Older adults and their families are faced constantly with decisions that have to be made regarding living arrangements, support, and healthcare. These decisions can be overwhelming, as families weigh the abundance of options, their pros and cons. New Orleans is a city where community matters and where people come to enjoy variety as the spice of life. This outlook benefits the local aging community, who enjoy exceptional retirement communities incorporating best practices and state-of-the-art amenities as well as home care services that allow for enjoying the space adults have curated over years at home. As more seniors are vaccinated and resuming active lifestyles, the senior care community is responding, welcoming new safety protocols as they open up possibilities for improved health and wellness. Here’s the latest from area communities, care providers, and businesses who specialize in senior solutions.
With its ongoing expansion, Poydras Home will soon become Louisiana’s first Green House® Project community—this revolutionary care approach is focused on the fundamental principle that each resident should be the central decision maker in his or her daily life. With this expansion and transformation, Poydras Home will offer two new buildings with three homes each. The Green House model groups a smaller number of residents sharing each house led by a dedicated Care Partner highly trained to make each day meaningful. This smaller community setup within the larger community has the added benefit of limiting COVID exposure.
Homes will feature open floor plans and increased access to Poydras Home’s beautiful grounds. Poydras Home’s Historic House will be rebuilt as the Center for Healthy Living, where all residents will enjoy yoga, a therapy gym, a library, meditative space and more. Poydras Home is pleased to be working with Eskew Dumez Ripple architects to ensure the structural changes will be progressive and rooted in established, aesthetic traditions.
For more information on Poydras Home’s services, visit poydrashome.com.
Lambeth House, a trusted leader in upscale retirement living located in Uptown New Orleans, offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Nursing Care and Memory Support. But, it’s much more than a place to live; it’s a more inspiring way to live, where you can trade the challenges of maintaining a house for a lifestyle that is more fulfilling—carefree, in the company of friends, plus an astounding array of services and amenities that fill each day with choice and possibility. After all, you’ll always want to laugh, learn, contribute and celebrate, and Lambeth House offers a community where you can do just that.
At Lambeth House, you can attend musical events, join in a history discussion group, or nurture your mind and body with an exercise program designed just for you. Residents also enjoy fantastic cuisine prepared by the community’s Executive Chef and are able to take in breathtaking views over Audubon Park and the Mississippi River. Above all else, Lambeth House is committed to your safety. One hundred percent of staff and residents have been vaccinated for coronavirus.
For more information, visit lambethhouse.com or call 504-865-1960.
Christwood is known as the Northshore’s premier Life Plan Community. Independent living residents enjoy a concierge lifestyle on the grounds of a 117-acre campus with convenient access to shopping, dining, entertainment and medical services. Their Assisted Living is a Level 4 Adult Residential Care provider, a unique designation that provides a licensed nurse on site for 24 hours a day and higher than required staffing levels.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021, Christwood has served the Gulf Coast and surrounding area with consistent standard-setting care. They continue to build out their offerings, most recently by opening up assisted living, skilled nursing and cognitive memory care for non-residents on a limited basis.
Residents enjoy The Community Center, a 25,000-square foot fitness center featuring a heated indoor pool, full gym, spa and indoor pickleball court that is also open to the greater Northshore community age 55+.
A new service now available to the greater community is At Your Service by Christwood, offering home maintenance and wellness care to non-Christwood residents.
To learn more, call 985-898-0515.
Home Instead Senior Care
A life well lived should continue at home. Home Instead Senior Care’s personalized care helps older adults stay home, stay safe, and stay happy. The local, Metairie-based company recommends the following ideas to ensure loved ones stay connected and engaged during these difficult times:
1. Set a schedule. Regular check-ins can go a long way toward helping older relatives feel supported.
2. Video chat. Technology can’t replace in-person human interaction, but video
chat platforms offer a user-friendly way to reach out.
3. Call. Sometimes picking up the phone is the best way to get the job done.
4. Embrace snail mail. Sending a letter or postcard is an easy way to remind someone you’re thinking of them.
For more ideas on how to connect with older adults in your life, visit ReadytoCare.com or call Home Instead Senior Care at 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.
“Our mission is to help our clients age in place gracefully while maintaining as much independence as possible,” says Rachel Palmer, Business Development Coordinator. “During the pandemic, many families have been under additional pressure to provide care for an aging loved one—as many of them are also coping with massive changes to their own schedules and lives, we 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, and their familiarity with local resources saves you time and often saves you money while their compassionate understanding of the aging process relieves you of unnecessary distress. For more information, call 504-828-0900 or visit HomeCareNewOrleans.com.
Planning & Arrangements
Jacob Schoen & Son
Jacob Schoen & Son has been providing affordable pre-need and funeral services to families in Greater New Orleans since 1874. Whether you are looking for burial, cremation, or memorial services, the Schoen family and staff are committed to listening to your needs and creating a personalized funeral that is both memorable and uplifting. 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, Jacob Schoen & Son invites you to come see the difference and compare the value. Stop by or call 504-605-0342 to learn more about their one-of-a-kind space, discuss what options they have available, and learn more about how they can help you or a loved one fulfill their wishes. In-person and virtual accommodations are available with complimentary, seamless live streaming.