From navigating new medical and health concerns to developing the need for occasional or constant assistance at home, seniors face a lot of intimidating changes and challenges as they age. While some face these challenges on their own, others may rely on the help of adult children or loved ones as they break down medical bills, continue to maintain the home, or get to and from the store. Across the metro area, a variety of resources are available for older adults who planning for the future and who are—or aren’t—considering a move out of the home. Retirement communities offer maintenance-free living with continuous care, while in-home care givers help with tasks of daily life and provide companionship in one’s own home. Health insurance companies can help with healthcare costs, and local funeral homes can help with planning for the future while giving seniors a say in their celebrations. Check out the many options available for you and your loved ones today.
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 www.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
How you are remembered and celebrated is within your control. Savvy seniors are planning ahead, whether to ease the burden on loved ones, protect their assets, or simply have a say in their celebration. Choosing the right funeral home can make all the difference. Jacob Schoen & Son has helped New Orleans families create lasting memories for loved ones for over 145 years.
Whether in your time of need or as a resource for guiding you through preplanning, the Schoen family and staff are available to help you navigate the intricate details of beliefs, family, and wishes to create the perfect celebration. Their thoughtful planning brings the ease, comfort, and peace of mind needed to allow 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’s new, discuss what innovative options are available, and learn more about how they can help you or a loved one guarantee their wishes at an affordable price while create lasting memories. Stop by or call 504-605-0347 to set up an appointment.
Cutting-edge research and technology have always been at the forefront of aging services at Lambeth House, a continuous care retirement community in uptown New Orleans. According to Scott Crabtree, President and Chief Executive Officer, advances in technology will provide more opportunities to live fuller lives as we age.
Last year, Lambeth House and Ochsner Health System completed a 12-month pilot study demonstrating how telehealth can effectively aid in the treatment of seniors with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related illnesses. Each resident was equipped with iPads and FitBits that gathered information to help staff communicate with and understand each individual’s unique challenges. The goal is for healthcare providers to then be able to provide medical services to patients more efficiently and effectively. The study also evaluated ways to reduce caregiver burnout at a staff level. Thanks to the invaluable information the study has provided for Lambeth House Memory Care and their families, the plan is to continue it for an additional year.
For more information or a tour of the community and its 20,000-sqft. Wellness Center with indoor saltwater pool, fitness center, art studio, chapel, meditation room, and café, call 504-865-1960 or visit LambethHouse.com.
Poydras Home is a Continuing Care Retirement Community offering independent living, assisted living, and nursing care. Poydras Home is known for its innovative programs that allow residents to enjoy life to the fullest with an emphasis on including residents experiencing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Poydras Home has partnered with Southern Rep Theatre to launch a Care For Creatives Drama Club. This program engages residents living with dementia and their families in improvisational theatre exercises designed to stimulate communication. Poydras Home Director of Memory Support and Day Program Elena Cambre describes the program as transformative, serving to strengthen connections with caregivers.
“The techniques offer participants’ care partners new tools for coping with the day-to-day challenges of communication,” says Cambre. “Drama and improv are about honest connections and making something new together. We are just getting started, but I can already see some amazing sparks coming to life within our group members,” she says.
For more information, visit PoydrasHome.com or call 504-897-0535.
Peristyle Residences offer Residential Assisted Living and Memory Care in the comfort of luxurious, intimate homes complete with private bedrooms and congregate dining and living areas. This alternative approach to senior living is ideal for seniors who seek assistance with day-to-day living in a more private, home-like setting than traditional assisted living communities can provide.
Peristyle Residences consists of nine beautiful homes throughout Greater New Orleans, including its newest homes, Old Metairie Gardens Memory Care Assisted Living, the only senior living in Old Metairie. Peristyle’s quaint, lovely residences provide the highest level of care, comfort, and compassion possible to the seniors they serve, along with convenience and peace of mind for their loved ones. Expert consultation from Chef Aaron Burgau of Patois adds distinction and flavor to the healthy, delicious meals prepared at the community daily, and an array of stimulating activities, including an exceptional Music Therapy program, keeps residents active and engaged at home.
Peristyle Residences caregivers are highly trained in demen tia care and have ample experience caring for seniors. Schedule a tour today at PeristyleResidences.com or by calling 504-517-3273.
Home Care Solutions specializes in compassionate in-home care, Alzheimer’s care, Parkinson’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, and keeping loved ones safe and comfortable while giving families peace of mind. Caregivers are carefully matched to meet both your loved one’s needs and personality.
Care Managers at Home Care Solutions are able to 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. Their Care Managers’ familiarity with local resources saves you time and often saves 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.
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 has high standards for caregivers. The Caregiver Registry Standards Board (CRSB) 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, and care their loved one needs, from daily activities like bathing and dressing, to meal prep, mobility assistance, and transportation.
After experiencing the challenges families face when caring for a loved one, Joni’s mother, Louise, founded Dependable in 1969. Joni has been at the helm for over 40 years and is a founding member of the CRSB accreditation board. For more information, visit DependableCare.net.