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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.

Assisted Living Help: 5 Easy Steps to Simplify Your Life

Posted By on July 9, 2017

Assisted Living: 5 Easy Steps to Simplify Your Life

Special thanks to Ann Mullen for granting permission to republish http://blog.sequoiaseniorsolutions.com/blog/bid/324255/Senior-Care-5-Easy-Steps-to-Simplify-Your-Life. This applies to folks living in an assisted living home, or working at an assisted living home.

Mom will feel safe, warm and loved at our assisted living homeYou are running behind and you can’t find your other shoe. Again. And, of course, it’s in the last place you look. By now you are running very behind and you can’t find your keys. Again. Does this sound like your life? Whether you are a senior, a senior caregiver or in your early twenties, stress happens when things get out of hand at home or at work. One of the easiest ways to unclutter and distress your life is to simplify your life. There are several ways to make this happen. Let’s take a look at how to deal with an overwhelming amount of belongings in your home first.

ONE: Do your belongs belong to you or do you belong to them?

If your home is in a mess, then this has a direct impact on how you feel and the way you react to things. Once you have a messy home it is so easy to let this clutter add up even more. You will start to feel down and you will have no motivation to get up to clean, which means even more mess on top of the previous geologic levels.

Action Steps: Choose one area of your home to work on at a time. Start with one room, or even one counter top, and go through everything. If there are items that you hardly ever use them pack them into a box. Do the same with papers and books. If they have become dust bunnies, then get rid of them.

If you feel bad about throwing certain things away find a large box and use it as a donation box. Give these items to a local charity, homeless shelter or home. Another option is to hold a garage sale and sell off these belongings. You can also do the old three box technique–one to keep, one to think about and one to trash. More than likely the things in the “think about” box will be the ones you can give away.

TWO: Don’t try to do everything by yourself

Simplifying your life also applies to mental and physical tasks as well. This includes trying to be a person that does everything for everyone all of the time. The pressure and stress will eventually catch up to you and you will come to a breaking point. Either you will simmer until you throw a tantrum and say things you will wish you could take back or you will get resentful and unloving.

Action Steps: Take action before this happens by learning how to delegate tasks. This can apply to things at work and at home. Quite often your boss keeps giving you additional responsibilities and doesn’t realize that you have become totally overworked and overwhelmed unless you tell him. Your family doesn’t realize that all you do for them is making you resentful unless you tell them before you blow.

THREE: Where did the time go and what did I do with it?

It is important for you to know where your time goes. This one thing can really help you simplify your life. For example, if you spend a huge amount of time on car pooling then look for ways to reduce this. If you make frequent trips to the store, consider creating a list and going less often.

Action Steps: Keep a journal for a week and see how much time you spend on certain things. Ask for help with tasks that take too long.

FOUR: Don’t wait for New Year’s–start some new habits now

Make a commitment to yourself to start a new habit. Research has shown that it takes about 21 days to form a new habit. That really isn’t that long and you can easily cross off 21 days on your calendar quickly.

Action Steps: Perhaps the habit should be one where you clean every day for 15 minutes and you intend to set your alarm to start and stop. You might find you have a few more minutes you want to spend cleaning. Other ideas for new habits include finding homes for all the items on your desk and in your rooms at home. This includes the kitchen, the bathroom and your bedroom. Vow to create a filing system for your bills so they don’t end up pinned to your fridge or strewn all over you counter tops.

Forming new habits can apply to multiple areas of your life including trying to get fit and drop a few pounds or trying to stop smoking. All of these things can cause you more undue stress and taking action and accomplishing something can make you feel like a million bucks.

FIVE: Use that Smartphone the smart way

Are you taking advantage of technology? If not you are missing out when it comes to simplifying your life. Most people today have a computer and at least one type of mobile device. There are plenty of Apps or applications that can be used to make life easier in so many different areas.

Action Steps: Download Apps such as calendars, grocery list, food planners and journals, online notebooks and more. Many Apps can be synched with your entire family’s mobile devices and computers. This way you can have a family calendar that is always up to date. As soon as someone adds something to it the calendar will be updated across all devices. Why keep track of medicines in a book or on your computer when you might need to have that information in an emergency? There is a smartphone app for that.

Your turn

As you can see it is fairly easy to simplify your life by putting a few small action steps into place. Get started by selecting at least one and following through with it. Which one did you pick to start with?

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Lakewood Villa creates the happiest day in her life

Posted By on July 9, 2017

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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Lakewood Villa passes the innate quality control litmus test

Posted By on July 8, 2017

Does your mom’s assisted living home pass your innate quality control litmus test? Lakewood Villa will.

You will know Lakewood Villa is the right place for mom
When you’re looking for an assisted care facility 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 triggering.

This also applies when visiting assisted care facilities 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 the facility 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 care facility, 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.

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Lakewood Villa has a yummy menu in November

Posted By on July 7, 2017

Yummy meals are prepared onsite at Lakewood Villa

 

Lakewood Villa has published its menu for November, 2012. You may download and read it in MS Excel format by clicking Menu-LakewoodVilla.

Meals are prepared on site by our highly trained culinary staff. November is one of our residents’ favorite times of the year. We feel that is because of the wonderful creations our staff creates with an Autumn theme.

Where to get the menu

The November menu is available by clicking Menu-LakewoodVilla.

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What are the care and services Lakewood Villa provides?

Posted By on July 6, 2017

Lakewood Villa has personalized care

Gerard Hojilla is the administrator of Lakewood Villa

At Lakewood Villa, we work in partnership with family members, advocates and health care providers. We do face-to-face interviews. We see each resident every day. We know what it takes to make your loved one feel safe, warm and comfortable. This helps us understand each of our resident’s individual and changing needs. This extra effort enables us to personalize our care. People really notice the extra effort.

Lakewood Villa provides:

  • Personal assistance with daily needs. This includes bathing, dressing and grooming.
  • Housekeeping and laundry.
  • Three nutritious meals prepared fresh daily. We have snacks available throughout the day.
  • Dining assistance and special diets.
  • Medication management. Daily monitoring of health status and changes in physical, mental, emotional and social functioning.
  • Transportation arrangement for medical and dental appointments.
  • Planned activities and social events.
  • Choice of private and companion rooms.
  • Highly trained staff on site 24/7.

We go above and beyond. It’s what we do. At Lakewood Villa, we sincerely love helping senior citizens. This extra effort is part of what we do. It helps make your loved one feel safe, warm and comfortable. Lakewood Villa can help. Call (916) 682-2867 or visit http://lakewoodvillacarehome.com/assisted-living-in-sacramento/ today.

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

Posted By on July 5, 2017

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.

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Lakewood Villa has a full Schedule of Activities in November

Posted By on July 4, 2017

What to do at Lakewood Villa

Bingo is a popular activity at Lakewood Villa

Bingo is a popular activity at Lakewood Villa

Residents at Lakewood Villa will have a full schedule of activities in November. Not only do residents celebrate Thanksgiving, but they have fun and stimulating things to do every day. The November highlights are as follows:

  • After Breakfast Stretching,
  • Puzzle time,
  • Thanksgiving Lunch Party,
  • Color Bingo Social,
  • Popcorn social.
Of course, you are invited to join your loved one. Hope you can join us.

How to get the schedule

You can view the entire November, 2012 schedule in MS Excel format by clicking ScheduleofActivities-NOVEMBER-2012. 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 #2

Posted By on July 2, 2017

We have several success stories at Lakewood Villa 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 #2

“Hope-

Thank you so much for everything that you and your wonderful family do.

Ron and I could not survive without you or your wonderful family at Lakewood Villa for taking care of my father in the most wonderful and best way possible.

Going with my Dad to the doctor’s appointment was the worst for Ron and I could not go because of my job trying to keep this family afloat.

A great man’s life is almost over and we cannot thank your family enough for everything you have done for him.

Will see you soon

(name *)”

Lakewood Villa Letter of Love #2

Lakewood Villa Letter of Thanks #2

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How does a good assisted living home monitor medications?

Posted By on July 1, 2017

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.

 

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.

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How does Lakewood Villa monitor medications?

Posted By on June 30, 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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