Senior Services

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 Services

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.

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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 here or call (800) 543-8312 or (714) 446-5030.

Depression Solutions

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 ext. 2327.

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 services.

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 (877) 459-3627.

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.

In-Home Support

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 (714) 446-7154.

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 (714) 446-7035.

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.

2019-2020 Senior Resource Guide

Senior Transportation

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 and availability.

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 call (877) 459-3627.

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.