Two Abe's Garden employees prepare to assist residents

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Workforce Development

The success of every organization is dependent on the expertise and dedication of its staff. Everyone living and working at Abe’s Garden benefits from favorable staffing ratios, evidence-based training, a proprietary workweek/compensation model, and a competency-based career ladder.

Care partners are continually trained to assist people with dementia and empowered to make caregiving decisions. Adult learning is facilitated by specificity and job relevance, which are incorporated into a staff training and management model developed by the Hearthstone Institute and the Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging and evaluated by Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging researchers. This model is further evaluated and refined at Abe’s Garden under the supervision of Vanderbilt faculty.

Corvirtus assesses care partner and nurse applicants in order to help identify quality candidates and reduce turnover and cost rate.

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.”