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FAQ's about the Senior Treatment Unit

What is the schedule for a typical day on the Senior Treatment Unit?

7:00 / 7:30am
Rise and shine; vital signs and lab work if indicated; personal care

Visiting hours

Breakfast served in the dining room

Therapeutic group

Meet with your doctor

Movie in TV area; activities on patio, weather permitting; free time

Community meeting

End-of-day meeting

OT task group, focus group, or baking activity


Lunch in dining room

Visiting hours

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 ten days, depending on your individual needs.

Who can visit?
Friends and family are invited to visit during scheduled Senior Treatment Unit visiting hours. We encourage your family to participate during meal times and other times as needed. 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.

Will I get to go outside?
The Senior Treatment Unit has a beautiful, spacious outdoor patio area for you to enjoy when the weather is nice.

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.

What can I bring with me onto 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:
  • All medications you are currently prescribed.
  • Basic toiletry items (kept at the nurses' station).
  • Casual clothes, pajamas, and a bathrobe. Staff will launder your clothes for you if you choose.
  • A small amount of money for use in the vending machines or for special unit activities. 1
Items patients should not have:
  • Alcoholic beverages and non-prescription drugs.
  • 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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