Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 12/17/2020

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 Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center 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, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has 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 has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being 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.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

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.

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Conference in Canada to Reduce the Shame of ED

One mother who lost her daughter to anorexia advocates to prevent eating disorders with the help of actress, Tracy Gold and author, Jenni Schaeffer.

Elaine Stevenson lost her 24-year-old daughter, Alyssa, to anorexia and is now dedicated to preventing the disease from taking more lives. Stevenson has organized the conference, Setting the Table for Recovery – the first ever eating disorder conference hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association, taking place Friday, June 8th at the Viscount Gort.

Stevenson’s goal is to uncover eating disorders shrouded in darkness and shame. She wants health-care providers, teachers, families and patients to attend so they can know how to recognize and deal with eating disorders early on before they get worse.

Tracey Gold, an actress from the popular 1980s sitcom Growing Pains and eating disorder survivor will talk about her own struggles with anorexia in her Friday morning keynote address. She’ll also be on hand for a social evening the night before, where she will answer the questions of guests.

Doctors, therapists and dentists (many people with purging behaviors often lose their teeth) will also present practical information about how to prevent eating disorders and cope with them. There will also be a panel to talk about body-image issues among men, as well as the types of therapies available, including art therapy. According to Health Canada, three per cent of women will suffer an eating disorder in their lifetime. Eating disorders affect boys and men as well.

Anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and about 10 per cent of people with anorexia die within 10 years of the onset of the disease.

Shortly after Alyssa was diagnosed with anorexia at age 12, Stevenson became a public advocate for her daughter, lobbying for better diagnosis and treatment.

Stevenson says, “We’re just trying to give families tools to support them and support their loved ones. I never had that kind of stuff in the early 90’s.”

Stevenson, who has two other children, says Alyssa was a seemingly healthy child. She and her husband didn’t realize she wasn’t eating adequately until one of her classmates reported that Alyssa would often give away her school lunches. Shortly after, her pediatrician told Stevenson that Alyssa’s weight was in normal range. By the time she was diagnosed, Alyssa was “deep” into her illness. She spent years in and out of the hospital until a heart attack killed her.

Stevenson says she had a hard time finding resources to help her daughter and her family cope. She hopes more primary-care physicians will learn that a patient may not lose weight at the start of an eating disorder. Dr. Eric Vickar, a psychiatrist who heads the child and adolescent eating disorders program at Health Sciences Centre, says the numbers of children he treats has risen in the 10 years he’s run the program. He has treated children as young as eight.