What differentiates one skilled nursing & rehabilitation center from another? The answer is... the people who work and reside there! The people set the tone, the atmosphere, and the expectations. At The Laurels of Blanchester, we take great pride in ensuring that everyone feels like part of our family and that they are treated as special "guests" in our home.
The Laurels of Blanchester employs a team of highly qualified medical professionals, including a Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Restorative Care Nurses, a Wound Care Nurse, state tested Certified Nursing Assistants, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and a Speech Therapist. Our on-site Rehab, Dietary, Social Work, and Activities departments provide personalized and compassionate care to each guest. From the moment you walk through the front doors, the warmth and caring of the staff will begin to gain your trust and confidence, as they strive to exceed your expectations.
Unlike other facilities that use "contracted" staff members, each member of the team at The Laurels of Blanchester is directly employed, not "contracted". Each Team Member takes great pride in portraying "The Laurel Way of Caring", as they strive for excellence in providing only the highest standard of care and services to every guest, and to every family member and visitor. Come on in! Visit a while! Let us show you our very best... let us show you The Laurel Way.
Makinna has a passion for caring for older adults. This passion was solidified at a young age when she cared for her grandfather at home with her mother and sisters. She has always been very involved in volunteer work through her church and schools by going on mission trips in the US and overseas, and being the Student Ambassador at Lakota West High School, to highlight just a few. Knowing that’s where she has been gifted, she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Gerontology and Management & Leadership from Miami University while working as a Dietary Server at the local Continuing Care Retirement Community in Oxford, OH. Determined to start her career in the field of aging, she graduated in just 3 years to begin her AIT at Otterbein SeniorLife and then transitioned into the Assistant Administrative role there, where she worked for a year and a half. Makinna joined The Laurels of Blanchester in January of 2019 as the Administrator. Makinna continues to expand her knowledge and skills in the industry by seeking opportunities for hands-on experience and continuing education as she believes she is here to serve others.
Director of Nursing
Cathy is a native of Blanchester, graduating from Blanchester High School in 1988. Cathy has been working in long-term care for over 30 years, first as a CNA then LPN and now as an RN. Cathy has always had a passion for geriatrics and has worked in every role there is in long-term care. Cathy came to The Laurels of Blanchester in April of 2016 as the Assistant Director of Nursing then transitioned to Director of Nursing in February of 2019. She enjoys taking care of the guests and family members at The Laurels of Blanchester. Cathy has two sons, Bobby and Noah, who are growing up too fast. Bobby is currently going to U.C. and Noah is a senior at East Clinton High School.
Rehabilitation Services Director
Mandi Hill COTA/L, is the Rehabilitation Services Director at The Laurels of Blanchester. Mandi came to The Laurels in November 2015 as a PRN COTA/L and began working as the Rehabilitation Services Director in May of 2016. Mandi was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Cincinnati State Technical and Community college in 2012, where she earned her Associates of Applied Science as and occupational therapist assistant. Mandi has worked in a SNF since graduating in 2012. Mandi finds her career very rewarding and enjoys making a difference in the lives of many of our guests as well as in the lives of their families.
Director of Marketing
Amberley was born and raised in Hebron, Kentucky. She began her career in long-term care when she was only 14 years old. With her grandfather being a pastor in Southern Kentucky, she began by caregiving for the elderly within his congregation. She has continued her career by working in home health care, admissions and marketing for long-term care. She is certified in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care and has a passion for caring and serving the elderly community. She enjoys volunteering and serving others. She has been married to her husband Andrew for 7 years and is a new mom to a beautiful little boy. She joined The Laurels of Blanchester in May 2019 as the Director of Marketing and is very excited to bring new ideas to the team. Amberley is eager to begin serving and helping the community of Blanchester and surrounding areas.