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Madison County Sheriff’s Office PIN Sticker Program Participant Registration Form

You can fill out and submit the form below to receive a sticker. The form will be emailed to Capt. Kris Tharp. Madison County Sheriff’s Department
405 Randle St., Edwardsville
618-692-4433

    St. John’s Community Care will not collect any personal information or solicit anyone who inquires about a the P.I.N. Sticker Program. This is a free program and is voluntary for anyone who feels it would benefit their family or loved one living with Alzheimer’s/Dementia / Autism / Epilepsy / Diabetic / Vision Impaired / Service Animal / Hearing Impaired / Other/Not Listed.

    To learn more read or watch more about the program here –

    Madison County Sheriff’s program aids residents with communication barriers (theintelligencer.com)

    Madison County sticker program underway for residents with communication barriers (fox2now.com)

    Welcome to the Tip Sheet page! We hope you find this information helpful on your caregiving journey.

    All the Tip Sheets on this page are offered at no charge. Simply download them to your device or computer for easy reference and share this link with other family members as needed. We ask for your email so we can add you to our quarterly e-newsletter with helpful information and tips about caring for a loved one with dementia and follow-up with you in regards to your caregiver needs.

    Communication Tips

      Ten Early Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

        Home Safety Tips

          Caregiver Stress Tip Sheet

            CAREGIVER RESOURCES

            AgeSmart Community Resources – a funder and partner of SJCC.

            Life can be complicated. Aging in place is what we want to educate consumers on. When changes occur due to health, family dynamics, finances, etc., help is needed to make good decisions. Whether you need to find a service or learn about your options by talking with a professional, you’ve come to the right place. The AgeSmart Community Resources works to help older adults remain independent in their homes and communities. Through planning, funding, responding to community needs and providing answers on aging, AgeSmart Community Resources helps people AGE WELL THEIR WAY. Click Here To Learn More.

            Online Assessment for Caregivers

            AgeSmart’s Caregiver Specialists can provide one-on-one assistance to link you to services to help meet the needs of you and the person you are caring for. Every situation is different, and Caregiver Specialists can help you customize a plan for the person you are caring for.  You can start the process by taking the online Assessment. Your contact information will be forwarded to AgeSmart (and no other organization will receive your information).  After completing the online assessment, the Caregiver Specialist will call and set up an appointment with you to fully discuss your current situation and needs as a caregiver.

            AARP Driving Classes

            Putting the brakes on driving can be one of the most difficult conversations you have with your parent or loved one.

            It doesn’t have to be. Planning and discussing options seem to help all of us cope. Planning also makes change easier, giving everyone time to adjust. Your parent or loved one should be given the opportunity to make decisions about continuing to drive if safety is not compromised. With your help to start the conversations, you can encourage them to make a healthy and responsible choice. You know you loved one best; their personality, driving record, health issues, alternate transportation options, family/friend relationships. That knowledge will aid you in crafting caring conversations with your loved the one about the decision to limit or stop driving. Early, occasional, and candid conversations
            encourage a pattern of open dialogue to reinforce driving safety. The discussion will eliminate an uncomfortable or forceful termination of your loved ones’ driving habits. Over a period of time, the discussions allow your loved one to consider Over a period of time, the discussions allow your loved one to consider his or her skills and, hopefully, they will recognize when the time comes and they are ready to stop driving. By conversing regularly with them about other transportation, they will know other options to keep them mobile and independent. Here is an example of a conversation starter for you. “I was on the interstate today and saw an accident. Seems like there are a lot more vehicles on the road these days. Are you still comfortable driving on the interstate? Have you ever considered taking the frontage road?” You may also discuss setting boundaries for safe driving. Come to an agreement with your loved one that they will not drive at night, in the rain or snow, or leave their hometown. No matter what time of day or evening, let them know that if they are ever uncomfortable driving for whatever reason, you are always willing to come get them. You may also find helpful resources about safety for older drivers from auto insurance companies, your local police department and AARP.

            St. John’s Community Care hosts AARP driving class.

            Classes have resumed in person.
            For more information contact us at 618-344-5008.

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