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 Sierra Tucson 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 Sierra Tucson.

  • 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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Depression and the Holidays

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Finding peace and joy from within

Typical holiday messages suggest we should be filled with gladness and good cheer. Tidings of Joy. Peace on Earth. Happy New Year. Despite holiday buzzwords and societal expectations of how this time of year should look, not everyone feels so merry and bright.

From financial woes and high hopes, to shorter days and overwhelming to-do lists, this time of year can result in depression and anxiety. If you are battling the holiday blues, there are steps that you can take not only to endure the season, but enjoy the season as well.

  1. Take a Stroll – It’s no secret that walking is good for one’s health, but taking a 10-minute stroll three times a day is therapeutic, too. Just a few brief doses of sunlight throughout the day can lift your mood dramatically, especially during the winter months.
  2. Play with a Furry Friend – Whether you own a pet, borrow a friend’s pet, or volunteer at a local animal shelter, we encourage you to enjoy a few minutes of pet-friendly playtime each day. These lovable companions serve as great reminders to stay in the moment.
  3. Book a Therapeutic Massage – Sierra Tucson strongly believes in the power of integrative treatment for recovery from mental health conditions. Try to make massage a priority. Studies have shown that human touch not only eases aches and pains, but helps to relieve depression and anxiety as well.
  4. Schedule a Coffee Date – At Sierra Tucson, we encourage residents to surround themselves with positive people, places, and things. Regular social contact with loved ones is a surefire way to boost your mood and share a few laughs.
  5. Strive for Balance – Often, the holidays are jam-packed with parties and obligations. Staying balanced with one’s time is essential in recovery. Remember that resting the body is an excellent way to practice self-love.

For more information on Sierra Tucson’s Mood & Anxiety Program, call our Admissions Coordinators today at (800) 842-4487.

 

Michelle Chacon, RN, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Coordinator for Sierra Tucson, discusses common reasons for holiday depression, as well as healthy coping strategies. Watch now.

 Learn more about how TMS Therapy is an effective alternative for depression treatment.