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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Self-Help Checklist for COVID-19 Quarantine

By Megan Cooper, MSW, LCSWA

As our nation continues to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, we are all being called upon to adapt and change. It’s a disorienting time, to say the least. I invite you to look at my checklist below for tips on how to remain calm and productive.

  1. VALIDATE YOURSELF

The coronavirus pandemic has made life difficult for people of every walk of life throughout the world. Take some time to validate your own emotional responses to the changes we’re experiencing right now. If you are not sure what it means to validate yourself, please reference this article​ for four easy steps.

  1. CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF

This is where your body awareness skills come into play. In addition to looking for symptoms of illness, scan your body for signs of tension, discomfort, pressure, or other sensations that may be related to stress or other physical needs. Use this knowledge to inform how you care for your body. You may also use this process to remind yourself that in this very moment, you are safe.

  1. SET A SCHEDULE

It’s tempting to allow our prolonged stays at home to become one mass of free time to indulge in – and you are certainly allowed some indulgences during these difficult days. However, too much free time can disrupt your body’s daily rhythms and cause other aspects of your life to fall out of line. Create a schedule to help you stay on your A-game while you stay at home. Tip: You are allowed to schedule some “free time” so that you can still play and relax!

  1. GET CREATIVE!

Even if you don’t identify as a “creative person,” you have the skills you need to shake things up and keep boredom at bay. Here are a few things to try: Rearrange items in your house as a form of redecorating. Look for ways you can do the same mundane tasks in a different way. Set a personal challenge for yourself, making a game out of it if you can. Watch videos to learn new skills, then put these skills into practice. Revisit old hobbies or activities that you haven’t done recently. See if you can recreate the experience of a public or special event in your own home.

  1. BE SOCIAL (FROM A DISTANCE)

Reach out to loved ones, neighbors, and people you haven’t spoken to in a while. Make a special point of staying in touch with those who may be more socially isolated. Gestures like this can really make a difference in their lives, and in yours too.

  1. GIVE BACK TO OTHERS

There is always a way to contribute to good causes. Food pantries, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and animal shelters are always grateful to receive help. This may include dropping off donations or giving money online. Many hospitals are experiencing a blood shortage right now, so if you’re able, please visit the Red Cross website to find a blood donation location near you. Support small businesses in your community by purchasing goods from them online. Support local restaurants by ordering delivery – and don’t forget to leave a good tip!

  1. PRACTICE GRATITUDE

Gratitude helps us keep our perspective in balance. Remind yourself of the things in your life, both large and small, that are going well for you. Imagine those things clearly. Write them down if you like. Add to the list periodically. Look at your list, or at least think about it, on a regular basis. Observe your reaction when you do this. You may notice positive changes taking place.

  1. MANAGE YOUR DIFFICULT THOUGHTS

We can’t make all our difficult thoughts and emotions go away immediately. Sometimes it’s more appropriate to grant ourselves permission to feel bad about something. If you find that you tend to ruminate on distressing thoughts, set time limits to think about these things, and then move on to another task. If you find that you push distressing thoughts away, invite yourself to intentionally reflect on these matters for a set amount of time. Mindfulness skills can help you develop a practice of turning your attention toward, or away from, your thoughts in the moment.

  1. REACH OUT FOR HELP

The National Disaster Distress Hotline is available 24/7 to provide nonemergency counseling services to people affected by COVID-19. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911, summon your community’s first responders, or call a local emergency room for assistance.

  1. STAY EDUCATED ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a dedicated webpage for the most current and accurate information about the coronavirus and COVID-19. Check this page periodically for updates about symptoms, recommendations for preventive measures, and other important topics. If you have concerns about your health, reach out to your primary care provider or local urgent care. Check their website to see if they are offering virtual visits before going in person, or call ahead to let them know your symptoms so that they can be prepared for your visit.