A typical day at Carolina House varies depending on the needs of the individual client. Most days begin around 6:30 a.m. when clients meet with one of our caring 24-hour nursing staff to assess vital signs and address any medical concerns. After breakfast, which is prepared by the patient with supervision, clients who have received clearance from our medical and clinical teams may take a walk near the 10 acres of forest surrounding our farmhouse, or engage in another approved activity.
Clients then begin a full day of individual and group therapies, lectures, activities, and meetings. In addition to individual and family therapy sessions, clients participate in a wide range of therapy groups addressing such topics as body image, coping skills, interpersonal effectiveness, spirituality, and many others. In order to assist the recovery and healing process, clients have one hour of nap/rest time daily.
Eating Disorder Program
Once a week, patients go on a restaurant outing where they have lunch as a group. At Carolina House, clients prepare and eat meals together with supervision, often using fresh ingredients from their own garden. In culinary group, which is led by our full-time chef, clients also learn how to grocery shop and prepare meals according to their nutritionist-prescribed meal plan.
On weekends, after a morning therapy group, clients enjoy supervised group outings to nearby attractions and other leisure activities. Visiting hours are on Sunday afternoons, and we make every effort to accommodate clients’ diverse religious practices.
In the evenings, clients have free time to talk on the phone, attend meetings, engage in social interaction, or learn how to relax and sit quietly with themselves. By 9:30 p.m., clients return to their comfortable rooms to read, journal and go to sleep. A full night’s sleep prepares the women for another day of personal growth and healing.