Our strategic goal is to liberate elders from the mindset of institutional care.
The last several years have seen remarkable growth and innovation at Otterbein. We can proudly say we’re helping lead a revolution that’s changing the way America cares for its elders. In this, we see the hand of God. We’ve been devoted to His mission for a century, never wavering from our call to enhance the quality of life and holistic growth of older persons in keeping with our United Methodist tradition.
Here, growth and innovation is grounded in the understanding that as children of God, every individual has the right to a lifestyle of their own choosing, no matter what type of care and support is needed. It’s further fueled by our passionate desire to find new and better ways to serve our elders. And find them we have.
Our five continuing care lifestyle communities continue to add capabilities and amenities with each passing year. Following the introduction of Life Enrichment Centers at four of our five communities in the recent past; investments are now underway to dramatically improve Otterbein’s ability to provide state-of-the art health and rehabilitative care. We recently opened a new post-acute care and therapy neighborhood at Otterbein St. Marys and Otterbein Lebanon, and will open a similar neighborhood, accompanied with a new assisted living building, at Otterbein Cridersville. In addition, rooms and/or common areas in the health care wings have been renovated at Otterbein Portage Valley and North Shore.
With the opening of a small house neighborhood in Loveland, Ohio this year, Otterbein now has nine radical new skilled nursing and rehab neighborhoods in operation. With these cozy family homes, filled with companionship, independence and meaningful activities, we’ve proven that elders do not need to be institutionalized to receive affordably-priced long-term nursing services or post-acute rehabilitative care. Otterbein leads the nation in the number of elders we serve with the small house model – in our minds, the new standard of excellence in skilled nursing care.
Otterbein continues to extend our “in the home” - home and community based services. Wellness services are available through each of our Lifestyle Communities and have been reaching out to the surrounding communities to provide support for those in independent living avoid stays in assisted living or nursing facilities. Our home health service is now available to support families in ten counties in southwestern Ohio, and is keeping people home whenever possible, bringing nurses, therapists and health aides to those recovering from illness or surgery. The first of several adult day service centers is open at our Lebanon campus, filling the needs of today’s stressed caregivers. Finally, hospice for our Otterbein family is a must, and has been extended to serve not only existing Otterbein residents, but also residents throughout southwestern Ohio. Should an elder choose not to pursue aggressive medical care at the end of life, we want to provide for them the loving care of the Otterbein family.
Stewardship means using and managing all the resources God provides for the glory of God and the betterment of His creation. Thanks to the exceptional stewardship of Otterbein’s partners, volunteers, local and corporate board and committee members, and our donors, Otterbein continues to grow and expand - with God’s grace we remain blessed and a Ministry in Motion.
Here’s to “liberation!”
Jill Wilson, President/CEO
Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choice