May 27, 2020
A message to our Community,

Last week, Governor Justice contacted the West Virginia Healthcare Facility Licensing Agency, assigning them the task of beginning to develop a future plan to ease visitation restrictions for WV Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities.

Today, I was part of the first in a series of statewide conference calls to introduce this subject to all stakeholders.  On the conference call were representatives of our licensing agency, the WV Bureau of Public Health, senior advocates, and eldercare facility administrators throughout West Virginia.

The Licensing Agency stated at the onset that Governor Justice has absolutely no date in mind to begin to ease restrictions, which would allow the public to reenter eldercare facilities in West Virginia to visit their loved ones.  His only request of the group was to begin to develop a plan to ease restrictions once he decided that it was acceptable to determine a date to start the process.  The decisions to adopt a plan and implement a plan to ease restrictions are not up to each facility.  These decisions remain solely with the Governor.

We understand that this has been a difficult time for our residents, their family members and our staff.  Separation from loved ones in terrible – but restricting visitation so far has enabled us to protect our residents against the coronavirus.  The health and safety of residents and staff are our top priorities.

I will continue to update you, as I know more information. Thank you for your prayers and your patience.


Donald R. Kirsch

About Welty

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The non-profit Welty Corporation operates a continuum of senior living options that discerning seniors need and want. This includes comfortable, maintenance-free units in Clara Welty Apartments, Bertha Welty Apartments, Welty TownHomes, and Braddock Apartments. These properties are designed for people who want to live independently but appreciate the added measures of comfort and security Welty can provide. 

For seniors who need some help in managing daily living tasks there is the Welty Home, which consists of 52 lovely assisted living suites in a distinctive mid-century modern building. Welty Home is in the same neighborhood as Welty Apartments and Welty TownHomes, within an easy walk of churches, shopping and restaurants.

Finally, Welty operates Good Shepherd Nursing Home, a five-star establishment that offers quality long-term and skilled nursing care. Good Shepherd also provides short-term physical, occupational and speech therapy to help patients recover after surgery, an accident or illness.

For information about any Welty property call 304.242.1093.