Patients & Families


For Your Visitors

Montefiore encourages and promotes patients’ families and/or significant others’ participation in patient care, and respects patients’ rights to receive visitors and decide who may or may not visit.

As an inpatient, you may have a family member, friend or individual of your choosing present for emotional support during your stay, unless the individual’s presence interferes with other patients’ rights and safety, or is medically or therapeutically inadvisable. This individual may or may not be your surrogate decision maker or legally authorized representative.

There may be times when special circumstances necessitate the restriction or curtailment of visiting. However, visitation will never be denied based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

If you have any questions or concerns about your visitors, please speak to your nurse.

Visitor Guidelines

  1. Plan to visit during regular visiting hours.
  2. No more than two visitors are allowed at each bedside.
  3. Smoking is prohibited.
  4. Children under 12 years of age must be given special permission by the nurse in charge to visit the particular unit.
  5. Children, for their safety, need to:
    • Be always under adult supervision and exhibit quiet, calm behavior.
    • Be well and healthy.
    • Limit their visiting time.
    • Visit in a designated area, if asked.
  6. Protect and respect the privacy of all patients.
  7. Safeguard your valuables.
  8. Be sensitive to the patient’s condition (and his or her roommate’s) and limit your visit accordingly.
  9. Speak quietly and help limit noise.
  10. Do not bring any electrical appliances into the hospital.
  11. Check whether cell phone use is permitted in your area. Use of cell phone cameras is strictly prohibited in the hospital.
  12. Follow staff instructions in times of emergency or special alert.
  13. Be aware that Montefiore reserves the right to inspect bags and packages being brought in or removed from the hospital.

To protect our patients, we request that you do not visit if you are feeling ill.  Please discuss any restrictions or special requests with our nursing staff.  For security reasons children are not allowed to leave their unit, not even with their parents, until they are released from the hospital.  

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