My mother Mary is 101 years old. We decided it was time for us to start looking for some resources to help us care for her during the day while we work. We heard about St. John’s Community Care Adult Day Program in Edwardsville and decided to take a tour.
Since enrolling our mom in the program, it’s been a blessing, to say the least. I am able to drop off Mom at 7 in the morning before I head to work and can pick her up around 4:30 in the evening and take her home. On Fridays, my sister is able to take her and pick her up. It works for our schedules, plus the fact that we know she LOVES it at St. John’s! In fact, when there is a holiday or a few days when she does not attend, she is eager to get back to friends at the center. She is still a social butterfly! She wants to know how her friends are doing.
She had a situation where she needed Physical Therapy and she was having difficulty at the place we first went to for the therapy. So, we decided to try the therapy offered at St. John’s through Empower Me Wellness and to our delight Mom is going above and beyond their expectations. We all agree that it has certainly met her needs and her mobility has improved.
Without this service, I honestly would not know what to do. We are so fortunate to have a place like St. John’s as an option for care. The staff go above and beyond with their compassion and care for us, as family caregivers, and my mom. I know she is safe and doing the things she likes with people who TRULY care about her. It’s been a great experience all around for all of us!

Joann Newell