Choosing Care

Getting older is something that everyone has to face, but you don’t have to face it alone. There are many services in the New Orleans area that can help you make the right decisions for life after retiring.

The New Orleans area has a wide selection of long-term care options with varying degrees of services, costs and facilities, but with so many options, the decision-making process can be daunting and overwhelming. Home Care Solutions (2955 Ridgelake Drive, Suite 201, 828-0900, assists families in navigating the process of selecting a facility or other living options, such as in-home care. Locally owned and operated by health care professionals with more than 20 years experience in elder care and Alzheimer care, Home Care Solutions can help you compare and research the different offerings and services among facilities so that you can make the right choice the first time. The company is a member agency of the National Private Duty Association, and their geriatric care managers are designated professionals of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. For families living out-of-town, their care managers can be the eyes and ears locally by coordinating medical appointments, managing crisis situations and making frequent reports to the out-of-town family.

Sitting on four lush acres overlooking picturesque Bayou St. John and City Park is Vista Shores (5958 St. Bernard Ave., 288-3737, Locally owned and operated, their mission is to encourage residents’ own unique balance of independence and to provide them with the greatest level of assistance possible. Designed for residents at various levels of the aging process with support based on the particular needs of each resident, this innovative community design enhances the residents’ fulfilling sense of community, familiarity, safety and support, allowing them to age comfortably in a home-like environment. They are proud to offer one of the finest, specially staffed Alzheimer and dementia care programs in the region. Their restaurant-style dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner serves chef-prepared meals showcasing local favorites and plenty of healthy options. Waiter service is also provided in all of the dining rooms. Residents can get a haircut or style at an on-site beauty salon and barbershop. Every month there is a social calendar full of exciting activities, along with fitness, wellness and relaxation programs.

In the heart of Uptown sits Poydras Home (5354 Magazine St., 897-0535, a nonprofit continuing care retirement community dedicated to respecting and preserving the dignity of the human spirit among the elderly by continuing the legacy of care through quality supportive services for the elderly, promoting understanding for their particular needs and advocating on their behalf. They offer a variety of options for individuals or couples, including independent living, memory support services and both assisted and nursing care. Staff members are skilled in their various services and personal in their delivery.

Residents and staff members share a loving relationship in a familial atmosphere. Residents are also within walking distance of shops, restaurants and art galleries along Magazine Street.

Beautifully located in Uptown near Audubon Park, Lambeth House (150 Broadway St., 865-1960, is one of New Orleans’ premier retirement living communities, offering independent living as well as a full continuum of on-site residential care, including assisted living and nursing care.

Independent Living is a fantastic choice for active seniors who want more freedom, companionship and vitality than a traditional house can provide. Many home styles are offered to residents and an array of programs and amenities that fill every day with choice and possibility from engaging seminars, delicious dining, spirited social events, wellness programs and more. Residents enjoy a lifestyle that is more joy filled and worry free – with all the peace of mind that comes with knowing the right level of care is available, if and when needed.

Since 1850 St. Anna’s Residence (1823 Prytania St., 523-3466, is renowned for its legacy of caring. Located in the Garden District, it is a nonprofit, non-denominational nursing home dedicated to nursing care, rehabilitation and respite care. Their mission is to provide a superior haven for the elderly, where needs including security, love, fellowship, spiritual nourishment, health care, recreation and a feeling of community and family care be met without a loss of independence, dignity or self-respect. An affiliate of one of the area’s leading continuing care retirement communities, Lambeth House, St. Anna’s Residence offers high quality senior care, both short term or long term. They also offer spacious residences and a broad array of services and amenities tailored to the unique care needs of each resident. This “person-centric” care philosophy gives residents the dignity of living with as much independence as possible, and it gives families more peace of mind.

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