Our Mission

At The Towne House, our mission is to enhance the quality of life for older adults within a secure environment which supports their needs, values, interests, and independence while encouraging personal and spiritual development.

Fort Wayne’s only nationally accredited retirement community

Dedicated to the fulfillment of our mission, The Towne House has earned national accreditation, assuring that The Towne House is financially sound, offers a broad range of services including health care, and provides a superior quality of lifestyle for our residents. Most of our employees are long-term, and enjoy contributing to the positive atmosphere created here. They take pride in our mission and quality of care.

The Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC) was founded in 1985, and later merged with the commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Now known as CARF-CCAC, the accreditation commission is the only accrediting body for continuing care retirement communities. The Towne House has been an accredited community since 1990, and has chosen to become a nationally accredited community in addition to meeting all legal and regulatory requirements. This means that, in accordance with CARF-CCAC standards, we conform to proven business and financial practices, employee training, information management and continuous quality improvement planning.

The people we serve play an active and vital role in the CARF accreditation process, from helping to develop the international performance standards to giving input on the quality of services they receive. Through accreditation, our employees demonstrate their belief that all people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, have access to needed services that achieve optimum outcomes, and are empowered to exercise informed choice. The Towne House is pleased to join CARF in this mission.

The Towne House is also proud to be CARF-CCAC accredited in Person Centered Care and Dementia Care. Within CARF’s Dementia Care standards, you will find standards that focus on many of the areas identified in the Dementia Care Practice Recommendations, including specialized training for staff, usability of the environment, ongoing assessment processes, involvement and the sharing of information with families/support systems, communication efforts through facilitating collaborative decision making, and incorporating end-of-life care into the care plan. CARF has also made strides over the last few years to update its standards to incorporate person-centered care themes and approaches.

CARF-CCAC accreditation not only provides assurance of quality and integrity, if offers the public a standard for comparison in evaluating retirement communities. By working to continuously improve our services, we can improve the quality of life for you and your loved ones. The Towne House’s focus is set firmly on your safety and happiness and on meeting your needs and expectations.

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The Towne House is a non-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) operated by BHI Senior Living. Founded in 1965 on the moral principles of the American Baptist denomination, The Towne House derived its strong commitment to caring, quality, and integrity from this religious heritage, however, it welcomes residents of all faith denominations.

We offer a comprehensive range of services and supportive care designed to meet our residents’ needs throughout the many stages of life.

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About BHI

Located in Zionsville, Indiana, BHI has deep roots in the Midwest. In addition to The Towne House, BHI operates leading communities in Columbus, Frankfort and Zionsville. Since 1905 we have been committed to enhancing the quality of life for every person associated with us — from residents and their families to the loyal, dedicated staff members at each of our communities.

As a faith-based, non-profit organization, our first priority is to do what is best for the people we serve. We believe in responsible stewardship of resources, from making sure all of our communities are consistently maintained and updated, to employing the sound financial practices that have made BHI one of the most well-respected, financially stable senior living organizations in Indiana.

When you choose to make your home at a BHI community, you have the assurance of knowing that the same community and amenities you have chosen today will still be here for you tomorrow — and that you will be cared for by people who are committed to your well-being.


Our Leadership Team

Lori Peare Director of Sales
Lori Peare
Director of Sales
The Towne House Retirement community
Cathy Schiek
Director of Social Services
Sarah Horacek Director of Marketing
Sarah Horacek
Director of Marketing
Amy Scheffer Executive Director
Amy Scheffer
Executive Director

Making continuous improvements our goal

During more than 50 years of providing senior services in Indiana, BHI has developed strong relationships within the local communities we operate. BHI’s financial goals are not driven by the need to return profits to investors. Instead, we seek to make continuous improvements to the programs, living environments and services we provide to our residents.