[Video] Staff Partner Shares How Living in Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhood Makes Her Mother Happy

Posted on: November 28, 2022

Non-institutional, freedom, privacy, choices ― these are all words that are not typically used to describe a nursing home. But Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhoods are not nursing homes; they’re known as small house neighborhoods.

Watch the video below to hear from Tammy Mejia, health care coordinator at our Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhood in New Albany, and her mother, Beverly, an elder living there.


What Are Small House Neighborhoods?

Small house neighborhoods are a revolutionary new model of care for those needing long-term skilled nursing care or post-acute care and rehabilitation following an illness or injury. Each small house has no more than 10-12 residents, which we call “elders.” Elders enjoy benefits like:

  • Private suites with their own bathrooms
  • Home-cooked meals served family-style around a dinner table
  • Lots of one-on-one care from consistent caregivers

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In addition, elders have the freedom to make decisions, such as what time they will get up in the morning or when they will go to bed. They can weigh in on what kind of meals they would like to eat, prepared by their caregivers in a residential-style kitchen.


“They really focus on what the elders want to do, what they like,” says Tammy. “The elders can be themselves, and the schedule of the day is their schedule. And that makes them happy, and as a nurse and as a family member, that makes me happy.”

Find an Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhood Near You

If you’re looking for long-term care or a place to recover and rehabilitate for you or a loved one, a small house neighborhood could be a good fit.

There are nine Otterbein SeniorLife Neighborhoods, located in Central, Northwest, and Southwest Ohio, close to the major cities of Toledo, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

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