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

The First Valentine’s Day

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By Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC
Chief Operations Officer

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Holidays often provide us with an opportunity to celebrate with our families and friends, as well as practice our much-loved traditions. This year, I have been reflecting on those who struggle with a myriad of challenges that make enjoying the presence of Cupid, hearts and chocolates virtually impossible. Following are some likely “firsts” that you may endure, and basic tips that will not only help you survive Valentine’s Day, but thrive as well.

The First Valentine’s Day…Alone

Whether from a breakup, death, or other separation, being “alone” does not have to mean being lonely. Let’s start with taking the pressure off of you to appear that your life is perfect. Why not take a hiatus from social media? Imagine Valentine’s Day without looking at the Snapchat or Instagram photos of couples that always appear to be having the most amazing time. Follow that with the realization that no one has the “perfect” life – work hard not to compare yourself with others. I also like the gift of a rainy-day letter to self. This is simply an affirming letter that you write when feeling grateful and positive. Tuck it away and read it on Valentine’s Day. Remember, you are loveable, and being loveable begins with self-love.

The First Valentine’s Day…in Recovery

How about getting real with the impact that drugs, alcohol, food, or other substances have had on your relationships – including the relationship to self? It’s much easier to idealize the romance with substances than remember the hangovers, fights, and lost days due to excess use or obsessive thoughts and behaviors. It is also a blessing to embrace relationships in an authentic way, rather than being numb or in a fog. Finally, how about going on a hike, enjoying a play, or watching a movie rather than an activity that revolves around Champagne and chocolate?

The First Valentine’s Day…with a Recovering Loved One

Let’s start with embracing the gift of recovery and that your loved one is “back.” This gift can look differently for everyone so I recommend keeping realistic expectations. It is a process, not an event; a journey, not a destination. The best way to stay in gratitude is to be mindful of the present. Looking into the past can fuel resentments, while looking into the future can produce anxiety. Peace and contentment live in today, where new traditions can be created. I often suggest that individuals start a daily gratitude journal, and then share their gratitude with one another as a family or couple.

At Sierra Tucson, we ask our residents and their families to “Expect a Miracle” when they arrive at our gates, and we ask them to remember that “You are a Miracle” when they leave. In keeping with Valentine’s Day, I would like to share a quote from Marianne Williamson:

“Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.”

This Valentine’s Day, may your lives be filled with love, inspiration, and miracles.