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Otterbein named Home Care Elite

Otterbein Home Health was named to the HomeCare Elite for 2013, a national rating of the top 25% home health agencies in the country. The list was based on data compiled by National Research Corporation, and announced in conjunction with DecisionHealth.

HomeCare Elite™ is a list of the most successful home care providers in the United States. In order to be considered, an agency must be Medicare-certified and have data for at least one outcome in Home Health Compare. Now in its eighth year, this market-leading review names the top agencies based on a series of performance measures, including quality outcomes, best practices implementation (process measure), the patient experience, quality improvement and consistency and financial performance.

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Otterbein hosts “Know it All” Lunch and Learn

Area retirees are invited attend a complimentary lunch and program called “Know it All!” on Tuesday, May 27, beginning at noon. The lunch will be held at The Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community in Lakeside-Marblehead. A presentation covering household tips, including 2000 uses for WD40, will follow lunch. The presentation will also provide a recap of the Rick Hunsicker senior real estate seminar hosted in April at the Otterbein community. Guests will go home with a can of WD40 and a Hunsicker Senior Planning Guide. Reservations are necessary and space is limited. Call Jo Ann Franks, Independent Lifestyle Counselor, at 419-798-8250 to for more information and to make reservations.

Additional information regarding Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices is available at www.otterbein.org or by calling 1-888-513-9131.

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Otterbein Auxiliary seeking volunteers

On Monday, May 12, at Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Choices, 9400 North Shore Blvd., Lakeside-Marblehead, at 3 p.m., guests will learn about volunteer opportunities at the area’s top continuing care retirement campus. According to “Give to Live” by Douglas M. Lawson, Ph.D., “Giving is not just a minor influence on good health but the key to bodily and mental well-being. Studies show that for all ages, one way to escape premature physical and emotional deterioration is by staying in the service of others.”

Opportunities at Otterbein include transportation needs, crafters in Assisted Living, gardening, gift shop volunteering (all proceeds go back to fund important projects on campus), and the newly developed “Be a Compassionate Friend”initiative, which is spending one-on-one time with a resident in need of a friend. Loneliness is a key to depression in elderly folks, but knowing someone is there to talk to can deplete that loneliness in no time.

For more information, contact Betty Schrock, president of the auxiliary, at 269 358 0111. Otterbein North Shore is a Continuum Care Retirement Community offering independent and assisted living, as well as short-term rehabilitation in the Jane Baker House. For more information call Jo Ann Franks or Kirsten Trammel at 419-798-8250. Additional information regarding Otterbein Retirement Living Communities is available on its web site at www.otterbein.org.

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