Boise VA Medical Center
To 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.
Overview of current visitation guidelines:
- Visitors will not be allowed in an outpatient or nursing home setting unless the patient is at the end of life. Patients at the end of life may have two visitors 18 years or older per day. Both visitors may be present with the patient at the same time. Visitors may also be allowed in the outpatient or nursing home setting when allowed by staff on that department.
- One visitor, of at least 18 years of age, is permitted per patient in the outpatient setting if the visitor is deemed “essential” i.e. needed for mobility assistance, communication, disabilities, etc.
- No visitors will be allowed under any circumstances if the visitor has:
- Symptoms of an active infection to include but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea).
- Positive COVID-19 test and is still within the quarantine period.
- Household member or other close contact with a COVID-19 infected person.
- Visitors under the age of 18 are not allowed, except in situations where the patient is the child’s caregiver and prohibiting the child from accompanying the patient would negatively impact the patient’s ability to receive medical care. All children 2 years of age and older must wear a mask upon entry to the building.
- No visitors are permitted for Veterans who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or pending a test result for COVID-19, unless in end of life situations.
- All Visitors must self screen at entrance(s) to any BVMAC facility.
- All visitors must always be correctly masked by covering the nose and mouth, comply with physical distancing and perform hand hygiene. Failure to comply will result in being asked to leave the facility.
- Inpatient visitors must contact the unit to schedule visitation prior to visiting. Visitors must check in at the nurses’ station to complete a secondary COVID screening process prior to entering the patient’s room.
- Visitors are only allowed in the patient room or other permissible area in which the patient they are visiting is located. (no wondering the facility)
- Visitors that do not follow BVAMC visitation procedures, will be escorted from the facility and not be allowed to visit.
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.
Food and Beverages
Visitors may not bring food or beverages to patients without authorization from 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.