Older Adult Transitions Services
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 Health’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 Health Foundation.