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Call to Care: Simple and Profound

April 11
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge and is part 20 of the "Call to Care" series. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being.

In his book "Don't Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart," about how to relate to those who are suffering, Dr. Kenneth Haugk shares a number of ways for relating to suffering people that build them up rather than tear them down.  Caring for suffering people can be challenging.  It's not always easy, but it is possible.

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How to Choose the Right Type of Care for Your Loved One

April 4
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Every year, over 8 million people receive long-term care services in their home or in an inpatient facility. Odds are, you know someone in that exact situation. But what if it’s your loved one who can no longer care for themselves as they once did? What if they may need additional care? Finding the right type of care is key to ensuring your loved one continues to have a high quality of life.

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Nursing Home Checklist: What to Consider When Looking for a Nursing Home

March 31
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Are you currently looking, or thinking of looking, for a nursing home for a loved one? If so, everyone at Concordia understands how difficult that decision can be - it may, in fact, be one of the toughest decisions you will ever have to make.

If a loved one needs to move to a nursing home, it means they can no longer care for themselves and are in a vulnerable state. We’ve been working with seniors for over 135 years, so we can empathize with you during this time, and want you to know that you are not alone going through this process. You will find the right fit for your loved one so they can continue living a meaningful, fulfilling life.

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Man from Maryland Chooses to Rehab at Concordia

March 28
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With the many locations in the Concordia family, we count patients from places far and wide. But a recent patient in the short-term rehab unit on the Concordia at Cabot campus owns the title of the patient who has traveled the farthest for Concordia’s brand of care. He came from Cumberland, MD. His journey for what he calls “a great team” took him to a couple places before he found what he was looking for at Concordia.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mary Ann Birsa

March 24
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Mary Ann Birsa is a person with great compassion who understands the importance of putting a smile on someone’s face. Since August 2002, she has been brightening the days of the residents at Concordia. Not only is Mary Ann putting smiles on the beautiful faces that she comes across during her visits, but so is Pepper and Petey, her Bichon Frise Therapy Dogs. 

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6 Key Nutrients for Healthy Aging (2017)

March 21
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Happy National Nutrition Month! Today’s article was submitted by the Concordia Nutritional Services Department - Carole Keck, RD, Kim Hess, RD, Natalie Kolish, RD, and Ruth Douthett, DTR. Proper nutrition is necessary for people of all ages; however, it is of great importance for seniors to maintain a proper diet. Feel free to leave a comment below or on our Facebook Page. Enjoy!

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What is our “investment” in Easter?

March 14
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Today’s article was written by Concordia Chief Development Officer Scott Koskoski. The Foundation Office is responsible for all fundraising efforts, which includes annual giving, planned giving, corporate giving, fundraising events and more. Enjoy!

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” - John 3:16

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4 Smart Questions to Ask When Looking for a Retirement Community (2017)

March 7
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Making the move to a retirement community is a huge decision in any retiree’s life. It often involves the complicated tasks of researching to determine your needs, downsizing, preparing and selling your house, getting finances in order, packing, moving… but it’s a decision very few people regret making. Once someone experiences the worry-free lifestyle of a retirement living community, it’s hard to imagine going back to the burdens of maintaining a house and property.

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Care for Yourself so that You Can Care for Others: A Focus on the Caregiver

March 3
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At Concordia, we understand how important it is to care for our caregivers.  We have seen caregivers of all types over the years ranging from children of our residents, spouses, siblings, friends and even neighbors.  Being a caregiver isn’t reserved only for those of us within this industry, it extends to all of us as a community, a family member, and a friend.

It’s important to Concordia that our caregivers find a healthy balance between care giving and caring for themselves. If you are a caregiver, we hope you will take a moment to read this and determine if you are engaging in a healthy and happy care giving experience. 

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Why is Lent 40 Days Long?

February 28
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Today's post is from Concordia Chaplain Rev. Roger Nuerge. Concordia's Chaplaincy Department actively contributes to our residents' well being and is an essential component to Concordia's brand of faith-based care. Enjoy!

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, is March 1 this year. Did you know the word Lent is not in the Bible? There is no command to observe Lent. Over the years, as the Christian Church celebrated Good Friday and Easter, Lent developed into a 40-day season to help God's people prepare to celebrate Good Friday and Easter more fully.

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