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

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

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, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center.

  • These restrictions have 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 receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are 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.

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.

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Waiting is NOT Easy!

Waiting – an experience we have all come to know and not love during these challenging times. We wait for the day we can return to visit loved ones and reunite with friends. We wait to feel a sense of safety, security, and health again. And not only is waiting NOT easy, it can be scary, maddening, and disorienting.

Waiting is not a new concept to us. It is a universal experience that is both trying and necessary. There is much waiting for athletes with eating disorders – deciding to enter treatment, moving through the various stages of recovery, allowing time for our minds and bodies to heal, restoring relationships with ourselves and others, and waiting to live life beyond the eating disorder and trust it was all worth it.

We know that it can be frightening for an athlete to take time off from their sport, to seek treatment. Rest and reduced training hours can be startling to athletes that are accustomed to demanding and time-consuming training plans…and it can feel like an eternity as they wait to get the green light to retrain, compete, and thrive back in their sport environments. Not only this, but also the unknown of when athletic endeavors will resume in the current global climate may be anxiety provoking.

We understand how distressing, waiting, can be. Honestly, as difficult as it currently feels, we can assure you that instant gratification never produces the results we are striving for. While taking intentional time to foster patience, acceptance, and the ability to reconnect with our values, things will more genuinely fall into place.

We like to use this metaphor inspired by a wise athlete:

Trying to rush the process is like attempting to jam puzzle pieces together where they don’t fit; trying to reshape each piece to make a shortcut for ourselves. It just doesn’t work, and in the process, we break the pieces. It’s when we truly take the time and really think about where the pieces go, the whole puzzle comes together!

Therefore, waiting is actually the faster track than cycling through the comfort of quick-fixes. Waiting is a teacher. Waiting is growth. Waiting is strength. Waiting illuminates the path in the dark.

Waiting gives us the opportunity to:

  • structure a stronger foundation to for us to build upon
  • sit and get to know the discomfort
  • allow for uncertainty
  • practice flexibility!
  • release attachment to narrow outcomes
  • focus on the present

…and foster overall well-being while balancing the unknowns.

Waiting is NOT easy!

As professionals we get the honor of holding the vision of the starry night when our patients feel stuck waiting in the dark.

Be consistent.
Be transparent.
Be the light.

Join The Victory Program’s Amanda Tierney, MS, CSC, Strength and Conditioning Coach, and Ashley Brauer, PhD, Clinical Sport Psychological Resident for a reading and group discussion of the children’s book Waiting is Not Easy, by Mo Willems. Learn how The Victory treatment team utilizes this creative tool to support athletes and how you can adapt this storybook lesson to guide your clients through times of waiting.

When: May 12, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.