ELKHART — Two organizations that serve older adults are joining forces to cut administrative costs and expand the knowledge of staff members.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, a 30-year-old nonprofit based in South Bend, is now a division of REAL Services Inc. The change went into effect July 1.
“(REAL Services) is a larger organization with a great reputation in the community, and we bring a lot of knowledge about Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Bill Jack, executive director of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana, said Tuesday, July 23. “We thought there were some good benefits to becoming part of a larger organization. It was just kind of a natural fit.”
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana will keep its name and services will remain the same. Jack will be retiring as executive director in December, but the other 17 staff members will stay on as REAL Services staff. There may be some reorganization of staff due to overlap of services between the two organizations.
Rebecca Zaseck, president and CEO of REAL Services, said Tuesday that both of the organizations have provided meals, family support groups, transportation, family caregiver training and call centers for clients. These functions may be combined to be more cost- and time-effective. Zaseck said she doesn’t anticipate any staff changes.
“Our agencies are very closely aligned in our mission and what we do,” Zaseck said. “They approached us to see if there would be an option for merging to save money, but also to expand what they do and what we do.”
She added, “That organization (Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana) understands Alzheimer’s and dementia like no other. It will be good for all of (the staff) to gain that training.”
Money donated to Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services will still be used for that division of REAL Services, said Zaseck. Clients should not notice any change in their usual services, and the Milton Adult Day Center run by Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services will remain open.