The Older Adult Transitions Services (OATS) program at El Camino Hospital is an intensive outpatient behavioral health program specifically designed for older adults who can benefit from psychiatric treatment in a multidisciplinary setting. The OATS program is available four days a week on our Los Gatos campus and five days per week on our Mountain View campus, up to five hours per day, and includes both group and individual therapy.
About Our Program
The OATS program offers treatment for older adults facing life transitions associated with aging such as change in health status, loss of a loved one, retirement, and loss of independence and identity. These transitions often cause people to feel sad, anxious, withdrawn, and unable or unwilling to do the things they used to enjoy. The OATS program provides support and treatment for those older adults who have not successfully responded to treatment with an individual outpatient provider, and need a higher level of care. This is often indicated when sadness turns to depression, and anxiety becomes difficult to manage. The OATS program also treats individuals who suffer from long-term illnesses such as major depression, anxiety and related disorders, and bipolar disorder, and are experiencing difficulties managing their symptoms.
The OATS program provides the intensive treatment and consistent support individuals need to recover from psychiatric symptoms and develop the coping skills to get on with their lives. Cognitive behavioral therapy is used as the primary theoretical framework of treatment. Because caring for these patients can be emotionally challenging for their loved ones, family counseling is also part of the program. This program is not suitable for patients who are not ambulatory or who have been diagnosed with dementia.
Typical treatment duration in the OATS program is 12 weeks. Over time, the patient’s schedule usually decreases in both frequency and intensity as they start to feel better. Transportation may be available for some patients, depending on location. Lunch is available during the first four weeks of treatment, until the patient feels well enough to make other arrangements.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Arrive at program via RoadRunners, Outreach or their own transportation
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Group therapy
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch break
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. Cognitive therapy
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Relapse prevention
A Warm and Caring Team
Our staff consists of psychiatrist-medical directors, registered nurses, licensed therapists, and occupational therapists. The team is experienced and empathetic, and gets to know each patient individually so as to provide treatment that is both personalized and relevant. All patients are assigned to a professional staff member for treatment planning, individual counseling, discharge planning, and family intervention and education. Because patients frequently have other medical conditions, treatment and medication is carefully coordinated for each patient. The psychiatrist-medical director sees each patient regularly for evaluation and medication monitoring.
The OATS program and physician fees are benefits covered by Medicare, most senior HMOs, and other insurances. An assessment interview is required prior to admission.