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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

Plans Are Released For Kingsport’s Newest Senior Living Community

Plans Are Released For Kingsport’s Newest Senior Living Community

Kingsport, TENNESSEE (January 12, 2017) – Coming to the foothills of The Blue Ridge Mountains, Quality Senior Living, LLC (QSL), Elcan Associates Inc., along with Blake Management Group proudly introduce “The Blake at Kingsport”, a premier senior living community.

Kingsport Mayor John Clark states, “The Board of Mayor and Alderman is very excited about the Blake at Kingsport senior living community development! We thank the Elcan and Associates developers for their significant investment in Kingsport to improve the quality of life for our senior citizens who deserve the very best life has to offer. The new first class facility and amenities along with 70 full-time employees will be another wonderful destination city asset to retain and attract residents to Kingsport!”

The Blake at Kingsport will be located at 915 Holston Hills Drive. This area is known for an abundance of shopping, dining and medical service options. Glenn Barclay, COO for Blake Management reveals, “The Blake features a full continuum of services in richly appointed Assisted Living and Memory Care residences. All of those options will be housed within one resort-style community. If needs change, the people who live here stay here. I am proud to bring a new tradition in senior living to Kingsport.”

When fully occupied, The Blake anticipates creating 70 full and part-time jobs and will become an integral part of the Kingsport community. Arrive Architecture Group based in Dallas, Texas is providing architectural design. The Blake at Kingsport, LLC is applying for a TIF in support of full build out of the facility.

The Blake will offer a vibrant active lifestyle for individuals who are fully independent, but want an easier lifestyle; as well as offering care and support to individuals that need an additional level of care. “We take care of the details, so our residents can enjoy the finer things in life” says Barclay.

Options for Assisted Living residences include one-bedroom residences as well as two bedroom, two bath residences with full kitchen, walk-in closets, and a balcony or porch. Memory Care options include studio and one bedroom residences with walk-in closets. “Pricing will be based on service needs and apartment selection, but will be affordable and competitive with other options in the area. There is no “buy in” fee, and Assisted Living monthly rates start as low as $2,700,” says Barclay.

Along with luxury accommodations, The Blake at Kingsport will provide elegant dining options, concierge service, 24-hour nurse staffing, and an active social program. Other amenities will include a full-service bar and lounge, a coffee shop and ice cream parlor, salon & spa services, onsite therapy, a fitness center, a sunlit chapel, putting greens and outdoor activity courts, a theater room, activity rooms, courtyards with an outdoor fire pavilion, fountains and raised gardens, a business center, library, indoor/outdoor dining, transportation, and on-site parking.

For more information, visit www.theblakeatkingsport.com

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About Quality Senior Living, LLC - QSL’s affiliate, Blake Management Group, will be responsible for the operation of communities throughout Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina. www.blakeliving.com

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Plans are Released for Charlottesville’s Newest Senior Living Community

Plans are Released for Charlottesville's Newest Senior Living Community

Charlottesville, VIRGINIA (December 6, 2016 – Coming to the number one city for retirement, Quality Senior Living, LLC (QSL) along with Blake Management Group proudly introduce “The Blake at Charlottesville”, a premier senior living community.

The Blake at Charlottesville will be located on the Oakleigh site off West Rio Road. Oakleigh is being developed by George and Jane Ray at Insignia Development Services, Inc., along with Oakleigh Albemarle, LLC. Suzanne Jessup Brooks, a member of Oakleigh Albemarle says “we are excited about working with this group to bring the Blake to our community. It will be a wonderful addition to the Albemarle County and Charlottesville area, providing much needed accommodations for seniors especially in the area of memory care. This will truly be a first class facility.”

Glenn Barclay, COO of Blake Management Group reveals, “The Blake features a full continuum of services in richly appointed Assisted Living and Memory Care residences. All of those options will be housed within one resort-style community. If needs change, the people who live here stay here. I am proud to bring a new tradition in senior living to Charlottesville.”

The Blake offers a vibrant active lifestyle for individuals who are fully independent, but want an easier lifestyle; as well as offering care and support to individuals that need an additional level of care. “We take care of the details, so our residents can enjoy the finer things in life” says Barclay.

Options for Assisted Living residences include one-bedroom residences as well as two bedroom, two bath residences with full kitchen, walk-in closets, and a balcony or porch. Memory Care options include studio and one bedroom residences with walk-in closets. Pricing will be based on service needs and apartment selection, but will be affordable and competitive with other options in the area. There is no “buy in” fee, and Assisted Living monthly rates start as low as $2,900.

Along with luxury accommodations, The Blake at Charlottesville will provide elegant dining options, concierge service, 24-hour nurse staffing, and an active social program. Other amenities include a bar and lounge, a coffee & ice cream shop, salon & spa services, onsite therapy services, a sunlit chapel, custom putting greens and outdoor activity courts, a theater room, activity rooms, beautifully landscaped courtyards with an outdoor fire pavilion, fountains and raised gardens, a business center, library, indoor/outdoor dining, fitness center, transportation, and on-site parking.

Sue Friedman, President and CEO of Alzheimer’s Association for Central and Western Virginia, states, “Additional capacity, such as the Blake provides, will be an asset to our community and our citizens, as the challenges of Alzheimer’s and dementia are thrust upon more and more of our friends and neighbors.”.

Memory Care offers specialized care and programs for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The Blake at Charlottesville’s Memory Care offers a secure residential neighborhood dedicated to memory care, with a care philosophy centered on building trusting relationships with residents that foster emotional well-being.

“With a growing and aging population, we must provide more housing opportunities, particularly in the urban ring where people are closer to services and programs. We also need a wide variety of housing options from independent to assisted living to memory care and continuing care communities” says Peter Thompson, the Executive Director of the Senior Center serving Charlottesville, Albemarle County and beyond.

When fully occupied, The Blake anticipates creating 70 full and part-time jobs and will become an integral part of the Charlottesville community. Arrive Architecture Group based in Dallas, Texas is providing architectural design.

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.

The Claiborne Senior Living Community Coming to Augusta

Southern living hospitality for seniors that proves seniority has its privileges

AUGUSTA, Georgia. August 30, 2016 – CR Properties, LLC will develop a significant new senior living community in Columbia County, just minutes from Augusta, Georgia. The Claiborne at West Lake will offer seniors an experience unlike any other. Retirement and hospitality are blended to create an assisted living and memory care community where residents will feel right at home.

Scheduled to break ground in the first quarter of 2017, the community will be built on Furys Ferry Road near Evans To Locks Road, and will feature suites designed for comfortable, safe, and enjoyable senior living. The facility will have at least 100 units, approximately 72 of which will be assisted living units in 2-bedroom, 1-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 those residents feel safe and free of frustrations. Each comes with housekeeping and maintenance included, as well a host of remarkable amenities and services.

Common areas in the master-planned retirement community will include many amenities for seniors, including a library, theatre, activities room, fitness and rehabilitation rooms, medical examination rooms and two full-service salons. 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 with highly trained chefs and food prepared purposefully for seniors. Dining facilities will include dining options for the assisted living residents, two Memory Care dining rooms and separate bistro. Landscaped courtyards will provide safe and comfortable solace outdoors.

CR Properties is a Hattiesburg, MS real estate development company with a diverse portfolio and extensive expertise in acquisition, redevelopment and construction of modern multi-family apartment homes, luxury condominiums, eclectic upscale properties for mixed-use development and resort-style senior living and assisted care communities. Assisted living facilities in their portfolio include developments in Mississippi and Louisiana, with multiple communities planned for Georgia.

The Claiborne facility will be managed by Blake Management Group (BMG), a privately owned senior living management company which operates all Claiborne 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, BMG is excited to bring its managed communities to Georgia, as they blend modern Southern sensibilities with compassionate care.

CR Properties and Blake Management Group are deeply rooted in hospitality. “We are so excited to bring The Claiborne’s level of amenities and resort model of senior living to the West Lake community,” said Jeremy Cole, BMG CEO. “Our attentive and professional staff pay meticulous attention to every service delivered, every meal served, and every care plan we create for our residents.” He added, “the lives of our seniors are enriched by a worry-free environment that promotes healthy living, so the time they spend with family and friends in our beautiful and comfortable surroundings is truly, quality time in their lives.”

Columbia County, Georgia was recently named the 28th fastest growing county in the United States, and presents an exciting opportunity for the company’s growth. The facility is expected to have approximately 80 employees on payroll in full and part time positions.

The Blake at Woodcreek Farms hires Tiffany Bazen as executive director and announces opening of on-site sales center

ELGIN, S.C.: Blake Management Group (BMG) is pleased to announce the hiring of Tiffany Bazen as executive director for The Blake at Woodcreek Farms. Bazen comes with a wealth of experience within the senior living industry, having spent the last four years as executive director at Royal Oaks Senior Care in Summerville, S.C. Prior to her time at Royal Oaks, she led the management team as executive director of Brightwater Continuing Care Retirement Community in Myrtle Beach, S.C., for more than five years.

Bazen was born and raised in South Carolina and has spent the last 22 years in the health care industry. “Senior health care is my passion and has been since day one,” said Bazen. “I love to put smiles on people’s faces every day.”

Jeremy Cole, BMG CEO, said, “Tiffany’s significant experience and industry knowledge has already made her a key addition to the BMG family. As a 10-year board member of the South Carolina Regulatory Committee for Health Care, Tiffany is the perfect fit to lead our first South Carolina project. We look forward to her helping us grow in this region.”

The Blake is prominently located at the entrance to Woodcreek Farms at 385 Spears Creek Church Road. The on-site sales center is now open and can be accessed from the Woodcreek Farms Road entrance. Call Tiffany Bazen today at 803.828.7370 to schedule an appointment. Early residents will have the ability to reserve their exact apartment. Visit blakeliving.com for upcoming news regarding the opening of the facility in January 2017.

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 now South Carolina, 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. 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 Columbia area by building a new tradition in care.

The Blake at Township Adds Family Engagement Technology to its Roster of Amenities

July 7, 2016 - The Blake at Township announced its newest amenity, a technology service that allows residents to easily record and share video messages with loved ones.

This service, called HeartLegacy®, will provide a richer community experience for residents, keep families better connected, and preserve valuable memories for generations of family members.

The Blake at Township will also use HeartLegacy to video-document the unique aspects of their community to share with families and potential new residents.

In line with its mission of delivering modern quality care, The Blake at Township continues its expansion of amenities with the addition of HeartLegacy. Victor O. Smith, Executive Director of The Blake at Township, sees this service as a key element in enhancing resident-to-family communications.

“We are excited to offer HeartLegacy to our residents and their families,” says Smith. “Not only do we offer an exceptional community experience to every resident, we also want to keep them connected to their families. HeartLegacy will expand our efforts in this area.”

The Blake at Township will make HeartLegacy immediately available to residents and families.

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About The Blake at Township
The Blake at Township is a premier provider of assisted living and memory care communities for retirees and seniors. Located in Ridgeland, MS, The Blake at Township offers an unrivaled and hospitable experience to residents and extended family. Learn more at www.blakeliving.com/locations/township/.

About HeartLegacy
HeartLegacy is a technology company headquartered in Daphne, AL. Focused on Senior Care communities, HeartLegacy provides a family engagement platform that captures and preserves moments, memories, and milestones for Senior Care residents and their loved ones. Learn more at www.heartlegacy.com