Resources for Home & Health

Resources for Home & Health

Home and health are perhaps the two main pillars that support our lives, lifestyles, and families, and whether you’re trying to lose weight and be more active or find retirement living for your next chapter in life, these are decisions that have a large impact on your future. The following resources for improving home and health may provide a solution to one of your needs and may be, literally, just what the doctor ordered. And speaking of doctors, healthcare professionals require resources as well. From special lending products to comfortable, long-lasting scrubs and uniforms, various businesses in the metro region are here to help make the busy lives of healthcare professionals less complicated and more convenient. Improve your home and health this summer, and check out the following local options for banking, uniforms, weight loss, retirement living, insurance, and much more.


Resources for Healthcare Professionals


Mortgages & Lending


First American Bank understands that as a medical professional, you stay busy and don’t often have time to research what mortgage product is the best fit for you. Fortunately, First American Bank’s new physician’s home loan program is designed to help put you in your dream home faster than you ever thought possible.

Whether you are looking to buy or build, First American Bank has a product that can help. The bank offers competitive rates and terms with financing options up to 100 percent with no private mortgage insurance. First American Bank will never sell your loan, so you can rely on the highest level of professional and local customer service that the bank is known for.

Speak to one of First American Bank’s experienced lenders today at (800) 738-BANK (2265), or visit the bank online at to learn more and find the branch location nearest you. [Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender]


Scrubs & Uniforms


Scrub Stop is your locally owned, one-stop shop for the latest styles and fabrics of the uniform industry. The properties of today’s fabrics offer anti-microbial features, are stain resistant and moisture wicking, allow spandex movement, and have colorfast qualities. Even Scrub Stop’s professional-wear shoes offer fashion and comfort for your feet with lively prints and solids to add variety to your uniform. The Scrub Stop team believes that looking good and loving what you wear will uplift not only your appearance but also your spirit!

Other products offered at Scrub Stop include chef wear, medical accessories, slip-resistant shoes, hosiery, nursing school uniforms, medical and black-and-gold-themed jewelry, embroidery, and logo services. They are competitively priced with a slogan that states “Everyday Discounted Prices.”

Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Scrub Stop is located at 1213 Eastridge Drive in Slidell. Though located in Slidell, Scrub Stop has serviced Greater New Orleans, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes, and parts of Mississippi since 2004. Call 985-661-8998 and email for more info. Like Scrub Stop on Facebook for monthly specials. Online shopping coming soon.


Uniforms by Bayou is a family-owned business celebrating over 40 years of serving the uniform needs of regional healthcare professionals. Uniforms by Bayou offers a complete line of nursing uniforms, shoes and accessories, as well as chef wear, corporate apparel, and monograming. They offer the largest selection of styles, colors, and fabrics in the south.

The company is proudly home to the designers and manufacturers of the new, exclusive IRG scrub line. Stop at one of the Bayou stores and try on the new Elevate and Edge collection by IRG. IRG is changing the industry with unique fabrics and styles at very competitive prices.

With locations in Covington, Baton Rouge, Mobile, Marrero, and their newest state-of-the-art uniform outlet in Metairie, they offer easy access for all of Greater New Orleans along with superior customer service delivered by highly trained sales consultants.

Contact Uniforms by Bayou at 1-800-222-8164 to have one of their professional sales staff visit your group for an on-site visit, or stop by one of the five retail outlets for a truly pleasant shopping experience.


Scheduling Assistance


“Healthcare is an essential part of our lives, and it should be as convenient as possible,” says Shelby Sanderford, Founder of DOCPACE. After listening to patient wait-time complaints, hospital scheduling struggles, and doctor frustrations, Sanderford decided to help alleviate the challenges that both patients and healthcare providers face with unpredictable patient scheduling. DOCPACE is an innovative solution that improves communication between doctors and patients through real-time updates of office wait times via text messaging and waiting room monitors. A cloud-based application, DOCPACE is integrated into providers’ scheduling systems and tracks appointment delays. Patients receive real-time text updates, and a monitor is placed in the waiting room with estimated wait times.

“This is a solution for patients tired of waiting to see their doctor. It’s a solution for hospitals as they struggle to meet required patient satisfaction scores, and it’s a solution for doctors frustrated with unpredictable delays and the inability to easily communicate with patients prior to appointments,” says Sanderford. To learn more about DOCPACE, visit


Home & Health Resources for All


Weight Loss


After pursuing her own journey in weight loss and experiencing remarkable success, Registered Nurse Peggy Rodriguez became passionate about helping others get and stay healthy. Since founding Everybody Wellness in 2008, Peggy has built lifelong relationships with clients by educating them on how to both lose weight and maintain it.

“Losing weight is intimate and can be an intimidating process. There is no single path that works for everyone, and everyone’s goals are different,” says Peggy. The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method at Everybody Wellness is scientifically proven—it is dependable, repeatable, and predictable. Based on the principles of being a low calorie, low carb, low fat, and “right amount of” protein protocol, the program helps clients lose fat pounds while maintaining muscle mass. Everbody Wellness’s team of registered nurses, dieticians, nutritionists and certified weight loss coaches educate clients in the understanding of the impact food has on the body, the mechanism that helps lose fat, and the food combinations that may lead to fat storage.

To learn more and read success stories, visit Mention this article and receive a complimentary consultation and body composition analysis.


Retirement Living


As an award-winning and full-service retirement community, Lambeth House offers the best of all worlds—Independent Living for active adults (ages 62+) plus a full continuum of care, including Assisted Living, Nursing Care, and Memory Care in the event it’s ever needed.

With an exceptional approach to living and a focus on active aging, Lambeth House offers a full array of amenities including the fitness center with a stunning indoor, salt-water swimming pool, an art studio, meditation room and garden, fine and casual dining options, and engaging activities and social events. Nonresidents (55+) can access Fitness Center memberships, and Lambeth House’s Wild Azalea Café is open to the public for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday-Saturday. Nestled in the heart of Uptown and overlooking the Mississippi River and Audubon Park, Lambeth House offers luxurious accommodations and was awarded the Design for Aging Merit Award by the American Institute of Architecture for the attention to detail in its last expansion.

For more information or a tour of the community, call 504-865-1960 or visit


Poydras Home is a Life Plan Community offering independent living, assisted living, and nursing care in the heart of Uptown New Orleans. Poydras Home is known for its quality of care and innovative programs that allow residents to enjoy life to the fullest with emphasis on including residents experiencing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

“Poydras Home has tapped into the New Orleans arts community to bring exceptional depth and variety to these residents,” says CEO Erin Kolb. Music is a big part of life at Poydras Home. Poydras Home has forged a relationship with Loyola University and integrated Music Therapy student internships into its Life Enrichment Program for residents. Music Therapy students are paired with individual Poydras Home residents. The students complete a song history with their resident, perform/listen to each song together, and engage in discussion about the song and any memories the resident may have associated with it. The students then create a song booklet for the resident to keep with lyrics and notes from their conversations. The students also create playlists for the resident for more relaxation or reminiscence.

For more information, visit or call 504-897-0535.


In-Home Care


This year, Dependable In-Home Care celebrates 50 successful years of providing proven dependability through referrals of quality caregivers at affordable costs. As the only nationally accredited caregiver registry in the region, Dependable In-Home Care holds high standards for caregivers. Accreditation requires caregivers have a minimum of two years of experience, a national background check, drug screen, TB test, and carry professional liability insurance.

“No other caregiver service in the area can boast our credentials. We provide access to a vetted pool of nearly 175 experienced professional caregivers, certified nursing assistants, and LPNs,” says Joni Friedmann-Lagasse, Owner. With over 100,000 successful referrals, Dependable In-Home Care has helped thousands of families find the high-level companionship and support their loved one needs, from daily activities like meal prep and transportation to bathing, dressing, and mobility assistance.

After experiencing first-hand the challenges families face when caring for a loved one, Joni’s mother founded Dependable in 1969, and Joni has been at the helm for over 40 years. A founding member of the CRSB accreditation board, Joni served as its Chairmen from 2012-2014.

For more information, visit or call 504-486-5044 or 985-690-6353.


Home Instead offers peace of mind for families of aging adults who wish to remain in the home. A local franchise owned by a New Orleans native, Home Instead offers the added benefit of staff who understand New Orleans’ culture and hospitality. Home Instead New Orleans has a team of fully trained CAREGiversSM who provide the care and companionship your loved one deserves. 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.

“Most older adults want to stay home, the place they know and love,” says Owner Lisa Rabito. “Our focus is to build relationships first.” Available from eight hours a week to 24 hours a day, CAREGivers can take your loved one to church, the salon, and their weekly bridge game, or care for bed-bound clients who need full personal care, all while providing safety and companionship. 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 or call 504-455-4911.


Health Insurance


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is devoted to its mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Founded in New Orleans in 1934, the company remains committed to those roots with a new office in the Central Business District and a full-service, regional office in Metairie. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has offices in every major Louisiana city to serve its customers.

In 2019, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana was recognized by Points of Light as a 2019 honoree of The Civic 50, the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States, and by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber as a 2019 Diversity Star. The company invites all Louisianians to visit its website at

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. It is a private mutual company, owned by its policyholders, with an independent Louisiana Board of Directors and no shareholders.


Planning & Arrangements


Jacob Schoen & Son has been a member of the community and served its greater New Orleans family for close to 150 years. Located in Mid-City on Canal Street, the beautiful, architecturally stunning home and designated city landmark has been a preferred location to gather for life’s milestone moments for generations of New Orleanians. The recent addition by managing partner Patrick Schoen of an equally stunning 5,000-squarefoot chapel with ample parking offers families the ease and comfort of services on site and simplifies the event planning process.

The Schoen family extends their home to you and your family as it continues its tradition of offering exceptional services in an exquisite location. Their experienced staff is committed to working with you and your vision and passionate about making your event whether it is a celebration of life, love, or other event memorable for many years to come.

For information, visit, call 504-482-1111, or email




Generations of families have turned to Patio Drugs for assistance in managing their healthcare needs. Family owned and operated since 1958, Patio Drugs helps customers understand their medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, and provides free prescription delivery throughout East Jefferson. A full-service pharmacy and the oldest independent pharmacy in Jefferson Parish, Patio Drugs is also a leading provider of home medical equipment. For everything from a Band-Aid, to medication, to a hospital bed, Patio Drugs is the one-stop source for your family’s healthcare needs. In addition to providing retail and medical equipment, Patio Drugs can assist with long-term care as well as specialty and compounding services.

Patio Drugs is accredited by The Joint Commission in Home Medical Equipment, Long Term Care, and Consultant Pharmacy Services. Their Compounding Pharmacy is PCAB accredited through ACHC. Patio Drugs is located at 5208 Veterans Boulevard in Metairie. For more information, call 504-889-7070. Patio Drugs, “Large Enough to Serve You, Yet, Small Enough to Know You.”


Blood Donation


Did you know that every three seconds someone needs blood? A non-profit community service organization, The Blood Center has a long-standing tradition of providing quality blood products to over 30 regional health facilities.

Blood shortages typically occur during the summer season when schools are out and families are taking vacations. Your business or organization could help combat shortages—donating blood is a great team building exercise for organizations both big and small. If you can get 25 or more people sign up to save a life, The Blood Center will help you host a blood drive and send a team to your business, school, civic, or religious center. If you’re a small group, visiting one of their dozen fixed site locations in Southeastern Louisiana or Southern Mississippi is easy and convenient.

Visit to find a blood drive or donor center near you, and consider calling 800-86-BLOOD to organize your own blood drive.


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