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Monthly Marketing Update
- May 2020

These are crazy times. Although it can be easy to get caught up in the uncertainty of the moment, I have been impressed by the innovation and kindness around me and am thankful for all of our front line workers that continue to care for our seniors, staff the grocery store, deliver mail, and work to support the rest of us. Instead of feeling insignificant for my limited contribution, I have decided to relish in my little successes. I feel a bit more like I matter and have a purpose when I answer the phone and talk to a lonely senior; join a virtual networking meeting to connect with other providers, or finish a home project I had put off. Magic moments are not made by big things, but more by the sum of little things coming together. The little things matter now more than ever.

We are continuing to develop and in the past month more than 200 providers have logged on to claim their listing and start reporting their availability. This site is free for all housing to report what is available, and next month we will be launching an update that will also include home health, home care, and hospice. I am thankful for the case managers at local hospitals that have personally encouraged providers to log on and use the site more. During this pandemic, we were able to adapt quickly and show if a community was not accepting residents due to CoronaVirus. The site has helped expedite discharges from hospitals and skilled nursing to other care levels. It also helped our staff connect families with communities that were still taking new residents.

The new edition of the guide hits the streets this week. Although we are unable to distribute the guides at all the usual locations at the moment; we have had an increased demand from clinics and hospitals sharing the print guide with their patients. We have also received many requests to mail guides to families, free of charge. Due to the Covid-19, I was concerned about how many sponsors would be able to continue advertising with us. Gratefully, I was wrong. I am honored that they trust us with their marketing dollars and am excited to work with such an amazing group of people for another year. We have delayed the Release Party until June 18th, but with the extension of the Stay at Home Order- we are unsure if the event will be possible, but will keep you updated (fingers crossed because I really miss seeing everyone).


Network Meetings


Please continue to check our website for meeting and event updates! We are updating our website multiple times a day trying to help notify our contacts of cancellations and rescheduled meetings.

MAY 21
9 AM
Southern Oregon Networking And Resource (S.O.N.A.R.)
Online Meeting
Speaker: Gary Furr Topic: Managing Crisis
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MAY 28
3 PM
Douglas County Senior Resource Coalition
Online Meeting


Upcoming Hospital Case Manager Fairs


Registration is now open for May 2020 Retirement Connection Sponsors.

MAY 26
11:30 AM
Asante Rogue Resource Fair
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center
2825 E Barnett Rd, Medford, 97504
Carpenter Rooms



OCT 14
11 AM
Asante Rogue Resource Fair
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center
2825 E Barnett Rd, Medford, OR 97504
Carpenter Rooms



OCT 15
12 PM
Asante Three Rivers Resource Fair
Asante Center for Outpatient Health (ACOH)
537 Union Ave,Grants Pass, OR 97527
Rooms 5 & 6


Marketing and Development


MAY 15
11 AM
The Clinical Path of COVID-19
Online Webinar
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JUN 18
3:30 PM
Southern Oregon Retirement Connection Guide Release Party
Edenvale Winery
2310 Voorhies Rd, Medford, 97501
We are planning for the Release Party, but will keep you updated as COVID-19 creates change for us all


We know that you are managing a great deal right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team is here to help.


Here are a few ways…

1)    Corona Virus resource web page: We have set up a webpage at to offer updates on Skilled Nursing and housing closures, community resources, and other updates. Please send me any relevant updates you feel should be included.

2)    Events Calendar: We are updating our events calendar many times each day on We are including the originally planned date, shown as CANCELLED and then also adding the new date to help communicate as many updates as possible.

3)    Care Availability: We have expedited the use of a new resource we have been beta testing. is a free resource for hospitals, providers and families to search availability without needing to submit person details, and it is free for providers to report the housing and skilled availability. We have added the ability for communities to mark “not accepting residents due to coronavirus, and also the ability to mark if they are accepting Respite stays at this time.

4) Job Postings: We have expanded our Jobs Board to offer more position postings than typical including hourly staff and job resource link.


On The Move


Do you know someone that has recently changed positions? Send us an update to share in the monthly newsletter, helping everyone stay connected and informed about community changes.


Additional Resources

There are so many resources included in Retirement Connection, that often a few may slip past you and may not be noticed. Did you know that the guide also includes:

Real Estate and Vision Resources & Services


Nuggets of Knowledge


“Find out who you are and do it on purpose. ” – Dolly Parton

During the Stay at Home order many of us have had time to reflect (maybe more than some of us would prefer). Take some time this week to think about who you are, the person you want to be, and decide how to be the best version of that. To be successful you need to be true to yourself first.  

~ Amy Schmidt
Retirement Connection


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