It’s easy to worry about loved ones who’ve worried over us from the time we were born. As we grow older, our responsibilities shift into caretaker roles—eventually mom and dad need a little extra help, whether it’s getting to and from the grocery, doing home maintenance, or remembering to take their medications. As older adults see a shift in needs, knowing where to turn to satisfy those needs can save families a lot of time and unnecessary stress. From home care specialists who can help with daily tasks and provide companionship to retirement communities who foster relationships and active lifestyles, to experts in healthcare who can assist with insurance, medications, and medical equipment, there are a number of resources available for area seniors. The following local businesses have experience in these areas and welcome your consideration when pursuing assistance for your loved ones.
Care & Companionship in the Home
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 accreditation board has 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 care providers in the area can match 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, supervision, care and support their loved one needs, from daily activities like meal prep and transportation to bathing, dressing, and mobility assistance.
After experiencing firsthand 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 DependableCare.net.
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 your elderly loved ones extend their independence at home. They are committed to providing the highest quality of care, keeping loved ones safe and comfortable while giving families peace of mind. Caregiver’s are carefully matched to meet both your loved one’s needs and personality.
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. Care Managers’ familiarity with local resources saves you time and often saves you money while their compassionate understanding of the aging process saves you unnecessary distress.
Home Care Solutions, a licensed Personal Care Attendant Agency, is a member of Home Care Association of America and Aging Life Care Association™. Call 504-828-0900 or visit HomeCareNewOrleans.com. Home Care Solutions would be honored to assist your family in navigating elder care.
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 HomeInstead.com/339 or call 504-455-4911.
As a ministry of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Notre Dame Health System has a long history of caring for others. Notre Dame knows well the unique needs of area seniors and provides a continuum of healthcare services including home care, independent care, assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, memory care, home health, and hospice care, all steeped in a rich, Catholic-based tradition. Community and home-based care is available in the Greater New Orleans area. Hospice services through Notre Dame Health System are offered in several areas of Louisiana, including New Orleans and Baton Rouge, as well the Mississippi Gulf region. The spectrum of services provided by Notre Dame allows them to tailor care for all. Notre Dame Health System prides itself on employing the most talented and dedicated teams of healthcare professionals, administrative personnel, volunteers and support staff. To learn more and find out if Notre Dame Health System is a good fit to serve your loved ones, visit NotreDameHealth.org.
Retirement Living & Communities
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 PoydrasHome.com or call 504-897-0535.
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 LambethHouse.com.
The region’s newest option in senior living, The Blake at Colonial Club, is currently under construction at the corner of Jefferson Highway and Colonial Club Drive in Harahan. The Blake offers resort-style amenities such as a salon and spa, a chef-led dining program, a full service bar and lounge, and an espresso and ice cream bar. Residents participate in activities and outings such as onsite live music and trips to festivals and theatrical performances.
Options for Assisted Living include one- and two-bedroom apartments with 10-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, and traditional millwork. Balconies and porches overlooking the landscaped courtyards are also available.
Pricing will be based on service needs and apartment selection; however, the high-end community will be affordable and competitive with other options in the area. Reservations are currently being accepted. For more information, call 504-737-7770 or visit BlakeLiving.com/colonialclub.
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.
True to its mission in its 85th year of service to Louisiana, Blue Cross offers a portfolio of Medicare plans designed to meet the healthcare needs and budget for customers who are eligible for Medicare. To find out more, visit bcbsla.com/medicare.
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
Today, how you are remembered and celebrated is within your control. Savvy seniors are planning ahead, and whether to ease the burden on loved ones or to simply have a say, choosing the right funeral home makes all the difference. Jacob Schoen & Son has been helping New Orleans families create lasting memories for their loved ones for over 145 years. Whether in your time of need or as a resource to help walk you through the process of preplanning, the Schoen family and staff are here and available to help navigate the intricate details of beliefs, family, and wishes to create the perfect celebration. They bring the ease, comfort, and peace of mind needed to allow you, your family, and friends to remember, grieve, and console.
Located at 3827 Canal Street in a newly renovated mansion, Jacob Schoen & Son invites you to stop by and see what is new, discuss what innovative options are available, and learn more about how they can help you or a loved one realize their wishes and create lasting memories. Call 504-267-2924 to set up a tour.
Pharmacies & Medical Equipment
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.”