We are Youthful.

We are Otterbein Cridersville.

Life at Otterbein Cridersville

Our Cridersville campus, which is conveniently located on I-75 in northwest Ohio (close to Lima, Ohio), blends the energy of urban life with the beauty of a rural retreat.

When you visit this beautiful, 120-acre CCRC (continuing care retirement community), you’ll see tidy homes sitting on friendly streets with generous views of sky, woods, fields, and water.

With Otterbein’s vibrant social scene designed for active senior lifestyles, there’s always something to do at Cridersville. There’s scheduled transportation for excursions and local sightseeing opportunities such as concerts and museums, as well as wellness and health care services like the on-campus fitness center.

Maybe you prefer relaxing outdoors with amenities just outside your doorstep, like fishing at three well-stocked ponds, or walking and biking along picturesque paved paths. Otterbein Cridersville is a beautiful campus that has it all.

What does Independent Living at Otterbein look like?

Get a look at our campus, explore our residences, see what events we’re hosting, and more.

Lifestyle Choices

We offer a range of choices in independent living with plenty of living space, including:

  • 1- and 2-bedroom patio homes
  • 2- and 3-bedroom ranch homes
  • 1- and 2-bedroom apartments

Types of Services at Otterbein Cridersville

Our services at Otterbein Cridersville include:

  • Wellness checks, screening, and support for independent senior living residents
  • Independent living for those who can live without assistance or support, but want the peace of mind of being at a retirement community where care is available if needed
  • Assisted living for individuals who need regular help with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, etc.)
  • Skilled nursing/long-term care for individuals who need round-the-clock medical care
  • Post-acute care and rehabilitation for individuals who need short-term care and/or therapy after a surgery or unexpected injury or illness
  • Memory care program for individuals with dementia and/or Alzheimer’s disease who need regular assistance and care
  • Respite care for families and/or caregivers who need to arrange for temporary care for a loved one

At Otterbein, we care for the whole you: physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, and vocational, so every Cridersville resident meets with an activities counselor who works with you to create a plan for personal development and life enrichment experiences.

The Grove Assisted Living at Otterbein Cridersville

Our comfortable, private assisted living apartments provide a safe haven for those needing extra help with activities of daily living (bathing, grooming, dressing, etc.). You’ll also have direct access to our Life Enrichment Center, plus three meals per day.



Like all Otterbein campuses, the Cridersville senior living community is designed for active lifestyles. Our outdoor amenities include:

  • 120 beautifully landscaped acres
  • Paved roads for walking and biking
  • Three fishing ponds
  • Shuffleboard courts
  • Picnic area
  • Gazebo
  • Resident gardens

Indoors, our Life Enrichment Center offers a plethora of venues and activities, such as:

  • Fitness center
  • Heated pool
  • Woodshop and craft room
  • Campus cinema
  • And more

The Life Enrichment Center also houses the campus center, which features a dining area, community and conference rooms, and the chaplain’s office. The Life Enrichment Center is also open to non-resident members who are 55+. Just fill out the form below for more details.

Independent Living at Otterbein Cridersville

Take a look inside our independent living community.

Blue Jay Court

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Red Wing Court

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Swallow Court

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Thrush Court

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Red Oak Apartment

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Explore Available Floor Plans

Is Otterbein Cridersville a Good Financial Fit for You?

Answer seven simple questions to see if Otterbein Cridersville SeniorLife Community is an affordable option for you. Our financial calculator, powered by MyLifeSite, will give you a preliminary overview of affordability for independent living in our continuing care retirement community.


Where is Otterbein Cridersville located?

Otterbein Cridersville is located in Auglaize County in the village of Cridersville, which has a population of approximately 1,800 people and is about halfway between the cities of Lima and Wapakoneta. Cridersville is easily accessible via Interstate 75 and is approximately 92 miles away from Columbus, Ohio; 86 miles from Toledo, Ohio; and 119 miles away from Cincinnati, Ohio.

How much does it cost to live at Otterbein Cridersville?

In most cases, living at Otterbein is no more expensive than the cumulative costs of living at your current residence. The service fees vary based on the size of your home or apartment, type of residence, location on campus and contract option.


You can use this free cost comparison guide to compare your current costs of living to the many included costs of living at Otterbein Cridersville.


You can also get a quick preliminary look at whether Otterbein Cridersville fits your budget with our free MoneyGauge calculator tool.

Is it really safe to move to a retirement community now?

Everyone's comfort level is different, so the final choice is always up to you. But know that we're doing everything we can to keep our residents safe and healthy during this time. You can read more about our plan here.

On top of safety precautions, there are some benefits to living at a retirement community during this time:

  • We can run errands, pick up groceries, or deliver meals to your door. 
  • The majority of our partners are vaccinated and those who are unvaccinated are tested twice a week. Vaccinated partners are tested routinely. Because we comply with all government regulations and mandates, you can feel safer about being around other residents and partners (employees) on campus.
  • Staying social is important, so we're offering safe activities to keep you engaged and adding precautions as needed. 
  • We're keeping all residents informed of what's going on with the changing regulations. You can rest assured that we want all of our residents to stay as healthy and safe as possible.

I’m interested in one of your patio homes. What are they like?

Our patio homes are some of our most popular options and come in a variety of floor plans. You can get a look inside our featured home of the month for a sampling of what we offer by clicking on the link below.

Explore independent living at Otterbein Cridersville >>

If I choose Otterbein, will I have to invest a large entrance fee or turn over my home and assets?

No! Otterbein Cridersville provides an array of payment options, including a standard month-to-month service fee with no required upfront investment. In no situation does Otterbein require you to turn over any of your existing assets, including your current home.

Does Otterbein Cridersville offer memory care?

Yes, we offer a full continuum of care at Otterbein Cridersville, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, and post-acute/rehabilitation.

Learn more about what memory care at Otterbein entails >>

I don’t know anyone else at Otterbein. How can I meet people and make new friends?

You’re in luck ― the Otterbein Ambassadors program should help. The Otterbein Ambassadors are a group of resident volunteers who assist our new residents in becoming acclimated to their new home and campus life.

Not only are they similar to the traditional “Welcome Wagon,” but they are also available to answer questions, accompany their new neighbor to activities, make introductions, and help you feel at home.


Meet Ethel

A retired teacher of 37 years, Ethel N. loves her patio home and the friendships she’s made at Otterbein Cridersville. She stays busy by participating in Bible study, adult coloring, the walking club, and spending time outdoors with friends on campus.

Her favorite activity is visiting the library on campus, where she spends 30 minutes every day studying her Sunday School lesson with the religious materials available.

“It’s a fun place, and it’s also a place where you can meet a lot of different people. It’s just a great place to be,” she said.

A Day in the Life

Otterbein Cridersville


Men’s Coffee Group
Adult Coloring


Walking Club
Book Club

Strength & Stamina
Card Club

Choir Practice
Group Crossword
Cooking Group

Aquatic Class

Worship Service


Turkey Reuben
Sweet & Sour Chicken
Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken
Chicken Marsala
Philly Cheesesteak

Mashed Potatoes with Gravy
Fried Rice
Garlic Bread
Scalloped Potatoes

Lemon Pound Cake

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  • Discover the Life Enrichment Center at Otterbein Cridersville

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  • Otterbein Cridersville Residents Use Their Sunrooms in Creative Ways

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