Caregiver Support

Caregiving is a puzzle.  It’s hard to put the picture together correctly when you don’t have all the pieces.
There is NO CHARGE to attend. We are here for you!

Call today to set up a free care consultation.  We may not be the service you need in your journey, but we are plugged into resources throughout the St. Louis Metro Area.  Call 618-344-5008.

Collinsville – Alzheimer’s Support Group

Chartered in 1991, this support group is intended for family caregivers with loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s.  This group is co-facilitated by two experienced leaders specially trained in issues of dementia and aging.  It meets in the St. John’s Community Center (222 Goethe Avenue), conference room in Collinsville from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month.  Care for loved ones is available with a reservation in our Adult Day Program so caregivers can attend the meeting.  For more information call Gail at 618-344-5008 or email gshaw@stjohnscc.org

Collinsville – Family Caregiver Support Group

Join other caregivers for fellowship and support at this meeting. This support group is intended for family caregivers caring for loved ones with any type of disability.  This group is hosted by the Director of the Adult Day Program and meets in the St. John’s Community Care conference room in Collinsville the second Wednesday of every month. Enjoy a light complimentary dinner from 5:30 to 6 p.m.  Support Group is from 6 to 7 p.m. Care for loved ones is available with a reservation in our Adult Day Program so caregivers can attend the meeting.  Call 618-344-5008.

Edwardsville – Family Caregiver Support Group

Join other caregivers for fellowship and support at this meeting. This support group is intended for family caregivers caring for loved ones with any type of disability. This group is hosted by the Adult Day Program Nurse and a volunteer with a Master’s Degree in Counseling. The group meets in the St. John’s Community Care conference room in Edwardsville the third Wednesday of every month. The group meets from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For more information call 618-656-7090 or 618-344-5008.

 – FAMILY SUPPORTS GROUPS –

2nd Thursday of each month – 6:00 p.m.
Meridian Village Support Group
27 Auerbach Pl, Glen Carbon, IL 62034
(618) 288-3700

For more information email info@stjohnscc.og

4th Tuesday – 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Fountain View Manor Memory Care
3432 Village Lane, Granite City, IL  62040
(618) 931-3999
For information email gshaw@stjohnscc.og

St. John’s Community Care Support Group Facilitators

Gail Shaw, MPA
Gail Shaw, MPADementia 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 recognizes that family caregivers are on a journey that can be frightening, lonely, overwhelming, and challenging, all the while leaving them feeling very guilty. Caring for a love one living with a brain disease is not easy. Gail helps the family caregivers by way of support groups, one-on-one or educational training so an individual may have a clearer understanding of what they and their love ones are experiencing by educating, skill building, sharing resources and supporting them. Family caregivers find they are not alone and have Gail to turn to for guidance on how to navigate their journey as a caregiver.

Gail Shaw, can be reached at 618-344-5008 or gshaw@stjohnscc.org

Stacey Rhodes, MS
Stacey Rhodes, MSDementia Care Specialist
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”.
Patti Haddick. BS
Patti Haddick. BSDementia 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.

Sherry Skelton, MC
Sherry Skelton, MCCounselor
Linda Robertson,
Linda Robertson, Dementia Care Specialist / Brain Wave Facilitator
Nancy Berry, MHA
Nancy Berry, MHADementia Care Specialist

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