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DAY PROGRAM

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.

 

EARLY STAGE DEMENTIA GROUP

Abe’s Garden Community Group (AGCG) is an onsite small group program providing socialization, engagement activities, and support for those in the earliest stages of dementia.

AGCG was developed to address the unmet needs of individuals at the start of their dementia journey. AGCG provides an opportunity for those who are aware of their diagnosis to be in a supportive, engaging, small group setting with others in the easiest stages of dementia. Together, group members experience invaluable moments while sharing stories from their past and present; navigating the emotions, questions and challenges that come with their diagnosis; learning new things; enjoying body and brain health-focused activities; bonding; and having fun!

Discussions and activities are guided by the members’ life stories, capabilities, and interests.

Activities may include:

  • Outings to local attractions
  • Music therapy
  • Photography
  • Peer-led educational sessions
  • Reminiscence discussions
  • Songwriting
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga
  • and more!

AGCG participants meet twice a week from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Lunch is provided.

Monthly fee, payable in advance. 

Transportation may be scheduled, dependent on availability. Fee applies.

Potential members are assessed for program suitability. Ideal candidates are aware of their diagnoses and understand the benefits of participating in a group of individuals with similar diagnoses. Members should be ambulatory and able to manage their personal care needs. Reassessment occurs every six months or following a change of status.

A limited number of subsidized memberships, made possible by Abe’s Garden Access to Care Fund, are available. Details regarding financial assistance eligibility are available upon request.

For additional information or an application, please contact Judy Given at 615-733-2682 or jgiven@abesgarden.org.

IN-HOME CARE

Everyone has different needs as they age. That’s why Abe’s Garden® At Home has a customized approach to in-home care. 

Our care partners are trained to explore and discover each participant's unique needs, abilities and interests in order to create opportunities to enhance their quality of life through support with self- care tasks and mind and body wellness activities … all while providing much deserved respite for family caregivers.Abe’s Garden at Home offers training, tools and services that focus on keeping both mind and body active. From reading to exercise to art and puzzles, home engagement coordinators help boost daily engagement by providing personalized activities  based on interests and abilities.

Abe's Garden at Home provides assistance with:

  • Bathing and dressing
  • Personal hygiene / dental care
  • Light Housekeeping and laundry
  • Mobility / transfer support
  • Shopping, medical appointments, and errands
  • Medication reminders
  • Meal preparation
  • Supervision
  • and more!

Due to our par tnership with Hearthstone Institute, Abe’s Garden at Home participants have exclusive access to HOME 4 CARE®, an app specifically designed to improve the quality of life of home care clients. Provided tablets include a large range of engagement activities including a book club, virtual art gallery, category sorting, word games, chair yoga and meditation. This valuable tool can be used even when the Abe’s Garden at Home team isn’t present. Family caregivers are provided a HOME 4 CARE®-enabled tablet and properly trained to use it any time with their loved one.

As part of the new participant process, a team member will conduct an in-home evaluation, which includes recommendations for modifications that may help increase the environment’s safety and prolong the participant’s ability to remain at home.

Our care partners may also provide support outside of the home by accompanying families on outings or by taking participants on walks or to visit an enjoyable location, such as a park or museum. This provides family caregivers downtime to relax or accomplish non-caregiving tasks.

Care partner training includes learning evidence-based best practices and Hearthstone Institute’s I’m Still Here® approach, shadowing Abe’s Garden Community care team members, and participating in a week-long orientation, monthly in-services and weekly team huddles. Prior to employment, all team members must pass a background check and drug test.

Abe’s Garden at Home services are available 24/7 with flexible scheduling and no weekly minimum. At least four hours of service are required for each day of participation.

Abe’s Garden® at Home is a bonded Licensed Personal Support Services Agency. This service may be covered by long-term care insurance.

For services or information about Abe's Garden at Home, please contact Kylie Stratton, Sr. Director, Home Care at kstratton@abesgarden.org or 629.800.5295. 

CAREGIVING VIDEOS

As part of our mission to share the evidence-based caregiving best practices we’ve studied and adopted, Abe’s Garden Community 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.

There are several videos available, which include tips on communication, bathing, mouth care, dressing, reactive behaviors, engagement, end of life, and teaching children about Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, there is a series of videos about nutrition and mealtime. For more, check out our YouTube channel.

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.”
Donna Finto-Burks, Abe’s Garden Senior Director of Clinical Care
“Team members, residents, and families collaborate regarding the constantly evolving Abe’s Garden® model. This coincides with a dedication to providing all residents engagement opportunities that align with their likes and needs, which is also
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.”