The Langdale Place at 30: the retirement community celebrates its anniversary | Local News
VALDOSTA – The Langdale Place, a retirement community, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year while long-serving general manager Jan Brice is due to retire at the end of March.
Langdale Place opened in January 1992 as an alternative to nursing homes for older residents. When it opened, Valdosta did not have a retirement community for “elderly people who were not totally dependent on help but still needed help.”
Brice, who has worked with Langdale Place since its inception, said the establishment aims to give its tenants a more relaxed lifestyle in old age by providing a varied selection of meals, a regular schedule of activities and by emphasizing family and community building. .
“It’s designed with the idea that people move here to enjoy a different way of life. Not having to cook, not having to clean, not having a garden to maintain, not having to drive if they don’t want to. We set it up so we could take care of those mundane chores and let them enjoy their retirement,” she said.
Langdale Place also focuses on comfort and “progressive care” for residents to keep them active for as long as possible.
“We have our self-contained facilities that operate much like apartments. These residents have complete privacy, need very minimal assistance, and generally feel like they never left their homes,” she said.
“As these residents get older and need more help like bathing, taking medicine and getting dressed, we move them to the assisted side and help them with those things. We make sure to send them reminders, have everything in place and have their rooms cleaned to make it feel like a fancy hotel.
Brice said she was delighted to report that the community has continued to thrive throughout the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the extensive measures taken by Langdale Place to keep residents safe and satisfied, despite the related challenges. at quarantine.
“It was difficult for us, especially because we had to send home some staff who had any kind of COVID symptoms just to be on the safe side. Families of retirees could not enter the building at all,” she said.
Due to the isolation, four residents ended up leaving to regain interaction with family and friends, so the facility ended up building “The Glass Box.”
“We saw how sad our residents were, so we built this little glass box for the residents’ family members to visit in 30-minute increments throughout the week. Our residents sat in the cabin and could see and talk with their families. Sometimes they would even meet hands through the glass,” Brice said.
Thanks to precautions and innovations, Langdale Place has recovered all residents who have left and none of the residents have been reported to have contracted coronavirus.
Although Brice’s retirement will be bittersweet for Langdale Place, she said she is confident the establishment will continue to thrive thanks to the close proximity of staff and retirees.
“We consider everyone here, from staff to residents, as family. We all love what we do and we love each other. In this business, with the type of residents we have, you have to love what you do. That’s how we’re still standing, that’s why we’re almost always at full occupancy, and that’s why we’re still going to be here for another 30 years,” she said.