by the extra time each Facility Operator spends working with different suppliers. The time that Operators spend to find each product, order it, receive it, process it, review it, approve it, pay and then track each supplier is sharply reduced with a single-source supplier.
  • The overhead cost associated with going to a “Costco” type supplier is higher. You have staff time (wage), auto expense (fuel, insurance, repairs, etc.), any unforeseen expenses. For example, an employee can get into an accident while on company time shopping. This can cost you thousands of dollars extra.
  • With a single-source supplier like Mountain View Services, Inc., you have one point of contact for your staff, one order, one invoice, one delivery, and we incur all the “hidden cost” and you only pay for the product and not all the overhead.

Buyers who deal with many different suppliers understand how much time and extra cost this is to a facility. The larger the facility, the more the cost is. With a single-source supplier like Mountain View Service, Inc. you reduce all your extra overhead and hidden costs. You simply work with one main supplier. 

If you’d like to contact Eric or Mountain View Services directly you can go here: www.MtviewServices.com  or call them directly at (909) 335-8121. They are located at 625 Amigos Dr. in Redlands, California and serve the entire State.

As always, we want to hear about your experiences with all of our vendors and look forward to your contributions! Welcome, once again, to Mountain View Services, Inc.!

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6Beds VC: Solar Refitting and RCFEs and ARFs

Brought to you by Solar City and Solar Universe

www.SolarCity.com, www.SolarUniverse.com

by Jack Rein
It’s difficult, if not impossible, to miss the commercials and print ads for solar companies on TV, radio and the web. If you’ve been considering having solar installed in your facility or your home, then I think there are a few things that you should know.

First of all, from a cost vs. savings standpoint, you should know the pros and cons of solar installations. The pros are simple and easy to understand: there will be dramatically less cost in your overall electric bill. The panels and systems require very little maintenance and last for decades. The environment is saved by the use of totally renewable, punctual and almost daily-available energy source. (If you live in a place that gets more sunlight than others, all the better!) In other words: Why wouldn’t you?

The cons are as evident as the pros: installations are NOT cheap, and depending on the size and angle of your roof more efficiency translates to higher install costs. The sun only shines during the day, and so part of your energy has to be generated from another source, or expensive batteries need to be installed.

Still, some of the investment can be offset by incentives that state and local governments can supply. There are federal tax breaks that you can qualify for, but they expire on December 31 of this year. Fossil fuels are still cheaper, in the aggregate, for homeowners who already have HVAC units installed and in working condition.

So, why should you invest in solar?

Let’s look at the three most interesting and important things you should consider before converting to solar power.

  1. RCFEs and ARFs expend a lot of power every month. If your energy bill is $1,000 a month, a new, efficient solar array can reduce your monthly costs by as much as 60%.
  2. Because the panels and systems last so long, there is plenty of time to let the investment pay for itself. (They will, however, gradually decline in efficiency as the years pass.)
  3. Your property value can increase by as much as 5% with a modern system install.

Since your facility is an investment, there are serious advantages to converting to solar power. Even though installs are pricey (above $20K) once you do the math their attractiveness increases and the job that they perform, quietly and efficiently for years, may well out-weigh the disadvantages.

6Beds has two great solar energy sponsors. Click here for Solar City and click here for Solar Universe.

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6Beds VC: Serve Your Residents and Protect Your RCFE From Violations

Brought to You By The Law Offices of Gould and Hahn.

www.GouldHahn.com

by Jack Rein
The investment you’ve made in your RCFE or ACF is not only for you. And it’s gratifying to know that most of us realize this and are passionate about how we treat our residents. Wonderful people, many who, at the end of their life, have been entrusted to your care. However, unintended violations can occur at any time, even in the most disciplined environments. Some simple reminders of what we can be cited for are always good to keep in mind.

Here is an excerpt from an excellent article called, Put It On My Tab, written by Chrisy Selder and published by CARR:

So, this is how it goes: A facility is inspected and deficiencies are noted. If the facility is even cited for the deficiency, the state evaluator (or LPA) will issue the facility a citation. Depending upon the severity of the deficiency, the LPA can issue a Type A or a Type B citation. Type A citations are defined as deficiencies that, if not corrected, have a direct and immediate risk to those residents in care. Type B citations are defined as deficiencies that, if not corrected, could become an immediate risk to residents. Neither As nor Bs have automatic civil penalties associated with them. Citations ultimately amount to a warning for the facility and a notation in the facility’s state file.

For your reference, here are actual examples of each. Type As: Facility not having enough food for residents, licensee having power of attorney for a resident, a staff who is not a licensed professional is performing insulin injections, etc. Type Bs: Strong urine odor in facility, new mattresses are necessary, expired food items, etc.

Only a few violations require (per regulation) immediate civil penalties. These include (1) failure to secure criminal record clearances for employees, (2) repeating a violation within a 12-month period, (3) sickness, injury or death of a resident as a result of deficiencies within a facility, (4) accessible firearms, ammunition or both, (5) accessible bodies of water, and (6) refused LPA entry to facility or any part of a facility.

If the investigation of an LPA (who is not required to possess medical experience or knowledge) concludes that the sickness, injury or death of a resident has occurred as a result of a deficiency on the part of the facility, then an immediate civil penalty of $150 is assessed (provided the LPA’s manager approves the penalty SEE Mountain Echo article ). Additionally, an LPA may assess $150/day per violation until the deficiency is corrected [Title 22 § 87761(c)(1)].

Now, it is a given that these penalties will dramatically increase and very soon, given the recent publicity about an RCFE operator who, inadvertently or not, caused a resident’s death through negligence. It is our collective responsibility to our residents, their families and ourselves to make certain that ANY potential violations be dealt with BEFORE they become a problem. It’s simple common sense that’s good for everyone concerned. Our industry will continue to thrive because of our heightened sense of responsibility.

If you need advice on legal issues or you have questions or concerns about the law governing RCFEs in California, call the Law Offices of Gould and Hahn.

Click Here for more information: www.GouldHahn.com

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6Beds VC: “Jean’s Story”

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www.AcologyInc.com

by Jack Rein
Want to hear a great story? I want to introduce you to a friend. Her name is Jean Paule. I love Jean. She’s 84 years old this month. She is a strong, fearless Scotswoman who immigrated to the US when she was young, raised 4 great kids, went to school and had a career in the tech industry before it was known as the tech industry and played golf to a 5 handicap. She and her beloved husband, Les, travelled the world, loved to eat exotic food and made friends in far-off countries. They retired onto a golf course and kept active, doting on their increasing number of grandchildren and loving their life. After all, isn’t that what life is about

But the last couple of years has been tough for Jean. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last year shortly after she lost her husband, Les. Watching her withdraw from a very active life has been tough to watch. Her daughter, Lisa, is my next door neighbor. Jean lives with Lisa now. Jean also made it perfectly clear that she wanted to live, to be surrounded by family, to be loved as long as people loved her. We all gathered around and made her life as happy as we could.

She loved to eat out, but as it became more difficult for her to travel she’d come over to our house, which we referred to as ‘The Restaurant’ and made her a special place at her ‘private’ table. She would talk about Scotland and golf. She’d talk about boyfriends that she’d had and how she loved to travel. We told her that she needed to keep eating, keep her strength up, so that we could all go back to Scotland with her and she could show us the magic places where she had been raised as a ‘wee girl’.  

The whole time her disease continued to slowly progress, robbing her quietly and surely of the loving, lovely person she was. So when Jean stopped eating we thought we would soon be losing her. Agitation quickly followed and medications that might have calmed Jean down a little went untaken. She began to quickly drop weight. Lisa tried giving her liquid supplements without success. Nothing tasted good except, occasionally, Jean’s favorite chocolate pudding.  

Now Jean was in almost constant pain. What little communication she was capable of slipped away. She was agitated and slept poorly, if at all. It is a miserable experience to watch someone you love go through this horrible process. Sometimes it seems as if a cruel trick is being played on the entire family. Grandma is still grandma, but she’s not. You hope and pray every day for even a small glimmer of things the way they were. Instead, the day’s grind into each other until little is left of dignity or hope.

With little to lose, we tried something radical. We started using a device called a MedTainer to grind the medication that she needed to control her pain and slipped it into her chocolate pudding. The result was in a word, astounding.

She swallowed a pureed meal an hour later. In the coming days her calorie intake improved dramatically. Since her pain was controlled she began to relax and sleep better. Within the first several months that we started using the MedTainer to grind her meds, she gained 14 pounds. She speaks, occasionally now, in full sentences. Sometimes she recognizes visitors. A window has opened for us to once again tell her how much we love her and hear once again that she loves us. The window will close soon, but the short reprieve allowed us once more to bask in the sunlight of pure, inspiring familial love. It was a gift of inestimable value.

Although it wasn’t simply The MedTainer that brought about these changes, its utility and ease-of-use certainly impacted her life, and the lives of the people who care for her. And after all, if you love someone, isn’t that the point?

You can order the MedTainer here: www.Acologyinc.com

And you can see a brief video of the Dell-Simpson Method of Medication Organization for RCFEs below: 

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6Beds VC: The Dell-Simpson Method of Medication Organization

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by Jack Rein
There are more than 1500 6Beds facilities across California serving more than 7500 residents. As our population ages, that number is growing every day. There are a lot of challenges when it comes to taking care of these very special people. Giving them the proper medications as ordered by their physicians is one of the most important. We’re going to introduce a method that will make this job a little easier you.

First of all, we’d like to introduce all of our members to the Medtainer. The Medtainer is more than just a plastic bottle that you put medications in. Each Medtainer has the following features:

  • It’s made from FDA approved #5 polypropylene. It is the only plastic that the FDA has approved to store food or medications in.  
  • It’s the perfect thing to replace the containers that you are currently using when you break down a resident’s daily medications.

Here is what separates the Medtainer from the containers you are using now:

If your resident has trouble swallowing pills you can grind them in the Medtainer. 

That’s right! Each Medtainer has an easy grinder that works like this:

  1. Just put the pills in the bottom of the Medtainer, put the grinder on top, and twist back and forth.
  2. In 30 seconds or less the pills are ground into powder and can be put in apple sauce, pudding, an ensure or other liquid and even a g-tube.

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Here is one of the best features of the new organizing system.  Each Medtainer will have the name of the facility, the 6beds logo on the cap, and the resident’s name printed on the container. Each labeled container complies with HIPAA guidelines for privacy.

You may be dealing with a lot of different containers and methods when it comes to how you organize medications. Packs or cartridges are usually received from the pharmacy and stored in a cabinet. Then, usually the night before, a resident’s daily medication requirement is put in a separate container for the next day.

Now think about replacing those containers with MedTainers and using a simple, color-coded system to designate when the resident will get medications.

Here is the system. We start with a basic 4Pack:

  • White containers are for morning or AM meds.
  • Blue for Noontime or Lunchtime meds.
  • Red for PM or nighttime meds and
  • Green for Bedtime meds.

If your resident requires it, or if you request it, you can also order 2 additional colors:

  • A Black Medtainer is for narcotic, pain control or PRN meds.
  • An Orange Medtainer is used before breakfast.

If there is another designation that your facility uses just let us know and we’ll make it for you.

A chart will accompany each order that will have the color-codes and the times-of-day for each Medtainer. The chart can be mounted on the cabinet as an easy reminder or reference.

Ordering the Medtainers for your facility is easy. Simply go to the 6Beds website or our Acology website (www.Acologyinc.com) and click on the ordering tab. A menu will guide you through the process and you will have your Medtainers in just a few days.

Your cabinets might have been a little chaotic before. Once you’ve begun using this method a full compliment for 6 residents only takes up a space that measures 20 inches by 9 inches. And wouldn’t you like to show that to a prospective resident’s family?

This system is easy to learn and adopt in your facility. We know that it will take a little bit of time to get used to this new organization method and if you have any questions you can call direct or email us for a fast response.

The cost of a basic 4-pack for 6 residents, printed with the 6Beds logo, facility name and resident’s name, is only $120. Each additional MedTainer is $5.  20% of all proceeds go directly to 6Beds.org.

In conclusion, the Dell-Simpson method of organizing meds can change the way you currently care for your residents, making them safer and happier. And after all, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Below is a short video about the Dell-Simpson Medication Organization Method:

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Introducing 6Beds Vendor Connect

Dear Respected Colleague,

I’m very pleased to tell you that 6Beds, Inc. is entering into an exciting new chapter in the life of our organization. Through the hard work of all of our associates and our dedicated Board of Directors, we are launching an outreach program called Vendor Connect (VC), to attract leaders within the business and the private sector to join our association. This alliance—6Beds VC—will make our organization:

  • stronger than it has ever been,
  • give us greater buying power than ever before, and
  • ultimately give us the scope that we need as business owners to maximize not only our ability to help our community, but to enhance our financial potential.

The situation before us is simple:

  • We are stronger united.
  • We are better business people when we can communicate with each other more often and more efficiently.

So, beginning tomorrow, we are going to begin publishing a series of 6Beds VC articles that will help us attract not only more business, but will increase our buying power with the vendors, professional organizations and trades people that our growing businesses need to access every day.

I’m inviting each and every one of you—our most valuable assets—to participate in this outreach by providing us with information: tell us YOUR story; tell us who we should be talking to; who we should be buying from; who we can recommend to our membership. These testimonials, based on our personal experiences, will make our jobs and our businesses more efficient, provide us with better resources and make the lives of our residents better as they enter into the most important period of their lives.

Because this is what our new effort is all about: our residents. They rely on us for so many critical issues that we owe it to them to always provide the very best of care that we can. Our vendor associates can and will become our most valuable allies. Together we make each other stronger. Together our power to change lives multiplies.

We know that we can count on you. Read the articles that will be published in the 6Beds blog over the course of the next few weeks. Together, we can change the residential care communities.

Sincerely,

Jack Rein
Director of Marketing
vc@6Beds.org
(714) 335 – 0351

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