Senior Care

She's Made A Career Out Of Compassion

With wisdom gained through a lifetime of experiences, one might expect life to get easier as we go, not harder. But aging brings its own set of challenges that demands time, research, and money of both older adults and their families who want the best for their older loved ones. From health challenges like mobility issues and medication adherence to home life challenges like cooking and maintaining the lawn, seniors may need some additional assistance as they age, whether they do so in the home or in a supportive retirement community. South Louisiana is a region that respects and cherishes its older generations, always valuing the contributions of those who come before. It should be no surprise then that resources for older adults and their families are easy to find and with plenty of locally owned and operated options to boot. 

Home & Hospice Care

Home Care Solutions

With current availability, locally owned Home Care Solutions specializes 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 

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 or call 504-455-4911.

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 or call 504-486-5044 for a live helpline available 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Hospice Associates

Since 2004 the Hospice Associates team’s mission has been to help their patients continue to live their lives on their terms. By providing patients and their caregivers the resources and knowledge, they need to make educated decisions on making the most of the time they have left together. The interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, counselors, and other medical professionals at Hospice Associates have decades of shared experience providing physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support to patients and their families.

Hospice Associates offers four unique programs designed to address each patient’s individual needs regardless of circumstances. The Pre-Hospice Program provides a palliative management plan for those needing to transition to hospice care later. The Home-Based Program offers hospice care in the home or at any location that meets the necessary criteria for care. For patients with more significant needs, the Intravenous Therapy Program and Inpatient Hospice Program are also available.

For more information or to request admission into a program, call 504-457-2200 or visit


Retirement Living

Poydras Home

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 

Vista Shores

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 

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.


Medicare, Medications, & Medical Equipment

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) is committed to improving the health and lives of Louisianians. It can be hard to find information about your Medicare options, staying healthy and feeling your best—that’s why BCBSLA created “Medicare Made Easy,” a virtual resource on health topics of interest to people 65 and older. 

Get the answers you need from a trusted source that has served Louisianians for more than 85 years. Through videos and online educational events, Blue Cross’ in-house experts cover a wide variety of topics, including how to choose a Medicare plan, why you should have an annual wellness visit, and avoiding fraud. Best of all, you can watch at your convenience from the “Medicare Made Easy” playlist. To view the playlist, learn about virtual educational events, or see recordings of past events, visit

For more information on BCBSLA, visit or call 1-800-495-2583.

Patio Drugs

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.


Arrangements & Planning

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. Discover what innovative options they have available and learn more about how they can help you or a loved one fulfill their wishes.

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