Articles

10/2016
The Importance of Music Therapy - by Becca Stone,MT-BC, Board Certified Music Therapist, Peristyle Residences

When considering options for senior living, it is important to take into account how a loved one will spend their time on a day-to-day basis.

For individuals with cognitive impairments, they may feel as if their mind is going, as it becomes more difficult to navigate their daily world. Research has shown that the use of music as an interactive, therapeutic tool, not only exercises the mind, but also allows individuals the opportunity to meaningfully engage with those around them.

Music therapy is a clinical, evidence-based treatment in which music is used to address a series of individualized, non-musical goals. Music therapy interventions can be designed to increase positive socialization, increase self-esteem, manage pain and stress, and provide a reassuring space for emotional expression. Music therapy also provides emotional support for residents and their families to connect and offer a means for creative thinking. The songs used in a group are generally ones that the residents recognize that evoke responses due to familiarity and feelings of comfort. Music is a universal, nonthreatening experience, in which unique and beneficial results are possible.

 

By working with a board-certified Music therapist, residents can expect a wide variety of outcomes. There is an initial assessment process in which the music therapist will observe the resident’s needs and create an individualized treatment plan to be utilized either in music therapy groups or in one-to-one sessions. Goals of treatment range from positively interacting with peers and family members, to promoting relaxation and reducing feelings of stress. A treatment plan can be updated as a resident improves or declines.

Consider music therapy as one more way that your loved one may connect with you and others, and as a result, improving their quality of life.

Article written by Becca Stone,MT-BC
Board Certified Music Therapist
Peristyle Residences

10/2016
Aging in Louisiana - What you need to know. Biz New Orleans

Jason Hemel, principal at Peristyle Residences, says that although Louisiana’s assisted living offerings have been lacking, “that has been quickly changing across the state.” The offerings, he says, are also becoming more diversified.  Read the article.

07/2015
Answering the Call. With Alzheimer’s rates climbing... - Biz New Orleans

Locals Jason Hemel and Sean Arrillaga both have experience working in senior living, and both were struck by how many people who are fairly healthy physically end up in nursing homes if they have problems with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The pair decided to try a new model, creating Peristyle Residences in 2011. Peristyle has five typically one-story, one-family homes in residential neighborhoods, with a sixth under contract. Each home has been modified to include all the safety features needed for seniors, such as doorways wide enough for wheelchairs. Up to eight residents live in each home, with caregivers around the clock and supervision by a RN wellness coordinator. Read the full article

10/21/2014
October's "Flower of Life" Award Goes To...

Each month we present our “Flower of Life Award” to a Peristyle Residences employee to show our gratitude for their sincere dedication while caring for our residents. This month that award goes to Justita Fernandez at the Honeysuckle HouseThank you Justita, we appreciate all that you do!

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View the award > October’s Flower of Life Award

The Flower of Life is an ancient symbol with numerous cultural interpretations. Peristyle Residences has adopted The Flower of Life to represent our 6 Hallmarks of Resident Focused Care:

Care The fulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to seniors.

Compassion We recognize and have compassion for the ever changing physical and mental well-being of our residents, and we strive to make each day meaningful.

Comfort We provide a True residential home with all of the comforts people are accustomed to while our care givers provide assistance to support physical ease and relaxation.

Community Our care givers foster meaningful relationships with each individual and encourage interactions with other residents to enhance our small community.

Communication is vital to meet the needs and expectations of our residents and their loved ones. Our staff is trained to listen, respect, and respond.

Choice is an important element of our quality of life. We encourage resident directed care and recognize each resident’s individuality and the importance of self-determination.

01/06/2014
Alzheimer's Q&A From the Advocate and Dana Terrioto

My mom constantly accuses me of taking her personal things or taking her money. No matter how hard I try to convince her otherwise, she is adamant about these delusions. Is this common with Alzheimer’s disease?

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http://www.theneworleansadvocate.com/features/8004138-171/alzheimers-qa

My mom constantly accuses me of taking her personal things or taking her money. No matter how hard I try to convince her otherwise, she is adamant about these delusions. Is this common with Alzheimer’s disease?

Paranoid delusional behaviors are very common in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

The usual target of these delusions is the caregiver who spends the most time with the person. It is very upsetting and unnerving for you, the caregiver, to be the target of accusations.

Additionally, the affected person may “share” these fears with other family members and friends, causing them to doubt your care, and trigger embarrassment and distress.

Keep in mind the person with Alzheimer’s has lost any sense of reasoning or logic; no amount of convincing your mom that her accusations are false will resolve the situation. As the disease progresses and the brain deteriorates, the person with Alzheimer’s becomes more confused and what he hears or sees can be misconstrued.

Reassurance is key to calming or reducing paranoid behavior, though it will probably not stop it. Since these delusions are very real to the person with Alzheimer’s, it is important to validate those feelings.

Get into your mom’s reality. For instance, if your mom accuses you of stealing her money, it might simply be easier to apologize, to tell her that you were just borrowing it and you forgot to tell her and that you will return it as soon as possible.

You are not only validating her feelings, but you are also settling her fears and offering her some reassurance that her money is not really missing, which calms her and gives her some peace.

Try to understand the nature of her distress. Was she a suspicious and distrustful person prior to the onset of the disease? If so, her paranoia may become more aggravated.

Look at the times of day the delusions are occurring. Are they occurring later in the day, around the time of “sundowning” (when most behavior expressions escalate)?

Environment can play a big factor in calming delusions. Keep your mom’s environment and routines structured and familiar.

Place clothing, money, and other personal items back into the same place after they have been used. As your mom gets more suspicious, she may hide these items, thinking they are at risk of being stolen, and then she is unable to relocate them, thus compounding the problem and feeding the delusions further.

Additionally, when she is in her accusatory moods, try to distract and redirect her with things she enjoys. Take a walk, Look at old photos. Dance. Keep her interested in an activity that promotes her self-esteem and empowerment.

Depending on the severity of the delusional behavior, you may want to seek the advice of a physician. Look at your mom’s medications and discuss these with your doctor. Some medications for people with Alzheimer’s have serious side effects, so keep that in mind in her management of care.

How you cope and adapt to her fears can either make the situation better or worse.

As Alzheimer’s disease affects every individual uniquely, keep notes on what works and what doesn’t work with your mom.

Alzheimer’s Services can provide you with resources to assist you along the way as well as listings for support groups in your area that can offer you help and support for your mom’s care.

Questions about Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder? Contact Dana Territo, The Memory Whisperer, Director of Services at Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, (225) 334-7494, advice@alzbr.org, or visit the organization at 3772 North Blvd., Baton Rouge.

08/03/2016
The Many Ways Music Supports Memory in Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by problems of memory, attention, and other cognitive functions. The disease progressively worsens, and though medication can slow down the progression of the disease, there is no cure. Alzheimer’s currently affects an estimated 46.8 million people worldwide. As the population ages, this number is estimated to double every 20 years  Therefore, there is considerable interest in finding easy access methods for treatment of symptoms, and for maintaining the quality of life of affected individuals. Read the full article.

12/21/2014
Join Peristyle Residences Driver to Fill a Few Drive to Fill a Few Pantries By the New Year

We are also accepting non-perishable donations and asking folks to send us a private message with the name and address of any family they would like to support.

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Please help if you can by dropping off a few items at the location nearest you, and we encourage you to take advantage of a guided tour. Our drive ends on the 29th.

Locations:
Honeysuckle House – 824 Honeysuckle Street Gretna, LA 70056
Metairie Heights – 2701 Metairie Heights, Metairie, LA 70002
Henican House – 5511 Meadowdale, Metairie, LA 70003
Lakeview House – 858 Mouton Street, New Orleans, LA 70124

11/04/2014
A Visit From a Baby Brightens the Day For Residents

Our activities director Courtney just came back after maternity leave and brought her baby. Residents were very excited and the inter-generational play seemed to be going very well.

12/09/2013
PERISTYLE RESIDENCES PARTICIPATES IN NOLA.COM/TIMES PICAYUNE ENTREPRENEURSHIP FORUM

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune business reporter Mark Waller, left, meets with Edward George and Jonathan Brouck of the Chaffe McCall law firm and Kristi Oustalet, creator of a pop-up business school for artists, at an open table to talk about business news. (Rebecca Alexander, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

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By Mark Waller, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune 
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on December 09, 2013 at 3:40 PM, updated December 09, 2013 at 5:39 PM

When we took our table at Laurel Street Bakery in Broadmoor on Friday, NOLA.com reader engagement liaison Rebecca Alexander and I weren’t sure what to expect. This was the first time, after all, that we had invited people to coffee via mass media open announcement.

It was an experiment for our news organization in forging and preserving connections to the community we serve. But what if no one showed up? Or, maybe we would be swamped. Maybe the visitors would bring us tremendous insights about the news, particularly business news for me as a business reporter. Maybe their messages would be more diverse.

What followed was remarkable. I ended up hearing from a procession of passionate New Orleanians. They approached it from different angles, but expressed a shared spirit: caring about the city, desiring to see it thrive and striving to create something to add.

Most of the visitors focused on the city’s climate for startups, in line with my reporting emphasis on entrepreneurship. And they nicely represented a cross-section of that arena: small business owners in widely varying fields, neighborhood revitalization promoters, lawyers from a firm with deep roots that now is drawn to the newest companies and some of the city’s top boosters for entrepreneurs.

Here’s what they said, in condensed form, at the table at the coffee shop:

Sean Arrillaga stopped in and said he didn’t think it was any harder starting a business in New Orleans than it would be anywhere else. But he’s from New Orleans, so it’s the only place he considered. Along with partner Jason Hemel, he started Peristyle Residences in 2011 and now operates New Orleans, Metairie and Gretna assisted living homes, each with six to eight beds in the familial settings of renovated houses. They left other jobs in senior care to start the company. They’re planning more locations.

“We wanted to create a business that fulfills a need, but it’s something we can do,” Arrillaga said. “There are not a lot of opportunities for people who can’t live at home.”

The demographics of an aging nation suggest a large market for such services going forward. When it comes to a business resurgence in New Orleans, however, Arrillaga said his biggest concern is that the energetic, idealistic young people who have arrived since Hurricane Katrina will decide to leave as they mature and start families. That’s why the city has to stay focused on goals such as improving schools and neighborhoods and cutting crime.

David Winkler-Schmit, spokesman for the Broadmoor Improvement Association, New Orleans City Council member LaToya Cantrell and other groups, talked about the resurgence of the very neighborhood where we were meeting, the intersection of Washington Avenue and Broad Street, where Laurel Street Bakery opened its newly renovated space in October. The Propeller incubator for social entrepreneurs opened a building around the corner a year ago and a neighborhood health clinic is under development across the street.

“This is an historically neglected corridor, and it’s blowing up” Winkler-Schmit said. “This is like a Freret Street two years ago.”

Edward George and Jonathan Brouck took seats at the table to describe how their long-established law firm, Chaffe McCall, founded in 1826, is exploring the realm of the newest upstarts in town. Brouck, who is 27, said he finds himself surrounded by friends his age talking about their new enterprises at social occasions.

“The last thing a young entrepreneur, or any entrepreneur, wants to do in starting their own business is hire a lawyer,” George said. But businesses have legal needs, and the firm is seeking ways to help. It even held its own business pitch contest in February.

“This is unprecedented, having this much entrepreneurial energy focused on New Orleans,” George said.

Kristi Oustalet, meanwhile, said “creative entrepreneurs” in New Orleans, such as artists, photographers and designers, need help learning more about the business side of their businesses. So she’s launching a potential solution, a “pop-up school for creatives,” called the A.C.E. Academy. The initials stand for Adventures in Creative Entrepreneurship, which is also the title of an online video series Oustalet produces.

Oustalet herself is an artist. She paints live events. She also has worked as an arts program administrator.

“Most of these entrepreneurs are kind of one-man shows,” she said. “They get stuck because they get overwhelmed.”

Husband-and-wife team Adrian Guy and Eugene Anderson also said they want to see more support for small businesses. They own the Krewe du Brew coffee shop on St. Charles Avenue, but their purpose in visiting me at Laurel Street Bakery on Friday wasn’t to talk about their shop.

They said they wanted to spread the word that business ownership can be for anyone. The idea intimidates people, they said, but it doesn’t have to be any more complicated than seizing on something you already love to do.

Guy and Anderson said they want to see more attention on small business owners, by news media and other business people. They mentioned recent occasions with national firms, like the Square credit card payment service, hosting events focusing on small businesses in New Orleans. “That’s something we should be doing ourselves,” Anderson said.

They envisioned forming a group of small businesses with members who promote each other. They mused that it could be called “the Grassroots Chamber of Commerce.”

Richard Pomes, co-founder of the start-up RapJab marketing and advertising firm, which uses a promotional style of telling the personal stories of clients, described a successful first year. RapJab grew from a two-person operation with Pomes and the other founder James Brandel to a seven-person operation. Business has been growing 26 percent per month, Pomes said.

His concern, however, is whether New Orleans is a large enough market for the firm to keep growing here.

“We have a lot of passion for New Orleans business,” he said.

Yet, he said, “There’s definitely a cap on the market you can reach in New Orleans. We want to stay here, but there’s not always business here.”

And Tim Williamson, the chief executive officer of The Idea Villageentrepreneurship network and Cameron Adams, communications director for the group, visited to offer a progress report on the latest cohort of entrepreneurs in their coaching course, called the IDEAxcelerator. Participants will be making mid-season presentations on their efforts this week. Some ultimately will appear in business pitch contests during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week in March.

Along the lines that Guy and Anderson discussed minutes earlier, Williamson described watching the process of people from familiar backgrounds gradually embracing the identity of “entrepreneur.”

“Within this group, there’s an artist, there’s a teacher, there’s an athlete, a banker and a real estate agent,” Williamson said. “Who are these entrepreneurs? They’re actually you.”

“Anyone can be an entrepreneur.”

10/02/2013
Assisted Living Senior Residential Home Care

Follow this link to learn more about VA benefits available to seniors. Peristyle Residences can connect you with local advisors to help access your VA benefits.

VA Benefits Available to Seniors

09/10/2013
Happy National Assisted Living Week

Celebrating the passionate commitment of staff and friendships that form between residents, “Homemade Happiness” will be a time to recognize the efforts, small and large, of every individual in a community that turn a residence into home for countless assisted living residents.

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The National Center for Assisted Living celebrates National Assisted Living Week September 8 – 14, 2013.

 “Homemade Happiness” encompasses the connection that occurs in communities between the staff, residents, and families as they build warm, welcoming, and vibrant homes. Celebrating the passionate commitment of staff and friendships that form between residents, “Homemade Happiness” will be a time to recognize the efforts, small and large, of every individual in a community that turn a residence into home for countless assisted living residents. Join us in holding festive events that highlight the groundbreaking role our profession plays in caring for America’s seniors.
09/10/2013
Exercise at the Honeysuckle House
Excercise at The Honeysuckle House

Our seniors enjoy exercise, therapy and an array of activities.  We would like to acknowledge our staff, volunteers and families for making everyday meaningful!

Thank You to Fran Armstrong for the great workout!

07/13/2013
Henican House Residents Enjoy Coffee Outdoors

PART951373725805621Our residents enjoyed their coffee this morning on the backyard patio at our Henican House Assisted Living Residence.

07/02/2013
Don't Forget Seniors This Fourth of July

Everyone has experienced loneliness at some point in their life, but seniors often have to deal with it more often.  Holidays can be especially lonely, and the 4th of July is definitely one of the big holidays of the year.

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Everyone has experienced loneliness at some point in their life, but seniors often have to deal with it more often.  Holidays can be especially lonely, and the 4th of July is definitely one of the big holidays of the year.   Many seniors may be alone for the holiday – their families might live a distance away, many of their friends might have passed away, and their ability to get around might interfere with having a healthy social life.

As you’re planning your 4th of July celebrations  remember the older adult in your life –  be it a relative, friend or neighbor.   If you can’t be with them,  a simple phone call  or e-mail with photo can do wonders for someone’s overall health and well being!

Also see Tips for having good visits with older adults.  Get a PDF version of this webpage PDF

About the Author: Theresa Cooper, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®. As Client Support, she coordinates services, does research, makes calls to medical personnel and insurance companies, acts as “assistant” to families who may not have time to do all the myriad tasks needed in caregiving. Her CSA certification supplements her 20 plus years of experience in office administration and research with ongoing education about the key health, social and financial factors that are important to seniors.

07/12/2012
Seven Ways To Use Aromatherapy To Care For The Elderly At Home

Aromatherapy, when used properly, is a safe, simple and effective tool for many at-home caregivers who face these hurdles. The use of pure essential oils complements traditional medicine and may stimulate appetite, energize and promote relaxation in elderly patients… Read the full article.