A Day At Our Residential Mental Health Facility

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May 30, 2024

We talk to people every day who either need help with mental illness themselves or who are deeply concerned about loved ones. These are serious situations that require serious decisions, as doing nothing can lead to serious consequences. We get a lot of questions about our treatments, the type of people we help and the like, but one thing that most people are unsure of is what it’s like spending a day, a week or a month in a residential mental health facility.

We understand that. People don’t think about what it’s like living in a residential mental health facility like ours until such time as they need one for themselves or a family member. When that time comes, it’s difficult to keep thoughts straight and to progress towards a resolution in a linear fashion. Mental illness doesn’t usually allow for that. Generally speaking, the idea of living in a residential mental health facility can be overwhelming and intimidating. That’s due to decades of negative images depicted in films and other forms of media.

We’d like for anyone who’s reading this to dismiss those dark thoughts and those fears. Below we’re going to explain what it’s like to stay with us. We think you’ll find that our structure is such that those who come to our facilities will enjoy a quiet, safe and respectful environment that’s designed to allow for people to focus on getting better and learning to cope with what ails them.

Before the Daily Routine Begins

Before anyone comes to stay with us, we put a lot of time into getting to know each person. Obviously, we complete a thorough assessment with regards to a person’s mental health challenges. We want to plot out a course of progress for everyone. We also want to get to know every person who comes to us, so we learn about any dietary restrictions they may have or any other illnesses or problems that we should be aware of so we can accommodate them in the best way possible. Finally, we go over the expectations for every person that includes rules and norms, which we will get into more thoroughly below.

The Morning Routine

Everyone starts their day at SoCal Empowered by waking up and taking any medications that are deemed necessary. These may include medications for the mental illnesses present or those needed and approved for any other health problems. We also provide fresh fruit and other breakfast items for people to enjoy a nice meal to start their day.

When that’s complete, our clients go out for a walk. We find that it’s always good to start the day by connecting with nature for some quiet time. It helps people find their center. It’s also an opportunity for people to get to know others who may be there and our staff members, who are always with anyone who ventures outside of the residential health facility.

After breakfast and a walk, our clients engage in their first group session of the day. The specifics of this session can vary, but this is a good time to set daily goals, measure any progress from the previous day or days and to just check in to see how everyone is doing before we keep moving forward.

The Afternoon Routine

After the first group session of the day, our clients get to enjoy lunch. Lunches and dinners are prepared by our professional chef every weekday, and as mentioned above, everyone’s dietary requirements are kept in mind as much as possible. Therefore, we accommodate those who may be vegetarian and the like.

After lunch, everyone engages in another group session. Group sessions are a feature of our approach, as in most situations they are the most helpful when it comes to finding the support everyone needs.

After that second group session of the day, our clients take part in some individual time with one of our mental health professionals. Twice per week, this involves meeting with the case manager assigned to that person. Two other days per week are spent in individual therapy sessions, and the fifth individual session of the week is with our staff doctor to go over anything that needs discussion. Subsequent to that individual session, our clients engage in another group session or activity.

The Evening Routine

After all that hard work throughout the day, it’s common for our clients to have worked up quite an appetite. And make no mistake: Fighting mental illness is work, and we expect both ourselves and our clients to put that work in every day as much as possible. Fortunately, it pays off with another meal prepared by our professional chef.

Finally, the day ends with a group form of wind-down time. While people are gathered in a group for the most part, it’s a time to decompress and do things like watch television, read, journal, play video games or just relax a bit before turning in for the night.

The Weekend Routine

After a full workweek at our residential mental health facility, we like to unwind and reward ourselves with a nice weekend. It’s on the weekend when our clients go on group outings that can include movies, the beach, volleyball or something else that’s part and parcel to life in Southern California. Of course, these activities are all supervised and food is provided throughout the weekend.

The Overall Week At Our Residential Mental Health Facility

Breaking it down in list form, here’s how a week at our residential mental health facility – and we have two in Orange County – looks for those who come to stay with us:

  • 36 hours of group sessions
  • 5 individual sessions with case managers, therapists and our doctor
  • Daily morning walks
  • Nightly wind-down time
  • 10 chef-prepared meals per week
  • Food provided on weekends
  • Weekend outings

As you’ll see, ours is a very structured yet flexible environment. We handle the day-day details so you or your loved one can focus in on getting better.

General Rules and Guidelines

Of course, in order to provide a safe and productive environment, we need to put certain rules and regulations in place that protect everyone’s interests. Some of these include:

  • Sober living – no drugs or alcohol is allowed other than approved medication
  • 24-hour monitoring
  • Our staff does rounds every 15-30 minutes, 24 hours per day
  • Cell phone use is restricted to during sessions with the case manager

Contact Us Now for Help

Millions of people suffer from mental illness in the United States every year. If this includes you or a loved one, you are far from alone. If you’re ready to take that all-important first step towards improvement and coping, you need to contact us today to learn more about how we can help you specifically.

We’re ready to jump in with you and get going, so contact us today.

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