Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Stonecrest Behavioral Health Hospital to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Stonecrest Behavioral Health Hospital.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Pet Therapy Program for Inpatient Treatment in Detroit, MI

Research over the years indicates that pet therapy can decrease stress, anxiety, and depression in clinical settings. StoneCrest Center offers pet therapy for patients of all ages as a joyful and meaningful way to treat a variety of behavioral health concerns.

StoneCrest Center’s pet therapy dog, Mr. Schultz III

What Is Pet Therapy?

Pet therapy was initially used to treat children in behavioral health settings. Treatment providers began using animal therapy to help adult and senior adult patients in a hospital environment in the 1970s, and this has become a popular form of experiential therapy in the 21st century. 

At StoneCrest Center, pet therapy is available to any patient who wishes to participate as long as a doctor provides permission. 

Our current program consists of one therapy dog, an Australian shepherd named Mr. Schultz III. Patients can request a visit from Mr. Schultz III, and he will be available to visit their room at designated times to offer comfort and promote positive reinforcement on the road to recovery. 

All pet therapy sessions are guided interactions arranged with the help of a pet therapy volunteer under the coordination of StoneCrest Center’s activity therapists.

Who It Helps

Pet therapy can have a positive effect on patients of all ages. Research shows that children have been able to undergo procedures such as MRIs without the use of anesthesia after participating in pet therapy. It can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke in some adult patients.

For individuals who are struggling with dementia, pet therapy has proved to improve mood, calm nerves, and lead to a decrease in behavioral concerns. 

Overview of Pet Therapy Benefits

While there are benefits to pet therapy that are more dependent on specific populations, this therapeutic programming also has more general benefits across all age ranges.

Participating in pet therapy can lead to: 

  • Boosts in assisted or independent movement 
  • An increase in verbal communication skills 
  • A reduction in feelings of aggression or anger 
  • Greater promotion of empathic feelings
  • More willingness to engage in other therapeutic activities
  • Development of broader social skills 

Pet therapy is an exciting opportunity to alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve a patient’s overall state of mind and spirit as they pursue recovery. StoneCrest Center is proud to offer this programming option to help our patients meet their treatment goals. 

what past clients say

My husband and I felt like we didn't know who our son was anymore because of how he was acting out at home and in school. After completing inpatient treatment at StoneCrest, he's stable, respectful, and the happy boy we knew him to be. Thank you StoneCrest!

– Parent of a former client
Marks of Quality Care
  • MPRO Governor's Award of Excellence 2017-2019
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation

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