Salem VA Medical Center
Visitors and visitation hours are generally unrestricted. Visitation guidelines apply to all Salem VAMC inpatient and outpatient settings.
We respect Veterans' rights by allowing a family member, friend, or other individual to be present for emotional support during the course of the Veteran's stay.
Children under the age of 12 are welcome as long as they remain under the supervision of an adult visitor. If an unattended child creates a safety violation, infection control concern, or a disburbance the charge nurse or Nursing Supervisor on Duty (NOD) may request the child be removed from the inpatient unit or medical center by the responsible parent or adult.
Restrictions may be imposed:
* By order of the treating physician due to the Veteran's medical condition, including conditions requiring isolation. Visitors will be asked to speak to the nursing staff for further precautionary instructions.
* During community outbreaks (e.g. the flu)
* When visitors have been exposed to or have signs or symptoms of cold or infectious disease.
Pets are not permitted at Salem VAMC, on grounds, or allowed to be left unattended in parked vehicles. Exceptions are Guide Dogs, Service Dogs, and residential or pet therapy animals.
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.