Our Story

Read more about our long-standing traditions and standards in our story.

Our Philosophy

Learn more about Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community and what makes our philosophy unique to your family’s needs.

Our People

Our staff will serve you in a manner that offers kindness, respect, and integrity. Click here to learn more about these dedicated staff members.


If you would like to read how others have enjoyed our community, see their personal testimonials here.

Our Story

Our legacy dates back to 1929 when a group of concerned board members decided there was a need for a place to care for older adults during their retirement years. After many years, many plans, and a long search, several leaders from Johnson County made it possible to build a home in Franklin, Indiana. The doors opened in 1957 as the Methodist Home and 60 years later, Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community has evolved to include Residential services, like Independent and Assisted Living, Comprehensive services, such as, Long Term Care, Memory Care and Skilled Rehabilitation. Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community has had the privilege of serving thousands of residents, neighbors, and families.

Carrying out the mission to provide a retirement experience filled with well-being and wholeness, Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community is the 7th largest not-for-profit single campus senior living organization in the US and employs over 450 staff members.


With a remarkable history of service in the greater Franklin community, we are still committed to providing our residents a place to call home, security knowing they are safe and well cared for, and many options to plan for the future.

What Makes Us Different

Senior Living options are being built by the dozens all across America. Nearly every town in every city has some sort of facility that caters to senior living. However, only a few senior communities offer a progression of care and services for residents who may need future care, but never want to move again. Different situations require different services and different levels of care, yet we all want to be independent. Our residents thrive in an environment marked by independence, choices, and security.

Our Philosophy

At Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community, we believe your second act in life should be as rewarding as your first act. Maybe even an Encore! We’ve created an environment that allows our residents a lifestyle filled with well-being and wholeness.

Our Future

The board of directors of Franklin United Methodist Community announced an affiliation with Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices based in Lebanon, Ohio. Both are senior care ministries of the United Methodist Church. In making the announcement, Franklin Community CEO and Executive Director Keith Van Deman said, “Our board has been looking for the best way to assure the long-term viability of our Community and this is it. Otterbein is clearly one of the premier senior care providers in the nation that aligns best with us culturally and philosophically. (Click here to read the press release.)

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is a health and human health services ministry that has been serving southwestern Ohio for 104 years. In keeping with our United Methodist tradition, Otterbein seeks to enhance the quality of life and holistic growth of older persons. We believe 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. To that end, Otterbein operates:

  • Five continuing care Senior Lifestyle Communities (Cridersville, Lebanon, North Shore – Lakeside-Marblehead, Portage Valley – Pemberville, and St. Marys). Each community provides the choice of independent living residences, assisted living and long-stay nursing, memory support, in-home wellness services, and post-hospital rehabilitative care.
  • Nine Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitative Neighborhoods (Gahanna, Loveland, Maineville, Middletown, Monclova, New Albany, Perrysburg, Springboro, and Union Township) – the new standard of excellence in nursing home care. Otterbein “small house” neighborhoods are unlike other skilled nursing environments. Each neighborhood includes five homes, each home supporting 10 elders and designed for people to live and recover gracefully. The focus is on person-centered care in a home-like environment with private suites, shared kitchen/dining/living room spaces, home-cooked meals and personalized rehabilitative care programs.
  • “In-the-home” home and community-based services, including home health, wellness services and hospice ministries that bring skilled health care professionals directly to the patients home, regardless if they are Otterbein campus residents of residents of the ten counties we serve in southwestern Ohio..

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices and the services we provide is available at www.otterbein.org.

Our People

With just under 350 employees and nearly 200 volunteers, our staff continues to epitomize service everyday! You can have peace of mind knowing that our community is managed by an experienced, knowledgeable, and approachable team.
Are you interested in joining our team? Learn more here…


“My mother and father-in-law lived at the Community for many years. They experienced many of the levels of care that were available. The staff treated them like family. Many staff members have been employed here for over 20 years! It is obvious that this is more than a “job” for them. I can truly say that the happiest years of my mother-in-law’s life were spent at Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community. The communication between Otterbein Franklin and my family was helpful and considerate. I am happy to recommend Otterbein Franklin.”

– Margie Fendley, daughter-in-law of residents

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Wellness Weekly – Why We Fall…

During Pickleball this week, a resident shared her doctor’s wisdom about why people sometimes fall playing Pickleball, or any sport for that matter . . . Because we keep score! That is a pretty good insight, is it not? When we keep score and play more competitively,...

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Community Weekly – July 13, 2018

Here are the “Goings On” at Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community this week! Library News Adventures Await Movie Matinee July Journeys Cans to Cookies! Bake Sale Johnson County Fair Shuffle Board Sit and Be Fit August Adventures Parke Couny Covered Bridge Festival...

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Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community (formally know as Franklin United Methodist Community) opened its doors in 1957 as a continuing care retirement community that provides a variety of living options and care choices for retired persons. The long-standing traditions and standards of the United Methodist Church remain a part of our community; however residency is open to persons of all faiths and denominations. We stand committed as a non-profit, faith-based organization willing to serve the needs of our community.