Tips to Independent, Senior Living

Supportive senior living at its best is about engaging, learning, socializing and enjoying life as you wish – independent and stress free. No shoveling the driveway in the cold Cleveland winters. No mowing the lawn in the hot summer days. It’s a good book by a fireplace. A good friend by the piano. A good meal (that you didn’t cook) in the dining room.

It’s the freedom to savor homemade from scratch, nutritious food, indulge in a favorite hobby or discover a new one, enjoy some quite time or socialize with friends and invited family, all while knowing that health and safety needs are met.

“Our team works to anticipate every need our residents may have, and be purposeful and proactive in all that we do to support their healthy lifestyle and independence,” Our House president Marguerite Zitello says.

The Our House way of senior living highlights independent living, with a supportive staff and all set in a lush, natural environment on nearly 9 acres of wooded bliss. It’s the opportunity to age in place, among the community and friends you love, with the added benefit of a large, private room and bath.


No need to cook. With all day access to delicious, nutritious meals, the restaurant-style dining is also a vital part of residents’ social network. All are served by experienced cooks, supported by a dining director, who together create quality meal options. Understanding that people’s tastes and schedules vary, flexibility is key.


Community engagement – While residents enjoy numerous activities at Our House there’s so much more to do. In addition to the 14-person van can take residents to appointments, shopping, the casino, shows or even a ballgame. “We encourage residents to be as independent as possible, but we can help them get to their appointments or to activities they enjoy.” Transportation to and from doctor visits is included.


Activities, fitness, recreation & engagement opportunities – No matter our age, fitness and recreation are essential stress-reducers. Complementing Our House’s beautiful pond and wooded walking trails, activities and recreation groups offer stimulating life-long learning opportunities. “We have a variety of outings to nearby shops and activities throughout Greater Cleveland, and residents who drive are more than free to come and go as they wish – visiting with family and friends,” Zitello said. “We have a spacious fitness and games area, and often host special activities nights if residents want to join in. We even have an in-house beauty salon.”


Inclusive living – Beyond the security that comes from superior residences and 5-Star Care teams, residents embrace the freedom from time-consuming tasks like cooking, home maintenance and even housekeeping. No bills to pay, no utilities to manage. “Our team essentially provides turn-key living, allowing residents to participate in what they choose. We can hang pictures for them, provide weekly housekeeping – we’re here to help so you can just give away all the stress,” she added that Our House also offers Our House Concierge services to help find movers, realtors and even doctors or other services needed by the residents.

The relationship between management team, staff and residents is what makes Our House truly “home.”

“We have people who are so great at what they do. And the fact that we have such longevity in all aspects of our team says a lot about how confident our residents are in the care we provide,” Zitello said.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we bring a pet?

Yes, cat and dog (we have had birds also in the past) $500 one time pet deposit.

Can we bring our car?

Yes, parking is available in our garage area for a fee of $30 a month.

Can we leave and go stay with family overnight?

Absolutely as long as we know when you are leaving to give us time to pack up meds if needed.

When is rent due?

Rent is due the first of the month. (No invoice is sent out)

Can we have family come for lunch or dinner?

Yes, no visitors on holidays and please give a day notice. Lunch is $4 for guest and Dinner is $6. (Not now because of covid)

Microwaves or coffee pots allowed in rooms?

We only allow residents to have a small dorm refrigerator in their rooms. No microwaves or coffee pots.

Security deposit?

Yes security deposit is $2,900.

What is my loved one needs assistance with ADL’s?

We have Dignity Home health care on site.

Do you furnish rooms?

No, rooms are furnished with your treasures and belongings.

What is included in the rent?

All meals, transportation (as long as we make the appt), wifi, cable, phone and weekly housekeeping.