Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices won two of the three “Eagle” Awards presented in 2017 by the United Methodist Association. Otterbein’s wins came in a category defined as Best Practices and a second category defined as Innovation.
In the category of Best Practices, The Otterbein Lebanon Senior Lifestyle Community received the award for their community partnership to provide a state tested nursing assistant (STNA) training program. In this program, Otterbein collaborates with the Warren County Career Center and the Warren County Ohio Means Jobs organization to provide an intensive STNA training program inclusive of a training wage for those individuals taking the classes. The inaugural STNA class began in April 2016, and the results have been amazing. The fifteen participants excelled in the classroom and with associated lab work and displayed improved test scores and successful achievement of their certificate of completion. It is expected many of the graduates will enjoy a long career, hopefully much of it in the employ of Otterbein.
In the category of Innovation, Otterbein received the award for the Be bOLD Adventure Group. The program is designed to provide the young-at-heart with the opportunity to experience bold, new experiences. Their first adventure: zip lining! Other Be bOLD Adventures (so far) have included go-cart racing, river rafting, distance hikes, and multiple trips to the zip lines—can skydiving or beyond be much further down the line? Many of the Be bOLD participants trained, competed, and won medals at the Ohio Senior Olympics (17 in all in 2017)!
Be bOLD is a resident-driven program, with assistance from the Otterbein activities teams, and has the goal of proving participants place bOLD way ahead of old! Otterbein partners (employees) who join the seniors on their adventures witness renewed energy, excitement, smiles, and fellowship. The adventure group loves to share their experiences with family and friends—especially their grandkids who think their adventuresome grandparents are pretty cool. The Be bOLD Adventure Group is becoming integral to life on every Otterbein Lifestyle Community campus.❦