Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Carolina House Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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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Navigating the Holidays in Early Recovery

Oh the holidays! Festive lights, presents, connecting with loved ones, cozy fires. But for those with eating disorders, the holidays can also bring a lot of new challenges. The following are some tips for navigating the holiday season, particularly early in your recovery process.

Be honest. Check in with yourself about what you can handle and what you want to do, and don’t be afraid to admit your fears to yourself and others. Rather than making excuses, let your supports know how to help.

Let go of expectations. If you don’t feel ready to take on holiday parties or other festive gatherings (on Zoom or at a distance), don’t feel bound by tradition. Your recovery is the most important thing. If you want to be present for an hour, or pop into an online hangout for 5 minutes, great! Do what feels right for you.

Plan ahead. If you’ll be seeing people in person, consider instituting the buddy system and use this person to help steer conversations from diet talk, body image, or other topics that some people may not be mindful of limiting.

Be mindful. Take time to really think about the holidays and what they represent to you. It can be easy to forget while you’re making holiday wish lists, plotting your stakeout for Black Friday, and figuring out how to balance your recovery among it all. Instead of letting this season fly by, take time to reflect. Think on what you have to be grateful for, things you are looking forward to, and the important people in your life.

Take care of yourself. Schedule in time for self-care, and consider adding in a few extra touchpoints with your team. Whether that’s going to an AA group, scheduling a session with your therapist, or connecting with others in recovery. Regardless of where you are in your journey, there is nothing wrong with reaching out for support. It’s always better to have plans in place and reschedule if you don’t need it.

Above all, your recovery is most important. Keep that top of mind and give yourself grace, because recovery is not a linear path. The extra stress surrounding this time of year is challenging for everyone. Maintain contact with your supports, your team of providers, and be honest about what you’re experiencing. Remember you are not alone and you will get through this holiday season.