Geriatric Care Coordination
A licensed, experienced geriatric care coordinator is available to help older adults, their families, doctors, and other healthcare professionals deal with aging and health concerns. The coordinator assesses all the factors that affect independence and self-care. A care plan is then developed, and services are coordinated with the individual’s doctor. You can also get counseling by phone about aging issues, at-home care, the cost of care, placement options, and other community resources.
Issues that might lead to a referral to a coordinator include:
- Any change in mental or physical status that isn't explained by a medical workup
- Failure to follow medical instructions
- Frequent hospital visits
- Inappropriate use of emergency room or doctor services
- Confusion or memory loss
- Fall risks
- Symptoms of depression or anxiety
- Problems with self-care or functioning
- Inappropriate living arrangements
- Overburdened caregivers
- Isolation or lack of an obvious support system or caregiver
- Elder neglect or abuse
Patient Navigator Program
The patient navigator helps you learn about and coordinate John Muir Health services. It also provides health education materials and helps with referrals to community resources for older adults, families, and caregivers.
Senior Services staff can check prescription pricing online to find the best value for your drug purchases. Low-income seniors may qualify for help paying for medications through pharmaceutical companies’ outreach programs.
Community screenings are available at various sites throughout central and east Contra Costa County. Call Senior Services for a schedule or to make an appointment.
- Memory - Screenings are available to individuals age 60 and above who are experiencing significant memory loss or cognitive changes. Results to discuss with your doctor are provided.
- Blood Pressure - Do you know your numbers? Monthly screenings at several community sites are provided on a drop-in basis.
Regularly scheduled classes and seminars are offered on topics including health and wellness, caregiving, dementia, mature driving, memory, and advance directives.
Senior Services publishes a community newsletter three times a year with listings of upcoming events and classes.
AARP Driver Safety Training
AARP’s Driver Safety Training is specially designed for motorists age 50 and over. It helps drivers improve their skills while avoiding accidents and traffic violations. For dates and locations of AARP Driver Safety Training classes, please call Senior Services.