Behind the Scenes: Q&A With Otterbein Cridersville Staff

Posted by Cridersville on Mar 28, 2019 8:58:31 AM

Are you unsure if a continuing care retirement community is right for you? Or maybe you’ve considered moving to an Otterbein SeniorLife CCRC, but still have questions.

Otterbein Cridersville’s director of marketing Teresa Heitbrink-Ireland, and Nicole Daniels, Independent Living SeniorLife Counselor, sat down to answer some of the top questions they get from prospective residents.

Q: I’m not sure how to start downsizing. Where do I even begin?

A: One thing we do that’s really helpful and that people are so surprised that we do is help people with moving. Everybody takes advantage of that - they don't have the headache of organizing that move.

See our downsizing guide for tips on getting started.

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

A: Our patio homes are some of our most popular options. You can get a look inside this month’s featured home, a one-bathroom studio with a Florida room and garage, here.

Q: I heard I have to make a large endowment to move into Otterbein. Is that true?

A: No - I think there’s still a misconception out there about this, but we don’t require a large endowment for you to move in. In reality, Otterbein Cridersville is affordable for most budgets.

Learn more about Otterbein’s costs and how you can pay in this free guide.

Q: Are there any hidden fees I’ll have to pay later on?

A: No. People think that there are extra costs on top. When we tell them the monthly rent includes all the amenities, they’re looking for that hidden catch. But those other things are options.

For example, if you want your laundry done, that’s an extra fee, but you don’t have to have that.

Get your free guide to planning and paying for independent living at Otterbein >>

Q: How do I get involved at Otterbein?

A: We have so many different groups within the community. There are active residents participating in everything going on in the Life Enrichment Center; we have Bible studies, a library program, a resident volunteer program where you can help at the front desk... you can be as involved in our community as you always were.

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

A:You’re in luck - the Otterbein Ambassadors program should help. The Otterbein Ambassadors is 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.

Q: What do most people say after moving to Otterbein?

A: About 90 percent of people will say, ‘I should have done this a long time ago. Why didn’t I do this 5 years ago?’ That’s a very common thing we hear.

Ready to Learn More About Otterbein Cridersville?

See how we embrace the motto, “Small-town comfort; big-town amenities” at Otterbein Cridersville today. Take a look at our featured home of the month, find an event to attend, and more.

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Topics: Independent Living