Rapid Communications

As of today, May 21, 2020, there are no known Coronavirus cases in the Park Manor /Abe’s Garden community.

Many residents and family members have questions regarding the future of family visits and the basis for the current protocols. At this time, we’re unable to provide a date for resuming non-distanced family visits. The CDC, Tennessee Department of Health, and our physician consultant are advising us on health and safety protocols.

Following is the most current, accurate available information:

The Centers for Disease Control [CDC] states, “COVID-19 cases have been reported in all 50 states, many having wide-spread community transmission. Given the high risk of spread, once COVID-19 enters a [senior living community], facilities must act immediately to protect residents, families, and staff…”

The Tennessee Department of Health will notify Chris Kincaid when tests are available for our use. The testing will likely begin after area skilled nursing facilities have completed their testing. All residents and team members will be tested, even if there are no known cases of Coronavirus on the campus.

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
  • Wear a cloth mask when leaving their apartment
  • Meet their family members only through window visits
  • Exercise and walk in the courtyard
  • Schedule Facetime or Skype calls, requesting assistance when needed

As of today, May 18, 2020, there are no known Coronavirus cases in the Park Manor /Abe’s Garden community.

To reiterate the policy regarding resident and family member outside visits. Currently, the only approved resident and family member visits are:

  • Medically necessary
  • Pre-approved by a leadership team member 
  • With all individuals wearing masks
  • With 6' distancing

 If you have questions about a medically necessary family visit, please contact Beverly Theis.

We will continue keeping you informed regarding guidelines approved by Centers for Disease Control, Tennessee Department of Health, Mayor Cooper’s Road Map to Reopening and our physician consultant to continue keeping you, your friends, family members and neighbors safe.

As of today, May 14, 2020, there are no known Coronavirus cases in the Park Manor / Abe’s Garden community.

In keeping with Tennessee Department of Health recommendations, beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, Total Wellness Therapy will resume providing physical therapy services at Park Manor and Abe’s Garden. In conjunction with these services, and until further notice, the following standards and protocols will be maintained by all therapists working on our campus:

  • Test negative for COVID-19
  • State in writing that they are providing services exclusively to individuals on our campus
  • Successfully complete COVID-19, infection control, in-service training
  • Continue having their temperatures taken upon entering the building
  • Continue wearing gloves and masks while in the building
  • Continue disinfecting equipment following each therapy session

Next week only, Park Manor residents should submit their grocery list by 4:00p.m. on Tuesday (May 19th). Groceries will be delivered Wednesday (May 20th).


As of today, May 11, 2020, there are no known Coronavirus cases in the Park Manor / Abe’s Garden community.

Due to its importance, we would like to restate that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Older adults…seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness”; and Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order No. 30 continues to be in effect. This Executive Order states, “Nursing homes and similar retirement and long-term-care facilities must remain closed to visitors, except for critical assistance and in end-of-life situations." Further, as of today, Phase One of Mayor John Cooper’s plan is in effect. During Phase One:

  • Age 65+ and High-risk stay at home (this is to remain in effect through Phase Four)
  • All Davidson County residents wear masks in public

The mayor’s plan continues stating “It’s estimated that a single infected person circulating freely could infect more than 4,000 people over the course of a month…COVID-19 will continue to be a serious threat until there is an effective vaccine or more effective therapeutic treatments. Experts estimate that we will not have a COVID-19 vaccine until 2021 at the earliest. For the foreseeable future, living with COVID-19 is our new ‘normal’.” Finally, the mayor’s plan is data driven and moving to the next phase requires “Sustained reduction or stability in new cases for 14 days.”

According to Mayor Cooper’s May 11th daily update there has been an increase of 47 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Nashville/Davidson County in the past 24 hours. Similarly, the senior population is as vulnerable today as it was 30 days ago.

Not only does our clinical team feel we should maintain our policy at this time, it is still against the Governor's order to allow visitors inside the building. As a result, the previously stated protocols must be maintained.

Additionally, 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 these restrictions. 

  • All agree that in-person visits, other than window visits, are not permitted.
  • Mattia is available to assist with virtual visits, and we encourage our independent living residents to use phone calls to remain in contact with you.
  •  If there is a critical or end-of-life situation, please notify Walter Wilson or Donna Finto-Burks so we can be of assistance.
  • 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.
  •  On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, transportation remains available for your family members’ critical doctor visits. To clarify, these doctor visits will not result in a 14-day isolation. Only a hospital visit or over-night stay off campus results in a 14-day isolation.

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.

As an additional precaution, beginning May 5th a team member will visit all independent residents each day to take their temperature.


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 prior to returning

-   Have a 14-day isolation period upon their return


Governor Lee announced that over the next several weeks, the Unified-Command Group will be implementing COVID-19 testing for residents and team members at all long-term care communities. We’ll let you know as soon as we receive the plan details.

As indicated above, we are taking every precaution to protect your loved ones and our team members. Coronavirus remains a threat, and it’s possible it will enter our campus.

Park Manor residents should now bring their grocery list, including name and apartment number, to the front desk by 4:00pm on Monday. Groceries will be delivered to their apartment the next day. Note: paper products should still be purchased from the Park Manor cart store.

Shawn made a cool hydration cart. She and her fellow LEC’s are visiting each Abe’s Garden resident to encourage them to increase their fluid intake and see if they can assist in any other way.


Tools for AGCG and Club families

Travel and Broadway Musical Videos

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

Andrew Lloyd Webber is sharing a free legendary musical with us 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 and FREE

Greeting cards to color, wordsearches, bingo games, exercise sheets, and more… https://www.seniorlivingmedia.com/printable-products


From Friends and Colleagues

Resources from Green Valley adult day program, topics include spiritual connection, old time radio shows, virtual pet therapy, uplifting videos, trivia, etc.


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

Remember to check Channel 100 daily for health and safety updates, trivia questions, riddles, etc.

Until further notice and for the safety of residents, family members are not allowed in Park Manor or Abe’s Garden buildings.

Cloth masks: All Park Manor residents, and any Abe’s Garden residents who would like to wear them, have been provided a cloth mask. Team members are wearing masks at all times when on the campus, except while eating or alone in their office.

It is understandable that wearing a protective mask may be uncomfortable. However, safety remains our top priority.  There are fabric masks available for independent and assisted living residents that tie in the back of your head. If residents would like one of these masks, they may request one from a concierge team member.

CDC recommendations regarding cloth face masks: To safely remove a used cloth mask, be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your cloth face covering; and wash hands immediately after removing it. Face coverings should be routinely washed in a washing machine and dried in a dryer. Washing frequency depends on how frequently it is used.

Alternate mask washing instructions - If you don’t have access to a washing machine, you may handwash your mask.  You can handwash a fabric mask the same way you would handwash delicate items with liquid detergent, you may also use any hand soap. 1.) Wet the mask and rub vigorously with soap to lather.  2.) Soak the mask in hot water and soap for 30 minutes to ensure you’ve killed all the germs. 3.) Rinse, and line-dry or dry on a sanitized surface.

Cart store: For residents needing household items including, but not limited to, toilet paper, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, laundry pods, dish soap, and paper towels, every Wednesday starting at 1:00 p.m., Mckenzie will bring the cart store to every Park Manor apartment.

Rent: Residents and family members who have completed and submitted an ACH (automated payment) enrollment form will have their May monthly statement paid through ACH. Those who submit their forms after April 24, 2020, will need to pay their May monthly statement as usual and will be transitioned to ACH for payment of the June 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 at vraines@parkmanorapts.com or 615.733.2686 if you have any questions about this new service.

Residents are encouraged to spend time in the courtyard daily. Abe’s Garden residents are spending time in their courtyard every day that weather permits.

The CDC recommends wearing a mask if you leave your home. It is recommended that you wear a mask when you leave your apartment, still maintain a 6 ft. distance between people, and limit elevator use to two people at a time  - Do Your Part, Stay Apart.

Remember to check Channel 100 for health and safety updates, trivia questions, riddles, etc.

Each day, Abe’s Garden LECs and care partners are visiting individually with residents, providing engagement items that can be recycled or sanitized.

CDC guidelines for using nebulizers have changed. Residents, or family members of residents, receiving nebulizer breathing treatments, please contact Donna Finto-Burks or Walter Wilson for current guidelines.

We are aware that the state of Tennessee is reopening most counties; and beginning May 11th, Nashville will begin opening businesses in phases.  Due to the continued concern for individuals over the age of 65, at this time we are maintaining the currently in effect protocols on the Abe’s Garden/Park Manor campus. Leadership team members are meeting daily to develop a thoughtful plan to phase in “new normal” campus operations. We will continue keeping you informed – at a minimum, twice weekly.

  • Residents 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 minute visits, and family members will need to provide two cell phones for adequate audio.
  • 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. 

The elevators to the parking garage are 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.

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.

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."

View All Videobooks


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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For Club Family Members

Exercise Videos:

Sherry Zac Morris (Chair Dance Yoga) - she has many videos, but here are a few of our favorites:



Meditation (plenty of these on YouTube):


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:


Gratitude Journals:

If The Club was meeting this week, we would be introducing 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.

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.

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.  





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.”