Apparently the standard of care you get may vary from unit to unit. The unit I was on was fantastic. The drs, nurses, therapists, and mental health workers were great. When they see you\'re having a hard time, someone takes the time to check in with you and see what if anything they can do to help you. You are involved in every step of your treatment. I was able to request a chaplain to talk to when I just needed that extra boost and it only took a little while for her to get there. Some of the rooms they used for meeting with patients weren\'t quite appropriate. Some are very small and feel like a fish bowl. Some are very open. One particularly made me anxious as it was where they put combative patients in a solitary situation til they can integrate safely. That room made me nervous and anxious as the door to the other room was inside the room where you sometimes meet your doctor. While I was there, no one was ever in that room (there is a screen in there to monitor the patient). Very nervous in that room, so I recommend asking another if that bothers you.
As for food, I have special reasons I didn\'t eat the main meal. They let me sit down with a nutritionist and make a meal plan that worked for me.
Expect the first day or two to be mentally exhausting (especially if it is your first time), but the staff will try to comfort you in any way possible except contact (there is a no touch policy so no hugs from staff or patients, only visitors).
Bring your own deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and tissues. The deodorant is a gender neutral roll on. The shampoo is baby wash. The conditioner smelled like coconut butter, and the tissues were like sand paper. If you have a gentle behind, bring something you\'re more comfortable with for toilet paper too. They have single ply which is just as rough as the tissues.
They hold 3-4 group activities to work on life skills every day plus additional activities (like relaxation groups and spiritual meetings. You are not required to attend ANY of them, but attendance is part of your treatment so it is encouraged. They can be a lot of fun, thought provoking, and make the day go by faster.
I left knowing that in the event I am in crisis again, this is a good option for me and I would definitely be open to going back if I need help again. The horrors you read about mental hospitals just didn\'t apply for me here. I felt safe and warm and comfortable working through my issues with my team.