Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle

By Patti Haddick, Director of Home Services – The holidays are stressful for any adult but when you add the stress of caring for a loved one, it can be overwhelming. There are decorations to put up, cookies to bake, gifts to buy, and if you add taking care of a frail loved one, it seems unmanageable.  [...]

By |2018-12-19T14:25:14-06:00September 26th, 2017|Care Notes|0 Comments

Insight Into Repetition

By Gail J. Shaw, Home Services Care Coordinator -  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 their loved one asking the same question over and over and then not remembering or [...]

By |2018-12-19T14:25:29-06:00August 22nd, 2017|Care Notes|0 Comments

Art is the expression of the soul

During the last year, participants at St. John’s Community Care Adult Day Center have been receiving individual and group Art Therapy sessions with SIUE masters level practicum student, Ashley Ramm. Participants from both the Collinsville and the Edwardsville Adult Day locations meet once per week for different themed groups. A Ladies Art Therapy Group meets [...]

By |2018-12-20T11:21:13-06:00March 22nd, 2017|Care Notes|0 Comments

Challenges of Communicating with People with Alzheimer’s

By Gail J. Shaw, Care Coordinator - "Don't underestimate me. I know more than I say, think more than I speak and notice more than you realize." I saw this quote of wisdom on Pinterest and it immediately reminded me of my clients, who are challenged every day as they live life with Alzheimer's. To [...]

By |2018-12-20T11:21:13-06:00October 25th, 2016|Care Notes|0 Comments

The Joy of De-clutter and Downsizing

By Patti Haddick, Director of Home Services - Years ago, as a young wife and mother just starting a new household, I could not understand why my mother and aunts requested “no knick-knacks and dust-catchers” for birthdays and holidays.  I loved the little tole-painted candleholders and the cute country crocks of dried flowers for my [...]

By |2018-12-20T11:21:13-06:00August 2nd, 2016|Care Notes|0 Comments

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 bladder emptying and incontinence can lead to UTIs according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The typical signs and [...]

By |2018-12-20T11:21:13-06:00August 2nd, 2016|Care Notes|0 Comments
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