Concordia Life Community News

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Chickasaw Cultural Center - Ada, Oklahoma
Friday, June 29th

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Enjoy an array of exhibits featuring modern, state-of-the-art architecture as you are immersed in this welcoming and revering environment.  Come and join us for a cultural lunch and a special Chickasaw presentation!  Departing at 9:00 am from Concordia  and returning by 5:00 pm.  RSVP by June 15th to reserve your seat!


 

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Lutheran Night with Concordia at the OKC Dodgers Game!
August 10, 2018

You’re invited to Lutheran Night with Concordia at the OKC Dodgers game on Friday, August 10 at 7:05 pm!
Tickets are $13 and includes a free OKC Dodgers baseball hat and Braum’s Meal Voucher. $3 from every ticket sold benefits Concordia’s Good Samaritan Fund for benevolent care. Call Kyle Javine with the OKC Dodgers at (405) 218-2160 or email at kyle.javine@okcdodgers.com to purchase tickets no later than July 10. (pdf attached)

 

 

Visit our NEW website; www.concordiaseniorliving.com

Like Us on Facebook; www.facebook.com/ConcordiaSeniorLiving

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These are exciting times at Concordia. I wanted to first thank you for being a trusted resource and community partner to us. We value you and the services you offer!  

I’ve included a recent feature on Concordia published in The Oklahoman. This article is a great example of the services we offer and the benefits of receiving care on the same campus. You may or may not realize that Concordia accepts direct admissions for assisted living and memory care. Yes, we are a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) where most residents start in independent living and move through the continuum as their needs change, but we also accept direct admissions into these specialized areas. 

Facing dementia together: Caring for a lifetime of memories

John and Barbara Erickson have been married for 70 years. Photo provided by Concordia.

                     John and Barbara Erickson have been married for 70 years. Photo provided by Concordia.

When John and Barbara Erickson got married 70 years ago, they knew it was forever. Together ever since their wedding day, a dementia diagnosis was not going to change it.

“I realized I could no longer take care of my husband,” Barbara recalled. “I am quite healthy, but he needed more care than I could give.”

“John still has quite a bit of memory, but he is 92 and he loses a little bit every day,” she added.

Today, John and Barbara both live at Concordia Life Care Community. Barbara lives in an independent living apartment just a quick walk down the hall from John, who lives in Concordia’s memory services area.

This option allowed them to remain together, while both found the support they need.

“After 70 years, we’ve gotten quite used to being together,” she said with a chuckle.

Barbara visits John multiple times a day. They join activities together and she brings him back to her apartment for a cold Dr Pepper and to look through photo albums filled with memories of his youth and their early years together.

“I try to keep him connected with the things he still does remember,” Barbara explained.

At night, they can maintain their lifelong bedtime routines at John’s place, before Barbara heads back to her apartment.

Concordia Life Care Community in Oklahoma City offers Alzheimer’s and dementia care residents a unique environment to meet not only the individual’s needs, but the family’s.

This program is structured to promote residents’ confidence by creating a safe memory care environment championing choice and celebrating accomplishments through familiar schedules and surroundings.

Because the memory care community is located within the greater Concordia community, it allows families to stay together and friends to stay connected, said activities coordinator Maddie Seward.

“I love that this is part of Concordia and so those who have been long-term friends can come and visit with those who have moved over to memory care. That’s very important – to stay connected,” she said.

Seward has cared for those in the memory care community for the past two years.

“God loves all of us and He really loves these people and we make sure they have a long, happy and productive life,” Seward said.

The key element is preserving the dignity of those struggling with various stages of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and more. It’s about empowering them, and keeping them safe and comfortable in a familiar environment.

The 16-unit memory care center is located within the health services area at Concordia and is decorated in a homelike manner.

“Everyone is different here, but we want to preserve their dignity at all cost, preserve their social connections and keep them engaged in activities that they cherish,” she said.

You may find memory care residents on walks around the community with Seward or with their hands in the dirt, gardening, or creating art in the community room.

That’s exactly why the Ericksons chose Concordia.

“There is more variety to life of the memory care people here than anywhere else I’ve been,” Barbara explained.

Seward explained while diseases such as Alzheimer’s or dementia can impact the mental capacity of residents, the patients remain the people that they always were at the core. Therefore, memory care staff makes it a high priority to keep them engaged and to actively listen for their preferences, likes and dislikes, habits and routines – and respect them.

“If a person who has always read the newspaper or always watched the same program, it is our job to make sure they can continue to do so in whichever capacity they can,” she said.

Residents have choice in their activity, even in what meals they order.

Concordia is also part of a national, science-based program called Music and Memory. Each patient receives a music player with playlists customized to them. Music, as Seward said, can have significant impact on memory care residents’ day-to-day state.

“Sometimes music can get through where we can’t,” Seward said.

For Seward, who is 72 herself, it is the close relationship with her residents that keeps her energized for work every day.

“I can interact with them on a spiritual level – we can pray together. I can interact on an emotional level. I don’t miss the nuances in somebody’s body language or facial impression. I know what makes you laugh. I listen,” she said.

Moreover, the memory care residents have access to specialized medical support, and staff who provide tailored memory care and assistance to fit each resident’s needs and preferences. Concordia also offers a short-term vacation stay program for those who care for their loved one at home.

Facing Alzheimer’s or dementia is a tough journey, but one that can be walked with grace and dignity.

“We strongly believe people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia deserve the chance to live to their fullest potential, and we’re here to help make that happen,” said Julie Davis, marketing director at Concordia. “And because we’re a continuing care retirement community, spouses or loved ones of residents receiving care can remain in their independent living or assisted living apartments only a short walk away all under one roof, and can enjoy visiting anytime. It keeps people together, and there is just nothing more beautiful than that.”

For more information, visit www.concordiaseniorliving.com, schedule a tour or call 405-331-6113.

This article is sponsored by Concordia Life Care Community.

We are proud to say that Concordia is a great value, being competitive in cost versus other communities while providing the highest quality care in the market. We invite you to come by to see what’s new at our community and learn more about the services we can provide to your network of friends, family and patients.

Please feel free to contact me, or reach out to Leah Marple or Rhonda Nowlin directly, for more information about Concordia. 

Thank you,  

Julie Davis
Marketing Director 

 

About Concordia Life Care Community

Set on about 15 acres in Oklahoma City, Concordia is a Life Care community where one can live independently, and be guaranteed access to assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing or long-term care should the need ever arise. Here, residents embrace life, stay fit, enjoy chef-prepared cuisine, grow intellectually and engage in meaningful activities. Concordia is a nonprofit organization committed to upholding Christian values by serving the community through programs including free Wellness on Wheels clinics, its DME/furniture donation program and mobile meals and more.

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The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call our Oklahoma City office at 405-415-3030. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

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