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Concordia Hospice of Washington Volunteer Makes Seasonal Gift Baskets for Patients

December 6
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Below is a story published in the December 2016 issue of Faith in Caring magazine (click here to check out the full issue online) on an outstanding volunteer who has made over 200 gift baskets for hospice patients in the past year! To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, message us through the contact form on our website or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724-352-1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below!

“I stood outside the Donnell House, and I was just angry. I had a bad attitude about it. I didn’t want to be there. I didn’t know why my husband needed to be there. The whole idea was just wrong to me…” Clara Jean Thomas, a 67-year-old resident of Lone Pine, PA, will tell you she was experiencing the grief stage of anger at that point, even though her husband of 44 years, Bill, was still on this earth. However, within minutes of walking inside the Donnell House – an inpatient hos- pice facility operated by Concordia Hospice of Washington – a calmness came over her that she didn’t believe was possible in her life at that time.

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Concordia Supporters Share Why They Give for #GivingTuesday and the 2016 Season of HOPE

November 29
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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Today, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Concordia Lutheran Ministries is excited, once again, to incorporate this revolutionary giving movement into our Season of Hope giving campaign. As a special campaign feature - we asked members of the Concordia family why they feel it is so important to give back to Concordia. Here are a few of the responses we received.

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Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart This Season

November 22
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From the Concordia family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving! Today's post comes from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Robert Wacker. Concordia has an excellent Chaplaincy Department that actively contributes to our patients' and residents' spritual well being. Enjoy!

In our hymnal we have a hymn titled “Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart.” With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I couldn’t help but think of this hymn. Thanksgiving is a time when we think about what we are thankful and grateful for in our lives. The hymn goes like this:

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2016 Purse Gala Raises $40k for Camp Erin Pittsburgh | Photos

November 15
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The Third Annual Purse Gala benefiting Camp Erin® Pittsburgh, a ministry of Good Samaritan Hospice, welcomed nearly 200 elegant attendees to Lexus Club at PNC Park on Thursday, Nov. 10. For the second straight year, fundraising revenue set a new record!

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Happy Veterans Day: Concordia Resident Shares Remarkable Story from WWII

November 8
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There have been countless books written about World War II, and one of Concordia’s own has actually contributed to that literature. Concordia at Cabot Skilled Nursing resident and veteran S. (“Snap”) Roger Oliver has written two self-published books, originally created for his wife, Carol Oliver, as Christmas presents. The books have been a treasure to Snap and his family over the years, and, in honor of Veterans Day this year, we are sharing a particularly extraordinary episode from one of them: “Snap, Daddy & Pop.”

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Advice for Caring for Your Aging Parent

November 3
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Advice for Caring for Your Aging Parent 

As our loved ones age, their needs evolve—sometimes at a rapid rate. This often leaves friends and family stressed as they try to provide a safe and rewarding level of care and attention. Many families are unaware of the resources and stress-relieving senior care services available in Pittsburgh. Below are just a few of the options that seniors and their families can turn to once it is no longer safe to care for their loved ones on their own.

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What Faith Based Caring Really Means

November 2
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What Faith Based Caring Really Means

Faithful caring, healing and service: These characteristics exemplify “The Concordia Way.” Senior living in Pittsburgh, PA at Concordia means residents are treated with caring compassion as we fulfill our ministry of service with our core value of healing at the forefront, providing non-profit senior care to seniors of all denominations.

Whether receiving care in one of Concordia's residential service options, being treated in one of our rehabilitation programs, or taking advantage of the extra time provided by our adult day services, every act is performed with an open, loving heart. The staff members work with the purpose of exemplifying God's love by working through service to fulfill the ministry of Concordia. Faith-based caring is exactly what it sounds like: following our faith and God's word to lead us to service of others. Selflessly giving to improve another person’s quality of life is how we view service.

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Concordia’s Second Annual Season of Hope Kicks Off Today!

November 1
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Give the gift of HOPE today during Concordia Lutheran Ministries’ Season of Hope.

As you know, the Christmas season is a time for us to prepare our hearts and homes for the arrival of Jesus Christ - born physically in a manger in Bethlehem more than 2,000 years ago, and born into our hearts as the Savior - our greatest gift from God!
 
At Concordia Lutheran Ministries (a place where, as our President & CEO reminds us, we still say "Merry Christmas") we call this special time of year our Season of HOPE.

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Senior Care Lingo: Defining the Terms (Oct. 2016)

October 25
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In today’s senior care/senior living landscape, it seems like there are SO MANY terms and expressions that one can easily become confused or overwhelmed. And as much education as we try to provide, we still get a lot of questions about the different terminology.

Here are some commonly-asked questions we get at Concordia from families and individuals just starting their search for senior care services or a retirement community.

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Tips for Handling a Dementia or Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

October 18
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In the United States alone, experts estimate that more than 5 million Americans are battling Alzheimer’s disease, and it has quietly become the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. As our population ages, those numbers are expected to rise. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s and dementia don’t seem to get the same level of national attention as some other major health issues – which can make it more difficult for individuals and families to find the help they need.

What are some of the basic things a family can do once they know their loved one has dementia or Alzheimer’s? Here are a few tips and things to consider after the initial diagnosis.

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