Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHS) supports an open visitation policy consistent with patient rights and promoting an exclusive culture and therapeutic partnership of patient, support person and healthcare team. CAVHS encourages a family member, friend, or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of a stay. The Medical Center allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient’s choice, unless the individual’s presence infringes of others’ rights, safety or the patient’s best interest.
A physician, provider or registered nurse may alter visitation and or the number of visitors if deemed in the patient’s best interest, as requested by the patient or to support the comfort and privacy needs of patients in multiple bed rooms. Visitors are responsible for supervision of children at all times while on Medical Center grounds.
Open visitation may be altered based on concerns for infections/pandemics and situations of facility or patient emergency.
Food and Beverages
Visitors may not provide food or beverages to patients without authorization from the patient’s registered nurse or provider. Visitors are encouraged to consume food or beverages in public lounges and canteen areas rather than in the patient’s room. No perishable food items should be stored in a patient’s room.
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.
Open Visitation Policy Exceptions
For the health and well-being of a patient, the attending physicianmy limit, restrict, or deny visitation. We apologized for any inconvenience when this occurs, and appreciate your understanding that it may be medcally necessary.