Pomegranate’s Acute Hospital recently updated the visitation policy to encourage more family involvement and support for the youth. Visitations may take place Monday through Friday from 4pm until 7pm. On Saturday and Sunday hours are from 2pm until 5pm. Visitation is up to an hour. Out of town visitors can make adjustments in advance.
The reason behind Pomegranate’s visiting policy is, and has always been, adequate programming time for a teen in crisis. If a teen is visiting with family, he/she is not in therapeutic programming, individual or group session, or art therapy. There is time scheduled for family session/s, but it’s not the same as visitation time. Another change to both residential and acute is that families are being asked not to bring in food or drink. We provide that here at Pomegranate. Snack and beverage selection is available.
New acute program director, Darci, is working on additional updates and adjustments to acute policies, programming, and family time. Many innovative approaches are in planning. Some new additions include Family Game Night where guardians are asked to join on the unit for an hour of games and prizes.
Additional programming includes Talent Showcase, Carnival Night, Trivia Night and Fitness Night. This serves to recognize that while the youth are here for treatment, they are still teens and need to feel supported by and connected with others. The therapeutic milieu is designed to ensure that the youth are engaged in structured programming throughout the entire day, working towards their treatment goals at every possible opportunity.