Author: Blakeford

Our Maintenance Team – Creating a Spirit of Belonging

Our maintenance team is four individuals who understand and embrace the power of exemplary service. Terry Duke and his crew work tirelessly to maintain a comfortable home for all our residents and a safe place to work for our team members. But, listen to how they respond to the question “Why do you like your job”… Read more »

Bringing Music & Memory to Blakeford

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In June 2014, I came across a trailer for the documentary film Alive Inside. I was immediately taken with the film’s subject – the ability of music to reawaken memories thought to be lost through a program called Music & Memory. Now, a little more than a year later, Blakeford is a certified Music &… Read more »

Making the Decision to Move: My Mom’s Journey

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Several years ago, my mom made a decision that would change how she lived out the rest of her life. Following a lot of family discussions, research, and tears, she moved to an independent living community. My mom and dad raised my brothers and me in a small-ish (population: 29,000) southern town. Mom could drive… Read more »

Celebrating the First Year of LiveWell By Blakeford

We are pleased to report on a successful inaugural year for LiveWell By Blakeford. We have welcomed new members, added to our team and resources, and continued to connect people with services that they value and need. All of our LiveWell members are committed to staying in the homes that they love and all exemplify… Read more »

Why Women 50+ Should Take Control of Their Money

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When I ask my working girlfriends when they plan to retire, or if they plan to retire, I usually get a quizzical look — and then a shrug. Most of them are in their 50s and 60s and they all seem to think the notion of not working for pay is rather unrealistic. Why? “If… Read more »

8 Things Not to Say to Your Aging Parents

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I’m going to say something politically incorrect here: Sometimes our elderly parents make us a little nuts. (And sometimes they out-and-out drive us crazy.) We love you, Mom and Dad, but we’ve heard the story about Aunt Cissy pouring wine in the dog’s bowl so many times we can tell it ourselves — in our… Read more »

Our Culinary Services Team – Creating a Spirit of Belonging

belonging food team

For 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Blakeford’s Culinary Services demonstrate consistency, integrity, and team work. More importantly, they provide a sense of community to our residents. The team graciously let us film them over the last couple of weeks. They are an active group of people on a mission and we value… Read more »

Is It Time to Hire a Professional Caregiver?

More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their loved one. – National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP; November 2009 If you’re… Read more »

The Power of the Word Belong

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Just one word. That’s all. A two-syllable word that describes the spirit of an entire community. Belong. When our leadership team heard this word while in the midst of a re-branding meeting, they grabbed on to it. It wasn’t about marketing though. It was what we already knew about Blakeford. People feel they belong here…. Read more »