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

Short-term Therapy


A physical therapist supports a patient while she lifts herself out of a therapy machine.

Today fully 15 to 20 percent of Good Shepherd residents are short-term patients who chose Good Shepherd to provide intense therapy. 

Our excellent therapy programs help people regain their independence after an illness, stroke, heart attack, joint replacement, other surgery, or injury that leaves them unable to return home immediately. Services include:

  • physical therapy
  • occupational therapy and
  • speech therapy.

Therapy at Good Shepherd is provided by Absolute Rehabilitation and Consulting of Ohio, a highly respected treatment team that works with Good Shepherd’s own staff of healthcare professionals. This interdisciplinary approach is designed to provide aggressive, comprehensive therapy programs designed to return short-term patients and long-term residents to their highest levels of functioning.

In the past year, 94 people stayed at Good Shepherd for short periods of time ranging from a couple of weeks to several months to receive therapy before returning home.