The Humboldt area has helped make four of the patient rooms at the Humboldt District Hospital (HDH) safer for those experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis.
“There was a need to provide a safer environment for those at risk of self-harm,” explained HDH site leader Yvonne Berscheid, “so we decided to modify four patient rooms to better accommodate those suffering from anxiety or depression, and adjusted standard duties for our staff for when someone is admitted with those conditions.”
Many changes were made to the special room design. Special beds were purchased, observation glass added to the doors, and cordless blinds installed. Bathrooms were examined closely and several changes to plumbing and fixtures made. These rooms will serve as regular inpatient rooms as well as safer and comfortable environments for mental health and addictions patients and their families.
Observation windows were added to the doors.
Toilets in these room all have enclosed plumbing.
“These changes really help to make our rural hospital more flexible in terms of caring for patients in these circumstances,” Berscheid stated.
The renovations, which cost $43,500, were funded by the Humboldt District Hospital Foundation (HDHF) and its donors.
“We had overwhelming support for this project,” says Lorrie Bunko, Executive Director of the HDHF. “The monetary support from the district came very quickly and within a few weeks, we had enough funding to commit to the room renovations.”