Finding the Right Fit for Retirement
A variety of services are available for local seniors looking to remain in their home or move to a new one.
New Orleans is known for being one of the country’s more exciting cities, and for the aging community, an exciting and independent life in the city is easier to maintain than ever before. Recently, Kiplinger named New Orleans one of the 10 best cities for retirement in the country. Options abound for those whose home and living needs are changing. For those looking for a completely independent living situation with less maintenance than a large estate, for those looking for in-home assistance with day-to-day tasks or for those in need of more advanced care, New Orleans’ options for independent and assisted living run the gamut.
At Lambeth House, an age-qualified community of condo-style residences, lifestyle is everything. Residents can customize their home, maintain their pet and enjoy numerous services and amenities such as flexible meal plans, weekly house keeping, grounds maintenance, parking and the brand new Wellness Center at Lambeth House, a 21,072-square-foot recreation space with a stunning indoor saltwater pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio and strength equipment, an art studio, an interfaith chapel, a meditation room, a garden and a modern café and grill.
Offering luxury independent living, assisted living, and nursing care, Lambeth House is a registered Continuous Care Retirement Community with LifeCare, a program that allows residents the ability to move across levels of care if ever needed with little to no increase in fees. In addition to the new Wellness Center, the recent $18.5 million expansion also included the opening of St. Anna’s at Lambeth House, which offers private residences for nursing care and a specialized area for memory support.
“Having access to the right level of care, when and if needed, is an important feature of the lifestyle here – it gives residents and their families tremendous peace of mind,” says Scott Crabtree, Lambeth House President and CEO.
Also a Continuing Care Retirement Community, Poydras Home offers residents the option of independent living with the assurance of additional care if needed through their assisted living, nursing care and memory support programs. Additionally, the PHASE senior day program for older adults still residing in their homes provides respite for caregivers and allows participants the opportunity to interact, socialize and benefit from programs and activities while having on-site medical supervision.
In August, Poydras Home opened the three-story Oak House at Poydras Home with 33 new assisted living rooms, 11 of which are dedicated to memory support. Oak House is the latest addition to the Poydras Home grounds, which also includes Garden House’s one-bedroom independent living apartments, the Historic House’s nursing care private rooms, and Hunter House for Alzheimer’s and memory care in private rooms. The Historic House is also being updated with room renovations, a new nursing area, a therapy and wellness room and two new dining spaces with restaurant settings.
“Since 1817, Poydras Home has had a reputation for extraordinary compassionate care and service. Our recent expansion offers new and enhanced facilities, which allows our community to serve a larger resident population while enhancing the current residents’ experience,” says Erin Kolb, Director of Admissions & Social Services.
Another option for those who live independently but who may need occasional non-medical assistance is Home Care Solutions, which offers in-home assistance and companionship as well as Geriatric Care Management services when needed. In addition to the home, Home Care Solutions staff also work with residents in various assisted living programs to provide complementary support services such as running errands, walking pets, cooking light meals, doing laundry, helping residents shower and dress and go to various appointments. These services are particularly helpful for seniors whose adult children may not be available due to time or distance.
All in-home services begin with a professional assessment visit. A plan of care is designed specific to the client’s needs while incorporating family input. Experienced, bonded and insured caregivers are chosen based on need and personality. If Geriatric Care Management services are needed, such as in the case of long-distance caregiving, professional Geriatric Care Managers are available to consult with family on complex care issues, act as a liaison between family and healthcare provider, and coordinate services.
Similarly, Gifted Nurses provides non-medical, in-home assistance while also offering medical assistance through registered nurses and other mid-level providers. Gifted Nurses services are available wherever the client calls home, and contracts are not mandatory.
“We want to be more than a solution. We want to be your solution,” says Joy Roussel, Director of Advanced Practice Services. “We’re building on a long-standing reputation of quality services and are growing by leaps and bounds.” Gifted Nurses now offers direct placement of mid-level providers such as advanced practice registered nurses (registered nurses with additional experience in a certain discipline), nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants, as well as medical coders to the community.
When needed, Gifted Nurses is able to provide clients with caregivers with certain specialties, core groups with specific training in specific diseases, wound care, or other unique situations. The amount of daily or weekly care is based on the need of the individual after the initial assessment. Gifted Nurses is flexible in scheduling, offering services from as little as an hour a week up to total care.
Vista Shores, an assisted living and memory care residence with three “neighborhoods” of one- or two-bedroom apartments and an entire floor dedicated to memory care, offers nursing available 24 hours a day, something few assisted living and memory care providers are able to offer to residents in private apartments who may need assistance throughout the night.
“We tailor each care plan to the individual, and being locally owned and operated we can think outside of the box and make every effort to find solutions as residents’ needs change,” says Courtney Bartholomew, Executive Director.
In the past year, Vista Shores has vastly expanded its cognitive programming in the memory neighborhood. With a heavy focus on what residents can do and not on what they can’t, the daily activities help to calm and soothe. Committed to being at the forefront of care, Vista Shores steadily offers new training to staff in a variety of areas. A family-oriented company, they hold family nights and Sunday brunches each month and keep residents and their families socially engaged via social media and programming.
Those who require more comprehensive care may be interested in the services of The John J. Hainkel, Jr. Home & Rehabilitation Center and Adult Day Health Care. Founded in 1891, the Hainkel Home is located one block off of Magazine Street near Audubon Park in Uptown New Orleans.
Currently accepting new residents, the Hainkel Home offers comprehensive medical and nursing services for long-term residents, treatment and rehabilitation for the injured and ill, and an alternative on-site adult day health care center.
The facility recently opened its new Parkside Red Rehabilitation Wing, which provides a full range of skilled services. Such services are available to individuals with private pay, private insurance, VA benefits and Medicaid/Medicare benefits.
Over a century old, the facility was sold to the state in 1979. In April 2013, the original nonprofit organization leased it back from the state, and as a privately run facility the Hainkel Home exhibits a commitment to the highest quality of care. During the 2013 Annual Surveys conducted by the Department of Health and Hospitals, the Hainkel Home received “Zero Deficiencies” in both the Nursing Home and the Adult Day Health Care – a feat accomplished by few.
With a variety of living options and ways of receiving assistance and care, it’s no surprise New Orleans is an exciting place to retire. Whether staying in the home or moving to a new one, local providers make it easy to remain engaged with both your city and family.
Gifted Nurses: (888) 56-NURSE (68773), GiftedNurses.com
John J. Hainkel, Jr. Home & Rehabilitation Center: 612 Henry Clay Ave., 896-5900, HainkelHome.com
Home Care Solutions: 2955 Ridgelake Drive, Suite 201, 828-0900, HomeCareNewOrleans.com
Lambeth House: 150 Broadway St., 865-1960, LambethHouse.com
Poydras Home: 5354 Magazine St., 897-0535, PoydrasHome.com
Vista Shores Assisted Living & Memory Care: 5988 St. Bernard Ave., 521-7821, VistaShores.com