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The Blake at Baxter Village Senior Living Community Coming to Fort Mill

The Blake at Baxter Village Senior Living Community Coming to Fort Mill

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.

Local firm completes work at Carnes Crossroads senior living building

Local firm completes work at Carnes Crossroads senior living building

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.

Visit www.blakeatcarnescrossroads.com or www.blakeliving.com.

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

Gray gourmets: Senior homes upping the quality of dining service as residents become more food savvy

Gray gourmets: Senior homes upping the quality of dining service as residents become more food savvy

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.

Read the full article at The Post and Courier

Blake Management Group brings fine dining to South Carolina senior living communities

Blake Management Group brings fine dining to South Carolina senior living communities

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.

Senior Living Community, The Claiborne at West Lake, Breaks Ground in Augusta

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.

The facility is expected to have approximately 80 employees on payroll in full-time and part-time positions.

Regina Hatcher Named 2017 Advocate of the Year

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 Adds VP of Wellness

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.

The Blake at Carnes Crossroads Senior Living Community hires executive director, director of sales and opens on-site sales center

SUMMERVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA: Blake Management Group (BMG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Kathryn Daugherty as executive director and Stephanie Crane as the director of sales for The Blake at Carnes Crossroads. Daugherty and Crane come with a wealth of experience within the senior living industry, having both spent the last decade working with various senior organizations.

Daugherty began volunteering at a local assisted living community at the age of 8 and has not looked back since. Following her undergraduate studies in child and family development at Georgia Southern University, she went on to receive a master’s degree in gerontology from the University of Missouri. Throughout her career in senior living, Daugherty has held roles in her communities ranging from activities assistant to director of sales to executive director, and she brings with her experiences from all areas within the assisted living community. Her love of life and creating and enjoying new experiences with those around her are what make her such a valuable addition to the BMG team.

Much like Daugherty, Crane has had a heart for the senior population from a young age when she would volunteer at the nursing home where her mother was a nurse. Upon graduation from East Carolina University in 2007, she went to work for the Gaston County Department of Social Services and has remained in senior care ever since. Crane is an active member of the Low Country Senior Network and is devoted to ensuring our senior population is being cared for, which makes her a perfect fit for The Blake at Carnes Crossroads.

The Blake is prominently located in the Carnes Crossroads development at 4015 2nd Avenue. The on-site sales center is now open and can be found directly across from Northwood Church. Call Stephanie Crane today at 843.494.0630 to schedule an appointment. Early residents will have the ability to reserve their exact apartment and take advantage of move-in specials. Visit blakeliving.com for upcoming news regarding the opening of the facility in the summer of 2017.

Blake Management Group is a privately owned senior living management company which operates all Blake communities with the goal to ensure residents receive the best care in every market they serve. With locations in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina, Blake-managed communities blend modern Southern sensibilities with compassionate care. Blake communities are staffed by a licensed practical nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also, The Blake takes pride in delivering an upscale restaurant-style dining experience with highly trained chefs and food prepared purposefully for seniors. Blake signature dishes are prepared by the executive chef and delivered to residents by dedicated servers. BMG looks forward to serving the seniors of the Low Country by building a new tradition in care.

Two Claiborne Communities Add HeartLegacy for Video, Family Engagement

February 1st 2017 - The Claiborne Retirement Communities today announced that two of its properties, The Claiborne at McComb and The Claiborne at Thibodaux, partnered with HeartLegacy® for video marketing and family engagement technology.

A unique amenity for senior communities, the HeartLegacy technology solution showcases senior communities and connects residents with families through video.

Claiborne communities, part of B.M.G. Senior Living, leverage HeartLegacy for video marketing, social media outreach, staff video profiles, resident video messaging, legacy preservation, and family engagement.

The Claiborne at McComb and The Claiborne at Thibodaux will utilize HeartLegacy to address lead generation, resident engagement, and family connectivity initiatives. These two Claiborne communities are the most recent of several B.M.G. properties to implement the HeartLegacy service.

B.M.G. Senior Living C.O.O. Phil Benjamson says: “It’s important that our communities remain dynamic in all facets of resident and family engagement. Adding HeartLegacy to our communities helps us in a variety of areas – life enrichment, resident and family engagement plus gives visibility to the Blake Experience. We’re excited to bring new technology and amenities to our residents and families. HeartLegacy is another contribution in that area.”

HeartLegacy C.E.O. Walt Armentrout adds: “We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with B.M.G. and Claiborne communities. They are on the cutting edge of senior living. HeartLegacy’s technology is a perfect fit with their Life Enrichment Initiative, allowing us to bring value to their residents, families, and community operations.”

Blake Management Hires Former Parc, Holiday Executive as COO

RIDGELAND, Miss. — Blake Management Group has hired Phil Benjamson as chief operating officer.

Benjamson was formerly the chief operating officer of Parc Senior Living and managing director of Holiday Retirement Senior Living. Glenn Barclay, the company’s co-founder and current COO, will continue working with the board of directors.

“Glenn has been instrumental in leading BMG from the very first community to our current vision of over 30 communities,” says Jeremy Cole, CEO of Blake Management Group. “Phil is a seasoned senior living executive who has had oversight to 70+ communities before, while recently helping a small operator in Atlanta implement a Ritz brand of hospitality.”

Blake Management Group is an independently owned senior living operator with communities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee. The company currently manages 12 communities, but plans to open five new communities in 2017. Additionally, Cole and Benjamson plan to open a new corporate office in Nashville, Tenn., this year.

From Seniors Housing Business