The Otterbein Difference

How our skilled nursing and rehab small house neighborhoods are making care safer for everyone.

You take care of a lot – work, your family, yourself. And taking care of a senior loved one can be a difficult job on top of all that. At Otterbein, our staff members, called partners, take care of your loved one as you would.

Learn more about our commitment to health and safety at our small house neighborhoods and see how they’re different from traditional nursing homes.

Our Difference

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • Our model, with 10 elders and dedicated partners in each house, means the spread of COVID-19 can be controlled dramatically better than in large, institutional nursing home environments.
  • We test and re-test residents and partners weekly under normal circumstances, and more frequently should a positive case arise. A partnership with a private laboratory provides results in less than 3 days.
  • We’ve gradually, and safely, opened up outdoor visitation options at each location when permitted. And we help organize video or phone calls for each resident to stay connected with friends and family on their schedule.

The Small House Model

Otterbein Small House Neighborhoods were built on the Green House model, a way of senior living that completely revolutionized traditional nursing care. Emphasis is on choice for our residents – called elders – in how they want to plan their days, what they want to do, and more.

  • Private rooms with bathrooms
  • Open family room and kitchen
  • Access to secure outdoor area
  • Choice of when and what to eat
  • 24/7 small team of nursing staff
To the caretakers at Otterbein: I know that dealing with the coronavirus has made your lives very difficult. I’m sure you come to Otterbein each day worried about your health and the residents’ health. I know that all of you are doing your best to care for my mother. She appreciates everything you do and understands the need for extra precautions. I equally appreciate how you assist my mother each day. Words cannot express the gratitude in my heart for all for you in these challenging times. Please take care of yourselves, stay safe and healthy. God bless you.

Marsha J., Daughter of LTC Elder at Otterbein Middletown

Otterbein SeniorLife
2020-09-18T07:35:32-04:00

Marsha J., Daughter of LTC Elder at Otterbein Middletown

To the caretakers at Otterbein: I know that dealing with the coronavirus has made your lives very difficult. I’m sure you come to Otterbein each day worried about your health and the residents’ health. I know that all of you are doing your best to care for my mother. She appreciates everything you do and understands the need for extra precautions. I equally appreciate how you assist my mother each day. Words cannot express the gratitude in my heart for all for you in these challenging times. Please take care of yourselves, stay safe and healthy. God bless you.
I feel that the staff are my friends and they are so important to me. I love everything about Otterbein. They have wonderful activities to keep me busy. If there is anything I need there is always someone there to help me. The home and the patios are beautiful and this is my forever home.

Jill H., Otterbein Small House Elder

Otterbein SeniorLife
2020-09-15T13:50:36-04:00

Jill H., Otterbein Small House Elder

I feel that the staff are my friends and they are so important to me. I love everything about Otterbein. They have wonderful activities to keep me busy. If there is anything I need there is always someone there to help me. The home and the patios are beautiful and this is my forever home.
I have been here at Otterbein for 5 years and it is much like being at home! I have a private room, bathroom, and shower, all of which I can decorate to my liking. I live in a house that includes a spacious kitchen where all meals are prepared, a dining room where we gather for meals and activities, and a lovely patio that is surrounded by nature. I enjoy the quiet, relaxing atmosphere of Otterbein and am proud to call it my home!

Helen A., Otterbein Small House Elder

Otterbein SeniorLife
2020-09-15T13:53:10-04:00

Helen A., Otterbein Small House Elder

I have been here at Otterbein for 5 years and it is much like being at home! I have a private room, bathroom, and shower, all of which I can decorate to my liking. I live in a house that includes a spacious kitchen where all meals are prepared, a dining room where we gather for meals and activities, and a lovely patio that is surrounded by nature. I enjoy the quiet, relaxing atmosphere of Otterbein and am proud to call it my home!
She's no longer just existing - she's part of a family, a routine. She's very much thriving in this environment. She loves it - she's happy as soon as you come in.

Nicole Bussard, family member of an Otterbein Small House elder

Otterbein SeniorLife
2020-09-15T13:54:03-04:00

Nicole Bussard, family member of an Otterbein Small House elder

She's no longer just existing - she's part of a family, a routine. She's very much thriving in this environment. She loves it - she's happy as soon as you come in.
When we leave and go home, I don't worry so much about her anymore. I know that she's being cared for.

Mickie Sizemore, family member of an Otterbein Small House elder

Otterbein SeniorLife
2020-09-15T13:54:46-04:00

Mickie Sizemore, family member of an Otterbein Small House elder

When we leave and go home, I don't worry so much about her anymore. I know that she's being cared for.
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Small Houses Vs. Traditional Nursing homes

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What Are We Doing During COVID-19?

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Learn More About Our Small Houses

With locations throughout central, northwest, and southwest Ohio, you’ll find an Otterbein Small House Neighborhood near you.