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.
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.