PERISTYLE RESIDENCES family of senior caregivers is expanding to the Northshore with a refreshing concept for residential assisted living in a one-of-a-kind facility, The Peristyle at Beau West. Jason Hemel and Sean Arrillaga welcomed the opportunity to bring their warm, homestyle care to the expertly designed facility originally established as Beau Provence, giving it a new feel as The Peristyle at Beau West Assisted Living and Memory Care. Not only do Jason and Sean bring more than three decades of experience in senior living and services, but they also bring a New Orleans family environment to what has become an industry traditionally run by large corporate entities.
The Peristyle Difference
Hemel explains the Peristyle difference. “The name is a nod to the beautiful area in City Park that holds great memories for so many New Orleanians. Along with our extensive experience, it’s our mission to bring more than a well-run institution – it has to feel like home with all the uniqueness our area brings. We do this with local people in all areas of management and care, giving us a common bond with our residents and allowing us to be more flexible than big national chains. And not the least of that is our food. It’s a real treat to get three meals a day from Chef Al Edwards who trained at Gulf Coast fine dining establishments. The food has to be good if it’s going to feel like home.”
Before creating Peristyle, Arrillaga and Hemel met at the St. Margaret’s organization where Sean served as Director of Home Health and Hospice and Vice President of Operations-Western Region, participating in the development of St. Luke’s Medical Center and the Belleville Assisted Living Center in Algiers, LA.
After serving in the finance department of premier non-profit nursing facilities in New Orleans, Jason became a licensed administrator and served as COO of St. Margaret’s overseeing nursing homes, an assisted living facility, a pharmacy company and a therapy company. After Katrina, as VP of Business Development, he participated in projects including St. Margaret’s at Bywater, St. Luke’s Medical Center, St. Luke’s at Belleville and St. Margaret’s at Mercy nursing home and hospital.
Understanding the importance of their environment to residents’ well-being, the Peristyle founders’ vision focuses on facilities in homelike settings. With only 46 beds in mostly private suites with some companion suites, Peristyle at Beau West combines the best of expert design for memory care residents with opportunities for social interaction and enrichment. Jason explains, “It’s the nicest designed facility in the New Orleans region. It’s freestanding with porches, walking paths and lush outside spaces, so it breaks down the barriers of most memory care units that are housed in the interior of larger structures. Our residents have free-flowing access to all areas indoors and out – with all safety precautions, of course. They can socialize, participate in religious services, exercise classes and music concerts, and receive guests in beautiful surroundings.
Jason also highlights other advantages such as the full-building generator that reduces the need to evacuate, 24-hour nursing staff, the ability for family members to take residents out for lunch and excursions, and the prime location in Mandeville just minutes to the Causeway bridge. “We have several physician groups affiliated with Northshore hospitals that come for rounds, which reduces the need for residents to go out for doctor visits. It’s a comfort to families that their loved ones’ physicians come to them. We can also provide end of life care with local hospice partners.”
Experienced and Caring Team Members
Stressing the importance of experienced and caring team members, Jason adds that the new Peristyle ownership appreciates the dedication of the facility’s long-term caregivers who know residents’ history, and has retained excellent leaders in key positions: Milisa Hubbard as the Director of Activities and Enrichment, and Alaina Hines as the Director of Admissions and Community Liaison. “Alaina and Milisa have grown up in their positions here and are invaluable to us and the residents they care for.
We’re also pleased to add a new team member with experience managing a residential assisted living home in Covington, Lynette Walker, as Director of Operations. With our experience in senior living and memory care on the Southshore, it’s a natural progression to bring our warm, local style of operating to Northshore families looking for outstanding personal care in a home-like setting. We couldn’t be happier with this masterfully designed and inviting building, the beautiful and accessible grounds and the excellent location.”
Making the best decision regarding care for a loved one is a journey, and the team at Peristyle understands that it can be difficult and stressful on the family. As a welcoming resource for information and guidance for caregivers, they invite you to call for a private tour.
The Peristyle at Beau West is located at 100 Beau West Drive in Mandeville. For more information or a private tour, please contact: Alaina Hines at 985-778-0755, email: [email protected] or visit: peristylebeauwest.com.