What to consider about visitors

Your loved one may or may not want to have visitors during his or her hospital stay. Respect your loved one's wishes about when he or she would like to see members of his or her care circle.

Each hospital has different visitor rules. Ask your loved one's health care team about rules for your area.

How to help your loved one

  • Limit visitors to no more than two at a time.
  • Limit visits to 10 to 15 minutes, unless you are just sitting with your loved one and not talking or doing an activity.
  • Keep your conversations brief and clear. Give just one piece of information at a time.
  • Speak slowly with a calm, quiet voice. Give your loved onetime to respond.
  • You may put up a few family photos in your loved one's room. Limit cards, balloons and flowers. Consider putting photos and cards in a small album.
  • Do not use your phone when your loved one is in the room. If you need to use your phone, go into the hallway.
  • If the room phone keeps ringing, talk with a nurse about options.
  • Keep the television, music and computer off unless you know your loved one enjoys it. Limit screen and music time to no more than 20 minutes.
  • Remove clutter in your loved one's room.
  • Check with staff before giving your loved one anything to eat or drink.
  • Share these tips with others who visit.
  • Talk with any member of your loved one's health care team if you have any questions or concerns.

Source: Allina Health Patient EducationUnderstanding Stroke, fifth edition, neuro-ahc-90662
Reviewed By: Allina Health Patient Education experts
First Published: 02/01/2006
Last Reviewed: 05/01/2018