Roy Brown, President of the Rotary Club at the time, spearheaded the project to build Langley Lodge and though he was the catalyst, he stressed that this was a community initiative. "To be successful, the entire community had to be involved," he said. The Langley Special Care Homes Society, now known as the Langley Care Society, received its charter in 1971. Three short years later, Langley Lodge opened its doors to its first residents.
In 2008 the construction of a second tower was started. Eighteen months later, renovations began on the original structure and the entire multi-million dollar project was completed in 2011.
Langley Lodge was primarily built to provide Personal and Intermediate care, but today it provides Complex care as well. In 2012, Langley Lodge was awarded an Exemplary Accreditation. This means the organization was assessed by its peers and has met or exceeded national standards of excellence.
In an effort to eliminate loneliness, helplessness and boredom; the Eden Alternative Philosophy of Care was adopted by Langley Lodge. Aligning perfectly with our Mission, Eden's Philosophy aims to improve the well-being of Elders by transforming communities in which they live.
In 2006 the Fraser Health Authority upgraded its dual room occupancy standard to single room occupancy. As a result of the change, the Langley Care Society decided to undertake a major renovation to the existing facility, and construction of a new West Tower. There was some pressure by the regional Health Authority that instead of renovating Langley Lodge, the land should be sold and the facility moved elsewhere.
No longer fully subsidized by the Fraser Heath Authority, and having a mortgage of 28 million dollars a private pay system had to be implemented. In addition a marketing strategy to fund resident programs and pay down the mortgage is also in place. The society is working hard to create revenues and meet its new financial obligations.
After a full assessment by Accreditation Canada, Langley Lodge was once again awarded Exemplary status for meeting or exceeding all national standards.
Respite Care introduced to Langley Lodge as a service to our community, and an Adult Day Program set to launch in the latter half of 2019.