Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 McCallum Place Eating Disorder 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 McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services 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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Eating Disorders in the School Setting

Julie Rami, M.A. Ed., B.S. Spec. Ed.
McCallum Place Teacher

Nancy Anderson, B.S. Ed.
McCallum Place Teacher

Many times an educator is the first person who notices some of the warning signs of an eating order. Think of all the time that a student spends in a classroom setting and how many different people consistently see them everyday. This may be the core classroom teachers, the PE teacher, the school counselor and the nurse. So, what are the signs that these individuals should be looking out for?

What does an eating disorder look like in the classroom?

A student can be tired, have low energy, lack of motivation and drive that was previously there, high levels of distractibility, irritability, constant movement, forgetfulness, and overall just drastic physical changes. They might start missing a lot of school as they are just too tired to get up or just may truly not feel well. Missing assignments start piling up because they don’t have the energy or concentration to complete them. Then, inevitably, this leads to a change in overall performance and grades will drop.

What does an eating disorder look like among the peer group and social
interactions?

Often isolation is the first outward sign of an ED amongst teenagers. A change in social habits can look like a child pulling away from the peer group and not engaging in the social patterns they previously enjoyed. They can isolate themselves as the eating disorder worsens as a means to hide their behaviors. At times, the patient can feel rejected or alienated when peers express concerns over their eating habits. Sometimes the ED has been precipitated by teasing and comments from peers. Other times, what starts as an attempt at improving health with diet and exercise gets out of hand but initially the body changes are reinforced through praise. Social media can play a negative role in the validating of disordered eating and body image. Parents should always be aware of their child’s presence and identity on all social media outlets.

What does an eating disorder look like from a nurse’s point of view? 

A student that struggles with an eating disorder may be a frequent visitor to the school nurse. Their symptoms can include complaints of nausea after eating small or normal amounts, bloating or water retention not attributable to other physical problems, constipation, reflux, chronic sore throat, swelling of glands around the jaws, frequent and unusual dental problems, general complaints of lightheadedness, fainting and frequently feeling cold.

What does an eating disorder look like on the sports field in and out of school?

This is a student athlete that is “practicing” or “training” for several hours a day and often secretive about their workouts. They can be quite rigid and compulsive with their drive to perfection. These students will find a reason to avoid eating with the team and will be averse to resting, rehydrating and refueling their bodies. They are at a higher risk for stress fractures and also can exhibit dizziness, weakness, fainting and weight loss. Their declining performance should be a red flag to those adults around them. An eating disorder takes on many different faces, but if everyone is aware of these signs and symptoms then help can be sought sooner than later.