Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Be Gentle with Yourselves

FlowersAs the Chaplain for Timberline Knolls, I have the unique opportunity of meeting people from a variety of circumstances and accompanying them on their spiritual journey. These journeys traverse the paths of spiritual highs and lows.

In the heights of spiritual connectedness residents feel empowered, joyous, hopeful and happy. In the lows of spiritual connectedness residents feel powerless, despairing, hopeless and isolated. Anyone who experiences a change from a spiritual high to low begins to wonder about the nature of that experience, and questions spiritual meaning and relationships.

In many cases, residents see themselves as the cause of their spiritual disconnect. They often ask, “How do I reconnect with God?” Here the emphasis is on “What do I do? How do I connect?” This question, though valid, is not the fullness of relationship.

A relationship involves two parties; a give and a take, a back and forth. In the metaphysical sense; the self and God. So the questions that must follow are, “Who am I?” “Who is God?” “To whom am I seeking to connect?” These questions invite relationship. They take time to answer. They are not easy questions to answer. As a society we are not good at slowing down and reflecting. Pressure is on us to perform, to be productive, to fill time and space. It is a radical decision to slow down. If we slow down enough, we discover our capacity to invite relationship. We can even invite relationship with our higher power.

Imagine your life as a dinner party. You put time and effort into preparing the table, making sure that all the details of the party are correct. You fill the guest list with your most beloved friends and family. You feel anticipation as the event approaches.  When the party comes, are you able to enjoy it? Or has all your work led you to exhaustion? Have you left space for spontaneity, for conversation, for delight, and the unexpected? Have you left space for God?

Hospitality is a spiritual gift. The practice of hospitality is rooted in gentleness. Gentleness is about making space, taking time, being open and welcoming. Sometimes we fall into the trap of believing that we must do in order to be in God’s presence.

If we do enough, if we believe enough, if we perform the right acts at the right time, God will make everything all right. But, what if it is not about doing, but being. Our identity and unique purpose is enough. Gentleness reminds us of who we are; people, beings meant to be present and aware.

If we cultivate a sense of gentleness in our lives we invite others into our hearts. If we slow down enough, we give God space, a chance, to respond. I end most conversations with residents by reminding them to be gentle with themselves. For by being gentle with ourselves, we care for ourselves and can extend that gentleness to others. Slow down. Be gentle with yourselves.

About Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Hulford, DMIN, BCC, Chaplain

“I am passionate about my work because I believe that assisting residents to connect with their spiritual selves is integral to healing. I love connecting with residents and journeying with them as they discover more about themselves and their higher power.”

As a chaplain, Elizabeth offers emotional and spiritual support to residents and staff. She meets one on one with residents and facilitates groups throughout the week.

Elizabeth is an ordained Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) minister. Prior to Timberline Knolls, she worked for 12 years at AMITA Health with a specialization in perinatal loss and oncology. She has extensive experience working with individuals struggling with addiction and mental health issues.

Elizabeth earned a Bachelor’s of the Arts from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and a Master of Divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, PA. She also has a Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.
She Is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. She is a Member of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), Resolve Through Sharing (RTS) and a national perinatal loss support organization.

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