Memory Care Services for Patients

The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute offers a broad range of clinical services for memory-impaired patients. Our professionals specializing in memory care, geriatrics, neuropsychology, clinical pharmacy, occupational therapy, and social work comprise a team that works collaboratively to achieve the most accurate and thorough clinical evaluation for patients.

1st Floor Clinical Center

Patients evaluated in our first floor clinic typically have received a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer's disease and are seeking a second opinion, symptom management, family therapy, or transfer of care from another provider. Patients are matched with a provider who best meets their needs. This may include a referral for an examination by a physician, licensed clinical social worker, neuropsychologist, or provider in partnership with USF's Memory Disorders Clinic. Download new patient form.

Center for Memory C.A.R.E.

The Center for Memory C.A.R.E. (Clinical Assessment, Research & Education) is a comprehensive multidisciplinary diagnostic clinic for minimally or mildly-impaired patients seeking a first-time diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or memory impairment. A full diagnostic evaluation may include visits with a internal medicine physician, geriatric psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, pharmacist, and social worker during the course of a single day. The primary goal of the C.A.R.E. center is to identify neurodegenerative diseases in patients before symptoms become debilitating. If your insurance will not cover this team approach, diagnostic evaluation can be accomplished with a single provider in our first floor clinic as well.

The Institute's family-centered approach offers information and support for the patient as well as the caregiver, from adult daycare options, legal issues, stress management, competency for driving and daily activities, to treatment options.


Patients undergoing evaluation in the Center for Memory C.A.R.E. may be seen by a neuropsychologist who will administer abbreviated cognitive testing. In addition, referrals for formal neuropsychological services are provided to individuals with known or suspected brain dysfunction. This is particularly the case for younger patients and those with an unclear reason for their cognitive complaints. A vast array of conditions may impact brain function including, but not limited to, neurological disease or syndromes, depression, anxiety, as well as many medical conditions. Disorders may be acquired (concussions and traumatic brain injuries, oxygen deprivation) or developmental/genetic. In-depth neuropsychological testing can sometimes help clarify or confirm a diagnosis.

Eric Pfeiffer Imaging Center

Within the Center for Memory C.A.R.E. is the Eric Pfeiffer Imaging Center, housing a sophisticated PET (positron emission tomography) scanner. The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute is one of only a few Alzheimer's research centers in Florida with its own PET technology on-site. PET technology allows us to measure brain function and activity. In addition, new research has enabled the use of PET imaging to visualize the nerve-killing Alzheimer's amyloid proteins in the brain that are the hallmark of the disease. In the past, these could only be seen at autopsy but can now be used to confirm the diagnosis in living patients.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Services are available in our Functional Assessments Facility inside the Center for Memory C.A.R.E. on the 2nd floor of the Byrd Institute. Services include evaluation and treatment for ADL/Self-Care Skills, Home Safety, Falls Risk Assessment, Cognitive Skills Development, as well as therapeutic exercises and activities to increase balance, strength and coordination. The Functional Assessments Facility features a state-of-the-art NADS MiniSim driving simulator for driving evaluation and training, a functional micro-apartment used for assessment of home safety and self-care skills, and falls risk assessment equipment.

Clinical Driver Safety Evaluation

The Occupational Therapist will conduct a comprehensive driver safety assessment which will include testing of musculoskeletal components, vision, cognition and driver safety using a driving simulator. The results of the assessment will be sent only to the referring physician and will not be reported to the State of Florida Division of Motor Vehicles. Based on the results of the evaluation, the Occupational Therapist may make a recommendation for driver safety training through use of our driving simulator, cognitive retraining software, and/or with therapeutic exercise programs. The Occupational Therapist may also make a recommendation for the patient to have an on-the-road assessment to further evaluate driver safety skills if deemed necessary.