Assisted Living Guide
Seven local facilities share their amenities
When it comes to helping an elderly loved one into an assisted living facility, it can be a comfort to know that there are several high-quality options in New Orleans that compassionately cater to residents’ individual needs as they navigate the aging process.
The Blake at Colonial Club
The Blake at Colonial Club is currently under construction at the corner of Jefferson Highway and Colonial Club Drive in Harahan. With an anticipated opening of Spring 2020, its staff seeks to build relationships not just with its future residents, but also with their families. Glenn Barclay, co-founder of the Blake Management Group, says, “I’ve worked in health care for many years and am drawn to senior living because it’s honestly the most fun sector of the health care industry.” The buildings, he says, are designed to be enjoyed by up to five generations.
The Blake will offer seniors and their families a “unique” senior lifestyle option in order to address their expectations for the highest level of technology and innovative apartment design. The community will incorporate a full-service coffee shop, restaurant and lounge, expansive courtyards, media theater, a chapel, a salon and spa, outdoor fireside seating and an “unmatched” activity program.
“Our residents are very active, and they expect us to keep up with their already active lifestyles,” says Barclay. “We take many trips out in the community to museums, festivals and performances and often have live entertainment for our residents to enjoy.”
Another aspect that Barclay is proud of is The Blake’s affordability: “Though our communities strive to offer a higher level of service to today’s older adult population, it’s very important to us that our communities are also affordable. People are often surprised to find out that our rates are comparable to other options for assisted living in their areas,” he says.
7904 Jefferson Highway, Harahan
Home Care Solutions
Home Care Solutions, newly acquired by Poydras Home, specializes in compassionate in-home care, Alzheimer’s care and Aging Life Care Management™ services to help elderly residents extend their independence at home. The facility is committed to providing high-quality care that keeps “loved ones safe and comfortable while giving families peace of mind,” says Jennifer Brammel, marketing coordinator for the community. She adds that caregivers are matched to be compatible with its residents personalities in order to meet their individual needs.
“Home Care Solutions Care Managers navigate the care of your loved ones with expertise and heart and are experienced advocates with creative solutions for complex situations and all care concerns,” says Brammel. Additionally, the care managers’ familiarity with local resources brings efficiency and often helps families save money while their compassionate understanding of the aging process saves family members and residents from distress.
421 N. Causeway Blvd. #502, Metairie
Old Metairie Gardens (Peristyle Residences)
Old Metairie Gardens, owned and operated by Peristyle Residences, is slated to open this month. It will consist of two single-story, ranch-style homes with nine bedrooms each, so it offers a smaller and “less overwhelming environment” than other facilities, says Suzanne Alford, a representative for the community. That being said, she believes its rooms are among the most spacious of any assisted living facility in the area.
Many of the incoming residents have dementia or other memory issues, so tending to those issues is a major priority. All team members are trained in dementia care, and therapeutics include aromatherapy, pet therapy and music therapy, including live music, to nurture the residents and improve their quality of life. There is also a chapel room open daily for residents to express their faith.
Old Metairie Gardens also offers bathing, dressing and grooming assistance, 24-hour personal care, medication assistance and activities and entertainment.
Dining is also an aspect that Old Metairie Gardens focuses on; its menu was created by acclaimed chef Aaron Burgau, who will attend its grand opening.
Overall, says Alford, the community is committed to providing loved ones with exceptional care, compassion, comfort, communication and community.
344 and 348 Lake Ave., Old Metairie
Vista Shores (Schonberg Care)
Located on Bayou St. John in the Lake Vista neighborhood, Vista Shores is situated on a property that was once a country club. The three-story building features a top floor that’s designated to assist residents with Alzheimer’s and dementia, but the first two floors are full of residents who are still independent and active in the community and often go off-site at their will.
Vista Shores caters in particular to the social needs of aging residents, with garden clubs, happy hours and art-related activities, says Suzanne Alford, who represents the community.
“One of the most important contributions Vista Shores makes is the relationship we foster between its oldest and youngest citizens through our ongoing partnership with Christian Brothers Elementary School,” says Alford. “Seeing the smiles and laughter and witnessing those special bonds being formed is a joy to behold.”
Lake Vista also offers a support group, open to the public on the second Saturday of every month beginning at 11 a.m., which is free and open to people caring for those with Alzheimer’s.
The team members believe that “a strong community is a connected community, and Vista Shores is proud to continue building those connections.”
5958 St. Bernard Ave.
Lambeth House emphasizes the choices available to its residents and guarantees access to on-site assisted living and nursing care if needed.
Situated Uptown by the Mississippi River, Lambeth House features a main 12-story building made up of 118 independent living apartment homes, a formal dining room, a library, a card room, a business office and a spacious parlor for entertaining. The campus also includes St. Anna’s at Lambeth House, which features 56 private nursing care residences. It also offers 15 secure memory care rooms and 61 assisted living apartments with a wide array of floor plan options.
The community takes a holistic approach to aging, says its chief operating officer, Jeré Hales. “We have amenities to support active aging that include life-long educational programs, a beautiful wellness center, an art studio and an all-faiths chapel that provides enrichment to the lives of aging adults.”
Gardening, yoga and tai chi are also options for Lambeth House residents, along with personalized fitness training for independent-living residents, an aquatics fitness program, art instruction, a book club and even line dancing. Many of these programs were in fact, implemented by its residents, who spearhead the activities, Hales notes.
150 Broadway St.
Poydras Home has been a New Orleans fixture since 1817. While it was originally constructed as a home for girls orphaned from the Yellow Fever outbreaks, it’s now a community that offers compassionate, cutting-edge care for the elderly.
Its Oak House Assisted Living facility was constructed in 2013 and offers three levels of support for its residents. It also features a secure memory care area. Chief Operating Officer Erin Kolb says that it “continues our long history of mission-driven dedication to provide expert-level memory support to all residents affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia.”
Poydras Home is also committed to designing programming options to enrich the lives of the entire community. It partners with the New Orleans Museum of Art for its “Artful Minds at NOMA” program, wherein memory care residents experience monthly curated, small group museum visits led by specially trained docents. Poydras Home also works with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for “Soul Strings For Seniors: Musical Memories.” This program is delivered by four-string musicians, led by a licensed music therapist. Residents also frequently attend LPO open rehearsals.
5354 Magazine St.
Activites and care are resident-driven at Christwood in Covington.With gourmet dining, a contemporary fitness center (including an indoor saltwater heated pool), a spa and salon and wellness classes, its staff is committed to physical, spiritual, intellectual and medical needs of its residents. Heather Jones, Assisted Living Activities Coordinator, says that residents take outings to local restaurants and enjoy musical entertainers and educational speakers, painting and card games. Jones also says there’s an expansive butterfly garden that was recently installed outside the solarium.
“Daily care and programs at Christwood follow the eight dimensions of wellness, which are: social, spiritual, physical, emotional, environmental, occupational, intellectual and financial,” says Jones. “Our staff cares for the whole person through these values to offer a better quality of life.”
In 2017, Christwood also opened Longleaf at Christwood, which is a specialized residential memory care community that offers a full range of assisted living support, with a focus on helping those with memory issues live as independently as possible. Here, residents work with dementia-trained staff while family members and physicians create customized plans for their continued care.
100 Christwood Blvd., Covington