Concordia Village: Springfield’s Premier
Independent Senior Living Community
Tired of cutting grass? Want more time to do what you love most? At Concordia Village, you’re invited to embrace active, enriching retirement living, free from the hassles that come with maintaining a household.
Choose between our distinctive patio homes and senior apartments to find an option that best suits your lifestyle. However you choose, life at Concordia Village puts you right in the thick of it — on-site dining, stellar services and amenities, a wide assortment of recreation activities, and a community of good friends to share them with, all in the heart of Springfield, IL 62711.
So come join us where value and peace of mind are part of everyday living. Call 217.993.7045 or e-mail us to learn more.
At Concordia Village, our personal services and on-site conveniences are designed to support you as you discover the possibilities of retirement living. Our spacious senior apartments and patio homes are perfect for pursuing a stimulating, independent lifestyle filled with endless opportunities for fun and friendship. You’re sure to feel right at home the moment you walk in the door.
There are many special and unique features offered at Concordia Village, including:
- Diverse social, cultural, and educational services all year round
- Active senior living with a sense of community and friendship
- A wide range of onsite health care services for mind, body, and soul
- Full service building, grounds, and appliance maintenance
- Exceptional housekeeping services
- A community center with regularly scheduled activities for many different interests
- A variety of patio home and apartment floorplans to choose from
- Many utility costs included
- Superb dining services with options to fit your lifestyle
- Move-In Resources to assist you with the moving process
- Financial options – a range of payment plans to suit your needs
- Close proximity to historic Springfield, with its quaint shops, great restaurants, golf courses, cultural and artistic activities, and hiking and biking trails
- On-site transportation services, beauty shop, and barber shop
- A faith-inspired community with an on-site chaplain and spiritual services
- Skilled Nursing
Concordia Village is a continuing care retirement community, offering a full range of licensed health services. This includes assisted living, skilled nursing, and our REACH Short Stay Rehabilitation program. To learn more about the scope of our health care programs, click here.
Our full time recreation staff is always coming up with fun and exciting new day trips, games, celebrations, and opportunities for live entertainment right here on campus. Plus, Concordia Village is home to a wide variety of clubs, from community government to volunteer groups. We’re here to make sure you’re having a great time!
Wellness activities abound as well – be sure to make use of our senior-friendly fitness equipment, outdoor walking paths, and year-round exercise programs. All of these come together through our REACH Wellness program, which incorporates health clinics and short-term therapies.
Our dining services staff works to provide a variety of dishes to excite every palate. From home cooking to more exotic cuisine, there’s always something new to try, and something familiar to savor.
Independent living residents can enjoy lunch or dinner in our beautifully appointed dining rooms, or take a meal back to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes. Our attentive dining services staff is always ready to assist you!
At the heart of Concordia Village’s philosophy of service is our Christian mission: Older Adults Living Life to the Fullest. Here, we honor and cherish people of all faiths, respecting their beliefs and helping them stay in touch with their personal faith practices.
We strive to serve the entire person—body, mind, and soul. To that end, we have a full time chaplain on staff to host weekly worship services, teach Bible classes, and to provide spiritual support when needed.
Our Promise To You
As part of Lutheran Senior Services, Concordia Village is backed by one of the largest, most financially stable not-for-profit senior care networks in the country. With a 150-year tradition of excellence, we set out to create the highest quality Continuing Care Retirement Communities possible, with a full array of personalized features to customize the retirement living experience for each person.
Here’s just a small sample of what awaits you at Concordia Village. Click on the pictures below to enlarge the images.
Retire in style — Concordia Village offers a variety of floorplans for apartment homes and patio homes. Click on the pictures below to enlarge images of a few samples.
Concordia Village offers a full continuum of options for retirement living, from independent living and assisted living to skilled nursing, plus short stay rehabilitation. To learn more about any of the health care options listed below, click here.
REACH Short Stay
If you need short-term rehabilitation following a qualifying hospital stay, you can find it in our REACH Short Stay household. Here, you can benefit from our team of licensed nurses, therapists, nutritional managers, social service workers, and chaplains as you work to reach your highest potential. Click here to learn more.
Need a little extra help to maintain your independence? We offer private assisted living apartments featuring access to our friendly, professional nursing staff. Here, residents find help with personal care, medication assistance, weekly housekeeping, linen service, and three daily meals. Click here to learn more.
Concordia Village provides private rooms, companion rooms, and companion suites for residents who need 24-hour professional nursing care. Our care center features on-call nursing assistance, licensed medication management, an incontinence care program, and medical director oversight. Click here to learn more.
What does an active lifestyle look like at Concordia Village? What do you want it to look like?
When you choose a maintenance-free lifestyle at Concordia Village, you get to leave the hassles and headaches of maintaining property to us. That leaves you free to pursue all the things you love.
Just think — what would you do if you didn’t have to spend all your time keeping the house in order? Spend more time with family and friends? Volunteer at your church? Work on your hobbies? Kick back and relax? Here, all your options are open.
Recreation at “The Village”
Our recreation team designs a unique and varied calendar of events each month, with an eye toward helping you expand your horizons socially, culturally, spiritually, and educationally.
There’s always something happening at Concordia Village, from exercise classes to discussion groups in the Chapel, from movie nights in the Media Room to shopping trips off campus. And if there’s ever something you want to do that’s not on the calendar, let us know! We’re always looking for new ideas.
Dining at “The Village”
One of the most popular features of life at Concordia Village is our fabulous on-site dining. Our attentive dining services staff is always ready to assist you! Residents in our independent living apartments and patio homes can enjoy meals in our beautifully appointed dining room or packaged to go, with meal plans included in their monthly service fee.
Plenty of Fun Just Around the Corner
Located in the heart of Springfield, Illinois, Concordia Village is just a short drive from everywhere. Springfield and its neighboring communities offer a wealth of cultural attractions, dining, shopping, golf, and medical facilities. Click below to see what Springfield and its sister cities have to offer.
Life Begins at 80
Most golfers only dream of playing with the pros. Concordia Village resident Joy Kimler has been doing it for more than 30 years.
“My team with Christina Kim came in second in 2011 (at the LPGA Pro-Am),” she says. “I was 82.”
Before moving to Concordia Village, Joy and Mickey had lived on a golf course in a condo for 25 years. And while she misses having the sound of the links just outside her window, the trade-off has been more than worth it, she says. “Living here is great. The neighbors treat you really well and we have gotten acquainted with a lot of people.”
Joy and Mickey also enjoy the size of their patio home, which boasts three bedrooms and a full kitchen. “It’s a fully equipped home. In fact, it is big enough that we’ve hosted dinner parties.” And the best part was, they didn’t have to cook. Joy reached out to Stephane, the community’s chef, and he prepared a sumptuous feast for Joy and Mickey’s guests.
As much as Joy and Mickey love their new home, they do spend quite a bit of time traveling. “It’s great, because we leave for the whole winter and never have to worry about our house,” she says. “There’s a great security system, and if someone opens the door, the concierge desk is alerted. When we go away we don’t have to worry about a thing.”
Welcome to Concordia Village
Concordia Village resident Marilyn Hindson has been reading a book titled “100 Wonders of the World.” Of those 100, she’s seen more than a few of them first hand.
Marilyn’s travels were usually side by side with Carl, her husband of 58 years. Three years ago, he passed away. “I hadn’t had a meal alone in 13 years (since Carl retired),” Marilyn said. And, as she began considering a move to Concordia Village, she started wondering, “‘Will I have to sit there and do things all alone?’ I was tired of being alone. I need people to be around.”
Fortunately, Marilyn got just her wish when she arrived at Concordia Village. “Nowadays, I don’t have a lot of free time,” she says. “I volunteer, I visit people in the care center here, and…” she says, significantly, “…I’m a game player.” Bridge, mah jong, hand-and-foot…if it’s a table game, Marilyn has probably gotten together a four-person group to play it in Concordia Village’s third floor game room.
“The people who live here and work here are terrific. It’s very harmonious for all of us. Now I have three families – my church family, my personal family, and my Concordia family.”
On the Right Track
Carolyn Eyre and her husband Vern were two of the first people to move into Concordia Village’s new apartments, and the change to a new way of life couldn’t have happened fast enough for them.
Having a house back home was increasingly becoming a hassle for these globetrotters. “Vern had to deal with the maintenance; I had to manage the housework,” Carolyn says. “But here, I feel much more independent than I did in my own home. They take care of everything; I feel as though I’m being treated like a queen.”
“They have so many activities you can pick and choose,” she says. “We’ve met some wonderful, wonderful people here and it’s easy to get out to see our old friends around town. We’ve really got the best of two worlds here.”
Life here has had an unexpected side effect, Carolyn says: “We’re getting to the place now that we enjoy being here at Concordia so much that we find ourselves taking less big trips, because while we’re gone, we end up missing our friends and activities so much we can’t wait to get home. And we do call this place home. We absolutely feel moving here was the best decision we made in life except for getting married,” she says with a smile.
Jim and Martha Deterding
Jim and Martha Deterding did not plan to retire in Illinois. They had hoped to spend their retirement years in Bartlesville, Okla., with their son, Timmy, who had Down syndrome. Their plans changed, however, after he passed away in 2010 at the age of 53.
Jim searched the Internet for “Lutheran retirement” and looked at facilities in St. Louis and Bloomington. The couple fell in love with Concordia Village in Springfield. “We drove down here and knew this was the one,” said Martha Deterding. “It was like God said this was the one.”
“We started with independent care in the patio homes,” Jim Deterding said. “When we need to, we can transition into assisted living and then to a nursing home. They have it all.”
Lothar & Alice Bacher
“You don’t want to think about getting old, but it’s something that happens”, says Lothar Bacher. “You think it happens to other people. But then one day you find yourself asking, ‘What do you mean I can’t walk up the steps anymore?’” He laughs.
For Lothar and Alice Bacher, the house was becoming too much work, and after Lothar retired, they realized they were ready for a smaller place.
Their son Claus had known for some time how hard his parents were struggling to maintain their home – especially his mother. And when they came to the decision to move, he was only too happy to help them find a new place. “My wife and I took them all around Springfield to look at all the places,” he says, “Once they saw Concordia Village they were hooked.”
“This place just said, ‘Hello,’” Alice says, smiling.
Seeing the difference between the way things had been and the way things could be was a revelation for Lothar, especially when it concerned his wife. “It takes a lot of work to keep a house in order,” he says. “Men are used to going to work every morning, and when we come home at night, we just expect everything to be done. We don’t have to see what it takes to get it all done.”
“Alice has a right to retire too,” he says.
And at Concordia Village, she’s got the chance to do exactly that. Thanks to the housekeepers, the maintenance crew, and the groundskeepers, Alice has a chance to relax and enjoy time with Lothar in a way she didn’t before.
Life in the Fast Lane
Judy and Larry Stack
Retired music teacher Judy Stack has a secret.
“I’ve had a lot of students over the years, and some have gone on to some success in music,” she says; however, her most famous pupil went on to international fame as an opera singer, performing alongside Placido Domingo. “I don’t want to name names,” she says. “I’m proud of all my students.”
For Judy, helping a youngster choose music as a life’s path is immensely rewarding. “It really makes you feel good,” she says. “It makes you feel like something you’ve done is worthwhile.”
That’s something she shares with her husband Larry – he’s also an educator, having spent 30 years teaching language arts in the Buffalo Tri City school district. But, like Judy, Larry’s heart belongs to the arts. “After I retired, Judy was still working. That gave me a chance to fulfill a dream I’d had,” he says. “I began painting, and that’s been one of the joys of my retirement.”
Today, the walls of the Stacks’ patio home at Concordia Village are covered with artwork by local artists (including Larry). When he’s not painting, he can often be found accompanying his bride to concerts and enticing their new neighbors to join them.
Thanks to an association with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Stacks have opportunities to hear performances right on the Concordia Village campus, and they have a whole crowd of friends with whom to share them.
Welcome to Concordia Village! We offer seniors an active lifestyle and the peace of mind that comes with knowing that help is available if you need it. Located in Springfield, Illinois, our personal services and on-site conveniences allow you to lead a maintenance-free lifestyle. When you arrive at Concordia Village, you’ll feel right at home. Here, you will have the time to really enjoy the important people and activities in your life in a carefree environment.
As part the of Lutheran Senior Services family of communities, we combine a faith-based approach and a respect and dignity for all who call Concordia Village home. Whether you or your loved one is looking for a maintenance-free, independent apartment or patio home or requires varying stages of assistance and supervision, Concordia Village is the senior living community in the Springfield area to select. Please contact us with questions or to set up a time to visit. We look forward to meeting you!
Members of Our Team
John Turongian serves as the Executive Director for Concordia Village on an interim basis. He most recently served as Vice President for Senior Ministries at Alexian Brothers Health System from 2009 to 2014. In this position, John was responsible for the $170 million Alexian Brothers senior care division, which included management of five Ascension Health campuses. He had oversight of senior living operations in seven states, comprising Continuing Care Retirement Communities, PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly), post-acute/skilled nursing facilities, memory care programs, home care, and non-subsidized housing. A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, John holds a Master of Science degree in Business Education.
Senior Living Counselor
Jennifer Cole, senior living counselor, helps incoming residents to select their new homes and apartments. Before coming to Concordia Village, she focused on customer needs during a 30-year career with Xerox.
Senior Living Counselor
Kari Pranger joined LSS in September 2009. She has 25 years' experience in the hospitality industry, having worked in sales and marketing for Marriott, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, and even Walt Disney World. A 24-year resident of Springfield, Kari holds a bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University. She and her husband have three teenage sons.
Health Services Counselor
Debra Rhoads, BSW, Health Services Counselor, joined the LSS team in September 2012. Debra attended University of Illinois- Springfield and received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Her professional career started in marketing and social services in a long term care facility before joining the Concordia team. She works to market the Skilled Nursing Care Center to the community and health care professionals. She is here to assist with incoming and potential residents. Debra and her husband live in Springfield.
Director of Assisted Living
Janine Buzick, LPN, RACC, NALPNCC, the director of Assisted Living at Concordia Village, brings with her 20 years of experience in long-term care. A licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Illinois, Janine has served as an assistant Director of Nursing, RACC, and Medicare Assessment Coordinator for various agencies. A Certified Aging Services Professional, she is responsible for managing the nursing department and overseeing Assisted Living at Concordia Village.
Director of Nursing, Care Center
The Director of Nursing for the Care Center since July 2013, Marsha Satorius is a Registered Nurse. She graduated from Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and has her certification in gerontology and restorative nursing. Marsha has spent her nursing career in long term care, and brings 40-plus years of experience to share with staff and residents. She lives in Petersburg and has three grown children and one grandson
Director of Housekeeping & Laundry
Lisa Barry is the Director of Housekeeping and Laundry for Concordia Village, having started in 2009 for the “start up” of the community’s big expansion. She also is the Safety Coordinator for Concordia Village. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1995 as a Registered Environmental Director and a Linen and Laundry Director. Lisa started working in the Housekeeping/Laundry field in 1990 for a group of privately owned nursing homes. She brings over 20 years of experience to LSS.
Allison Buzick began her career with LSS as a Front Desk Concierge. While working with the Concordia Village team and getting to know the wonderful residents, she developed a passion for serving those residents. That dedication led to her desire to get more involved in the community, and it eventually enabled her to move into the Activity Director position. Relatively new to the role, Allison is always looking for new ways to get residents involved. While originally from New Berlin, she now lives in Virden, Illinois, with her husband Justin, son Myken, and daughter Rhyann.
Director of Plant Operations
Michael Hodson, Director of Plant Operations, has been employed with LSS since July of 2009. He began his career with the organization as a Maintenance Specialist. Prior to joining the Lutheran Senior Services family, Mike spent eight years in the construction field. He stepped into his new role at Concordia Village in June of 2013. He has over 10 years’ experience in the maintenance field and is a certified welder. He resides in Pleasant Plains, Illinois.
Pastor Chris has been Chaplain at Concordia Village since January of 2014. He received a Masters of Divinity from Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis in 1985, and served in congregational ministry for 28+ years. In 2012, he began a yearlong Clinical Pastoral Education residency program as Unit Chaplain on Mental Health at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Presently he lives in Springfield, Illinois, with his wife Connie and their children Sara and Michael. His interests include baseball, playing guitar and trumpet, and spending time with his family.
Business Office Manager
The Business Office Manager for Concordia Village since 2009, Anne Lawler is fairly new to long-term care. In the past, she worked at a small independent living community in Auburn, Illinois, during its construction, opening, and first five years. There, she wore many hats, working for the sales, activities, payroll, dining and bookkeeping departments. She is happy to be wearing only a few here at Concordia Village. Anne and her husband Dave live in Auburn; they have three grown children and three grandchildren.
Director of Dining Services
Stephane Perrin was born in Normandie, France. He started his culinary career as a baker and after serving in the armed services went on to cook in the resort town of Deauville. He moved to the United States in 1989. He worked in restaurants and country clubs in Champaign and Galena before settling in Springfield in 1993. He was the Chef at Sebastian’s Hideout for almost six years before coming to Concordia Village. He lives in Springfield.
At Concordia Village, service-minded individuals find many opportunities to give of their time and talents. We match each volunteer with residents and their families depending upon skills, interests, and availability.
Volunteering can include any number of activities, including:
- Clerical work
- Assistance with resident activities
- Support for special events and fundraisers
If you are interested in volunteering at Concordia Village, click here to email our volunteer coordinator.
Giving a Gift of Treasure
Our parent organization, Lutheran Senior Services, is a not-for-profit organization built on financial stability and sound stewardship. We invite you to support us in our mission of service by making a gift through the LSS Living Foundation.
Your help will advance our Christian mission of honoring and cherishing those we serve. Your gift will be used to directly help older adults living life to the fullest.
So make your legacy part of the Lutheran Senior Services legacy - give today or contact our stewardship director for free and confidential advice about how your gift can help others.
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Director of Stewardship
Phil King has been on the staff at Lutheran Hillside Village in Peoria, Illinois for 20 years, and he is pleased to also serve the residents of Concordia Village. He has served as Development Director, Marketing Director, and most recently as Director of Stewardship. He has a bachelor's degree in business management from Bradley University. Phil and his wife, Marcia have two children and four grandchildren.
Think about everything you spend on your home in a given month – mortgage, utilities, repairs, landscaping and more. Now think about how much you spend on eating out, entertainment, a health club membership, and transportation.
At Concordia Village, most (if not all) of these expenses are covered with a single monthly payment. And when you compare it to what you’re paying now, you may be surprised at how reasonable a move to Concordia Village can be.
When you move into one of our independent living apartment homes or patio homes, you pay a one-time refundable Entrance Fee. Investing in our 95% or 50% refundable entrance fee options is a wise financial strategy that reduces your monthly service fees and keeps your money working for you while preserving your assets.
In addition, we have a variety of other financial options that can reduce your monthly fees.
For specific pricing, contact our senior living counselor by calling 217.993.7045 or by email.
Pricing for Other Levels of Service
LSS Move-In Resources
Lutheran Senior Services offers a host of resources to make the move to Concordia Village as smooth and carefree as possible. Through the LSS Move-In Resources service, you can find help to organize, rightsize, move, and enjoy!
Our Move-In Resources Service can provide…
- Help with managing the home sale process.
- Assistance with transforming a new space so it becomes home.
- Advice on what to take, sell, or give away.
- Preapproved resources to help make the transition easy.
To learn more, contact our senior living counselor by calling 217.993.7045 or by email.