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, Franklin United Methodist Community has evolved to include Residential services, like Independent and Assisted Living, Comprehensive services, such as, Long Term Care, Memory Care and Skilled Rehabilitation. FUMC 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, FUMC 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.
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.
“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 FUMC. The communication between FUMC and my family was helpful and considerate. I am happy to recommend FUMC.”
– Margie Fendley, daughter-in-law of residents
Join us for a Community Open House! Tour our Long Term Care, Memory Care and Apartments! September 28th, 1:00-4:00...read more
Franklin United Methodist Community always has fantastic food choices each week in our Kresge Dining Room. See what FUMC has to offer for Lunch and Dinner on our weekly dining food menu! Here are just some of the tasty options for this week! Sunday - Fried Shrimp...read more
Welcome to our community.
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.