My mother moved to Blakehurst from another retirement community in Towson in March of 2013. She passed away in May of this year. She lived independently in an apartment for all but the last 2 months or so of her life when, due to some health issues, she moved to assisted living at Blakehurst. My mom had the usual concerns moving to a new place but her fears disappeared almost immediately because of the kindness and attention of the incredibly talented and committed staff. I will not attempt to name everyone because I am sure I will miss someone. The entire group is focused on making sure that the residents are treated with the utmost respect and make every effort to accommodate the specific needs and desires of the residents.
I was impressed with many things so I will just mention a couple.
First, when my mother first moved to Blakehurst, she was very concerned about making new friends. The staff at Blakehurst made a special effort to make her feel welcome and not only learned about her but introduced her to several other residents who they thought would have some things in common with her and like her. She became fast friends with a number of people and told my wife and me many times how happy she was at Blakehurst what a great move it was and how much she enjoyed her friends.
Second, I cannot say enough good things about the assisted living management and staff. The last month of my mothers life was hard with hospital visits etc. I had no idea what this type of care included and required. What was really amazing to see and experience is the compassion, empathy and love (yes i know it's an unusual word to use to review a retirement community!) that came through the caregivers. It's one thing to do the work but something very different to do it because you want to make someones life better. I am forever grateful to this team of dedicated professionals who provided such comfort and support to my mother.
In conclusion, Blakehurst is not a huge community which lends itself to much personal attention. The entire staff works so hard to know each and every resident I would recommend this community to anyone not only because it is a beautiful place but most importantly, because of the people employed there. They are the best!!!