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One of the most positive and proud features of the health care system in Sturgis is the retirement and health care facility Thurston Woods Village. Thurston Woods Village is an up-to-date, beautifully maintained facility. Its lovely lawns and gardens are well-kept, with areas of park-like quality, reflecting its worthy heritage and reputation. It is a community that offers an active lifestyle, gracious living, friendships, healthy activities and security.

The history of this beautiful facility began with an idea of Alta Schrock, who envisioned a nursing home to be created in an empty building that was owned by Clifford and Alfred Froh. The suggestion was put into the hearts of the Mennonite Board of Missions in Iowa. They purchased the building and 80 acres of land from the Froh brothers for $1.

Many volunteers came to work on the building and grounds, because extensive remodeling needed to be done to bring the building up to state code. Finally, in 1953, the old Froh Homestead opened its doors as a nursing home accommodating 35 “guests,” with housing room for eight to ten workers. In addition, 460 acres of farmland were rented and worked by volunteer service workers.

Eventually the need outgrew the facility and, in 1968, the home was moved from the U.S. 12 building into Sturgis. Licensed as Froh Community Home, there was room for 66 residents. In 1976, expansion was completed to allow space for 118 residents.

In 1985, Thurston Woods Village incorporated and became a retirement community. A 90-unit home for the aged was added, along with a 33-unit, rentsubsidized apartment complex. In response to the need for independent housing with services, the Village Homes duplexes and Gables apartments project started in 2000 and today consists of 6 apartment buildings (36 apartments) and 15 duplex buildings (30 homes), with room for expansion. Most recent improvements and additional services are the complete renovation of Froh Community Home and a new short- stay rehabilitation wing.

Thurston Woods Village is continually seeking ways to improve their services and to respond to changing industry needs. Currently, they are in collaboration with the Sturgis Hospital to provide in-house Hospice Care to the community in a private home generously donated by the Franks family.

Today, Thurston Woods Village serves 300 residents at various levels of care, employs 200 plus individuals and maintains over 25 buildings on more than 100 acres of land.

Thurston Woods Village’s unique multi-level living options make it stand out from the crowd. The four different living options are:

  • Independent living housing. The Village Homes duplexes and The Gables apartments are set in a quiet, safe neighborhood and offer several financial options, floor plans and services.
  • Assisted living at "The Villa" includes 24-hour staffing assistance, three meals a day, medication assistance, housekeeping and laundry service.
  • A leader in quality care, Froh Community Home and Rehabilitation is a Five Star skilled care community and has been awarded “One of America’s Top Nursing Homes” for eight consecutive years. The dedicated and skilled clinicians and staff assure your stay with them maximizes your well-being and care. Residents enjoy the outstanding activity programs, specialized therapy and restorative service, buffet dining which includes the ability to order meals from menus, and the well-known homelike environment. Each semiprivate room is equipped with television and a free Wi-Fi service.
  • The Short Stay Rehabilitation Department is staffed with highly trained clinicians who are available seven days a week. They pride themselves with excellent outcomes, resident satisfaction reports, and low average length of stay. Working with the resident and their significant others, the team immediately upon admission formulates discharge plans and goals. A home assessment and a final discharge meeting assure a safe return home with appropriate services.
  • HUD housing, known as "The Manor," must meet HUD income and age guidelines, with rent being based upon income.

These facilities were opened at their Sturgis address in 1968 and licensed as Froh Community Home; there was room for 66 residents. In 1976, expansion was completed to allow space for 118 residents. In 1985, ThurstonWoods Village incorporated and became a retirement community. A 90-unit home for the aged was added, along with a 33-unit, rent-subsidized apartment complex.

In 2004, phase two of a five-phase building plan will be completed. Phase one and two added eight duplexes and six apartment buildings to the campus. Among plans being considered for the other phases are a community building, a dementia unit, a wellness center and daycare.

Thurston Woods Village serves 300 residents at various levels of care, employs 200 individuals and maintains 16 buildings on 55 acres of land. It is a community that offers an active lifestyle, gracious living, friendships, healthy activities and security.

Thurston Woods Village is a not-for-profit facility that is associated with the Mennonite Health Services.

Sturgis has also recently added an Enrichment Center, housing the Sturgis office of the St. Joseph County Commission on Aging. This facility offers seniors a variety of resources including meals, fitness and education. Located across the street from Thurston Woods on Franks Avenue.