“Care Notes” Blog2020-10-20T11:44:20-05:00

“Care Notes” Blog

The power of smell – Essential Oils in Caregiving

How do you feel when you smell a familiar scent like cinnamon, vanilla, lemon or even peppermint? What scent brings back pleasant memories, decreases your pain, or even makes you hungry for something to eat? [...]

January 15th, 2022|Categories: Care Notes, News, Uncategorized|

Connections Matter Try a Support Group – Even If You Don’t Want To

Connections Matter Try a Support Group – Even If You Don't Want To Are you caring for a person living with dementia? Feeling alone?  Overwhelmed? Give our support group a try.  There’s no charge and [...]

January 15th, 2022|Categories: Care Notes, News|Tags: |

Stress Busting Retreat: Learn Practical Strategies for Caregivers and Receive Much-Needed Support

Taking on the role of caregiver for a loved one with dementia or Alzheimer’s comes with a unique set of stressors. With your full-time job, your commitment to family and community projects, your own social [...]

January 15th, 2022|Categories: Care Notes, News|

The Dangers of Social Isolation – And What You Can Do About It

Loneliness and social isolation were widespread problems long before the phrase “social distancing” was introduced into our daily vocabulary. But it’s fair to say that the pandemic has heightened and complicated the issues. We’ve [...]

August 22nd, 2021|Categories: Care Notes|

How To Talk To Your Loved One About Memory Issues: A Guide For Caregivers

How to Talk To Your Loved One About Memory Issues: A Guide For Caregivers For the fifth time this week, your dad is searching through the closets for an old chess board that he donated [...]

July 15th, 2021|Categories: Care Notes, News|

Let the sunshine in! Face it with a grin!  Open your heart and let the sunshine in!

By Missy Athmer, Marketing Director I want to share that I know, as a family caregiver, fear often travels on my shoulder. I don't want to be as flip as to say that you will [...]

July 6th, 2021|Categories: Care Notes, News|

Choose JOY in 2021!

By Stacey Rhodes, MS - Adult Day Program Director DEMENTIA CARE SPECIALIST I’ve got the JOY! JOY! JOY! JOY! Down in my heart to stay! Has COVID got you down, down, down?  Well, join the [...]

December 24th, 2020|Categories: Care Notes|

Looking for Answers?

By Gail Shaw, MPA - Coordinator of Training & Support DEMENTIA CARE SPECIALIST Have you ever had the feeling that something was not quite right, but you could not put your finger on what was [...]

December 24th, 2020|Categories: Care Notes|

Caregiving with a full cup.

You know that caregiving  is draining. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so let us help you fill yourself back up! It might be gray and cold outside, but there is no need for [...]

December 24th, 2020|Categories: Care Notes|

Life Is Better With Grandfriends

St. John’s Community Care and We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym are partnering to host intergenerational music classes called Grandfriends. Intergenerational music is the bringing together of children and their senior friends for an enjoyable [...]

April 4th, 2019|Categories: Care Notes|

Keep Moving

  BY MISSY ATHMER- Marketing Director - Being active and staying engaged socially can help in a wide range of ways,  from improving your physical strength and enhancing your memory to preventing depression. St. John’s Community [...]

January 4th, 2019|Categories: Care Notes|

It’s About Time: Plan Now to Age in a Supportive Community

BY KERRY SMITH - contributing writer -  With 80 being the new 60 and many Americans living longer and more fully, the concept of planning for our aging years seems to be a responsibility that [...]

Adventures in Aging: “The Blessings of Aging”

BY DAVID PIEPLOW - contributing writer An elderly farmer in Florida had a large pond next to his fruit orchard.  One early evening, he decided to go down to the pond to pick some fruit.  [...]

Insight Into Repetition

By Gail J. Shaw, Members attending our Alzheimer’s Support Group discuss many different types of challenges they have in caring for their loved ones with memory loss. Two of the challenges most discussed have been [...]

Urinary Tract Infections

Younger people tend to empty their bladder completely upon urination, which helps to keep bacteria from accumulating within the bladder. But elderly men and women experience a weakening of the muscles of the bladder. Poor [...]

August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Care Notes|

What Is Dementia?

Written by: Gail Shaw, Care Coordinator -What do an umbrella and dementia have in common? One of the definitions under the word umbrella, in the Webster’s II New Riverside Dictionary, defines an umbrella as something that [...]

September 30th, 2015|Categories: Care Notes|

I’m Fine

There's nothing whatever the matter with me. I'm just as healthy as can be. I have arthritis in both my knees And when I talk, I talk with a wheeze. My pulse is weak and [...]

January 19th, 2015|Categories: Care Notes|

Does Christmas bring out your green and fuzzy side or are you Cindy Lou?

Missy Athmer -Director of Marketing: Of course I am talking about How The Grinch Stole Christmas! Even as an adult, I still love all the rhymes and the neat illustrations inside the famous Dr. Suess [...]

November 24th, 2014|Categories: Care Notes|

It’s A Family Affair

By Patti Haddick, Home Services Program Director: St. John’s Community Care is a top-notch agency, both in the quality of service we provide to our clients and in the quality of the Caregivers who provide [...]

September 30th, 2014|Categories: Care Notes|

Meet Our Caregivers

  Caring compassionately for your aging and disabled loved one!     Donna Bast Home Is Where The Heart Is Donna Bast, a caregiver for St. John’s, has been caring for aging and elder clients [...]

May 30th, 2014|Categories: Care Notes|

Caregiver Support Groups

St. John’s support groups provide opportunities for families and friends to discuss their concerns and uncertainties, as well as find resources to help regain a sense of  balance and hope. We also provide information about [...]

February 28th, 2014|Categories: Care Notes|

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