The health and well-being of our patients, residents and team members is our number one priority. Despite many of the counties in which we operate beginning to re-open, per the Departments of Health, Concordia is still operating under a no visitation policy, except for patients/residents in end-of-life situations. However, those wishing to see their loved ones can schedule time with them at one of our safe visitation areas. Please call your loved one's facility for more information. For information regarding Concordia’s coronavirus precautions and cases, please click here. We have also began publishing regular video devotions from our Chaplains. To take a look, click here to visit our Mission & Ministry page.

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The Benefits of a Senior Living Community: Activities and Programs

June 9
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For many seniors, moving to a retirement community or assisted living community means enjoying the worry-free lifestyle that comes with not having to maintain a home. It also means increased opportunities for physical fitness, socialization, learning and spiritual wellness through the community’s activities program. (Read more for photo slideshow of activities)

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The Benefits of Living at a Retirement Community: Nutrition and Dining

May 19
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When deciding on a retirement community, there are many factors and lifestyle options to consider during the search process. The dining and senior nutrition program an independent living community offers might not be one of the first things you consider, but food service programs contribute to resident satisfaction in many ways. One of which, is providing healthy meal options so that residents can forego the worries of planning and preparing meals.

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Stay Connected with Your Senior Loved One During COVID-19

May 1
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If your senior loved one is a resident at an assisted living or retirement community that currently has temporary visiting restrictions due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be dealing with a lot of new challenges. The most difficult challenge might be finding new ways to stay connected when an in-person visit to your loved one’s nursing home or retirement home isn’t an option.

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Home Care: Providing Comfort in Uncertain Times

April 14
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In-home care providers serve a population who need assistance with activities of daily living. Examples of these activities include light housekeeping, bathing, dressing and many other daily routines that an individual with a compromised health condition may not be able to easily do on their own. Coincidentally, this population is currently at a higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19. So, what does this mean for home care as an industry?

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March is National Nutrition Month: A Q & A with a Registered Dietitian

March 24
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In honor of National Nutrition Month, we spoke with Concordia Visiting Nurses’ Registered Dietitian Helenkay Smith, MS, RDN, LDN about how she helps her home health patients manage their nutritional needs while they are being treated for a variety of medical conditions. In her role at Concordia, Helenkay provides thorough and explanatory advice for those navigating chronic and short-term diagnoses.

In the wake of the COVID-19, it is more critical than ever to maintain good nutrition and adequate hydration. Helenkay speaks about diets for those diagnosed with diabetes and congestive heart failure, two conditions that could potentially put a patient at risk for complications from viral infections. Her adapted meal plans for individuals with these diagnoses are timely as they are designed to boost one’s immunity – one of our greatest defenses against COVID-19.

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5 Ways to Stay Connected with your Long Distance Senior Loved One

March 17
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From the Concordia family: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! For many of us this year, the holiday might not come with the celebrations we’re used to. Practicing social distancing means forgoing the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and group activities. And for seniors in a nursing home or personal care/assisted living facility with a temporary visitation restriction, spending the holiday with a loved one in person might not be an option.

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American Heart Month: Top Questions to Ask About Your Heart Health

February 28
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For many people, February is known as the month of love and fittingly also happens to be American Heart Health Month. While the month marks a time to show our love to the important people in our lives, it’s also a time to make sure we show some love to ourselves, by making lifestyle changes to keep our heart strong and healthy. Heart health for seniors is particularly important because our heart undergoes many changes as we age.

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Heart Failure: How to Recognize, Treat and Manage the Disease

February 18
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February is American Heart Month and provides all of us the opportunity to raise awareness about various heart diseases and how they can be managed once diagnosed. One diagnosis that can be rather scary is heart failure (HF). While HF cannot be cured, the condition can be managed and controlled with diet, exercise, medication and positive health habits.

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How Hospice Bereavement Programs Help Families Through Grief

January 28
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The period following the passing of a loved one can be a trying time for the families and friends of the departed. Everyone reacts to grief differently and what may work for one individual may not be effective for another.

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Top 5 FAQs about Depression in Seniors

January 14
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Depression is a serious condition that affects an individual’s mental health and wellbeing as well as their ability to carry out daily activities. According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), “Depression is more than just feeling sad or blue. It is a common but serious mood disorder that needs treatment. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating and working.”

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