COVID-19 Protocols and Updates

Walgreens administered vaccine clinics at Abe's Garden and Park Manor.  As of April 9, 2021, over 200 residents and team members received at least one dose of the Moderna vaccine during our clinics. 
 

(Updated April 13, 2021)

There are currently no known COVID-19 cases among residents on campus in the Abe’s Garden/Park Manor community. All team members who worked or came to campus today were tested for COVID-19, and all tests yielded negative results.  We will continue to keep an eye on the positivity rates in Davidson County.  That information will dictate the frequency of our testing.

In-Person Visits: The Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) recently announced they are no longer providing COVID 19 visitation guidelines. Instead, we’ve been advised to use the federal Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance as a reference for best practices on community-specific protocols to keep residents safe. Our clinical team and medical consultant have created the following in-person visitation protocols, effective immediately.

  • Friends and family are permitted to visit…
    • Independent and Assisted Living residents in their apartment or in the courtyard
    • Abe’s Garden residents in their suite or in common areas
  • All visitors must test negative for COVID-19 either by providing proof of test results administered off campus within 72 hours prior to visitation or by receiving a rapid test upon arrival (administered by a nurse on campus)
    • Results will be valid for 7 days following the test date
    • Visitors who prove they’ve received full COVID-19 vaccination (2 doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or 1 dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) will not require a test
  • Visitors must sign in at one of the kiosks located near the front desk of Park Manor, during which, they will be screened for COVID symptoms, receive a digital temperature check, and confirm up-to-date negative COVID test or the need for a rapid test.
  • Visitors are required to wear a surgical mask. This type of mask will be provided to visitors who are unable to bring their own.
  • Visitation hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., 7 days a week.
  • There’s no longer a time limit for visits, but they must remain within visiting hours.
  • Visitors of all ages are welcome! ·However, out of an abundance of concern and trying to make sure everyone is as safe as possible, please inform the front desk (615.383.7303) ahead of your visit if you plan to bring any children ages 12 and under.
  • Visitors are asked to not eat with residents.

For Memory Care Residents:

  • For those going inside Abe’s Garden, it is very important for you to be cognizant of individuals around you when exiting from the secured area to the lobby. All visitors and team members should be wearing a name badge. Residents do not wear name badges and should not exit the secured area. Please find a team member to assist if a resident attempts to exit with you.

Additional Updates:

  • All team members, assisted living residents, and memory care residents receive COVID tests weekly.
  • Park Manor's Garden Café is open for dine-in service at 50% capacity, seating 2 residents per table.
  • Small group activities have resumed in Park Manor with capacity limits, masks, and social distancing.
  • Park Manor residents may leave campus. Residents who stay overnight out of the building must get a COVID test immediately upon returning, isolate for 24 hours, and receive another test 24 hours later.
  • Potential residents will receive a rapid COVID test upon arrival and require a negative result prior to touring campus.
  • Abe’s Garden Community Group will soon resume in-person meetings in the 3rd floor community room (date to-be-announced). In-person participants will be fully vaccinated and receive weekly COVID tests.
  • New residents will require a negative COVID test prior to moving in, and will be tested 24 hours after moving in. They will isolate for 14 days if they’re not fully vaccinated.

Please note: These protocols will be re-evaluated frequently and adjusted as needed. Results of team member and resident COVID-19 tests will guide – along with other factors – whether indoor visits will resume and continue to be permitted. There may be a time when we feel it’s best for the safety of everyone on campus to once again pause visits.

If you have questions or need anything, please contact Beverly Theis, LCSW, at btheis@abesgarden.org or  615-997-3038.

Virtual Visits with Memory Care Residents: If you’d like to schedule a virtual visit, please text the nurse at 615.717.2643 (for residents of A suites, B1-B7 and B10-B11) or 615.487.0324 (for residents of all C suites, B8-B9, and B12) to have the resident call you when it’s a good time. If you do not hear back from the nurse, please call the desk of Beverly Theis, LCSW, at 615.997.3038.

Critical or End-of Life Situation: If there is a critical or end-of-life situation, please notify Walter Wilson (wwilson@parkmanorapts.com or 615.733.2701) or Donna Finto-Burks (dfinto-burks@abesgarden.org) so we can be of assistance.

Protecting Residents: We are taking every precaution to protect your loved ones and our team members. We know that you and your loved ones are depending on the Abe’s Garden/Park Manor team and we deeply appreciate your continued trust. If you have concerns regarding your loved ones, please let us know.  We are fortunate to have an array of resources to assist them and will do our best to meet their needs. Park Manor / Abe’s Garden leadership team members are continually consulting with physician and nursing consultants, as well as respected colleagues, and the entire Park Manor/ Abe’s Garden team is on the same page regarding enforcing restrictions. 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain health and social connections, we recommend that Park Manor residents continue to:

  • Maintain 6 feet physical distancing
  • Properly wear a mask over nose and mouth at all times outside of apartment
  • Exercise and walk in the courtyard
  • Limit elevator capacity to 2 people whenever possible.
  • Wash hands frequently with soapy water for at least 20 seconds each time
  • Schedule Facetime or Skype calls, requesting assistance when needed

Disinfecting Campus: We remain diligent about cleaning and disinfecting all areas of the community on a frequent basis and are using CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommended cleaning supplies. Park Manor and Abe’s Garden team members use Clorox 360 machines to disinfect campus. This innovative and very effective cleaning technology helps prevent the spread of a variety of illnesses. The use of the machine is one of the numerous strategies being implemented to keep everyone on campus as safe as possible.

New In-Home Care Option for Park Manor Residents: The Park Manor in-home care team is now offering a new level of support that provides the following services for $20 a day. It includes two daily check-ins, safe living checks, healthy living support (socialization), current and future needs assessment, non-medical needs coordination, and monthly wellness screenings (memory, mood and physical ability). To schedule, contact Kylie Stratton at 629.800.5295 or kstratton@abesgarden.org.

Text Updates: To more effectively keep primary family member contacts and team members updated, Abe’s Garden / Park Manor has partnered 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.

Home 4 Care Engagement Tool: We’re excited to offer a new engagement tool as an additional way to interact and engage our Abe's Garden residents in the absence of group activities. The Home 4 Care app was developed by the Hearthstone Institute specifically for individuals with dementia. It’s an interactive tablet program loaded with nearly 2,000 pieces of engagement content including books, artwork, music, travel, and trivia. This new technology is currently being offered exclusively to Abe’s Garden! Our Life Engagement Coordinators recently started facilitating the use of Home 4 Care with residents and we’ve already seen several successful interactions.

In-Apartment Activities: Park Manor residents, remember to check Channel 100 for in-home activities, music, virtual exercise classes, campus updates, movies, and more!

Transportation and Exiting the Community: At this time, transportation is only provided for independent and assisted living residents needing transportation to a physician. We continue to recommend using virtual communication such as phone calls and video conferencing to contact doctors whenever possible. If an in-person doctor’s office appointment is needed, transportation is available to drive residents to/from essential medical visits Monday through Friday. Only one resident or one married couple are permitted in the vehicle with the driver during each trip. Please contact the front desk to reserve transportation as soon as a doctor’s appointment has been scheduled.

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.

Hospital overnight stays: If your loved one goes to the hospital for any illness or injury, they are required to:

  • Sign out at the front desk before leaving the building
  • Contact Walter Wilson or Donna Finto-Burks prior to returning    
  • Have a COVID-19 test immediately upon return, isolate, then follow up with another test 24 hours after returning

Dropping off items for residents: To those dropping off anything for Park Manor residents, including medicine, please leave items on the table in the vestibule. We ask that you do not wait for the resident to collect these belongings. The vestibule is frequently checked by team members who bring items inside and ensure the intended party receives them.

Groceries: Grocery outings have resumed for Park Manor residents. Please check channel 100, Park Manor News and activities calendars for times.

Medications: If your loved one is an independent living resident who requires a family member to refill their medication reminder boxes, we have notified them to bring their empty box to the front desk before you arrive at Park Manor and a team member will return the filled box to them. To facilitate this process, please buy an additional box, write your loved one’s name on it and fill it at home. Then, bring the filled and labeled medication box in a bag to the Park Manor front door vestibule. We check this area often as well as immediately after we see someone leave an item there.

Park Manor Cart Store: A cart store is available once a week for Park Manor residents needing household items including, but not limited to, toilet paper, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, laundry pods, dish soap, and paper towels. Please check channel 100, Park Manor News and activities calendars for times.

AT-HOME CAREGIVER RESOURCES 

Below are some engagement resources to keep your loved ones with dementia engaged.

Walking tour of Venice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0txBFbAuhLY

Andrew Lloyd Webber is sharing a free legendary musical every weekend on The Shows Must Go On! YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmP.... Each posted musical will be available Friday night to Sunday morning.

Printable greeting cards to color, word searches, bingo games, exercise sheets, and more… https://www.seniorlivingmedia.com/printable-products

Resources from Green Valley adult day program, topics include spiritual connection, old time radio shows, virtual pet therapy, uplifting videos, trivia, etc. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiyMbVf0PKWO7v4RE376zfA/playlists?app=desktop

AquaPaint from Active Minds: https://www.active-minds.org/us/dementia-art-activities/aquapaint/

Sherry Zac Morris (Chair Dance Yoga) has many videos, here are our favorites:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GS1CWDIkYU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdkG4v3OD9I

Meditation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1rRo6cgM_E&list=PLW_TAR8JEr6uywq7wuz1VbUumQl7OPti4&index=2&t=0s

Name 5!  (a game to practice word recall): Take turns naming five different things. Here are a few sample categories. Feel free to make it your own, adding your own categories or naming as many items in each category as you can think of: cookies, cars, colors, girl names, boy names, cities in Tennessee, states, countries, national parks, breeds of dogs, flowers.

Kids meet a woman with Alzheimer’s: a sweet video to make you laugh AND cry:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9PhQ9yMu8Y

Gratitude Journals: Each day, we encourage you to grab a notepad and list three things for which you are grateful. Encourage your loved one to do the same and share. We hope your spirits will be lifted by focusing on the good, and you may treasure this list for years to come.

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.

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. 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.

 Simply CLICK HERE to Access the Free Content Now

Hearthside Book Club® stories can be downloaded as PDF files, so 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.

Watch and listen to the stories by using 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." View All Videobooks

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 "video book" versions of the stories.
  • Your loved one can just enjoy listening to the video book (like an audiobook).

 

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.”