Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
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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Supporting Your Loved One During the Holiday Season

For many people, the holiday season is a source of great joy. It often provides a time for socializing, celebration, and reunion, and instills happiness. Often for those who have eating disorders, this can be a particularly stressful and dreaded time of year. The following are suggestions from your loved ones and clinical professionals as to how to help your loved one this holiday season.

  1. Ensure that your primary focus is not on the food but rather on family and the time you’re spending together.
  2. Let go of expectations. Sometimes family traditions involve a lot of food, or you might have expectations that your loved one might not be able to commit to at this point in time. Allow yourself to let go of expectations, and meet your loved one where they are. By letting go of expectations, you free yourself up to enjoy your loved one and all they are capable of. More than anything else, it can be beneficial to express warmth, kindness, and acceptance toward your loved one.
  3. Don’t feel responsible or guilty for the eating disorder. Eating disorders are complex illnesses that are not caused by a person, a relationship, or a failure on your part.
  4. Validate feelings. Do your best to support your loved one with their feelings, even if you don’t understand them.
  5. Create new traditions! Allow for other activities that your loved one can fully participate in. Try your hand at singing carols, playing board games, doing a white elephant gift exchange, decorating, volunteering, etc.
  6. Know what to say. Have a conversation with your loved one about how best to support them. Some may want your support, while others may want to advocate for themselves. By engaging in healthy communication with your loved one, you can eliminate in-the-moment stress on both sides.
  7. Offer caregiving and not caretaking. Taking on the role of nurse, doctor, dietitian, or detective takes you out of your most important role: loved one. It is not your job to fix or solve the eating disorder. If your loved one knows that your heart is on their side, you can become a source of comfort, support, and safety along this journey.
  8. Keep conversations focused on topics other than treatment, body, weight, exercise, etc., particularly during meals.
  9. Trust your instincts and be you. Your loved ones know when you’re walking on eggshells. If you become hyperfocused on everything being OK, or acting like things are fine, you can unintentionally increase expectations that can make your loved ones feel they have failed.
  10. Remember that “the struggle is real.” Eating disorders are serious medical and psychiatric illnesses that your loved ones aren’t choosing and YOU did not cause. Even though you may not understand the significance of your loved one’s struggle, recognizing that they ARE struggling and fighting this illness can help them to feel validated, supported, and able to receive the support you are offering.