Name of Hospital: Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward Hospital
City, State/Province, Country: Naperville, IL, USA
Number of Stars: 1.5
Comment: ok i have a lot to say about linden oaks…it’s the only place ive been (inpatient)hospitalized so i guess i dont have much knowledge on what other inpatient programs are like, but linden oaks was awful. for starters, when i asked how they would house transgender patients (i was in the closet at the time) they refused to tell me and told me it was none of my concern. they refused to call me by any name other than my birth name, as well.
they have a system where participating in groups and giving input in them would get you closer to going home and getting out of the program. this can prove difficult for people much like myself who have social anxiety and can’t participate as well as others. the staff makes no effort to include socially awkward patients in the activities of the other patients, and i spent much of my hospitalization alone. the second time i was hospitalized, there was a trans patient there, but he didn’t have his own room, he had to spend his waking time in the common room. i don’t even know where he slept.
my experiences at linden oaks have traumatized me to the point where if any of my case workers mention admitting me, i have a breakdown. i definitely do not recommend linden oaks to transgender or socially anxious people, although i’m not sure what it would be like for cis people or people without social anxiety.
Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient
Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: transgender