Health Resources in our Community
As we celebrate the champions of the health community this month, it’s important to keep in mind the various resources that serve both medical professionals and the community at large. Providing additional support are the organizations and businesses that complement that the services of medical institutions—from home care services and retirement living options to insurance and liability coverage providers, pharmacies, community health centers, researchers, blood donation centers, and more. Older adults and their families can benefit from a variety of services, from companionship and added support at home to retirement communities that increase safety and fellowship while decreasing the need for home maintenance. Insurance providers and pharmacies help patients access and follow doctors’ orders, while services like blood donation and clinical trials help medicine improve and evolve. Learn more with help from the following resources.
IN-HOME & HOSPICE CARE
Founded in 2004, Hospice Associates is a local CMS-certified and ACHC-accredited provider founded on the belief that when a cure is no longer possible, individuals with life-limiting illness deserve an end-of-life care plan built on knowledge, compassion, and access to services designed to fit their specific needs. The interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, counselors, and other medical professionals at Hospice Associates are uniquely trained to provide physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support to patients and their families.
Hospice Associates offers four unique programs to meet patients’ needs in a variety of circumstances. The Pre-Hospice Program provides a palliative management plan for those who may need to later transition to hospice care. The Home Based Program provides hospice care in the home or at any site that meets necessary criteria for care. For patients with greater needs, the Intravenous Therapy Program and Inpatient Hospice Program are also available.
Hospice Associates strives to meet the needs of patients for comfort and dignity with 100 percent satisfaction rates. For more information or to request admission into a program, call 504-457-2200 or visit HospiceAssociates.com.
Personal Homecare Services
When you can’t be at home to care for your family member, you want peace of mind knowing that the person who is there will treat your loved one with the same level of care and concern that you would. At Personal Homecare Services, your family is their family. For over 22 years, Personal HomeCare Services has been Providing 24/7, in-home companion care. The company offers clients the ability to remain in the comfort of their own home with their personal memories and possessions while you regain the time and energy needed to experience being a real family again.
Personal Homecare Services is one of the first non-medical services specializing in live-in care and working in conjunction with doctors, healthcare providers, and hospices to provide continuous around-the-clock care without the worry and expense of hourly services. They’ve built a solid reputation with word-of-mouth referral, evidence of the trust their clients have in their caretakers and services. Services include meal preparation, help with personal hygiene, medicinal reminders, light housekeeping, transportation to/from appointments, and companionship.
References are available upon request. To learn more, visit PersonalHomecare.net or call 877-336-8045.
Home Instead Senior Care
Seeing the signs of an aging parent who needs help can be overwhelming, but with Home Instead Senior Care, caring for an older loved one doesn’t have to be a struggle. From individualized help around the house to advanced Alzheimer’s care, Home Instead CAREGivers enhance the lives of aging adults and their families by working to help keep seniors safe and sound at home. With a sincere passion, CAREGivers are special people genuinely dedicated to helping make a difference in seniors’ lives.
A local franchise owned by New Orleans native Lisa Rabito, Home Instead offers the added benefit of staff who understand New Orleans’ culture and hospitality. CAREGivers provide support through non-medical services like meal preparation, transportation, personal care, medication reminders, and more, while working in tandem when needed with healthcare providers, home health, and hospice. CAREGivers are available from 20 hours a week to 24 hours a day. Aging adults no longer in the home can also request Home Instead services at the retirement community or nursing facility where they reside.
For more information, visit HomeInstead.com/339 or call 504-455-4911.
Home Care Solutions
Home Care Solutions is a locally owned and operated company specializing in compassionate in-home sitting services, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Care as well as Aging Life Care Management™ services to help your elderly loved ones extend their independence at home.
“Our mission is to help our clients age in place gracefully while maintaining as much independence as possible,” says Rachel Palmer, Business Development Coordinator. “Since COVID began, many families have been under additional pressure to provide care for an aging loved one—as many of them are also coping with massive changes to their own schedules and lives, we can step in and provide an extra arm of support that provides less risk of exposure than at a retirement community while allowing for continued connection with family.”
Caregivers are carefully matched to meet your loved one’s needs and personality, and their familiarity with local resources saves you time and often saves you money while their compassionate understanding of the aging process relieves you of unnecessary distress. For more information, call 504-828-0900 or visit HomeCareNewOrleans.com.
Dependable In-Home Care
Aging in the home has always been the preferred choice for the elderly—now it is also one of the safest.
“Exposure to fewer people today is paramount,” says Joni Friedmann-Lagasse, Owner of Dependable In-Home Care. “That doesn’t mean you cannot safely bring in home care.” An experienced, professional caregiver understands and uses universal precautions such as wearing a mask and washing hands, but it is the families who must be vigilant concerning others in the home, especially younger family members. Everyone should be observing these simple precautions.
With thousands of families accessing the pool of highly vetted professional caregivers over the past 50 years, Dependable In-Home has earned its reputation for being the place to go to find your home care. It is the only nationally accredited caregiver registry in the region. They help you access the right caregiver who can provide basic supervision, help with daily activities, meal prep, transportation, plus assistance in many other areas of home care.
For more information on the company’s vetted pool of over 100 experienced caregivers, visit dependablecare.net or call 504-486-5044 for a live helpline available 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
With its ongoing expansion, Poydras Home will soon become Louisiana’s first Green House® Project community—this revolutionary care approach is focused on the fundamental principle that each resident should be the central decision maker in his or her daily life. With this expansion and transformation, Poydras Home will offer two new buildings with three homes each. The Green House model groups a smaller number of residents sharing each house led by a dedicated Care Partner highly trained to make each day meaningful. This smaller community setup within the larger community has the added benefit of limiting COVID exposure.
Homes will feature open floor plans and increased access to Poydras Home’s beautiful grounds. Poydras Home’s Historic House will be rebuilt as the Center for Healthy Living, where all residents will enjoy yoga, a therapy gym, a library, meditative space and more. Poydras Home is pleased to be working with Eskew Dumez Ripple architects to ensure the structural changes will be progressive and rooted in established, aesthetic traditions.
For more information on Poydras Home’s services, visit poydrashome.com.
Vista Shores is a luxury senior living community offering the highest quality assisted living and memory care in the New Orleans area. The community, located on Bayou St. John, is now welcoming new residents. Vista Shores delights residents with chef-prepared meals in the bistro and quaint dining rooms, its relaxing lounge for coffee or cocktails, and a wrap-around porch perfect for sunset.
Vista Shores’ diverse social and cultural activities and fitness programs keep residents active and engaged, while weekly housekeeping, laundry, and transportation services ensure that residents can relax and focus on living their best lives.
Vista Shores residents are provided with 24-hour personal care and individualized assistance plans. The Filmore Neighborhood is an entire floor dedicated to Memory Care residents. The care team has been rigorously trained in Alzheimer’s/dementia care to enrich the lives of memory care residents. If you have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, find support at Vista Shores’ free Alzheimer’s Association Caregivers Monthly Support Group. Please contact Vista Shores for further details by calling 504-288-3737, or visit vistashores.com.
Oak Park Village at Hammond
Oak Park Village at Hammond is a small, boutique-style assisted living and memory care community conveniently located in a quiet, country setting in Hammond. Situated among giant oak trees and beautiful landscaping, Oak Park Village’s enclosed courtyards are the perfect place to relax. Meanwhile, its large town square is a great place for socializing, grabbing a coffee, and meeting up with friends and family.
The Oak Park Village Life Enrichment program boasts many activities and local outings that keep residents active and engaged. With daily spiritual, social, physical, and intellectual activities, the community curates its offerings based on the desires of each resident.
The dining experience at Oak Park Village includes three from-scratch meals a day, plus snacks. Meals are served restaurant-style in the dining room from a variety of menus.
Meanwhile, iN2L’s content-driven engagement technology brings the joy of connection to the Oak Park Village community. This easy-to-use technology features immersive content experiences, including playing games, exercising, listening to music, making video calls, and more.
To learn more or make an appointment, call 985-345-8787.
You know that creating a successful team starts by celebrating the differences of each member on it. That’s how Humana sees your employees’ health, too—personal, unique, and vital to your workplace. That’s why Humana offers expansive plan options to help your employees better manage their health needs. Humana is constantly innovating and negotiating in order to strengthen its products and partnerships, working hard to create seamless, supportive experiences that are easier on you and your employees. Caring for members’ unique needs with actions that go beyond their expectations—that’s what Humana calls human care.
For more information, please contact Marcus Taylor, Humana Vice-President, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-722-8303.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is devoted to its mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Children need routine immunizations at different ages, from infancy through college. This helps keep them healthy and prevents them from getting or spreading diseases. And, immunization schedules are not just for kids – adults also need routine vaccines for shingles, pneumonia, meningitis, tetanus or other conditions, depending on their age and health history.
Schedule a checkup with your healthcare provider to make sure you’re up to date on any immunizations, screenings or tests you should have. That’s especially important if it’s been more than a year since your last checkup. Remember that the COVID-19 vaccine is available for anyone 12 and older, and it’s covered at $0. Visit LDH.La.Gov to see a list of vaccine locations and schedule your appointment.
For more information on Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, visit bcbsla.com or call 1-800-495-2583.
PHARMACY & MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
Patio Drugs has been servicing the community since 1958 as a full-service retail pharmacy including sterile and non-sterile compounding as well as medical equipment services. Many seniors benefit from the services offered in their long-term care pharmacy. As the longest- operating pharmacy in Jefferson Parish, Patio Drugs has a unique awareness of its customers’ needs and has geared services to address those needs.
Free prescription delivery in Greater New Orleans is offered. Unit dose medication cards and multi-dose drug packaging cards assist patients with remaining adherent to their drug therapies and allow them the independence to do so. With their medication synchronization program, Patio Drugs can coordinate with patients to have all their prescriptions filled on the same day each month, eliminating the worry of running out of a medication or forgetting to call and order a refill. Additionally, the pharmacist team at Patio Drugs offers a comprehensive medication review with each patient to discuss any questions or concerns about medications, diet, and overall health. Their team works collaboratively with physicians to ensure patients receive the highest quality of care and the clearest understanding of medication therapies.
NOLA Discount Pharmacy
NOLA Discount Pharmacy is proud to continue the tradition of offering the Greater New Orleans area a local, family-owned drugstore with superior customer service and discount prices. In addition to filling your prescriptions in 15 minutes or less, they offer immunizations, compounding, and unique over-the-counter items. The stores feature an extensive retail selection with your favorite local and national brands, and if they don’t have it, they will special order it for you.
They accept all insurance plans and offer affordable cash prices on prescriptions. Transferring your prescriptions is quick and easy—just speak with a friendly staff member by calling one of their three convenient locations: 504-888-9411 (4305 Clearview Parkway), 504-835-6060 (1107 Veterans Memorial Blvd.) or 985-307-0800 (3001 Ormond Blvd – Destrehan).
NOLA Discount Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. More information and prescription refill services available at NolaPharmacy.com.
MULTI-SPECIALTY HEALTH CENTERS
DePaul Community Health Centers
Need a doctor? Consider DePaul Community Health Centers, formerly Daughters of Charity Health Centers, for all of your health care needs. DePaul’s work is inspired by its founders, the Daughters of Charity, who possess a 187-year history of providing excellent health care services in New Orleans and surrounding areas.
DePaul operates ten state-of-the-art health centers throughout metro New Orleans, offering primary care for children, adults and seniors, women’s health (OB/GYN and prenatal services), pharmacy and behavioral health services under one roof. They also offer dental, optometry, and podiatry services at select locations.
DePaul Community Health Centers accepts most commercial insurances like Blue Cross Blue Shield, UnitedHealthcare Commercial, Humana, Peoples Health and WellCare, as well as Medicaid and Medicare. A sliding fee scale also is available for those who qualify.
To schedule a virtual appointment, an in-person appointment at any of their health centers, or for more information, visit DePaulCommunityHealthCenters.org or call 504-207-3060.
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PRE-PLANNING & ARRANGEMENTS
Jacob Schoen & Son
Jacob Schoen & Son has been providing pre-need and funeral services to families in Greater New Orleans for over 147 years. Whether you are looking for burial, cremation, or memorial services, their mission is to offer a home, a comforting place to gather in remembrance and celebration of lives well lived.
The Schoen family and staff are committed to this vision and passionate about making your time with them as memorable and uplifting as possible. They bring together decades of experience caring for families of all cultural and religious backgrounds. They pledge to treat you and your loved ones just like family, and they guarantee to offer services that meet your specifications while exceeding all of your expectations.
Jacob Schoen & Son invites you to compare the value and see the difference. Stop by and visit their one-of-a-kind space located at 3827 Canal Street, call them at 504-267-2924, or visit them online. They are ready to discuss what innovative options they have available and learn more about how they can help you or a loved one fulfill their wishes.
BLOOD DONATION & ANTIBODY TESTING
The Blood Center
Find out if you’ve had an immune response to COVID-19 with The Blood Center (TBC). This free service informs blood donors if they carry the COVID-19 antibodies produced from previous exposure and/or vaccinations. TBC is performing COVID-19 Antibody screenings to find potential candidates for COVID Convalescent Plasma collections when and if needed for transfusion.
Receiving the vaccination, choosing not to, or previous exposure to the COVID-19 virus do not affect blood donations or the patients whose lives are touched every day by blood donors. Potential donors are urged to give as the country battles a critical need for blood, provided they are healthy and meet all other eligibility criteria for blood donations.
Scheduled donations are encouraged to practice social distancing and ensure a safe, stable blood supply. Immune response results post three to five days after a completed blood donation. Following the donation, donors need to visit TheBloodCenter.org and log in to My Account for their results. To schedule your blood donation and help save lives, visit TheBloodCenter.org or call 1-800-86-BLOOD.
LHA Trust Funds
For more than 40 years, hospitals, healthcare facilities and physician practices have relied upon the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) Trust Funds for medical professional liability, general liability, workers’ compensation and cyber liability coverage. This team of risk experts offers proactive patient safety and workplace safety programs, quality initiatives, risk management services and regulatory guidance to assist in minimizing exposures.
Designed for the unique needs of Louisiana’s healthcare providers, the cornerstones of LHA Trust Fund’s affordable coverage include on-site risk assessments, education, early intervention on potential claims, and an aggressive defense. As part of its commitment to helping its members thrive, LHA Trust Funds has made more than $4.2 million in grant funding available to support members’ patient and employee safety programs.
Learn more about how LHA Trust Funds can help keep your patients and employees safe while saving you money—call Vice President of Business Development Kathy Terry at 225-368-3828 or email email@example.com. For more information, visit lhatrustfunds.com.
CLINICAL TRIALS & RESEARCH STUDIES
The Clinical Translational Unit
The Clinical Translational Unit (CTU) is transforming the research efforts of the region away from the status quo. CTU’s goal is to facilitate the journey of science from the laboratory to community health centers. As part of the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LA CaTS), the CTU helps bring together academic institutions and health systems across the state of Louisiana to work in a unified and comprehensive manner, addressing health disparities and improving overall health outcomes.
The CTU’s current research studies focus on a range of specialties, including diabetes and diseases related to heart, lungs, eyes, kidneys and prostate, stroke studies, maternal health studies, stem cell research, and more. The CTU also performs COVID-19 related studies such as vaccine studies at the CTU COVID Research Center (CCRC).
Everyone is different, but when visiting the doctor, treatments are often the same. The more researchers know about what makes everyone unique, the more tailored health care can become.
Learn more about the All of Us Research Program by visiting JoinAllofUs.org/Tulane.