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Cottingham is a part of the Deaconess Communities, a non-profit organization, and we’re proud to have all the benefits that go along with it.

As a non-profit senior community, we are focused on you and not making huge profits. We’re comfortable placing all our effort on our residents and hiring a highly qualified staff. Cottingham Retirement Community offers everything under one roof for independent lifestyles, assisted living, rehabilitation, long term care, and memory care. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that you will not have to move when your needs change.

Cottingham Retirement Community was established in 1984.  We are non-denominational and welcome those who are 65 years and older. There is no endowment fee, only a one-time community fee.  You’ll have everything you could dream of needing and people that care about you.


Steady U Cottingham Retirement Community is a Proud Sponsor of Steady U

Steady U Ohio is a statewide collaborative falls prevention initiative, supported by Ohio government and state businesses (including Cottingham), to ensure every Ohioan knows how they can prevent falls, one step at a time.

Learn more by clicking here.

A Tradition of High Standards & Affordable Lifestyle

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Cottingham Retirement Community is conveniently located within minutes of several major freeways- I-275, I-75, and I-71. We are located in a thriving metropolitan area that offers many resources close by such as: shopping malls, Horseshoe Casino, Taft Theater, beautiful parks, activities and dining on the Ohio Riverfront, The Great American Ballpark-home to the Cincinnati Reds, and more. You might be tempted to sneak out at night for a few laughs!

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Financial Planning

Cottingham rates are very affordable; you might say we are the best kept secret in town! There is a one-time minor community fee then your monthly rent. Expenses at a retirement community encompass everything you need and can possibly be less than your current home expenses once you do the math. Utilities, phone, cable TV, weekly housekeeping, and weekly linen changes are included. You won’t find those perks at home! If you require financial assistance, come and talk to us. We can offer several resources that may be able to help. Please contact our retirement counselor for more information, email, or call us.
call Kristen at 513-563-3881

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High Staff to Patient Ratio

Our philosophy is to provide the highest level of care and attention and we know how you love to be pampered. We offer a high staff ratio of one to five in  Elizabeth Court Memory Care, meaning one qualified staff member for every five patients, which ensures a high quality of care.  Ivy Court Long Term Care has approximately one to eight staff ratio.

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Honored Veterans

We take pride in our Veterans and sharing their stories. “The Avenue” is a long hallway filled with photos and memorabilia we have dedicated to remembering them. We are happy to share this video featuring Sgt. Raymond Arnett, one of our current residents.

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Deficiency Free Health Survey 2018

Another deficiency free health survey was achieved for 2018! The Ohio Assisted Living Association representing the largest number of Residential Care Facilities in the State recognized Cottingham Retirement Community for our deficiency free survey in 2018.

Click here for the 2018 certificate.

For more information visit the Ohio Department of Health’s website. Click here>

2016 Assisted Living Award

Winner! 2018 Best of Senior Living Award

The annual Best of 2018 Awards recognize outstanding senior living and home care providers who have received consistently high ratings from residents and their families.

Winners of the Best of Awards are located all over the country and represent the top tier of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers in the country.

The award places winners in the top one percent of senior care providers nationwide!

For more information visit, click here.

We’re here to help

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Kristen Watson - Retirement Counselor

Kristen Watson is thrilled to be a part of the Cottingham community. She previously worked as a Life Enrichment Director and Assistant Executive Director at an assisted living community. Kristen loves interacting with seniors and is passionate about helping residents and their families. If you are interested in calling Cottingham “home” or would like information on retirement living, please contact Kristen – she would love to speak to you!

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Meet some of our Team!

From left to right – back row to front row:
Lynne Sennett – Director of Nursing Services
John Meese – Director of Therapy Services
Stephanie Anderson – Assisted Living Director
Darla O’Calaghan – Assistant D.O.N.
Connie Wetzel – Social Worker
Debbie Newton – MDS Coordinator
Kristen Franke – Retirement Counselor
Mark Harris – Director of Environmental Serv.
Lesa Day Dean – Billing Specialist
Janet Miller – Director Culinary Services
Shelley Owens – Executive Director
Christine Bush – Business Office Manager
Pam Kankowski – Mkting & Operations Coord.

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Shelley Owens - Executive Director

Shelley grew up in Sharonville and attended Princeton High School.  She went to Eastern Kentucky University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  She received her Administrator’s license in 1992.   Shelley has worked as Administrator of Mason Health Care Center in Mason (our sister community) and the Administrator of Ivy Court at Cottingham.  Shelley welcomes, enjoys, and learns from the opportunity to serve our residents.  She understands the needs of the residents and strives to make Cottingham feel like home.

Shelley lives in Mason and has a cat named Daisy. She loves to read, cook and bake.  Upscale craft shows is a favorite past time!  Shelley recently started walking in 5k’s and has completed two with another one coming up!

Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Cottingham team.

To submit an application: click application next to any job posted, save the application to your computer and fill out. Once completed, then upload and submit. A resume is optional. Simply click the browse button, locate your document on your computer and click to insert. Then click submit.
If you do not have a resume or application to submit online, you may fax your application to (513-563-3717), mail or bring in your application in person. Please do not submit a resume unless you have completed the application.

State Tested Nurse Aides - FT and PT

FT, PT and Weekend Warriors

Various 12 hour shifts – 6:30pm to 6:30am

Responsible for direct care of residents – requires documentation of care provided throughout a 24 hour period.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • H.S Diploma/Equivalent
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • License in good standing.

E.O.E. / Drug-Free Workplace

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Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) - Health Care Unit

Full Time – 12 Hour Shifts
1-Day and 1-Night Schedule available

Job Description:

60 – Bed Unit
Non Profit
Responsible for direct care of Residents, including medicine, treatments and oversight of STNA delivery
Documentation of care provided throughout a 24 hour period

Required Skills / Qualifications:

Current LPN License in Ohio
Current CPR
Preferred 1 year experience

Preferred Skills / Qualifications:

Strong documentation skills; experience with Point Click Care (PCC) is a plus
Ability to follow instructions and work well in a team environment
Self directed and work well under minimal supervision
Follow through personality with attention to detail
Communicate effectively with residents and other staff members

Cottingham Benefits:
We offer Paid Orientation and Training
Vacation, Sick and Holiday Pay
Tuition Reimbursement
Life Insurance and much more!

E.O.E. / Drug-Free Workplace

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Dietary Servers - FT and PT

Day and evening shifts, hours vary.

  • Minimum 16 years of age.
  • Outgoing and friendly personality

If you are available at least one day a week and every other weekend,  we have an opportunity for you.

For immediate application review, print the application, complete, and email directly to Human Resources:

E.O.E. / Drug-Free Workplace

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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 16 years of age


Flexible schedules

Rotating weekends

Shifts are   7a to 3p,   8a to 4p   or   4p to 8p

Additional hours are available on the weekends.

If you are available at least one day a week and every other weekend,

we have an opportunity for you.

E.O.E. / Drug-Free Workplace


Apply Application


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