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DAY PROGRAMS

Community Group

Abe’s Garden® Community Group (AGCG) is Middle Tennessee’s first day program benefiting people with early-stage dementia. AGCG builds on the success of the organization’s residential and day programs, where person-centered, failure-free engagement plays a prominent role.

AGCG provides members with a variety of engagement opportunities that are based on members’ interests. Activities may include photography, songwriting, foreign language study, yoga, music therapy and instruction, Nia Wise Moves, and peer-led educational sessions. Additionally, members receive emotional support and build relationships with individuals in similar situations.

Two sessions are available: Tuesdays and Thursdays, or Wednesday and Fridays. Both sessions meet 10:00am to 2:00pm at Park Manor.

As with all best practices Abe’s Garden® adopts, AGCG’s evolution will be guided by outcome data, new findings, and program participants’ needs and interests. Membership is subject to initial assessments confirming program suitability, with assessments recurring every six months throughout membership.

Memberships currently available. For additional information or an application, please contact Judy Given at 615-716-0249 or jgiven@abesgarden.org.

The Club

The Club is a monthly membership program designed for individuals living with dementia at home who would benefit from the engagement programs offered to Abe's Garden® residents.  The Club program is 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. either five days (Monday through Friday) or three days (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) each week. Additional days may be accommodated by appointment.

Other options, such as early arrival (7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.), late stay (3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.), and evening program (5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) are available upon request for an additional fee. An overnight stay may be possible pending suitable accommodations.

Prospective Club participants will receive a multi-faceted assessment administered by Abe’s Garden® management team members. Participants must be able to feed themselves, use the restroom with prompting, and have sufficient mobility (with support) to ambulate within the community.

For more information on The Club, please contact Judy Given at jgiven@abesgarden.org or 615.733.2682.

INDEPENDENCE PLUS

There may come a time when you or a family member need a little help to remain living independently. For these times, we offer supportive services in your home. Independence Plus is the help you want, when you want it, for as long as you want it.

Independence Plus provides assistance with:

  • Reading
  • Bathing and dressing
  • Personal hygiene / dental care
  • Light Housekeeping and laundry
  • Changing linens
  • Mobility / transfer support
  • Shopping, medical appointments, and errands
  • Medication supervision
  • 24/7 Care
  • Companionship

Independence Plus is a licensed Personal Support Services Agency. Assistance is provided by pre-screened certified nurse assistants and care partners trained in the Abe’s Garden® approach, with expertise in dementia care.

For services or information about Independence Plus, please call 615-383-7303.

CAREGIVING VIDEOS

As part of our mission to share the evidence-based caregiving best practices we’ve studied and adopted, Abe’s Garden® has created a series of short, informational videos. These videos provide information to help caregivers provide better, more effective care for those living with dementia.

Log-in to access currently available videos, which include tips on communication, bathing, mouth care, dressing, reactive behaviors, engagement, end of life, and teaching children about Alzheimer’s disease. You will receive email notification when new videos are available for viewing.

Watch this brief video to see the campus and learn more about the Abe’s Garden® model.

Helen Crow, Oklahoma chapter, Alzheimer’s Association
“I'm so impressed to see all of the things you are doing at Abe's Garden®. Every little detail is intentional, always keeping the residents and the disease in mind.”
Nic Rudd, Abe’s Garden chef/baker
“Once I [started working at Abe’s Garden®] and they offered the training courses, I took them so I can better understand [the residents] and figure out where residents are coming from.”
Kenna Niles, an AGCG participant’s wife
“As [my husband] has transitioned through the different stages of his disease, the [Abe’s Garden®] Community Group has made the single biggest impact. It has helped him to see that he can still contribute, make friends and enjoy himself.”