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PAB

Manahawkin, NJ

#42 Jun 6, 2012
Spent last week at Carrier. Found the place to be dirty and basically unprofessionally run. The only positive thing I have to say is that the ECT worked.
learning to cope

Union, NJ

#43 Jun 8, 2012
Our son was there after a serious suicide attempt. The doctor he was assigned to spoke extremely fast and became annoyed if you asked him to speak more slowly. He made decisions as fast as he spoke, put my son on mega doses of meds and tried to talk us into ECT on the third day because "the medicine wasn't working". I know people who have had positive experiences there, they had a different doctor. If you have a loved one there, just try to be there as much as possible. If the staff see you involved they are more likely to respond to you, return your calls or if you're lucky speak slowly enough to be understood. Good Luck and God Bless all who have need to be involved with any inpatient facility.
Boo hoo

Brooklyn, NY

#44 Jun 16, 2012
For anyone one reading these posts take these people with a grain of salt. It is pretty obvious that none of you know how inpatient psych. Works. You are all clueless about the system. Number one, you all have a treatment team who works tirlessly for you and you were told this numerous times in community meetings you all know what the counselor says because they have you attend these sessions daily. Number two you should get to know your insurance coverage.When I was there several times due to depression I spoke with the finance person who explained it all to me...very helpful. Number three there are rules for a reason. There are people who go there for all different reasons so they lock the doors and limit visiting for our safety! While at times I did get annoyed with restrictions, the staff were able and WILLING to accomodatw me and my family. If you dont like it go somewhere else next time. Besides who ever really likes going into a institution anyway...its not going to be club med people but it certainely isnf One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest either. I hve had a great support staff who helped me because rhey told me NO when I needed it and pushed me to also focus on my treatment. They are the experts, and sometimes advice is not what you want to hear, but you have to do it to get better. So stop whining. It is one of the best places I have ever been at.
Surely

Brooklyn, NY

#45 Jun 16, 2012
Hey boo hoo
I was suprised too at the posts. I had two family members who were both at other facilities numerous times, and I have to say, they were both complimentarty about the place. They made complete turnarounds. I had no hope for either of them being as one is a terrible addict and the other has borderline personality. Very difficult to deal with. So on visiting hours i went to see one of them and was impressed. I mean it isn't the Waldorf but I thought it was appealing, and my relatives actually complained that the food was too good and they gained weight. I also understand that meds are changed frequently, but that it takes adjustments to get it right....whatever it worked for them, andthey were in it deep. I can say Carrier did miracles for my family members, and so the folks that work there have to be specially trained or else it would not be there. I am writing now and read the disturbing posts because I have a very close friend I was trying to get help for and they read the comments...it always seems that it is mostly the complainers who post..why when there is great places to get help?
Katie

Buckeye, AZ

#46 Jul 2, 2012
I lived in the children's wing for several months. It took a court order to remove me so I could escape the fate of children and teens who remain, ECT. Which, in some cases, is effective. I saw 8-16 year olds man. 8 year olds, man.
pissed off mom

Voorhees, NJ

#47 Jul 3, 2012
Worst place ever! My son went in on a voluntary commitment and was told he could leave anytime he wanted. As soon as he said he wanted to leave they got a judge to cotmmit him against his will. One doctor would tell him he could leave and then five minutes later they would change their mind. DO NOT let your family members in this place! I wish I had followed my gut instinct from the beginning. Stay away from Carrier!!!!!!!!
You have the right to tra

Somerville, NJ

#48 Jul 6, 2012
pissed off mom wrote:
Worst place ever! My son went in on a voluntary commitment and was told he could leave anytime he wanted. As soon as he said he wanted to leave they got a judge to cotmmit him against his will. One doctor would tell him he could leave and then five minutes later they would change their mind. DO NOT let your family members in this place! I wish I had followed my gut instinct from the beginning. Stay away from Carrier!!!!!!!!
While it is involved remember that if held involuntary you can ask for a transfer and they must comply. It is the law
You have the right to tra

Somerville, NJ

#49 Jul 6, 2012
Surely wrote:
Hey boo hoo
I was suprised too at the posts. I had two family members who were both at other facilities numerous times, and I have to say, they were both complimentarty about the place. They made complete turnarounds. I had no hope for either of them being as one is a terrible addict and the other has borderline personality. Very difficult to deal with. So on visiting hours i went to see one of them and was impressed. I mean it isn't the Waldorf but I thought it was appealing, and my relatives actually complained that the food was too good and they gained weight. I also understand that meds are changed frequently, but that it takes adjustments to get it right....whatever it worked for them, andthey were in it deep. I can say Carrier did miracles for my family members, and so the folks that work there have to be specially trained or else it would not be there. I am writing now and read the disturbing posts because I have a very close friend I was trying to get help for and they read the comments...it always seems that it is mostly the complainers who post..why when there is great places to get help?
Look up reviews for four winds and silver hill. You will find that there are almost no complaints. Speaks volumes
Nightmarish

Somerville, NJ

#50 Jul 7, 2012
Comments keep getting pulled. If you are declared involuntary and can't leave this god awful place demand to be transferred. It is your legal right. From there you can either find the help you need or a way home. They deny this is a right. Do not believe it. Contact an attorney if need be, or department of social services for free help. Do not believe anything else. The involuntary applies to leaving not transferring
Appalled

Somerville, NJ

#51 Jul 9, 2012
Do not even consider this place until you take a tour of the acute care unit. If your loved one has suffered a trauma the shared gender hall bath, constant urine smell, allowance of other patients to cross people's space "because they are harmless" and general run down condition and lack of structure are very reminiscent of a time we all hoped didn't exist anymore
Carrier Patient

Quakertown, PA

#52 Aug 4, 2012
I was at Carrier for nine days for severe depression. I did get better because I had a good doctor and nurse. However I had some secondary health issues that were not taken care of in a prompt and compassionate manner. I would have been better off in a regular hospital. Carrier no longer has an onsite lab. My unit was very dirty, with old medical equipment and beds. Flies bit me at night. Smoking was prevalent and was done right next to the building. The pharmacy messedf up on one of my meds and I got sick. Instead of spending their profits on solar panels they may want to consider renovating the interior. Despite this, I got better due to my excellent doctor, nurse and fellow patients. The group therapies were very disorganized but I got some good support from the others that were in my shoes
Carrier Patient Part 2

Hoboken, NJ

#53 Aug 21, 2012
Even though I liked my doctor and nurse, it turns out I was completely over medicated by Carrier. When I relapsed in my depression two days later I went to an actual, real hospital where I got excellent care. Now I perceive Carrier as a waste of my time. When I wrote the first post, I thought I had gotten better but that was not the case.
A Shame

Hillsborough, NJ

#54 Aug 21, 2012
Had been the country club of hospitals until managed care. With the finest physicians. and clean facilities. Comments about Acute Care Unit correct. Shame.
Marie

AOL

#55 Sep 9, 2012
MY FATHER WAS A PATIENT THERE FOR FOUR DAYS. PLEASE THINK VERY CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU PUT A LOVED ONE IN THAT PLACE! MY FATHER HAS DEMENTIA AND WHEN WE WOULD GO VISIT HE WOULD BE IN A LOUNGE CHAIR IN THE WAITING ROOM. HE ALWAYS LOOKED SO UNCOMFORTABLE. ONE TIME MY SISTER ASKED IF HE COULD BE PUT IN BED AND WAS TOLD "ARE YOU GOING TO WATCH HIM, BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH STAFF TO DO THAT". REALLY? I WILL BET ANYTHING THAT MY FATHER STAYED IN THAT LOUNGE CHAIR 24 HOURS A DAY. I THINK IF YOU ARE ABLE TO SPEAK UP FOR YOURSELF, YOU MIGHT BE TREATED BETTER, HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE LIKE MY DAD, YOU DIDN'T STAND A CHANCE.
WE HAD ASKED IF WE COULD COME DAILY TO FEED HIM (BECAUSE THEY DON'T FORCE FEED, IF A PATIENT SAYS NO, THEN THEY DON'T EVEN TRY!) MY FATHER WOULD EAT WELL WHEN MY MOTHER WOULD FEED HIM, PUT THEY WOULD NOT GIVE US PERMISSION TO COME IN, OTHER THAN THE STATED TIMES AND DAYS!
ON THIS ONE DAY HE WAS SITTING IN THE CHAIR WITH SOMEONE ELSES DIRTY SHIRT ON, EVEN THOUGH WE BROUGHT HIM PLENTY OF HIS OWN CLOTHES. MY MOTHER TOLD THE STAFF TO TAKE THAT OFF OF HIM AND PUT HIS OWN CLEAN SHIRT ON. THAT TOOK AT LEAST 15 MINUTES BEFORE SOMEONE HELPED US REMOVE THAT SHIRT.
WE ALSO WERE TOLD THAT AFTER SO MANY DAYS WE WOULD HAVE A MEETING WITH THE PSYCHIATRIST. HE WAS GOING TO EVALUATE THE MEDS MY DAD WAS ON AND THEN TALK TO US. THAT NEVER HAPPENED. MY FATHER WAS READMITTED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH PNEUMONIA!! THE CARDIOLOGIST TOLD US THAT THIS PNEUMONIA HAPPENED AT CARRIER, MOST PROBABLY DUE TO AN ASPIRATION OF FLUIDS. I
I COULD GO ON, BUT I WILL JUST SAY THAT I WOULDN'T WANT MY DOG TO GO THAT PLACE.
TSM

Linden, NJ

#56 Oct 6, 2012
I had been in Carrier back in the 90's and it was a great hospital. I recommended it to my brother for addiction and now I am scared to let him go there after reading the reviews.
Toberz

Westwood, NJ

#57 Oct 18, 2012
I came home so drugged that I could not return to work and they want me to retire there because I have missed so many days. I have had to go to my family doctor to reduce the medication so that I can function. The doctor at Carrier that I saw seems to want to diagnose everyone with depression so that he can do ECT. I am not depressed. I suffer from anxiety disorder. I loved the staff, however. The nurses were kind and attentive, for the most part (Debra should learn not to ask personal questions during visiting times in front of a room full of unknown people!). I was in the OAU (older adult unit) and felt comfortable and accepted. I did see the psychiatrist everyday, though for only a few minutes. I did not feel that he listened well to me. He seemed to have formed an opinion and I guess I was to fit this. I felt they did everything possible to keep the unit clean. The food was barely edible, though there was plenty of it. The unit secretary and a few nurses seem to think they run the place with arbitrary rules that change on a whim. The social worker was extremely helpful in putting me in touch with resources near home.
Toberz

Westwood, NJ

#58 Oct 18, 2012
The adults in the OAU who were not active were placed in beds or chairs in a room and never seemed to get out of them. They spent the whole day watching TV or sleeping or listening to music from the 40s or 50s and were not encouraged to move. There was little for them to do. I would not want any of my older relatives to spend any time there. I saw one assistant slap a patient twice, but to Carrier's credit, I never saw her again. The whole unit was severely understaffed. There were some patients who needed one-on-one care, so this took up assistants who could have been engaging the patients in more active pursuits. Those of us who were active frequently had to wait for care at night when the shortage was most acute.
One substitute for the doctor who was on leave, Lynette, made several mistakes that I heard about and I wonder how many that I did not hear about. She neglected to give orders for a medication that was necessary. A few people were yelling for the nurses to contact her. Not good.

The group sessions were wonderful for the active adults, except for Janine's, which were totally unplanned. I loved the sessions with Nicole, Krista, and Kristin and felt they were very beneficial.
andrea h

Jersey City, NJ

#59 Nov 11, 2012
I hv been to carrier a couple times nd I liked it. Wut makes the program are the other clients. And I met some great ppl who helped me. Some nurses take way to long to give out meds but others are great. Some social workers suck the only good ones are Rodney and Jim. And some of the MHA's are great cuz they went through wut we did. Were able to smoke wen we won't but we hv a lot of groups during the day to keep u busy. If I had to I would definitely recommend this place to other ppl
Toberz

Westwood, NJ

#60 Nov 29, 2012
I had a great start at Carrier. I was able to face some of my demons so that I could make good choices when I returned home. The other patients were of great help to me. I cannot speak more highly of the social worker that I saw who was understanding and supportive. She gave me many resources in my community. I was not thrilled with the psychiatric help, since it was only medication monitoring and much of this was based on the reports from the staff, not his evaluation. I have been able to find a social worker in my area who seems to be able to help me. I liked the place. It was comforting and caring.
Amanda

Hillsborough, NJ

#61 Dec 31, 2012
Carrier is under new management now! Those who didn't have bad experiences probably had a few of the people that worked there with hearts. The adolescent unit while I was there was incredibly unprofessional. Being 16 and being severely depressed surrounded by neglectful professionals can be traumatic when you don't know when you're getting out. They kept telling me "three more days. " I stayed about a month and came out over medicated, traumatized, dehumanized, completely debilatated, and home to a family who also accused me of complaining. Tell me why I have been diagnosed by three different professionals with complex PTSD, all of whom have heard of this place to be a nightmare ? People who go there are mentally ill, need actual care and SHOULD complain when not getting it.

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