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Frequently Asked Questions

Our Life Care Community allows active individuals great social opportunities with freedom from the chores of home ownership. Many of our residents are healthy, independent minded and are “planners” who are investing for the sake of addressing their future needs, while fulfilling their desire for community and fellowship. Most have chosen us for their retirement years to be in close proximity to their home, friends, and family. Other residents have relocated from various states across America.

Do you have to be a United Methodist to move to Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community ?
No. We accept all denominations and faiths, but yet we provide a Christian-like home atmosphere.

Don’t you have to be a Millionaire to live at Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community?
That’s not true. We accept Medicaid, along with Medicare, as well as other insurances and VA benefits.

Don’t you have to turn over all your assets when you move in?
Absolutely not. There is an application, assessment and approval process. based on your disclosure of assets/income.

I heard that Otterbein Franklin doesn’t take Medicaid that it is all Private Pay.
That’s not true. We accept Medicaid, along with Medicare, as well as other long-term care insurance and VA benefits.

There’s all kinds of Senior House and Nursing Homes being built, how long has Otterbein Franklin SeniorLife Community (formally know as Franklin United Methodist Community) been open?
We opened our doors in 1957 and we have been serving residents for over half a century.

My grandmother was there years ago…isn’t Otterbein Franklin just a nursing home?
Otterbein Franklin is a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) that offers: Independent Homes in a gated neighborhood, Independent and Assisted Living Apartments, 3 levels of Dementia Care Units, 2 Health Centers for 24 hour nursing care and a 37 bed Rehabilitation Unit. We also offer amenities like a post office, a full service bank, a general store, a greenhouse, a computer lab,and art studio, a wood-working shop, a chapel, 3 beauty/barber salons, a heated indoor pool, walking paths, a library and much more!

Won’t we have to give up our independence when we move in?
Not at all! We encourage and offer many life enriching activities and excursions for every enthusiast. Our residents enjoy cookouts, parades, fairs, book clubs, Joy rides, card clubs, trips to the Symphony, movies and much more. We even plan trips to downtown Franklin, Brown County, Missouri, Florida and even Europe.


  • Dementia – Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. (Alzheimer’s Association)
  • Alzheimer’s – Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. (Alzheimer’s Association)
  • ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living) – The things we normally do in daily living including any daily activity we perform for self-care such as feeding ourselves, bathing, dressing, grooming, work, homemaking, and leisure. The ability or inability to perform ADLs can be used as a very practical measure of ability/disability in many disorders. (MedicineNet)
  • SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) – A Skilled Nursing Facility is a lot like a nursing home and many times the terms used are one in the same, but a true skilled nursing facility may offer more “skilled” medical expertise and services. Yet, a Skilled Nursing Facility provides skilled nursing care and/or rehabilitation services to help injured, sick, or disabled individuals to get back on their feet. (Skilled Nursing Facilities)
  • LTC (Long Term Care) – Long-term care is a range of services and support for your personal care needs. Most long-term care isn’t medical care, but rather help with basic personal tasks of everyday life, sometimes called activities of daily living. (
  • Life Care – Life care communities are different from other senior housing options in that they require a long-term, upfront financial commitment that, in turn, guarantees housing, services and nursing care all in one location through the end of life. (
  • IL (Independent Living) – Independent living is when an elderly person still has the physical and mental capacity to live independently but wants companionship from others his/her age. Independent living offers specific services and amenities that cater to senior citizens and promote active, healthy senior lifestyles for the golden years. (
  • AL (Assisted Living) – A type oflong-term care facility for elderly or disabled people who are able to get around on their own but who may need help with some activities of daily living or simply prefer the convenience of having their meals in a central cafeteria and having nursing staff on call. (MedicineNet)
  • MCR (Medicare) – Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD). (
  • MCD (Medicaid) – Medicaid is a health insurance program for low-income individuals and those with disabilities. Elderly low-income people are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. (Medicaid covers long-term care, so it can be used to fund nursing home stays for people who are eligible.) (
  • Managed Care – A medical delivery system that attempts to manage the quality and cost of medical services that individuals receive. Most managed care systems offer HMOs and PPOs that individuals are encouraged to use for their health care services. Some managed care plans attempt to improve health quality, by emphasizing prevention of disease. (
  • Advanced Directive – Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to spell out your decisions aboutend-of-life care ahead of time. They give you a way to tell your wishes to family, friends, and health care professionals and to avoid confusion later on. (Medline Plus)

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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.