Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System
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.
If you are unable to visit a patient personally, you may call the patient or send a card or gift.
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 physician may limit, restrict, or deny visitation. We apologized 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.