Older Adult Services

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Aurora San Diego provides inpatient care, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program for older adults ages 65 and older whose acute psychiatric symptoms require a safe and therapeutic environment.  We also provide inpatient care for detoxification and rehabilitation from chemical dependency and intensive outpatient programs for chemical dependency and dual diagnosis that specifically address the physiology of older adults.  Our team of older adult specialists recognize and understand the needs of older adult patients dealing with emotional and psychological disorders and chemical dependency during different the later stages of their lives. The goal of our programs is to provide stabilization of immediate concerns within a safe and structured environment. The treatment is short-term with the primary focus being on the reduction of symptoms and overall improvement of functioning. 

Older Adult Program – Generations Program

Aurora Behavioral Health Care San Diego recognizes the unique needs of patients entering treatment during the later stages of life. In response to the community’s need for acute care treatment aimed at addressing these unique needs, Aurora developed a program specifically designed to provide an in- depth diagnostic process, relying on the expertise of several Geriatric Mental Health Practitioners, to generate comprehensive treatment plans which are individually crafted to meet each patient’s needs and produce quick and lasting change.

Older adult patients seek treatment at Aurora to address issues such as depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, disorientation, paranoia, behavioral issues and chemical dependency. It is common during the later stages of life for patients’ conditions to be the result of, or to be further complicated by, physical challenges as a result of the aging process, as well as the experience of grief and loss. At Aurora San Diego, we are  committed to addressing all aspects of the individual’s treatment through our comprehensive assessment and treatment protocols.

Patients may enter our Inpatient Program to address the following issues: (the following tabs need to move over as sub-sets)

  • Mood Disorders (Depression, Bipolar Disorder) 
  • Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia) 
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Poor impulse control 
  • Suicidal thoughts or attempt(s) 
  • Self-harm behaviors 
  • Threatened, attempted or engaged in physical violence to others 
  • Substance abuse 
  • Delusions, hallucinations, schizophrenia 
  • Stabilization on medication / medication adjustments 
  • Chronic Pain

Aurora recognizes the need for a holistic approach to treatment, which offers multiple avenues of engaging patents in the treatment process. We focus on a variety of practical treatment approaches including:

Intensive Assessment and Evaluation 

  • Group, individual and family therapy sessions 
  • Recreational and expressive therapies: Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Movement Therapy (yoga, meditation) 
  • Stress management and coping skills 
  • Medication management and education 
  • Grief Work and Recovery 
  • Life skills 
  • Patient education to improve understanding of the illness 
  • Aftercare and discharge planning 

We accept admissions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, please contact our  Assessment and Referral Department at 858-675-4228 or toll free, at 888-565-4228.

Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Programs

Aurora San Diego also offers Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Programs specifically designed for older adults.  During the assessment and admission process, our clinical staff will determine the appropriate level of care for the individual.  Inpatient hospitalization is not a necessary requirement to be admitted into PHP or IOP, older adults may directly admit into outpatient programs.  For more information on these Outpatient services, click here.