June 15, 2020
To All Family Members of Good Shepherd Nursing Home and Welty Home Residents;
On June 10, 2020, Governor Justice announced his plan to re-open nursing homes and assisted living facilities to limited visitation effective June 17, 2020. This visitation has limitations, such as the number of visitors allowed in a facility at one time, and that visitation is by appointment only. We understand that the last three months have been extremely difficult not only for our residents, but for each of you. Good Shepherd Nursing Home and the Welty Home have developed a plan to reunite our residents with you in the safest way possible.
The Social Services Department at Good Shepherd Nursing Home and representatives of the Welty Home will be coordinating with you to schedule appointments for visitation to begin June 17, 2020. We will be limiting visitation to two visitors for each resident at one time each day. Visitation will be limited to one hour. Good Shepherd Nursing Home has adjusted visiting hours from 11 am – 7 pm, which will ensure that all visitors will have exited the facility by 8 pm.
Visits will take place on the first floor of Good Shepherd Nursing Home and The Welty Home. At Good Shepherd, visitations will take place in the Herndon Courtyard, Sun Porch, the Chapel, The Activities Room, or the Meditation Room. This will keep all of you away from our residents’ living spaces, which we feel will keep our residents, staff and each of you as safe as possible.
The Welty Home visiting hours will be from 9 am until 4 pm. Visitors must exit the building by 5 pm. Visitations at the Welty Home will take place in the Chapel, Dining Room and Back Porch.
Both buildings will be opening our front doors for visitors only. We ask that you make your way to the main entrance after parking your car.
We will take each visitor’s temperature before he or she enters Good Shepherd or the Welty Home. In addition, we will ask the following questions:
Have you traveled outside of the country in the last 6 months?
Have you experienced any of the following signs or symptoms in the last 14 days?
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you will not be able to visit.
Once your screening has concluded, we will provide you with a mask and gown to wear at all times while in the facility and visiting your loved one. We are also asking that you refrain from brining in any packages, other than clothing, as we will not accept packages.
Good Shepherd Nursing Home and the Welty Home are eager to welcome you back. Thank you in advance for your willingness to follow our guidelines and precautions. Also, thank you for your patience with us over the past three months.
Donald R. Kirsch