Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhoods: A Collection of Inspiring Elder Stories

Posted on: June 5, 2024

Life at Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhoods is unique, as the real-home environment presents many opportunities for genuine connections between the elders and the staff.

As told by our elders, we’d like to share a few heartfelt success stories to give you an idea of the impact a person-centered care approach at our small house neighborhoods can have on individuals and families.

Alma, Maineville SeniorLife Neighborhood — A Story of Family

Otterbein SeniorLife resident getting help with her daily activities

“All the people that work here are so kind and caring, every nurse and every aide — just everybody really shows they care. With everybody showing they care so much, it really feels like home. And, it’s really clean.” – Alma, Maineville SeniorLife Neighborhood elder

Alma has been a Maineville SeniorLife Neighborhood elder for over a year. She feels that she can get the help she needs in her daily activities. Due to challenges with mobility, Alma feels this additional assistance improves her quality of life.

The kind staff makes Alma smile each day, and she is happy that her sister has moved to a small house neighborhood too! She also adds that the nurses and aides are kind and caring, and she feels at home — part of the Otterbein family.

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Gayle, Perrysburg SeniorLife Neighborhood — A Story of Perseverance

“I am so glad to be back home (referring to her home at Perrysburg SeniorLife Neighborhood).” – Gayle, Perrysburg SeniorLife Neighborhood elder

Gayle has been a Perrysburg SeniorLife Neighborhood elder since 2019. She and her husband chose the small house neighborhood because they liked the small house setting, with individualized care and private suites.

Shortly after Gayle’s husband, Tom, passed away in 2020, Gayle tested positive for COVID-19. In order to protect the other elders in her small house, Gayle relocated to an isolation room while she recovered.

The temporary relocation was difficult because Gayle had to leave the private suite that she had called home for over two years. But with grace and determination, Gayle made the move while battling COVID-19 and grieving over the loss of her husband.

Thankfully, after her time in isolation, Gayle fully recovered and was so happy to return to her private suite with all her personal belongings and memories.

Although Gayle has experienced a difficult loss and illness, she is happy to call Otterbein her home. She enjoys getting to know the staff and other elders in the house. Her strength and perseverance inspire those around her and serve as a great reminder of what life at Otterbein is all about.

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Patricia, Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhood — A Story of Success

Otterbein SeniorLife resident participating in physical therapy

“Even with COVID-19 restrictions, I felt at home. But naturally, I am happy to be getting back to normal interactions with my family.”
– Patricia, Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhood Elder

Due to a number of health issues, Patricia has been in and out of the hospital numerous times since December 2018. Following her most recent hospitalization, she was given a poor prognosis, forcing Patricia and her family to decide on long-term care.

Collectively, they chose rehabilitation services at an Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhood, where long-term care services were also provided and necessary to treat Patricia’s condition. Upon arrival, Patricia was dependent on the staff for most of her daily activities.

But with a dedicated interdisciplinary team and regular therapy services, Patricia has shown major improvements in regaining her strength, balance, and mobility. Because of her strength, determination, and success in reaching her goals, Patricia now has her eyes set on returning to her home.

Both Patricia and her family are so grateful for the outstanding care from the Otterbein family. Patricia’s story is one of many inspiring success stories at Otterbein SeniorLife.

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Benefits of Living at a Small House Neighborhood

Otterbein Small House Neighborhood

Small houses within each Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhood feature 12 private suites, allowing for high staff-to-elder ratios and better quality of life. Skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, and long-term care are offered at the small house neighborhoods.

Elders enjoy home-cooked, family-style meals and set their own personal care and activities schedules.

Other amenities include:

  • Private suites with adjacent bathrooms
  • Common areas: family room and kitchen
  • WiFi access, flat-screen cable TV
  • Recreational programming
  • Outdoor fenced patio with a garden
  • Therapy room for physical, occupational, and speech therapy services
  • Licensed nurses and nursing assistants on duty 24/7
  • Emergency call system

Learn About Life at Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhoods

If you’d like to learn more about Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhoods, read additional details by clicking the link below. You’ll find a small house floor plan alongside a photo gallery of images taken throughout the neighborhoods.

Learn More About Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhoods