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Otterbein SeniorLife Franklin - Indiana

1070 W. Jefferson Street
Franklin, Indiana 46131

Main: (317) 736-7185
Independent Living: (317) 736-1156
Assisted Living: (317) 736-1108
Short-Term/Long-Term Nursing: (317) 736-1108
Fax: (317) 736-1182

Life at Otterbein Franklin in Indiana

Nestled in beautiful Franklin, Indiana, our Otterbein Franklin campus is situated on 120 park-like acres that boast mature trees, stocked ponds, sidewalks, and walking trails.

When you visit, you’ll also find a fishing pond, tennis court, playground, and clubhouse with an indoor pool on the grounds. Our main building offers access to a variety of amenities, including our greenhouse, dining room, art studio, library, and more. It also houses our apartments, which can be either independent or assisted living.

Convenient Location to Downtown Franklin

We are minutes away from the rich history and charm of downtown Franklin where the courthouse, Franklin College, vintage shops, and eateries are waiting for you to explore.

Our Otterbein Franklin Campus is in close proximity to Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Columbus, which makes shopping trips and cultural excursions easy. We also offer convenient access to medical specialists and nationally recognized hospitals like Indiana University, St. Vincent, Franciscan Health, and Johnson Memorial Health, which is located across the street from our campus.

Living at Otterbein Franklin is not about retirement, but about living an active, healthy life and still being able to plan for your future needs and preferences.

Discover Our Independent Living Cottages

Browse interior photos of our independent living homes and apartments.

Lifestyle Choices

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

  • Studio, 1-, and 2-bedroom apartments (can also transition into assisted living – no need to move!)
  • 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom ranch homes
  • 2- and 3-bedroom luxury cottage homes
  • Rental-only options available

Types of Services at Otterbein Franklin

Our services at Otterbein Franklin 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 some of the activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, etc.). Our apartments offer the flexibility to transition with you if your needs change from independent to assisted living.
  • Skilled nursing/long-term care for people 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, 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

Brookside Homes Independent Living at Otterbein Franklin

These newly-remodeled luxury senior homes are located in a gated area of the Otterbein Franklin community and range from just under 900 sq. ft. to more than 2,000 sq. ft. See photos, floor plans, and other features of our Brookside collection.


Otterbein Franklin is the place to be for those with an active lifestyle because there’s so much to do here. Our amenities include:

  • Indoor heated pool
  • Fitness center (with exercise programming)
  • Greenhouse
  • Ceramics and art studio
  • Woodshop
  • Computer lab
  • Pickleball courts
  • Tennis courts
  • Fishing ponds
  • Walking trails

On campus, there are plenty of activities to choose from on the schedule, such as pickleball, exercise classes, water aerobics, theme parties, card games, educational programs, and live entertainment.

If you’re looking for health services nearby, there are clinic offices for physicians, psychiatrists, podiatrists, optometrists, and dentists, as well as physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy services.

When you get the travel bug, there are plenty of luncheon trips and joyrides, as well as local, state, national, and international travel opportunities. And when you’re hungry, you can grab a bite to eat at Kresge Dining Room.


Explore Available Floor Plans

Is Otterbein Franklin a Good Financial Fit for You?

Answer seven simple questions to see if Otterbein SeniorLife Franklin 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 Franklin located?

Otterbein Franklin is located in Johnson County in central Indiana, roughly 25 miles from Indianapolis. Franklin is also in close proximity to Greenwood, Indiana (10 miles), and Columbus, Indiana (22 miles).

How much does it cost to live at Otterbein Franklin?

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 Franklin.


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

I’m interested in one of your Brookside Homes Independent Living at Otterbein Franklin. What are they like?

Our newly-remodeled Brookside Homes Independent Living at Otterbein Franklin are available in 2- or 3-bedroom options and feature modern touches, including:


  • Granite countertops
  • Smudge-proof stainless appliances
  • Washer and dryer
  • Hardwood floors
  • French doors
  • Zero-entry tiled shower in master bath
  • Recessed lighting
  • Brushed nickel finishes


Explore luxury senior homes in our Brookside Collection >>

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

No! Otterbein Franklin 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 Franklin offer memory care?

Yes, we offer memory support for early, mid, and advanced stages in three separate locations to accommodate Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Learn more about what memory care at Otterbein includes >>

What is there to do around Franklin, Indiana? What is close by?

Otterbein Franklin is just minutes away from downtown Franklin, where you can explore the courthouse, Franklin College, vintage shops, and eateries. We’re also close to Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Columbus, which makes shopping trips and cultural excursions easy.


See the top things to do near Franklin >>

What if my care needs change after I move to Otterbein?

Otterbein is a continuing care retirement community, so we offer everything from independent living to skilled nursing on campus. For our apartment residents who step up from independent to assisted living, you can transition seamlessly in your apartment without needing to move. 

Meet Shirley

Shirley T. is an independent living resident at Otterbein Franklin. She moved to Otterbein to take full advantage of the activities and opportunities on campus. She especially enjoys the concerts and live music events that take place at Otterbein.

Shirley moved into Otterbein in her early retirement years, and she highly recommends that others consider moving to a CCRC (continuing care retirement community)  as soon as they can.

“I’ve heard some people say they waited too late to come here. If they ask, ‘When should I go?’ I tell them, now,” she said.

A Day in the Life

Otterbein Franklin

Week at a Glance

Exercise Class
Card Games

Water Aerobics
Movie Night

Arts & Crafts
PickleBall Open Play

Coffee & Tea on the Terrace
Spring Concert

Bible Study
Cardio Drumming

Breakfast Outing
Card Bingo

Worship Service

Sample Menu

Bourbon Pork
Grilled Lamb Chops
Chicken Margherita
Baked Cod
Orange-Ginger Salmon

Chicken Tenders
Grilled Reuben
Omelet, Chef Salad

Peas & Scalloped Yams & Apples
Collard Greens & Polenta
Fresh Green Beans & Sweet Potato Hash
Cottage Cheese & Fruit
Maui Veg & Bow Tie Pasta

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