Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
Visitors of inpatients are encouraged to visit the hospital during established visiting hours. These visiting hours are posted throughout the hospital. Visiting hours may be changed for public health and/or other reasons at the discretion of the hospital administration.
Visiting Hours - General
|Hospital||1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday to Saturday|
|Community Living Center||11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Sunday to Saturday|
|GRECC||11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday to Saturday|
|Domiciliary||1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sunday to Saturday|
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Friday
10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday to Sunday
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Visitors are considered to be relatives, significant others, as well as friends. The definition of “visitor” should be centered on patient preferences and values, allowing patients themselves to determine whom they wish to consider visitors.
Visiting Hours - Exceptions
- Visits to individual patients may be limited or prohibited for therapeutic reasons. Visitors should be instructed to call the ward staff prior to visiting to see if there are any limitations.
- Children under 15 years of age normally are not permitted to visit on ward areas unless accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed on Ward 78G, Acute Inpatient Mental Health Unit, except by special permission from the unit staff.
- Other hours for visitation can be arranged as necessary if the patient's provider and/or the Nurse Manager determine it would be in the patient's best interest. Providers and/or the Nurse Manager may limit visits if the patient's status warrants.
- To protect patients from illness, visitors with colds, flu, or other contagious diseases are discouraged, and may be prohibited from visiting.
- Visitors who bring items/packages to patients on all units may be subject to a search of the items/packages before entering the unit.
- All visitors are subject to being asked for identification and the purpose of their visit in order to support a safe environment.
VA General Visitation Policy
The medical center respects the patient's right to make decisions about his or her care, treatment and services, and to involve the patient's family in care, treatment, and services decisions to the extent permitted by the patient or surrogate decision-maker. "Family" is defined as a group of two or more persons united by blood, or adoptive, martial, domestic partnership, or other legal ties. The family may also be a person or persons not legally related to the individual (such as significant other, friend or caregiver) whom the individual considers to be family. A family member may be the surrogate decision-maker, as defined in VHA Handbook 1004.02, if authorized to make care decisions for the individual, should he or she lose decision-making capacity or choose to delegate decision making to another. The medical center allows a family member, friend or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of stay. The medical center allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on other's rights or safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. The individual may or may not be the patient's surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative. The hospital prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.