Boise VA Medical Center
Visiting HoursTo protect our Veterans and Staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Boise VAMC has in place temporary restrictions for patient visitors to all care locations consistent with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
As the COVID-19 status continues to evolve, visitor restrictions are subject to change. The updated Boise VAMC Visitation Policy for Inpatient Units are:
- Do not visit if you are sick.
- Visitors with COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to enter the facility and will be asked to return home or seek medical attention. Symptoms include:
- Respiratory symptoms of cough, wheeze, shortness of breath, or congestion
- Fever, chills, or muscle aches
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- New loss of taste or smell
- Close contact with COVID-19 infected person
- Visitors are limited to only those essential for the patient’s physical or emotional well-being and care (e.g., care partners).
- One visitor per patient at a time and must restrict their visit to only the patient’s room or other area designated by the facility.
- No visitors under 18 years of age.
- Every person must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before entering the hospital.
- Persons inside the hospital are required to wear a face covering that covers both mouth and nose.
- No visitors are permitted for Veterans who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or pending a test result for COVID-19.
- No visitors will be allowed in the Community Living Center (CLC) except under special circumstances approved by the CLC Director.
Visiting Hours and Policies
Visiting hours are based on the needs of the patient, and visitors are encouraged to discuss any special visiting needs with the unit's head nurse. Whenever possible and medically appropriate, the nurse will coordinate special visiting arrangements to meet patient and family needs.
Number of Visitors
A patient may receive no more than two visitors at a time.
Food and Beverages
Visitors may not bring food or beverages to patients without authorization from unit physicians or nurses.
Children Under 12 Years of Age
Children under 12 may not visit inpatients. Unless otherwise specified by a physician or charge nurse, inpatients may visit with younger children in the waiting rooms provided by the elevator lobbies.
In extreme circumstances, children under 12 may visit with the permission of the physician and the charge nurse. An adult must accompany children at all times.
Members of the clergy are welcome to visit patients who are members of their particular religious group at any time at the discretion of the unit physicians or nurses.
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.
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.