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 February 20, 2018

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

Posted By on February 21, 2018

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

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Sacramento Assisted Living | A safe place for mom

Posted By on February 19, 2018

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.

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Lakewood Villa letter of thanks #5

Posted By on February 18, 2018

Lakewood Villa provides a happy place for mom

We have several success stories because of the care that we provide. They come to Lakewood Villa with a variety of needs and we see them pretty much in a better and happier state than when they walked in. That is success. Success would be getting all those letters from families thanking us for providing a loving, nurturing and safe environment for their loved ones. The gestures from the families, just thanking us for the little things that we do, is success. This content is from http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/.

Testimonial #5

“Dear Hope,

We want to thank you and the staff at Lakewood for the kind, loving care you gave to Don’s mother Juanita while she lived there. It meant so much to know she was in such good hands.

And thank you, Hope, for your very thoughtful gift of Juanita’s last dress.

We wish you the best as you continue to make a loving home for all the other residents in your care.

With love

(name *)”

Lakewood Villa Letter of Love #5

Lakewood Villa Letter of Thanks #5

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Mom’s assisted living home should have highly trained staff

Posted By on February 17, 2018

Staff training is a big deal at assisted living homes

We cannot speak for others, but at our assisted living home, the staff 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 service to its 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 facilities 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. 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 February 16, 2018

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

Posted By on February 15, 2018

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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Lakewood Villa creates the happiest day in her life

Posted By on February 14, 2018

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

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

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 set up and tested Skype on a general access computer. The owner verified the Internet access could support Skype and 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 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. We are Lakewood Villa. Call (916) 682-2867 today.

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Do you love your job? Ask the staff at mom’s assisted living home

Posted By on February 13, 2018

Do you love your job? Ask the staff next time you visit mom’s assisted living home

When you work in the assisted living profession, you have to love your job

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 are not cut out for assisted living. 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 today.

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Lakewood Villa is prepared to handle an emergency

Posted By on February 12, 2018

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.

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