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

Come to the Table: Sierra Tucson Family Dinner

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By Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC
Chief Operations Officer at Sierra Tucson

“All great change […] begins at the dinner table.” -Ronald Reagan

Eating together as a family creates an opportunity to bond and nourish not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well. As Sierra Tucson becomes our residents’ temporary home, and their process group becomes like family, we have chosen Friday evenings as a time for Family Dinner. All other resident activities are suspended during this hour, wherein the entire community gathers together to enjoy a well-deserved respite from the hustle and bustle of residential treatment.The Dining Room tables are set up for Family Dinner.

In preparation for the event, each process group prepares a “Family Gratitude” for the week. The groups also choose who will fulfill the following roles:

  1. Two people to gather the platters and “Serve”
  2. One person to read the “Family Gratitude”
  3. One person to refill the platters (“Replenisher”)
  4. Two people to clear the platters (“Clean-up Crew”)

Sierra Tucson staff also coordinates this dinner with the men’s and women’s groups that immediately follow by asking residents to reflect on how they will take the experience into their own families. We set up a staff table so that anyone who wants to be a part of the dinner can do so. Family Dinner at Sierra Tucson began in April 2016 and has transitioned from staff-led to resident-led.

Following are some insights from Scott Frazier, MS, manager of Sierra Tucson’s Eating Recovery Program:

  1. Residents learn how to engage in healthy conversation while eating mindfully.
  2. Residents model and encourage healthy eating.
  3. Residents feel safe when triggered by the food and report that it has helped them to become more comfortable in challenging themselves because they are surrounded by their support system.
  4. Family Dinner at Sierra Tucson offers a time to reflect and share talents, accomplishments, and values.

We have observed many benefits from the addition of this event. One resident reported that Family Dinner is her favorite time of the week because she never experienced a sit-down meal with her family in the past. “So this is what a family should feel like,” she said.

Another resident, who is in our Eating Recovery Program, stated, “For the first time in years, I stopped focusing on the size and appearance of my body, and started to enjoy being with friends while I ate.”

If you would like more information on Sierra Tucson’s comprehensive residential treatment, please call our Admissions Coordinators at 855-693-7208.