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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.

Regina Hatcher Joins The Blake at The Grove as Executive Director

BATON ROUGE, La., December 5, 2016 – Blake Management Group is pleased to announce that Regina Hatcher will join the company and serve as executive director of its newest senior living community, The Blake at The Grove. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Hatcher is no stranger to the area, as she has lived in the area since graduating from LSU with a degree in Medical Technology. Her astute sense of southern hospitality will certainly make Blake’s independent, assisted living and memory care residents will feel right at home.

Hatcher brings 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. Her resume also includes senior positions at both Lakewood Quarters Assisted Living and Sage Rehabilitation Hospital. Hatcher’s credentials include passing Executive Director Level course and exam approved through the Louisiana Assisted Living Association and the Louisiana Department of Health.

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 was recognized by Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital area with its prestigious Rosemary Award.

Mississippi-based CR Properties and Cardinal Ventures joined to develop the community that will feature suites 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.

Blake Management Group (BMG) 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’s managed communities blend modern Southern sensibilities with compassionate care. Blake communities are staffed by a licensed Nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and wellness programs incorporate customized care plans for each resident. Also, The Blake takes pride in delivering upscale restaurant-style dining experiences with highly trained chefs and food prepared purposefully for seniors. Other amenities provided by the concierge-style approach of The Blake include housekeeping and scheduled transportation services, a swimming pool and indoor spa, media and card rooms, a fitness center and yoga studio, an onsite chapel, full-service salon, and the Blake’s signature Active Living program.

The Blake and Blake Management Group are deeply rooted in hospitality. “Regina will perfectly integrate into our team of leaders with broad experience in both senior living and the hospitality industries,” said Jeremy Cole, BMG’s CEO. “She has so much to offer our residents in this brand new, state-of-the-art community with its extensive offerings.”

“My favorite part of working with seniors is interacting with my residents,” said Hatcher. “It is the best way to put a smile on my face.” “But to be able to do so in such a beautiful, resort-like community in this town I’ve called home makes me truly feel blessed,” she added.

The Blake at The Grove is expected to open in the summer of 2017. A sales office will open on site in December, 2016. Additional information is available via www.blakeatthegrove.com or a representative is available via 225-424-6714.

Exquisite, Healthy Eating is in the Recipe for The Blake at The Grove

BATON ROUGE, La., November 21, 2016 – It’s no wonder Damien Cavicchi has devoted himself to the enjoyment of fine food. A native of New Orleans with an Italian heritage, Cavicchi has been surrounded by good food his entire life. Now the Director of Culinary Operations for Blake Management Group, Cavicchi incorporates state of the art dietary science into the menus of Blake’s Retirement, Assisted Living and Memory Care Communities like the one being built at The Grove in Baton Rouge.

A Certified Executive Chef [CEC] through the American Culinary Federation, Cavicchi executes his role throughout the entire dining experience, training chefs and dining room managers to bring a hospitality focused approach to the senior living dining experience. Damien is passionate about creating menus that reflect the food experiences that residents have enjoyed for much of their lives, while incorporating new foods that are both beneficial to body and mind.

Chef Cavicchi knows that healthy eating can mitigate the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. He carefully prepares food to maximize their nutritional value and incorporates “super foods” proven to have incredible health benefits. There is data to support that eating a diet rich in these foods may help the brain function better and slow memory loss in seniors.

“Our approach to dining is hospitality driven, which means restaurant style accommodations, gracious service, trained chefs with restaurant backgrounds,” said Cavicchi. “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.” He notes that it’s very important to recognize the impact that food can have on physical and mental wellbeing. “Some of our super food success stories include vegetable salads such as a raw, chopped Broccoli Caesar, Salmon Curry – that’s loaded with memory-boosting Turmeric, Olive Oil Carrot Cake with Walnuts, and adding fresh berries seasonally to salads and muffins.”

Cavicchi is no stranger to fine dining. After owning and operating several restaurants of his own, he worked at the famous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC from 2008 through 2013, leading food and beverage operations for Biltmore’s restaurants, and garnering local and national press. Always the advocate for all things quality, Chef Damien 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 cuisine and service with an inspired approach and attention to detail.

The Blake at the Grove will incorporate three individual, sit-down dining rooms, along with a Café and Coffee Shop featuring signature coffees, bistro plates and grab and go options, and will even have a full bar serving cocktails, beer and wine on the property. The community will host seasonal holiday celebrations, wine and cheese socials, and cookouts. A hospitality station will feature coffee, pastries, sweets and fruit. The Blake takes pride in delivering upscale restaurant-style dining experiences with highly trained chefs and food prepared purposefully for seniors.

Blake Management Group (BMG) 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’s managed communities blend modern Southern sensibilities with compassionate care. Blake communities are staffed by a licensed Nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and wellness programs incorporate customized care plans for each resident. Other amenities provided by the concierge-style approach of The Blake include housekeeping and scheduled transportation services, a swimming pool and indoor spa, media and card rooms, a fitness center and yoga studio, an onsite chapel, full-service salon, and the Blake’s signature Active Living program.

To be completed by the summer of 2017, The Blake at The Grove promises to offer new and exciting living opportunities for seniors in the region. Strategically located in the new Grove community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, The Blake at The Grove will offer seniors an experience unlike any other. Retirement and hospitality are blended to create an independent, assisted living and memory care community where residents will feel right at home.

BMG with CR Properties, Cardinal Ventures Break Ground on 213-Unit Community in Louisiana

BMG with CR Properties, Cardinal Ventures Break Ground on 213-Unit Community in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, La. — A joint venture between CR Properties and Cardinal Ventures has broken ground on The Blake at The Grove, a 213-unit independent living, assisted living and memory care community in Louisiana’s state capital.

The community will be located within Grove, a 118-acre mixed-use development, giving residents pedestrian access to shops, restaurants, hotels, medical services and an eight-mile multi-use trail.

When completed, The Blake at The Grove will feature 111 units of independent living, 67 units of assisted living and 35 units of memory care. Blake Management Group will operate the community.

The Blake at The Grove is expected to open in the summer of 2017. A sales office will open on site in the fall of 2016.

CR Properties and Cardinal Ventures are both real estate developers based in Mississippi.

This article originally appeared at seniorshousingliving.com