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Family and Guest Visiting

Our healthcare team understands that having family and friends around is important to the healing process. Your family is welcome anytime, but we do ask guests to follow the guidelines below.

All patients have the right to choose who may visit them during their stay, regardless of whether the visitor is a family member, a spouse, a domestic partner, including a same-sex domestic partner, or other type of visitor. They also have the right to withdraw such consent to visitation at any time.

When can guests visit?

IU Health Bedford Hospital encourages families to be involved in the healthcare of patients. General visiting hours are between 8 am - 8 pm. Visitation hours can vary for each hospital unit. Please check with nursing staff for appropriate visiting times.

Your care team members may occasionally change or restrict normal visiting hours in the interest of a patient’s health due to their condition, unit or scheduled procedures.

Can children come?

In general, it is a good idea to check with a guest relations team member before bringing a child as a visitor. Children younger than age 14 must be accompanied by an adult, other than the patient, at all times. Some units may require health screens or have other limitations on children visiting.

How do we make sure patients get the rest they need?

We want to make sure that all of our patients are able to rest. Please keep voices low. Guests may be asked to return at a later time if their behavior is disturbing other patients or making it difficult for the care team to take care of the patient.

If someone is sick, can they visit?

For your protection, people should not visit if they are sick, especially if they have a sore throat, cold or fever.

Is smoking allowed?

All IU Health facilities are smoke-free. For the safety of everyone, smoking is not allowed in any IU Health building or on the grounds.

What is the IU Health alcohol and drug policy?

All IU Health facilities are alcohol and drug-free.

What is the IU Health firearm policy?

It is the policy of Indiana University Health that no one, other than IU Health Security Officers or on-duty Law Enforcement Officers, carry or have in their possession a firearm or weapon while in a IU Health facility. Law enforcement officers should check in with IU Health Security if they plan to carry on premises.