Life Plan Community Visitation Guidelines

Life Plan Community Visitation Guidelines & Social Distancing Recommendations

Updated 3/24/2021

Residential Living

Apartment Building Guests

  • Guests are not required to register.
  • Limit outside visitors to four or less at a time.
  • Visitors will proceed directly to the apartment and not visit or engage with any other residents.

Cottage Residents Guests

  • Guests are not required to register.
  • Limit outside visitors to four or less at a time.
  • Visit outside, if possible, and maintain safe social/physical distancing at all times.
  • Guests must wear masks when on campus. There are no exceptions to this rule.


  • Visit with your guests outside whenever possible.
  • Outdoor social gatherings should be limited to groups of 10 people or less.
  • Maintain social/physical distancing guidelines of at least six feet at all times.


  • All guests must refrain from visiting, if they have a temperature above 99.9°, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or other COVID-19 related symptoms.
  • Anyone having had any possible exposure to COVID-19, must delay their visit.

Face Masks

  • All visitors, except those under two years of age, must remain masked at all times.
  • Face masks are mandatory for all residents and guests when in public spaces such as hallways, elevators, lobbies and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Maintain social distancing in your apartment and remain masked when visitors are present.

Common Areas

  • Apartment guests are not permitted in common areas or lounges.
  • Residents and guests should avoid contact with other residents during visits.

Off-Campus Visits/Trips

  • Limit off-campus visits to family members.
  • Make sure that you and your family wear a face mask when you are in public spaces or around people who do not live with you.
  • Always practice safe social/physical distancing.

Overnight Visitation

  • Cottage residents may host overnight visits with family members only.
  • Family members must be limited to two or less people.
  • Overnight guest(s) must register with the residential living wellness nurse prior to arrival.
  • Overnight stays are not permitted in the apartments.

Skilled Care Centers and Personal Care and Assisted Living Residences

Open Letter to SpiriTrust Lutheran® Family Members

At SpiriTrust Lutheran® we are happy to share some good news with you pertaining to the new federal guidelines regarding resident visitation that were released earlier this week. Upon learning this news, we immediately began implementing the guidelines at all six of our life plan communities. Because of these new guidelines, we are now permitted to resume scheduled visitations with our residents.

Visitations will be permitted EXCEPT in the following circumstances:

  1. Residents with confirmed COVID-19 infections will not be permitted to have visitors unless receiving end-of-life or compassionate care visitors
  2. Residents in quarantine will not be permitted to have visitors until they have met criteria for release from quarantine
  3. Unvaccinated residents, if the COVID-19 county positivity is greater than 10% and less than 70% of residents in the facility are fully vaccinated.

We will suspend visitation if there are positive cases of COVID-19 among residents or team members. We will continue to keep you informed of these situations and any impact they may have on visitation.

Visits must be scheduled in advance. They will be limited to two visitors for a period of one hour per visit. Please do not arrive unannounced as we will not be able to accommodate your visit without an appointment. This will help ensure all residents requesting a visit are able to receive one in a timely manner.

The Village at Gettysburg Visitation Scheduling Contacts
⇒ Personal Care: Nikki Richwine, 717.334.6404
⇒ Skilled Care: Linda Cooper/Jess Sheahan, 717.334.6204

The Village at Kelly Drive Visitation Scheduling Contact
⇒ Personal Care: Lauren Eriksen, 717.845.6606

The Village at Luther Ridge Visitation Scheduling Contacts
⇒ Personal Care: Amber Weaver, 717.264.5700
⇒ Skilled Care: Kayla Etter, 717.267.0677

The Village at Shrewsbury Visitation Scheduling Contacts
⇒ Personal Care: Jen Hartley, 717.227.3005
⇒ Skilled Care: Megan Barnish, 717.227.8501

The Village at Sprenkle Drive Visitation Scheduling Contacts
⇒ Assisted Living: Jennifer Bornschein, 717.764.9994, ext. 20599
⇒ Skilled Care: Vanessa Brown, 717.767.5404, ext. 20566

The Village at Utz Terrace Visitation Scheduling Contacts
⇒ Personal Care: Kris Martin, 717.637.0633
⇒ Skilled Care: Jess Schoenberger, 717.637.0633

Outdoor visitation is preferred when practical; however, indoor visits are permissible. For residents with a private room, the visitation will take place in the resident’s room. For residents with a semi-private room, the visitation will take place outside the room in a designated area. Staff and volunteers will guide residents and visitors to the appropriate area.

Visitors must adhere to the Core Principles of Infection Control including:

  1. Screening for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature screening, upon entry to the facility
  2. Commitment to hand hygiene using an alcohol-based rub
  3. Wearing a facemask or other appropriate covering over the nose and mouth while in the facility
  4. Adherence to all signage guidance and facility standards regarding infection control
  5. Physically distancing from all other residents, team members and volunteers while visiting.

Visitors and residents may have close contact – hugging, hand holding, touch – if the resident is fully vaccinated and wearing an appropriate, well-fitting face mask. Fully vaccinated as defined by CDC guidelines refers to a person who is greater than two weeks following the receipt of the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine. Proper handwashing or hand sanitizing must be performed prior to and following any touch.

If you are medically able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, please take advantage of their first opportunity to receive it. The more people who receive the vaccine, the closer we will be to achieving herd immunity and resuming life as we once knew it.

We remain grateful for the opportunity to care for your loved one and look forward to seeing you once again. Thank you and stay safe!