Our Housekeeping Team – Creating a Spirit of Belonging

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The members of Blakeford’s housekeeping team are some of the kindest people to walk through our doors each day. When you ask them what they like most about their job, there is no hesitation. They love our residents. No doubt, our residents love them as well. Take a look at this group of kind, dedicated,… Read more »

Q & A – The Role of a Health Center Social Worker

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The presence of a social worker in health center is essential to the exemplary care of residents and patients. Lora Cochrane, MSW, is the social worker at Woodcrest at Blakeford. Lora took some time to respond to a few questions about her role and its importance to residents and their families. What is your role… Read more »

4 Things to Do When Your Parents are Resisting Help

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“Doctor, my mom needs help, but she won’t accept it and she won’t listen.” Sound familiar? It’s a complaint I hear all the time from families worried about older parents and aging relatives. And it’s a very real issue that we must address. For better health and wellbeing in older adults, it’s not enough to… Read more »

Are You on the “My Kids will Take Care of Me” Plan?

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An article published by Forbes addressed the topic of who will be there to take care of childless Boomers. Yes, it is a concern with that group, but it’s also something that couples with children should think about very carefully. Pew Research states that 47% of 49-59 year old adults are “sandwiched” between caring for… Read more »

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 »