What We are Doing to Keep our Eating Disorders Patients Safe
We are fortunate to have private rooms and a designated area for eating
disorders patients within the hospital. In addition, the entry to the
floor is locked and monitored. Visitors are limited and must check in
at the nurses’ station. New policies have been implemented for extra safety.
- Adolescents: Both parents may visit. No other visitors.
- Adult eating disorders patients may designate one parent, both parents,
or one adult (close friend, relative, significant other, etc.) as their
visitor. No other visitors will be permitted during the duration of the
- If 2 parents are designated, only one may visit at a time.
- Visitors will be screened for illness prior to entry.
- Our adolescent/young adult medicine specialists will see you daily.
- Specialty physicians (gastroenterology, nephrology, etc.) will see you
- Individual psychotherapy and nutrition consultations will occur 3 times
per week, via telehealth.
- Your psychologist and dietitian will meet with you in person for the initial
visit, and then via telehealth.
- Psychiatry visits (if needed) will be via telehealth.
- Weekly parent or partner support with our family therapist will be via
- We will have a discharge planning meeting for you and your family. This
usually occurs in the second to fourth week of hospitalization, depending
on the severity of your illness. You may have your designated visitors
attend the meeting, and we can arrange for additional involved family
members to attend remotely. An attending physician will be at the meeting
in person, with other members of the treatment team attending remotely.
Patients will not be able to leave the unit. We do have an activity room
with plenty of space to maintain social distancing. There is a hallway
where you can do some slow walking with supervision, as ordered by the
physician. We hope this is helpful in giving you an idea of what to expect
in the coming weeks. Additional changes may occur as the situation unfolds.