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Good Shepherd Continues to Raise the Bar on Quality of Life

Good Shepherd Nursing Home, a five-star healthcare provider recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best nursing homes, recently opened a new wing to serve growing numbers of people in need of rehabilitation and short-term care. The beautiful new unit makes it easier and more convenient for people to recover and return home after an accident, illness or surgery.

Nursing home Administrator Don Kirsch said Good Shepherd is probably best known for its long-term care. Readers of The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register recently named Good Shepherd the Ohio Valley’s #1 Nursing Home. “We’re honored to have the trust of Ohio Valley residents,” Mr. Kirsch said. He gave credit to the Good Shepherd staff for the excellent ratings. “They’re all very dedicated to the well-being and happiness of our residents and genuinely care about each of them,” he said.

The satisfaction of nursing home residents and their family members has led to increased demand for short term rehabilitation, including physical, occupational and speech therapy programs. “Our residents tell their families and friends about the quality of our staff and the excellent care they provide, and when they need therapy we’re the first call they make,” he said.

Good Shepherd offers physical, occupational and speech therapy to help people relearn the skills they may have lost because of a stroke, a fall or medical condition such as congestive heart failure, vascular disease or spinal stenosis. Rehabilitation involves working one-to-one with a physical, occupational or speech therapist, depending on the person’s needs. “Our therapists really get to know the person they’re working with, which makes it easier to encourage and motivate them,” Mr. Kirsch said.

The rehabilitation and short-term care programs are tailored to increase each person’s ability to function independently. “Over the last couple of years we’ve seen a big increase in the number of people going home after rehabilitation,” he said.

The nursing home is also in the process of converting an area that formerly served as the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity into 15 independent living apartments earmarked for spouses of nursing home residents. The sisters graciously moved into other quarters within the facility, he said. The $4.2 million dollar project will be completed within a few months.

In addition, construction has begun on a new $4.3 million Dietary Department designed to improve meal preparation and delivery. When these projects are complete, the total cost of renovations and improvements made to Good Shepherd in the past 20 years will exceed $17.5 million. “Our only goal is an improved quality of life for each of our residents,” Mr. Kirsch said.

Good Shepherd is part of a continuum of care offered by the Welty Home for the Aged Inc., a nonprofit organization. Welty offers independent living options such as the spacious, attractive Clara Welty Apartments and Bertha Welty Apartments on National Road in Wheeling’s Pleasant Valley neighborhood. These apartments were voted the #1 apartments by readers of The Intelligencer and the Wheeling News-Register.

The Welty properties also include Welty Home, a licensed assisted living facility designed to help people who need some assistance with daily living tasks. Welty Village, a new complex of 12 single-story courtyard homes for seniors who are able to live independently, is under construction and expected to open in fall 2015.

Located at 159 Edgington Lane in Wheeling, Good Shepherd Nursing Home is a private, nonprofit nursing home established in 1970 to provide long-term care and services to residents of West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle and contiguous counties in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.