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6Beds Continues to Push the Envelope for the Residential Care Communities

by Ferdinand Ebio
6Beds 2018 Advocacy Day, on April 11th, was a great success and serves as a new benchmark for this trailblazing organization—in terms of guest speakers presenting, new membership sign-ups and renewals, as well as putting the must-have Wage and Hour Guide in the hands of operators.

Sen. Anderson, Assem. Eloise Reyes, Sen. Wiener

Now in its fourth year since its meteoric inception in mid-2014, 6Beds has proven its ability to affect categorical, positive change in the residential care industry and, in the process, has garnered high praises and respect from the Department of Social Services (DSS), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Department of Labor (DOL), Division of Labor Standards and Enforcement (DLSE), numerous politicians, residential care operators and the countless communities 6Beds serves throughout California.

6Beds’ stellar lobbyists, Robert Naylor and Roxanne Gould kicked off the event—welcoming over 140 attendees and introducing this years’ 6Beds sponsored bill, AB2744: Referral Agency, as the centerpiece to 6Beds’ Grow the 6! theme for this year’s advocacy day.

Both Naylor and Gould reinforced 6Beds’ well-seasoned volunteer leadership’s vital role in protecting and advancing the residential care industry to ensure housing and care for California’s frail elderly and adults with developmental disabilities. Watch clips below:

Naylor and Gould then fielded questions about AB2744 and detailed the steps we still need to take before the bill lands on the Governor’s desk.

They were followed by Ron Simpson, 6Beds Director, Southern California President and Compliance & Membership Director, who gave an overview of how 6Beds came about in sponsoring AB2744 and the important roles 6Beds’ lobbyists played in authoring the bill. Watch all four clips below:

The attendees then had the pleasure of hearing from the primary author of AB2744, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes (D-Inland Empire), who dropped in to express her support and reason for authoring this very important bill. Watch clip below:

PHOTO (L-R): Gina Wasdyke, Linda Armas, Ron Simpson, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, Dorie Paniza, Olivia Deanda

In addition to sponsoring AB2744, Cyndy Minnery, 6Beds Director and Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs & Compliance, and George Kutnerian, 6Beds Director and Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Legislation, are collaborating on a forthcoming medication management training bill — to train RCFE caregivers on how to administer medications to residents during their end-of-life phase.

Watch the clip below as Minnery explains the significance of this forthcoming bill:

Next, Kutnerian provided an update on last year’s 6Beds sponsored bill, AB1437: Modernizing Regulations. Learn how this bill will simplify the way you obtain caregiver security clearance for the multi-facilities you operate. Watch clip below:

This year, 6Beds had the privilege of having two top officials from the DSS participate in a round table discussion, moderated by Kutnerian, to talk about the latest issues surrounding our industry. They are Pam Dickfoss, Deputy Director, DSS, Community Care Licensing and Ley Arquisola, Program Administrator, Adult and Senior Care Program. Since topics covered are significant in content and length, we will provide each in a separate blog. Be on the lookout for these in the coming days.

Below are clips of Dickfoss and Arquisola affirming the significance of 6Beds as a stakeholder and partner of DSS, as a key instrument to shape care home policies and regulations from the direct perspectives of residential care operators.

PHOTO (L-R): Roxanne Gould, Ley Arquisola, Cyndy Minnery, George Kutnerian, Pam Dickfoss, Ines Otbo, Angie Marinda, Ron Simpson, Tess Misa 

DDS’s Jim Knight, Assistant Deputy Director for the Community Services Division, also graced our event with top news surrounding the ARF communities. Be on the lookout for these must-know topics in our upcoming blogs, as well.

PHOTO: Jim Knight, Assistant Deputy Director for the Community Services Division

Taking time off from their impacted schedules, Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), co-author of last year’s 6Beds sponsored bill, AB1437, as well as Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego), staunch supporter of small business and 6Beds, dropped by to give their support to 6Beds and to all care home operators throughout California. Watch their clips:

With a short time in between, Attorney Roberta Mendonca presented 6Beds Foundation — 6Beds’ sister organization. Watch Mendonca’s presentation below to learn more about this exciting new non-profit organization whose purpose is to utilize existing residential care homes to solve California’s housing crisis for the frail elderly and adults with developmental disabilities.

Rounding out the day was a joint DOL/DLSE Labor Training session. This was yet another rare occasion where we had both federal and state representatives provide a comprehensive perspective on the federal and state labor laws that govern our caregivers.

PHOTO: Jamika Lopez, Community Outreach Resource & Planning Specialist, DOL with DLSE Representative

Click the links below to download the DLSE’s Wage Order 5, as well as DOL’s Power Point presentation and their latest live-in caregiver models.

DOWNLOAD: FLSA POWER POINT PRESENTATION

DOWNLOAD: SLEEP TIME HOURS WORKED CHART

DOWNLOAD: WAGE ORDER 5

For 6Beds members, however, the day was far from over. Gina Wasdyke, 6Beds Director and Founder, shared her industry-know-how to encourage and inspire both veteran and newly-initiated ARF and RCFE operators with a range of untapped and under-utilized opportunities, as well as funding sources in the residential care industry.

PHOTO: Gina Wasdyke, 6Beds Director and Founder, ARF Operator

Wasdyke will expand on this presentation with in-depth “how-to’s” and insider information this coming June 6, as 6Beds hosts its first-ever Labor Compliance Workshop and Funding Seminar at the Rancho Cordova City Hall, near Sacramento. Don’t miss this game-changing event for your care home. Click here to reserve your seats today!

CLICK to RESERVE SEATS


6Beds’ 2018 Advocacy Day was made possible by the generous contributions of our vendor sponsors. Connect with them and see how they can help operate and grow your care homes. They are as follows:

  • EXCELL HOME CARE, INC
    LANI ROJAS · (562) 569-5568 · lani@excellhc.net · www.ExcellHomecare.com
  • HALO INDUSTRY
    INES OTBO · (562) 842-7539 · otbo1956@aol.com · www.HaloIndustry.com
  • KCK INDUSTRIES
    ANA GOULDE · (310) 866-6946 · Anag@kckind.com · www.kckind.com
  • MAXIMUM BUILDERS
    MAX & MIKE PERALTA · (408) 621-0465 · maxiumbuildersin01@gmail.com
  • NATIONAL PLACEMENT & REFERRAL ALLIANCE
    LINDA ARMAS · (714) 404-8210 · linda4seniors@yahoo.com · www.npralliance.org
  • NIRVANA HOSPICE
    VANESSA CASTRO · (562) 988-3370 · nirvanahospice@gmail.com
  • PERLAS INSURANCE SERVICES
    PATRICK PERLAS · (818) 543-1403 · jpatrick@perlasinsurance.com · www.PerlasInsurance.com
  • REAL TIME SENIOR LIVING
    STEVE HOYT & STEVE GILBERT · (925) 368-7514 · shoyt@realtimesl.com · www.RealtimeSL.com
  • S3 SOLAR
    ALEX ALINO · (714) 600-4915 · aalino@s3solar.com · www.s3solar.com

6Beds also expresses its gratitude to members, Lillian and Sonny Sisayan, for their generous contribution to defray members’ parking fees.

Lastly, but by no means the least, we are truly and sincerely grateful to the many 6Beds volunteer officers, along with their friends and family members whose time and selfless contributions powered this event. They are:

  • Dorie Paniza, 6Beds Northern California President, RCFE Operator
  • Ines Otbo, 6Beds Sourthern California Senior Vice President, RCFE Operator
  • Olivia Deanda, 6Beds Treasurer, ARF Operator
  • Angie Marinda, 6Beds Executive Secretary, RCFE Operator

PHOTO (L-R): Roxanne Gould, George Kutnerian, Rita Flowers, Sony and Lillian Sisayan, Tess Misa, Tess Jomok, Amy, Paniza (Dorie’s son), Amanda, Dorie Paniza, Ines Otbo, Lani, Angie Marinda, Aida Briones, Lillie Mauricio, Gina Wasdyke, Ron Simpson, Olivia Deanda

Below are additional photos from the day’s events:

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Learn How Elections are Changing in San Mateo!

Join Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Senator Scott Wiener, Assemblymember Phil Ting, Mark Church and Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk Recorder

Learn How Elections are Changing in San Mateo!

  • Vote by Mail
  • Dropbox
  • Vote Center

WHEN:
April 19, 2018
6:00pm-7:30pm

WHERE:
The Doelger Senior Center
101 Lake Merced Blvd.
Daly City, CA 94015


Learn how the California Voter’s Choice Act will make it easier for how, when and where you cast a ballot. Starting in 2018, all registered voters in San Mateo County will receive their ballot in the mail a few weeks before the election. Most neighborhood polling places will no longer be used for voting. Instead, you will have 3 choices for how to vote.

  • Vote by Mail
    You can mail your ballot as soon as you receive it
  • Dropbox
    You can drop off your ballot at any secure Ballot Dropbox as soon as you receive it. No postage is required at Ballot Dropboxes.
  • Vote Center
    You can vote in person by visiting any Vote Center in your county. All Vote Centers will be open for at least 4 days from Saturday, June 2 through Tuesday, June 5. Some Vote Centers will be open for 11 days starting Saturday, May 26. At every Vote Center you can:

    – Vote in person.
    – Register to vote the same day, all the way up through Election Day.
    – Drop off your completed ballot.
    – Vote with an accessible voting machine.
    – Get help and voting material in multiple languages.

 

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Attend April 11 – 6Beds Advocacy Day with Labor Training & Workshop for RCFE & ARF

April 11 - 6Beds Advocacy Day - Sacramento

6Beds Advocacy Day
GROW THE 6!
APRIL 11, 2018
7 AM – 8 AM REGISTRATION
8 AM – 5 PM MAIN EVENT
California Chamber of Commerce
Esquire Plaza
1215 K St., Suite 1400
Sacramento, CA 95814

CLICK to RESERVE SEATS

EVENT AGENDA


Yes, it’s that time of the year again! 6Beds is hosting its 4th Annual Advocacy Day Conference in Sacramento on April 11th.

This year, 6Beds is sponsoring AB 2744 – RCFE Referral Agencies, co-authored by Assemblymember Eloise Reyes and Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, advocating for much needed regulations for predatory referral agencies.

We are also moving forward with AB 1437 – Modernizing Regulations, our very first sponsored bill, co-authored by Assemblymember Jim Paterson and Senator Scott Wiener.

6Beds is also co-sponsoring AB 3098 – Emergency Plans, authored by Assemblymember Laura Friedman. In addition, 6Beds is also lobbying to expand government funded programs, such as the Assisted Living Waiver (ALW), for both RCFE and ARF.

Join us in support of these much needed initiatives to protect as well as provide housing and care to our residents, especially with the growing need for our services amidst California’s daunting housing crisis.

Our guest speakers this year are:

  • Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), Chair of Senate Committee on Human Services
  • Deputy Director Pam Dickfoss, DSS Community Care Licensing Division
  • Senator Joel Anderson (D-San Diego)
  • and more…

While 6Beds leaders and lobbyists advocate at the Capitol, a Joint DOL/DLSE Labor Compliance Training will be held at the California Chamber of Commerce at the Esquire Plaza in downtown Sacramento.

We invite all operators to attend this session to learn what you need to know to comply with both federal and state labor laws that govern our care homes.

This training session is FREE to all operators!

In addition, we invite current 6Beds members to attend our very first Wage and Hour Compliance Workshop for Residential Care Facilities that builds on top of the DOL/DLSE labor training.

It will help you learn how to comply with the labor laws to optimize delivery of care while legally minimizing your labor costs. We will deconstruct a typical work week staffing schedule, analyze it for compliance violations and costs, then apply compliance solutions and optimizations.

If you have live-ins or plan to employ them as part of your care solution, DO NOT miss this compliance workshop (current 6Beds membership required)!

Contact us to learn more about this workshop.

CLICK to JOIN 6Beds

Seats are limited to our venue’s 140 seating capacity.
Reserve yours today as these will go fast.

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Dozens of ARF and RCFE Providers Honored at Red Carpet Gala! (see pix and vids)

by Ferdinand Ebio
On August 19, 2017, 6Beds celebrated its third year anniversary with an evening of awards, honors and festivities at Long Beach Marriott in Southern California. The red-letter event highlighted both 6Beds’ advances for the residential care industry and honored eight ARF and thirty-three RCFE providers for their decades of dedicated service to the elderly, adults with developmental disabilities and the mentally ill.

2017 ARF & RCFE Awards Gala

These awards and recognitions are long overdue and well deserved. They shine a light on the important work that we do as residential care providers, as well as apprise politicians and lawmakers of our vital contributions within our communities. See photos and video clips below.

Senator Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco), principal co-author of 6Beds’ first-ever sponsored bill, AB 1437, was the evening’s guest speaker and award presenter. Fellow co-author of AB1437, Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), was not able to attend due to an unforeseen circumstance.

Until 6Beds, there was no definitive and effective representative of the economic and political interests of residential care home owners at the State Capitol. Today however, according to Senator Weiner, …it’s terrific that you (care home owners) now have a very, very effective voice and presence in Sacramento. It just makes a world of difference when there are people we as legislators can work with, pick up the phone and call or meet with and ask questions…And you have that (with 6Beds) and is incredibly valuable.

6Beds’ lobbyist, Roxanne Gould, also spoke and echoed Senator Weiner’s sentiments. Three years ago you didn’t have a voice in Legislature. Three years ago, there were a myriad of horrible bills that were going to specifically hurt this particular segment…, said Gould. She went on to say, It is really monumental that in our third year, we are introducing legislation and passing it through…We are going to get stronger, we are going to get represented…even more as we go forward, which can’t be done without all of you…

George Kutnerian, 6Beds Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Legislation, gave an update on AB1437 and emphasized the importance of 6Beds’ growing rapport and relationships with lawmakers such as Senator Weiner, Assemblymember Patterson, Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) and many others, without whose support and understanding of our industry we could not have authored AB1437. As you may know, you can sponsor a bill, but without an author then you don’t have a bill, said Kutnerian. He further stated that in addition to legislation reforms, 6Beds also monitors and challenges proposed regulation updates that may be harmful to our industry, such as the reduction of the long-standing 30-day resident notice to 5 days, that is in the admission agreements, under Title 22. According to Kutnerian, 6Beds argued and won to keep the 30-day notice. A significant victory for us all.

Congratulatory Letters
Below are anniversary congratulatory letters from various State legislators who support 6Beds.

Download Congratulatory Letters


2017 ARF and RCFE Awardees



~ Over 40 Years of Dedicated Service Award ~
Awards presented by Senator Scott Wiener and Attorney Roberta Mendonca with 6Beds Board of Directors, Cyndy Minnery, Ron Simpson and George Kutnerian

~ ARF DD & MI ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities

  • Shelly Harvey and Irsa Harvey (42 years)

~ RCFE ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to the frail elderly

  • Rich de Leon (43years)
    Rich de Leon

~ Over 30 Years of Dedicated Service Award ~

~ ARF DD & MI ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities and Adults with Mental Illness

  • Dellie & Archie Punla (DD,33 years / MI, 31 years)
    Dellie & Archie Punla

In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities

  • Emily & Fort Marquez
    Emily & Fort Marquez
  • Greg & Diana Hernandez
    Greg & Diana Hernandez
  • George G. Monroy (34 years)
  • Susan Ashling (39 years)

~ RCFE ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to the frail elderly

  • Shala Azadgan (30 years)
    Shala Azadgan
  • Flor Pedrosa (36 years)
    Flor Pedrosa
  • Oscar & GG Ramasar (36 years)
    Oscar & GG Ramasar
  • Bridget Fisk (37 years)
  • Elizabeth Jimenez (37 years)
    Elizabeth Jimenez
  • Concepcion Jimenez (38 years)
    Concepcion Jimenez
  • Doris Stella Gomez (39 years)
    Doris Stella Gomez

~ Over 20 Years of Dedicated Service Award ~

~ ARF DD & MI ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to Adults with Development Disabilities

  • Christina & Ned Monica (20 years)
  • Marie Edna Garbanzoz (26 years)
    Marie Edna Garbanzoz

~ RCFE ~
In recognition of your years of dedicated service to the frail elderly

  • Connie Lumauig (20 years)
  • Indai Lange (20 years)
    Indai Lange
  • Lillian Sisayan (20 years)
    Lillian Sisayan
  • Olivia Deanda (20 years)
    Olivia Deanda
  • Dee Klocke (21 years)
  • Juan Reyes (21 years)
  • Mariza Oliva (21 years)
    Mariza Oliva
  • Olga & Cristro Forero (21 years)
  • Russ & Ginger Venanci (21 years)
  • Al Shelly (22 years)
  • Arlene Fajardo (22 years)
  • Sonia Patricia Garcia (22 years)
    Sonia Patricia Garcia
  • Cory Sabino (23 years)
  • Ines Otbo (23 years)
    Ines Otbo
  • Jacqueline Dupont, PhD (23 years)
    Administrator accepting for Ms. Dupont
  • Maki Sigrist (23 years)
  • Peter Schenkelberg (23 years)
  • Robin L. & P. Simpson, PhD (23 years)
    Robin L. & P. Simpson, PhD
  • Shay Williams (23 years)
    Shay Williams
  • Alexis Edwards (25 years)
    Alexis Edwards
  • Asuncion Dino (25 years)
  • Nina Serban (26 years)
    Nina Serban
  • Robert Green (26 years)
  • Purita Ferrer (28 years)
    Purita Ferrer
  • Esther Ley (28 years)
    Esther Ley
  • Norma Oreta (29 years)
    Norma Oreta

~ Special Award ~

In recognition of your selfless contribution to the residential care industry

  • Julie Azadon
    Julie Azadon
  • Delia Pardo
    Delia Pardo
  • Ferdinand Ebio
    Ferdinand Ebio

~ Generosity Award ~

In appreciation of your foundation’s generosity for supporting 6Beds, Inc. and the residential care industry

  • The Ramlaoui Family

6Beds Officers and Leaders
L-R: Olivia Deanda, Emily & Fort Marquez, Dellie Punla, Gina Wasdyke, Ines Otbo, Angie Marinda, Dorie Paniza, Cyndy Minnery, Ron Simpson, Lillie Mauricio, George Kutnerian, Ofelia Aplicador

6Beds Leaders

6Beds Leaders with Littler Law Firm Attorneys
L-R: 6Beds Leaders: Olivia Deanda, Gina Wasdyke – Littler Attorneys: Sarah Ross, Ashley Brick, Miranda Mossavar, – 6Beds Leaders: George Kutnerian, Ron Simpson, Cyndy Minnery

6Beds with Littler Law Firm Attorneys

6Beds Leaders with Vendor Sponsors

6Beds Leaders & Vendor Sponsors

Conference and Gala Volunteers & Helpers
L-R: Fort Marquez, Ed Mauricio, Emily Marquez, Ines Otbo, Martha Rodriguez, Julie Azadon, Tess Misa, Delia Pardo, Michelle Otbo, Amy Mata, Ofelia Aplicador, Lillie Mauricio, Rich de Leon, Angie Marinda, Olivia Deanda, Gina Wasdyke, Dorie Paniza, Roberta Mendonca, George Kutnerian

Events Volunteers and Helpers


Gala Photos
by Ferdinand Ebio
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Red Carpet Photos
by SL Photobooth Rental
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Download Gala Program

Download 6Beds Souvenir Program 2017


Vendor Sponsors

6Beds thanks with sincere gratitude all the following vendors who sponsored the 2017 ARF & RCFE Annual Conference and Gala

  • Littler Law Firm
  • Blessed Touch Home Care, LLC
  • KCKmedical
  • Vitas Healthcare
  • Angels Hospice Corporation
  • Royal Medical & Dental Supply
  • South California Association of Senior Referral Agencies
  • Mornin Star Palliative & Hospice, Inc.
  • Granny’s Place, Inc.
  • Primerica
  • A-Med. Realty Group
  • SoCal Post-Acute Care
  • SeaCrest Home Health and Hospice
  • Mountain View Services, Inc.
  • Garinet Healthcare & Hospice Touch
  • Austin Drugs
  • The Jackson Group
  • Summa Insurance Service, Inc.
  • Sacred Heart of California
  • Alta Hospitals System, LLC
  • Sierra Professional Insurance Services
  • Medd Care
  • Freedom Solar
  • Sun Solar
  • Mountain House
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Go Fast OC CPR
  • Companion Hospice, Home Health & Palliative Care
  • South Orange County Carpet Cleaning
  • Pinoy Pam’s Best
  • First Asian Care

This momentous evening was planned, organized and spearheaded by Ines Otbo, 6Beds Vice President. We are very grateful to her and the many dedicated supporters who helped to marshal this gala and the very successful annual conference held the preceding day.

Cheers and we’ll be seeing you next year!


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Apr 19 Advocacy Day Bus Ride and More!

Dear Colleagues,

BREAKING NEWS FROM ANGIE

Let us all once again get together for our Advocacy Day on April 19, 2017 at the State Capitol in Sacramento. This time, we will be supporting 6Beds’ first ever sponsored bill, AB 1437 — Modernizing Regulations. Download the PDF below to learn more.

This event is scheduled from 10 AM to 2 PM. After the 4-hour event, we thought of rewarding ourselves with a short fun time with an exciting, surprise outing! Thereafter, the bus will drive us back to our designated drop-off station.

Looking forward to see you all!

ITINERARY

United Coach Tours pick-up starts at 6:45 AM in Daly City, alongside Serramonte Blvd — outside Macy’s & Firestone. Those of you familiar with the location, you can park near the Denny’s Restaurant, close to the gym, or along the street of Serramonte Blvd. Please be prompt. 

A complimentary lunch will be provided. Donation of $25 is appreciated.

We will stop at Safeway Admiral Callaghan in Vallejo to pick up our colleagues from Solano County (Fairfield, Suisun and Vacaville areas).

Please reserve your seats as soon as possible by calling our active leaders listed below.

Space is limited. 

THANK YOU!

Leni Lacap (Solano County)
(415) 203-5110
Lily Mauricio (Bay Area)
(415) 420-0389

Dorie Paniza (Bay Area)
(650) 799-5722

Angie Marinda (Bay Area)
(650) 219-2421

Sincerely,

Angie Marinda
Executive Secretary, 6Beds, Inc.

Apr 19, 6Beds Advocacy DayAB 1437 - Modernizing Regulations