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Discharge Planning

ACUTE Patient Reading in Bed

The typical length of stay at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders is 14-21 days. Upon discharge, each patient will meet the following medical stabilization criteria for safe transition to an eating disorder treatment program:

  • Consuming at least 2,000 calories per day or enough to be consistently gaining 2-3 pounds of healthy body weight per week
  • Has received medical detoxification from purging mechanism and any co-occurring alcohol or substance abuse
  • Has alleviated any complications associated with cessation of all purging methods (vomiting, laxative abuse and diuretic abuse)
  • Has normal or steadily normalizing labs and is no longer in need of electrolyte supplementation, such as potassium or phosphorous
  • Is physically strong enough to engage in traditional inpatient or residential programming

Making the Transition After Treatment at ACUTE

ACUTE patients are strongly encouraged to continue their recovery at an inpatient or residential eating disorder treatment program once they are medically stable. ACUTE will assist with a transfer and coordination of care

It is important to begin making discharge plans as soon as possible. Keep in mind that many inpatient and residential treatment programs have extensive waiting lists and all have different insurance requirements.

Our treatment team will work with each patient to help choose a program that will best meet their needs and coordinate with the accepting facility for a seamless transition of care. If you have a discharge plan in place prior to admission at ACUTE, we will gladly work to help you transition to the facility of your choice as smoothly as possible