“Care Notes” Blog2018-11-12T11:07:10+00:00

“Care Notes” Blog

Volunteers with USI Insurance Services LLC help at St. John’s Community Care

Collinsville - St. John’s Community Care had the privilege of hosting several volunteers from USI Insurance Services LLC group in St. Louis. USI has created a unique and thoughtful corporate social responsibility program that aligns with [...]

September 5th, 2018|Categories: Press Releases|

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.  [...]

When is it Time to Limit Driving or Give Up the Keys?

BY DAVID PIEPLOW - Contributing Writer As an adult child, there may come a time when you realize that your older loved one simply cannot safely or confidently drive an automobile. They may pose a serious [...]

April 5th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

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, [...]

September 26th, 2017|Categories: Caregiver, News|Tags: , , , , , , |

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 [...]

Cardinals Reminiscence League expanding to serve more people with memory loss

Edwardsville – In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, St. John’s Community Care is proud to announce the start of the 2017 Cardinals Reminiscence program for people with memory loss: Cardinals Reminiscence League (CRL). CRL builds [...]

March 31st, 2017|Categories: Press Releases|

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: News|

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: News|

Family 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 [...]

March 3rd, 2015|Categories: News|

One Daughter’s Story

Story as told by Lisa Brennan. St. John's has been a wonderful part of our lives these past few months.  My sister, Anita Schmitt, saw the marquee in front of St. John's when it had [...]

February 12th, 2015|Categories: News|

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: News|

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: News|

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: News|

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: Caregiver|

Tablet designed for loved ones suffering from memory loss

Tablet designed for loved ones suffering from memory loss Here’s a product you don’t see every day—a tablet designed specifically for senior citizens.  The Memo Touch is designed as a reminder tool for those who [...]

April 8th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Aging in Place – Using programs and technology to promote safety, wellness and increase happiness in home bound loved ones

Aging in Place - Using Programs and Technology to Promote Safety, Wellness and Increase Happiness by Dana Klassen We are lucky to live in the time of smart technologies and virtual social networks that engage [...]

April 1st, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Retirement Research Foundation approves $40,000 grant for St. John’s!

Retirement Research Foundation approves $40,000 grant for St. John’s! From CEO Nancy Berry:  We are again blessed to receive financial support to help us expand our Adult Day Program to Edwardsville.  The Retirement Research Foundation was our [...]

March 22nd, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|

Honoring Veterans After Veterans’ Day by Stacey Rhodes, Adult Day Director

Veteran Mr. B., a recent Adult Day Participant Honoring Veterans All Year Long! St. John’s welcomes and supports Veterans in being eligible to VA benefits for our Adult Day Programs and Home Services. [...]

Stacey’s Grapevine

Stacey Rhodes, Adult Day Programs Director Stacey's Grapevine  Happy New Year!  With a new year comes new beginnings St. John’s is preparing for exciting new beginnings.  We are pleased to announce the opening [...]

December 1st, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

Caregivers Help

Caregiving changes your life!  It is either soul enhancing or soul smothering.  Yet Gail Sheehy, author of Passages in Caregiving, Turning Chaos into Confidence, suggests some universal "helps" that can offer refreshing new air during [...]

November 19th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|

You Can’t Send a Duck to Eagle School (if you want it to succeed!”)

“It’s not my job!”  This statement is NEVER heard in our office, unless it’s in jest.  We are blessed with staff members who are committed to our mission and always willing to stretch [...]

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