As a parent of a child who is struggling with an eating disorder, you only want the best care for your son or daughter. That much is obvious. Not so obvious? How to choose an eating disorder treatment center that gives your child the best chance at recovery. In this post, we’ll show you how to make a more informed decision by walking you through several of the most important factors to consider. Let’s get started.
Accreditation can be a good indication that the eating disorder treatment center you are considering provides the highest quality patient care. But, not all accreditations are created equal. Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit association that accredits and certifies health care organizations in the United States. Treatment centers that earn the Gold Seal of Excellence have proven their commitment to the highest quality patient care and are willing to be measured against the highest standards of
Comfortable, Home-Like Setting
If it doesn’t look like your child would be comfortable spending time in the treatment centers you’re considering, that’s a red flag. The best facilities understand environment can be critical in the success of your child’s eating disorder treatment plan. So, as a rule of thumb, if you personally wouldn’t want to stay in a particular treatment center, your son or daughter probably won’t either. Look for pictures on the website to get a better sense of what it would be like to spend time there.
Eating disorders are complex mental health problems that often include a host of underlying or co-occurring conditions. Make sure the members of the staff—with whom your child will interact—are not only kind and compassionate, but well trained to care for eating disorders in children. If you don’t feel confident in their abilities it could be a sign to keep looking.
Results You Can See and Hear
Any treatment center for teens can tell you it has what it takes to help your child. But how do you know you can trust the claims? One way is to hear it directly from former clients and their loved ones. As you research eating disorder treatment centers near you, look for video testimonials from people who experienced success with the program. If nothing is available on the website, don’t be afraid to ask around.
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Of course we’d love for you to choose our treatment program for your child’s eating disorder. But ultimately, we just want parents like yourself to have the information they need to make a well informed decision. While we strongly believe in our program, we don’t pretend to be the only good option out there. Take your time. Look around. And, when you’re ready, fill out our form or call our caring admissions specialists to learn more about how we can help your child recover.