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State Senators Visit Otterbein ‘Small House’ Neighborhood

Published On: Jul 11, 2012
Otterbein Visit from State Sens. July 2012
State Sens. Shannon Jones, Peggy Lehner visit

In Middletown, OH, Otterbein residents and local children sang Christmas in July songs with elected officials recently at the Otterbein Skilled Nursing & Rehab Neighborhood. Children from the Atrium Family YMCA had come to sing while State Senators Shannon Jones and Peggy Lehner were visiting, so everyone joined together in song. 

President/CEO Jill C. Hreben and Otterbein Middletown Guide Jeff Singleton, as well as elders and assistants, discussed several topics with the senators, including: 

  • The state's demonstration project covering those dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.
  • The potential impact of health care reform.
  • Otterbein's innovative "small house" model of nursing home care, which they toured. 

After Ohio Director of Health Transformation Greg Moody visited Otterbein's small houses in 2011, he compared them to condos and called them "incredible." 

Of the nearly 900 facilities evaluated in the Ohio Department of Aging 2011 Resident Satisfaction Survey, Otterbein's North Shore's Jane Baker House, a small house featuring skilled nursing and rehabilitation, was rated number 1 in the state.

The small house neighborhoods are made up of 5 homes, each with 10 residents in private suites. The houses combine the warmth and companionship of home with skilled, clinical nursing services. 

Otterbein's small house neighborhoods are located in Springboro, Maineville, Middletown, Monclova and Perrysburg.


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