Why We Chose Concordia: Bill and Ione Cowen

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Did you know Concordia has multiple senior care locations that offer retirement living in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Tampa, Florida? We hear a lot of great things from our residents and their families about our services, and we wanted to take the opportunity to share one of those stories with you.

Bill and Ione Cowen first moved to Concordia at Sumner in August 2020 after looking at several different retirement communities.

“We had been looking for a while and we liked Concordia a lot,” Ione said. “The campus had what we were looking for, activities, a great atmosphere, everything.”

Ohio natives, Ione is originally from Akron, and before retirement, taught as a children’s librarian for nearly 40 years. Bill, originally from Cleveland, worked as a District Manager for Mazda Corporation for 40 years. After raising three children and retiring, the couple decided to make the move to Concordia at Sumner because the campus offered the quality, security and value they had been searching for.

“Concordia offers independent living, and also offers nursing and assisted living which was one of the appeals to us,” Ione said. “If you need some assistance in the future, they do their best to keep you in the same apartment and help you along the way.”

While the couple moved to the campus in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve had a great experience, despite the current temporary social distancing restrictions.

“The staff try very hard to make activities available to all residents as long as they are able to follow Ohio’s social distancing guidelines,” Bill said. “Social distancing and safety is stressed every time and the staff make a very concerted effort to meet the guidelines while still engaging in activities. So far, we’ve enjoyed luncheons, holiday parties, movies, singalongs and meeting our neighbors in the dining room. Although there’s a limit to each seating, we’re glad we chose to dine with our neighbors since we’re newer and appreciate meeting everyone.”

In addition to the activities, the couple notes that one of the best aspects of Concordia at Sumner is the staff.

“The staff here is amazing – very patient, warm and caring,” Ione said. “Everyone from maintenance to the kitchen staff is wonderful and available any time you need them.”

For more information on Concordia’s retirement communities in Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio and Tampa, Florida call our headquarters at 724-352-1571 or visit the locations page of our website.

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