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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Outcomes and Goals of Eating Disorder Treatment

It is common to have a number of questions and concerns when you are looking for eating disorder treatment for you or a loved one. Questions may include what are the goals of eating disorder treatment and what types of outcomes can I expect after the eating disorder treatment program is complete. In general, outcomes will vary between individuals, but the overall goals of eating disorder treatment are typically consistent.

Goals of Eating Disorder Treatment

Even though individual eating disorder treatment programs may be different based on an individual’s particular needs, most eating disorder treatment programs will typically have similar goals. Goals of eating disorder treatment include:

  • Restoring patients to a healthy body weight
  • Stabilizing accompanying symptoms and medical conditions of the eating disorder
  • Reducing or eliminating negative behaviors including bingeing, purging, and compulsive exercise
  • Building self-esteem and improving body image
  • Learning new coping skills for dealing with stressful situations
  • Learning nutrition and healthy, flexible eating habits

Outcomes of Eating Disorder Treatment

Approximately 75% of people with anorexia will continue to show improvement following an initial treatment, and of these people, 45% will have an excellent outcome while 30% will experience considerable improvement. However, the exact outcomes of eating disorder treatment are difficult to determine as these outcomes can vary from patient to patient. Studies have shown that eating disorder treatment is more effective the sooner an individual is treated. Following eating disorder treatment, it is common that individuals may have life-long struggles with food or body image concerns. Additionally, even though some individuals may be able to return to a normal and healthy body weight more quickly than others may, this does not guarantee that they will not remain overly concerned about eating and weight. It is also important to understand that for all individuals who have completed eating disorder treatment, relapse can occur during periods of stress or change.

There are a number of factors that influence the success and outcomes of eating disorder treatment. These factors associated with a successful recovery include:

  • Motivation to change
  • Getting help at a young age when the eating disorder first begins
  • A short length of the illness
  • Length of Absence from binge eating or purging behaviors
  • Commitment to treatment
  • Acceptance of full weight restoration

While early diagnosis and eating disorder treatment are important to prevent serious medical conditions and to increase an individual’s chances of recovery, eating disorder treatment can be successful for individuals who have suffered from eating disorders for many years and have not succeeded in previous treatments. With proper treatment methods and a strong desire to overcome the disorder, individuals suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder can recover and continue on to live healthy and satisfying lives.

As painful as it is to be here and do what they’re asking, I don’t think I’d be able to do it without the McCallum Place support. You don’t have to know how to fix it, just be willing to listen and try their suggestions.

– A Former Resident
Marks of Quality Care
  • Eating Disorder Coalition of Iowa
  • International Association Of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)
  • National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)
  • National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
  • RenewED, Eating Disorders Support
  • Residential Eating Disorders Consortium
  • Washington University in St. Louis