Read below to see what's being said about Blue Diamond Communities, The Green House® Village of Goshen, and more!


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New nursing home opens in Goshen

Elkhart Truth - January 26, 2018

The Green House Village of Goshen celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 with an open house from 3-7 p.m. for the Strawberry Fields and Blueberry Hill homes.

“Even though we are still a licensed care facility and we will provide care through Medicare and Medicaid, it’s how we do it that’s radically different,” Tonya Detweiler, President of Green House Village of Goshen, said. 

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Eye on Michiana: An innovative new model of skilled care with Blue Diamond Communities

WSBT Channel 22 - December 23, 2017

Tonya Detweiler, president of Blue Diamond Communities, joins Ted Smucker to discuss the intergenerational neighborhoods being built in Goshen. Blue Diamond Communities' mission is "Real homes for life."

Also announced is the upcoming grand opening of The Green House Village of Goshen, January 24th, 2018 from 3 - 7 pm.


Blue Diamond Communities to host grand opening for The Green House Village of Goshen

PRESS RELEASE - December 19, 2017

The Green House Village of Goshen, located at 3200 Firestar Drive in Goshen (Maplewood Estates), will celebrate its grand opening with an open house on January 24th, 2018 from 3 - 7pm, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony and short program at 4pm.

The first of its kind in the region, The Green House Village of Goshen brings an innovative new form of skilled care to Elkhart County. Consisting of four homes built in Maplewood Estates -- the first Blue Diamond Community -- The Green House Village will offer long-term care, rehabilitation, and memory care in a small, real-home setting.  


Rebooting the nursing home

Politico - January 11, 2017

A bold idea takes root: What if you built a house where seniors really enjoyed spending time?

On a rainy January day, Grace Williard, 86, was absorbed in a jigsaw puzzle in the living room. A fire glowed in the hearth, and three of her housemates dozed in comfy chairs. In the open kitchen, chicken was baking, and noodles and succotash simmered on the stove. The doorbell rang, announcing the arrival of family visitors.

Welcome to the Green House, a reimagined nursing home near Hershey, Pennsylvania. Williard and her nine elderly housemates are beneficiaries of a growing movement to transform nursing homes from medicalized institutions to places that feel much more like home.


A new model for nursing home care

Kiplinger - April 01, 2016

It's a common refrain that adult children hear from their parents: "No matter what, promise that you'll never put me in a nursing home." These seniors obviously have not visited a Green House, a unique alternative to the traditional nursing facility.

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Unique nursing home holds ribbon cutting in Elkhart County

WSBT Channel 22 - January 24, 2018

There's a new option for housing in Elkhart County.

The goal of the nursing home is to allow retirees to keep some of their freedom. Green House Village of Goshen held a ribbon cutting late Wednesday afternoon.

The homes are alternative skill-care options with around the clock care. Up to 12 people can live in each house and they can set their own routines.


New Goshen senior homes offer sense of freedom to residents

WSBT Channel 22 - December 21, 2017

A new option for the elderly will soon be available.

Green House homes are alternative skill-cared homes that offer 24 hour medical care.

Each of these homes in Goshen holds a maximum of 12 people with personal bathrooms and medicine cabinets in their rooms.

They're also located in a residential neighborhood, just the second site in the country to integrate the two.

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Blue Diamond Communities begins construction of four-home skilled nursing complex in Goshen

Elkhart Truth - May 21, 2017

After breaking ground for the first of four long-term and transitional care homes for seniors Wednesday, Tonya Detweiler thought back to her first job in elder care as a high-schooler.

Detweiler, president of Blue Diamond Communities, and others with the company broke ground on the Green House Village of Goshen. She said the first three of four planned homes are expected to be finished before the end of the year, meaning there will be 36 openings for residents by January 2018.

She said she started a waiting list for the units, which are priced similarly to a skilled nursing facility, and that seven people joined the list even before they broke ground.


Goshen project hopes to merge young and old generations

ABC 57 - October 27, 2016

It was first reported by our partners at the Elkhart Truth. It's a project two years in the making and now it's almost finished. Blue diamond communities is trying to bridge the gap between generations both young and old.

Crews are finishing construction, but that's only the first phase. Phase one is building new homes for the elderly and younger generations here at Maplewood Estates.

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Some believe Goshen needs more executive-level housing

Goshen News - November 21, 2015

A new housing development located on Goshen’s southwest side is attempting to answer the call regarding what some in the city say is a notable lack of available executive-level housing within the city limits.

Known as Maplewood Estates, the new subdivision off of C.R. 36 was the subject of a Goshen Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony early Wednesday afternoon, during which the subdivision’s developers, Blue Diamond Communities, unveiled one of their new, higher-end single family attached model homes for the public to explore.

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Goshen 'Green Houses' welcome first residents

WNDU Channel 16 - January 24, 2018

Thursday is move-in day for Goshen's first 'Green House' living center.

What's a Green House? It's not a place where you grow plants. It's an alternative living situation to a nursing home.

The fully furnished house will give 12 people the ability to live out their lives as they normally would in a home, instead of a nursing home.


Elders are invited to live in "green house"

WNDU Channel 16 - December 19, 2017

What’s the difference between a nursing home and a ‘Green House?’

Time will tell.

January will mark the debut of the area’s first Green House Village home in Goshen.

“We have taken skilled care and tried to make it into a home because we think that’s what people want,” said Tonya Detweiler, President and CEO of Blue Diamond Communities. “People really want to stay in their homes just as long as they can.”

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Goshen senior housing project will be part of neighborhood

Goshen News - May 18, 2017

A new concept of senior living in Goshen started Wednesday with a few ceremonial shovelfuls of dirt.

Blue Diamond Community of Maplewood Estates held its groundbreaking event on four group homes that will allow senior residents to stay in a neighborhood setting as they go through changes in life, which may include medical care.

Maplewood Estates is located north of C.R. 36 and west of Indiana Avenue (C.R. 21.)

The Green House Village, as the collection of houses will be known, will provide nursing care, memory care and rehabilitation for 48 seniors, 12 in each house. One of the homes is under construction and three of the four planned are expected to be completed by the end of the year, according to the company. The fourth home will be constructed in spring 2018.

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New Goshen development hopes to help seniors stay in a neighborhood setting

Elkhart Truth - October 27, 2016

"There is a lot of research that shows grandparents living with children, or disabled children living with their parents, has an impact on the person's health and vitality," said Detweiler. "I saw it in the lives of my grandparents who lived with my parents."

Maplewood Estates, a new subdividsion along Clover Creek Lane in southwest Goshen, is being designed and built with those principles in mind. Owned by Blue Diamond, Maplewood features dwellings that are home to both young families and seniors. One house features a married couple, two single females and a woman who is a senior citizen. 


Small Residences for the Elderly Provide More Personal, Homelike Care

NY Times - November 20, 2015

KAY LARMOR, 71, was in and out of conventional nursing homes. Then she found Green House homes at Porter Hills, in Grand Rapids, Mich., which is helping to remake long-term care.

Each home houses only 10 elderly people, and each person has a bedroom and bathroom. Ms. Larmor has private space, is able to order breakfast when she wants it and enjoys home-style cooking, including some of her favorites, like goulash and spaghetti with meatballs. Residents can gather around a fireplace in the common room, and Ms. Larmor enjoys chatting with aides in the open kitchen.