Rapid Communications

April 3, 2020

Until notified otherwise, independent and assisted living residents should adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Walking outdoors is permitted, but you must maintain a 6ft. distance between you and any other individual. Do your part…stay apart
  • Only two people at a time shuold ride the elevators. Once again, do your part…stay apart
  • Residenrs may only leave Park Manor in a car for essential doctor visits. Currently, most visits are NOT considered essential and many doctor visits are being conducted remotely. Prior to appointment dates, residents or their designated family member should call the physician's office to confirm that the appointment is essential. If assistance contacting a physician's office is needed, please notify the concierge desk. 
  • Each time a resident leaves the building, they will be asked to sign out, and will have their temperature taken upon their return.
  • To facilitate safe family visits, three, appropriately spaced resident seating areas have been designated in the parlor. Directly across from these seating areas, on the other side of a large window, are three similarly spaced seating areas designated for family members. Seating must be reserved at the concierge desk for 30 minutes visits, and family members will need to provide two cell phones for adequate audio.
  • To meet residents' grocery shopping needs, Park Manor team members will order groceries and provide,free door to door apartment delivery . To place a grocery order, please neatly write name, apartment number, and requested grocery items on a piece of paper and give to McKenzie or the cocierge desk. Orders must be placed by Friday to receive groceries the following week.
  • If an independent living resident requires a family member to refill their refill medication reminder boxes, we request them buy an additional box and fill it at their home.  Then, bring the filled and labeled medication box to Park Manor, and we will notify the resident to pick it up.  The resident will bring down their empty container to the front desk before you arrive, so you will have it or the next time. (leave full one, take empty one home to refill)
  • While salons are closed by government mandate, Independence Plus is offering in apartment hair washing services for residents who are unable to safely manage this care alone. For appointments, please call Kylie Stratton at 629.800.5295

During this time of rapidly changing health concerns, residents may anticipate printed updates in the mailbox by their door every Monday and Thursday, with similar information available on Message Now TV/ Channel 100. Residents' primary family contact and this web page will be updated those days of the week, as well. 


March 29, 2020

Beginning Monday, March 30th the elevators to the parking garage will be locked temporarily with no key card access. This new process is being implemented temporarily to reduce the possibility of bypassing the Park Manor front door, health safety screening process.

For Park Manor residents who rely on family assistance with medication: Until further notice, these residents will need to meet their family member in the vestibule immediately beyond the Park Manor lobby, rather than have them enter the building. To facilitate this process, water and disposable cups will be provided. 

To clarify information regarding Park Manor residents' freedom to walk outside the building: Walking outside is a healthy, encouraged activity when weather permits. Please make certain to maintain the recommended six foot distance between yourself and others

Residents and team members may have seen members of the housekeeping team using the unfamiliar, and somewhat formidable looking, Clorox 360 machine. Park Manor and Abe’s Garden team members have been using this innovative and very effective cleaning technology for over a year to prevent the spread of a variety of illnesses. The use of the machine is not evidence of Coronavirus on our campus. It’s simply one of the numerous strategies being implemented to keep you and all of your neighbors healthy.

Park Manor residents who leave and reenter the building, or spend a significant amount of time outside their apartments, may have their temperature taken at the front desk.



March 24, 2020

Abe’s Garden Family Members, Park Manor Residents, and Park Manor Family Members:

In compliance with Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Safer at Home Order, for the next 14 days, Abe’s Garden Community Group, and Abe’s Garden Club will be closed.

For the 14 days, individuals employed by anyone other than Abe’s Garden will not be working on Park Manor apartment renovations or other indoor construction projects. Apartment renovations will continue with Abe’s Garden/Park team members, as feasible.


Abe’s Garden Club and Community Group Family Members:

Following is information from Hearthstone® As you may know, John Zeisel, the founder of Hearthstone® Institute, serves on the Abe’s Garden Board of Directors. Additionally, numerous care and engagement approaches integrated at Abe’s Garden, including Hearthside Book Club®, were developed by Hearthstone®. Finally, Abe’s Garden and Hearthstone® are continuing to collaborate to develop innovative approaches to support people with Alzheimer’s disease and their family and professional caregivers.



8 Free Hearthside Book Club Stories!


 Hearthstone is offering 8 FREE Hearthside Book Club®

stories for you to enjoy with your loved one.

Hearthside Book Club stories are evidence-based, engaging, adult appropriate books designed for people living with cognitive challenges. They are created and field- tested through a grant from the National Institute of Health by the Hearthstone Research Team.

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Staying Healthy

One of the books is brand new and is called “Staying Healthy.” This book includes easy-to-understand tips for staying healthy and engaged during this trying time.

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How Do I Use Hearthside Book Club Stories®?

   You can use this versatile activity in a variety of ways:

  •  You can print a copy of the story for your loved one and encourage them to independently engage in these evidence-based stories (or download the PDF version of the book to a tablet).
  • You and your loved one can read the story together and discuss it. We have included a few discussion questions within the stories to get you started.
  • Your loved one can watch and read along to the “vide book” versions of the stories.
  • Your loved one can just enjoy listening to the videobook (like an audiobook).




Watch and listen to the stories by using our unique videobooks. These can even be accessed on any Smart TV or streaming device (like Roku or Apple TV) by using your YouTube app and searching for "Hearthside Book Club Videobooks."

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Tablet- and Smartphone-Friendly

Since Hearthside Book Club® stories can be downloaded as PDF files, you can view them on any tablet or smartphone. Or if your loved one prefers paper, you can print out hard copies of the booklets for them.

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March 19, 2020

To more effectively keep primary family member contacts and team members updated, Abe’s Garden / Park Manor is partnering with Dialog Health to implement two-way, critical information, text messaging. If you are a member of one of these constituencies, you should have received an introductory text from AGPM. If you haven’t received an introductory text and would like to opt in or are a Park Manor resident who would like to opt-in, please call 615.997.3026. Primary family member contacts are responsible for sharing relevant updates with other family members.

To ensure the safety of everyone at Abe’s Garden/Park Manor, heightened precautions to protect all individuals on our campus are being implemented. Specifically, the Abe’s Garden entrance is closed, and everyone entering the campus is required to use the Park Manor entrance.

Additionally, only the following individuals will be allowed into our buildings after being screened in accordance with Tennessee Department of Health guidelines:

  • Essential employees
  • Medical / hospice care workers
  • Critical family visitors with pre-approval by a clinical or leadership team member
  • Program participants
  • Maintenance / construction workers

Please consider every time a family member enters a campus building and/or takes out and returns a resident, they are risking introducing Coronavirus into this community; and ask yourself “Is this visit or outing critical?”

Note: Currently, Abe's Garden residents are not permitted to leave the campus.

Abe’s Garden Family Members, Park Manor Residents, and Park Manor Family Members:

Residents and family members who have completed and submitted an ACH (automated payment) enrollment form will have their April monthly statement paid through ACH. Those who submit their forms after March 19, 2020 will need to their pay their April monthly statement as usual and will be transitioned to ACH for payment of the May statement. Currently, ACH payment is not mandatory, but is significantly more convenient for those choosing to participate. You may opt-in to the service at any time. Please contact Judy Given at jgiven@abesgarden.org or 615.733.2682 or Vicky Raines @ vraines@parkmanorapts.com 615.733.2686 if you have any questions about this new service.

Abe’s Garden and Park Manor Assisted Living Family Members:

As an alternative to in person visits AG/PM is offering Skype or FaceTime video calls with residents. All video call requests require two business days’ notice; and will be first come, first served, then prioritized based on previous contact date.

Currently, team members are available to coordinate calls from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday, through Friday. If there’s a need for weekend calls, please notify us and we’ll attempt to accommodate your request. To schedule a Skype or FaceTime call, please contact Mattia Epps at mepps@abesgarden.org or 615.383.7303 x29.  

Park Manor Independent Living Family Members:

The following engagement opportunities will encourage your family member to remain active while keeping the recommended social distance.

  • Life engagement coordinators have created individual activity stations, including: flower arranging, painting, card and letter writing and puzzle tables.
  • Walk the halls for exercise. Walking each floor twice, equals a mile. Those using handrails should use the sanitizer stations by the elevators as they pass.
  • As an alternative to Thursday Wine & Cheese event, we’re offering wine and cheese to go. Individual cheese and fruit plates will be delivered to each apartment, and wine is available upon request.
  • Following are suggestions regarding how you can help keep your loved one engaged:
    • Bring in family photographs for them to create a scrapbook or vision board
    • Purchase a fire stick, for access to more television stations, including exercise classes they can do in their apartments.
    • Explore “Echo Show”. It’s compatible with the Alexa app, so they can easily FaceTime with you and other loved ones.



Bill Purcell, son of resident
"Abe’s Garden® really is a world class, cutting-edge, special, loving warm place. When my mother needed that very thing, it was there."
Industry Professional
“I was thoroughly impressed with the community [after taking a tour], yet I was even more impressed with your focus on continual learning and improvement.”
The Club Participant’s Wife
“The music instruction piece is very well done, and I commend Abe's [Garden] for creating it. I am also grateful for the incredible opportunities that [my husband] has every week day at Abe's.”