Benefits of Continuing Care at Otterbein: One Couple’s Story

Posted on: April 3, 2022

Upon moving to one of the independent living patio homes at Otterbein Cridersville, Dale and Phyllis S. knew that the different levels of care would be helpful with Dale’s diagnosis of dementia. They didn’t realize how quickly they’d benefit from the continuing care offered on campus.

Moving From the Farm to Otterbein

Dale and Phyllis moved to independent living at Otterbein Cridersville in December 2019. Phyllis was concerned about Dale’s safety at home, and they both realized that managing the maintenance of both the farm and house was becoming increasingly difficult. 

“We lived on the farm together for over 55 years, but we knew it was the right time to move,” said Phyllis. “Our kids kept encouraging us to come.”

With the assistance of a senior move manager, Dale and Phyllis’ move went smoothly.

“They came in and packed everything we planned to take with us, and that was a big help,” said Phyllis. “Then, after they moved it here, they put everything away. And when we walked in, everything was in its place.”

Exterior of Otterbein Cridersville, a continuing care retirement community.

Continuing Care on One Campus

Shortly after moving in, Dale experienced several falls. Unfortunately, he broke a few of his ribs during one of those falls. He recovered from his injuries during a 5-week stay at Otterbein Cridersville’s post-acute care and rehabilitation center

Upon his discharge from rehab care, Dale moved to long-term care to be in a safe, secure memory support environment that continues to promote an independent, active lifestyle.

Although it was challenging to have Dale move to another part of campus so soon, Phyllis has experienced peace of mind knowing he is receiving the care he needs. She also appreciates being able to see him whenever she wants.

“I drive from my patio home to see him and keep my walker in the car,” added Phyllis. “I can be there in about five minutes.”

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Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

While Dale enjoys his visits with Phyllis and a variety of activities, including bingo, craft projects, and musical entertainment, Phyllis can continue her activities of interest too.

“I have made friends with my neighbors, and we have cookouts in our court during the summer,” said Phyllis. “I also play dominoes, bingo, and go on trips to restaurants. I spend time enjoying my sunroom and mostly do all my own cooking.”

Bringing pets from their home on the farm has been a big help in adjusting to life at Otterbein. 

“We brought our dog and cat with us,” said Phyllis. “They keep me company, and they’ve always been together, so we couldn’t separate them.”

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A resident reads a book while a dog sits on her lap.

Considering the Benefits of a CCRC

Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) offer numerous benefits for singles or couples considering a move to senior living. You’ll enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle and access to several amenities all on one campus at communities like Otterbein Cridersville.

Here are some additional benefits of living in a CCRC:

  • Priority access to care services
  • Peace of mind knowing your future care is in place
  • Variety of living options
  • Access to on-site fitness centers 
  • Healthy dining options
  • Socialization opportunities

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