What to Bring
We encourage patients to bring:
- 2-3 sets of casual clothes
- 3 pairs of undergarments
- 2 pairs of sleeping clothes
- A pair of comfortable shoes for everyday wear (No shoestrings)
- Shower shoes recommended
- Sports bras only (no padding or metal)
Laundry facilities are located on each unit to ensure patients have clean clothes.
What NOT to Bring
All our rules and guidelines are to create a safe environment for everyone in our facility. This includes not allowing certain items on the units. Please see the list below of restricted items:
- Any hygiene products, as these will be provided by the hospital
- Belts, scarves, shoelaces, jackets with zippers, drawstrings, spiked wristbands, or any other similar items
- Electronic devices of any type, including cell phones
- Items with a cord
- Glass of any kind including mirrors
- Outside food or beverages
- Tobacco products, E-cigarettes, lighters, matches
- Sharp objects (such as scissors, nail files, tin cans, needles, tweezers, razors, picture frames, tacks, pins, paper clips, hair pins, hair barrettes, etc.)
- Toys, games, stuffed animals
- Linens of any kind – Pillows, blankets and towels will be provided
- Pens, pencils, markers, spiral bound notebooks, hard cover books
- Piercings, spacer, and jewelry (Wedding band allowed with signed waiver)
- Provocative clothing such as short shorts or skirts (no shorter than 4” above the knee), midriff shirts, low cut or see-through shirts, tights, leggings, skinny jeans or jeans with holes
- Clothing depicting sex, violence, drugs, alcohol, death, demonic themes nor reflective of gang affiliation
- Saggy or baggy pants that reveal undergarments
- Bras with metal, removable padding or underwire
During Your Stay
A masters level therapist will provide two types of groups a day: processing and psychoeducational. Processing groups will allow you time to discuss current and past stressors, traumas, and better understanding of your feelings. Psychoeducation groups will teach you new skills such as anger management, communication, accountability and much more.
A Certified Recreational Therapist will plan two groups a day that include activities that are educational, fun, and therapeutic.
Nurses will provide one group a day to teach patients about general health topics.
Mental Health Technicians will provide two groups a day to set goals, complete activity sheets, and practice relaxation techniques.
Your therapist will be meeting with you periodically throughout your treatment stay to ensure your treatment goals are being met and address any concerns you may have.
Your therapist will contact the family within 24 hours to provide an update, answer any questions and gather any additional needed information. They will schedule a family session within 72 hours of admission. This will provide them a better understanding of the home dynamics which could impact treatment goals. Education on mental health issues can also be provided if needed.
Your psychiatric team will meet with you to do an initial psychiatric evaluation and then see you throughout your stay to make any necessary adjustments to your medication. During your inpatient stay, medication will be provided and administered by our nurses. As needed, prescriptions will be provided upon successful completion of treatment to cover until you see your outside doctor.
History and Physical
A medical doctor will meet with you within 24 hours to gather a medical history and conduct a physical. Any minor medical issues will be treated during your inpatient stay.
24/7 Nursing Staff
Upon admission, you will have a full nursing assessment completed by one of our RNs. Additionally, vital signs will be checked twice a day. The nurses will provide any needed medication education.
Our meals are planned by a nutritionist. Three nutritional, yet delicious meals will be provided each day. Additionally, snacks will be provided throughout the day.
Therapists will be reaching out to the family either by email and/or phone. Sometimes we need additional information to provide the best treatment to the patient. Please be responsive when staff reaches out. They will provide you with their contact information in case you have any questions or concerns during the patient’s stay. Our therapists spend a lot of time with the patients providing them treatment and will get back to you as quickly as possible.
Family involvement in treatment has shown to increase a patient’s response to treatment and for it to have a more enduring effect. We recognize the various responsibilities family members are managing and ask that you make time to meet with our therapists for this critical component of treatment.
After treatment in our hospital, ongoing care will likely be required including a psychiatrist and therapist. It's a requirement to have follow-up appointments scheduled prior to the patient’s discharge. We ask that if you have preferred providers, please let us know who they are. We also request that you include the patients primary care physician information. After treatment is complete, our staff will fax pertinent information such as psychiatric evaluation, medication information and the discharge plan to each of the next care providers. This ensures continuity of care and allows them all to be on the same page. We want the patient to have a smooth transition and to set them up for continued success.
At Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of New Orleans, we understand that a patient's family is a major part of healing and overcoming mental health challenges. We know many family members and parents fear not being able to see their loved one during treatment.
We offer visitation for our patients and their families several days a week, however during the COVID-19 pandemic, visitation may be held virtually. Phone time will be provided daily for patients to have contact with their families and support system. Please refer to the program schedule and contact the facility for more details.
For the safety of our patients, no personal belongings are allowed in the visitation area. Lockers will be provided for visitors to secure their items. Also, no outside food or drink is allowed in the visitation area. Visitation is restricted to family members 12 and older. Only two visitors are allowed at a time per patient. Each visitor must be on the approved list, provide an ID or driver’s license and have the patient’s ID number.
Standard Charges Price Guide
It is important to note, a hospital “charge” is not the same as “expected payment.” A charge is the amount billed for a service. In the vast majority of cases, hospitals are paid considerably less than the billed amount. Hospital charges are based on the type of care provided and can differ from patient to patient for the same service. The differences between patients are related to complications or varying treatments needed due to the patient’s health.
Even though the hospital’s prices on our list are the same for all patients, actual charges for each specific patient may vary from the listed standard charges due to a combination of factors.