How Patients Live at State Hospital

February 12, 1914

Note: This is only half the article. The first half is supposed to be on page 1, but despite what the paper says, the other half of the article seems to be completely missing.

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go to the basement, where slippers are changed for shoes or boots and overalls put on to protect their clothing. Other patients are appropriately clothed for their respective duties. At 11:30 the patients return from their work, wash their faces and hands and change their clothing, if necessary, before dinner. Promptly at five minutes to twelve the bugle is sounded and the patients march to dinner, returning three-quarters of an hour later to their respective cottages in like manner as at breakfast. After a short rest they again return to their prescribed tasks. Those patients who are too feeble mentally and physically to be employed in any way are taken in the summer to the cool shady grove near the Hospital, and in the winter for short walks.

At 5.30 o’clock during the summer and at 5 the winter months the patients return from their work and make some changes in their toilet in preparation for supper as they did for the other meals. After supper is over the patients return to their cottages and indulge in various games and music until 8 o’clock.

(It is not all work and no play at Springfield, however, for, aside from the ordinary forms of amusement, the institution furnishes dances, moving pictures, amateur theatricals, picnics in the grove, various forms of athletic sports, such as baseball, basketball and soccer, and on holidays competitive games are held on the athletic field. Religious services are also held every Sunday by ministers of various denominations.)

At 5:30 tattoo is sounded and the patients go to the dormitories and prepare for the night. At 9 0’clock taps is sounded, all unnecessary lights are distinguished and the patients are then turned over to the care of the night nurses.

“The average patient after passing through a day so replete with activity and interest goes to sleep and, on waking the next morning, feels refreshed and benefited.”

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