The need for long term seniors care in Langley
The concept of Langley Lodge began in 1971 in response to a lack of long-term care services in the city. A two-and-a-half year community planning initiative, spearheaded by then Rotary President and local businessman, Roy Brown, resulted in what stands today as Langley Lodge, a familiar landmark in Langley.
When the doors opened in 1974, the facility operated as a 172 bed personal care residence. The Langley Special Care Homes Society was formed in 1971 and continues today as the non-profit Langley Care Society, operater of the Langley Lodge. Over the years, to keep up with community needs and changes in healthcare services for seniors, Langley Lodge has undergone continual changes. In 1978, Langley Lodge opted into the Ministry of Health — Long Term Care Program. In order to provide Intermediate Care, the facility needed upgrading. The list of needs included therapeutic bathing units, new elevators and some private rooms.
Adopt the Langley Lodge campaign
In 1983, the "Adopt the Langley Lodge" campaign was launched in the larger community in the hope of addressing needed changes. The response was amazing; $172,000 was raised through various services clubs and the efforts of the Langley Care Society. Sponsors of this initiative included Canada and Pittsburgh Paints, the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Vancouver Foundation.
In 2007, the sod was turned to initiate a major construction and renovations project. A new 6 storey West Tower addition was completed in December 2009 and is now home to 106 residents. The existing East Tower building, now 36 years old, is being completely renovated. In May 2011 our project will be complete and Langley Lodge will have 139 modern, single rooms (including some double occupancy rooms) for individuals who require 24 hour nursing care. Funding for the project is being raised through an annual fundraising campaign, being driven by the Langley Care Foundation.
Changing to meet the changing needs of the community, Langley Lodge stands tall as a symbol of cooperation of individuals, private enterprise, untiring workers, volunteers, individual and corporate donors, and government agencies on all levels, and is dedicated to providing the best possible care for our residents.