Miramar Beach, FLORIDA (May 16, 2018) –Blake Management Group (BMG), Legendary Living, and the management team from Quality Senior Living (QSL) in partnership with LongueVue Capital proudly introduce “The Blake at Miramar Beach”, a premier senior living community in Miramar Beach, FL.
The Blake at Miramar Beach will be located at the intersection of Ponce de Leon & Hwy 98 in Miramar Beach convenient to shopping & medical services. The community will feature 123 apartments of Assisted Living & Memory Care.
“We saw an opportunity to meet South Walton’s need for a new hospitality and wellness centered continuing care retirement community, providing residents the ability to age in place.” reveals Glenn Barclay, QSL principal and co-founder of BMG. “As a company, we are continually looking to remain on the cutting edge of senior services. We are excited to incorporate new programming, an experiential expo kitchen to make dining an interactive experience and a large morning porch allowing residents to enjoy the sunrise over the property’s eastern exposure.”
Steve Griggs, with Legendary Living is excited about the partnerships with BMG and LongueVue Capital. “We couldn’t have asked for better partners that are like minded and have the desire, like we do, to create a senior living environment that truly serves seniors and their families.”
Assisted Living residences include one or two bedroom apartments with options including a balcony or porch overlooking the courtyard. Memory Care options include studio and deluxe studio residences with walk-in closets. Pricing will be based on service needs and apartment selection; however, the high-end community will be affordable and competitive with other options in the area.
Along with luxury accommodations, The Blake at Miramar Beach will provide elegant dining, concierge service, 24-hour nurse staffing, and an active social program. Other amenities include a full-service bar and lounge, a coffee & ice cream shop, salon & spa, on-site therapy services, a chapel, a theater room, activity rooms, landscaped courtyards with an outdoor fire pavilion, fountains and raised gardens, library, fitness center, transportation, and on-site parking.
When fully occupied, The Blake anticipates creating 80-100 full and part-time jobs and will become an integral part of the community.
Arrive Architecture Group, a Dallas-based award winning firm with specialization in senior housing, is providing architectural design. EBM Group together with Clark Construction will serve as general contractor.
Find more information at blakeliving.com/miramarbeach
Harahan, LOUISIANA (March 13, 2018) – Quality Senior Living (QSL), a portfolio company of LongueVue Capital, together with Blake Management Group, introduces “The Blake at Colonial Club”, a premier senior living community in Harahan, LA.
The Blake at Colonial Club will be located near the corner of Jefferson Highway and Colonial Club Drive, convenient to many areas of the New Orleans metro. At The Blake at Colonial Club, a full range of services will be available within one resort-style community where with 70 residences in the assisted living community and 48 residences in the secure Memory Care community.
Glenn Barclay, Quality Senior Living principal and co-founder of Blake Management Group reveals, “We saw an opportunity to meet Jefferson Parish’s need for a new hospitality and wellness centered continuing care retirement community, providing residents the ability to age in place knowing the care will be there when they need it. We take care of the details, so our residents can enjoy the finer things in life.”
Assisted Living residences include one or two bedroom apartments with options including a balcony or porch overlooking the courtyard. Memory Care options include studio and deluxe studio residences with walk-in closets. Pricing will be based on service needs and apartment selection; however, the high-end community with luxury amenities will be affordable and competitive with other options in the area.
Along with luxury accommodations, The Blake at Colonial Club will provide elegant dining, concierge service, 24-hour nurse staffing, and an active social program. Other amenities include a full-service bar and lounge, a coffee & ice cream shop, salon & spa, onsite therapy services, a chapel, putting greens, a theater room, activity rooms, landscaped courtyards with an outdoor fire pavilion, fountains and raised gardens, business center, library, fitness center, transportation, and on-site parking.
When fully occupied, The Blake anticipates creating 70 full and part-time jobs and will become an integral part of the community. Arrive Architecture Group, an award winning Dallas-based firm with specialization in senior housing, is providing architectural design. EBM Group of Mobile, AL together with Clark Construction of McComb, Mississippi will serve as general contractor.
Find more information at blakeliving.com/colonialclub. Residents and families interested in floorplan and leasing information are encouraged to contact Judy Belk at 251-377-8206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some estimates project the aging services profession may need to attract as many as 1.5 million new employees by 2025. As such, a number of organizations are refining their corporate culture and implementing strategies to attract new leaders and retain and reward them.
Blake Management Group LLC (BMG), a privately held senior living operator headquartered in Jackson, MS, with 18 communities throughout the South and Gulf Coast, actively communicates its need for leaders as it grows.
CEO Jeremy Cole’s internal initiative “Hustle and Heart” mirrors Google’s study and approach of psychological safety.
Google spent years studying effective teams. Researchers found the single quality contributing most to Google’s success—and any team’s effectiveness—is psychological safety. It mattered less who was on a team and more about how the team worked together. Psychological safety refers to an individual’s perception of taking a risk, and the response his or her teammates will have to taking that risk. It boils down to trust.
“We must hustle in senior living to be the best, but this theme embodies our spirit in passionate care from our hearts each day,” said Cole. “Not everyone truly outlines the correlation between psychological safety and retention like we are trying to do, and it is very difficult to balance accountability with retention. So there must be a culture of psychological safety to make mistakes and raise your hand if you need more training or more direction.”
Cole came to BMG as CEO in 2014 with no experience in senior living. His first visit to his community was his second visit to any senior living community. BMG had three communities and was ready to open a fourth.
But Cole’s background with Accenture, a global management and IT consulting company, had taught him well. As a consultant, he helped find and solve problems for various Fortune 100 companies. He spent time in client boardrooms listening to executives in very different cultures making decisions, helped primary client Marriott with a major system integration—not just IT but people, culture and a core operating system that manages everything a hotel guest experiences from check-in to check-out—many initiatives became essential to the Marriott/Starwood merger.
Cole initiated a full transformation at BMG—people, processes and technology—a captive service company for developers, and intentionally set on a path to build a company that could handle 50 communities, which is its goal. He started with everything from policy and procedures to hospitality influences to human resources and psychological safety.
With a background of identifying talent, Cole also knows that it might not be just senior living executives who can be successful. That opens up different recruiting paths, different types of leaders. He understands that a leader who can take them from a sales trailer to 40 deposits on opening might be different than one who can take a community from 90% to 95% occupancy.
“I run a unique organization in senior living, because we are always in creative start-up mentality. My portfolio—I have 18 teams right now, four of which are in what we call development blue sky—50% are stable in the first 12-18 months,” said Cole. “There is a role for every type of leader and an exciting path for every type of leader. I have very talented executive directors, and I have to double that group of leaders.
“I tell my executive directors they have the opportunity to run a start-up business that starts at zero and needs to be a $6 million P&L at the end of the day. But it’s nothing without them,” Cole added. “Albeit we have standardization and strong processes, the success is in their hands. The answers to their questions are with their peers and the executive directors who have done this before.”
Hustle and Heart not only fits Cole’s personality, he says it’s truly how he leads and how he feels, and it’s relevant to the fact that they’re in start-up ops all the time.
“We know for a fact it works,” he said. “I have a community that opened up 75% occupied, we were full and essentially stabilized within six months, were 100% wait list within 12 months, and I had several ups and downs with people, processes and technology along the way. I like to say nothing is easy in senior living, and we address it that way. So there must be this feeling that they can raise their hand and ask for help from their regional or multiple vice president disciplines-wellness, sales, dining.”
BMG also adopted fun as a core value—something Cole admits he borrowed from Jack Callison, CEO of Enlivant—and that has had an amazing impact because he said it as a directive, a core value, and announced it with steps behind it.
“When you have 400% growth in some years, constant ops, constant need to continuously improve your processes—which is my background, so I’m very focused on my teams getting better and better—and we’re in lease up… we are fair, but we do expect good openings, and we expect greatness,” Cole said. “That’s either a pressurized environment that just simply isn’t fun for anybody including me, or you try to have some fun with it.”
Over the past year, Cole has worked with a new HR director who outlined with him the next five years of how the company is going to retain and train its staff, including a series of retention strategies.
For example, when a personal assistant (PA) joins the company, they are assigned to a senior PA. That senior PA is rewarded if the new PA is still with the company in 90 days, six months and 12 months. They get bonuses.
“That in some ways is tied to a social retention strategy but also tied to Hustle and Heart. That says it’s a responsibility to develop people, and you’re rewarded for it. We’re messaging you are now a leader with BMG, which means you are deeply responsible for growing people and changing lives,” said Cole, who will be speaking at the fourth HealthTAC produced by Senior Living News—HealthTAC East at Trump National Doral Miami, April 9-11, 2018.
Originally posted in Senior Living News
FORT MILL, SOUTH CAROLINA: A modern senior living experience is making its way to Fort Mill, offering a new tradition in care. The Blake at Baxter Village will offer exciting opportunities for the area’s seniors and their families. Groundbreaking for The Blake at Baxter Village is scheduled for early 2018.
The Blake will be conveniently located on Sixth Baxter Crossing within the heart of the Baxter Village master-planned community just off Highway 77 in Fort Mill.
Cardinal Ventures, based in Mississippi, is developing an 88,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care community, in addition to several three-bedroom independent living townhomes. Both the independent living townhomes and the assisted living and memory care suites will be designed for comfortable, safe and enjoyable senior living. The assisted living options include both two-bedroom suites and one-bedroom suites. The memory-support portion of the community focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care will feature both studio and one-bedroom suites specifically designed to provide a home-like environment where those residents feel safe.
“We selected this location for many reasons,” said Harrison Young of Cardinal Ventures, the architect and developer of The Blake at Baxter Village. “The rapid population growth in Fort Mill and York County has spurred significant residential and commercial development. This significant growth, combined with excellent education systems and high quality of living factors, makes it an attractive location for senior living. As part of the Baxter Village community, residents will have the luxury of close proximity to entertainment, shopping and dining within Baxter Town Center. The “front porch living” style that defines Baxter Village makes it a perfect fit for The Blake.”
A privately owned company, Blake Management Group operates Blake senior living communities with the goal to ensure residents receive the best care in every market they serve. With locations in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, Blake-managed communities blend modern Southern sensibilities with compassionate care. Blake communities are staffed by a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, The Blake takes pride in delivering an exceptional dining experience with highly trained chefs and food prepared purposefully for seniors.
The Blake and Blake Management Group are deeply rooted in hospitality. “Our leaders have broad experience in both senior living and the hospitality industries, and we have designed amenities with this worry-free resort model in mind,” explained Jeremy Cole, Blake Management Group CEO. “As a result, the lives of seniors are enriched by an environment that both promotes healthy living and provides an atmosphere of service to our residents. I look at every service delivered, every meal served and every person cared for through the lens of whether it would be good enough for my mother.”
It’s at The Blake that those looking for the best in care and quality of life will also find the best value around. The value can be seen immediately in the beauty of our community but also how resident-care programming is delivered. “Our philosophy is simple,” said Phil Benjamson, Blake Management Group COO. “From our friendly concierge to the interaction between our associates and residents, we take pride in delivering a feeling of community and joy. We achieve that signature Blake experience by investing in the areas that impact our residents most: dining, activities and care. And we provide 24-hour nurses on site and staffing levels that are among the best in the industry, ensuring that our residents receive exceptional service and attention.”
A Blake Experience welcome center is expected to open near the site in the summer of 2018. Early residents will have the ability to reserve their exact suite and take advantage of move-in specials. Visit blakeatbaxtervillage.com or www.blakeliving.com for upcoming news regarding development and pre-opening sales.
Frampton Construction Co. LLC wrapped up work late this summer at a new 100-unit locale for older residents near Summerville.
The Blake at Carnes Crossroads is opening off U.S. Highway 17A in the emerging master-planned community. Sitting on a 3.7-acre site at the property’s front gate, the 84,000-square-foot building is the Charleston-based contractor’s third facility for Blake Management Group in South Carolina. Sister operations are The Blake at Woodcreek Farms in Elgin and The Blake at Edgewater in Indian Land.
Carnes Crossroads eventually will feature hundreds of homes as well as medical offices, shops and restaurants. Dozens of homes, amenities, a school, parks and a church have been built in the 2,500 acre community, developed by Daniel Island Co.
Construction of The Blake at Carnes Crossroads began in spring 2016. Frampton Construction joined with Cardinal Ventures, a senior living developer from Ridgeland, Mississippi, and parent of Blake Management Group.
The group pledges “senior housing excellence” through developing top-notch communities that provide high-end housing, wellness, dietary and activities. The facilities are designed to enhance residents’ dignity and quality of life. Blake Management Group focuses on offering luxurious, home-like communities with resort style perks.
The Blake counts a collection of 13 communities in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. With offices in Charleston and in Charlotte, Frampton Construction describes itself as a regional full-service construction firm zeroed in on planning and design support, preconstruction, construction services and sustainability services. The company is positioned to manage projects in the Carolinas and beyond, Frampton Construction says.
Originally published in The Post and Courier
Having spent nearly two years as executive chef of Biltmore Estate, Damien Cavicchi was pretty sure he knew how to make cornbread. He’d perfected a mountain-style preparation that involved bacon and a cast-iron pan.
But in the eyes of the residents of a Mississippi senior home operated by Blake Management Group, which in 2013 hired Cavicchi away from The Biltmore and its hoity-toity tendencies, that deliberate Old South homage didn’t belong on a plate with plain black-eyed peas or cooked-down collards. They wanted dense buttermilk cornbread that crumbled on command. Or they wanted the kind of cornbread that’s as sweet and moist as birthday cake.
Cavicchi knew his recipe didn’t stand a chance. Yet he also hesitated to side with either cornbread camp. So he dutifully baked cornbread both ways until residents had a chance to fight out their philosophies in a monthly meeting of the Culinary Council, a resident board that’s become a fixture of life care facilities.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 31, 2017)— Senior living communities are rarely lauded for their dining programs but with a resident-focused, chef-driven approach to dining, thoughtfully planned menus and a hospitality-minded vision led by Chef Damien Cavicchi, Blake Management Group (BMG) has brought a fine dining experience to South Carolina’s senior housing industry. This vanguard dining program is in place in BMG’s three locations across the state.
“Our approach to dining is hospitality driven which means restaurant style accommodations, gracious service to our residents and trained chefs with restaurant backgrounds,” said Cavicchi, Director of Culinary Operations for BMG. “Food is a regular highlight for many of us throughout our lives, and our approach to dining at The Blake is from a place of not only comfort and enjoyment, but also health.”
Like his colleagues in fine dining establishments, Chef Cavicchi updates menus frequently, incorporating seasonal ingredients and balancing the menu with a mix of signature dishes and specific requests from residents. His challenge is in delivering fresh, flavorful meals that are both familiar yet exciting to BMG’s senior residents. “To maintain the healthy value of our meals without compromising taste, a lot of considerations are made in preparation,” Cavicchi explains. “Cooking techniques are diverse and important to our chefs. We generally prefer to gently cook a fresh vegetable just to the point of bright green tenderness, rather than boil it with pork for hours.”
Cavicchi understands healthy eating can mitigate the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. He carefully prepares food to maximize its nutritional value and incorporates “superfoods” proven to have incredible health benefits and likely aid in improved brain function. He notes the importance of recognizing the impact food can have on physical and mental wellbeing.
“Some of our superfood success stories include vegetable salads such as a raw, chopped broccoli salad or salmon curry, loaded with memory-boosting turmeric.”
Chef Cavicchi is passionate about creating menus beneficial to the mind and body that reflect the food experiences residents have enjoyed for most of their lives. South Carolina BMG residents can expect a menu of traditional Southern fare with low-country influences, executed in a healthier way by incorporating local ingredients and dietary science.
Cavicchi is no stranger to the Carolinas. After owning and operating several restaurants of his own, he worked at the esteemed Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. from 2008 through 2013, leading food and beverage operationsfor Biltmore’s restaurants, while garnering local and national press. Always the advocate of quality, Chef Cavicchi worked to elevate the estate’s culinary offerings through partnerships with Biltmore’s own production gardeners and through relationships with regional purveyors. Residents at The Blake can expect an approach to dining inspired by the thoughtful attention to detail that makes restaurant style dining a joy.
“I was drawn to The Blake because I saw an opportunity to change an industry,” explains Cavicchi. “We are creating a special dining program at BMG and will continue to improve upon it and deliver the best possible experience for our residents.”
BMG intentionally follows a restaurant model when staffing each community’s dining program, an approach unique to the senior housing industry. Each property has dedicated dining employees including servers, a dining room coordinator and executive chef. Many members of BMG’s culinary team have received formal training at culinary school or worked years in fine restaurants. The dining team is provided with ongoing training in order to achieve and maintain the quality level of product and service that one would expect from a great restaurant.
BMG communities typically include several well-appointed dining rooms, in addition to a café and coffee shop featuring signature coffees and grab-and-go options. Communities host seasonal holiday celebrations, cookouts and wine and cheese socials. Hospitality stations feature coffee, pastries, sweets and seasonal fruit. BMG understands the connection between food and socialization, making special efforts to customize dining services and events to best serve their residents.
BMG has three South Carolina senior living communities including The Blake at Woodcreek Farms (TBAWF) located in Northeast Columbia; The Blake at Carnes Crossroads (TBACC) in Summerville, scheduled to open this summer; and The Blake at Edgewater (TBAE) in the Indian Land development just south of Charlotte, N.C., scheduled to open later this year.
Blake Management Group
Blake Management Group is an independently owned senior living operator with communities in the Southeastern United States (Ala., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., S.C., Tenn.). Focusing primarily in assisted living and memory care units and programming, BMG also manages approximately 300 independent living units. BMG’s motto is “A New Tradition in Care,” which encapsulates the company’s desire to be traditional yet modern in the service and amenities brought to seniors and their families. BMG currently has approximately 600 employees and 10 communities. For additional information on BMG, please visit bmgseniorliving.com.For additional photos, recipes or interviews with Chef Damien Cavicchi, please contact Kristin Allen: 601.622.3447.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (June 1, 2017) — CR Properties, LLC recently broke ground on The Claiborne at West Lake, a premier senior living community located at 557 Furys Ferry Road. The Claiborne at West Lake will be a high-end, resort-style community, offering assisted living and memory care residences. This community as with all Claiborne communities will be managed by Blake Management Group (BMG).
CR Properties, is a privately owned real estate development company based in Hattiesburg, Miss., CR Properties has a diverse portfolio including apartments, retail, hotel and additional senior living facilities in Mississippi and Louisiana.
“We are thrilled to bring The Claiborne to Augusta and look forward to serving seniors in the community,” said CR Properties Principle, Craig Tatum. “Augusta is well-known as an ideal retirement destination and we believe The Claiborne’s thoughtful approach to hospitality will make our facility a perfect fit for this community.”
The Claiborne at West Lake will feature suites designed for comfortable, safe and enjoyable senior living, and will have 100 units, 70 of which will be assisted living units in two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio suite configurations. An adjoining memory care support facility focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care will feature an additional 30 suites specifically designed to provide a home-like environment where memory care residents feel safe and free of frustrations. Each residence includes housekeeping and maintenance services, as well a host of remarkable amenities and additional services.
Common areas in the master-planned retirement community will include a library, theater, activities room, fitness and rehabilitation rooms, medical examination rooms and two full-service salons. Dining facilities will include several options for assisted living residents, two separate memory care dining rooms and a bistro. Landscaped courtyards will provide safe and comfortable solace outdoors.
“Our communities have broad experience in both senior living and the hospitality industries, and we have designed amenities with this worry-free resort model in mind,” explains Jeremy Cole, BMG CEO. “As a result, the lives of seniors are enriched by an environment that promotes healthy living and the highest level of service to our residents. I look at every service delivered, every meal served and every care plan we create for residents through the lens of if it would be good enough for my mother.”
BMG, a privately owned senior living management company operates all Claiborne communities and will operate The Claiborne at West Lake upon completion. With locations in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina, BMG is excited to bring its managed communities to
Georgia, as they blend modern Southern sensibilities with compassionate care. The Claiborne communities are staffed by licensed nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and wellness programs incorporate customized care plans for each resident. A full-time activity director creates engaging, customized opportunities for exercise, entertainment and group activity. Also, The Claiborne takes pride in delivering upscale restaurant-style dining experiences thoughtfully prepared for seniors by highly trained chefs.
BATON ROUGE, La., May 12, 2017 – Blake Management Group is pleased to announce that Regina Hatcher has been named the 2017 Advocate of the Year by the Louisiana Assisted Living Association (LALA). Hatcher is the Executive Director of Blake’s newest senior living community, The Blake at The Grove, scheduled to open this August in Baton Rouge. LALA’s Advocate of the Year Award is presented to an individual volunteer or Community who has performed significant advocacy service on behalf of LALA, and must have demonstrated an unusual commitment to educating others about preserving the dignity, well-being, and independence of senior living residents.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Hatcher is no stranger to Baton Rouge, as she has lived in the area since graduating from LSU with a degree in Medical Technology. She has over eleven years of experience in senior living, having served the past five and a half years as the Executive Director at Sunrise of Baton Rouge. Hatcher has volunteered and served on numerous, relevant community boards to include the Junior League of Baton Rouge, Alzheimer’s Association, and the Louisiana Assisted Living Association. She has also been recognized by Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital area with its prestigious Rosemary Award.
The senior community she leads, The Blake at The Grove, will feature suites with upscale amenities designed for comfortable, safe, and enjoyable senior living. The 111 independent living and 67 assisted living floor plan options include two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio suites. An adjoining Memory Care support facility focusing on Alzheimer’s and dementia care will feature an additional 35 suites specifically designed to provide a home-like environment where those residents feel safe and free of frustrations.
“We are so proud that Regina has been acknowledged as a leader in our industry,” said Jeremy Cole, BMG’s CEO. “Our independent, assisted living and memory care residents will certainly enjoy her award-winning experience and astute sense of southern hospitality. We’re lucky to have her on our team!”
“I’m honored to be named Advocate of the Year by LALA because I think it is so important to work for and provide the best possible standard of care for our treasured seniors,” said Hatcher. “My favorite part of working with seniors is interacting with my residents, it is the best way to put a smile on my face,” she added.
The Blake at The Grove is expected to open in the summer of 2017 and a sales office has already opened on site.
Blake Management Group (BMG) added Michell Boska as vice president of wellness.
Boska will focus on elevating the sophistication in how BMG communities deliver care and measure outcomes, including resident experience. She will work to leverage current technology to enhance support and training of care teams across the country.
Boska formerly served as regional director of operations for Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) and area director for Autumn Leaves Senior Living.
BMG is an independently owned senior living operator with communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company is based in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
Originally published at Senior Housing News.