About Otterbein

Otterbein’s Purpose: Respectful Stewardship Through Senior Living Services

Otterbein SeniorLife offers seniors unlimited lifestyle options through independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehab, memory support, respite care, in-home care, and hospice services.

In technical terms, we’re a non-profit 501(c)(3) health and human service organization open to everyone.

But that doesn’t tell the whole story. We think of ourselves as a ministry based on defined values, with a calling to serve others. Our community is respectful, open, and loving to all. We have spiritual resources for you to draw upon and while we’re associated with the United Methodist Church, we’re open to people of all faiths.

We constantly look for new ways to better serve Otterbein residents, from vibrant lifestyle communities to our revolutionary small house neighborhoods to compassionate hospice care.

You deserve to live the lifestyle of your choosing — we’re here to help make that happen.

The Values That Inspire Us

Respect. Value the older person as a child of God

Commitment. Believe in the mission with loyalty and passion of purpose

Stewardship. Use our time, talent, and treasure prudently with our neighbor in mind

Community. Work with persons and organizations in a spirit of inclusiveness

Quality. Strive to achieve the measure of excellence in all we are and wish to become

Ministry. Perfect our service through faith, hope, and love

Wisdom. Appreciate and value that which is borne of life’s experience in all persons

Health. Promote the holistic well-being of individuals


Take a Virtual Trip to Otterbein

Our Official Passport to Otterbein SeniorLife lets you take a peek inside our communities, learn more about our values, see our financial stability, and more. Just flip through the passport to start exploring!


Otterbein’s History

For over 100 years, Otterbein has been providing senior housing options rooted in respect and community.

Otterbein began in 1912 as the United Brethren Orphanage and Home for the Aged. Through the years, continued growth led to a stronger focus on senior living. In the1960s, Otterbein began to focus exclusively on care for elders, phasing out the orphanage, and helping children transition to the Flat Rock Children’s Home.

Over the next few decades, to better meet the needs of seniors, Otterbein began to transition to the modern senior lifestyle solutions it offers today.

During that time of major expansion, Otterbein constructed independent living residences, continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing and rehabilitation homes and neighborhoods, and small house neighborhoods. Additionally, a home health and hospice program was added to serve ten counties in southwestern Ohio.

Then, in 2012, we celebrated our 100th anniversary. Learn more about our past, and future, in the video below.

We’re proud of our past, and look forward to the future as we continue to seek to enhance the quality of life and holistic growth of older persons.

The United Methodist Church Connection

Otterbein lives by the tenets of the United Methodist Church. But you don’t have to be a Methodist to partake of our care. All are welcome.

Otterbein is not funded by the United Methodist Church. We’re financially independent, making our own way in the world. We’re responsible for our own endowment and developmental efforts. Resources are poured into people, not profits, meaning your donations go where they’ll do the most good.

Otterbein’s Leaders and Innovators

Otterbein is directed by a dedicated leadership team and a board of directors who have a strong bond with our mission and ministry.

Our leaders are part of the communities they serve, and are committed to continuing the mission of personalized, fulfilling senior lifestyle options.

Financial Stability and Accreditation

Otterbein is stable and financially secure, and that means peace of mind for Otterbein residents, future residents, and partners.

Otterbein has been awarded an “A” rating by Standard and Poor’s. Of the approximately 1,902 CCRCs in the United States, Otterbein is one of only eight non-profits rated A or better by Standard and Poor’s. Additionally, of the 58 multi-site senior care companies rated by S&P, Otterbein is one of only six to be rated A or better.

Metrics of Excellence

Otterbein’s quality is continuously measured and focused on improvement. Otterbein quality measurement results include:

  • Otterbein has six 5-star locations and a rating of 4.4 stars across all locations with CMS, a nationwide nursing home 5-star ranking system.
  • All Otterbein locations are EAGLE accredited from the United Methodist health and human service ministries.
  • Otterbein Home Health was named to the 2016 HomeCare Elite list, a national rating of the top 25 percent home health agencies in the country.
  • In the Ohio Department of Health bi-annual resident satisfaction survey, Otterbein locations averaged just under 91 percent, in the top 30 percent of all nursing homes nationwide.

How can we help?

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