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Quality Measure 2: "SMART" Emergency Disaster Planning for RCFEs

Quality Measure 2: Ensuring a facility has written, readily available disaster, mass casualty and evacuation plans and that all staff is knowledgeable about the plan and prepared to execute it. 

Cal Fire has already responded to more than 1,200 fires since January and with last month’s seismic activity reported in Anaheim, every Californian would be wise to (re)evaluate their emergency disaster plans.  Facilities that can demonstrate modern, practical approaches to managing emergencies may earn the confidence of families more readily.

Choose Well Challenge: Keeping Residents Active and Engaged

Choose Well Quality Measure 1 – Activities & Socialization:  Ensuring that residents have access to planned activities that are appropriate to the interests and capabilities of the residents.

Moving into assisted living is often seen by seniors and their families as a remedy to the social isolation experienced when living alone.  For example, by moving into a facility, mom or dad will have greater access to peers, caregiving staff and activities. However, an incorrect assumption during this well-intentioned effort is that just because mom or dad is now living among more people in a more stimulating environment, they will not still experience loneliness

Attention Choose Well Members

Attention Choose Well Members.  Save the Date:  13 June 2018 at the North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido. That's the date of the first Choose Well Advisory Workgroup Meeting of 2018.   We hope you'll be able to attend, and look forward to seeing you there. 

If you didn't receive a direct email with the details of the meeting contact us. 

Choose Well San Diego is on Facebook!

Choose Well is on Facebook - Like Us nowChoose Well is in its 3rd year, and to celebrate, we've created a Choose Well San Diego Facebook page!   Choose Well San Diego's Facebook page will be where we post and promote news about the assisted living industry, offering information and value for both providers and families. And we'll be featuring a Choose Well volunteer provider frequently - so watch Facebook - it might be YOUR facility next.  Like Us and share Choose Well San Diego within your network.  And that's not the only change coming to Choose Well this year.  But you'll have to stay tuned to see the events and value-added content we have lined up for you.  

And if you know a provider who you think should be on Choose Well, send them to the Choose Well Project Team at (619) 795-2165 or at choosewellsandiego@gmail.com.   Be part of this growing community of providers who are making a difference in San Diego County! 

Providers: Save the Date for FREE RCFE Disaster Preparedness Event

As fires ravaged the San Diego's North County in late 2017, many RCFEs were evacuated - surely a wake up call for reassessing your facility's disaster preparedness readiness.  The RCFE Disaster Preparedness Task Force is a collaborative group of RCFE administrators and providers working together to support in Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery. This not-for-profit organization is hosting a FREE conference in Oceanside on 23 May 2018.  So Save-The-Date and make your plans to attend.  Knowing how to improve your facility's responsiveness now, may save the lives of your residents and employees in the future.  For more information visit www.rcfedisasterhelp.com.   Choose Well providers can become a member of this organization, and add their logo to your list of Distinctions on your Facility Profile Page.

Choose Well Scores Refreshed

Choose Well is pleased to announce Choose Well provider scores have been updated to reflect the set of enhancements approved by the County of San Diego.  Not all Choose Well provider scores were impacted by an event which would have triggered a rescore, either through an enhancement or a recent visit from CCL.   As of 2/7/2018 all scores shown on the site are current.

2018 Eldercare Directory -Check Out Choose Well Ad

The 2018 Edition of the San Diego Eldercare Directory is on the streets:  in libraries, senior and community centers, and in the offices of many providers of care and services to seniors. And the County's full-color ad featuring Choose Well is there too.  So Choose Well providers - expect Choose Well's visibility to result in more hits to the site, and now more than ever, make sure your Facility Profile is ready for all the new eyes on the site.  

To consumers reading this post, if you don't have your 2018 copy of the San Diego Eldercare Directory, know that you can pick up your free copy at most libraries or senior centers. To receive your complimentary copy of the 2018 San Diego Union-Tribune Eldercare Directory by mail, send your request to the following address:

2018 Edition of Eldercare Directory

Choose Well Open House & Recruitment

Choose Well is coming to the Oceanside Public Library - Mission Branch, Community Room, on Wedneday 11 October 2017.  If you are interesting in learning more about participating in the free County of San Diego program designed especially for assisted living providers - Choose Well - please join us Wednesday 11 October 2017 from 12:15 - 2:15 pm.  We will provide an overview of the program, its requirements, the benefits to providers, and we will also be doing provider intakes - getting your facility profiled on the website. We appreciate your RSVP to our Choose Well Help Line:  (619) 795-2165.

The Jacob Journal Spotlights Choose Well

Dianne Jacob's Fall 2017 newsletter headlines with an article about Choose Well.  She describes Choose Well as being "… a powerful new ally" for families looking for quality long-term care.  The article notes that the Choose Well program uses 11 Quality Measures "designed to guide consumers to the most appropriate facility for their needs."  This Jacob Journal article is the latest effort by the County of San Diego to promote, publicize, …

The Jacob Journal

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