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

Empty Nest Syndrome: Healthy tips for re-fluffing your feathers

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If your last child is getting ready to leave the nest, or he or she has already moved out, you might find yourself at a crossroads of emotions. Empty nest syndrome doesn’t affect every parent; one parent might endure a sense of loss while the other might find an empty house liberating.

It’s common for parents to feel emotionally unprepared when their child leaves the home, having regrets about missed opportunities in his or her life, feeling vulnerable without other things to focus on, or experiencing grief and mourning. Although not a clinical diagnosis, this condition affects the quality of life of the person who is battling it, as well as those closest to him or her.

Do you find yourself thinking or worrying about empty nest syndrome? Sierra Tucson’s Chief Operations Officer Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, CEIP, sheds light on why men and women experience empty nest syndrome and what can done about it.

Q: What is empty nest syndrome?

JV: Empty nest syndrome is a normal developmental experience where children leave their family home for college, marriage, career, etc. This often becomes a challenge for couples, as they must redefine their relationship in ways other than as parents or reproducers. For many people, this also occurs when their parents are ill or dying, thus creating another void in the nest.

The nest often empties at the same time that careers have maxed out and retirement becomes a reality. This creates a need for another redefinition of self, and could mean a change in lifestyle, the selling of a family home, and a tightening of the belt financially.

Q: How does one overcome empty nest syndrome?

JV: I prefer to think of re-feathering a nest rather than it being empty. This season of life is about celebrating accomplishments of one’s past and accepting his or her adult children as they become their own independent beings. Nests can be re-feathered with a spousal relationship that does not revolve around the rearing of children. It’s also a time for enriched relationships with siblings, friends, and colleagues (running out the door every night at 5 p.m. for a soccer game is a thing of the past). It can also be a time for new passions, dusting off an old hobby, and self-care.

Taking care of yourself is essential when re-feathering your nest. This includes keeping up with your physical and mental health. This can be as simple as making all of your dental and vision appointments to taking up yoga, meditating, and journaling. Time is another important element of the re-feathered nest. While you find more time on your hands, use it wisely and celebrate the present rather than longing for what once was.

Q: Why is it important to redefine ourselves?

JV: I like to think of it as becoming reconnected with oneself beyond the role of spouse and parent. Depression often kicks in because the empty nest triggers a loss of identity and the feeling of being needed. Take this as an opportunity to do something you’ve always wanted to do, whether it’s going back to college, getting back into the workforce, or taking those archery classes you never had time for. Volunteering is also a great outlet that allows you to continue caring for others in a way that is interesting, fulfilling, and familiar.

This season of life should be a time to embrace who you are and to celebrate the wisdom that has been gained. Learn to enjoy your new surroundings and newfound self, knowing that you have earned this stage in life through decades of selfless efforts.