Eating Disorders Residential Treatment Programs

Eating Disorders Residential Treatment Programs

At Walden, I learned new coping skills to incorporate into my daily life and how to deal with feelings that came up during mealtimes.
Former Patient

Residential Treatment For Eating Disorders: Care In A Home-Like Environment.

Walden Place, Walden Behavioral Care’s residential eating disorder program, provides recovering residents with a home-like setting simulating day-to-day living where they can practice the coping skills they learn in therapy sessions, while they are in a structured, supervised program.

Residential treatment for eating disorders, as offered at Walden Place, begins to integrate the patient back into the community. Yet Walden Place is adjacent to our Alcott Center if a more intensive level of care is needed.

Walden Place offers longer-term treatment for patients who do not have acute medical or psychiatric symptoms, but who need more treatment before they are ready to advance to Walden’s partial hospitalization program or return to their home community.

The focus of residential treatment for eating disorders is on providing a supportive environment where personal accountability and responsibility are emphasized. Residents of Walden Place learn and practice newly acquired skills by experiencing supervised activities outside of Walden Place. Living in a setting that simulates life beyond their residential treatment for eating disorders, patients can better identify what triggers their disordered behavior and learn to cope with the challenges they will find most difficult to overcome when they return to life outside of Walden Place.

Adolescent Residential Treatment Program Requirements

Female and male, 12-17 years of age
Require 24 hour care, but not at a hospital level of care
Cannot be treated at a less intense setting
Ready to eat at group and family meals and to incorporate a variety of foods into their meal plan

Adult Residential Treatment Program Requirements

Female of male, 18 years of age or older
Require 24 hour care, but not at a hospital level of care
Cannot be treated at a less intense setting
Ready to practice cooking, meal planning and other tasks leading to greater independence
Program Hours: 24-hour supervision is provided; Walden’s residential treatment for eating disorders begins at 6:15 a.m. and ends at 11 p.m.

Goals of Residential Treatment For Eating Disorders

  • Develop healthy eating patterns in a non-institutional setting
  • Gain insight into triggers that cause disordered behavior and the function of eating
  • Develop skills for dealing with challenges
  • Develop an individual recovery plan (life without an eating disorder)
  • Advance to partial hospitalization or independent living
  • Develop a plan to prevent relapses

Duration: Patients typically participate in residential treatment for eating disorders for four to 12 weeks.

What Residential Treatment For Eating Disorders Includes

Residential treatment for eating disorders includes case management, evaluation and management of medication, nutrition counseling, and individual, family and group therapy. Residents of Walden Place are supervised throughout the day. Case managers conduct individual and family therapy, and establish and coordinate care with an outpatient team. Nutrition counseling focuses on education, individualized meal plans, food diversity and a system that encourages increasing flexibility over food choices, preparation and estimating amounts.

A Typical Day At Walden Place:

7:15-7:30 a.m. Wake-up and Medication. Check Weight and Vital Signs (Mon, Wed and Fri)
7:45-8 a.m. Prepare Breakfast
8-8:45 a.m. Breakfast / Clean Up
8:45-9:15 a.m. Labs (Mon and Thurs)
9:15-9:45 a.m. Daily Goal Setting (Intentions Group)
11:15-Noon Outings or Volunteer Work on Wednesdays
10-10:45 a.m. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or In-Depth Education (Process Group) (Mon and Fri)
Yoga (Tues and Thurs)
Outings or Volunteer Work (Wed until noon)
10:45-11 a.m. Snack
11-11:50 a.m. Group Meeting with a focus on Nutrition, Behavioral Medicine, Transitional Care or Relapse Prevention
Noon-12:30 p.m. Lunch
Noon-12:45 p.m. Weekends-Prepare, Lunch, Clean Up
12:45-1 p.m. Medication
1:05-1:50 p.m. Education Sessions with Patients in the Partial Hospitalization Program (Mon, Wed and Fri)
TX Plan Review, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (Tues, Thurs)
2:45-3 p.m. Snack
3-5 p.m Meet with Providers for Weekly Scheduled Appointments with Case Managers, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Coaches, Psychotherapists, Registered Dieticians and Psychiatrists
5:15-5:30 p.m. Prepare for Dinner
5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner / Clean Up
6:15-8:15 p.m. – work on CBT computerized recovery program / Self-Care / Journaling
8:15-8:30 p.m. Snack
8:30-9 p.m. Wrap-Up Groups (Assessment of Goals)
9-11 p.m. Leisure

*Weekly outings to grocery stores or restaurants, or cooking
*Monthly Family and Friends Support Groups and Meals
*Weekly Support Groups for Family and Loved Ones

Helping Someone With an Eating Disorder

If you suspect you or someone you know has an eating disorder, contact us at Walden Behavioral Care at 781-647-6727 or online.

Besides our Residential Eating Disorders Program, Walden offers inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient care, providing discrete, highly specialized treatment for patients 12 and older with anorexia,bulimia, binge-eating disorder and other eating disorders.