Welcome To Lakewood Villa...

Lakewood Villa is a premier residential care facility offering senior care and assisted living in Sacramento, California. Although many assisted living facilities are in Sacramento, you probably want a place for mom where she can feel safe, warm and loved. Lakewood Villa has staff onsite 24/7 to provide the assisted senior living and senior care to make mom comfortable in the Autumn of her days. Call (916) 682-2867 for a tour of our residential care facility.

How is Lakewood Villa different from other senior care facilities?

Posted By on August 7, 2017

What sets Lakewood Villa apart from other senior care home facilities?


At Lakewood Villa, we believe that the people who take care of your loved ones should be highly skilled and educated. We provide year-long training. We invest in the continuing education of our care staff. We currently have on board caregivers that hold nursing degrees, administrator’s certificates, CNAs, and Activity Leader Certifications. With the winning combination of a compassionate and highly skilled care staff, you can have confidence that your loved ones will get the care they deserve at Lakewood Villa.

Lakewood Villa is not the only senior care facility. Why would I bring mom here? Why not keep her at home?

  • We are able to provide 24-hour care. Family members and some smaller senior care home facilities are not able to provide this. In cases where mom has been diagnosed with dementia, that could be a critical point.
  • We provide senior care 7 days a week. This includes holidays.
  • We carefully monitor every single need that they have. The medical needs are especially crucial. Not only in terms of providing medical care, but in being proactive enough to sense that they would be in need of some medical assistance. Mom and Dad can get better care in a structured scenario than could find at home. You love mom. We love our jobs. We take care of senior citizens 24/7.
Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

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Lakewood Villa is close to the fire station

Posted By on September 26, 2017

The fire station is 42 seconds from Lakewood Villa


The closest fire station is 42 seconds away from Lakewood Villa. Mom will feel safe, warm and loved at our assisted living facility. Your mom’s home should be close to a fire station.

Lakewood Villa is close to the local fire station. They have fire fighters and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) available 24 hours a day. If something happens, we can call 911 and get an EMT here in 42 seconds. The fire station is literally right down the street. Not only are they nearby, but we are also on good terms with them.

We include the local fire station staff in our Thanksgiving celebrations and make sure they get goodies after Christmas, Easter and many other special events. It’s part of being a good neighbor. As you look at where mom is staying these days, ask how far away the closest fire station and EMTs are. Ask if they know your senior citizen mom is nearby and how they would get to her quickly in an emergency. Ask yourself if you have a file showing her meds. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

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Should an assisted living home monitor mom’s medications?

Posted By on September 25, 2017

YES! An assisted living home should monitor medications


One of the services mom’s assisted living home should provide is medication management. We cannot speak for others. We can, however, speak for how we manage meds at Lakewood Villa.

We forecast when our residents’ meds will run out. From the minute mom moves in, we take over the task of managing her medications.

Their meds will be in a centrally-locked area. This is in our medication room. Meds are managed by our trained medication staff. This helps ensure they are administered safely. This ensures they are administered in accordance with doctor’s orders. This also applies to any over-the-counter meds.

Everything in medicine management is documented and double checked. If you bring in a bottle with a prescription, we check that against the doctor’s orders. We double-check very often. Medication is something that you definitely need to manage correctly. It is very important. It is part of what an assisted living home should do.

We spend a lot of time making sure that everything is correct and accurate. It’s not something that you should take lightly. It’s a priority both in admissions and everyday operations.

We keep medicine in a dedicated room. That room is locked. Only a few caregivers have access into that room. We have a locked cabinet for the meds. That key is available only to a few staff members.

Lakewood Villa is compliant with the Health & Safety Code 1569.69. This requires staff training on medications. This is for any RCFE staff member that will assist residents with self-administration of medications.

Lakewood Villa staff training includes:

  • 8 hours of initial training or instruction within the first two weeks of employment.
  • 8 hours of hands-on shadow training in the facility prior to assisting residents with self-administration of meds.
  • Passing an exam that tests the employee’s comprehension of and competency in the nine medication topics.

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Under promise and over deliver, says Lakewood Villa Licensee

Posted By on September 24, 2017

Under promise and over deliver at Lakewood Villa

At Lakewood Villa, we under promise and over deliver. When we say under promise and over deliver, we are referring to the act of providing your customer more than he requested and you are under contract to provide. The cost to you is minimal. The customer will appreciate the extra service. Here are some examples.

Suppose you go to the local donut shop, buy a dozen donuts and find 13 donuts in the box. The baker promised you 12 donuts, but gave you one extra. You will probably remember this the next time you want a box of donuts.

Suppose your mom is living in an assisted care facility. They are under contract to provide a safe and comfortable environment. They probably are not under contract to provide the owner’s cell phone number or enable Skype video conferences. At Lakewood Villa, you get both.

Vixcent Villaluna is the licensee of Lakewood Villa. We under promise and over deliver at our assisted living home

Vixcent Villaluna is the licensee of Lakewood Villa


We recently had a resident attend a family reunion in Chicago, without leaving the building. We set up and tested Skype. We coordinated our resident’s “visit” to the reunion. We dolled her up and established the Skype call to Chicago. She sat at the computer talking to her family members at the reunion. She felt as if she were really there in person. Family members were overjoyed we could help her attend the conference.

The Skype setup is not part of our contract. Staff could have said, “Sorry…that’s not our job,” but that is not how we do things at Lakewood Villa. We made the Skype video conference happen. Everybody involved was overjoyed that we made it work and helped grandma attend her family reunion. This is one example of how the staff at Lakewood Villa under promises and over delivers. We do it every day. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

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What activities will mom find at an assisted living home?

Posted By on September 23, 2017

Mom should find many activities at her assisted living home. Here’s what’s happening at Lakewood Villa

Fun activities are very important at an assisted living home. Music is a great part of the Lakewood Villa activities calendar. We found that music is the one activity a lot of the residents enjoy. They love to sing! We also have enough room to do ballroom dancing in our Great Room. Dancing is a great form of exercise, too.

We have arts and crafts for the ladies. Sometimes gentlemen like to participate. Bingo is always a big hit. Everyone seems to have so much fun playing.

Lakewood Villa has a creative and engaging staff member. She is a certified activities leader and is responsible for organizing and evaluating our activities. She makes sure our program is appropriately designed to meet our residents’ needs.

Lakewood Villa has tons of assisted living activities, including dancing

Lakewood Villa has tons of assisted living activities, including dancing

How do you lead up to a holiday?

Whenever a holiday approaches, we make it a big deal for our assisted living residents. It’s not only that holiday, but it is also the week leading to that holiday. The activities, crafts and decorations are more geared towards that upcoming holiday.

A few years back at Christmastime, we had volunteer students from a local grade school visit our assisted living home. They went around and they talked to our residents. They interviewed them, asked them what they liked and what fond memories they held. Each student focused on one resident. They ended up creating Christmas tree ornaments for each of the residents, based on their interview with them. One of our residents said he loves scooters. The girl who interviewed him made a Christmas ornament that had a drawing of a scooter. It was so neat and so personalized. It feels great to do those kinds of things. It involves both our assisted living community and the community around us. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

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When Sacramento gets hot, mom is safer at an assisted living home

Posted By on September 22, 2017

Mom is safer in an assisted living home

When it gets hot, mom will be safer in an assisted living homeAs I write this, weather forecasters are predicting more blistering 100+ temperatures for the Sacramento region this week. Everybody has to take cover. That includes your elderly parent, who may or may not be in a safe and cool place. With all other factors being equal, an assisted living home is a safer place for mom, compared to her private residence. Staff helps maintain a safe environment that shields senior citizens from weather extremes. You cannot leave mom home alone when the weather turns extreme. Mom is not as agile and self-sufficient as she once was.

I interviewed Vixcent Villaluna of Lakewood Villa (http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/) for this article.

Mark: A senior citizen near Phoenix died from heat exhaustion yesterday. It was on the news. He stayed inside to avoid the blistering sun, but his home became too hot. Seniors die from heat exhaustion every year because they think they are safe.

Vixcent. Yes. The heat is partly to blame. Dehydration is also partly to blame. People don’t drink enough water. Those of us who are healthy do not drink enough water. Imagine a senior citizen who is not as mobile as she once was. Getting to the kitchen sink could be a major ordeal.

Mark: Vixcent. We’re making a bold claim here. With summertime heat, you are saying an assisted living home is a safer place for mom. How so?

Vixcent: We all remember hot summers. Stay out of the sun. Wear sunscreen. Drink extra water. These are all precautions we take to endure the heat. Stay cool and wait for the threat to pass.

Assisted living is safer

Vixcent. Getting back to business, here is why mom would be better off in an assisted living home, compared to her private residence, when it gets hot outside.

  • Someone has to monitor weather reports and forecasts on TV and the Internet. Someone has to make this a priority when heat waves approach. Assisted living staff monitors weather forecasts. It is part of their jobs.
  • The facility has to be ready. Make sure the A/C and refrigerator are working. Make sure the blinds can be closed to keep out the sun. Make sure the windows can be opened at night. Make sure some fans are available. This is part of what an assisted living home staff does. If mom lives by herself, who would do this?
  • Someone has to make sure everybody is hydrated. We need 96 ounces of water every day. More so when it is hot. If mom is not as mobile as she used to be, she will need someone nearby to make sure she is getting enough liquids. That is part of what assisted living staffers do.

If your mom is living alone at home, she may not be prepared for the heat. She may end up suffering from heat exhaustion because the heat was a big surprise. She was not prepared. Her environment was not prepared. Sad but true, people die from hot weather. If your mom were at an assisted living facility, someone would be monitoring the weather and helping residents endure. It is a safer scenario.

This is one example of how the staff at mom’s assisted living home provides a safe and secure environment. It is probably much safer than asking mom to live alone at home.

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Lakewood Villa administrator asks: Do you love your job?

Posted By on September 21, 2017

Do you love your job? You would if you worked at Lakewood Villa

Gerard Hojilla is the administrator of Lakewood Villa

Yes, we are serious. Do you love your job? Some people honestly do their jobs for a paycheck and a pending pension. They do it because they have to do it, not because they love to do it. Maybe you’re in the same trap. Do you love your job or do you trudge your way through the workday?

That’s not how it is with the staff at Lakewood Villa. Staff sincerely loves doing their jobs. It is pretty obvious. Working with the elderly and providing senior care is not for everybody. Some people think they can do this, but time exposes all truths. At Lakewood Villa, the owner and administrator can tell if a new employee enjoys working with the elderly, or if they should go elsewhere. Those who stay sincerely love their jobs. That is one of the benefits you will find at Lakewood Villa…staff genuinely loves working with the elderly.

The people who work at Lakewood Villa love working here. They love helping the elderly. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

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Assisted living staff home creates the happiest day in her life

Posted By on September 20, 2017

Assisted living staff at Lakewood Villa enables video conferencing. Mom can be there remotely

Can your assisted living home support Skype video conferences? Lakewood Villa can.

Can your assisted living home support Skype video conferences? Lakewood Villa can.


Here’s an assisted living success story. A Lakewood Villa resident recently attended a family reunion in Chicago via the Internet. Family members told us they were organizing a family reunion in Chicago and wanted their mother to attend via a video conference. Staff at our assisted living home set up and tested Skype on a general access computer. The owner verified the Internet connection could support Skype. Staff learned how to use the service. The owner also told their loved one that a family reunion was approaching and she would get to see her loved ones.

On the big day, staff dolled up mom. They put on her makeup and made her feel very pretty. Staff created a Skype video conference and called Chicago. Mom sat at the assisted living home’s general computer for two hours while talking to her loved ones in Chicago. She said she felt like she was in the same room. Family members thanked us repeatedly for making this special day happen for mom.

Mom still talks about this like it was the happiest day of her life. It was a happy day for us too. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

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Mom’s assisted living home should have a highly trained staff

Posted By on September 19, 2017

The assisted living home you choose for mom should have a highly trained staff

Mom's assisted living home should have a highly trained staff. Gerard Hojilla is the administrator of Lakewood Villa. He makes sure staff gets abundant training.

Staff training is very important in the assisted living field. The staff at Lakewood Villa is highly trained. Most are cross trained. The State of California imposes mandates for staff training. All assisted living homes must meet those mandates and keep the paperwork on site to prove the training is current. Lakewood Villa goes above and beyond the State’s mandates. The owner sends staff to training that is above and beyond the State’s mandates. Your mom will notice the difference.

The additional training helps Lakewood Villa cross train staff and provide a higher level of assisted living to our residents. We may have one cook on site at a time, but we have three staffers who have formal training in cooking for the elderly. We may have one social director on site, but we have three staffers with training on how to keep elderly residents active and social. Staff certifications hang proudly on the wall. Not all assisted living homes disclose staff certifications. We do. Staff training goes above and beyond what we have to provide. It is, however, what the owner feels is necessary for maintaining Lakewood Villa’s high level of care.

When you go to work and your kids go to school, who stays with your mom? If she lives alone, how many people does she see in a given day? How many in a given week? Chances are your mom spends a lot of time in solitude. Doctors advise that an active social life helps improve quality of life and overall health. What kind of environment does your mom experience every day? With 18 residents and staff on duty 24/7, your mom will have an active and nourishing social life. that’s how it is at our assisted living home. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

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Mom can go to the mall, if she lives at Lakewood Villa

Posted By on September 18, 2017

How often does your mom go out? Lakewood Villa can take residents to the mall

Sometimes, old people stay inside too often. They become less active and their health deteriorates. They don’t have anything to stimulate them or keep them active. It is sad but true.

That’s not how it is at Lakewood Villa. We have a minivan and can take residents to the mall. Sometimes they don’t have to buy anything at the mall, they just want to go and be social. It is very stimulating. Sometimes small things like trips to the mall can have a big impact. We can schedule and conduct regular trips, weather permitting, of course.

That is part of what we do at Lakewood Villa and it is something you should expect from mom’s senior care home. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

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How does Lakewood Villa monitor medications?

Posted By on September 18, 2017

Lakewood Villa monitors medications


One of the services Lakewood Villa provides is medication management. We forecast when our residents’ meds will run out. From the minute mom moves in, we take over the task of managing her medications.

Their meds will be in a centrally-locked area. This is in our medication room. Meds are managed by our trained medication staff. This helps ensure they are administered safely. This ensures they are administered in accordance with doctor’s orders. This also applies to any over-the-counter meds.

Everything in medicine management is documented and double checked. If you bring in a bottle with a prescription, we check that against the doctor’s orders. We double-check very often. Medication is something that you definitely need to manage correctly. It is very important. It is part of what we do.

Lakewood Villa Care Home monitors medsWe spend a lot of time making sure that everything is correct and accurate. It’s not something that you should take lightly. It’s a priority both in admissions and everyday operations.

We keep medicine in a dedicated room. That room is locked. Only a few caregivers have access into that room. We have a locked cabinet for the meds. That key is available only to a few staff members.

 

Lakewood Villa is compliant with the Health & Safety Code 1569.69. This requires staff training on medications. This is for any RCFE staff member that
will assist residents with self-administration of medications.

Lakewood Villa staff training includes:

  • 8 hours of initial training or instruction within the first two weeks of employment.
  • 8 hours of hands-on shadow training in the facility prior to assisting residents with self-administration of meds.
  • Passing an exam that tests the employee’s comprehension of and competency in the nine medication topics.

Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

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