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A letter from the CEO

Dear Concordia family,

I want to provide an update on how Concordia is responding to COVID-19.

Our mission has always been to meet the current and continuing needs of seniors of all beliefs in a safe, secure, and supportive environment. The health and wellness of our staff and our residents is our top priority. Because of this, Concordia is working with national, state, and local partners to continue monitoring COVID-19.

Our community continues to comply with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and recommendations from public health officials for protection. We are also in constant communication with our residents and staff members to keep them updated on the situation. We are also in constant communication with our residents and staff members through weekly virtual town hall meetings, daily phone calls, emails, and safely distanced and masked face-to-face conversations.

We understand the importance of connecting with your loved one during this time, so we are constantly working on creative ways to continue communication and to provide frequent updates to you. We’re thankful for the positive feedback and encouragement we’ve received from members of our community over the past several months. If you have any specific questions or concerns related to COVID-19, please give us a call or email concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.com

Thank you again for your prayers, patience, and support.


Danny Eischen,
Concordia Life Plan Community, CEO

Resources

Oklahoma Vaccine Priority Population Framework

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has developed a COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Population Framework for Oklahoma to explain the anticipated initiation month for individuals to receive the vaccine based on current outlays of federal vaccine supply schedules.

Click here to view the Vaccine Priority Population Framework.

Oklahoma COVID-19 Alert System

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has developed the Oklahoma COVID-19 Alert System; a four-tiered risk measurement tool with corresponding color categories that identify the current COVID-19 risk level. This tool offers the public and local elected officials an easy way to recognize each county’s risk level.

Concordia will be monitoring this new alert system and will update in coordination with the state as changes are made. The risk assessed per county based on the number of cases per 100,000 cases.

Click here to find specific guidelines for your area.

 

PDF resources

 

 

CDC Guidance for COVID-19: Outings and Gatherings 

There are several factors that contribute to the risk of getting infected or infecting others with the virus that causes COVID-19 at a holiday celebration or social outing. In combination, these factors will create various amounts of risk, so it is important to consider them individually and together:

  • Community levels of COVID-19 – Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, as well as where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees. Family and friends should consider the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in their community and in the community where they plan to celebrate when considering whether to host or attend a holiday celebration. Information on the number of cases in an area can be found on the area’s health department website. 
  • The location of the gathering or outing– Indoor gatherings and outings generally pose more risk than outdoor. Indoor gatherings with poor ventilation pose more risk than those with good ventilation, such as those with open windows or doors. 
  • The duration of the gathering or outing – Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings.
  • The number of people present – Gatherings with more people pose more risk than gatherings with fewer people. CDC does not have a limit or recommend a specific number of attendees for gatherings. The size of a holiday gathering should be determined based on the ability to reduce or limit contact between attendees, the risk of spread between attendees, and state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.
  • The locations attendees are traveling from – Gatherings with attendees who are traveling from different places pose a higher risk than gatherings with attendees who live in the same area. Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, or where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees. 
  • The behaviors of attendees prior to the gathering – Gatherings with attendees who are not adhering to social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart), mask wearing, hand washing, and other prevention behaviors pose more risk than gatherings with attendees who are engaging in these preventative behaviors. 
  • The behaviors of attendees during the gathering – Gatherings with more preventive measures in place, such as mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing, pose less risk than gatherings where fewer or no preventive measures are being implemented. 

We at Concordia Life Plan Community are committed to ensuring all staff and residents' safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community's visitation and safety protocols change daily based on what is happening both inside and outside our community. We remain in contact with our staff, residents and resident families in real-time as the situation evolves.

 

Here is a sample of the safety precautions currently in effect. This is by no means an exhaustive list.

  • We have established a single point of entry/exit to include screening. Screenings include a temperature check and questionnaire of outings. Potential symptoms are also monitored.
  • All staff are screened upon arrival at work and periodically throughout the day.
  • Family members may visit but must be screened prior to the visit and wear a mask while on campus. Physical distancing is required, and designated visiting areas are provided. Visitor appointments are required for all areas of the building except Independent Living.
  • All staff have been provided masks to be worn at all times while on the property.
  • Residents have been provided with masks to be worn inside their apartment home if staff are to enter, and to wear while outdoors to exercise or attend medical appointments.
  • Residents and staff continue to be tested for COVID-19 based on public health requirements.
  • Lifestyles team members are working diligently to provide residents with engagement materials to encourage continued wellness and enrichment.
  • Group activities have resumed with new rules that reflective CDC guidelines. Residents will be asked to make a reservation to participate or use fitness center.
  • Tours of the facility are by appointment only and limited. Protocols have been put in place for new residents moving in.

 

If you have questions or would like more information about Concordia’s operations at this time, please email concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.comor call 405-331-6113.

Newsfeed


An update on COVID-19 from Concordia CEO, Danny Eischen

April Update for Concordia residents, families and friends,

I hope you're well. It seems fitting that during this Easter and springtime season, Concordia is also experiencing a sort of "new life" as we work toward bringing back the events and daily routines that are so important to us all. I want to take a moment to update you on life at Concordia. 

Our community continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health officials to reopen safely. We are thrilled to continue moving forward on lifting restrictions and creating new beginnings. We have eased restrictions on dining, activities, visitation, transportation and more, and these changes have been communicated directly with Concordia staff, residents and families. As Oklahoma's case and hospitalization numbers continue to decrease and those taking the vaccine increase, we believe the trend toward a more open community this spring can continue. It is an exciting time for us, and we are grateful for where we are in this journey and the hope that lies ahead.  

The health and safety of our residents and staff remain our top priority. None of us know for sure what the future will bring, but we do know that whatever it is, God will be with us every step of the way and provide us with the grace and blessings we need to make it through. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. 

If you have any questions about Concordia's response to COVID-19, please email concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.com or call 405-331-6113.    

May God Bless You!    
Sincerely,    
Danny Eischen, CEO 

 


An update on COVID-19 from Concordia CEO, Danny Eischen

March Update for Concordia residents, families and friends,   

Greetings, I hope you are well. As we approach warmer weather, I’d like to take a moment to update you on our safety precautions and future plans here at Concordia.  

At this time, roughly 98 percent of our residents are fully vaccinated. We have numerous healthcare heroes to thank in our community, at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma City County Health Department and CVS Pharmacy for working to vaccinate our residents and staff quickly and safely. We also want to sincerely thank those in our community who have taken a crucial step toward protecting themselves and others from the spread of the virus. The light at the end of the tunnel is near, and we join you in prayer for continued hopeful news regarding COVID-19.  

Concordia is working on a strategic plan in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local health officials to open back safely this spring. Many areas of campus have begun opening in different ways already. As State case and hospitalization numbers continue to decrease, we believe the trend toward a more open community can continue. All adjustments will be subject to change based on the COVID-19 situation inside and outside our community, but we look forward to a different spring and summer from last year. Staff, residents and resident families will be notified of the plan and any changes made in real-time. The health and safety of our residents and staff remains our top priority, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to be in regular communication with everyone in the Concordia family.  

We cannot thank you enough for your support and prayers this past year. Please continue to wash your hands, wear a mask and watch your distance. We hope to see you – safely – soon.   

If you have any questions about Concordia’s response to COVID-19, please email concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.com or call 405-331-6113.   

May God Bless You!   
Sincerely,   
Danny Eischen, CEO 

 


An update on COVID-19 from Concordia CEO, Danny Eischen

February Update for Concordia residents, families and friends, 

I hope this message finds you well. I wanted to provide an update to our valued community members about Concordia’s response to COVID-19. 

Since December, Concordia has worked diligently to provide voluntary vaccines to staff and residents. In accordance with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Vaccination Plan and through partnerships with CVS and Oklahoma City County Health Department (OCCHD) health officials, I am pleased to announce that we have successfully vaccinated a good portion of our community, including staff. On Feb. 16 we will conduct our second round of vaccines for independent living residents, at which time roughly 98 percent of residents will be fully vaccinated. 

We are incredibly grateful for all the healthcare heroes who have worked to make this possible at Concordia and beyond. We are also sincerely thankful for our residents and staff who have taken a crucial step toward protecting themselves and others from the spread of the virus. 

We are working on a strategic plan to help Concordia adjust back safely to a new normal starting this spring. We will continue to monitor the situation inside and outside our community to revise this plan and to ensure the safety of our residents and staff. As of now, our community's visitation and safety protocols continue to change based on the situation. We remain in contact with our staff, residents and resident families in real-time as the situation evolves. 

Thank you all for your patience and support during this difficult year. The COVID-19 vaccine is a step in the right direction, and we encourage you to continue to wash your hands, wear a mask and watch your distance. If you have any questions about Concordia’s response to COVID-19, please email concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.com or call 405-331-6113. 

May God Bless You!
Sincerely
Danny Eischen, CEO

 


“Get the Facts: COVID-19 Vaccine” via Okla. State Dept. of Health

Make an informed decision on the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 has impacted communities all across our state, and every one of us plays a part in slowing the spread of the virus. Protecting our neighbors from COVID-19 is a personal responsibility — and getting the vaccine is a personal choice. Here, you’ll find updates and information surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine so you can make an informed choice when the vaccine becomes available to you.
 

Where We Are Now

The first doses of the vaccine arrived on Dec. 14 and are being reserved for priority groups, starting with frontline health care professionals who are working day and night to keep Oklahomans safe. View our vaccine distribution plan. This is part of the solution, but not the only way to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone should continue to wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance as we receive more shipments of the vaccine and distribute them across the state.

OSDH Vaccine Plan

As part of the preparation process for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) required each state to put together a comprehensive plan describing what the implementation of the new vaccine may look like for their jurisdiction. The plan outlined here is a draft for Oklahoma that was submitted to the CDC on October 16. This plan will be updated pending any feedback from the CDC.

COVID-19 Vaccine Priority Population Framework for Oklahoma

 


An update on COVID-19 from Concordia CEO, Danny Eischen

I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and a happy New Year. I’d like to take a moment to update you with the latest information about Concordia’s response to COVID-19.

Last month, Oklahoma received an initial allocation of COVID-19 vaccines. In accordance with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Vaccination Plan, we worked with CVS to begin vaccinating individuals in the Phase 1 priority group which included all Concordia staff and residents in Skilled Nursing, Assisted Living and Memory Care.

Recently we were notified that individuals aged 65 and older are included in the Phase 2 priority group. Vaccinations for this group will be begin in January and will be administered by the Oklahoma City County Health Department (OCCHD). More information about the vaccine distribution process at Concordia Life Plan Community is below.

Phase 1

  • First Visit (Dec. 29): CVS staff gave the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to Phase 1 individuals who signed up.
  • Second Visit (Jan. 19): CVS staff will give the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine to those who took the first dose. They will also provide a first dose to anyone who was not available during the initial vaccine visit.
  • Third Visit (Feb. 9): CVS staff will give the second dose to those who received the first dose during the second visit.  

Phase 2

  • First Visit (Jan. 15): OCCHD staff will give the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to Phase 2 individuals who sign up.
  • Second Visit (date TBD): OCCHD staff will give the second dose of the vaccine to Phase 2 individuals who took the first dose.

The health and safety of our residents and staff remains our utmost priority. The COVID-19 vaccine is a step in the right direction, but we urge you all to continue to protect yourselves and others by washing your hands, wearing a mask and watching your distance. For frequently asked questions about the vaccine, visit the Oklahoma COVID-19 Vaccine tab on our website.

If you have additional questions, please email concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.com or call 405-331-6113.

 
May God Bless You!
Sincerely,
Danny Eischen, CEO

 


Vaccine Updates via The Oklahoman

*Note to Concordia residents, families and friends: Please know this information is subject to change. This is a developing story and will continue to be updated. For the most recent information, click here.

Who gets a COVID-19 vaccine first in Oklahoma? State updates plan

by KAYLA BRANCH
Published: Fri, December 11, 2020 1:04 AM Updated: Fri, December 11, 2020 1:22 AM
Tens of thousands of Oklahomans may now receive a COVID-19 vaccine sooner than originally planned.
Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Health updated the state's COVID-19 vaccination plan, moving certain groups from Phase 2 to Phase 1 to ensure efficient distribution to Oklahomans and minimize waste as Oklahoma receives additional shipment, according to a press release.

Emergency medical technicians, CVS and Walgreens staff administering the vaccine and those living in group homes are among the groups moved into Phase 1.

More details will be provided at a news conference at 10 a.m. Friday.

The first 33,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine are expected to arrive in Oklahoma next week, the release said.

Read below to see the updated vaccination priorities and when you are eligible:

Phase 1
1. Long-term care residents and staff, including those at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and group homes, as well as CVS And Walgreens staff administering the vaccine. Estimated population: 62,000.
2. Health care workers and other staff at inpatient facilities providing direct COVID care. Estimated population: 84,000.
3. Public health staff administering the vaccine or lab personnel processing COVID tests. Estimated population: 500.
4. Emergency medical technicians and paramedics. Estimated population: 11,400.
Rollout begins: December 2020.
Total estimated population: 157,900.

Phase 2
1. First responders, including fire departments and law enforcement. Estimated population: 5,000.
2. Health care workers providing direct, COVID outpatient services, including dental work, urgent care, pharmacies and hospice. Estimated population: 67,000.
3. Adults age 65 and older, and adults of any age with comorbidities. Estimated population: 635,000.
4. Staff and residents in congregate locations, including homeless shelters, jails or prisons and manufacturing facilities critical to the food supply. Estimated population: 18,000.
5. Public health staff, and state/county/city government leaders and elected officials. Estimated population: 2,000.
Rollout likely begins: January 2021.
Total estimated population: 727,000.

Phase 3
1. Teachers, students, residents and administrative staff in educational settings. Estimated population: 1,022,000.
2. Critical infrastructure personnel, which includes most businesses and industries. Estimated population: 1,500,000.
Rollout: Unknown.
Total estimated population: 2,522,000.

Phase 4
Open to all Oklahoma residents. Estimated population: 556,500.
Rollout: Unknown.
Total estimated population: 556,500.

 


An update on COVID-19 from Concordia CEO, Danny Eischen

Concordia residents, families and friends,

 
Oklahoma has seen a monumental spike in COVID-19 cases since our last update. We are saddened by this news, and want to assure you that we are working diligently to keep our community safe. Thank you for your patience and support as we update you on the latest information from Concordia regarding our response to COVID-19. 
 
Since our last update, we have seen positive news about the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. The Oklahoma State Department of Health released a draft COVID-19 Vaccination Plan for the state of Oklahoma, which places residents and staff in nursing homes, assisted living and long-term care communities in the Phase #1 priority group for vaccine distribution. This is good news for communities like Concordia across the state.
 
Additionally, last month Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt released a statement that I’d like to echo. In part: “You can spread this virus to someone you love even if you aren’t showing symptoms, so please take extra care around family members who are older or have compromised immune systems.” At Concordia, residents and team members are part of a close-knit community — where everyone is considered extended family. We ask you to join us in taking additional precautions to protect those around you during this holiday season.
 
Our community’s visitation and testing protocols change frequently based on the COVID-19 situation inside and outside of our community. We are in contact with our staff, residents and resident families in real-time as the situation evolves. If you have questions or would like more information about Concordia’s operations at this time, please email concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.com or call 405-331-6113.
 
I want to wish everyone a Blessed Advent and Merry Christmas. Stay well.
 
May God Bless You!
Sincerely,
Danny Eischen, CEO

 


An update on COVID-19 from Concordia CEO, Danny Eischen

November Update for Concordia Family Members and Friends:
Concordia residents, families and friends,

In the past month, Oklahoma has seen a spike in positive COVID-19 cases. This further motivates us to continue to protect our community. I’d like to take a moment to update you with the latest information about Concordia.

Since our last update, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced Oklahoma received its allocation of nearly 77,000 rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests. Concordia received its rapid test equipment and plans on using it as the main resource for testing this month. Results for these tests take about 15 minutes to receive. Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services also announced a deal with CVS Health and Walgreens to administer coronavirus vaccines to older adults and staff in long-term care communities. This is all great news, and I am grateful for the work being done to protect older adults and long-term care communities across the country.

Our community’s visitation and testing protocols change daily based on the COVID-19 situation inside and outside of our community. We are in contact with our staff, residents and resident families in real-time as the situation evolves. If you have questions or would like more information about Concordia’s operations at this time, please email concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.com or call 405-331-6113.

I want to thank all of you for your continued support. Please know Concordia will continue to prioritize the health and wellness of our residents and staff. We greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this time.

May God Bless You!

Sincerely,
Danny Eischen, CEO

 


Update as of October 2020 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:

Concordia residents, families and friends,

I hope to find you well. Thank you for your patience and support as we update you on the latest information from Concordia regarding our response to COVID-19. 
 
Since our last update, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new guidance on visitation and testing in senior living communities. This month, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced Oklahoma has received a large influx of rapid point-of-care COVID-19 tests, which will be deployed to K-12 schools, health care workers and vulnerable populations. We continue to monitor new information from the State, CMS, CDC and public health officials, and use new information to keep our community safe. 
 
Our community’s visitation and testing protocols change daily based on the COVID-19 situation inside and outside of our community. We are in contact with our staff, residents and resident families in real-time as the situation evolves. If you have questions or would like more information about Concordia’s operations at this time, please email concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.com or call 405-331-6113. 
 
Thank you, again, for your support during this time. We are doing our best to keep our residents and staff healthy, as well as connected with family, friends, and healthcare providers. Please continue to pray for Concordia and our residents and staff during this time. We hope to see you – safely – soon. 
 
May God Bless You!
 
Sincerely,
Danny Eischen, CEO
 
CLICK HERE for answers to some of the most common COVID-19 questions
 

 


Update as of August 2020 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:

Concordia residents, families and friends,

I wanted to provide an update to our valued community members. Concordia is working diligently to keep our residents and staff safe and healthy during this time. 
 
This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released new testing requirements for senior living communities and labs. Concordia is closely following these guidelines, along with continued guidance from the CMS, CDC and public health officials. We are monitoring new information as it’s available, and we will continue to act in the best interests of the physical and mental wellness of our residents and staff.  
 
I’m pleased to announce that we have added a full-time nurse practitioner to the Concordia staff, named Courtney Hammond. Courtney is an expert in telemedicine and older adult care and will oversee resident care across all areas. Courtney is also helping Concordia expand and better utilize its telemedicine software, INVU. An on-site nurse practitioner is unique to have in a senior living community, as is one that specializes in older adult care and telemedicine. 
 
Our community’s visitation and testing protocols change daily based on the COVID-19 situation inside and outside of our community. We are in contact with our staff, residents and resident families in real-time as the situation evolves. If you have questions or would like more information about Concordia’s operations at this time, please email concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.com or call 405-331-6113. 
 
We are committed to upholding the health of our residents and staff. We are eager to welcome our loved ones, family members and friends back safely, and we greatly appreciate the enormous support and prayers we’ve received over the past several months. 

May God Bless You!

Sincerely,
Danny Eischen, CEO

CLICK HERE for answers to some of the most common COVID-19 questions

 


Update as of June 19 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:

Concordia residents, families and friends,

As we continue our efforts to keep our residents and staff safe and healthy during this time, we wanted to provide you with an update. Last week, Governor Stitt announced Amended Executive Order 2020-20, which allows long-term care facilities to begin a phased approach for welcoming visitors. The Governor referenced guidelines put out by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) including steps communities like Concordia were encouraged to take before they opened their doors. Since the announcement, OSDH has announced record-breaking COVID cases throughout Oklahoma. Nation-wide cases have increased, as well. Oklahoma’s data regarding confirmed COVID cases can be found here

Initially, we planned to release our guidelines for visitations today; however, the recent uptick in cases has caused us to adjust our guideline release date and to, instead, focus on monitoring Oklahoma’s cases over the weekend and into next week. We feel a measured approach to visitation is in the best interest of our residents and staff. 

We will continue to monitor cases in Oklahoma and nation-wide. At Concordia, we are family, and our community’s health is our top priority. We are thankful for the positive feedback and continued support we’ve received during this unique time. For questions regarding our visitation process or for updates, please call 405-720-7200. 

May God Bless You!

Sincerely,
Danny Eischen, CEO

CLICK HERE for answers to some of the most common COVID-19 questions

 


Update as of June 12 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:

 

Concordia residents, families and friends,

I hope you are well. As we work diligently to keep our residents and staff members safe and healthy during this time, we wanted to provide an update regarding Governor Stitt’s recent announcement. In the announcement, Governor Stitt issued Amended Executive Order 2020-20 which allows for long-term care facilities to begin a phased approach for welcoming visitors, effective June 15. The Governor references guidelines put out by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) who offered recommendations and steps communities like Concordia should take before they begin opening their doors. These guidelines can be reviewed in full here.

We have assessed all documents and information available including the Governor’s announcement and OSDH’s guidelines and have consulted internally and throughout the community. We are eager to welcome our residents’ loved ones, family members and friends back, and we feel that in order to do so in a safe, effective way that we will take the upcoming week to craft a clear plan to help make visitations seamless, safe and beneficial for everyone. We anticipate that by June 19, we will be able to provide you with the details of how Concordia will proceed with visits and the other areas outlined in the OSDH guidance. 

We understand this is an unprecedented time for both residents and loved ones and are continually thankful for the enormous support we’ve received over the past several months. The health of our residents and staff is our top priority, and we truly believe that we are all in this together. For questions regarding our visitation process, please call 405-720-7200. 

May God Bless You!

Sincerely,
Danny Eischen, CEO

 


Update as of May 2 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:

Concordia Residents, Staff and Family Members:

As you all are aware, our state has started to open up again this weekend. This change has created a lot of questions about how the operations at Concordia will be impacted.

I know everyone is very eager for us to be able to ease and ultimately lift the restrictions that we have had to put in place. We have all been praying for and looking forward to the day when this can be done. Unfortunately, that day has not yet arrived for us, but we remain hopeful that it is coming soon.

For the time being we must continue to be diligent in our protective measures and keep all of them in place. In fact, we have to be even more diligent because as our state opens up it actually puts Concordia more at risk. As people begin to interact to a greater degree out in the public, the chance for the virus to spread increases, which places our staff more at risk when they are away from work.

In addition, the requirements and recommendations from CMS, CDC and OSDH related to our operations have not been scaled back, so until that changes we will continue to operate with these measures in place.

I know this message is not the response that everyone wants to hear and it is not the response that I want to be giving, but it is what we need to do for now.

There is hope though. We know at some point, and we pray it is in the near future, we will be able to ease off on our restrictions. We are in the process of putting plans together of what this will look like and how we can safely allow our residents to return to a lifestyle that allows more interaction with each other. We don’t know when the time will come that this plan can be enacted, but it will largely depend on what happens at Concordia, in our city and our state over the next few weeks. Thank you again for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

May God Bless You!

Danny Eischen 
CEO


Update as of April 4 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:

Concordia Family Members:

Yesterday we received notice from CMS that all residents must cover their nose and mouth anytime a staff member is in their room. To help us be in compliance with this mandate we have taken the following steps:

  • We circulated a letter to our residents and issued each of them a homemade mask. The homemade mask is not the only option for them to cover their nose and mouth when a staf member is in the room, they can also use a paper towel, bandana or some other covering.
  • We have notified our staff of this requirement and asked them to not enter a room unless the resident is compliant with this request and to immediately notify their supervisor if a resident has a concern about following this mandate.

Other steps we have recently taken to help protect our residents include:

  • Earlier this week we issued our residents a medical type mask with instructions that this mask is to be worn anytime a resident is outside of their room or apartment. We asked that they take care of these masks and reuse them as our supply of masks is limited. We reminded our residents that the only approved reason for them to leave their room/apartment is if they are going outside for a walk or to a medical appointment approved by our Medical Director. For residents in Skilled Nursing and Memory Support, we are having our staff keep their masks for them and issue them as needed.
  • Last week we implemented a policy that all Concordia staff and essential visitors have to wear a medical mask the entire time they are in our building.

We understand the new practices and protocols we have to put in place are difficult for our residents and we
are doing our best to help them through this.

Thank you for supporting us during this difficult time and for your continued prayers. If you are not receiving
notices from us by e-mail and would like to, please call 405-720-7200 with your e-mail address so we can add
you to that distribution.

May God Bless You!

Danny Eischen 
CEO


Update as of April 2 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:

Concordia Family Members:

I pray this letter finds everyone doing as well as can be expected during this time.  I want you to know how much the staff truly appreciates your patience and positive feedback for the changes that we have had to adopt to help keep everyone at Concordia safe.  I know these changes have been difficult on you and your loved ones as we have asked and required a dramatic shift in their daily activity.  Please know that our staff continue to do our best to keep services going and find creative ways to help our residents make the best of this situation. 

We also continue to stay updated on the latest information from the CDC, CMS, local and state health departments as well as our local, state and federal government.  Our leadership team is spending most of our day listening to webinars and conference calls and reading information that we are provided from these various sources.  There is an overwhelming amount of information being provided to us which has helped guide our decision making and daily
planning conversations.  As this is an ever evolving situation it is important that we stay connected to the latest information so we can make adjustments as timely as possible.  To that end, we continue to ask for your patience as we may have to continue to change procedures quickly even if they are contrary to a previous communication. 

As we see the number of cases increase around Oklahoma County, it is important that everyone remembers to follow the information below that is being required for residents in senior living communities:

-Our residents are asked to stay in their apartment/room.  The Governor of our state has issued an Executive Order with this requirement.  Concordia staff are still available to run errands for our residents and help provide them with anything they might need. Any item that a resident needs to drop off for someone a staff member will bring it downstairs to the drop off location.  It is critical at this time that everyone follows this guideline and residents don’t come down to the Concierge desk to ask questions or leave items. 

-If residents would like to go for a walk outside that is still allowed.  We are asking our residents to be mindful not to get on the elevator at the same time as another resident and not to be in close proximity in the hallways.  As residents re-enter the building from their walk, we are reminding them to stay 6 feet apart from others who may be coming in to the community at the same time.  While on a walk, we ask residents to please stay 6 feet apart from others who are walking and don’t use this as a time to congregate outside.  For residents in Health Services who need assistance walking, we will do our
best to provide a staff member to assist them.  

– If a resident has an approved medically necessary appointment outside Concordia, upon return they must remain in their apartment for 14 days and allow staff to take their temperature daily and monitor them for any symptoms.  During this 14-day time frame, residents need to remain in their apartment and not go outside for a walk. 

-As reinforced by the Governor’s Executive Order, visitors are not allowed on Concordia property.  At this time, we are still allowing families to drop off items at the main entrance.  Families are not allowed on our property to visit with residents outside or through their doors or windows.   

-We ask that everyone take the above policies seriously.  In a recent call with the
Oklahoma State Department of Health, they stressed the importance of communities communicating the importance of this and doing whatever we can to enforce this-even if that means terminating agreements with residents who are not willing to comply with these necessary mandates that if violated will put everyone at Concordia at risk.     

I know the tone of this letter probably sounds harsh and I wish that our situation was different and didn’t require this type of direct communication or such a drastic change in procedures. 

I, like you, am looking forward to the day when these restrictions will be lifted and we can all be together again.   

In the meantime, please continue to pray for each other, our staff, our residents, our families, our state, our country and our world.  Even though we are apart, our act of prayer is something that can bring us together and is the most powerful and important resource that we have.       

May God Bless You! 

Danny Eischen 
CEO 


Update as of March 23 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:

DONATIONS WELCOME AND APPRECIATED.
We would like to thank the number of you who have reached out to ask how you can support Concordia.Like all healthcare environments we are doing our best to keep supplies available, to protect residents and staff.We would welcome the following donated items:
  • Masks
  • Gowns
  • Homemade Masks
  • Cotton & Cotton flannel Fabric &  ¼” elastic for making homemade masks
  • Disinfectants:

    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Lysol/Clorox Aerosols
    • Disinfectant Wipes
  • 100 piece or less puzzles
  • Word search books
  • Crossword puzzle books
  • Adult coloring books
  • Colored pencils and markers
  • Current magazines
To make a donation, please contact us at ConcordiaCares@concordiaseniorliving.com or call 405-720-7700.

Update as of March 17 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:

Thank you for your patience and support as we update you on the latest information from Concordia regarding our response to COVID-19. 

We continue to follow the requirements of government agencies and public health officials and have instituted the following:

  • Our no visitation policy remains in effect.  We also continue to discourage residents from leaving the building except in cases of a medical emergency or a medically necessary appointment.  We will consult with our Medical Director to make the determination if an appointment is medically necessary.
  • If a resident chooses to leave the community for any reason, we will most likely require a 14-day period of quarantine in their room or apartment where we will continue to provide services to them and monitor them daily for signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you are interested in and capable of having your loved one stay in your home or the home of a family member for the duration of this situation, you are free to make that decision and we will work with you on gathering belongings and medications.  We will also offer you a credit to your monthly service fee during this time.  The amount of this credit will be determined at a later time.

To help ensure services are continuing in the safest manner possible, we have taken the following steps:

  • We have closed the dining rooms and are delivering food directly to resident rooms.  Our staff members are assisting residents who need help with eating in their rooms.
  • We have discontinued all group activities in the community.
  • We have free valet service and are running errands for our residents.  Residents and families are encouraged to call our valet staff at 405-417-1332 to place orders or send an e-mail to valet@concordiaseniorliving.com.
  • Our lifestyle staff continues to deliver mail, newspaper and snacks to resident rooms and are going room to room to help residents connect with family members.
  • We have limited our housekeeping to common areas only in IL and AL and are increasing the disinfecting of all common areas.
  • We have limited our maintenance staff to on-call only.
  • We continue to allow only essential staff and essential health care providers in the building if they pass our screening procedures.
  • If you have anything you need to pick up or drop off for your family member, that will take place between the double doors of the main Independent Living entrance.  Please call us in advance to make those arrangements.

On another note, if you would like to initiate communication to your family member, feel free to mail letters via the USPS or send video clips to the e-mail address concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.com and we will make sure they get to your loved one.

Most importantly, please pray for Concordia and our residents and staff during this time and take assurance that God is still in control.

Thank you again for your patience and support.  We are doing our best to make every effort to answer all questions and accommodate all requests as well as update you as we make changes to our operations. 


Update as of March 12 for Concordia Family Members and Friends:

Concordia Life Plan Community has taken a proactive approach to the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the community.

Our mission is to meet the current and continuing needs of seniors of all beliefs in a safe, secure and supportive environment. In compliance with guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and recommendations from public health officials, Concordia has implemented a special set of protocols out of an abundance of caution for its residents and staff.

As of March 11, Concordia began:

  • Limiting entry for any non-essential visitors
  • Postponing activities inside and outside the community
  • Encouraging residents to stay in the community
  • Offering alternative options for residents to make sure they receive proper care
  • Screening staff, residents and visitors who enter the community

Prior to March 11, Concordia was already:

  • Encouraging staff who feel ill to stay home
  • Providing continuing education to staff on hand washing and infection control
  • Enhancing cleaning and disinfecting around the community

Concordia understands the importance of being able to connect with your loved ones during this time, which is why its working on creative ways to continue communication and will reach out to families with more information in the next coming days. For specific questions or concerns email ConcordiaCares@concordiaseniorliving.com.

 

For the latest updates on travel, symptoms, prevention and response to COVID-19 in Oklahoma, please click here.


Frequently Asked Questions – COVID-19 Vaccine 

Who was eligible to receive the vaccine at Concordia? 

Long-term care communities were included in Phase 1 of the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) COVID-19 Vaccine Plan. This included all Concordia staff, in addition to residents in Skilled Nursing (SN), Assisted Living (AL) and Memory Care (MC). Adults ages 65 and older and any age with comorbidities were included in Phase 2. 

Who administered the vaccine at Concordia Life Plan Community? 

Concordia partnered with CVS as part of the long-term care/pharmacy program initiated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide and administer the vaccines to individuals in Phase 1. Phase 2 individuals received the vaccine from trained Oklahoma City County Health Department (OCCHD) staff.  

When did Concordia begin offering vaccines to residents and staff? 

Concordia began offering vaccines to individuals in Phase 1 on Dec. 29, 2020. The second vaccine dose for these individuals took place on Jan. 19. Phase 2 individuals began receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at Concordia from OCCHD officials on Jan. 15. Their second vaccine dose for took place on Feb. 16.  

How did Concordia organize and conduct each dosage? 

Phase 1

  • First Visit (Dec. 29): CVS staff gave the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to Phase 1 individuals who signed up. 
  • Second Visit (Jan. 19): CVS staff gave the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine to those who took the first dose. They also provided a first dose to anyone who was not available during the initial vaccine visit. 
  • Third Visit (Feb. 9): CVS staff gave the second dose to those who received the first dose during the second visit.   

Phase 2

  • First Visit (Jan. 15): OCCHD staff gave the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to Phase 2 individuals who signed up.
  • Second Visit (Feb. 16): OCCHD staff gave the second dose of the vaccine to Phase 2 individuals who took the first dose.

 Was the vaccine voluntary or required for Concordia staff and residents? 

The vaccine was completely voluntary. Because of the proven efficacy of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccines, Concordia and its medical advisors recommended individuals get the vaccine.  

Is the vaccine required for Concordia visitors?

It is not a requirement to have received a vaccine to visit Concordia. Family members may visit but must be screened prior to the visit and wear a mask while on campus. Physical distancing is required, and designated visiting areas are provided.

Which vaccine was provided at Concordia? 

Public health officials offered the Pfizer vaccine to individuals in Phase 1. Phase 2 individuals were offered the Moderna vaccine.

What was the cost, and how will individuals be billed for the vaccine?  

Medicare and insurance were billed for the vaccines. Concordia staff and residents did not receive a bill and will not have any out-of-pocket costs for the vaccine, even if they do not have insurance. 

 How long will the vaccine work? 

Currently, medical professionals believe the COVID-19 vaccine provides at least one to three years of immunity. Officials do not think it will be an annual vaccine, and there is a possibility it will provide five years of protection. 

 Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe? 

Although expedited, medical team and medical experts across the country have endorsed the results of the safety and efficacy studies for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Both vaccines had more than 40,000 participants, including adolescents over the age of 12, in their studies. All safety and efficacy trials were completed in the usual fashion and experts found both vaccines met the rigorous, scientific standards for safety, quality and effectiveness required to receive FDA-approval. Concordia and its medical advisors believe the vaccine is safe and recommend taking it.  

 Who can I contact with other questions about the vaccine?  

If you have questions about vaccine distribution at Concordia, please reach out to us directly at concordiacares@concordiaseniorliving.com or by phone at 405-331-6113.