If you are a functioning alcoholic and you consider voluntary admission - DON'T DO IT!!! READ: I understand that I may request discharge at any time․ The request for discharge must be in... writing and the form may be obtained from the staff. Within three days (not counting Sundays and legal holidays) after the Medical Director, or a physician who has been designated by the Medical Director to make discharge decisions, gets my written request, I will be discharged unless that physician determines, after consideration of the recommendations of the treatment team, that my discharge would be unsafe to me or others. If I am not released, the process for involuntary hospitalization will begin. If this happens, I will be told of my rights.VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
My sister was admitted there on a Tuesday afternoon and on Friday morning of the same week, my mother received a phone call in the morning saying that my sweet sister had died. If you take a loved... one there who has physical health issues, and they put them on "15 minute" bed checks, do not be fooled into thinking that they make such a basic check as making sure they are breathing. My sister laid in her bed deceased for up to 3 hours before she was found. This is the greatest heartache of our lives!VIEW MORE »VIEW LESS »
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If you are a functioning alcoholic and you consider voluntary admission - DON'T DO IT!!! READ: I understand that I may request discharge at any time․ The request for discharge must be in writing and the form may be obtained from the staff. Within three days (not counting Sundays and legal holidays) after the Medical Director, or a physician who has been designated by the Medical Director to make discharge decisions, gets my written request, I will be discharged unless that physician determines, after consideration of the recommendations of the treatment team, that my discharge would be unsafe to me or others. If I am not released, the process for involuntary hospitalization will begin. If this happens, I will be told of my rights.
My sister was admitted there on a Tuesday afternoon and on Friday morning of the same week, my mother received a phone call in the morning saying that my sweet sister had died. If you take a loved one there who has physical health issues, and they put them on "15 minute" bed checks, do not be fooled into thinking that they make such a basic check as making sure they are breathing. My sister laid in her bed deceased for up to 3 hours before she was found. This is the greatest heartache of our lives!
When I first went into Ridgeview it was hard for me, but once I got out of the first stage it helped me very much.
Though, i did not grasp ahold of the program the first time because I just wasnt ready. After completing the program second time around i have never been happier. Ridgeview is a miracle if u will " let" them help!! And you are willing and ready.
Ridgeview Institute was a great place for me to get started on sobriety. The case managers, nurses, and doctors were very helpful, caring, and well versed in alcoholism/drug addiction. If it weren't for Ridgeview I wouldn't be sober today. They have a great alumni program that I reamin involved in and it's been integral in my sobriety today.
I came into Ridgeview as a very scared young adult looking for a solution to my problems (which were on many levels). My first days there were very difficult and filled with fear, but they would have been more difficult if it weren't for the wonderful case managers, staff members and doctors who helped me through those days. They gave me the tools and a foundation for a new life in recovery, for which I am extremely grateful. Thank you to all!
My family has lost several members to early deaths due to addiction and related illness. I wish we would have found Ridgeview many years ago. I personally know many patients from there who are recovering with a new found peace. It is completely obvious to me, that for those patients that put in the WORK, with RV's professional, respectful support, recovery and happiness can be in their future.
Taking in my child for ED, was the worst thing I could have done. Assessment was a joke all the wrong information given. Intake was told to be there at 7:30am. Ok here we go, my child walked up to the registers desk and said “Good Morning” in her cheerful voice all smiles. Her reply NOTHING this older gray headed woman turned her head with a frown, never making eye contact with me. That should have been my first sign to run. Five minutes to nine we are called backed, this soft spoken woman that did not know Hippa Laws for getting medical records faxed. Tells me that she is going to get on the phone with my insurance to start the prior auth. I tell her to give me a release form for medical records, that I had another appointment this morning and for her to call me when she gets the record and prior auth. Ok so I leave for an hour comes back sit for another hour a different lady this time. Telling me that by it being so late in the day to come back on Monday to finish up the intake. NO way if we could go ahead get all her paper work start so Monday she can start with group. Ok there another 3 hours got all that done this is what she tells me. She will have a shadow that will go every where with her. NOT. A buddy that teams up with her to talk too. Another patient is the buddy. Case manager a joke, Dietitians they make a meal plan and have no ideal what for lunch or snack they change ur meal plan without telling the patient. Things got ugly the second week when I started to q
I was very sick when I got to Ridgeview. The inpatient program provided me a safe place to start on a road to sobriety. The professional staff was firm, caring and provided me the some great tools to begin to live a strong and sober life. The alumni and aftercare program has provided me additional tools and a great network of friends that I can rely on when in need of encouragement. I have been sober for six months now and while life still has it's ups and downs (life tends to do that), I am feeling better than I have in many years. I have Ridgeview, it's staff and my friends I met there to thank for that.
I went to Ridgeview in 2009 and I'll just highlight my short stay there. Upon arrival, a lengthy assessment as expected. Was told I would initially be "on watch' sleeping on a matress on the floor in front of the nurses station. I slept on this floor for my entire 1 week stay. I was refused water. I was severely dehydrated from vomiting before admission. Even telling nurses this, I was refused even a small, supervised sip of water (which I begged for). I was told these were the rules and that I wasn't allowed ANY water before being weighed. Two days later, I was told that if I did not eat (I had been eating at meal times but not finishing my entire plate) that I would be forced a feeding tube. I admitted myself voluntarily but when I asked to sign out Against Medical Advice, I was forced to wait 3 days for a response. The psychiatrist said I had scars all over my body and was a cutter-- he confused my file w someone else's and released this information to my relatives. Long story short? A hellish nightmare. I was traumatized by the experience.
I was admitted 5 times and received excellent care. However, due to PTSD and Bipolar diagnosis, I was admitted for the 6th time. What a nightmare. I was in cottage C and a staffer befriended me acting as if he understood my suicide attempts, deep depression and mania. After being discharged to the day program he would come to my home and sexually assault me in the early morning. I still have the sheets and condom he used due to fear of retaliation. Instead of Ridgeview helping me, they discharged me when I was still suicidal and cutting. Administrator, Kathy W. and Chris L. informed me not to discuss the issue with no-one because of Ridgeviews good reputation. After they threatened me, I was to affraid to give a name and still am to this day. And just to think, he still works there. As GOD is my witness, I have paperwork, other victims and tape recordings to support what had occured. PLEASE DON'T SEND YOUR LOVED ONES HERE. IF I dissapear, look at Ridgeview first! I still suffer behind my experience. It's my fault and should have known better..... Talk about Sandowski... I went to another facility after Ridgeview immediately, but the type of treatment and trauma I was dealing with prior and the recent incident, they thought I would be better getting long term care elsewhere. I don't think they wanted to be involved with what I was divulging. I found a psych that's helping me through it.
I went in VOLUNTEERILY for an “assessment” due to insurance requirements. I was told by 5 in-take personnel that they would NOT reduce any of my medicines, try changing any of my medicines, or that I wouldn’t be disallowed to take any of my medicines. That was NOT the case. I sat in a corner for 6 hrs with not one personnel speaking to me. I was soon to find that wouldn’t come until many hrs later, hiding from shame & embarrassment after a full body stripe search! I suffer from stress induced seizures, I requested my prescribed Valium & it was DENIED! It wasn’t until my husband & father showed up in the parking lot to pick me up and remove me from the place did they call my assigned Psychiatrist whom then approved what was already approved medicine! Their insistence to continually mess with my medicine, which again was what I was promised would not happen, as that was not my reason for being there was quite frustrating & clearly proves my point of it being a “front office sales pitch”. I didn’t eat for 4 days & not one person noticed, even after I stated I hadn’t eaten. The nurses & doctors treat you like you’re addicts & insane who have no rights whatsoever. Even while a nurse was speaking to MY husband regarding them refusing to give me my prescribed meds, I was told rudely to “get away from here and stop listening to my conversation”.
I was involuntarily admitted in 2008 for depression and anxiety related illness. At the time I was on Lithium which requires large amounts of water a day, my parents spoke with my psychiatrist and he said they could bring by water bottles for me to keep with me during the day. When I asked the staff for them, they wouldn't give them to me. when I checked out two days later, I was so dehydrated that my lips were starting to crack and bleed. At one point, I had an anxiety attack and they told me that I needed to cut it out because I was upsetting the other patients. Then locked me in the "quiet room" which was nothing more than a concrete room. I had nightmares about RI for three days after release. I would never put anyone I cared about in the adolescent/ young adult programs. Staff was rude and condescending and completely unempathetic.
In every office is a plaque stating "Are you unable to pay for your Healthcare Services? Ridgeview Insitiute is committed to providing Charity Care to patients who have healthcare needs and who have the inability to pay. Ridgeview Institute's Charity Care Policy states an application should be completed by the patient or responsible party. Patients must provide all supporting documentation to their assigned Financial Counselor." I was a patient at Ridgeview Institute and was unable to pay for my healthcare. When I tried to turn in my application and documentation, I was told that I couldn't get any Charity Care by Mr. Chris LaSalle and had to be discharged from the Residence Recovery Program. If they are not going to provide Charity Care then why do they offer it?
I spent 8 weeks here and three years later I have to tell you it was the best investment I have ever made. Was it easy?, NO. Did they expect me to do me part in saving my life?, YES. see, the thing is Ridgeview is not like some other places because former patients help run the place. They are called Alumni and that added little bit is what sets them apart. Not only are you well taken care care while you are there but if YOU choose, you can be active in the wonderful aftercare programs and increase your chances. I did, and three years later my life is nowhere near the same. Thank you RVI. DOUGLAS F.