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

Eating Recovery and the Holidays

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Minimizing Fear and Anxiety

For individuals in eating recovery, the holiday season can stir up feelings of fear and anxiety. From Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts, to holiday parties and Chanukah traditions, this time of year is when memories are made around calorie-laden meals.

Often, fighting the urge to fall into old patterns and behaviors feels like an uphill battle for the struggling individual. At Sierra Tucson, our goal is to provide residents with healthy tools and continued support. Below are a few ideas that you can practice for a healthy holiday season – body, mind, and spirit.

  1. Create & Maintain Structure – We encourage you to put together a holiday food plan that includes regular meals and snacks, as well as healthy coping strategies that are unrelated to food.
  2. Eat Peacefully – Just like the mind needs time to unwind, the body craves stillness also. To help you avoid the temptation to binge at a holiday party, eat peacefully at home before the event – preferably with loved ones, if possible.
  3. Bring Along Support – There is strength in numbers, so the next time you are headed to a holiday gathering, bring a supportive friend.
  4. Tangible Reminders – No matter how much an individual plans ahead, unexpected triggers are inevitable. Keeping something small and tactile in your pocket or wearing a rubber wristband can serve as a gentle reminder to breathe and stay in the moment.
  5. Up the “Recovery” Ante – At Sierra Tucson, we recommend at least one recovery-related activity a day for residents who are completing treatment and returning home. We encourage you to boost your recovery routine with even more support during the holidays.

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

 

Scott Frazier, MSC, Program Manager for Sierra Tucson’s Eating Recovery Program, identifies healthy ways to approach the holidays while maintaining recovery from an eating disorder. Watch online now.