Abe’s Garden®’s seeks to elevate the standard of care for those with cognitive impairment.Abe’s Garden® is establishing a model of residential, day, and community-based programs for those with Alzheimer’s disease. The goal is to transform care for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias throughout the United States by providing an unprecedented level of care for individuals diagnosed with these disorders. Equally important, it is a site of research and teaching, setting a new standard for other programs and residential communities devoted to caring for our nation’s rapidly expanding senior population.
Multi-disciplinary research and industry best practices shaped the person-centered care model and purpose-built campus of Abe’s Garden®. Abe’s Garden® is the first memory care center in the United States dedicated to establishing a national model of care that elevates residential, day and community-based programs for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD).
Person-centered care means Abe’s Garden® staff combines an understanding of who residents and program participants were before dementia impacted their current skills, interests, and preferences. The focus is on what they are able to do now, rather than lost abilities.
The individualized programming fosters freedom of choice, is purposeful, and reflective of activities that residents participated in during earlier phases of their lives. Abe’s Garden® has adopted Hearthstone Institute’s I’m Still Here ® approach to engagement. The approach includes the use of clubs, classes and committees that reflect the interests of those living in the community. For example, residents may choose to participate in, or lead, a cooking class, join the book club, or assume a leadership role in the film or volunteer service committees.
Abe’s Garden® offers a variety of intentional engagement opportunities seven days a week and from morning through each evening. The opportunities are based upon the interests of residents and program participants, utilizing remaining abilities with consideration of reduced attention spans.