About Our Community
We have promised ourselves that we shall always treat our residents as we would our own loved ones. Nothing less than our best will do.
This is the promise that the staff at Emeritus at Lafayette – and throughout Brookdale Senior Living communities – has shared since 2002, when our community first opened its doors. It’s a simple promise to become extended family to the seniors entrusted in our care and to our retirees who have chosen our senior living community for its active lifestyle.
The Perfect Location
Our community is located in the exclusive neighborhood of River Ranch, right in the heart of beautiful Lafayette. This up and coming, yet older area of Lafayette offers the best of all worlds. It’s residential, yet close to many stores and malls, some of which are within walking distance. In fact, our community is located right behind Target, Coles, Albertson’s and several small shopping centers. And it’s close to the area’s major hospitals, including Our Lady of the Lourdes Regional Medical Center, just two minutes from us, and the Regional Medical Center of Acadiana, five minutes in the opposite direction.
Our residents are spoiled with so many shopping options and restaurants in the area! On average, we take them out three days a week wherever they’d like to go – to Target and Albertson’s, to their personal bank – all major banks are located in the immediate vicinity – for ice cream, to one of their favorite restaurants for lunch – or any other requested destination in the area. Attending the Acadian Symphony and performances at the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana, visiting our local history museum, taking in a movie or attending local sporting events are also frequently on the calendar. And every other month, we spend the day at the casino in nearby Baldwin, LA.
A Wonderful Selection
Set on two acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with a courtyard, Emeritus at Lafayette is considered one of the premier Louisiana assisted living facilities. Located close to I-10, our community offers 80 apartments all on one level for easy access. Our Assisted Living community has 54 spacious studio apartments in two sizes, 410 square feet and 510 square feet. Each is very “senior friendly,” with an open floor plan; a separate bedroom area; kitchenette with small refrigerator, microwave and sink with cabinets; and private handicapped-accessible bathroom with a separate vanity area; individual temperature control; and wall-to-wall carpeting. Each apartment located on the interior of our building has a patio that borders a beautifully landscaped courtyard, while exterior units have large picture windows overlooking our professionally landscaped property. When a resident moves in, we paint the apartment in the color of his or her choice.
Our assisted living residents share several common areas, including a lobby sitting area with a fireplace, where we serve beverages and snacks, and another sitting/game area with tables and a large skylight, with walls adorned with puzzles done by residents. We also have another room with a skylight that is used for our chapel; all denominations welcome. Our onsite beauty salon has also become a popular social gathering spot. Our hairdresser, who has been here for 12 years, is loved by all! Our activities room is the center for crafts, bingo, making bread and cookies, as well as for various socials, such as our weekly coffee social. Another common area has a grand piano, where we have a variety of musical entertainment programs at least four times a month. The community also has a television room and a library area with many donated books, a seating area and more skylights! We even have our own gift shop.
Our memory care neighborhood offers a similar layout, except that its 26 private studio apartments do not have kitchenettes for the safety of our residents. It’s important that residents are able to surround themselves with familiar items, so they are able to bring in all of their own furnishing and belongings. The neighborhood has its own dining room and separate activities area, with a large skylight, where residents do crafts, play games, read the newspaper and watch old-time movies. The community also has a secured landscaped courtyard with rocking chairs, swings and gazebo, where we host many social gatherings, including ice cream socials. Residents love music, so music is always playing!
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
We work closely with many different home health and hospice agencies, and welcome our residents and their families to choose whomever they feel most comfortable with. Home health agencies typically offers the full range of physical, occupation and speech therapy, with therapists providing services in the resident’s apartment. For the convenience of the family, we can schedule the appointments for the resident – of course, residents can plan their own calendar if they are able. Adult care sitters and hospice providers are also very welcome to come into our community. We always communicate closely with any third-party provider who works with our residents. They are required to speak with one of our nurses before leaving and to provide a copy of their notes for the resident’s file.
Our goal is to help residents with all of their care needs, so that they can remain here in their own home for the rest of their lives. Should we be unable to provide a higher level of care, for example administering IV antibiotics, we partner with several skilled nursing facilities in the area, as well as with area hospitals and physicians. Our staff will make sure the resident’s transfer to another facility or to the hospital is as easy and smooth as possible. And we stay in close touch until the resident is able to come home.
Our staff holds a special place in their heart for seniors. When people come to tour our community, they often comment on how amazing it is that our caregivers seems to know all of the residents, how they reach out to them and how comfortable the residents feel with the staff. One of our caregivers is from France, and the residents love it when she talks in French to them, as many are French-speaking. Many of our staff have worked at Kingsley Place at Lafayette for several years – even longer. They have big hearts and care deeply about the people who they are here to help.
Come by and feel the warmth of our community for yourself. We may not be the newest building in the area, but we have an extremely friendly, active community where our residents are enjoying themselves and involved. We tell our visitors to go everywhere and look around at all of the senior communities in the area. They always come back and often say, “Wow, it’s so much nicer here!” Those words are music to our ears!
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
Every day starts with an exercise program, followed by fruit smoothies. Our walking club heads out at 11 a.m. for a stroll around our neighborhood. Throughout the day, residents play all kinds of games – bingo is one of the most popular – and there are many opportunities to cook, bake and make crafts – they are always making fun gifts for their grandchildren! Our Catholic residents say the Rosary together every day.
Our retirement community is also big on parties – we have a big birthday bash once a month with a band, balloons, cake and ice cream. We have house-warming parties for our new residents, as well as weekly coffee or lemonade socials. We celebrate all of the holidays. This past Valentine’s Day, we crowned two residents king and queen; a violinist entertained us while residents dance. During Mardi Gras we hired a DJ, who led our residents in line dance after line dance. Every Monday is errand day, when we take residents shopping, to the bank and to the post office. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we take residents to their doctor appointments. Friday morning is reserved for residents who want to go to services at nearby Holy Cross Church. And on Sundays, some of our local churches will come by to pick up residents for services.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Every month, a physician with the Alzheimer’s Association leads a support group/educational meeting for our families and for any interested community members. Typically, participants will arrive around 6:00 p.m. and discuss any issues or concerns, then the doctor arrives around 6:30 and is open to answering questions or discussing specific topics of interest. We also participate as a sponsor in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, formerly the Memory Walk, to raise money for Alzheimer’s research.
We also partner with many home health and hospice groups, which come into our community to speak with our residents and families about a specific topic – for example, how to handle grief, how family members can deal with feelings of guilt and denial, the stigma around hospice care, the importance of therapy, among other subjects. And we have begun to partner with the American Heart Association, which is hosting monthly educational programs during which a local doctor will come in to educate residents on such topics as stroke awareness, diet and exercise. We always invite the outside community to all of these events. And just recently a group of our residents have formed together to do fund-raising for a charity of their choice.
We offer three meals a day, served restaurant style, including an entrée, an alternative and an always-available menu with salads, soups, hamburgers and sandwiches. So residents always have a choice. They can also wander into the kitchen at any time of the day and ask our wonderful chefs to prepare something just for them. Our menu is very “senior friendly,” with less salt and less sugar. And we take resident suggestions to heart. Every other month, our food committee meets. One of the items on the agenda is to select a recipe from a resident for our chefs to prepare. Breakfast is always extremely well attended – our biscuits are the best! And yogurt, sandwiches, fruit plates, muffins and other snacks are available throughout the day.
Our memory care residents are served three main meals and three mini meals, which include a protein such as peanut butter or cheese. Meals are served on colored plates, so that they can distinguish their food better. Residents with memory impairments often don’t eat enough, because the disease attacks areas of the brain, impacting their ability to recognize if they are thirsty or hungry. So we work hard to make sure their weight stays stable, and we pass beverages around every two hours to keep them well hydrated. In fact, we sit with them and encourage them to drink until they do. They can become very susceptible to urinary tract infections, which can have devastating consequences.
Emeritus at Lafayette – Lafayette, Louisiana “Vanessa and Verda are my dream team. I am at Emeritus twice a day, every day, and these two have been my constants. I smile when I walk in the door and see these two lovely people working. I know that my mother will get the love, caring, and […]
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