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
For more information on any of our Senior Services, please call
Advance Care Planning: Letting Us Know Your Wishes for Medical Care
Talking with your family, friends and your physician about your wishes
for medical care at the end of your life is called advance care planning.
It's a way for you, your loved ones and your physician to discuss the
kinds of care you want and don't want at that time. You can also specify
the care you would want if you become unable to speak or make decisions
for yourself, due to a coma or other medical condition. When you write
down your wishes, this kind of plan is called an advance directive. We
encourage all patients to complete an Advanced Care Directive before being
admitted and bringing it with you so we may honor your wishes for care.
The best time to start the conversation about the kind of care you’d
want if you were in an accident or became seriously ill is now. Let us help you
think about the care you’d want,
talk to your loved ones about your decisions,
choose your advocate and
complete an advance directive.
www.TalkAboutWhatMatters.org for more information.
Free Advance Care Planning classes are held at St. Jude Heritage Medical
Group offices and in the community. Please call (714) 446-7035 for more
information, resources or assistance.
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
or call (800) 543-8312 or (714) 446-5030.
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. A free senior depression
support group meets every Monday from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at 130 W. Bastanchury
Rd. Learn stretgies to combat depression and anxiety, acquire personalized
coping skills and develop tools to strengthen your resilience. For more
information, please call (714) 446-7035.
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
Fail 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
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
Healthy Living with a Chronic Condition Education and Support Group
Meets monthly on the second Friday from at 10 a.m. at St. Jude Community
Services (130 W. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton) and focuses on health education,
maintaining and using skills you’ve learned and staying healthy
for today and tomorrow. Please contact Senior Services at: (714) 446-7035
for more information.
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.
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
Parkinson’s Disease Education and Support Group
Meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 4 - 5:30 p.m. at the
St. Jude Community Services (130 W. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton) to provide
education, resources, information and support to patients and families
alike. For more information, please contact (714) 904-2249.
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
Senior Resources 101 Class
Please join us for a free one-hour class every 4th Wednesday from 7-8 p.m.
At 130 W. Bastanchury Rd. The class helps you connect with resources for
understanding legal documents and procedures, managing in-home care, insurance
concerns and community resources and services. To register, please call
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.
2017-2018 Senior Resource Guide
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) 446-7064 for more information. There are some limitations on distance
Stroke Support and Education Group
Meets the First and Third Monday of every month from 1:30 - 3 p.m. at St.
Jude Community Services Building 130 W. Bastanchury Rd. Fullerton, CA
92835. Please RSVP to attend at (888) 794-9466. Visit
to learn more.
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