Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to the Coronavirus
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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Back to School Recovery Tips

By Hannah Waspi, M.S., RD, LDN, and Erin Seymour, M.S., RD, LDN 

Returning to school can be fun and exciting. It can also bring potential challenges to your recovery from an eating disorder 

First things first: Make sure you have set up appointments with your treatment team as they’ll help ease the transition back into your school schedule. Second, you might consider potential barriers that could keep you from meeting your nutrition goals.  

Here are a few tips to solve some common challenges:  

Tips for Dorm Living 

Limited storage space and appliances can make it challenging to meet your needs throughout the day.  

  • Make a list of microwaveable meals and snacks: oatmeal, mac and cheese, omelet in a cup, soup, ramen 
  • Stock up on perishable foods: peanut butter, crackers, nuts, tuna, applesauce, granola bars, dried fruit, fruit cups, and cereal  
  • Pack items to eat between classes  

Tips for Navigating the Dining Hall 

It can be really overwhelming to have so many options and need to make a decision in the moment.  

  • Set your goals before going into the dining hall: i.e. a “just meet my needs” meal plan, identifying a challenge food, promising to try one new food, etc. 
  • Spend five minutes walking around and scoping out all the options. Challenge your urge to identify the “healthiest” options. Ask yourself what foods you truly like, not what your eating disorder likes.  
  • Take a few minutes and some deep breaths. Then, decide what you can eat that will meet your meal plan or recommendations.  
  • Tip: Plate everything you need to meet your meal plan even if you don’t think you will be able to finish it. Set yourself up for success.  
  • Tip: Check in with your fullness cues during and after your meal. Decide if you would like to go back for more. Remember: You have permission to eat any food. 

Tips for Apartment Living 

Meal planning and preparation can be challenging for anyone – especially if you are struggling to hold yourself accountable.  

  • Set a day and time each week to go grocery shopping. Consider your class schedule and a time of day that the grocery store may be less crowded.  
  • Make a grocery list.  
  • Break your list into different categories: starches/grains, fruits/vegetables, proteins, dairy, etc., to make sure you have all the things you need to meet your meal plan. 
  • Make a list of staple items that you know you will buy every week. 
  • Make a list of go-to meals so that you have last-minute options in your refrigerator or freezer. 

Finally, going out to eat is always an option. You might consider setting goals around going out with friends for frozen yogurt, pizza, etc. It’s part of a normal college schedule to spend time eating out and can be helpful to foster friendships and take a break from your typical routine.