A Private Residential Treatment Program for Adults with Eating Disorders
Questions & Answers
HOW LONG WILL I BE AT LAUREL HILL INN?
Each person's stay is determined according to their individual needs. The average stay at Laurel Hill Inn is about eight weeks.
WILL I HAVE A ROOMMATE?
Accommodations at Laurel Hill Inn are double rooms, so people generally have a roommate.
I AM A VEGETARIAN. DO YOU ACCOMMODATE THIS DIETARY CHOICE AT THE INN?
Yes, we can meet the needs of vegetarians who are able to eat cheese and eggs. We do, however, encourage residents to try fish and chicken.
WILL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS BE INVOLVED IN MY TREATMENT?
We strongly encourage your family and friends to be involved in your treatment at Laurel Hill Inn. One weekend a month there will be an intensive family/support development program focused on helping others learn more about eating disorders and how they can support you in your recovery process. If your family lives in close proximity to Laurel Hill Inn, additional family services can be arranged.
HOW WILL MY OUTPATIENT TEAM BE INVOLVED?
Your outpatient team will be involved from the very beginning. With your written consent, we will be in contact with your treatment team immediately. We will work collaboratively with them during the evaluation phase to assess your treatment needs and appropriateness for Laurel Hill Inn. After admission, we will have ongoing contact with them to apprise them of your progress and identify treatment needs. As you get close to discharge, the contact with your outpatient team will increase to help facilitate your transition back home. After discharge, we will be available for consultation to your treatment team. If you are in the Boston metropolitan area, we encourage you to continue in treatment with your outpatient team while you are at Laurel Hill Inn.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PERSONS THAT CAN BE IN TREATMENT AT LAUREL HILL INN?
Laurel Hill Inn will accommodate a maximum of eight persons in treatment at any given time.
WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO A PHONE?
Residents will not have a private phone in their rooms. However, there are several phones available to residents at Laurel Hill Inn by which they can make and receive personal calls. Residents will need a phone calling card to place any long distance calls. Voice messaging will be available on the residence phone to take messages if you are unable to answer the call. Unless there is an emergency, we do not encourage that phone calls be made or received during meals or groups.
WHAT ARE THE MEAL TIMES LIKE?
Generally, residents are encouraged to get up between 6:30 and 7:00 A.M. Breakfast is usually at 8:00 A.M., Lunch at 12:30 P.M. and Dinner at 6:00 P.M. Some type of relaxation/anxiety reduction activity is held before all meals. The meals are usually limited to 30 minutes and residents are encouraged to pace their eating appropriately and to practice engaging in conversation during meals. A supervised activity or group will always follow each meal in order to help residents deal with any purging urges. Snacks will be determined according to individual needs. All meals and snacks are supervised by staff. Meals are served in a pleasant, relaxed setting to reduce anxiety and develop positive associations with meals.
WHAT STRUCTURES ARE IN PLACE TO HELP ME WITH MY PURGATIVE BEHAVIORS?
After each meal, there is an hour of supervised activity. All bathrooms are locked and require staff supervision for use. Staff usually stands outside the bathroom and then checks it when the resident is finished.
WHAT PROGRESS CAN I EXPECT FROM TREATMENT?
We believe that the process of recovery is exactly that, a process. Recovery depends on many factors including treatment, individual readiness, and supportive relationships. After treatment, you will not be cured or "all fixed", but we hope you will have made significant steps toward recovery; enough steps that you will be able to continue the process of recovery with your outpatient treatment team, in your home community, while participating more fully in daily life.
WILL STAFF BE AVAILABLE AT NIGHT?
Staff is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Overnight staff is available to help residents deal with problem solving and management of their eating disorder symptoms.