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FAQs about the Kent Hospital Unit at Butler

What's the schedule for a typical day on the Kent Unit at Butler?

7:00 a.m.
Wake-up; vital signs

2:10 p.m.
Afternoon walk with staff

7:45 a.m.
* Breakfast on the unit

2:45 p.m.
Education group

8:15 a.m.
Morning walk with staff

4:00 p.m.
Community meeting & discharge preparedness group

9:15 a.m.
Community meeting

4:15 p.m.
Walk with staff

9:45 a.m.
OT task group

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Visiting Hours
* Dinner served on the unit during evening visiting hours

10:45 a.m.
Discussion group

7:15 p.m.
Therapeutic group

11:45 p.m.
* Lunch served on the unit

9:00 p.m.
Relaxation/de-escalation group

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Visiting hours

*Meals are served at various times between the hours indicated above.

How will the staff at Butler help me feel safe while in the hospital?

Safety is our priority. To assist you in staying safe, the unit uses a checks system in which a staff member checks on you frequently throughout the day. Staff also ensure that the environment is safe through frequent unit safety checks. Staff are always available to talk about any safety concerns you have.

How long will I stay?

The usual stay is approximately one week, depending on your individual needs.

Will I get to go outside?

As you progress with your treatment, you will be able to go to the gazebo or on walks on the hospital grounds with staff during the daytime.

Can I smoke?

Butler Hospital is a smoke-free, tobacco-free campus. Smoking is not permitted in the buildings or on the grounds. If you smoke or use tobacco products, the hospital will provide medications that may aid in smoking cessation or help to manage nicotine withdrawal symptoms. We appreciate your cooperation with our smoke-free policy.

Can I use the phone?

A pay phone is available for your use during free time and non-group time. The staff phone can be used for family and treatment-related issues. Cell phones are not permitted on the unit because of patient confidentiality.

Will I have a roommate?

You may have a roommate and may share a bathroom. There are no private rooms.

Who can visit?

Friends and family are invited to visit during scheduled Kent Hospital Unit at Butler visiting hours. Arrangements must be made ahead of time for small children to visit. You may also speak with your doctor or treatment team if other visiting hours need to be arranged.

What can I bring to the unit?

You may bring personal belongings and hygiene products. For safety reasons, staff will check any personal belongings that are brought to the hospital by a patient and clarify what items are restricted. Gifts and packages that are brought to the hospital for a patient will also be checked for your safety.

Items patients should have:

  • Basic toiletry items (kept at the nurses' station).
  • Casual clothes, a set of pajamas, and a bathrobe.
  • A small amount of money for use in the vending machines or for special unit activities.

Items patients should not have:

  • Alcoholic beverages and non-prescription drugs. (Non-compliance with this rule is grounds for asking a patient or visitor to leave the hospital.)
  • Large sums of money and other valuables, such as jewelry.
  • Sharp or breakable objects and plastic bags.
  • Flammable liquids, including nail polish and lighter fluid

What happens when it’s time for me to leave the hospital?

Social workers are available to help you prepare for discharge, and staff will review your follow-up plan with you before you leave. You will receive prescriptions for medications ordered by your doctor along with a discharge instruction sheet with follow up care plans and appointments.

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