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Older Adult Transitions Services

Older Adult Transitions Services

The Older Adult Transitions Services (OATS) Program at El Camino Hospital offers intensive outpatient treatment for seniors who can benefit from psychiatric treatment.

The OATS Program offers treatment for older adults facing life transitions, such as losing a loved one, a change in health status or a loss of independence or identity. These life changes can cause depression and anxiety, and can cause people to withdraw socially or from favorite activities. The program is also appropriate for seniors who suffer from long-term psychiatric illnesses — such as major depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and related disorders — and are having difficulty managing their symptoms.

A Higher Level of Care

When traditional outpatient mental health therapy isn’t effective, the OATS Program can provide a higher level of care to help older adults recover from psychiatric symptoms. The program uses intensive cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors to help people learn how to cope effectively. Because it can be emotionally challenging to care for an older adult facing a mental health condition, the program includes family counseling to support caregivers.

The OATS Program isn’t suitable for older adults who aren’t ambulatory or who’ve been diagnosed with dementia.

A Warm and Caring Team

Our team includes a geriatric psychiatrist — the medical director — a psychiatric nurse practitioner, specialized nurses, licensed therapists and occupational therapists. Our professionals get to know each person to assure individual needs are met. Each participant is assigned to a professional staff member for treatment planning, individual counseling, discharge planning, and family intervention and education.

Because older adults frequently have other medical conditions, a geriatric psychiatrist oversees treatment and medication to make sure they’re carefully coordinated, and provides individual evaluations and monitoring regularly.

How the OATS Program Works

The program offers therapy, education and support through a variety of approaches, including:

  • Evaluation, medication monitoring and treatment oversight by a psychiatrist.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, including individual and group sessions.
  • Family counseling, to help caregivers manage the emotional challenges of caring for a loved one.
  • Stress management and relaxation techniques.

To make transportation more convenient, older adults may receive door-to-door service through El Camino Hospital’s RoadRunners transportation.

Older Adult Transition Services are supported by donations to El Camino Hospital Foundation.

Talk to Someone

Inquire about services or get a physician referral. Our call-back and chat services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact a Program Specialist

To make an appointment, get information, schedule a free assessment or refer someone, call 866-789-6089 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


If you or someone else is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or call 911 immediately.

Insurance & Fees

The OATS Program and doctor’s fees are benefits covered by Medicare and senior HMO plans as well as other insurances. An assessment interview is required prior to admission.