Daily life and routines
Establishing a regular daily routine can greatly contribute to a patient’s return to health. Daily life on the unit follows a structure that includes group and individual therapeutic activities, nutrition, and rest. Daily activity schedules are provided to patients each morning. Routines also consider each patient’s unique therapeutic needs and allow for visiting and other communication with family and friends.
Eating regular and balanced meals is an important part of achieving and maintaining wellness. Because connecting with others during meals is also important, patients eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner together in the dining room. Our unit participates in the “room service” model that has been implemented throughout U-M Hospital, with the exception of adhering to the meal times below.
Approximate meal times:
Breakfast: 8:00 am
Lunch: 12:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Patients on restricted diets may ask loved ones to bring additional food from home. Patients are welcome to use the kitchen facilities throughout the day to obtain beverages and simple snacks, or to heat food in the microwave.
Personal belongings and internet access
Patients may bring some personal articles from home, such as most toiletries and their own clothing. Other items are not permitted in the hospital. Although patients may not bring their own computers or other devices that can access the internet, computer terminals are available on the unit for their use. While it may seem like the list of prohibited items is quite restrictive, please understand that these policies have been put in place to create the safest therapeutic environment possible and are based on the results of extensive research.
No smoking policy
The U-M Health System prohibits smoking in any hospital building or anywhere on hospital property, including the outside grounds. We understand that our non-smoking policy may be stressful for some patients, and we can prescribe nicotine patches, gum, inhalers, and/or lozenges to help alleviate the urge to smoke during their stay.
A washer and dryer are available for patient use from 8:00 am until 11:00 pm. Laundry detergent is provided. There is no charge for using the laundry, and the staff is available to assist as needed.