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