As we turn the corner into 2021, the New Year offers time to reflect on the challenges faced and changes that took place over the last year. The year 2020 required flexibility, patience and tenacity, testing individuals and families at every turn. These tests of will and strength show us a lot about ourselves and what aspects of our lives deserve more attention or a new approach. For older adults and their families, the challenging times may have uncovered a need for additional help or support in the home. Seniors deserve extra love after such a difficult year, and now’s a good time to consider improving their living situation with help around the home, memory support, or companionship. The following resources in senior care already help thousands of families around Greater New Orleans and may be able to offer your loved one the support they deserve as well.
IN-HOME & HOSPICE CARE
Dependable In-Home Care
702 N. Carrollton Avenue, New Orleans
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. “An experienced, professional caregiver understands and uses universal precautions such as wearing a mask and washing hands. Even families should be observing these simple precautions,” she says. With over 100,000 successful referrals over 50 years, Dependable In-Home Care holds high standards and is the only nationally accredited caregiver registry in the region. They help families find the right caregiver for everything from total care to basic supervision and help with daily activities. The company offers a vetted pool of nearly 100 experienced caregivers.
3941 Houma Blvd #1A, Metairie
Founded in 2004, Hospice Associates is a local CMS-certified and ACHC-accredited provider founded on the belief that when a cure is no longer possible, individuals with life-limiting illness deserve an end-of-life care plan built on knowledge, compassion, and access to services designed to fit their specific needs. The interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, counselors, and other medical professionals are uniquely trained to provide physical, emotional, social, and spiritual support to patients and their families and strive to meet the needs of patients for comfort and dignity with 100 percent satisfaction rates. Four programs meet patients’ needs in a variety of circumstances: the Pre-Hospice Program, Home Based Program, Intravenous Therapy Program, and Inpatient Hospice Program.
Home Instead Senior Care
3330 West Esplanade Ave., Ste. 200, Metairie
Now more than ever, aging adults see home as the safest place to be. Fortunately, Home Instead offers peace of mind for families with a dedicated staff of CAREGiversSM, essential workers equipped with PPE who are fully trained to provide the care and companionship your loved one deserves. 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 from 12 hours per week to 24-hour care in 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.
Home Care Solutions
3421 N Causeway Blvd #502, Metairie, LA
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. They help clients age in place gracefully while nurturing independence. Because of Covid-19, families have been under additional pressure to care for aging loved ones while juggling changes to their own lives. Home Care Solutions can step in and provide extra support with less exposure than a retirement community while allowing for continued connection with family. Caregivers are matched to meet your loved one’s needs while Care Managers’ familiarity with local resources can save you time and often money, relieving you of unnecessary distress.
PLANNING & ARRANGEMENTS
Jacob Schoen & Son
3827 Canal Street, New Orleans
Whether you are looking for pre-planning or funeral services, the Schoen family and staff are passionate about making your time with them as memorable and uplifting as possible. They have been providing personalized funeral, cremation and memorial services to families in the Greater New Orleans area for over 146 years. They bring together decades of experience caring for families of all cultural backgrounds and pledge to treat you and your loved ones just like family. Their value and guarantee is to offer affordable services that meet your specifications while exceeding all your expectations. Compare and see the difference—tour their landmark space, discuss available options, and learn how they can help fulfill your wishes.