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We believe Concordia is a special retirement community because of the people who choose to live here. But don’t take our word for it, hear it from them…


Ed Herider

Ed Herider’s schedule is so busy that his own sister has a hard time getting a lunch date. Herider is 78, and lives at Concordia Life Care Community. Since moving, he has logged more volunteer hours in his...
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Ed Herider

Ed Herider’s schedule is so busy that his own sister has a hard time getting a lunch date.

Herider is 78, and lives at Concordia Life Care Community. Since moving, he has logged more volunteer hours in his community than he can count.

“I have been single my entire adult life and I was quite content, but after moving, I saw so many ways I could impact the lives of others and help my new neighborhood flourish,” he said.

He made the decision to move for one simple reason.

“I wanted to stay in control,” Herider said.

After experiencing what he called a wake-up call, he realized if his health failed him, a host of important decisions would fall on his sister, impacting her and her family. He decided he needed to do something he never thought he would consider: leaving his beautiful home of 36 years.

It was not an easy decision. After all, he was perfectly healthy, and quite capable of staying in his home.

Herider wanted to make a move while he had choices and could be part of the process.

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Charles and Katherine Kietzman

On a fall day in 1951, when Charles and Katherine Kietzman were married, they made great plans for their future and growing old together. More than forty years later, they were ready to realize their retirement plans. “We...
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Charles and Katherine Kietzman

On a fall day in 1951, when Charles and Katherine Kietzman were married, they made great plans for their future and growing old together. More than forty years later, they were ready to realize their retirement plans.

“We were in Claremore, Oklahoma, and that’s where we were going to be,” Katherine recalled.

They had lived in the community for more than 20 years, but an unexpected turn in Katherine’s health caused them to rethink their plans. Their two daughters live out-of-state and their son was nearly three hours away in Oklahoma City. They began considering options closer to family, and knew access to quality care would become increasingly important as they got older.

Today they live in a patio home at Concordia Life Care Community in Oklahoma City, near their son and grandchildren.

“This wasn’t in our plans but if you get to thinking that you are of age, it was the right thing to do,” she said.

Living in a stand-alone patio home surrounded by peers, the Kietzmans have embraced their new home.

Concordia offers residents several independent living options including patio homes as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments. As more assistance becomes necessary, they can transition into additional levels of care as needed including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and long-term care.

The Kietzman’s neighborhood looks much like any other neighborhood in Oklahoma City, except that it is part of a secure division designed especially for seniors.

Katherine enjoys the convenience the community offers. They can cook at home or eat meals in the dining room in the main building, participate in activities and take advantage of health and wellness programs.

“In the four and a half years that we’ve been here, I probably cooked three dishes,” she said. “The housekeeper comes and helps take care of things, but if I don’t want her here, like last week, I just make a call,” Katherine said.

They were able to customize their home to fit their taste and needs.

“It’s our house,” Katherine said.

Their cottage has two bedrooms, two baths, a living room, full kitchen and a lovely sunroom. They also have a garage.

Charles, a World War II veteran, has claimed the sunroom as his quarters, displaying a wonderful collection of memorabilia from his time in the U.S. Airforce.

While Charles admits he still misses his large wood workshop in Claremore, he found a place to get creative in his garage, making wooden toys for his grandchildren.

Charles stays busy with woodworking and other activities around the house. He still mows his own lawn.

“There comes a time – I don’t want to admit it – when I don’t want to do it anymore. Then somebody else would mow,” he said.

Charles initially wasn’t sure that life in a senior community was for him. However, he has since changed his mind.

“It turned out to be very nice. We miss some of the people we knew in Claremore, but we reconnected with others here,” he said. “We are happy.”

Charles and Katherine also said it is good to know Concordia is run by a faith-based organization rather than a large corporation, making everything feel more personal.

Katherine said the freedom of living on their terms has a lot of value.

“You are by yourself, but you are not by yourself,” Katherine said.

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Alverna “JO” Scribner: Confidence in Concordia

Concordia was simply the most sensible choice for resident Alverna “Jo” Scribner. “I’ve maintained my three-bedroom house by myself and it’s become more than I want to deal with,” says Jo. In fact, she found that living at...
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Alverna “JO” Scribner: Confidence in Concordia

Concordia was simply the most sensible choice for resident Alverna “Jo” Scribner. “I’ve maintained my three-bedroom house by myself and it’s become more than I want to deal with,” says Jo. In fact, she found that living at Concordia will give her the freedom to do, or not do, as she pleases. “I’m looking forward to having someone else prepare my meals!” she beams.

Not only will Jo have access to a wide variety of amenities, she’ll also have guaranteed access to long-term health care, should it ever be needed. “With Life Care, I’m getting security as well as a good investment for my family,” she remarks. “On top of that, I’m also going to be living among friends I already have, and others I have yet to meet.”

I’m looking forward to dining every night while enjoying the company of new neighbors who have similar interests to my own,” Jo claims, “and I won’t be bothered anymore with the house, the yard and paying all those bills – I’ll just have one!

Jo feels as if Concordia is the answer to her prayers, saying ecstatically, “I’m so confident in my decision . I couldn’t be happier!

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Harold and Joan Dozier

"We made our decision to move to Concordia in 2005. We liked the plan from the beginning and have steadily become more convinced of its value for us through this past year. We are totally committed and have...
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Harold and Joan Dozier

“We made our decision to move to Concordia in 2005. We liked the plan from the beginning and have steadily become more convinced of its value for us through this past year. We are totally committed and have begun downsizing by selling our house and moving to an apartment.

Do we miss mowing and watering the lawn? NO
Do we miss the hassles of maintaining our home? NO
Do we enjoy lower utility payments in our apartment? YES

While initially it may seem expensive, we feel we are getting a great value for our investment. With the increasing costs of home ownership including mortgage payments, utilities, insurance, maintenance, and yard work, we look forward to knowing what our living expenses will be on a monthly basis. We will have no responsibility for leaky faucets or toilets, for appliances that fail to work or major home repairs. There will be no worries over meal planning and much fewer groceries to buy.

Our neighbors will be our friends and we can choose which activities in which we will participate. When we want to travel, we won’t have to even worry about the mail. There is freedom in knowing we can live independently without having to ask our children for help in maintaining our home. After investigating other retirement communities, we believe Concordia Life Care Community fits our needs the best. We like the location and the beautiful new facility. Best of all, Concordia will meet our continuing needs regardless of the level of healthcare we may require.”

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Bobby and Joan Alexander

"When our daughter and granddaughter moved to their own home, Joan and I found our five bedroom home in Norman was too large for the two of us and our German Shepherd dog Abby. We decided to sell...
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Bobby and Joan Alexander

“When our daughter and granddaughter moved to their own home, Joan and I found our five bedroom home in Norman was too large for the two of us and our German Shepherd dog Abby. We decided to sell and relocate to a smaller home. I wanted to move to an area on the Brazos river just south of Fort Worth.

We looked at a gated community near Granbury which we both liked but there were two drawbacks. The nearest large hospital was over 30 miles away and there was no public transportation. Since Joan has given up driving this could become a serious problem if I became unable to drive or needed to be hospitalized.

At this point we began looking at continuing care communities. Our requirement was a free-standing cottage or patio home and we must be allowed to keep our dog. After checking into several Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC’s), we settled on Concordia because it met our requirements and their construction schedule would hopefully allow us sufficient time to sell our home in Norman. One big plus at Concordia which we had not considered was the life care concept.”

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