Find the resources or support you need.

For many people, support groups offer a way to find emotional strength in difficult times. Hancock Health hosts a number of these groups, and as they become available we’ll post information here, including contact information and meeting times.

AARP Safe Driver Course

Today, AARP Driver Safety continues to meet the needs of older drivers through educational programs. But they aren’t the same programs and resources that were available nearly 35 years ago. AARP Driver Safety has continued to evolve with the times, delivering on AARP’s goal to promote the independence of older Americans and enhance their quality of life. This Smart Driver™ course is hosted by Hancock Regional Hospital.  The cost to AARP members is $15 and $20 for non-AARP members. To register for this class or for further information, please call (317) 468-4383 or email lgarrity@hancockregional.org

Alzheimer’s

For spouses and other family members of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on the lower level, Classroom 2. Contact the Alzheimer’s Association at (317) 575-9620 or (800) 272-3900 for more information.

Bariatric

For individuals who have an interest in bariatric surgery and want to learn more from those that have already had surgery. The group meets on the third Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. There is no charge and registration is not required. Support group meetings are considered part of the treatment following bariatric surgery, so attendance is encouraged. Meetings are held in the Bariatric Center at the hospital, located on the lower level. For more information, call (317) 325-BARI (2274).

Better Breathers

For persons with COPD and other chronic respiratory disorders. Meets the first Wednesday of each month from 12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the hospital, on the lower level, Keen Classroom. Call (317) 468-4383 for more information.

Better Choices, Better Health Workshop

Feel better, find practical ways to make daily tasks easier, and have more energy for the activities you enjoy.  “Better Choices, Better Health,” a six-week, self-management workshop offered by CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions and Hancock Regional Hospital. This workshop empowers people to live well while dealing with chronic health conditions such as anxiety, arthritis, asthma, depression, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and more. The interactive wellness workshop, developed by Stanford University’s School of Medicine, is open to anyone interested in developing new tools and skills to break the “symptom cycle” and find relief from pain, fatigue, and other symptoms. Caregivers and relatives are also welcome and will learn tools for better health while helping their loved ones.  All workshops are co- facilitated by two Stanford trained Lay Leaders who often manage their own chronic conditions.

The six-week workshop meets once a week for 2.5 hours with breaks each session for socialization and enjoyment.  The $10.00 registration fee covers the entire 6-week workshop, workbook Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, and relaxation CD.  Call (317) 468-4383 or email lgarrity@hancockregional.org for more information or to register.  The next class series is scheduled for June 7th through July 12th  6:00 pm -8:30 pm at Hancock Regional Hospital, lower level Orange classroom.

Breastfeeding

Pregnant and nursing mothers meet other breastfeeding moms in a fun and informal environment! No appointment necessary, just drop in if you are pregnant or nursing. Certified lactation consultants are present to offer support and guidance. Scales are available to monitor your baby’s weight gain. Group intended only for moms and nursing babies or children. The group meets every Monday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. except holidays. The meetings are held at the hospital, on the lower level, Classroom 2. Call the Breastfeeding Support Line at (317) 468-4397 or email kleary@hancockregional.org for more information.

Cancer

Our cancer support group is open to any adult cancer patient who is in treatment or has completed treatment. We offer a supportive environment to share coping skills, ideas, and tips that help you on your journey. There is no cost to attend. Register by calling (317) 325-2643. Group meets every Monday from 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. except on holidays.

Car Seat Program

Hancock Health offers FREE child restraint (car seat) assistance. Parents and caregivers can schedule appointments to have their child and/or seat evaluated by a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). The CPST will:

  • Evaluate the way that the child is currently traveling
  • Check the child’s current restraint for recalls
  • Check for proper fit and installation
  • Provide education to the parent/caregiver on how to properly use and install the child restraint
  • Provide a new seat if necessary (**must meet financial guidelines, please inquire*

Did you know that 9 out of 10 child restraints used in vehicles today are either being used or installed improperly?  Hancock Health wants to encourage the proper use of child restraints to ensure that all children are riding safely. Evaluations are done by appointment only and last approximately 30 minutes per child/seat. Spots fill quickly so please call in advance. You may also contact us for advice when purchasing seats.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (317)-468-4383 or lgarrity@hancockregional.org

Caregivers

Our caregiver support group is for any adult caring for a loved one. We offer a supportive environment where you can share your experience, learn from others, and focus on your own self-care. There is no cost to attend. Register by calling (317) 325-2643. Group meets on first Thursdays from 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. and third Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. except on holidays.

Creative Imagery for Health

The facilitator leads participants through guided imagery techniques, designed to relax the body and mind and help them envision health and renewal. Open to anyone wanting to improve their health. Registration requested. Contact Katherine at kmurray@hancockregional.org or (317) 468-4124. Group meets the third Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Diabetes

For persons with diabetes, and their family members and caregivers. This group meets on the third Monday of each month from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. and the third Tuesday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Call (317) 468-4379 or email cbrinkruff@hancockregional.org for more information. All meetings are held at Hancock Wellness Center, 888 West New Rd., Greenfield, IN.

Grief

In this free drop-in group, we welcome everyone who is experiencing grief as a result of losing a loved one. Come be with others who are traveling the same road. The group is designed as a drop-in group so that participants can be free to come whenever they need support—no commitment required. Questions? Call Chaplain Katherine at (317) 468-4124 or email kmurray@hancockregional.org. Group meets on Fridays from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. in the Hospice Unit conference room on the second floor of the hospital.

Joint Replacement Seminars

Free class will discuss when a hip or knee replacement is needed, the advantages of the surgical procedure, how it is performed, and the recovery process.  Please call for more information or to register at (317) 468-4199. Upcoming dates are July 13 and October 12 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Look Good, Feel Better

Look Good, Feel Better is a free program from the American Cancer Society designed for women dealing with hair loss and skin changes from chemotherapy and radiation. You will learn specific techniques to help make the most of your appearance while undergoing treatment. You will also take home a makeup package valued at $200.  To register call (317) 325-2617. Upcoming dates are July 17, Sept 18, and Nov 20 from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Lupus

People with lupus often feel alone with their disease and the everyday struggles that the disease brings to their lives, especially during times when the disease is active. The philosophy of Lupus Foundation of America support groups is to provide a warm and caring environment where people with lupus, their family members, caregivers, and loved ones can share their experiences, methods of coping, and insights into living with this chronic illness. For more information contact Karen at (317) 999-5714. Group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the lower level, Classroom 2.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a simple technique that enables us to use our awareness to calm down, focus our thoughts, and create a more peaceful, loving state. Mindfulness has been shown to have a positive impact on health, general well-being, and peace of mind. We invite you to learn how to bring mindfulness into your daily life. This group is led by Chaplain Katherine Murray. Contact Katherine for information or to register at kmurray@hancockregional.org or (317) 468-4124. Group meets from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at Hancock Regional Hospital and on the second Tuesday from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at Hancock Wellness Center- McCordsville

Multiple Sclerosis

For individuals affected by Multiple Sclerosis, as well as spouses, caregivers, and family members. This group meets the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the hospital, on the lower level, Classroom 3. Contact Joe at (317) 908-4472 for more information.

Parkinson’s

For those who have or are affected by Parkinson’s Disease. This is a self-help group run by and for people who live with the challenge of this chronic condition. It is a place to be yourself, to receive and share information, to offer mutual support and add a circle of friends. The group meets in the Keen classroom, on the lower level of the hospital, on the second Monday of each month from 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. For more information contact Kit at Hancock County Senior Services at (317) 462-3758 or kitp57@hcssi.org.

Positive Parenting

The class is FREE to anyone that who would like to learn more about the birth to 2 year age group and techniques to cope in positive ways with what can be the more “stressful” times of parenting. Expectant parents welcome!  Participants must register for this limited-space class prior to attending. Contact Diane by calling (317) 468.8525 for future dates.

Prime for Life

Fairbanks PRIME for Life® is an evidence-based motivational prevention, intervention and pre-treatment program by for youth who may be making high-risk choices with alcohol and/or drugs and prescription medication. It is a no-judgment zone – our facilitators are good about just having a conversation! The cost of the all day Saturday class is normally $125 but is currently reduced to $50.  For more info or to register, call Toll Free (855) 880.1217 or visit online at www.fairbankscd.org.

Safe Sleep Classes

Safe Sleep Classes, in partnership with the Children’s Bureau, occur every first Thursday of the month from 5-7 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month from 1-3 p.m. at Hancock Regional Hospital.  Eligible class participants will receive a Graco®-band Pack ‘n’ Play®, a sleep sack and education materials regarding important safe sleep practices and The Period of PURPLE Crying. The class is FREE to anyone that is interested and caring for a child one year or younger, regardless of whether they are parents, grandparents or care givers.  Participants must register by calling the Safe Sleep Coordinator prior to attending the class. Contact Carol Karst-Wasson by calling (317) 989-5117.

Senior Social Wednesdays

This no-cost and informal gathering is held every Wednesday and is open to anyone—no membership required! Fun activities, such as speakers on a variety of topics, gentle exercise for mind and body, nutrition information, and fun with the Jungle Club kids, are planned for the first 15-20 minutes of the hour, with the remaining time for casual conversation and light refreshments. For more information, contact Linda at (317) 468-4383 or lgarrity@hancockregional.org. Group meets every Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Hancock Wellness, 8505 North Clearview Dr., McCordsville, IN. On the 5th Wednesday, join us for “Brunch and Bingo”

SMART Program/Addictions Support

SMART Recovery is the leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a worldwide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. The SMART Recovery 4-Point Program helps people recover from all types of addiction and addictive behaviors, including: drug abuse, drug addiction, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, prescription drug abuse, sexual addiction, and problem addiction to other substances and activities. SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. The group meets every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. in Classroom 1, on the lower level of the hospital, 801 North State Street, Greenfield. Contact Betsy at (317) 626-7719 for more information.

Speaker’s Bureau

Hancock Health offers several experienced speakers that are available to the community for speaking engagements on a variety of topics, free of charge. Please call (317)-468-4383 for more information or to schedule a speaker.

Tours

Tours of the maternity/OB area are available on the first Saturday of each month. Please meet in the Information desk area at l:00 p.m. and someone will take you on a guided tour and answer questions. No registration is needed. Tours normally last about 30 minutes.

Walk With a Doc™-Greenfield

Take a step toward better health! Make walking a part of your daily routine and join Walk With A Doc™. This event is held on the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 5:30-6:30 pm meeting at the open shelter at Riley Park. In the winter months it is held indoors at Hancock Wellness Center, 888 West New Road, Greenfield. Each session will have an American Health Network professional to provide support and answer questions. Everyone walks together for a healthy, educational and interactive evening! All levels of fitness can attend and is open to the public at no charge. For more information contact (317) 462-5252

Walk With a Doc™-McCordsville

Take a step toward better health! Make walking a part of your daily routine and join Walk With A Doc™. This event is held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month from 5:30-6:30 pm at Hancock Wellness, 8505 North Clearview Drive, McCordsville.  Each session will have a Hancock Health professional to provide support and answer questions. Everyone walks together for a healthy, educational and interactive evening! All levels of fitness can attend and is open to the public at no charge.

Weight Management Support

This free monthly support group, led by a registered dietitian, provides a nonjudgmental environment where everyone can share their stories and their struggles. Come join the community—and build your confidence—as you work toward healthier eating habits. The group meets from 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month in McCordsville, and from 6 to 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in Greenfield. For more information, contact Registered Dietitian Michelle Graves at (317) 468-6115, or email her at mgraves@hancockregional.org.

Yoga for Grief Relief

This series of classes provides gentle, stretching yoga moves designed to help us release tightness stored in our bodies as we grieve. The result can be more flexibility, less achiness, better sleep, and more. Yoga moves based on the book, “Yoga for Grief Relief,” by Antonio Sausys, MA, CMT, RYT. No prior yoga experience is necessary—open to all ability levels.. Registration requested. kmurray@hancockregional.org or (317) 468-412.