Living on a unit with 20 other patients can be stressful. Abiding by the unit policies and keeping an attitude of respect for each other and staff is essential to maintain a safe treatment environment.
Patient identification wristbands must be worn at all times to ensure correct identification and administration of all medications.
Each patient must be seen by the designated checks staff member every 15 minutes, or more often if clinically indicated. The checks person is only responsible for doing checks and is not available for other activities, including staff talks, during this time.
Checks are done throughout the night. Staff use flashlights and need to see patients’ faces to assure patient safety.
Smoking and possession of smoking materials are not allowed at any time. We offer nicotine replacement therapy and other support for smoking cessation. E-cigarettes and vaporizers are not permitted.
Families should refrain from bringing patients cigarettes or other smoking materials.
All packages or luggage brought onto the unit by patients or visitors are examined by staff for safety measures.
Items that cannot be kept on the unit may be placed in the property closet.
Patients are strongly encouraged not to bring items of sentimental or monetary value to the hospital. We are unable to assume responsibility for personal items, including money.
Unit Permissions and Sign-Out Board
- Level 1 (hall restrict): patient must remain on the unit
- Level 2 (off unit with staff): patient may go off the unit in groups with a staff member
Patients are asked to sign out every time they leave the unit. Off unit group activities include outdoor breaks, walks, and visits to the fitness and recreation center.
The treatment team assesses the patient’s safety status daily.
The nursing staff makes room assignments based on the clinical needs of individuals and the wider unit. Room changes may occur at any time during the stay.
Patients are asked to socialize in common areas and not to be in each other’s rooms.
Patient rooms should be kept neat and clean. Fresh linens and towels are available in the linen closet. Soiled linens and towels may be placed in the laundry bags located near the bathroom and shower areas.
We advise patients to be cognizant of the clothing they wear, considering the treatment setting.
Patients may be asked to cover noticeable self-injury marks. Clothing with profanities, substances, or other explicit material are not allowed. Wearing hoods is not permitted. Clothing should not be low cut or expose the midriff.
Socks or footwear is required while on the unit for hygienic reasons.
- Breakfast: 8-8:30am
- Lunch: 12-12:30pm
- Dinner: 5-5:30pm
Patients should be sure to let their nurse know of any food allergies.
Menus with meal options (lunch and dinner) for the following day are available at lunchtime. Especially for those who want to request an alternative meal, patients must be sure to come to the dining room during lunchtime to fill out a menu and return it to staff.
If there is a treatment-related reason why a patient cannot attend a group meal, they can let the nursing staff know to make arrangements for a meal to be saved.
Patients are asked to clean up after themselves in the kitchen.
Patients are responsible for coming to the med room for their scheduled medication times:
- Morning: 8-9am
- Midday: 12:30-1:30pm
- Evening: 4:30-5:30pm
- Night: 8-10pm
Please try to avoid asking for as-needed medication during change of shift reports, 6:45-7:30am, 2:45-3:30pm, and 10:45-11:30pm.
Simple precautions are needed to prevent the spread of infection and to avoid exposure to blood and other bodily fluids (saliva, urine, feces, and vomit), which may contain germs.
- Wash hands thoroughly after using the toilet, touching wounds, blowing your nose, or before eating or handling food
- Use only your own fork, knife, spoon, straw, cup, plate, etc., and avoid sharing food or drink with someone else; any food or drink handled or partly eaten should be thrown away in a trash receptacle
- Personal items like makeup, earrings, razors, nail clippers, and clothing should not be shared
- Personal hygiene items, such as toothbrushes, soap, brushes/combs, and mouthwash, are kept in patient rooms; they should not be left in the bathroom where others might use them, and do not share them
- If clothes become soiled with blood or other body fluids, wash them in the washer/dryer on the unit; be sure to use a hot water cycle; ask nursing staff for help if needed
- Dirty or soiled areas on the unit should be reported to the staff
These guidelines are intended to protect patients and staff. Feel free to discuss questions or concerns with the staff.
Physical Contact / Personal Boundaries
Physical contact between patients or visitors is not permitted for any reason on the unit.
Patients are asked to be mindful of the setting they are in and respect each other’s personal boundaries.