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West Palm Beach VA Medical Center

 

Visiting Hours

We encourage our Veterans to have visitors.  Visitors can be family, friends, or any person who plays a significant role in the patient's life. Competent patients are given the freedom to choose their visitors and extended visiting privileges may be granted at the discretion of the healthcare team. Visitors and children are welcome unless they are ill or have been exposed to a contagious disease.
 
Many of our rooms are not private rooms, please be considerate to those sharing a room with your loved one while you are visiting.
 
Children under 15 should remain under adult supervision at all times and be free of obvious infection when visiting patients.

Visitors will be asked to leave a patient's room during patient care treatments to maintain patient privacy.

Visiting Hours

Regular visiting hours for the medical center are  9:00 A.M.. to 9:00 P.M., seven days  a week for all person(s) other than relatives and significant others.

Family and significant others of all patients are permitted visitation 24 hours a day seven days a week.
All visitors must sign in with the VA Police, present appropriate identification, and indicate the name of the patient he/she will be visiting.

Medical and Surgical Units
 9:00 A.M.. - 9:00 P.M.. daily
 *Anytime for seriously ill patients

Intensive Care Units
To be determined by the nursing staff and the condition of the patient.

Nursing Home/Extended Care Unit
We encourage our Veterans to have visitors.  Visitors can be family, friends, or any person who plays a significant role in the patient's life. Competent patients are given the freedom to choose their visitors and extended visiting privileges may be granted at the discretion of the healthcare team. Visitors and children are welcome unless they are ill or have been exposed to a contagious disease.
 
Many of our rooms are not private rooms, please be considerate to those sharing a room with your loved one while you are visiting.
 
Children under 15 should remain under adult supervision at all times and be free of obvious infection when visiting patients.

Visitors will be asked to leave a patient's room during patient care treatments to maintain patient privacy.

Blind Rehabilitation
 Monday and Tuesday 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
 Thursday and Friday 3:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
 Saturday and Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M.

Mental Health Service
Relatives or significant others of current patients are authorized visitation based on the treatment schedule.

Day of Surgery
Relatives and individuals designated by the patient may visit on the day of surgery as determined by the unit nursing staff.
Things to Know

Food and Beverages
Visitors may not bring food or beverages to patients without authorization from unit physicians or nurses.

Children Under 15 Years of Age
Children under the age of 15 will be accompanied by an adult who will assume responsibility for their actions. The visits are approved and scheduled.  Drop in visits may not be able to be accommodated on a unit. The needs of neighboring patients will be respected.

Exceptions
For the health and well-being of a patient, the attending physician may limit, restrict, or deny visitation. We apologize for any inconvenience when this occurs, and appreciate your understanding that it may be medically necessary.
Nursing Home Care Unit: Community Living Center (CLC) has unlimited visitation permitted from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M., including healthy children over the age of 15. Visitation outside the regular visiting hours in the NHCU can be made by contacting the Nurse Manager or designee in charge.

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.