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

Bertha Welty Apartments

Welty Apartments

One- and two-bedroom apartments for seniors who can live independently but appreciate the comfort, beauty and security of Welty Apartments.

The Welty Apartments offer 94 one- or two-bedroom apartments in two buildings, the Clara Welty Apartments, and the Bertha Welty Apartments. The apartment buildings are situated within a city block of each other, near public transportation, churches, shopping and health services. Both are secure residences, accessible to residents through a key tag entry system.

Services & Amenities


  • Attractive, well designed living spaces
  • Friendly and considerate neighbors
  • Security. For residents’ safety and privacy, the buildings are accessible through a key tag entry system. Residents can admit their visitors without leaving their apartments thanks to an intercom and buzzer system.
  • Plenty of activities and excursions
  • Emergency assistance. Every apartment is equipped with emergency alert pull cords in the bathroom and bedroom; residents are also given emergency alert necklaces to wear if they choose.
  • Priority access to other Welty properties. If residents’ health status changes, they receive preference over other applicants at Welty Home, our assisted living residence, and at Good Shepherd, our long-term and skilled care center. 
  • Kind and helpful staff 
  • Free transportation to medical appointments, shopping and excursions.
  • Great location near public transportation, churches, shops and medical offices.
  • Housekeeping services
  • Beautifully landscaped grounds with outdoor furnishings that enable residents to gather and socialize
  • Chapels. Each building features a small chapel that provides frequent opportunities for residents to attend Mass. Residents are also invited to attend Mass celebrated at 8 a.m. daily at nearby Welty Home.

1-bed floorplan of a Welty Apartments unit.

Example 1-bedroom floorplan

2 bedroom floorplan of a Welty Apartments unit.

Example 2-bedroom floorplan

For information or to schedule a tour, call Betty Toland at 304.242.5820 or