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 June 4, 2015

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.

Should an assisted living home monitor mom’s medications?

Posted By on September 3, 2015

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.

5 things that would change if mom ran her assisted living home

Posted By on August 27, 2015

If mom ran the assisted living home…

What sets Lakewood Villa apart from other assisted living facilities?Ever wonder what mom’s assisted living community would look like if the residents were in charge? New York Times blogger Judith Graham got a pretty good idea when she asked Martin Bayne that question.

Byrne is a big advocate for people in assisted living. He writes a blog called The Voice of Aging Boomers from his home in a Pennsylvania assisted living home. Bayne has been living with Parkinson’s disease for 18 years.

What Would Martin Bayne Do?

Bayne says he would do 5 things if he ran an assisted living community:

  1. Focus on passion. When a prospective resident came to visit, Bayne would sit him or her down with 10 other residents. That group would ask a few questions. “What’s your passion? What motivates you? What’s your mission in life?” If the guest didn’t have an answer to those questions, the community would not accept him or her as a resident. “We want a community that is alive,” Bayne says.
  2. Establish a welcoming committee. The committee would treat the new resident like royalty. “We’d show you that we care about you,” he says.
  3. Give every resident a job. “No matter how seemingly insignificant, you’d have responsibilities every day,” he says. “And the emphasis wouldn’t be on you, the emphasis would be on the community.”
  4. Bring residents together every week in a peer group. “We’d meet to discuss anything that people think is important,” he says. “There wouldn’t be a leader. We’d just sit together and sometimes cry, sometimes laugh.”
  5. Involve everyone in activities. These wouldn’t be activities that “take up time while you wait for death,” says Bayne. Instead, the activities would “make you think and respond and use your brain.” Those activities might include making calls to shut-ins or reading to children who have disabilities. “We want you busy, productive, happy,” he says. “We want people to feel, ‘I’m alive.’”

Reprinted from http://www.leadingage.org/What_if_Residents_Were_in_Charge_of_Assisted_Living.aspx. See http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ for more info.

Lakewood Villa asks: Where is your mom spending the night?

Posted By on August 27, 2015

Where is your mom spending the night, Lakewood Villa asks

Lakewood Villa asks: Where is your mom spending the night?

Lakewood Villa asks: Where is your mom spending the night?

Will it be in a place where she can feel safe and secure? Are there locks and alarms? Is a fire station nearby and does the fire station staff know your mom is in the neighborhood? If mom is spending the night at Lakewood Villa, the answers would all be YES!

You need to set high expectations here. Your mom is not young and agile like you are. She probably needs to know that she is safe and secure before turning out the lights. She needs to know someone is there to help in case something happens. If she fell and cried out: “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”! Would someone hear her?

Do you assume your parents are as self-sufficient as they were 20 years ago? 30 years ago? Times change. Bodies change. Climbing stairs, preparing meals and keeping track of details is not as easy as it used to be. You need to find somewhere that mom can stay and have her needs met. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

How does a good assisted living home monitor medications?

Posted By on August 20, 2015

Mom’s assisted living home should monitor medications


Mom’s assisted living home will monitor her medications. That is something you should expect. 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 this task. We manage her meds. It is part of what we do.

Their meds will be in a centrally-locked area. This is in our assisted living home medication room. Meds are managed by our trained medication staff. This helps ensure they are administered safely. We follow 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. It is part of running an assisted living home.

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 meds 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.

Mom's assisted living home should monitor her meds

Lakewood Villa is compliant with the Health & Safety Code 1569.69. This requires staff training on meds. 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.

Can your mom’s assisted living home pass your innate quality control litmus test?

Posted By on August 13, 2015

Visit your mom’s assisted living home and run an innate quality control litmus test

Can your mom's assisted living home pass your innate quality control litmus test?

Can your mom’s assisted living home pass your innate quality control litmus test?

When you’re looking for an assisted living home where mom will feel safe, comfortable and loved, you will find a wide variety of options. While touring them, ask if they meet your innate quality control litmus test.

Everybody has an innate quality control litmus test. This triggers when you are eating lunch. If you’re in a luxurious restaurant where the cook uses only the best ingredients, you will know. If you’re in a fast food joint where everything is deep-fried, you will know. This is your innate quality control litmus test talking.

This also applies when visiting assisted living homes for your mom. If you’re in a place that is run well, you will know. The paint will be fresh. The landscaping will look well-maintained. The lawn will be healthy. The opposite is also true. If you’re in a place that is barely in business, the paint, landscaping and lawn will be neglected.

That’s just the outside. You ring the doorbell and someone lets you enter. From here, you can tell if this assisted living home smells pleasant, if the furniture is in good shape and if the residents are active and engaged. Remember, this is a place that may become your mom’s home. You will know in a New York Minute if this is a good place for mom.

Next time you visit an assisted living home, follow your innate quality control litmus test. Listen as it tells you about the exterior and the interior. Lakewood Villa will pass your quality control litmus test. The owner sets high expectations and staff consistently meets them. Residents and family members appreciate them. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

Lakewood Villa is prepared to handle an emergency

Posted By on August 13, 2015

Are you prepared to handle an emergency? Lakewood Villa is

Lakewood Villa provides easy access for EMTs

Lakewood Villa is 42 seconds away from the local fire station. EMTs can get here quickly and have easy access into our facility.

This could happen to you. Maybe it already has. You and your mother are watching TV. All of a sudden, she slips, falls and complains: “ I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” What do you do? You call 911 and tell them your address. EMTs arrive. They ask you for her medical file and any meds while checking her vitals. Are you prepared to answer their questions?

That’s where Lakewood Villa can help. If your mom were at Lakewood Villa, staff would have answers for the EMTs. They keep a 3-ring binder for each resident with their medical records and emergency contact information. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

How do you get mom into an assisted living home?

Posted By on August 6, 2015

An assisted living home for mom

How do you get mom into an assisted living home? Ask Gerard Hojilla
When you decide to put mom in an assisted living home, you should become familiar with the admission process. That will help make the transition smoother and faster. Every assisted living home does things their own way. Here are the steps we follow at Lakewood Villa:

  1. If your loved ones are not able to make decisions for themselves, get started on the Durable Power of Attorney. At some point, you will need this document. Someone will have to make some very responsible decisions regarding your loved ones’ care. That includes a very big decision. Should you put mom in an assisted living home?
  2. Call Lakewood Villa at (916) 682-2867 for a tour. You can meet the administrator and the care staff in person. Make a list of all your questions and concerns. We will be happy to address all of them.
  3. Start the Resident Assessment Process. Meet the Administrator of the assisted living home. We need to be able to meet and physically see your loved ones. We can evaluate their physical condition, mental state, medication and medical history. The assessment process is an important step. It helps us determine if your loved ones are a good fit for our assisted living home. It helps you determine if our assisted living home is a good fit for mom.
  4. You have to be open and honest about all the background information. We want to make sure we really are a good fit. We want to make sure that your loved ones’ needs are within what we can provide. 
  5. The Assessment Process is a very, very important step in the whole admissions process. You should make sure the facility administrator does a thorough assessment up front. If that does not happen, you could be in for a big surprise down the road.
  6. If we both decide that Lakewood Villa is the right place for your loved ones, we determine the move-in date. Prior to move-in, we brief you on some of the important papers we would need upon admission:
    1. Physician’s Report (LIC 602A). The California Department of Community Care Licensing actually mandates all care home facilities to have this upon admitting a resident. That particular physician’s report form must be completed and signed by their physician. It documents the loved one’s physical condition, mental condition and TB-clearance (tuberculosis). Your loved one has to be clear of TB before spending the first night here.
    2. Emergency Contact Form. This details the family emergency contacts. Who do we call in case of emergency? Who is the primary care doctor? Which hospital do you prefer for us to take them to in case of emergency?
    3. Admissions Agreement form. This includes a description of all items and services included in the basic rate. This covers the facility policies and procedures, conditions for termination of the agreement and a copy of residents’ rights specified by law or regulation.
  7. You also need to have their medications in place. We request at least a two-week supply of your loved one’s medications the minute they walk into the facility.

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

What activities does the Lakewood Villa staff run for mom?

Posted By on July 30, 2015

Mom will find many activities at Lakewood Villa

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 activities, including dancing

Lakewood Villa has tons of activities, including dancing

How do you lead up to a holiday?

Whenever a holiday approaches, we make it a big deal for the 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 Lakewood Villa. 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 and 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 and the girl who interviewed him made a Christmas ornament that had a drawing of a scooter. It was so neat and so personalized. It’s great to do those kinds of things and it involves both our community and the community around us. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

Mom’s assisted living home has to be a safe place for mom

Posted By on July 23, 2015

Your mom’s assisted living home has to be very safe. Here’s why…

Lakewood Villa is an assisted living home where mom can feel safeWhere is your mom spending the night? Will it be in an assisted living home where she can feel safe, warm and loved? Are there locks and alarms? Is a fire station nearby and does the fire station staff know your mom is in the neighborhood?

You need to set high expectations here. Your mom is not young and agile like you are. She probably needs to know that she is safe and secure before turning out the lights. She needs to know someone is there to help in case something happens. That’s why you put her in an assisted living home in the first place.

Times change and bodies change

How many of us think our parents are as self-sufficient as they were 20 years ago? 30 years ago? Times change. Bodies change. Climbing stairs, preparing meals and keeping track of details is not as easy as it used to be. You need to find somewhere that mom can stay and have her needs met.

That’s where Lakewood Villa can help. Located in Sacramento, Lakewood Villa provides an assisted living home where mom will feel safe, warm and loved. That is what we do. We have staff onsite 24/7. Call (916) 682-2867 today for a tour. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

Sacramento Assisted Living | A safe place for mom

Posted By on July 16, 2015

Assisted living is very safe

Probably safer than where your mom currently lives. Where is your mom spending the night? Will it be in an assisted living home where she can feel safe, warm and loved? Are there locks and alarms? Is a fire station nearby and does the fire station staff know your mom is in the neighborhood?

You need to set high expectations here. Your mom is not young and agile like you are. She probably needs to know that she is safe and secure before turning out the lights. She needs to know someone is there to help in case something happens.

What sets Lakewood Villa apart from other assisted living homes?

Times change and bodies change

How many of us think our parents are as self-sufficient as they were 20 years ago? 30 years ago? Times change. Bodies change. Climbing stairs, preparing meals and keeping track of details is not as easy as it used to be. You need to find somewhere that mom can stay and have her needs met.

That’s where an assisted living home can help. With staff on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we maintain a safe environment. Mom will know that if she falls and yells for help, someone really will be there to help. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.