Determining 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.
Visit the Institute for Human Caring 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.
Supported by St. Jude Medical Center, The Caregiver Resource Center (CRC) is the only Orange County organization that partners with families who are caring for an adult family member. The CRC is specifically focused on the needs of caregivers who are coping with a loved one's chronic condition and has supported thousands of caregivers since 1988. The full range of counseling services, classes, support groups, and education opportunities available through the CRS is listed on their website. For more information, please 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 strategies to combat depression and anxiety, acquire personalized coping skills and develop tools to strengthen your resilience. 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 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.
Offering education, support and friendships, this group meets monthly on the second Friday from at 10 a.m. at St. Jude Community Services (130 W. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton). Led by a registered nurse and educator, the group focuses on health education, maintaining and using skills you’ve learned, and staying healthy both today and tomorrow. Please contact Senior Services at: 714-446-7035 for more information.
Parkinson's Disease education and support group
This 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.
Driving provides independence and mobility, and for many, it is one of the most important activities of adult daily life. To help individuals enjoy the sense of freedom and security of being a safe driver, St. Jude Medical Center offers 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 a 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. Physician referral is required. For more information, please call 714-578-8706 ext. 2327
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.
An important sources of information and new friendships, this group meets the 1s and 3rd Monday of every month from 1:30 - 3 pm. at St. Jude Community Services Building 130 W. Bastanchury Rd. Fullerton, CA 92835. Please call 877-459-3627.
Wellness and fitness classes
We can help you find and add activities to your daily routine that are fun and beneficial. We offer classes related to balance, walking, senior yoga, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, endurance and strength building specifically for those recovering from an injury or chronic illness. For more information, please call 714-578-8770.
Our 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 senior for one to two months after their hospital discharge, creating a more successful recovery and transition to home. Services offered for no-charge include:
- 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
In-home safety program
To help reduce the risk of falls and allow 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. To schedule an assessment, please call us at 714-446-7035.
Home visits and caring neighbors
Caring Neighbors is a free program designed to support low income seniors with friendly home visits and phone calls. Home visits for seniors can provide help with errands, light housekeeping and exercise, as well as companionship and conversation. This extra support in staying connected and completing daily tasks allows seniors seniors to remain in their own homes, and avoid premature placement into out-of-home care or a nursing facility.
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.
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.
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.