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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How to Help a Loved One Who Is Struggling with an Eating Disorder

When someone you love is battling an eating disorder, the effects of the disorder can have an impact on everyone in the family. It can be hard to know how to support someone who is going through treatment for an eating disorder, because these illnesses are often misunderstood and are still highly stigmatized. But you can be a source of immense support for your loved one if they are struggling with disordered eating.

Gaining a better understanding of the eating disorder your loved one is suffering from is one of the first steps to creating a strong support system for your friend or family member. One common characteristic of disordered eating that your loved one might display is asking you questions about their appearance, their weight, or the foods they eat. In asking these questions, the eating disorder they are struggling with is causing them to look for reasons to blame loved ones for their compulsion to engage in disordered eating. Eating disorders grow in the dark, and these disorders look for any reason to push away loved ones, isolating your friend or family member from the people closest to them at a time when they need them the most.

When talking to someone who is struggling with an eating disorder, try to avoid comments about people’s bodies, including their shapes, weights, sizes, and fitness levels. This can be difficult in a culture where we are taught that it’s a compliment to comment on others’ appearances. But even well-meaning comments can be very triggering to someone who is suffering from an eating disorder. This means that you should try not to comment on your own body, shape, weight, size, and fitness or that of other people, such as friends, neighbors, your kids, or strangers.

Instead of talking about people’s bodies, try to talk about their personalities or behaviors instead. You can say things like, “You seem so happy these days!” or “I love watching the way you play with our children; you light up around them” or “I am worried about how you are feeling right now. I’ve noticed that you’ve been spending more time alone.” Make sure you do not say things like, “You look so healthy!” or “You’ve gained/lost weight; I’m proud of you.”

Recovery takes time, so remember to be patient. There is no quick solution to an eating disorder, because there is much more to living with an eating disorder than disordered eating behaviors. Your friend or family member needs your love and encouragement, so try to avoid making mealtime a battle zone or policing your loved one’s eating habits. Also, try not to spend time blaming or demanding that their disordered behaviors stop.

It is important to find ways to be supportive without being your loved one’s therapist or dietitian. Your friend or family member should be working with mental health professionals in a safe, confidential treatment environment where they receive evidence-based care. They need you to support them in a way that professionals cannot.

If you’re unsure how to help someone in your own family who is struggling with an eating disorder, family therapy can be very helpful. Participating in family therapy provides you with an opportunity to discuss how to best support your loved one, and these sessions can help you learn about the specific eating disorder your loved one is suffering from. Family therapy also offers a safe space to talk about your experiences with this illness, allowing you to process your emotions and to start to heal from any damage you may have experienced from your loved one’s behaviors.

Carolina House offers families a variety of resources to help them support their loved ones as they embark on their eating disorder recovery journeys. We host Family Day every six weeks to provide family members with the tools and education they need to help their loved ones succeed in treatment at every level of care. Contact us today for our Family Day schedule and to discover the many other resources we provide families with at our eating disorder treatment facility.