FAMILY
Caregiver Support

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We help families know they don’t have to do all the caregiving by themselves.

To care for those who once cared for us is one of life’s biggest honors, but you don’t have to do it alone.

We are here for you!

You are welcome to bring your siblings or family members to the sessions. It will give you chance for each of you to hear first hand how important your role will be in the care of your loved one.

There is NO CHARGE to attend.

St. John’s Community Care remains committed to serving families during this uncertain time. St. John’s takes the health and safety of our participants and staff very seriously. Out of abundant precaution for our senior population, we are providing all services through video and phone conferencing until we are able to resume in-person visits per public health guidelines. On behalf of our organization and the families we serve, we thank you.

Intended for family caregivers caring for loved ones with any type of disability, this group is held the 2nd Wednesday of every month.

Join other caregivers for fellowship and support at this meeting. This group is facilitated by the Director of the Adult Day Program.

Online – ZOOM – Family Support Groups – 6 pm
If you would like to join the Zoom group meeting online please email srhodes@stjohnscc.org
She will send you instructions and invitation to join the meeting.

Join other caregivers for fellowship and support at this meeting. This group is hosted by the Director of the Adult Day Program.

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Online – ZOOM –  Alzheimer’s Support Group – 1:30 – 3:00 pm
If you would like to join the Zoom group meeting online, please email Gail at gshaw@stjohnscc.org
She will send you the instructions and invitation to join the meeting.

Join others dealing with dementia and memory loss the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Chartered in 1991, this group is intended for family caregivers with loved ones suffering from
Alzheimer’s. This group is facilitated by experienced leaders specially trained in issues of dementia and aging.

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gail-headshot-photo-st-johns-ccGail Shaw, MPA
Dementia Care Specialist – Coordinator of Training & Support

Gail Shaw has 25 years of experience working with clients and families, in a variety different setting, who have been challenged by aging and memory loss. She brings to the table a wealth of knowledge from working as a Health Center Manager, CCP Case Manager and Nursing Home Administrator. Gail has worked with many family caregivers on how to

navigate all the issues they faced caring for their love one. Gail has facilitates a support group for the Alzheimer’s Association and has given many Dementia Friendly Sessions out in the community.

She is an alumni of SIUE. Gail has a Bachelor of Science where she double majored in psychology and social work. She went back to SIUE and received a Master of Public Administration, concentrating on Non-profit management. To keep up to date on the latest in the area of dementia and Alzheimer’s, Gail regularly attends a variety of training seminars and educational seminars given by the Alzheimer’s Association and researchers from the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She completed training and has been certified as an IDoA Dementia Care Specialist.

Gail Shaw, can be reached at 618-344-5008 or gshaw@stjohnscc.org
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Stacey Rhodes, MS
Dementia Care Specialist – Adult Day Program Director

Stacey Rhodes earned a Master of Science degree in Gerontology at Central Missouri State University. Stacey has decades of experience focusing, learning and assisting older adults and their caregivers. As a Dementia Care Specialist, Stacey is known for her knowledge of resources, counseling and educating individuals with dementia and their families and developing programs to enhance their quality of life.

Stacey has dedicated her entire career to enhancing the lives of older adults beginning in Long Term Care facilities and building Ageless, Inc., a Private Geriatric Management business

in St. Louis. After moving to Illinois, Stacey continued her career working in Adult Protective Services, counseling older adults and their caregivers to her current position of Adult Day Director at St. John’s Community Care. Stacey manages St. John’s two Adult Day programs and has implemented and expanded St. John’s Early Memory Loss programs and Family Caregiver Support Groups. Stacey is dedicated and compassionate for those living with dementia. Her personal mission is to live to “101”.

Stacey has dedicated her entire career to enhancing the lives of older adults beginning in Long Term Care facilities and building Ageless, Inc., a Private Geriatric Management business in St. Louis. After moving to Illinois, Stacey continued her career working in Adult Protective Services, counseling older adults and their caregivers to her current position of Adult Day Director at St. John’s Community Care. Stacey manages St. John’s two Adult Day programs and has implemented and expanded St. John’s Early Memory Loss programs and Family Caregiver Support Groups. Stacey is dedicated and compassionate for those living with dementia. Her personal mission is to live to “101”.

Stacey Rhodes, can be reached at 618-344-5008 or srhodes@stjohnscc.org

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Patti Haddick BS
Dementia Care Specialist

Patti Haddick has over 25 years serving and consulting with families who are challenged with finding resources to aid their aging loved ones. Patti talks with and

comforts people with her vast knowledge of available local resources. She understands that caring for someone who is experiencing dementia is stressful and can affect every aspect of your life. The information Patti shares with family caregivers allows them to choose the best option of care for their loved one.

She is an alumni of SIUe with a BS in Sociology with a concentration in social work and minor in psychology. Having cared for her aging mother, Patti has firsthand caregiving experience and she is eager to explain many of the discovered techniques or tips and pass them on to others. Patti is passionate about letting people know that they are not alone and with her help, family caregivers can cope with the demands of caring for their loved one.

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Sherry Skelton, MC
Counselor

Sherry Skelton frequently says, “I love old people and always have.” That love and compassion plus her credentials make her a valuable part of our Support Group team.

Sherry earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University and her Masters in Community Counseling from SIU-E. She taught Health Education and Medical Occupations at Edwardsville High School for 34 years before retiring from teaching. She is an avid Cardinals fan and attends every Edwardsvillle High School Girl’s basketball and softball game she can.

Sherry is a life-long member of St. John United Church of Christ and past member and President of St. John’s Healing Community Board where she devoted many hours to strengthening the leadership of St. John’s Community Care.

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Linda Robertson BA
Support Group and Brain Wave Facilitator

Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Services with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Sequence of Gerontology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her vast experience comes from working 25 years in the long-term care industry as a Social Service Director. Linda exhibits her compassion and skills in her past volunteer positions with the Alzheimer’s Association and hospice.
After retirement, Linda joined St. John’s team as a Program Assistant at our Edwardsville center. Along with those responsibilities, Linda leads our Early Memory Loss program, Brainwave. She also, co-facilitates Stress Busting classes for Caregivers caring for someone with dementia.
Linda considers it a privilege to work with older adults. She appreciates they’ve led full lives with interesting stories to share. She brings support and encouragement to our participants and caregivers during these challenging times of their lives.

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Nancy Berry, MHA
Executive Director / Support Group Facilitator

Bachelor’s degree from Millikin University (Decatur) and Master’s in Health Care Administration from St. Louis University

  • Lifelong resident of Metro-East (Belleville and Collinsville)
  • Helped found St. John’s Community Care as President of the Board in 1985
  • Has served as Executive Director since 1988
  • Founded Collinsville Faith in Action in 1998
  • Active member of League of Women Voters of Collinsville for 35 years
  • Awards:
    o Collinsville Rotary Paul Harris Fellow
    o Kimmel Community Service Award (SIUE)
    o What’s Right with the Region Award, Focus St. Louis
    o Women of Achievement Award, IL Lt. Gov. Corrine Wood
    o Volunteer of the Year, St. Louis Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association