Visiting Hours - Lexington VA Health Care System
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Lexington VA Health Care System


Visiting Hours

General Guidelines
* We are encouraging our inpatients to identify one family member / friend to serve as their care partner (visitor), who can visit them during their hospitalization
        o Exceptions are only granted case-by-case basis for end of life visits
* Unless otherwise excepted, all care partners must meet our facility's curren't COVID-19 screening criteria and follow our current masking policy to enter our facility
* No care partners will be permitted to visit with COVID-19 positive patients
* Care partners are discouraged from bringing in items that are not essential to the care of the patient
* All visitors are not in the Veterans room, must wait in the Family Room (garage level A) to allow proper social distancing

Emergency Department - one care partner may accompany Veteran

Critical Care (6S ICU) - one care partner (between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) may visit the Veteran. No overnight visitation. Process for this area are as follows:
      o check-in at nurse station
      o sign in log
      o receive visitor sticker

COVID Unit - No care partners will be permitted. Visitation for end of life is decided on case-by-case basis. IF visitation is granged, care partners must follow all current masking and personal protection equipment (PPE) policies.

Acute Care Inpatient Units (5th floor, 3 South) - one care partner (between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.) may visit the VeteranProcess for this area are as follows:
      o check-in at nurse station
      o sign in log
      o receive visitor sticker
Surgery Patients

Outpatient Day Surgery (Veteran expected to be discharged home post-op)

  •  One adult care partner may come in with the Veteran, remain in the family room to receive post-op instruction and to drive Veteran home.

  • Care partners must pass our facility’s current COVID screening process

  • Care partners must follow our current masking and PPE policies

  • Care partners must follow directions from staff members

  • Care partners are restricted to the family area only and may not venture into other areas of our facility unless accompanied by staff

 Surgery with expected post-op admission or inpatient surgery

  • Day surgery policies apply while patient is in the OR for same day surgery Veterans

  • Current visiting policies of the post-op admission unit apply post-op

Hospice and Actively Dying Patients

  • Physician shall document -actively dying / imminent death- in patient chart

  • Immediate family members may visit at bedside

  • Reasonable restrictions may be placed by nursing and medical staff based on safety and other physical facility concerns. This included ages of visitors and number of visitors

  • Visitors shall follow all current facility masking and PPE policies

  • Visitors who do not pass our COVID screening process or are visiting COVID positive patients must seek permission / exception from medical and nursing staff on a case-by-case base.


  • Visitation hours will be Monday thru Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m. Hours may be expanded on a case-by-case basis. No visitors during lunch hour.

  • Visitations will be scheduled in advance by the resident’s care partner with the CLC for an appointment during visiting hours.

  • Visitation appointments will in 30-minute increments and back-to-back appointment slots will be allowed if times are available.

  • Visitation will occur by appointment, during visiting hours inside of building 27, on the basement floor, inside the recreation hall, behind the glass wall. More than one visitor will be permitted in the visitor’s lounge. Social distancing will be maintained; no visitors under the age of 18 are allowed.

  • Visitation will be limited to one visitor at a time during face to face visits on the unit for compassionate care hospice residents and be handled on a case-by-case basis.

  • All CLC visitors will be screened for COVID-19 on entry to bldg. 27 including a temperature check and known COVID-19 exposure within 14 days.

  • All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times, utilize appropriate hand hygiene before and after the visit and maintain six feet of distance from the resident and others.

  • Visitation will be limited to social interactions only. Specific medical questions can be answered with a telephone visit and will be coordinated through the nursing staff and medical provider team.

  • Surfaces will be cleaned by the VA staff after the visit is complete.

  • Visitation will not be allowed for residents during the 14-day observation (quarantine) period regardless of vaccination status.

 RRTP and 4 South - Not allowing any care partners to visit at present

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.