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.
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.
Free Advance Care Planning classes held Thursdays, 1:30 - 3 p.m. at local St. Jude Heritage Medical Offices and in the community. Free notary services, resources, information and assistance. For more information and to register, call 877-459-3627. Also available online, via Zoom; register at providence.org/stjudeadvancecare.
Free volunteer service to help low-income seniors increase socialization, reduce isolation and the heartbreak of loneliness. Regular home visits, friendly phone calls, errands, light housekeeping, cheering conversation and walks around-the-block if they’d like (program suspended during COVID). For more information, call 714-446-7064
- Weekly phone check-in calls, grocery/medication pick-up, chair exercises, conversations and relationship building
- PHQ-9 Depression/Anxiety Survey’s
Telephone classes and support groups (Well Connected). For more information, call 714-446-7017 or 714-446-7064.
- Free in-home depression assessment, care management and short term counseling with a licensed clinician for low-income seniors, and linkage to community resources.
- Free senior depression support group. Learn strategies to combat depression and anxiety. Develop tools to strengthen resilience.
Meets every Monday, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at 130 W Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton. To register for the Zoom meeting, visit providence.org/stjudedepressionsupport. For more information, call 877-459-3627.
- Free in-home safety assessments for older adults
- Referrals for needed resources, including home repairs, handyman services, personal organizers, placement specialists, etc.
- Free Caregiver Fall Prevention/Reduction Class
For more information, call 714-446-7035
This free grief recovery support group is for anyone who is working through the pain of loss. Personal and warm, wherever you’re at in the grieving process. Attend the group as long as you’d like, whenever you’d like – you’re always welcome.
Learn how to:
- Begin making sense out of life and death
- Deal with the tasks of mourning, celebrate and remember a life well loved
Meets every Thursday, 1:30 - 3 p.m. at 130 W. Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton. Also available online, via Zoom. For more information and to register, call 877-459-3627.
Free six-week evidence based, excellent interactive workshop, held quarterly. Learn how to:
- Reduce pain, fatigue and stress
- Manage your medications and work effectively with your physician
- Set weekly goals and solve problems creatively and effectively
For more information, call 714-446-7064. To register for the Zoom class, call 877-459-3627.
Barbara Gamboa, Senior Insurance Specialist, can provide free information on Medicare Benefits (Part A, B, C and D) ; Medicare Supplement (Medigap); and answer your Medicare questions and concerns. For more information, call 714-446-7154.
Free one-hour class every 4th Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. at 130 W. Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton. Also available as a Zoom class. Get information about:
- Managing in-home care, insurance concerns and community resources or services
- Essential legal documents and procedures
For more information and to register, call 877-459-3627. For a free Senior Resource Guide, email Karyl Dupee.
This group meets on the second Wednesday of every month,4-5:30 p.m. at the St. Jude Community Services (130 W. Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton) to provide education, resources, information and support to patients and families alike. For more information, call 714-904-2249.
Free group for survivors, caregivers and family members, featuring education, resources, supportive suggestions and the opportunity to talk with other survivors. Meets every 1st and 3rd Monday, 1:30-3 p.m. at 130 W Bastanchury Rd, Fullerton. Also available as a Zoom class. For more information or to register, call 877-459-3627.
Free TeleClasses on tech support, access to Low-Cost WiFi and how to obtain an electronic device. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about your phone, computer or tablet; how to connect with friends and family; order products; access social media; and more. For more information about qualifying for this program, call 714-446-7017.
Transportation services for low-income St. Jude seniors who are unable to drive to physician appointments and therapies. Limited distance and availability. For more information or resources, call 714-446-7017.
Contact Senior Services for helpful resources, referrals and information on topics such as Alzheimer’s, veterans benefits, caregiver concerns, elder abuse questions and more. Call 714-446-7035 or email Karyl Dupee.
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.