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Loomis facility offers care with dignity

Senior Care Villa has a hands-on approach
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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It’s difficult to place elderly parents in a care facility, especially if they suffer from Alz-heimer’s or dementia. Linda Moyle, of Loomis, knows firsthand. Her mother, Bonnie Largent, 78, lived alone in Auburn during the early stages of what was later diagnosed as Alzheimer’s. After Largent’s health began to deteriorate and she was hospitalized, Moyle said she knew her mother could no longer live on her own. Moyle said she had been looking for a residential memory care facility for her mother for a year before she visited Senior Care Villa of Loomis. “Some of the places I went to fed the residents pre-packaged and canned food. Some places – they don’t seem to like touching the residents,” Moyle said. Moyle said she knew she found the right place after visiting Senior Care Villa. “They aren’t afraid to touch. They’re very touchy. They even paint her fingernails,” she said. “They see my mother as a person. Mary (the owner) saw my mom needs to be needed, so she’s given her jobs to do. She’s just blossomed here.” Mary Bucurenciu and her daughter, Roxana, a 1993 Del Oro High School graduate, oper-ate the residential care facility. They specialize in care due memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s, dementia or stroke. Roxana’s father built the 27-patient facility in 2000 after they operated a smaller facility in their home. In 2003, they sold the smaller facility, which is located next door to Senior Care Villa, to Titus Bujdei. Bujdei continued to operate a senior care facility out of the home. In 2005, Bujdei pleaded no contest to cruelty to animals after he was caught maim-ing wild geese. Roxana Bucurenciu said they are not affiliated in any way with Bujdei other than being located next to him. According to Bucurenciu, she and her mother took a two-year hiatus from running Senior Care Villa, but in July of this year they took over the operations again. Moyle said that she and her sister share the cost of her mother’s care. The care at the facility averages $3,000 to $3,500 per month, depending on the resident’s needs, said Bucurenciu. Bucurenciu said they purposely have kept the facility small and intimate, providing games, entertainment and parties for the residents and their families. She said families become friends with each other. Bucurenciu said residents especially enjoy the live music provided by entertainers. The young woman explained the staff shows the residents “affection, compassion and love. “They feel very safe and loved and they respond to that,” she said. Bernie Tupper, 83, lived in Colfax before moving to the center. He said he started getting dementia a few years ago. When asked if he liked living at the care facility, he enthusiastically replied, “Oh, yeah! The food is good and there’s plenty of it. I like the people. They’re very professional,” he said. The building is light and airy, looking more like a small resort than a senior facility. Robin Juhasz, the administrator, assists in the operation and ensures the facility meets state requirements. “I love working here. Mary and Roxana are very compassionate and committed to the residents,” Juhasz said. “There’s really a sense of relief for the family when they find out their loved one is get-ting better care here then they could give,” Juhasz explained. “They like to feel that they’re not alone. They just want someone to listen to them.” Juhasz said she knows she makes a difference every day in her job. “I’ve never been told ‘I love you,’ so much before. The residents have no inhibitions.” SENIOR CARE VILLAGE OF LOOMIS 3400 Chisom Trail Loomis 916 652-8000 seniorcarevilla.com Owners and operators: Mary and Roxana Bucurenciu IN THE KNOW: Raise funds to end Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Memory Walk 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 State Capitol, Sacramento Register: memorywalk.kintera.org/sacramento09