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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.

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. 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 unit phone can be used for 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.

What can I bring with me onto the unit?

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.

During the admitting process, Butler’s security team will assist patients in selecting the belongings that are allowable on the unit so they may be brought to their room. Belongings that are not permissible will be placed in a storage bag. During a patient’s stay, belongings are stored safely in a secured area of the Hospitality Suite. When patients are discharged and directed to the Hospitality Suite, they will pick up their bag of belongings, which is not to be opened until patients have left the building.

Patients are able to have these personal items on the inpatient unit floor:
  • Two sets of clothing plus one set of night clothes.
  • Eyeglasses, contacts and contact solution.
  • Comb or brush.
  • Belt and one pair of shoes.
  • Hearing aids and dentures.
  • Medical equipment, such as walkers, crutches, canes or C-pap machines.
  • 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.

What are the visiting hours on inpatient units?

Each unit has different hours and policies for visitors. Schedules are included with information on each unit.