About Our Community
Harlingen, Texas Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care
Brookdale Harlingen, formerly Canterbury Court and Brookdale Plaza Harlingen, formerly Canterbury Gardens, provides Harlingen, Texas Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s care for seniors. Our lovely two-acre campus is located 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 which are their friendships and familiar surroundings.
Located at the southernmost tip of Texas in the Rio Grande Valley at the intersection of Highways 77 and 83, Brookdale 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. Brookdale Harlingen is also known as the “Health Care Center of the Valley.” 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 which is one of the country’s top vacation spots. 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 which is one of our best attended monthly destinations. In addition, Brookdale 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 a 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 including 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 and it’s not surprising considering Brookdale Harlingen has been dubbed the “Health Care Center of the Rio Grande Valley.” 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 and offer 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. 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 Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful, Active Lifestyle
We are able to offer a full calendar of activities. For our independent residents, our schedule includes many monthly outings such as 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 and movie nights with popcorn are just a few of our weekly activities. With so much going on in the surrounding area, we often take our residents out for country drives to all kinds of restaurants including their favorites on beautiful South Padre Island which is one of the country’s top vacation spots.
We also take residents 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 to 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 which is 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 and includes eggs made your way, pancakes, waffles and biscuits and gravy which are just a few of the selections our talented chefs will make to order. Mealtime is flexible and 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.