Residential Type 1 Diabetes & Eating Disorders Treatment for Adolescents & Adults

Residential Type 1 Diabetes & Eating Disorders Treatment for Adolescents & Adults

Learning to Manage Diabetes & Combat Eating Disorders in a Safe Environment

Walden Behavioral Care and Joslin Diabetes Center joined together to provide treatment programs for patients with an eating disorder and type 1 diabetes. This alliance involves on-going training and consultation provided by Joslin to Walden Behavioral Care’s doctors and nurse practitioners. Upon admission to Walden, a patient meets with a Joslin endocrinologist who creates an individualized treatment plan. The focus of treatment is to help individuals better manage their diabetes and have the appropriate resources in place to reach a lasting recovery from their eating disorder.

Requirements for the Adolescent & Adult Residential Type 1 Diabetes & Eating Disorder Program:

  • Female and male, 12 years of age or older
  • Require 24 hour care, but not hospital level of care
  • Adolescents – ready to eat at group and family meals and to incorporate a variety of foods into their meal plan
  • Adults – Ready to practice cooking, meal planning, and other tasks leading to greater independence

Treatment for the Adolescent & Adult Residential Type 1 Diabetes & Eating Disorder Program:

Treatment includes: a medical evaluation by a Joslin Diabetes Center endocrinologist; implementation of a diabetes treatment plan; ongoing medical evaluation and management, case management; individualized nutritional counseling and coaching; individual, family and group therapy; and 24-hour nursing care.

Treatment Team for the Adolescent & Adult Residential Type 1 Diabetes & Eating Disorder Program Includes:

  • Endocrinologist
  • Physician
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurses
  • Dietitian
  • Therapist
  • Mental Health Counselors

Goals of the Adolescent & Adult Residential Type 1 Diabetes & Eating Disorders Program include:

  • Implement a diabetes treatment plan
  • Decrease reliance on eating disorder behaviors
  • Decrease anxiety in relation food, food preparation, and meal times
  • Educate adolescents and their families and adults on eating disorders, diabetes and proper nutrition
  • Teach adolescents and their families and adults effective coping skills and stress management techniques and relapse prevention techniques
  • Introduce adolescents and their families to the Maudsley Method
  • Develop a reliable group of support for adults in the program that could include friends, family and professional resources

For more information about Walden’s Diabetes and Eating Disorder Program or to schedule an intake, please contact Walden’s Admissions Department at 781-647-6727.