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 Shreveport- and throughout Brookdale Senior Living communities- since our community first opened its doors. It’s a simple promise to be compassionate and kind, understanding and respectful — a promise to become extended family to the seniors entrusted in our care and to our residents who have chosen our retirement community for its active lifestyle.
The Perfect Location
Emeritus at Shreveport 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 to stop at.
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 out.
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 ‘50s sock hop café, with a coke machine, booths and black and white checker floor to look just like the malt shops of yesteryears.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
We had 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 who they want to work with, and 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 onsite, in the resident’s apartment or in the common areas. In addition, hospice providers are welcome into our community and in fact, we have some residents who receive long-term supportive care from hospice to augment the assisted living services we provide.
Perhaps this story about a resident in our memory care neighborhood best illustrates how caring and supportive our staff is – and how willing they are to uncover obstacles that stand in the way to our residents’ peace of mind. Ann was very depressed; she cried a lot and in her limited vocabulary, always said she wasn’t any good. When our Memory Care Director, who has been here 11-plus years, interviewed her family to create her “life story,” she found out that the biggest disappointment in Ann’s life was that she had to drop out of LSU in her last year of college. At that time, married women were not allowed to get their college diplomas. Because she had married, she never graduated, which was a constant source of disappointment for her. Our staff contacted LSU and got a letter from the Chancellor congratulating her on graduating. We created a diploma, bought gowns, made a cake and had a graduation ceremony to which her family attended.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
Bingo is extremely popular at our retirement community; residents play it every day! We also have a wonderful sitting aerobics program designed to help residents increase their range of motion and build strength to help prevent falls. Arts and crafts are also popular – recently our residents worked on a beautiful oil painting altogether. Our full-time activities director also does our ladies’ nails a couple of times a month, and they never miss their appointments to have their hair done. On Friday nights, we have a Happy Hour with hor’doerves, entertainment, and wine, punch and non-alcoholic beverages served. Throughout the week, we bring in all kinds of different entertainers – an Elvis impersonator, big bands, concert violinists, Country Western bands, old-time spiritual singers and even the choir from our local Baptist church. We offer a non-denominational church service on Sunday afternoons and a Wednesday bible study group. We also provide transportation for those residents who wish to go to their own churches.
Families are also a big part of our retirement community. They are always invited to come to any meal with their loved one, and many attend our various parties, whether it’s our annual Fourth of July extravaganza with fireworks and a bouncey house for the grandkids 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 afterwards. We also take them out to eat once a week.
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. We are told by our residents and families that our food is delicious – and it’s also well-balanced and nutritious. 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.
We strive to accommodate our residents’ individual tastes. In fact, one of our residents, who we knew was depressed, had written a cookbook. So we took some of her recipes, got the ingredients and our activities director made a special Creole meal for her. It really lifted her spirits. We can also accommodate many special dietary needs, except pureed diets, which are prohibited by state regulations.
Dining in memory care 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 hydrations stations throughout the community – so important for cognition and general health.