Elders are invited to live in "greenhouse"

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.”

It’s called a Green House because the conditions are said to be ideal for continued human growth.

First of all, Green House homes look like a house—not a hospital. The elder population at each home will be capped at 12 so the staff will have plenty of time to meet the needs of residents (there will be at least two workers on site at any given time).

“If you want to sleep in for example and have your breakfast at 10:00 o’clock with your cup of coffee you can do that in a Green House and you can wake up when you want to. There's no cafeteria, there's no cafeteria hours,” Detweiler said. “You can participate. If you live here and you want to stir the muffins and help make them and so the things that you do in a daily basis in a Green House are so similar to what you did when you were younger and living in your own home somewhere else. The green houses feel like home. They are just home.”

In the spa room you’ll find a walk in tub where residents will be encouraged to take long soaking baths.

One incoming resident is a golfer who can no longer play on the course, but who will see a putting green built in the back yard of his Green House.

Detweiler insists that Green House living will be in the “mid to low end” of the price spectrum when compared to the costs at traditional facilities in the area.

A total of four Green Houses will be built and one of those will serve as a rehabilitation hospital.

One unique thing about the Goshen development is that the owners also have 21 single family housing lots in the same Maplewood Subdivision, which would allow one spouse to live in a house nearby to another who needs skilled care