Alzheimer's Resource Service (ARS) with IU Health Bloomington serves families and professional caregivers who live or work with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. We provide support, resources and assistance to those with Alzheimer's disease, other dementias and their families.
We also work with professional staff who support those with a diagnosis. All services are offered to the community free of charge, thanks to the Bloomington Hospital Foundation, Bloomington Hospital Foundation and IU Health Bloomington Hospital.
Individual Consultation: Consultation is available in our offices, over the phone, via e-mail, and in home (on an as needed basis). At this time, we do not have walk-in hours, so please call ahead or send us a message to schedule an appointment. During your consultation, you may:
Support Groups: Support groups are available for caregivers, as well as those with a diagnosis. Availability and dates vary depending on county of residence. Please contact us or check the events page to locate support groups in your area
Education: The Alzheimer's Resource Service prides itself on the educational programs we provide. Groups can request programs to be tailored to their needs and interest or select from our many pre-prepared topics. We offer standard "lecture" programs as well as a more interactive "Virtual Dementia Tour."
Resource Library: There are many books, DVDs and pamphlets available in our office. Please feel free to browse our collection and borrow items.
Professional Consultation: It takes a village to support those with Alzheimer's disease and their loved ones. We love to work with other professionals in a collaborative effort to provide the best and most appropriate care for each individual.
Safety Store: IU Health has partnered with Riley Physicians to provide low-cost safety items to people of all ages. The store includes many items dedicated to fall prevention, security for those who wander and increased functionality for older adults. For your convenience, a health educator is available to provide instruction on proper use of all products. The store is located at 651 S. Clarizz Blvd in Bloomington and is open Monday and Wednesday 9 am-6 pm and Friday 9 am-1 pm.
Travel and Respite Vouchers: We offer a limited number of travel and respite (caregiving) vouchers to those who are interested in attending our services but unable to do so due to caregiving duties or mobility limitations. Please contact us to learn if you are eligible for this support.