- Coronavirus Information for Lifespan Patients Scheduled for an Appointment, Test or Procedure
- Information for Hospital Visitors
- Lifespan COVID-19 Vaccination Program
- COVID-19 Resources for Parents and Caregivers
- Community Help with Lifespan's COVID-19 Response
- Alternative Hospital Site at the Rhode Island Convention Center
- Coronavirus COVID-19 Information for Providers
Information for Hospital Visitors
In response to the number of COVID cases throughout Rhode Island Lifespan has implemented the following visitation policy at our acute care hospitals.
If your family member is COVID-positive, please consult with the care team.
Current Visiting Hours and Guidelines at Lifespan Hospitals and Offices
Choose a hospital or office below for specific guidelines and visiting hours.
Once in the Hospital
- A maximum of four people are allowed in an elevator. Please disinfect hands after pressing elevator buttons.
- Please go directly to the appropriate patient room and remain in the room for the duration of the hospital visit.
- You may be asked to leave at any time if safe social distancing guidelines can’t be met in the patient’s room, as some units have rooms with multiple patients in them.
- Please sanitize your hands when you enter the patient’s room, and when you exit at the end of the visit.
- Please practice safe distancing, by maintaining at least six feet between yourself and others, including staff and the patient you are visiting.
- The cafeteria is now open to visitors. Visitors must remain masked except when actively eating or drinking.
- Please understand that you are visiting the hospital at your own risk during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Thank you for helping us to provide the best care for your loved one during a hospital stay, and for keeping our community safe.
Care teams continue to encourage the use of devices such as smartphones and iPads to communicate with patients in lieu of in-person visits whenever possible. Lifespan can provide devices to use for virtual visits for patients who don't have them.
Support for Patients with Disabilities
When a support person is essential to care for a patient with a disability, including patients who have altered mental status, communication barriers, or behavioral concerns (such as patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, dementia, and/or behavioral health needs), accommodations for the patient will be made so that the patient can be visited or accompanied by a support person.
The support person must be at least 18 years of age and can serve as the primary communicator with hospital staff and provide informed consent when necessary to comply with the civil rights of patients with disabilities. A support person may include a family member, guardian, community support provider, peer support specialist, or personal care attendant. In some instances, there may be a need to permit two support people to ease the burden on any one individual.
Support persons are also encouraged to use remote visitation using telephones, tablets, and computers when appropriate. Please reach out to a patient’s care team with any questions.
Please Continue to Follow Safety Precautions.
Simple precautions remain the first line of defense against respiratory viruses. Lifespan urges the public to please continue to follow the usual guidelines:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if you’re unable to wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched frequently (e.g., phones, doorknobs).
- Stay home if you are sick.
Lifespan is committed to continually monitoring and evaluating the situation, and will continue to act in the best interest of our patients and employees. We thank our patients and their loved ones for their understanding as we work to ensure a safe environment for our patients and our workforce.