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Stay Safe and Have Fun This Winter

January 31
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Today's post was written by Concordia Physical Therapist Assistant Marcy Reott. At Concordia Outpatient Therapy, we have the expertise and resources to help get patients back to life - regardless of age.

Winter is back and that means snow and ice are always a possibility. Regardless of what outdoor activities you may enjoy, winter safety is important to stay injury free. Not only do we need to make sure our surroundings are safe, but dressing for the weather is just as important. Let’s review some safety and clothing tips to help us enjoy this season.    

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Senior Care Lingo: Defining the Terms (Jan. 2017)

January 24
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In October 2016, we had a great response to an article we published about defining some of the senior care terms that people don’t always understand – so we decided to make it a series! 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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Exceptional Stories of Care: A Shining Endorsement for Concordia of Monroeville

January 17
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Sylvia Brunner came to the skilled nursing unit at Concordia of Monroeville in November of 2015. Six years before, she began to have memory issues, and for the last three years her husband Dave cared for her at home. She was experiencing frequent falls and, just before Thanksgiving, was hospitalized. It was then that the doctor told Dave to consider a senior care facility in Pittsburgh for her.

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Some Financial Realities of Retirement Community Living

January 10
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Ask the average retiree what the biggest barrier is to possibly moving to a retirement community and many will say, without hesitation, the cost. And that person would have a point – like any other housing situation, retirement community living isn’t a small investment, especially for those on a fixed income.

Since 1981, Concordia has provided retirement living for thousands of retirees, and we can tell you that it isn’t a perfect fit for every single person, for one reason or another. However, what most people don’t understand is that it is often more affordable and practical than it appears at first glance.

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2017 New Year’s Resolutions at Concordia

January 3
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Ah, the first week of January – that wondrous time of the year when we all pledge to better ourselves in some way through a New Year’s resolution. Maybe you’ve resolved to spend more time reading the Bible, eating more vegetables, exercising regularly, etc. It got us thinking about what Concordia’s New Year’s resolutions are, as a faith-based senior care organization. Perhaps not coincidentally, that got us thinking about our Statements of Value.

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Top 10 Concordia Blog Posts of 2016

December 27, 2016
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It was another great year to be a part of Concordia, and we are so blessed to count you as members of the family! Among other notable things this year, we served over 30,000 people, expanded our hospital partnerships and started the largest construction project in our 135-year history – Highpointe at Rebecca!

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And the Word Became Flesh: A Christmas Devotion from Concordia

December 20, 2016
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From the entire Concordia family to yours: Merry Christmas! 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!

Let me wish you all an early Merry Christmas! Christmas is now just a few days away, and the season of Advent is almost through. During this season of Advent, we have been talking about how God comes to us in Christ Jesus.

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Concordia Celebrates the Season With Christmas and Holiday Events | Photos

December 13, 2016
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Whew – what a last couple of weeks it has been at Concordia! And it’s not slowing down just yet – we haven’t even held our Christmas dinners, resident gift-giving parties or our last few open houses of the year! What we HAVE held recently was the Concordia of the South Hills Holiday Bazaar, the Concordia at Cabot Haven Christmas Cantata and, of course, our Live Nativity.

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Concordia Hospice of Washington Volunteer Makes Seasonal Gift Baskets for Patients

December 6, 2016
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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, 2016
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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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