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Older Adult Transitions Services

Older Adult Transitions Services

The Older Adult Transitions Services (OATS) Program offers professional therapy and support for seniors facing life transitions.

The OATS Program offers treatment for older adults facing life transitions, such as losing a loved one, a change in health, or a loss of independence or identity. These life changes can cause depression and anxiety — they can cause people to withdraw socially or from favorite activities.

Professional Support from a Caring Team

We use a team approach to help seniors improve their mental and social health and well-being. Our team is led by a psychiatrist, who evaluates and monitors each participant to provide well-coordinated, effective care. Our psychiatrist works closely with licensed psychotherapists and a registered nurse to offer complete care. Older adults frequently have other medical conditions, and our psychiatrist oversees treatment and medication to ensure the safety, health and well-being of each participant.

Therapy, Education and Support for Seniors

The OATS Program provides therapy, education and support through a variety of approaches, including:

  • Evaluation, medication monitoring and treatment oversight by a psychiatrist.
  • Weekly group sessions that include seniors who are experiencing similar symptoms. Sessions are led by a licensed psychotherapist.
  • Monthly visits with the program psychiatrist.
  • Instruction and guidance to help seniors learn relaxation techniques and improve communication strategies, coping skills and problem solving.
  • Monthly case management sessions to ensure seniors have the resources and support they need after they’ve completed the program.

To make it as convenient as possible, we offer door-to-door service through El Camino Hospital’s RoadRunners transportation.

How to Participate

Seniors can self-refer to our outpatient services or be referred by partners, family members or healthcare providers. Each person participates in the program for a defined period of time, depending on their needs.

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 or 650-988-8468 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 is covered by Medicare, most senior HMO plans and other insurances. Psychiatrist fees are separate from hospital program fees.