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.

Temporarily Suspended ( see below for online option) –
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 Care  (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

Temporarily Suspended ( see below for online option)
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 5:30 to 7 p.m. Light dinner served at 5:30 pm. Care for loved ones is available with a reservation in our Adult Day Program so caregivers can attend the meeting.  Call 618-344-5008.

Temporarily Suspended ( see below for online option) –
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 facilitated by a dementia care specialist 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.


Online ZOOM Options for Support Groups
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Online – ZOOM – Family Caregiver Support Group – 6:00 pm
If you would like to join the Zoom group meeting online, please email Stacey at srhodes@stjohnscc.org
She will send you instructions and invitation to join the meeting.

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 –  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.


 – 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

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

Stacey Rhodes, MS
Stacey Rhodes, MSDementia 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

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
BS in Ed. from Eastern Illinois University
Masters in Community Counseling from SIU-E

Taught for 34 years at Edwardsville High School (Health Education & Medical Occupations)

Linda Robertson,
Linda Robertson, Support Group and Brain Wave Facilitator
Nancy Berry, MHA
Nancy Berry, MHAExecutive 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

By donating to our organization, you are joining the mission to make a positive difference in the lives of people affected by aging or disabilities.  Every day our staff, board and family caregivers work tirelessly to support those that need help, be it our clients, family caregivers or communities.  Your donations make it possible to make a positive difference in the lives of people challenged by aging or disabilities.