Updated January 3, 2022
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.
- Adolescent patients (age 17 and under): Both parents only (no siblings, friends, or other relatives). Both parents may visit at the same time between 9am to 8pm.
- Adult patients (age 18-30): Patient must select 2 designated visitors (adults 18 & over) but only 1 per day, including parents. Hours for designated visitors are 12 - 8 pm.
- A COVID-19 vaccination record or a negative COVID-19 test result within the past 72 hours must be presented.
- Visitors will be screened for illness prior to entry. Masks must be worn at all times.
- Our adolescent/young adult medicine specialists will see you daily.
- Specialty physicians (gastroenterology, nephrology, etc.) will see you as needed.
- Individual psychotherapy and nutrition consultations will occur 3 times per week, via telehealth.
- Psychiatry visits (if needed) will be via telehealth.
- Weekly parent or partner support with our family therapist will be via telehealth.
- 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. Meetings are currently being held remotely - you and your designated family members will be given an email link. Family members should plan to attend from home.
Patients may leave the unit to access the outdoor Healing Garden when medically approved, accompanied by a parent and/or hospital staff. No other areas of the hospital are open to EDMU patients at this time. There is a long hallway in the unit where you can do some slow walking with supervision, as ordered by the physician, and a spacious activity room where you can do jigsaw puzzles, play board games, or use art materials.
We hope this is helpful in giving you an idea of what to expect in the coming months. Additional changes may occur as the situation unfolds.