Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, Christiana Care is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Friday, Jan. 18. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services. We began restricting visitors under the age of 16 years in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Women’s and Children’s areas on Jan. 18.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, Christiana Care está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 18 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios. Comenzamos la restricción de visitas a menores de 16 años en nuestra Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Neonatales (NICU) y en las áreas para Mujeres y Niños desde el 18 de enero.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Patient & Visitor Guide

Visiting a Patient

Visitors are welcome 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visits from family members, friends and clergy are an important part of healing. Our welcome and visitor guidelines, developed with our Patient and Family Advisory Council, promote a safe, restful environment for our patients.

Quiet Hours

Hospital Quiet Hours are 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. If you are visiting a patient during Quiet Hours, please request a visitor badge at the hospital’s front desk. During Quiet Hours, we encourage patients and visitors to use low voices, place cell phones on vibrate and use headphones when watching TV.

Help Your Loved One Heal

Thank you for partnering with us to help your loved one heal by considering the following guidelines:

  • Help us keep a quiet, healing atmosphere by speaking softly and avoiding unnecessary noise.
  • Wash your hands when you arrive and before you leave—we don’t want you to take any germs with you.
  • Please don’t come to visit if you feel sick.
  • Please respect the nurses’ instructions as they work to do what is best for both you and your loved one.
  • Ask your loved one how long they may want you to stay. Our patients tell us that sometimes they feel overwhelmed and just want rest. On the other hand, don’t assume that your loved one would prefer to not have visitors. Talk to them to see what they want and need.
  • In rooms where there is more than one patient, staff will consider the needs of both patients. We recommend only two visitors at a time for each patient.
  • Ask a nurse if flowers, food or drink are permitted in your loved one’s room. For safety reasons, only mylar balloons (no latex) are permitted in the hospital.
  • If a member of the care team arrives, ask your loved one if they would prefer that you step out of the room.
  • Please know that a visit may not be possible because of a patient’s condition or treatment.
  • Visitors are not limited or denied visitation rights on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation or disability.
  • “Family” means any person who plays a significant role in an individual’s life such as spouses, domestic partners/civil unions, significant others (of both different and the same sex), and other individuals not legally related to the patient but deemed as family by the patient. “Family” also includes a minor patient’s parents, regardless of the gender of either parent.

Is It OK for Children to Visit?

  • Children can be a welcome distraction for an ill loved one, but they can tire a patient out very easily. All children must be supervised by an adult and cannot be left alone with the patient. Please keep an eye on young children.
  • Make sure your children know what to expect. They may feel scared while here visiting your loved one and see and hear things they do not understand. A hospital can be a scary place when you do not know what is going on, no matter what your age.
  • Don’t let your child crawl on the floors or carpets. We work hard to keep things neat and clean, but germs can hang around, and children can easily get sick.
  • Visitors staying overnight must be at least 18 years old.

To protect the health of you and your loved one, some areas of the hospital may have additional guidelines about visiting a patient. Please ask the nurse caring for your friend or loved one if there are any special guidelines you need to follow.