Safety is our priority

Safety is our priority

It’s more important than ever for our senior communities and the people we serve to feel safe and have peace of mind. Safety precautions and vaccination efforts are in place in all of our care settings to protect residents, clients, employees and our communities.

View the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated nursing home visit guidelines.

As our locations reopen to visitors, we’re still following important safety guidelines. With dedicated staff and precautions you can trust, rest assured knowing it’s safe to receive care, housing and services at the Good Samaritan Society.

Learn more about our COVID-19 resources and vaccination efforts.

Safety precautions for our locations and home-based services

Infection control
Our locations are taking extra precautions and following infection control protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These guidelines include practicing good hand hygiene, wearing face masks, using alcohol-based sanitizer and frequently cleaning surfaces.

We’re working with federal pharmacy partners and state departments of health to get COVID-19 vaccines to those who are eligible. These partnerships help us effectively distribute and administer the vaccines to staff and residents. In addition, we require flu vaccines for employees and make them available to residents and clients.

COVID-19 testing
We work closely with state and local health departments to follow guidelines for testing residents and employees.

We’ve designed a system to help our staff know the health status of each resident in our locations. This allows staff to follow proper precautions for symptom-free residents and those who are being tested or are positive for COVID-19.

Staff precautions
Staff members are screened daily, monitor their health and stay home if they feel sick or have symptoms. We are following CDC guidelines for using personal protective equipment and face masks are required. When possible, we designate staff to work in one area of a building to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Group gatherings and outings
Residents practice social distancing during dining hours, social activities and events by staying six feet apart. We encourage residents to wear masks as an extra precaution. For outings, we’re following state and local guidance to ensure safety. Residents are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing when participating in group activities, during mealtimes and when leaving their homes.

Social interaction and activities
We’re reopening amenities and services such as dining, activities and wellness programs.

Tours and moving in
We’re staggering tours and move-in dates and times to maintain social distancing. Virtual tours are available as a contact-free alternative to learn more about our communities.

Home-based services
In addition to following the relevant precautions listed above, our home-based staff delivers care and services at a distance of six feet when possible. We follow CDC guidelines for using personal protective equipment and organize staff work schedules to ensure there is little to no risk of virus transmission between staff and clients.


To protect our residents, we implemented visitor restrictions early in the COVID-19 pandemic. While safety remains our priority, the precautions we’re taking allow us to have in-person visits. We offer indoor and outdoor visits, virtual visits, compassionate care visits and, in some states, welcome essential caregivers.

Safe visit requirements:

  • Before each visit, guests are screened for symptoms and potential exposure to COVID-19.
  • Visitors are required to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times.
  • Visitors are required to wash or sanitize their hands before their visit.
  • Our preferred option is to hold visits outside.
  • Visitors should maintain a distance of at least six feet from staff and other residents.

If you would like to visit one of our locations but are unable to follow these requirements, we ask that you please schedule a virtual visit or window visit instead. Learn more about visitation guidelines at the Good Samaritan Society or browse our frequently asked questions below.

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ

  • Do the safe visit requirements apply across all care and service settings?

    The safe visit requirements are mandatory in all skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes). If you would like to visit a loved one in an assisted living or independent living apartment, please call the location to ask about their visitation guidelines.

  • What is a compassionate care visit?

    Compassionate care visits are unrestricted visits allowed for a resident’s physical, social or spiritual well-being. This type of visit is not limited to end-of-life situations and may be accommodated for a variety of reasons.

  • How do I schedule a visit with my loved one in a nursing home or assisted living location?

    If you have questions, please contact the location directly to schedule a visit.

  • How can I connect with my loved one when it’s not safe for in-person visits?

    Please contact your local Good Samaritan Society location to set up a virtual visit or window visit. We are here to help you stay connected with your loved one, even if you are unable to do so in-person. Find a Good Samaritan Society location.

  • What can I do to help keep in-person visits open?

    You can do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene, social distancing, staying home when you’re sick and getting the vaccine when it’s available to you. Please follow our safe visit guidelines to help protect our residents and employees from getting COVID-19 during a visit.

  • Can long-term care residents have off-site visits?

    Any interaction with members of the community can potentially expose a resident to COVID-19. Please read our safe outing guidelines to learn how to stay safe away from your Society location. These recommendations will help protect our residents and staff.

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