The Milton Home

206 E Marion St South Bend, Indiana, 46601

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Type of Senior Living

  • Home Health and Hospice
  • Independent Living
  • Nursing Home
  • Assisted Living
  • At-Home Care



A life plan community offering a full spectrum of services for seniors

The right neighbors can feel like family. We all want to be surrounded by family, especially when we have made the decision to leave our home and neighbors for new ventures.  Selecting a new home takes as much time and attention as you spent selecting your very first home.

The Milton Home helps you take all the guess work out as you will find the comforts of home, the safety and security of 24-hour personalized care, the relief of chore-free living and the joy of new-found friendships.  All in a unique, intimate setting on the St. Joe River, close to downtown South Bend.

Who We Are

The Milton Home, a life plan community, provides assisted living and long-term care [nursing home care]. Robert P. and Clara I. Milton, life-long residents of South Bend, founded the community overlooking the St. Joseph River to serve as a home for the elderly to spend their sunset years.  The first residents were accepted in September 1951.  Over the years, additional construction allowed for the expansion of services to meet the growing needs of seniors to include long term care. The Milton Home is funded by Medicare, Medicaid, Waiver and Private Pay.  The Milton Home is part of South Bend IN based Sterling Healthcare Management, a division of Menora Financial, Skokie, IL.   Sterling Healthcare Management owns and manages four communities in Indiana and three in South Bend.

Even though we all want to stay in our homes to age in place, at some point we may recognize we are either not safe at home, living alone is no longer an option or want the relief of chore-free living.  Assisted living at The Milton Home can be the solution.  As you consider moving, ask friends for advice, tour communities and read testimonials you probably want to ensure you select a community which is homey, has great vibes between residents and staff, genuine hospitality and several funding options all in a unique, intimate setting.  That is what we call Milton Home Living!

Sterling understands today's savvy baby boomers demand a community with a front and center homelike experience, a culture which is authentic and unique and with the healthcare elements of senior living pushed to the background.  Aging in place is important.  Our services allow a resident to move into Assisted Living and continue to enjoy their lives, which includes access to all therapies, on-site.

After a hospitalization should a resident require short-term rehab, they come right back to their home to recover in one of our two private rooms.  Should a resident's health decline, they do not have to move to a different facility, rather simply down the hall.  Residents Start Here . Stay Here with the same staff, friends, engagement, therapy, and meals.

At The Milton Home, cues have been taken from the hospitality industry by adding bold visuals, artwork and embracing our building's historical architectural significance, charm, and location. Today the community is undergoing extensive exterior and interior renovations, all carefully planned to ensure the original unique charm, homey feeling and character of the building are maintained just as Robert and Clara Milton would want.

 We would love to share our community with you!  Complete a contact form and we will get right back to you to chat or setup a tour.

The Milton Home Mission

The Milton Home seeks to preserve the dignity of its residents and provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment in assisted living. Our community also provides short term nursing and rehab which means if our resident is hospitalized, they return home for rehab and are not forced to go to a community with which they are not familiar, nor does that community know our loved one. We do. Sometimes a high level of care is required as we age in place. If you our your loved needs to cross that bridge, as a resident of The Milton Home, they will simply move down the hall to long term care. Same friends, same staff, same food, same fun, same home.

From our humble beginnings to today, these core principles have not changed. The Milton Home serves as a foundation for the next step in life and continues to make a profound impact on its residents and the community. We will never stop improving the level of service we provide to your loved one.

Our History

It was on a vacation trip to California in the mid 1920s that Robert P. & Clara I. Milton discovered the concept of a community where seniors could spend their retired years in a pleasant and supportive environment in the care of compassionate professionals. They were inspired to start a similar community in South Bend, Indiana.  Their vision, generous donation, and devoted idealism eventually made their dream a reality. On September 14, 1951, The Milton Home, located at 206 E Marion Street, opened its doors as one of the finest of retirement centers in the state.

The Milton Home seeks to maintain its core values, but changes in customs, trends, and technology have not been ignored. As an aging population has grown, so has the need for different levels of care. In 1975 a nursing home was added and in 2005 the facility became Medicare certified, offering skilled nursing services along with rehabilitation therapy.

Over 60 years later, The Milton Home still embodies its creators original vision of quality, comfort, and stability. While things have changed in South Bend, The Milton Home remains the symbol of old time values; representing a part of history and the cultural heritage of the area.

We know the Miltons would be proud to see their dream has stood the test of time.  Feel free to contact us and see for yourself.

Committed to You

A great healthcare facility is only as good as its people.  We've gathered a team of licensed and trained professionals with many years of experience in all aspects of healthcare management to provide top notch customer care in each service we offer.  Please feel free to contact one of our leadership team members for more information if desired.  Rest easy, your loved one is in good hands.

Assisted Living

The Milton Home helps you take all the guess work out as you will find the comforts of home, the safety and security of 24-hour personalized care, the relief of chore-free living and the joy of new-found friendships.  All in a unique, intimate setting on the St. Joe River, close to downtown South Bend.

•    Assisted Living Apartments
•    Private Pay & Medicaid Waiver accepted
•    Apartments accommodating couples
•    Undergoing extensive renovations inside & out
•    Long term care as well
•    So, you can start here and stay here

We are The Best Kept Secret on the River where you will find a life better than assisted living.  It's Milton Home Living.

You will enjoy, events, entertainment and yes, you can still rock-on here.  Elvis, Chuck Berry, The Temptations, The Four Tops  just tell us what you love.  And, even you can't do the twist like you used to, you will enjoy unique active-living programs, new friends, excellent care and new found freedom.

•    Medication Management
•    Housekeeping & Laundry Service
•    Balanced Dining Plan
•    Personal Shopping
•    Mail Pickup & Delivery
•    Regular Outings & Activities
•    Spiritual & Religious Services
•    Health Monitoring & Wellness Care
•    Individually Controlled Heating & Air Conditioning
•    24 Hour Support from Licensed Nurses & Certified Nursing Assistants
•    Bathing & Hygiene Support
•    On-site Beauty & Barber Shop
•    Notary Service

Skilled Nursing Care

Whether the need is short or long term, if additional healthcare support is required for your loved one, our skilled nursing facility is ready. The Milton Home provides nursing care from a dedicated team of professionals, focusing on the special needs of each individual. Our residents receive 24 hour nursing care, which can include partial or total support with activities of daily living, as well as occupational, speech,  and physical therapy programs designed to minimize time needed in the facility. Special skin care and other therapeutic interventions are also available.

We offer a wide variety of services to support the individual needs of our residents.  If memory care is a concern, we provide programs designed to maintain a high level of cognitive functionality. Speech therapists are available to help residents regain communication skills after a stroke or other debilitating medical event and our physical and occupational therapy staff are here to help your loved one regain the independence they deserve.  Please see our rehabilitation page for more information.

Placing your loved one in a skilled nursing facility can be a trying decision. The stress of re-locating and leaving behind memories of home is difficult for all involved.  Rest assured, The Milton Home seeks to make the transition as smooth and pleasant as possible.  Our facility creates a warm and accommodating environment for each resident and tries to minimize the difficulty of leaving home.  Feel free to contact us for more information.

•    Medication Management
•    Housekeeping & Laundry Service
•    Moving & Transition Support
•    Balanced Dining Support
•    Bathing & Hygiene Support
•    Incontinence Support
•    Limited Transportation
•    Pharmaceutical, Laboratory, & Radiology Services
•    Memory Maintenance Programs
•    Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy Rehabilitation
•    Health Monitoring & Wellness Care
•    24 Hour Support from Licensed Nurses & Certified Nursing Assistants
•    Hospice Care


Recovering from a debilitating medical condition can be a difficult process. Whether it's hip replacement surgery, stroke, or any other condition requiring rehabilitation, The Milton Home is here to help.  We offer an array of comprehensive programs designed to maximize the level of functionality and independence regained by our residents and we have a staff of licensed professionals ready to design a rehabilitation program specifically suited to your loved one's needs.

Any functional loss can be devastating to the well being of an individual.  We strive to achieve the most successful rehabilitation outcomes with our residents and specialize in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.  If Alzheimer's care is needed, we provide a safe environment filled with activities supervised by trained staff designed to stimulate and challenge our residents in a caring atmosphere. Feel free to contact us for more information.

•    Collaborative Team Approach
•    Specialized Trained Nursing Staff
•    Health Monitoring & Wellness Care
•    Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy Rehabilitation
•    Memory Management Programs
•    Alzheimer's/Dementia Care Programs
•    Acute Rehabilitation Services


Room Amenities
Multiple Floor Plans
Meals & Dining
Professional Chef
Dietary Accommodations
Property Amenities
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Service
  • 24-Hour Staff
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Transportation Services
  • Medication Management
  • Walking Paths
  • Fitness Center
Social Activities



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