All patient belongings will be checked-in when your child comes onto our unit. Inappropriate items will either be sent home with the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) or kept in patient storage. We try very hard to ensure the safety of our units, and need to be mindful of certain items and how they may be used. Please do not bring any valuables.
We understand that being hospitalized can be difficult for your child. It may help to bring special items from home to help him/her adjust to our surroundings. Favorite blankets, pillows, pictures of family members, and/or stuffed animals are examples of these items. You may also want to bring toiletry items for your child including a comb or brush (not metal), shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, or hair-care items (non-alcoholic). If you are unable provide these items, we will provide them for your child. Although bringing these items is encouraged, certain items are not allowed. A list of items of items that are not allowed on our units due to safety concerns is attached. If these items are brought to our units, they may or may not be returned to you.
Please communicate with our staff if your child will need to complete schoolwork or study during his/her stay. If you choose to have your child’s school involved with treatment planning and have completed necessary consent forms in intake, our Social Workers will do their best to communicate academic needs for your child during his/her stay. Patients are allowed to keep appropriate schoolwork and school related items with them and in addition, will have the opportunity to study during programming. Reading material may be reviewed and require approval from the Social Worker to ensure appropriate content.
Please limit the amount of clothing brought for your child. We have limited storage and must coordinate laundry times among patients. Three changes of clothes are sufficient: 3 shirts, 3 pairs of pants, 3 pairs of underwear, 3 pairs of socks and 1-2 other personal items. Patient laundry is done Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
We aim to maintain a treatment environment where the patients are safe and comfortable. Your child is expected to wear his/her own clean clothes (not hospital scrubs) during program hours each day. There may be exceptions in where your child will be wearing hospital scrubs based on certain precaution guidelines. Clothing should be neat and appropriate. Clothing that is not allowed on the unit is listed above in “Items not allowed on the unit.”