Shreveport, Louisiana Retirement Community
This is the promise that the staff at Emeritus at Shreveport- and throughout Emeritus 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.