Continued Care Options After Medical Stabilization

The goal of the Torrance Memorial Eating Disorders program is to prepare each of our patients to safely and successfully move on to the next phase of their treatment. In addition to providing medical and psychological services, we also work closely with each patient and their family to develop the discharge plan most appropriate for their individual condition and needs.

When do patients get discharged?

Most patients are medically stable within 10 days of being admitted to the hospital. This means their vital signs are normalizing, and they are no longer at risk for refeeding syndrome. However, because eating disorders are complex conditions, it may take several weeks for a patient to reach key milestones required for discharge.

What are the treatment options after discharge?

Our physicians, therapists and family counselors work with the patient and his or her family to create an appropriate treatment plan for after discharge. Since our patients are using medical coverage rather than behavioral health coverage for their care in the Medical Stabilization Program, their next phase of treatment is generally covered by insurance.

Based on each patient’s individual needs and condition, our physicians will develop a personalized plan that connects that patient with the most appropriate program and level of care. Most of our patients enter a residential facility after discharge from Torrance Memorial.

The full range of options for care after discharge, from most to least intensive, are:

  • Inpatient Eating Disorders Unit. For patients who need special support with ongoing medical and psychiatric conditions tied to their eating disorder.
  • Residential Eating Disorders Program. 24-hour supervision with structured programs throughout the day that teach coping skills, body awareness, psychotherapy and psychoeducation, and nutrition.
  • Partial Hospital Program (PHP). Three to six days per week, with hours ranging from five to twelve per day. Typically includes individual, family and group counseling, medication management, nutritional counseling and meal supervision provided by a dietitian, psychiatrists and counselors.
  • Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). A step down from PHP, these programs are usually two to three days per week for two to three hours per day, with a gradual tapering back to once weekly outpatient counseling.
  • Outpatient Office Visits. Ongoing support visits and check-ups with your physician, dietitian and psychotherapist.

Once we have created a personalized discharge plan, our staff will make referrals and help arrange the transition to the next level of care.

Outpatient Care at Torrance Memorial

Our physicians and therapists are available for ongoing outpatient care. Outpatient office visits provide continuing medical care for patients who have successfully completed treatment in a residential, partial hospital program or intensive outpatient setting.