What are Small House Neighborhoods?

Posted by Otterbein SeniorLife on Dec 6, 2018 3:46:13 PM

When it comes to choosing a place for long-term care, skilled nursing, or rehabilitation after surgery, illness, or injury, most people would probably choose to stay home, rather than get care at a traditional, hospital-like nursing home.

But what if there was an alternative?

That’s where Otterbein SeniorLife’s “small house” model comes in.

What Are Small Houses?

Otterbein’s Small House Neighborhoods places where our skilled nursing and rehabilitation elders are liberated in a non-institutional environment. There are no long corridors, no nurses’ stations, and no call lights.

Each SeniorLife Neighborhood consists of five, 7,000-square-foot ranch homes, and each home has 10 private suites and a secured entry. One house in each neighborhood is dedicated to our rehab guests, while the rest are reserved for long-term and memory care. The neighborhoods are located in residential areas and blend in with the rest of the community.

They’re also quiet, with a staff of universal workers who move with the elders throughout the day, whether that’s preparing meals, doing laundry and housekeeping, and more. Plus, family can visit anytime they please.

Download our comparison guide to learn more differences between traditional nursing homes and our SeniorLife Neighborhoods >>

Services at Our SeniorLife Neighborhoods

In addition to a home-like environment with family-style meals, our elders enjoy beautiful surroundings with all the comfort of personalized skilled nursing and rehab care. Their health and happiness are our top priorities.

The neighborhoods are a place for our rehab guests to heal after surgery, illness, or injury, or compassionate care for those who need 24-hour specialized attention. Our services include:

Rehabilitation and Therapy

Our expertly trained therapists work with your physician to create a customized plan to help you heal as quickly as possible. At our neighborhoods, you’ll find:

  • In-house therapy suites

  • Expert physical, speech, occupational, or respiratory therapy

  • Recovery from orthopedic injuries, joint replacements, cardiac recovery, stroke and neurological recovery, oncology care, and more.

Skilled Nursing Care

Our friendly RNs and LPNs work with your physician to coordinate the individualized, specialized care you need, whether that’s long-term care or memory support.

The Small House … Big Difference

When you visit one of our SeniorLife Neighborhoods, you’ll feel the difference as soon as you walk in the door. At each of our small houses, our elders decide when they wake up, eat, and get dressed, and what they do.

From the personalized decor to helping with meals or having family over, the neighborhoods feature what we call the Small House … Big Difference.

Schedule your tour today to experience the difference.

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Topics: Skilled Nursing, Inpatient Post-Acute Care and Rehabilitation