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What to Bring

It is our goal to provide patients with the highest quality care. In order to do so, we have established some important guidelines to help you prepare for your stay. All clothing and belongings will be searched and inventoried. Unsafe items will be returned home or secured. Here are some items that patients will likely need during their stay:

  • Comfortable shirts: no offensive or inappropriate logos
  • Pants: no drawstrings, no belts
  • Comfortable shoes: no shoelaces
  • Underwear and socks: no tube socks or leggings
  • Toiletry items: no glass containers, no mirrors, no alcohol content

To help uphold the safety of our patients and staff, the following items are not allowed on the inpatient areas at Austin Lakes Hospital:

  • Medications of any kind (unless requested by nurse or doctor)
  • Belts or anything with a strap (such as a backpack, purse, etc.)
  • Any type of string longer than 6 inches (includes shoe strings, dental floss, draw strings to pants, suspenders, nylon stockings, tube socks, leggings and sweatshirts, etc.)
  • Any type of weapon or item which could potentially be used as a weapon (includes steel-toed boots, dumbbells, knives, etc.) Federal law prohibits anyone, including peace officers, from carrying a firearm into a hospital.
  • Aluminum cans (includes Ensure and soda cans)
  • Any sharp item which could be used to hurt oneself or others (such as razor blades, metal hair picks, mirrors in makeup compacts, etc.)
  • Electronic items with cords (cell phones, iPods, MP3, radio, etc.)
  • Any glass and metal objects (safety pins, pencil sharpeners, spiral bound notebooks, underwire bras)
  • Flammable items (matches, lighters, aerosol cans, etc.)
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Hangers of any type
  • Tobacco products
  • Curlers or flat irons
  • Outside food or drinks are not allowed in our facility
  • Toiletry items or personal items with alcohol and/or strong inhalant ingredients (such as mouthwash, hairspray, nail polish remover, aerosol sprays)
  • Vulgar, provocative, offensive or otherwise inappropriate clothing. This includes anything that glorifies or promotes drugs, alcohol, violence, illegal or unhealthy behavior.
  • Pens or mechanical pencils
  • Personal linens, pillows or stuffed animals unless in its original, newly purchased package.
  • Cash and coins, credit cards, insurance cards, ID cards, Social Security cards, checks/checkbooks, or cell phones will be placed in the unit safe or sent home.
  • Hair dryer: check with the safety officer
  • Electric shaver and razors:  check with the safety officer
  • Fingernail/toenail clippers/nail file
  • Tweezers
  • Dental floss, sixinches long or less
  • Non-aerosol hairspray
  • Deodorant
  • Body spray, cologne or perfume in non-glass containers
  • Makeup in non-glass containers and without mirrors

Some items may be necessary for the patient to have even though these may present as potentially dangerous. The M.D. must write an order for the patient to be allowed to use these items.

If there are any questions about the appropriate items to pack, please contact the Admissions Department at 512-544-5253.

We’re Here to Help

Talking with one of our mental health professionals could help answer your questions and identify how we may be able to help you or your loved one. We offer no-cost, confidential assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 512-544-5253. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.