Golden years mean lots of care at Langley Lodge

There’s some impressive numbers attached to the long-running care complex Langley Lodge.

It’s an $11 million operation, according to Debra Hauptman, chief executive officer.

Langley Lodge is home to 139 residents. The provincial government, through Fraser Health currently, funds 112 beds for the residents who have various needs.

As well, there are 27 beds available for those wanting to pay to live at the lodge.

The Langley Care Society continues today to serve local seniors who require 24 hour nursing care. Services are regulated under provincial Community Care legislation.

Over the years the lodge has been home to many residents able to receive quality care in the later years.

“Many pioneers have spent their golden years there,” Hauptman said.

To provide a home for residents, the board, staff and volunteers work hard to provide more than just a roof over their heads.

The Langley Care Society strives be forward-thinking, carefully planning so that residents’ needs are met. This year the lodge will do a replacement of half the mattresses and the other half are being done next year.

Hauptman points to enrichment initiatives such as music therapy, pastoral care, activities, and programs such as horticulture, adding such things rely heavily on community support.

The lodge also provides volunteer opportunities for about 125 people as well as hands-on training opportunities for post-secondary students in such programs as nursing, care aide, social work and pharmacy.

As well, the lodge had the foresight to realize the work extends beyond providing care funded by the government and created the Langley Care Foundation, a fundraising arm.

Throughout the year, the foundation hosts events but there are lesser known initiatives that help provide vital revenue for Langley Lodge, including renting on its roof to telecommunications firms because the lodge is the tallest building in the area.

“With everyone’s continued support, Langley Lodge will continue to serve the region well into the future,” said Hauptman.

The organization is a registered non-profit society and has registered charitable status.

Langley Lodge is accredited with an Exemplary Standing designation by Accreditation Canada, ensuring a high standard of care and organizational effectiveness.

The society is a significant local employer with more than 150 employees and contracted health care staff.

The board, staff and volunteers will continue to work to ensure Langley Lodge not only keeps up with the times but also is prepared for the future.

“I’m proud to be part of that,” Hauptman said.

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