SeniorEldercareThe Santa Clara County Fire Department serves as an information and referral services for older adults in Santa Clara County. If you need assistance finding a program and/or service, we are here to help you find it! Please call Community Education Services at (408) 378-4010 for more information.

Connections to Resources for Older Adults in Santa Clara County

2-1-1 Santa Clara County
Receive FREE, non-emergency community, health and disaster information in Santa Clara County. Highly-trained Call Specialists can answer questions about a variety of nonprofit services and agencies. 2-1-1 is confidential, available in over 170 languages and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information:
      Visit 2-1-1 Santa Clara County
      Dial 2-1-1 from your phone

Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The Alzheimer's Association provides caregivers and families with comprehensive online resources and information through our Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregiver Center, which features sections on early-stagemiddle-stage and late-stage caregiving

24-Hour Helpline: 1.800.272.3900
Alzheimer's Association professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline offers information and advice to more than 250,000 callers each year and provides translation services in more than 200 languages. 

Alzheimer's Association Education Classes
Learn about available classes on Alzheimer awareness, reducing your risk, and classes for caregivers and family members.
Locate and register for classes

Department of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS)
DAAS promotes a safe and independent lifestyle for seniors, dependent adults and the disabled through the delivery of protective services, quality nutrition and supportive in-home services. In addition, DAAS evaluates community needs, develops programs and services, and advises on matters of policy that concern the welfare of seniors and persons with disabilities.
  • Adult Protective Services (408) 975-4900, 24-Hour Report Line: (800) 414-2002  
  • In-Home Supportive Services (Medi-Cal eligibility required): (408) 792-1600  
  • Public Administrator/Guardian/Conservator: (408) 755-7610  
  • Senior Nutrition Program: (408) 755-7680

For more information: 
          DAAS Social Service Agency, Santa Clara County
          (408) 755-7600

Farewell to Falls
Farewell to Falls is a FREE, home-based fall prevention program available to seniors, age 65 years or older, who live in Santa Clara or San Mateo County. If you have fallen recently, or are concerned about falling, you may be eligible to participate in a fall prevention program offered through the Trauma Service and Emergency Department at Stanford University Medical Center. 

Farewell to Falls focus includes:

  • Medication Review
  • Home Safety Assessment and Modification
  • Home Exercise Program
  • And Other Health Factors

For more information:
          Farewell to Falls Program
          Phone: (650) 724-9369 
          Fax: (650) 725-2359 – send in completed referral form 

Health Trust 
Healthy Aging Initiative works to ensure that older adults spend more years in good health and engaged as vital members of our community. Two of the programs available through The Health Trust (THT) include:

Senior Peer Advocate (SPA)
SPA is a program trains and certifies older adult volunteers to provide one-on-one information and assistance to their peers or family caregivers needing resources for transportation, housing, health care, caregiving and family support, social/education activities, and legal services. SPA volunteers can be found at senior center locations in the County.

AGEnts for Change program enlists and trains volunteers for social action around issues that impact older adults’ ability to live with dignity, choice and independence in the community.

For more information: 
          The Health Trust (Click on Healthy Aging)
          (408) 513-8700

Meals on Wheels
The Santa Clara County Meals On Wheels Program provides meal service to homebound seniors 60 years of age and older who are unable to provide meals for themselves or have difficulty obtaining food because of illness, frailty, or disability. Eligible seniors receive a weekly delivery of seven breakfasts and five frozen lunch/dinner entrées, a fresh salad and a fresh sandwich or wrap, supplemented by fresh fruit, juice, milk, bread, and other grocery items. 

For more information: 
          To receive an in-home assessment, please contact a Sourcewise Nutrition Coordinator 
          (408) 350-3246

Do you want more than just food?
Meals on Wheels and The Health Trust are now providing a FREE friendly home visitor program to Meals on Wheels participants! Receive any of the following:

  • A companion and friend to visit with you weekly in your home
  • Friendly phone calls 
  • Free monthly pet food delivery for low-income clients
  • An in-home exercise program
  • Educational materials and information on community resources

     To learn more or to register, call: (408) 961-9873 

Sourcewise (formally Council on Aging)
Sourcewise provides adults and their caregivers the tools and services they need to effectively navigate their health and life options. Through a comprehensive network of resources, Sourcewise strives to educate, prepare, support, and advocate for all adults, their families and their caregivers within Santa Clara County.

Sourcewise Services:

  • Information and Awareness
  • Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Senior Employment Services
  • Care Management

Trained Community Resource Specialists are available to assist you and provide a customized list of community-based organizations and the information, eligibility criteria, and procedures to access needed services.

For more infromation: 
          Sourcewise Community Resource Solutions
          (408) 350-3200, Option 1
          Email: community@mysourcewise.com

 

Senior Centers within Santa Clara County

SeniorComputerSenior Centers (for ages 50+) provide a wide variety of programs & services that promote health, wellness and independence. Some of the services offered at senior centers include:

  • Cards and Games
  • Computer Training
  • Fitness Classes
  • Health Insurance Counseling
  • Hearing & Blood Pressure Screening
  • Income Tax and Legal Assistance
  • Minor Home Repairs & Maintenance
  • Recreation, Travel and Tours
  • Transportation
  • Volunteer Opportunities

For more information about programs & services in your area, contact your local senior center.

Campbell Adult Center 
www.ci.campbell.ca.us 

Cupertino Senior Center
www.cupertino.org (select Recreation, select Senior)

Gilroy Senior Center 
www.cityofgilroy.org (select Community, Select Senior Services)

Los Altos Senior Center
www.losaltosca.gov/recreation (select Senior Center)

Los Gatos Adult Recreation Center 
www.lgsrecreation.org (select 55+)

Milpitas Senior Center 
www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov (select Residents, select Recreation Programs, select Senior Programs)

Morgan Hill Centennial Recreation Center -
www.morganhill.ca.gov (select Recreation, select 50+)

Mountain View Senior Center 
www.ci.mtnview.ca.us (select Parks & Rec, select Senior Programs)

Palo Alto Senior Center 
www.avenidas.org

San Jose Parks, Recs & Neighborhood Services 
www.sanjoseca.gov/prns (select Programs & Activities, select Active Adults 50+)

Saratoga Senior Center 
www.sascc.org

Sunnyvale Senior Center 
http://sunnyvale.ca.gov/Departments/CommunityServices/Seniors.aspx

Senior Centers Without Walls
www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/home
Toll-free: 1-877-797-7299
Senior Center Without Walls (SCWW), a non-denominational program of Episcopal Senior Communities, offers telephone activities, friendly conversation, and an assortment of classes and support groups to older adults (60+) in California who find it difficult to participate in activities in their community. Seniors participate in the free activities using their own telephones in the comfort of their homes.

Additional Resources

California Department on Aging
http://www.aging.ca.gov
Administers programs that promote independence and well-being for older adults, adults with disabilities and caregivers. 

California Telephone Access Program
ddtp.cpuc.ca.gov
Offers services and adaptive telephone equipment for those with hearing, vision, mobility or speech impairments.

Episcopal Senior Communities (ESC)
http://jtm-esc.org
ESC provides supportive services in seven counties to the most frail elderly. Services include information and referrals, healthy meals, transportation, and health & wellness support.

Fall Prevention Center of Excellence
www.stopfalls.org
Information and resources to help prevent injuries due to falls in the home and the community. 

Stop Falls California: is an information and communication center for falls prevention efforts in the state of California. Their mission is to prevent falls in older adults and to do so by reducing fall risk, injuries and hospitalizations associated with falls for all older adults in California. There are evidence based programs and essential resources all around California. Click on the Program Locator link below to locate evidence-based fall prevention programs and information.

For more information:        
Stop Falls Program Locator     
Email: info@stopfallscalifornia.org

FDA Safety Tips for Seniors
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/TipsforSeniors/default.htm

Heart of the Valley (HOV), Services for Seniors, Inc.
(408) 241–1571

www.servicesforseniors.org
In-home services for seniors 65+; including shopping, errands, light yard work, handyman, home projects, paperwork and home visits. Serves Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and West San Jose. 

Home Safety Services
www.homesafety.net
Home modifications made to enable seniors to remain as safe and independent as possible; including installation of grab bars, stair railings and wheel chair ramps. Licensed as Certified Aging in Place Specialists. 

Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley
http://rebuildingtogethersv.org/
Provides home modifications to improve safety, accessibility and mobility for lower income homeowners. Serves Alviso, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Morgan Hill, San Jose, San Martin, Santa Clara, Saratoga, and unincorporated Santa Clara County.

West Valley Community Services (WVCS)
http://www.wvcommunityservices.org/
WVCS is a community based agency that provides a continuum of basic needs, family support services and housing services including: information and referrals, food pantry, clothing, transitional housing, affordable housing, financial assistance, family support and case management services. WVCS serves the west valley communities of Cupertino, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga, West San Jose and the surrounding mountain regions

 

Available Safety Information


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 A Good Place to Start Brochure - English

A Good Place to Start Brochure - Spanish

A Good Place to Start Brochure - Chinese

A Good Place to Start Brochure - Vietnamese

NFPA Fire Safety Checklist for Older Adults

Senior Community Programs and Services in Santa Clara County

Stay Independant Brochure (CDC): Are you at risk of falling?