BEVERLY C. MACKIN has owned and operated Belle Vista Retirement Homes, Inc. for the past 23 years, as she carries out her “mission to serve our elderly or disabled clients with love and compassion while providing for their physical and emotional needs with dignity and respect.”
Quality of Service is of utmost importance to Bev. She is a true “hands-on manager” as she develops the care plans for each of her residents, coordinates all medications and home care services, social activities, and special events. As the administrator she personally takes her residents to their primary care physicians to ensure proper communication between the health care provider and the facility staff . The residents at Belle Vista experience a very low incidence of hospitalization due to early diagnosis and intervention of medical issues.
Bev truly feels that her work is more of a ministry rather than a job. She spends time with each client to understand their concerns and fears, their desires to try new things and experience stimulating activities. For example, she set up a computer with internet access in the activity room for the residents’ use. Several people have enjoyed learning to email friends and relatives all over the country, and some order clothes and personal items online. They truly feel empowered to explore new horizons. They enjoy luncheon cruises on the intracoastal waterway, shows at the fine arts centers, and shopping experiences. As our community continues to age at home and we suffer the loss of a resident, Bev takes the residents to the funeral or creates a memorial service right there at Belle Vista. Once she hosted a wedding celebration for a resident who found a new relationship after losing her spouse of 64 years. We celebrate life together!
In everything I do it is my mission to give love, respect and compassion to my clients, their families, our staff and the community to whom we serve.
Beverly serves on the National Advisory Cabinet of Guideposts Foundation of Pawling, New York, a well-known ministry of Positive Thinking and Outreach founded by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Her community activities include serving as a member and then President of the church board of Chapel By The Sea; the Advisory Board of Religious Community Services, Inc. , an interfaith congregational organization serving the homeless, hungry and less fortunate residents of the community; Chairman and long time member of the Haven which offers counseling and shelter for victims of domestic violence; and on the Board of Advocare Trust Inc., another nonprofit organization which serves the developmentally disabled clients as guardian or advocate ensuring their rights and safety.
Bev worked in the corporate business environment for several years after college before she found her niche in the medical field. She was recruited by Johnson and Johnson Surgical Division as the first female sales representative nationally, calling upon the Operating Room Supervisors of hospitals throughout South Florida. Her career path included Sales Training, Product Development, and national Product Management for Surgikos. Later she accepted an offer as Marketing Director of another medical company and moved her headquarters to Clearwater, Florida. Her extensive experience in the health care field led her to develop her own business of Assisted Living Facilities.
Both facilities have reached out to the community to do good for others. They have adopted families from the domestic violence shelter by providing Christmas presents and toys to the Haven of RCS. They offer their services to non-profit organizations who need assistance in stuffing envelopes, then labeling and stamping them for mailing.They donate their money to fund a food basket for the needy at Thanksgiving time, and they help others with simple tasks that may be time-consuming but not technical. All this to spread their joy of life with others. We realize by giving to others we are so richly blessed.
Ms. Mackin has been a member of the Florida Assisted Living Association (FALA) for many years and attends conferences and meetings on a regular basis. She promotes quality improvement within the industry and is constantly learning more and growing in her personal knowledge of better elder care and trends within the senior community. Regular Staff meetings at Belle Vista repeat this commitment to quality as she trains staff in new techniques and improved delivery of Gold Star services. She is also a member of the Guardianship Association of Pinellas County serving the elderly and disabled population.