Senior Care Hero Awards

The 2019 Senior Care Hero Awards at

The City National Grove of Anaheim




Now in our 9th marvelous year, Meals On Wheels OC’s Senior Care Hero Awards™ celebrates the unsung heroes in the senior industry - from seniors to veterans, physicians to caregivers, to volunteers and family with a heart for seniors.


The awards Gala will be held at the Grove of Anaheim, on Saturday, October 19th at 5:30pm.


Last year's event drew 650 guests, whose generosity helped raise $310,000, providing thousands of meals and loving contact to at-risk seniors. The event received coverage from radio, cable TV, KTLA, print media such as the OC Register, Sunset magazine Senior Reporter, Newport Beach Life Style, and many social media venues.


All proceeds will benefit Meals On Wheels OC, who has been providing the Meals on Wheels program and other supportive services for at-risk seniors for over 50 years!


We are the largest non-profit Meals on Wheels and senior nutrition provider in Orange County. Our services include case management and in-home services, Adult Day Health Care programs, Care Management services to reduce hospital admissions and readmissions and our Friendly Visitor program which reduces loneliness and isolation. We want our community to share our vision of a world that honors people throughout life and engage in our mission to nourish the wellness, purpose and dignity of seniors and their families.


The public is invited to honor their dedicated and innovative heroes by nominating and voting online for the senior care professionals and senior supporters of their choice. Nominations and voting are open online from June 1 to August 31, 2019, and award recipients will be announced the evening of the event.


The event's Academy of Leaders, comprised of highly-regarded leaders and luminaries in the field of senior care, will select the final 2019 Senior Care Hero Award recipients, with the restriction that no Leader will be allowed to vote in a category that includes a member of his or her organization.


To learn more about this event, experience the 2019 Senior Care Hero Awards – View Pictures & Video From Our 8th Anniversary Celebration Here


We hope to see all of you this year!

For information regarding sponsorship and involvement in the 2019 SCHA awards, please contact:

Susan Papiri
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(714) 229-5284

Sponsors will remain featured on this website from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020. They will continue to stream on the home banner and will remain listed on the sponsor section of this site; they gain significant visibility through the site and were prominently featured throughout the awards ceremony.




For more information please contact:

Susan Papiri
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The 9th Annual Senior Care Hero Awards – "This Is Me"


Anaheim, Calif. (April 1, 2019) – Meals On Wheels OC is proud to honor the heroes of the 9th Annual Senior Care Hero Awards (SCHA) at its black-tie gala on October 19, 2019 beginning at 5:30pm at the Grove of Anaheim. Referred to as "the Academy Awards of Senior Care," last year's event broke records with our first sold-out crowd, drawing 650 guests, raising $310,000 and recognized over 80 outstanding senior care industry and community advocates.


Highlighting our mission of preserving the dignity and identity of our seniors, this year Meals On Wheels OC invites us to look beyond the "face" of aging into the whole person through our theme "This Is Me". This theme refers to all the "Me's" that a person has been and still can be, and encourages us all to see beyond the grey and wrinkles to the “Me” inside our seniors. That "Me" is worthy of our respect and assistance.


We are proud to announce that our Humanitarian honoree this year will be Ed Schrum, Co-Founder,and Senior Management Executive of CareCHOICES. For over 30 years, Ed has led the charge in assisting seniors and their caregivers in courageously facing the challenges brought about by disease processes and other physical issues that can often accompany aging. In 2009 He founded Sonnet Home Health and in 2010 merged with St. Michaels Hospice into CareCHOICES. He serves on several non-profit boards, and spends many hours of his personal time volunteering in different capacities to better the lives of Long Term Nursing Home residents and providing Laundry assistance for homeless people in his community.


Nominations and voting are open to everyone starting June 1st and continuing through August 31st at People's Choice categories are selected by public voting and include Veteran, Family Member and Volunteer. The industry recipients are chosen by an Academy of Leaders comprised of highly-regarded leaders in the field of senior care and include the categories of Outstanding Caregiver, Social Worker, Nurse, Physician, Executive Director, and Senior Care Professional. All nominees and winners will be recognized at the October 19th awards program which includes silent and live auctions, dinner and live entertainment.


Alignment Healthcare, an Orange County-based health care management company that focuses on improving the health and wellness of seniors, is the event’s Platinum sponsor.


Tickets for the October 19th event are $150 each and tables of 10 at $1500. For further information, or to become a sponsor for the event, visit or call 714.229.5284.

About Meals On Wheels OC
For over 50 years, Meals On Wheels OC has been at the forefront of creating programs and services that reduce hunger and improve wellness for over 10,000 at-risk older adults annually and is the county’s largest nonprofit senior nutrition and supportive services provider. Its mission is to nourish the wellness, purpose and dignity of seniors and their families through Meals on Wheels, case management services and friendly visitors for older homebound adults, nourishing lunches and socialization at senior centers, adult day health care centers and care coordination.




Meals On Wheels OC nourishes the wellness, purpose and dignity of seniors and their families in our community.  We are one of the largest safety net non-profit agencies for older adults in California in providing critical nutrition and supportive services that help seniors remain independent and in their own homes. Our goal is to ensure sustainability to meet the growing demand for senior services and to reduce dependency on government funding.
Last year alone:
• We served 555,108 meals to 1,089 homebound seniors who also received case
management and supportive services.

• Nearly 8,900 older adults received 248,343 nutritious lunches and the opportunity for
social engagement in 23 senior centers.

• 600 volunteers contributed almost 90,000 hours —
         • delivering or serving meals
         • providing friendly visits to lonely seniors
         • providing leadership through board or council membership

 • 219 clients attended our Adult Day Services programs, enabling them to participate in activities, socialize and receive care and nutritious meals, while providing respite to their family caregivers.

• 128 clients received coordinated care and support, lowering hospitalizations and
improving their quality of life and independence.





Meals on Wheels


Meals On Wheels OC prepares and delivers three meals daily to the homes of homebound, frail, socially-isolated seniors living in central, west and north Orange County.


Senior Lunch Program


We provide hot, nutritious lunches at 23 sites in Orange County and that provide the opportunity to socialize and help alleviate poor nutrition among the vulnerable elderly population


Case Management


For older adults who are facing multiple problems that they cannot resolve on their own, Meals On Wheels OC's Case Managers evaluate individual needs and help connect them to community resources.


Adult Day Care Services


Meals On Wheels OC’s Adult Day Health Care centers in Anaheim and Santa Ana keep families together by providing a daytime alternative to placing a loved one in a skilled nursing facility. These centers maintain the dignity of older adults while providing support to families. Caregivers feel relieved and better able to handle the challenges of caring for an aging or disabled loved one.


Friendly Visitors


The Friendly Visitor Program meets the needs of both the isolated older adult and the needs of caring volunteers. Volunteers are linked with seniors that would benefit from receiving social interaction.  In many of the cases, meaningful relationships result from this program. For more information, please contact Tracy Hall, Director of Volunteer Services, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 714-229-3349.


Care Coordination


Meals On Wheels OC partners with health care entities and health plans to provide care coordination solutions that include pre-discharge assessment of the patient, early identification and response to health care risks and symptoms, education and support of patients and their families, home visits with telephone support and ongoing communication among all parties among other services.  For more information contact Annamel Medina, Care Navigator at: (714) 229-3371 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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