Below is a story published in a previous issue of Faith in Caring magazine on how Concordia of the South Hills made a major impact on one gentleman. To be added to the mailing list or e-mail distribution list, e-mail us here or call the Concordia Public Relations Department at 724.352.1571, ext. 8266. Enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment below!
When Jim Beddard was persuaded by his daughter to move to Concordia of the South Hills in 2011 for the sake of his wife, Margy a resident in the Memory Care Unit, his only plan was to live quietly in his one-bedroom deluxe retirement apartment.
Following routine hip replacement surgery, however, the plan changed a little. He spent six weeks in the Short-Term Rehabilitation program in the Health Center. As chance would have it, he needed to return to the hospital for a second hip, pushing his recovery back even further. So while Margy stayed in the Memory Care Unit, Jim was undergoing physical therapy to get back on his feet.
"All the therapists knocked themselves out for me and that means a lot," Jim, a retiree of Duquesne Light, said. "You need people who are thinking about you and working with you."
As if his setback wasn't enough, in January of last year he lost his wife of 64 years. "I have known Margy since the fourth grade at St. Stephen in Hazelwood," he noted. "Living in the same building as her (at Concordia of the South Hills), I could go and see her every day, and I'm still thankful I had that opportunity."
But Jim's story isn't just one of loss it's one of perseverance, determination and new beginnings.
Jim debated about staying at Concordia after his wife passed away, but quickly realized "everything is right here at my fingertips," he said. "It's foolish for me to go anywhere else this is my home."
He continues to regularly work out on the treadmill and bicycle in the training room at the location. Each day he regains a little more strength, a little more independence. Each day he gets closer to being fully back to life.
"And I can drive again," he boasted.
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