Thrive Alliance

Thrive Alliance We help individuals access resources that improve their lives and build stronger communities. Thrive Alliance provides a wide range of social services to residents of south central Indiana.
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We are Indiana’s Area 11 Agency on Aging and have served the residents of Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings counties for 33 years. Life changes with age and disability. Our goals are to help people discover their own strengths and enable them to maximize their independence by living better, healthier lives on their own terms. In addition to addressing elder issues, Thrive Alliance sponsors other programs that provide essential services for individuals of all ages. For example, you will find such diverse programs as Foster Grandparents, First Steps Early Intervention, and Legal Services Long-Term Care Ombudsman under our umbrella. We work together so that you can find what you need now and for the future.

Mission: We help individuals access resources that improve their lives and build stronger communities.

Operating as usual

Timeline Photos
11/12/2020

Timeline Photos

Managing Someone Else's Money Caregiver Event being offered.
11/12/2020
Managing Someone Else's Money

Managing Someone Else's Money Caregiver Event being offered.

If you are serving as a financial caregiver or if you are an older adult who may need to designate someone to assist with money management,

11/11/2020
Thrive Alliance Housing Partnerships has units available.
11/10/2020

Thrive Alliance Housing Partnerships has units available.

11/09/2020
Caregiving and Telehealth in the World of CoronavirusWhat is a video appointment? Is it the same as telehealth? Is this ...
11/09/2020

Caregiving and Telehealth in the World of Coronavirus

What is a video appointment? Is it the same as telehealth? Is this even a real doctor’s visit? Is it covered by insurance? What if my loved one doesn’t have a smart phone or a computer?

These are only a few of the many questions surrounding the use of telehealth during the pandemic. In addition to everything else they do to take care of their loved ones, family caregivers now have to be the Geek Squad tech experts for video visits.

Many clinicians have adapted to using video visits better than they thought they would, with some reporting that they are engaging caregivers and family members in new ways. And while we all may miss in-person visits, for some, telehealth is easier and safer than in-person visits and are highly effective at reducing the risk of infection.

As one doctor put it: “I did not think I would like telehealth, but I love it. I have met family members, engaged family in treatment, and even gotten a tour of a patient’s new apartment. It’s really shifted the relationship to be less hierarchical and more inclusive of those with disabilities or other barriers to care.”

From a caregiver’s perspective, while virtual visits are great, there is still some room for improvement. Some of the video conferencing platforms or health system policies do not allow a caregiver to join a visit from a third location. Pre-COVID-19, caregivers who drove a loved one to the doctor’s office would have been in the room during the appointment, serving as another set of eyes and ears. Caregivers help report symptoms, express concerns and ask questions. Without their caregiver’s present, some patients may be left confused, or unable to manage their own care.

Family caregivers need to be able to engage in a virtual visit the same way they would if they were in the exam room with their loved one, and health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid, needs to continue to pay for virtual visits and to allow family caregivers to connect to virtual visits from a third location if necessary.

The current, temporary waiver that allows Medicare to pay for telehealth for all enrollees should be made permanent. As policymakers consider extending and further expanding telemedicine capabilities, they should consider the role of caregivers. Caregivers are vital to ensuring adherence to their loved one’s care plan.
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John A. Schall, M.P.P. (Chief Executive Officer, Caregiver Action Network)

Caregivers can call Thrive Alliance at 812-372-6918 to get connected to local resources.

Some food for thought during National Caregivers Month:http://www.iaaaa.org/its-national-family-caregivers-month-indiana...
11/06/2020
It’s National Family Caregivers Month. Indiana Ranks Last in the Nation. | IAAAA

Some food for thought during National Caregivers Month:
http://www.iaaaa.org/its-national-family-caregivers-month-indiana-ranks-last-in-the-nation/

It’s National Family Caregivers Month. Indiana Ranks Last in the Nation. IAAAA | November 4, 2020 During November each year we highlight the importance of family caregivers, the primary source of support for older adults and people with disabilities in the U.S. One in five Americans is an unpaid f...

11/06/2020
Kara Kenney - RTV6

Kara Kenney - RTV6

BACK BRACE SCAMS ON THE RISE: Hoosiers are seeing an uptick in phone calls related to back or knee braces. It's a part of a scam to get your Medicare dollars. Sometimes a package just arrives on your porch--- send it back!

The Federal Trade Commission, Better Business Bureau and Indiana Senior Medicare Patrol are all issuing warnings about this scam

11/04/2020
11/03/2020
Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Medicare Scams!

Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Medicare Scams!

Scams related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency develops. Scammers are targeting older adults...

Money Follows the Person can help qualifying individuals transition home from a nursing or health care facility. An info...
11/03/2020

Money Follows the Person can help qualifying individuals transition home from a nursing or health care facility. An informational brochure can be found at this link:https://thrive-alliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/MFP-final-brochure-004.pdf
Contact Thrive Alliance at 812.372.6918 for more information.

11/03/2020
The Thrive Alliance annual Poinsettia Sale is ready to begin! Start date is November 3 and runs through November 19. Ord...
11/02/2020
Poinsettia Campaign 2020|Market

The Thrive Alliance annual Poinsettia Sale is ready to begin! Start date is November 3 and runs through November 19. Order yours at the link below. Delivery date is December 3. Call 812-372-6918 ext. 2948 to make arrangement to pick up after ordering.
https://farmraiser.com/campaigns/poinsettia-campaign-2020/market

This fundraiser will go help fund the new Music and Memory Program. This program provides MP3 players, headsets and preloaded music, radio shows and other recorded entertainment that helps individuals with dementia. The program has been show to greatly enhance quality of life for both the individual...

Thrive Alliance has become certified in Music and Memory In-Home Services.  Please consider donating i-tune card or on l...
11/02/2020

Thrive Alliance has become certified in Music and Memory In-Home Services. Please consider donating i-tune card or on line at https://thrive-alliance.org/donate/ to assist us in building a music data base!

We know that caring for someone creates profound life changes. November is National Family Caregivers Month  and Thrive ...
11/02/2020

We know that caring for someone creates profound life changes. November is National Family Caregivers Month and Thrive Alliance is proud to partner with Caregiver Action Network in recognizing and honoring family caregivers and by sharing resources, information, and stories all month long to help family caregivers during this time of Caregiving In Crisis.
Celebrating Family Caregivers during NFC month enables all of us to:
• Raise awareness of family caregiver issues
• Celebrate the efforts of family caregivers
• Educate family caregivers about self-identification
• Increase support for family caregivers

Caregivers can call Thrive Alliance at 812-372-6918 to get connected to local resources.

Happy Halloween from the Thrive Alliance staff!
10/30/2020

Happy Halloween from the Thrive Alliance staff!

Medicare card SCAM ALERT
10/29/2020

Medicare card SCAM ALERT

Thrive Alliance has become certified in Music and Memory In-Home Services.  Please consider donating i-tune card or on l...
10/29/2020

Thrive Alliance has become certified in Music and Memory In-Home Services. Please consider donating i-tune card or on line at https://thrive-alliance.org/donate/ to assist us in building a music data base!

10/28/2020
Schneck Medical Center
10/27/2020

Schneck Medical Center

FREE COVID-19 Testing in partnership with Jackson County & Jennings County Health Departments

Testing is free and individuals do not have to be symptomatic to be tested.

Appointments can be scheduled online at https://scheduling.coronavirus.in.gov/

Ivy Tech Columbus
10/27/2020

Ivy Tech Columbus

Our campus Food for Thought Pantry is hosting Reverse Trick or Treat on October 27 and October 28 in the parking lot in front of Poling Hall! The pantry provides free food for our students. At the Reverse Trick or Treat, you can donate canned and boxed foods to volunteers who will be dressed in costumes. Feel free to dress up yourself! The Columbus Rock Gym will be handing out free day passes to the gym to those who donate. We look forward to seeing you!

10/26/2020
Thanks so much to Imagination Graphics for their donation of a new sign for our North Vernon Office.
10/23/2020

Thanks so much to Imagination Graphics for their donation of a new sign for our North Vernon Office.

10/21/2020
Thrive Alliance

Thrive Alliance

Thrive Alliance is seeking volunteers on October 26th from 8:00 am to 12 noon. Volunteers are needed to unload 3 box truck of pre-made wall trusses for current building projects being completed. The wall trusses are being utilized to build three veteran homes in Columbus, IN. Please contact us at [email protected].

10/21/2020

Address

1531 13th St, Ste G900
Columbus, IN
47201-1302

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 17:00
Thursday 08:30 - 17:00
Friday 08:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(812) 372-6918

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Thrive Alliance...Enhancing lives. Building communities

We help individuals access resources that improve their lives and build stronger communities. We serve Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson and Jennings Counties.

If you have a question about our services and programs, please contact us at 812-372-6918 or toll free at 866-644-6407, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm.