About Our Community
Shreveport, LA Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care
Brookdale Shreveport, formerly Emeritus at Shreveport, is a Shreveport, LA assisted living and Alzheimer’s Care community for seniors. It offers a wonderful location in the upscale, booming University Terrace neighborhood, with its numerous shopping centers, medical offices, churches, restaurants and banks. Just off E. 70th St., our retirement community provides easy access to I-49, yet we are on a quiet tree-lined street, set back on University Drive. CHRISTUS Schumpert Health System and Willis-Knighton Health System are both within a mile from us.
With so much available in the immediate area, we’re able to take our residents to a different restaurant every week. We also visit local malls including Bayou Walk, as well as Wal-Mart, Target and any other store in the area that our residents ask for.
Our local Meadows Museum is another popular destination, as is the Robinson Film Center which specializes in showing classic black and white movies. When the azaleas are in full bloom, we always visit Norton’s Art Gallery, where residents enjoy a stroll round the many walking trails and take in its incredible collection of Remington statues. Of course, with our location near the Red River, we take residents fishing to a local bayou called the “Duck Pond.” And we make a yearly pilgrimage in late summer to the Sunflower Festival, north of Shreveport, to enjoy groves of beautiful sunflowers, arts and crafts and lunch.
A Wonderful Selection
Our single-story assisted living community offers 52 studio senior apartments in three sizes – small, medium and large deluxe. The interior apartments include a private patio that opens onto our huge enclosed courtyard with walking trails lined with statues. On the perimeter of the building, the apartments look out onto our beautiful landscaping. All units include a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, sink and pantry, a very spacious bathroom with large walk-in, lighted handicapped-accessible showers, wall-to-wall carpeting and all utilities including expanded cable. Residents are also provided emergency call pendants, giving them instant access to help 24 hours a day.
Our community is exceptionally warm and homelike, with several beautifully-decorated and cozy common areas. Snacks and fresh coffee are always available in our living room where soft music plays in the background. In addition, we offer a game room and what we call “puzzle alley,” as well as an activities room, dining room and beauty shop. There are three fireplaces in our building, including one in our living room. Residents can also reserve our “Green Room,” a private dining room decorated in a tropical theme and comfortable wicker furniture.
Our memory care neighborhood is attached to the assisted living community and offers 28 studio apartments configured just like our assisted living studios, with one exception. Those apartments facing the secured courtyard do not have patios. Common areas include a dining room/activity room and a newly redecorated living room. The community also has a ‘50’s sock hop café, with a coke machine, booths and black and white checker floor to look just like the malt shops of yesteryear.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
We have outstanding relationships with several home health and hospice agencies that we can recommend but it’s always up to the resident and their family to decide with whom they want to work They are always welcome to bring in therapists from any area provider. We can help coordinate the appointments if the resident needs assistance. All therapists, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, are provided on-site, in the resident’s apartment or in the common areas. In addition, hospice providers are welcome into our community. In fact, we have some residents who receive long-term supportive care from hospice to augment the assisted living services we provide.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful, Active Lifestyle
Bingo, sitting aerobics, arts and crafts, regular entertainment, church services and bible studies are among the popular activities in our community. Families are also a big part of our retirement community. They are welcome to come to any meal with their loved one. Many attend our various parties, whether it’s our annual Fourth of July extravaganza with fireworks and a bouncey house for the grandchildren or a traditional Christmas dinner. We feel it’s important that our residents are able to interact with their children and grandchildren and make every effort to help nurture those bonds.
Our memory care residents enjoy many of the same activities, as well as play reminiscing games, such as Jeopardy and trivia games. It’s surprising to see how well they do and how much joy it brings them when they answer questions correctly. We also take our memory care residents on various outings. For example, when the flowers are blooming, our Memory Care Director will take them on the bus for a scenic ride and ice cream.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
We open our arms to the local community, including many local groups that use our community for its meetings, such as the Shreveport Rose Society and the local Parkinson’s group. University Terrace Neighborhood Association also uses our building for their monthly meetings. For these various groups, we set up coffee and refreshments at no charge for them to enjoy. Essentially we provide meeting space as a community service and view this as a win-win for everyone.
We provide three wonderful meals a day, with two entrees to chose from, as well as an always-available menu that includes a chef salad, sandwiches and soups. Our chefs don’t cook with salt, but it’s always on the table should residents like it. Our dining room offers a lovely environment for sharing meals, with a two-way fireplace and views onto our two courtyards. In addition, at each meal, we set the tables with fresh linens.
Dining for our memory care residents is a bit different. Residents are given three meals and three healthy snacks a day, basically a six-meal program, to help ensure they receive proper nourishment. This is especially important because residents often either have no appetite or are disinterested in eating. And because the residents’ depth perception is typically off, we use colorful plates that help them see their food better. There is always someone in dining room with them, as some residents have swallowing issues. In addition, we have hydration stations throughout the community – so important for cognition and general health.