St. Jude Medical Center offers special programs through our Senior Services, which address the unique needs of older adults and their families in Southern California. Our mission is to help low income seniors stay healthy, independent and active by providing comprehensive programs and access to services. Senior Services provide transportation, dedicated post-treatment counselors, in-home safety, depression avoidance and treatment resources, grief counseling. Our Medicare Insurance Plan Specialist can give free information on all your questions.
For more information on any of our Senior Services, please call (714) 446-7035.
Senior Insurance Counseling
Our Senior Insurance Specialist provides free information on the various aspects of Medicare, including:
- Medicare Benefits (Part A & B)
- Medicare Supplement (Medigap)
- Medicare Advantage (Part C)
- Medicare Prescription Plan (Part D)
To schedule an appointment with the Senior Insurance Specialist, call (714) 446-7154.
St. Jude provides resources for transportation services to patients who are unable to drive to doctor appointments and therapy sessions. The focus is on low-income elderly as a bridge to OCTA Access program. Please call (714) 446-5473 for more information. There are some limitations on distance and availability.
Caregiver Resource Center
The Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) is the only Orange County agency that partners with families who are caring for an adult family member. The CRC is focused specifically on the needs of caregivers who are coping with a loved one's chronic condition and has supported thousands of caregivers since 1988. They offer counseling, support groups, classes and other services to caregivers. For more information, please click here or call (800) 543-8312 or (714) 446-5030.
Driver Assessment Program
Driving provides independence and mobility. For many, it is one of the most important activities of adult daily life. To help individuals enjoy the sense of freedom and security with being a safe driver, St. Jude Medical Center has designed an innovative program to address the unique needs of seniors and others who have driving concerns. Our occupational therapists, specially trained in driver rehabilitation, conduct the physician prescribed nearly three-hour assessment, which includes clinical visual and perceptual screening as well as reaction-time testing in a state-of-the-art simulator and dual controlled car. For more information, please call (714) 578-8706 ext. 2327.
The free Care Navigation Program helps seniors return to life at home after a hospital stay. A dedicated hospital staff member known as a “Care Navigator” will stay in touch with the patient for one to two months after their release from the hospital, to assist in the transition. The program includes a number of free services, such as:
- Medication check and review by a registered nurse
- Non-emergency medical transportation
- Review and follow-up on the patient’s discharge plan
- Assistance scheduling follow-up appointments
- Home safety/falls risk assessments
- Connections with various community resources
Home Visits and Caring Neighbors
The free Caring Neighbors program supports low income seniors with friendly home visits and phone calls. Home visits for seniors can also provide help with errands, light housekeeping and exercise. With this support and by staying connected with others, seniors can avoid premature placement into out-of-home care or nursing facilities.
Fall Risk Reduction Program
To help reduce the risk of falls and enable low income seniors to stay in their own homes longer, St. Jude offers free in-home safety assessments and provides referrals for needed resources such as home repairs and handyman services.
Seniors who live alone are particularly at risk for depression. St. Jude’s Late Life Depression Solutions program provides an in-home depression assessment, care management and short-term counseling with a licensed clinician. St. Jude can also provide connections to additional community resources to combat depression in older adults. For more information, please call (714) 446-7035.
Grief Recovery Support Group
St. Jude sponsors a support group called “Healing Hearts After Loss.” This grief recovery support group is for anyone who is working through the pain of loss of a loved one. The group meets every Thursday, from 1:30 - 3 p.m. at 130 W. Bastanchury Rd. For more information, please call (800) 870-7537 ext. 3.
Senior Resource Guide
Caregiving descends upon us in all sorts of ways-through sudden crises or a series of small but unsettling mishaps and warning signs. You may be the only person to step in or you may simply be the linchpin of a large network of family members and friends willing to help. Whatever the situation, you may not be sure of the next step. Or even the first step. Whether you are in the middle of a crisis and decisions have to be made quickly or planning ahead for an elderly loved one because of unsettling warning signs, the following questions, suggestions and information may be helpful in a variety of ways.
2014-2015 Senior Resource Guide
Wellness and Fitness
Chronic health conditions or concerns about injury or falls can be discouraging not only to your fitness, but to your daily activities. Exercise can help you manage the symptoms of illness and pain and even reverse some of those pesky conditions that develop as we get older. It's about finding and adding activities you enjoy to your daily routine, even in small ways. We offer classes related to balance, walking, senior yoga, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, endurance and strength building. For more information, please call (714) 578-8770 or click here.