An interview with Blake Management Group COO Glenn Barclay
As a principal of QSL and Chief Operating Officer for Blake Management Group, Glenn Barclay is responsible for program development and supervision of all aspects of operations for QSL facilities. Barclay lends more than 25 years of healthcare experience to QSL and is responsible for program development and supervision of all aspects of operations for QSL communities. He is currently serving as a board member for the Florida Assisted Living Association. (Source: QSLmanagement.com)
Beck Partners: Why do you believe 428-432 Airport Blvd. will make a successful site for a new Blake facility?
Glenn Barclay: This location is perfectly centralized in the heart of the Pensacola. The chosen property is in close proximity to all three major hospital systems, as well as shopping, restaurants, churches and the Pensacola International Airport. Also, new exit and entrance ramps to Interstate I-110 will provide our families with easy access to our community as they go about their routine daily activities. We are also excited about the new development that is occurring in this area, which will provide plenty of opportunities for our residents and families to enjoy the growing selection of retail and dining offerings.
BP: How do you think this new facility will positively impact the community?
GB: The Blake at Pensacola will bring a level of service and amenities that is not currently available to our older adult population. Our Pensacola families deserve a senior lifestyle option that addresses their expectations for the highest level of technology, innovative apartment designs and unique offerings, such as a full-service coffee shop, restaurant and lounge, expansive courtyards, media theater, chapel, full-service salon and spa, outdoor fire-side seating situated in a beautifully landscaped courtyard with putting greens and an unmatched activity program. In addition, the property will offer a full continuum of wellness and personal care supportive services, including 24-hour nursing, housekeeping, transportation, onsite primary care practitioner services, home health and outpatient rehab therapies. The property will create at least 50 full-time jobs, as well as an array of contract and third-party service opportunities.
BP: What is the construction timeline/grand opening date for the facility?
GB: We’ll break ground in January of 2017, and open late spring 2018.
BP: What drove you to want to open a facility in Pensacola, specifically?
GB: We are excited about the new development and downtown revitalization that is happening in Pensacola. Pensacola ranked in the top 5% for job growth, and one of the best places for military retirement. We see Pensacola as progressive and innovative in its approach to growing businesses, providing superior healthcare, improving infrastructure and demonstrating a sincere desire to offer the best for our children, young adults, families and our senior adults. The Blake at Pensacola fits perfectly within that framework. Families are looking for better lifestyle options that cater to their high expectations and busy schedules. We see our product as meeting that niche and being a strong support resource that allows families to spend more quality time together.
BP: What are some of The Blake at Pensacola’s most exciting amenity offerings?
GB: Our property will have 72 assisted living apartments that will include one and two bedroom options and 47 specialty care apartments for our residents with memory impairments. Apartment designs will include options for a full kitchenette, courtyard porches and secure balconies. The building is also designed with a state-of-the art staff call system so that each resident can utilize a hand-held pendant to summon our care experts when they need assistance. The community is specifically designed to meet the expectations of our independent residents, as well as those residents that may require more assistance with their activities throughout the day. Our philosophy of aging in place will be evident throughout our residences, common living areas, as well as throughout our program and service offerings.
The property will also have a secured memory care community with 47 apartments. Each apartment is equipped with an innovative motion sensor system that can be customized to the needs and preferences of the resident. This system summons our care experts to the resident’s apartment as needed to provide the required assistance and supervision. Our memory care will provide full-service dining services, specialized activity programming and security measures that enhance the life of our residents and bring peace of mind to their families.
Read more interviews and articles in our latest publication, 2017 Insight Magazine.
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