Abe's Garden is a community of memories. We are not focused on Alzheimer's loss. The architecture, programs and furnishings of Abe's Garden are designed to evoke memories.
Abe's Garden features innovative, research-based programming that empowers residents to live well. For families, it is a place to turn for assistance, inspiration and the comfort of knowing their loved ones are engaged and enjoying a meaningful and fulfilling life.
But it’s so much more than that. To ensure residents enjoy a meaningful and rewarding lifestyle, Abe's Garden is adopting and testing innovative program methods developed by Vanderbilt staff to provide state-of-the-art dementia care to Abe’s Garden residents. Vanderbilt researchers will evaluate and refine these programs for the purpose of ongoing quality improvement.
What will be innovative about programs at Abe’s Garden?
Resident Assessment and Programming
- Abe’s Garden is utilizing standardized and technology-aided assessments resulting in informed decisions regarding the needs of individual residents and effectiveness of programs
- Abe’s Garden features individualized life enrichment programming that fosters freedom of choice
- Programs incorporate intergenerational programming, exercise and art, music and pet therapy.
At Abe’s Garden there is a wide variety of programming catered to the residents’ preferences. Before a resident moves to campus, the Abe’s Garden team meets with the resident and their family to get an in-depth understanding of their life. From there, the Abe’s Garden team develops clubs, classes and committees that reflect the interests of those living in the community. For example, residents may choose to participate in a weekly cooking class; join the book club; attend the hair salon; or take on a leadership role in the decorating committee. Additionally, there are spiritual opportunities, fitness classes, outings and games such as Lingo Bingo that provide mental stimulation. The extensive programming reflects Abe’s Garden’s person-centered approach to care.
Top photo courtesy of Micael Reneé