While the pandemic has disrupted everyone’s lives, perhaps the most affected population is our senior community, older adults who find themselves both more at risk and more prone to isolation. Area seniors deserve added support and love during these difficult times, and whether you’re caring for a loved one in your own home or assisting in their care elsewhere, it’s important to understand the necessary precautions for safety while seeking the best ways to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle and independence.
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 over 100,000 successful referrals over 50 years, Dependable In-Home Care holds high standards for referring caregivers. It is the only nationally accredited caregiver registry in the region. They help you find the right caregiver who can provide everything from total care to basic supervision, help with daily activities, meal prep, transportation plus bathing, dressing, and mobility assistance.
For more information on the company’s vetted pool of nearly 100 experienced caregivers, visit dependablecare.net.
Personal HomeCare Services
When you can’t be at home to care for your family member, you want peace of mind knowing that the person who is there will treat your loved one with the same level of care and concern that you would. At Personal HomeCare Services, your family is their family. For over 22 years Personal HomeCare Services has been providing 24/7, in-home companion care. The company offers clients the ability to remain in the comfort of their own home with their personal memories and possessions while you regain the time and energy needed to experience being a real family again.
Personal HomeCare Services is one of the first non-medical services specializing in live-in care and working in conjunction with doctors, healthcare providers, and hospices to provide continuous around-the-clock care without the worry and expense of hourly services. They’ve built a solid reputation with word-of-mouth referral, evidence of the trust their clients have in their caretakers and services. Services include meal preparation, help with personal hygiene, medicinal reminders, light housekeeping, transportation to/from appointments, and companionship.
References are available upon request. To learn more, visit PersonalHomecare.net or call 877-336-8045.
Now more than ever, aging adults see home as the safest place to be. Fortunately for these adults and their families, Home Instead offers peace of mind with a dedicated staff of CAREGiversSM, essential workers who are fully trained to provide—in the home—the care and companionship your loved one deserves. In addition to offering CAREGivers, a homecare tablet has been added to improve protection and connection for seniors during isolation.
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 12 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 HomeInstead.com/339 or call 504-455-4911.
Home Care Solutions
Home Care Solutions is a locally owned and operated company specializing 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.
Their mission is to help clients age in place gracefully while maintaining as much independence as possible.
Since the onset of Covid-19, many families have been under additional pressure to provide care for an aging loved one. Many of these families are also coping with massive changes to their own lives, and Home Care Solutions 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 while Care Managers’ familiarity with local resources can save you time and often money. Caregivers’ and Care Managers’ compassionate understanding of the aging process relieves you of unnecessary distress.
For more information, call 504-828-0900 or visit HomeCareNewOrleans.com.
Vista Shores—a luxury senior living community offering the highest quality assisted living and memory care in Greater New Orleans—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 on Bayou St. John 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 on the second Saturday of every month at 11 a.m.
To find out how a move to Vista Shores is both easy and affordable, visit vistashores.com or call 504-288-3737.
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 setting than traditional assisted living communities can provide.
Peristyle Residences consists of ten beautiful homes throughout Greater New Orleans finest neighborhoods. Opened in 2019, Old Metairie Gardens I & II, are the only senior living homes in Old Metairie. Peristyle Residences is pleased to announce its newest home, The Jefferson, is now accepting priority reservations. Located on Central Avenue near the river in Jefferson, this beautifully appointed home offers 10 spacious private bedrooms.
Peristyle’s quaint, lovely residences provide the highest level of care, comfort, and compassion to seniors, along with convenience and peace of mind for their loved ones. Peristyle Residences caregivers are highly trained in dementia care and have ample experience caring for seniors. Schedule a tour today at PeristyleResidences.com or by calling 504-517-3273.
SPECIALIZED MEDICAL CARE
Tulane Doctors is proud to introduce Connected Care, a medical practice that specializes in caring for the most vulnerable patients – physically fragile, elderly people with complex, chronic health issues.
Dr. Ricardo Febry, Medical Director, explains the care model, “Our medical professionals coordinate all preventive and chronic care, working with medical specialists based on patient needs. All care is provided in the comfort of the patient’s location, whether it’s at a private residence, nursing home, assisted living center, or long-term care facility. Urgent Care is delivered via telemedicine.”
The team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, and other clinical experts and provide the full spectrum of the patient’s healthcare needs. The team coordinates with emergency physicians and hospitals if inpatient admission is required.
The mission of Tulane Doctors – Connected Care is to provide care to patients in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes when and where it’s needed. This comprehensive care model is designed for their convenience and comfort.
To learn more, call 504-456-9199.
PLANNING & ARRANGEMENTS
Jacob Schoen & Son
Jacob Schoen & Son has been providing pre-need and funeral services to families in Greater New Orleans since 1874. Whether you are looking for funeral, 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 is committed to this vision and passionate about making sure your time with them is as memorable and uplifting as possible. They bring together decades of experience caring for families of all cultural backgrounds and diverse walks of life. 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.
Located at 3827 Canal Street, a city landmark, Jacob Schoen & Son invites you to see the difference by touring their one-of-a-kind space, discussing what innovative options they have available, and learning more about how they can help you or a loved one fulfill their wishes. Stop by or call 504-267-2924 to learn more and get started.
HEALTH INSURANCE & PHARMACY ASSISTANCE
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is devoted to its mission to improve the health and lives of Louisianians. Now more than ever, it’s important to stay on top of your healthcare, especially if you’re over 60 or have a long-term condition like diabetes or high blood pressure.
Getting your annual wellness visit is a great opportunity to talk to your primary care provider about any health concerns you may have to be sure you’re staying on track. If you’ve been putting off needed care because of COVID-19, now is the time to make your annual wellness visit a priority. You may even be able to have a virtual visit right from your home. Call your primary care provider today to make an appointment. And while you’re there, be sure to ask about getting a flu shot to help you avoid getting sick.
For more on keeping up with care, visit bcbsla.com/keepupwithcare.
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.