Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital

Name of Hospital: Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital

City, State/Province, Country: Los Angeles, CA, USA

Number of Stars: 3.5

Comment: I stayed for 6 days in the adult/geriatric ward of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital on the UCLA campus. I admitted myself voluntarily due to suicidal ideation and a desperate need for treatment (I was having no luck with finding my own psychiatrist at the time), but they called my stay “involuntary” and put me on a 72-hour hold. I didn’t mind that, though. Overall, it was a fairly comfortable stay.

Since the hospital is located on a university campus, there were quite a few people in their early 20’s to make friends with and help me survive the week. Most of the nurses were nice enough, though I noticed that a lot of them didn’t really respect the elderly people in the ward, and treated them more like children than anything else.

The food was actually great (I’ve heard rumors that the UCLA hospital cafeteria is the only one that has its own Yelp), and we got to choose from a menu what we wanted to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus there were snacks and little cups of ice cream that were always available to eat throughout the day.

There were scheduled groups, but they weren’t mandatory, and mostly people were allowed to do whatever they wanted. Groups pretty much just consisted of occupational therapy (a lot of that) and the very occasional process group. There was “deck time” a few times a day, where we would get to go out on this big concrete deck and walk around outside for a bit. When there was nothing scheduled going on, people would either stay in their rooms reading or watching TV, or hang out in the day room where there was another TV, a piano, board games, books, etc.

I had a whole psychiatric team, but I only spoke to them like twice during my entire stay. They didn’t talk to me a whole lot and I felt like they didn’t really care either way, so that kinda sucked. Probably my absolute biggest complaint was actually the shower, haha. The shower really sucked. Really low water pressure, not very efficient. If I had to, I’d probably stay here again. Like I said, it was fairly comfortable.

Type of program (i.e. day program, inpatient): inpatient

Any other identities/marginalizations (i.e. race/gender/sexuality) that could have influenced your stay?: I didn’t out myself as transgender, but I did mention I was gay. There were two other open lesbians there, and nobody seemed to mind.

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