VA Maine Healthcare System
It is the philosophy of the VA Maine Healthcare System that visitors are a valuable aspect of the healing environment. Therefore, unless otherwise specified VA Maine permits unrestricted visiting hours to family, significant others and friends. Visiting hours may be subject to change based on individual patient condition or upon patient/family request.
Food and Beverages
Special foods and beverages can be comforting to those in our facility. We do however ask that you check with the patient's nurse before bringing items in to ensure that they are appropriate for the patient's health goals.
Patients who wish to visit with their community clergy are welcome to do so at any time.
On rare occasions it may be necessary for the treatment team to restrict visitation to promote rest or decrease the spread of contagious illnesses. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will make every effort to minimize the need for restricted visitation.
To promote a healthy community and to prevent compromising the health of our patients and staff, we ask that friends and family with colds or flu symptoms do not visit the medical facility until their symptoms have resolved.
Intensive Care Units
Open visitation, no limits except by physician order or patient/family request. Please check in with nursing staff before visiting.
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.