Frequently Asked Questions about Concordia

Making an Informed Decision about Your Future

We want to make sure you receive the most from your retirement, and we especially want you to make an informed choice. At Concordia, we encourage questions, so you can not only choose the retirement option that’s right for you, but also feel confident in your decision. Here is a list of some common senior living questions (and their answers) to get you started.

Senior Living FAQs

Q: Why choose a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)?

CCRCs offer seniors a fulfilling lifestyle with the assurance that extra assistance and health care will be provided as needed. Concordia provides opportunities for a wide range of spiritual, cultural, educational and recreational pursuits. Opportunities include a multi-purpose room for community gatherings, living room, coffee nook, exercise room, walking paths, computer station, card and game rooms, gardening area with raised garden beds, library, chapel, and beauty shop. We also provide regularly scheduled transportation to a wide variety of popular area activities.

Q: What is a continuing care retirement community?

A continuing care retirement community, also known as a life plan community, provides a quality, residential living environment in which senior adults live full, independent lives as actively as they wish, with the assurance of on-site assisted living, rehabilitation, and nursing care if needed. This makes them differ from monthly rental communities – by offering guaranteed health care should the need arise.

Continuing care retirement communities provide private residences in a community setting. Residents can enjoy common areas for dining and other activities, as well as a wide range of convenient services and amenities.

Q: What levels of senior care are provided at CCRCs?

At Concordia Life Care Community, spacious residential apartments and patio homes are offered in a campus-style setting offering stimulating activities, dining choices and social interaction for independent living, assisted living and memory care. Nursing and Rehabilitation are available on-site in a Medicare certified nursing center. The ability to move up in care as needed while staying on campus offers residents the assurance of quality, convenience and connectivity to their community. For more questions about our heathcare offerings, please check out our Supportive Services FAQ.

Q: What is independent living?

Independent living is designed to support a full, comfortable lifestyle for seniors. At Concordia, your options for independent living  include spacious one- or two-bedroom apartments or patio homes. An independent senior living community It provides residents with activities, services and other amenities while freeing them from heavy housekeeping and home maintenance chores.

Q: What is assisted living?

Assisted living is for those residents who require help with routine activities of daily living (ADLs), but do not need nursing care. Trained staff is available 24-hours a day to help with meals, dressing, monitoring medications and personal hygiene. There is a licensed nurse on staff at all times.

Q: What is Memory Care?

Concordia offers a separate, secure memory care residence on-site, interconnected with the Health Center. Specially trained staff is available 24-hours a day to assist with personal care, social activities, dining, and monitoring medications. Residents have full access to a secured outdoor patio and garden area to enjoy in addition to their private living suite.

Q: What is Short-Term rehabilitation?

Short-term nursing and re-habilitation care centers provide housing, medical and rehabilitative therapies to people of all ages recovering from illness, injury or surgery in order to successfully transition from an acute care hospital stay to home. Rehabilitative therapies provided at short-term rehab centers may include physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapy. Short-term rehabilitation may also be referred to as “Skilled nursing care”. Care and therapies provided in this setting may be covered be covered by Medicare.

Q: What is Long-term care?

Long-term nursing care provides residents with accommodations, supervision, and non-acute medical and nursing, and palliative care for those adults who have chronic or end of life conditions. Long-term nursing care centers provide accommodations, nursing care, social and end of life care to those whose needs can no longer be safely met in the home. Medicare does not typically cover costs for long-term nursing care. The Medicaid program provides medical benefits to low-income people who have no or inadequate private insurance or funds for long-term care.

Frequently Asked Questions about Independent Living, Assisted Living and More

Q: What kinds of fees do independent living residents pay?

There are two types of fees associated with a CCRC: Entrance Deposits and Monthly Service Fees. The Entrance Deposit is the one-time, upfront investment for the residence and the contract that guarantees residents’ lifetime access to the continuum of care for the balance of their lives. The entrance deposit is based on the health benefit plan, size of residence, number of occupants and the refund plan selected.

Monthly service fees are based on the health benefit plan, size of the residence and number of occupants. These fees provide each resident with certain services and amenities such as meals, transportation, housekeeping, maintenance, utilities, and linen service.
The Residency Agreement can help protect your assets with a choice of refund options including: 90% refundable, 50% refundable and fully declining refund entrance fee plans. The Residency Agreement offers lifetime residency of the apartment or patio home of your choice as well as the security and peace of mind knowing you have guaranteed access to the complete on-site continuum of services and care at Concordia’s on-site Health Center. Residents pay a monthly fee to cover the cost of services.

Q: What is included in the independent living monthly service fee?

The independent living monthly service fee includes:

  • Dining with continental breakfast and the main meal of the day in an elegant dining room with waited table service*
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service
  • Scheduled local transportation including shopping, healthcare appointments, and social outings
  • 24-hour security and response
  • Utilities and fees including electric, gas, water, refuse, and basic cable t.v.
  • All maintenance of residences, grounds, and appliances
  • Activities director to plan activities, events, programs and entertainment
  • Private dining room for parties or gatherings
  • Convenient on-site beauty salon
  • Community raised-bed gardens
  • Concierge in lobby to screen and greet guests
  • Health education, wellness programs and clinics
  • Walking trails and exercise options including on-site exercise room and instructor led classes
  • On-site library, game room and creative arts room
  • Priority access to on-site Health Center for short or long term care, assisted living and memory care

*Monthly dining allowance

Q: What is the difference between a monthly rental and entrance fee retirement community?

An entrance fee retirement community is an investment in Life Care, with a continuum of care guaranteed, from assisted living, to rehabilitation, to skilled nursing, memory care and long-term care, if the need arises. Unlike a monthly rental community, where health care is not guaranteed, residents of a Life Care entrance fee community don’t have to worry about the financial risk of rising health care costs. Click here to learn more about the value of a continuum of care retirement community over a monthly rental community.

Q: Are any additional services available in independent living?

Yes, the community offers these services for an additional cost:

  • Additional meals
  • Catering services in the residence or private dining room
  • Beauty and barber shop services
  • Personal laundry/dry cleaning
  • Package mailing services
  • Guest apartments
  • Personal transportation
  • In-home assistance with daily care

Q: What health care services are available to Independent Living residents?

Our on-site health services include traditional assisted living, skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, long term care and memory care. Long and short term health care is paid for on a “fee-for-service” basis.

Traditional Assisted Living: Concordia’s assisted living lifestyles provide residents with the help they need with their activities of daily living in a comfortable, residential environment. It is designed to maintain a resident’s optimal level of independence and autonomy.
Nursing Care: Concordia’s Nursing and Rehab Center operates a licensed nursing care program, where qualified, licensed and certified professionals provide 24-hour care.

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF): Concordia operates a Medicare certified Skilled Nursing Facility that provides the highest quality of nursing and rehabilitative care. Our professional staff is dedicated to helping residents attain the highest level of independence by meeting their individual needs.

Q: What should I look for when choosing an assisted living residence?

In assisted living, seniors maintain control and independence while receiving assistance with daily activities such as bathing and dressing. Around-the-clock nursing staff is usually not available. Ask for a tour and visit the center during off hours. Sample food, check out the activities schedule, visit with residents and ask about talking to family members. Ask the administrative team about its current survey history. Most locations require private payment, so ask about cost and consider whether this works with your financial situation.

Concordia FAQs

Q: Who is Concordia?

Concordia was founded through an association of ten Lutheran Churches in the Oklahoma District of the LCMS. Concordia is the realization of the vision of the LCMS that identified a need for a senior home in Oklahoma City that supported and encouraged Christian fellowship and values as far back as 1958. In keeping with a strong independent streak Oklahomans are known for, Concordia is managed and staffed by local Oklahomans and is not part of a larger multi-facility company. Concordia Life Care Community is an independent Oklahoma City not-for-profit corporation with strong local ties.

Q: Who owns and operates Concordia?

Our community is an Oklahoma not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation. A volunteer Board of Trustees determines the policies and articulates the vision and mission of Concordia Senior Living. This dedicated group of individuals is comprised of representatives of the Lutheran Senior Citizens Inc. (LSCI) (Oklahoma District LCMS) and members of local, Oklahoma City business and professional organizations.

Q: What does Concordia offer?

Concordia is a full-service retirement community in northwest Oklahoma City offering a complete continuum of care on one campus. You’ll find a range of options for independent residential living, including one and two-bedroom apartments and patio homes ranging in size from 814 to 1,217 square feet, access to on site social, cultural, spiritual, educational and wellness opportunities as well as conveniences such as dining, housekeeping and maintenance.

Concordia offers Assisted Living, Memory Care, short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing care in our on-site Health Center.

Q: How do I become a resident of Concordia?

Becoming a part of the Concordia community is easy:

    • Schedule a personal visit with one of our knowledgeable marketing counselors to learn more about the benefits and value of retirement living at Concorda.
    • Select the apartment or patio home that best suits your preferences, and make a refundable reservation deposit.
    • Complete and submit your application forms.
    • Complete payment of the one-time Entrance Deposit and begin monthly fee payments.
    • Move-in

Q: What is my next step?

More than ever, people are recognizing the importance of planning ahead for their retirement and future health care needs. Call one of our marketing representatives at (888) 552-0585 or contact us online to schedule a visit and begin to imagine the possibilities of your future at Concordia.

Q. What can I expect living at Concordia Life Care Community?

Independent lifestyles at Concordia include such amenities as exercise room, library with computer access, dining with waited table service, coffee nook, and transportation. In addition, you have priority access to our on-site assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation and nursing care, if and whenever you need it. Residents have the peace of mind of a 24 hour emergency response system and round-the-clock security.

Since it is your home, you come and go as you please within faith based a community of friends. Concordia gives you freedom from light housekeeping, lawn care, home maintenance and other chores, allowing you the time to enjoy the things that are most important to you such as visiting friends and family, travel, hobbies and more. You have added peace of mind knowing that assistance and healthcare are available, should you need them for as long as you need them.

Q: What are the residential fees at Concordia?

There is a one-time refundable entrance fee and a monthly service fee. The monthly fee simplifies typical monthly expenses and includes all the high quality services and amenities offered here: real estate taxes, property insurance, utilities, basic cable TV, dining program, weekly housekeeping and linen service, interior and exterior grounds keeping maintenance, scheduled transportation, security, parking and round-the-clock emergency response. To learn more about health benefit plans, including Life Care, as well as entrance and monthly service fees, please visit our Financial Options page.

Q: Can I bring my pet?

Of course. Pets are always welcome at Concordia subject to the Pet Policy.

Q: Is there parking for my car?

Yes. Parking is available in lots adjacent to the apartments or in reserved covered parking bays. The patio homes have their own attached garages.

Q: Is there extra storage?

Concordia has additional, lockable indoor storage space for your seldom used possessions and/or seasonal items within the building.

Q: Are there recreational/educational programs?

One of the benefits of Concordia is our extensive offering of educational and recreational activities. We offer a regular schedule of lectures, music, art, movies, entertainment, health and wellness programs, trips in our own bus, gardening, bridge groups, and many other programs. A few examples of the range of programs we offer are Tai Chi, fitness programs, transportation to local churches, social hour, travelogues, Wii bowling and spiritual/religious services for all faiths. Concordia has an fitness center, community meeting rooms, living room, creative arts room, library, beauty salon/barber, and concierge.

Q: Can my grandchildren visit?

Guests of any age are always welcome at Concordia because it is your home.

Q: Can guests stay overnight?

Your home at Concordia is yours to do with as you please, including entertaining overnight guests in your apartment or patio home. We also offer on-site guest suites at a reasonable cost.

Q: Is there a place where my bridge group, book club or other group could meet?

Concordia has lounges for reading, socializing or throwing a private dinner party or gathering. Our Lifestyles Director conducts many classes, activities and special interest groups which you may wish to join. In addition, your own group is welcome to meet at Concordia in any of the available common areas.

Q: What happens if I get sick?

Concordia has partnered with Mercy Hospital to staff an on-site wellness clinic with medical director, lab services, visiting physicians, and pharmacy services. If you have a minor illness, such as the flu, you can remain in your apartment or patio home. Tray service is available from one of our dining venues so that you can dine in your home. If a temporary stay or permanent transfer is needed in the health center for a more serious illness or recovery from surgery, you are guaranteed priority access to our on-site nursing and rehabilitation center.

Q: Can I buy extra meals?

You can purchase additional meals for yourself or guests in the dining room.

Q: If only one meal per day is included, where do I get my other meals?

Your patio home or apartment at Concordia has a fully equipped kitchen so that you may prepare your own meals. You may also purchase additional meals in the dining room, order a sandwich of the day, or dine out in one of the many area restaurants.

Q: What if my plans change?

Should your plans change, just notify us in writing to have your reservation deposit returned. There is no risk since reservation deposits are fully refundable.

Q: If I am interested in moving to Concordia , but not ready to give up my home, when is the right time to move?

When you are settled in a house you love, it is difficult to make a big move to a retirement community. However, your good health is your best assurance for entrance. If you wait until you need assistance, it may be too late to quality for residency. Making a Reservation Agreement well before you think you need to move is strongly recommended. Our Wait List option is for individuals who are planning for their future and would like to have a priority for their choice of residence.


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