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

Good Shepherd Nursing Home

Good Shepherd Nursing Home

Excellent long-term and skilled care to help residents realize their full potential.

  • Kind and caring staff work to promote the overall well-being of each resident
  • Nurses on duty in every unit around the clock
  • Healthy, delicious meals prepared fresh by our talented chefs
  • Daily Mass in our beautiful chapel
  • Private and semi-private rooms
  • Security
  • Beautifully landscaped courtyards and gardens
  • Daily activities and regular entertainment
  • Social workers who genuinely care about the welfare of our residents



  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy available in-house
  • Medical services provided in-house
  • Regular visits by medical specialists, including podiatrists and psychiatrists
  • Social workers on staff to assist residents and families
  • Pharmacy services are provided through the Wheeling Hospital Pharmacy and a fulltime staff pharmacist.
  • Transportation to medical appointments at no additional charge.
  • Housekeeping and laundry services

Religious Services

Catholic Services

Our resident chaplain, Rev. Paul Cabrita, S.M., celebrates Holy Mass every day in our beautiful chapel. Families and others are always welcome to attend.

  • Sunday Mass – 11:45 a.m.
  • Daily Mass – 11:55 a.m.

Extraordinary Ministers of Communion take the Holy Eucharist to residents’ rooms every day beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Anointing of the sick takes place quarterly. Our Chaplain is available to visit with any resident and family member who desires to see him.

Other Church Services

Protestant worship services are conducted by local ministers every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in our chapel. Families and others are welcome to attend.


  • Daily games, exercise classes, crafting and socials
  • Monthly candlelight dinners
  • Regular entertainment
  • Excursions to sporting events, music in the park and other events for residents who are able to travel    
  • Recreational materials including books movies, puzzles and games available for residents and families
  • Families are welcome to bring pets to visit residents in designated areas on our first floor. You must bring along a current copy of your pet's shot record.
A resident and staff members sit and enjoy each other's company in a hallway.
A resident in a wheelchair enjoys time outside with a friend among beautiful yellow flowers and greenery.

Private Events

Residents’ families may reserve the Activities Room for birthdays, anniversaries and other private events. Upon request, beverage service, dishware and paper products can be provided free of charge to residents and their families.


Private Events at Good Shepherd Nursing Home

Dining with Residents

Family and friends are welcome to join residents for a meal in the activities room or in their room for a nominal fee; please let the nurses on the resident’s floor know a day in advance.


Good Shepherd kitchen staff prepares meals for residents.