June 11, 2022
8:00 am – 12:30 pm

There is no charge to participate, but registration is required.
Click here to register online or call 618-222-2561.

Complimentary care will be available at St. John’s Adult Day Center during the conference hours.
Pre-registration for the Adult Day Center is required. Contact Stacey Rhodes at 618-344-5008.

Attendees will learn about resources and techniques to help them on their caregiving journey.

Event Location:
St. John Church – Faith Hall, 307 West Clay Street ( rear ) Collinsville, IL 6223

Meet the Speakers:

Legal & Financial Issues

About Heidi

Heidi received her B.S. from Southern Illinois University, M.A. from the University of Illinois, J.D. from University of Tulsa, and is licensed to practice law in Illinois. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Illinois State Bar Association and St. Clair County Bar Association. Ms. Dodd received the 2018 Legacy Celebration Award and most recently was awarded best attorney with Small Business Monthly of St. Louis.


One of the finest gifts anyone can leave their family is a well-organized and easily-transferable estate. Concentrating in the areas of multi-generational Estate Planning and Elder Law. Attorney Heidi E. Dodd offers legal counsel in the areas of powers of attorney, wills and trusts, asset preservation, special needs trusts, guardianships, trust administration, probate, and real estate matters.

Like a compass, you can rely on us to always point you and your family in the right direction. Through times of unfamiliar roads, we promise to guide you. We hold our commitment to support you of the utmost importance. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your needs and those of your family. Our firm is dedicated to providing clients with caring support, helpful and easy to understand information, as well as individualized attention. www.harterlarsondodd.com

Understanding Behavior and Learning to be with People Living with Dementia – Partnering with Family Member(s) in the Care of Their Loved Ones with Dementia

About Leslie Pedtke

Leslie Pedtke, MHA, LNHA is currently the owner and founder of Dignity Quotient a long-term care consulting company and Trenton Village Assisted Living and Memory Care – King Management Company. She is also an adjunct faculty professor for Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Maryville University of St. Louis.

Leslie was the owner of three skilled and two other assisted living communities. From 1994-2017 she was the Administrator of Aviston Countryside Manor. Through this experience, she has built a foundation of person directed care. She is an author for Health Professions Press. Her book, What Living as a Resident Can Teach Long-Term Care Staff: The Power of Empathy to Transform Care, was released in October, 2017 and is a teaching tool for long term care professionals, families and students.

Leslie is a national speaker on topics including dementia, culture change and workforce development and teaching empathy.

She has been a board member of the Illinois Pioneer Coalition since 2010 in which she has served as the summit coordinator, Vice-President and President. She graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication and Maryville University with a Master’s in Health Administration.

Adaptive Equipment: Improving Function & Safety in the Home

About Cindy

Cindy graduated in 1992 with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St Louis, MO. The majority of her career has been spent in Home Healthcare, with short stints in skilled rehabilitation and outpatient therapy clinical settings. Her passion is to assist people in maintaining their independence, especially when it makes the difference in their ability to remain in their home. Physical Therapy’s main focus is mobility

About Christina

Christina graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master’s degree in Speech/Language/Dysphagia Therapy. She spent most of her career treating patients in the skilled nursing facility environment. Of all the speech therapy areas treated by speech therapists, she really enjoys working with people that have difficulty eating, chewing and swallowing after illness or disease. Speech Therapy’s main focus is cognition, language and swallowing difficulties.

Who is Adaptive Equipment & Caregiving Corner?

Adaptive Equipment Corner produces educational and instructional videos. Our mission is to enhance continuity of care from healthcare facility to home, increase client and caregiver safety during daily care and improve and maintain the client’s optimal level of functional independence. Visit us at www.AECorner.com

Dementia Resources – Helping You
Age Well, Your Way!

Taking care of a person living with Alzheimer’s or related dementia at home is specialized work. To do this work successfully, caregivers need options and resources. It’s a journey no one should take alone. We will share with you ideas and tips to help you and your loved one.