About Our Community
We have promised ourselves that we shall always treat our residents as we would our own loved ones. Nothing less than our best will do.
A Campus Community
Canterbury Court and Canterbury Gardens offers the full continuum of senior living options – from retirement and assisted living through memory care – all on one lovely two-acre campus in a rural area of Harlingen, Texas. Four roads meander through our property, with our three-story independent apartment community situated a short distance from our assisted living community in a more secluded section of campus. A full wing of our assisted living community is dedicated to our memory care residents.
With three communities all located on one campus, residents have the security of knowing they can remain right here should their needs change over time. We can facilitate moves throughout our campus with very little disruption. Because residents can remain in the environment that supports them best, they don’t have to change what’s most important: their friendships and familiar surroundings.
The Perfect Location
Located at the southernmost tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley, at the intersection of Highways 77 and 83, Harlingen has been designated a Certified Retirement Community by the state of Texas. One reason is its semi-tropical climate offering year-round activities, including the white sands of South Padre Island and Mexico for dining and shopping. Harlingen is also known as the “Health Care Center of the Valley.” And in fact, our community is located between Valley Baptist Medical Center and Harlingen Medical Center, as well as close to many rehabilitation centers, skilled nursing facilities, doctors’ offices and home health agencies. Any healthcare service our residents may require is within a short drive.
With so much going on in the surrounding area, we take our residents out often – for country drives, to all kinds of restaurants, including their favorites on beautiful South Padre Island – one of the country’s top vacation spots. And right here in town, we take full advantage of the Jackson Street historical district, with its old-world charm, many art galleries, live theater, quaint shops, the Jackson Street Market and museums. There are also outlet shopping malls nearby in Mercedes – one of our best attended monthly destinations. In addition, Harlingen is home to the Marine Military Academy, which hosts the original full-size casting of the Iwo Jima Monument erected in Arlington National Cemetery. We are also known as a birder’s paradise! Harlingen is the top birding destination is the U.S. and hosts the Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival.
A Wonderful Selection
Our three-story retirement community offers 55 apartments, including one-bedroom, one bedroom deluxe, two-bedroom and two-bedroom deluxe units. All apartments include a dining room and full kitchen, living room and screened-in balcony or patio, walk-in closets, one or two bedrooms, and at least one full bathroom with a walk-in shower and a 24-hour emergency call system. Our retirement community also has its own beautiful dining room with high ceilings, an elegant front lobby and several outdoor areas, including a patio where residents enjoy occasional barbeques.
Assisted living offers 65 apartments, including studios and one-bedroom units. Residents looking to share costs and companionship may choose our Friendship Suite option. Each unit is bright and spacious and includes a kitchenette with a mid-sized refrigerator and microwave, along with a large wheelchair- and scooter-accessible bathroom with a walk-in shower. Several common areas are available to residents: a front lobby and activities area, a game room, meeting room for parties, a private dining room, a chapel and of course, the community’s own dining room.
Our memory care community, which is located in a separate wing of our assisted living community, offers 36 studio apartments, most of which are semi-private. (Residents and their families can request a private room.) Residents have their own dining room, large activities room and a secured courtyard, where they can enjoy being outdoors in a safe and supervised environment. The entire memory care wing was recently updated with new paint and carpet.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
Whatever healthcare service a resident may need is within minutes from our community – not surprising, considering Harlingen has been dubbed the “Health Care Center of the Rio Grande Valley.” So residents can feel safe knowing some of the state’s best medical facilities are all within an easy drive. In addition, home health and rehabilitation providers from the immediate area come into our community, offering such services as physical and occupational therapy here in the comfort of the resident’s own home or in one of our many common areas. Hospice is also always welcome. As necessary, we can take residents to various rehabilitation facilities in the area should they require more intensive therapy. A few physicians make house calls – and local home health agencies occasionally sponsor health fairs at our community, offering a variety of free screenings to our residents.
Our well-rounded and dedicated staff, from our two Executive Directors to our licensed nurse and Memory Care director, have been here for several years. The reason for such longevity is simple. Our staff loves what they do! Our families often tell us how much they appreciate our devotion to their loved ones. They clearly see that we enjoy coming to work and most importantly, that we put residents first. Even our community pets are treated with great care. One resident calls us “Canterbury Kennels” because we are so pet-friendly. We know how important pets are to our residents and believe that pets – especially dogs and cats – offer the best therapy. So even if a resident is unable to walk his or her dog, we’ll step in and provide the care required so that their beloved pet can remain here with them, in their own homes. Kindness, commitment, compassion and experience are the hallmarks of our devoted staff!
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
With two full-time Life Enrichment Directors – one for our retirement community, another for assisted living and memory care – we are able to offer a full calendar of activities. For our independent residents, our schedule includes many monthly outings, whether that’s going for lunch at a favorite restaurant on South Padre Island or taking in a play at a theater on Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen. Games, including Bingo, live entertainment, health screenings and church services give residents many options to choose from. And of course, our retirement residents come and go as they please, taking full advantage of all the wonderful places to visit in the immediate area.
Our assisted living residents also tend to be very active; arts and crafts, a sit and be fit exercise program, all kinds of games – Bingo, of course! – movie nights with popcorn are just a few of our weekly activities. With so much going on in the surrounding area, we take our residents out often – for country drives, to all kinds of restaurants, including their favorites on beautiful South Padre Island – one of the country’s top vacation spots.
We also take resident on country drives, as well as on shopping excursions to Wal-Mart, Kohl’s and other local stores. Community-wide themed events – from Halloween parties and Easter celebrations – are held each month for all residents and their families, friends of our community, local health-care providers and any other business associates who wish to come.
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
Our community is dedicated to staying connected and active in the Harlingen area. Our commitment to the region is to add quality and value to lives of others. Toward this end, our memory care community works in conjunction with the local Alzheimer’s Association chapter to conduct a monthly family support group. We also participate in the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
In addition, the Harlingen Rotary Club meets here once a week, and volunteers from the Marine Military Academy visit with residents, whether joining us for one of our community dances or helping blind residents play Bingo. Several residents are also members of the local Red Hat Society, which meets here at our community.
Home-style cooking, along with variety, is always on the menu at Emeritus at Canterbury Court and Canterbury Gardens! Residents can choose from two entrees at each meal, as well as always-available daily selections such as grilled chicken, deli sandwiches, cheeseburgers and chef salads. A full breakfast is also served by our helpful and courteous wait staff every day – eggs made your way, pancakes, waffles and biscuits and gravy are just a few of the selections our talented chefs will make to order. Mealtime is flexible – breakfast is served between 7:00 and 9:00 a.m., lunch between 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and supper from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Snacks are also provided, as well as a well-stocked hydration station.
To help alleviate any confusion or added stress, we keep mealtimes very routine for our memory care community – residents all sit together at the same time and same table each day. Meals are served on colorful plates and tablecloths so that they can more easily distinguish their food. They are also served easy-to-eat snacks between meals, helping ensure that they get the nutrition and calorie count they need.
Emeritus at Canterbury Court wants to make sure local seniors stay cool in the summer heat. The Shade Brigade is fanning out to local parks and seniors homes to bring coolers of water, popsicles, fruit, juice and safety tips. This is a public service at no cost. Please contact Canterbury Court to nominate a senior. […]
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