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Eating Disorders Unit (EDU)

The Eating Disorders Unit (EDU) is a 12 bed unit for adolescents struggling with an eating disorder.  It provides an interprofessional model of care with a focus on recovery and rehabilitation.  There is a pre-admission process, post-discharge support and planning for transition home.

The unit includes individual patient bedrooms, kitchen, dining room and lounge area.  There are also group rooms and spaces for patient, family and group therapy. Parent and family involvement is a key component of the clinical programming. During their time at Ontario Shores, patients will also have access to teachers who can assist with their education needs. The average length of stay is 105 days.


  • Intensive individual therapy, group and family therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Meal support, nutrition and eating rehabilitation
  • Psychopharmacologic treatment
  • Schooling
  • Treatment for co-morbid disorders
  • Secondary School Education Program (Grove School)

For ages 12- 17

Inclusion Criteria
  • All treatment options for eating disorders available in the client’s community have been unable to assist the adolescent achieve recovery
  • The Adolescent is unlikely to benefit to a less intensive treatment other than residential care.
  • Serious eating disorder symptoms continue after less intensive treatments in the community have been undertaken. i.e. day treatment and outpatients if available in the community.
  • Referring health care provider/agency is able to commit to provide appropriate follow-up after the teen has completed the Ontario Shores Eating Disorder program
  • Referring health care provider/agency will take responsibility to provide or arrange an acute care bed should a patient become medically unstable and require transfer.
  • The patient must be medically stable. This is decided by the medical staff both at the referring site and at OSC.  We do rely on standard criteria to guide the decisions around medical stability. 

If the patient is medically unstable they may require hospitalization before being accepted to the Ontario Shores program, or may require a transfer to an acute care hospital should a patient arrive for admission at Ontario Shores in a medically unstable condition. These decisions are made on a clinical basis involving the referral source.

Service Access

Referrals are accepted from healthcare professionals who are providing care in eating disorders programs throughout Ontario.

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EDU Kitchen

What to Expect

What to expect while receiving care for Eating Disorders on EDU.

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