Abe’s Garden is the first memory care campus offering an evidence-based lifestyle focused on providing and elevating the quality of care for those with Alzheimer’s disease. By providing an unprecedented level of care for individuals living in Middle Tennessee, Abe’s Garden is establishing a model of residential, day, and community-based programs for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias throughout the United States. Leadership and affiliated consultants visited many of the best memory care communities in the United States to determine best practices. These best practices, as well as published research findings, were integrated throughout the extensive development process and continue to be updated and adopted in programming.
One significant aspect of the collaborative program with Vanderbilt University Medical Center. An essential part of this partnership is the nation’s first major medical university endowed chair in Alzheimer’s diseases - Dr. Laura Dugan – established in partnership with a continuum of care community. Other features that make Abe’s Garden unique include:
Dedicated, Purpose-Built Campus
Designed specifically for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, Abe’s Garden allows residents to age in a familiar environment throughout all states of cognitive health – from day care, to respite, to residential, to end of life. The Abe’s Garden LEED-certified campus is conducive to family visits, including a three-acre park, interactive gardens and a putting green.
Continual Quality Improvement
Individualized programming fosters freedom of choice, is purposeful, as well as reflective of activities that residents participated in during earlier phases of their lives. These programs may incorporate the use of pets, intergenerational programming, exercise and art and music therapy.
Abe’s Garden features improved methods of communication and cooperation between family members, staff and residents. Families receive frequent updates regarding their loved one's changing health and daily care needs, as well as programs deemed appropriate and effective.
The Abe's Garden community and the programming offered within were developed by noted specialists in the fields of geriatrics, pharmacology, physical therapy, lighting, social work, and nursing.
Dr. Sandra Simmons (recipient of Alzheimer's Association research funding and participant in its grant review process) and Dr. John Schnelle (formerly of UCLA and founder of the Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging) were also involved in the design and program development of Abe’s Garden. Both Dr. Simmons and Dr. Schnelle have published a wealth of behavioral scientific research on the care of residents with Alzheimer's, yet this is the first opportunity in their 30+ year careers to consult on a campus designed specifically for an Alzheimer's population.