With spring arriving, it’s the perfect time of year to work in the garden or hit the links, to enjoy a stroll in the park or a card game with friends out on the patio. Retirees and older adults love the season as much as anyone and deserve the time and freedom to enjoy it how they please. Many area families know the stress of worrying over an older adult’s wellness, and that’s why there’s a number of resources available to give assistance and increase health, wellness, and independence. From in-home care givers who can provide companionship and help with daily tasks to retirement communities that offer safe spaces, comradery, and enjoyable amenities, there are a number of ways adults can access their prefered hobbies and lifestyles in their older years. Additionally, resources in healthcare can help seniors and their families navigate the health changes brought on by age and continue to enjoy their favorite spring past-times year after year. 


In-Home Care


Last year, Dependable In-Home Care celebrated 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 care providers in the area can match our credentials. We provide access to a vetted pool of nearly 150 experienced professional caregivers, certified nursing assistants, LPNs and RN for assessments” 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 companionship, 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


Home Care Solutions specializes in compassionate in-home care, Parkinson’s and 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. Caregivers 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 the Home Care Association of America and Aging Life Care Association™. Call 504-828-0900 or visit Home Care Solutions would be honored to assist your family in navigating the intricacy of 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 or call 504-455-4911.


Retirement Communities


Poydras Home is a Continuing Care Retirement Community offering independent living, assisted living, and nursing care, known for its innovative programs that allow residents to enjoy life to the fullest with emphasis on including residents experiencing Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Poydras Home 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 or call 504-897-0535.


As an award-winning and full-service retirement center and 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, 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, call 504-865-1960 or visit


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 Orleanians plan memorable celebrations for themselves and their loved ones for over 146 years.

Whether your need is immediate or you need a resource, 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 their iconic mansion, Jacob Schoen & Son invites you to come in 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. Stop by or call 504-605-0347 to set up an appointment.


Health Insurance


The mission of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. The company was founded in New Orleans in 1934 and continues to serve this market with an office in the Central Business District and a full-service, regional office in Metairie.

As a partner in the community, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana supports numerous charitable organizations in the New Orleans region through financial donations and hundreds of volunteer hours donated by employees.

As a company that’s Louisiana true, Blue Cross offers a full portfolio of Medicare plans designed to meet the healthcare needs and budget for customers who are eligible for Medicare. To find out more, visit

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a nonprofit, fully taxed mutual company, owned by its policyholders–not shareholders. The company has offices in every major Louisiana city to serve its customers.


Primary Care


A Family Medicine physician whose practice is based on a philosophy of comprehensive care is the primary physician for an older person. David Wartenburg, MD, is a board-certified Family Medicine physician who treats his patients when they are ill and works when they are healthy to establish strong health maintenance skills by practicing disease prevention and health education.

“I enjoy the relationship I have with my patients–I know their family medical history in detail and work with them to prevent illness and manage chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension,” says Dr. Wartenburg. “My strong relationships with specialty physicians like cardiologists, oncologists, and neurologists help my patients get the care they need. It’s a collaborative process between me, the patient, and other physicians.”

With older patients, adult children can also be a part of that collaboration.

With longer life spans, I know my patients’ children. We work together to give my patient—their parent—the best possible outcome,” he says.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wartenburg or another Tulane Doctors primary care physician, call 504-988-0501.


Pharmacy & Medical Equipment


Patio Drugs has a full-service retail pharmacy including compounding and medical equipment services. Seniors in our community benefit from the services offered in their long-term care pharmacy.

In business since 1958, Patio Drugs has a unique awareness of their customers’ needs and gears their services accordingly. Free prescription delivery is offered in certain areas. They offer unit dose medication and multi-dose drug packaging cards to assist patients with remaining adherent and independent with their drug therapies. With their medication synchronization program, they coordinate with patients to have all their prescriptions filled on the same day, avoiding running out of medication or forgetting to call in refills.

Patio Drugs pharmacists offer a comprehensive medication review with patients to discuss any questions about medications, diet, and overall health.  Their team works collaboratively with your physician to ensure you are receiving the highest quality care and the clearest understanding of your medication therapies.