The Good Samaritan Society, a Lutheran Social Service Organization, is a not-for-profit, registered charity with over 65 years of experience providing specialized health and community care services in innovative and caring environments.
As an organization, we are working in partnership with the various health authorities and governments as we deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following all Public Health Orders, including on visitation.
With the significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases across the provinces, there is an increased risk to those we care for, which is why we have made some changes to our current visitation protocols. Please read below for more information for Alberta and British Columbia.
As an organization, and through the dedication of our frontline employees, we are doing all that we can to prevent COVID-19 from entering our care homes. Thank you for your assistance in keeping our residents and clients safe.
On May 10, 2021, the Chief Medical Officer of Health’s (CMOH) Order 16-2021 came into effect, which changed the visitation requirements for our Alberta homes.
Each home sought input from residents and/or legal health representatives to help us develop a safe visiting approach custom to each location. This included decisions regarding indoor social visits. Please reach out to the home you are hoping to visit directly to find out what types of visitation are currently allowed.
On April 1, 2021, new visitation restrictions have come into effect for our B.C. care homes. You can read the latest guide from the B.C. Ministry of Health and BC Centre for Disease Control, here. You can also find a question and answer document regarding the visitation changes here.
Click on the link below for guidelines on what to do before, during and after your visit:
We continue to encourage families and friends to stay in touch with residents virtually. If you would like more information, please reach out to the care home to learn more about the different ways you can connect. Our well wishes tool is also available to you on our website (http://www.gss.org/well-wishes) where loved ones can send a message and photos to those in our care.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
A letter to families and residents can be found on this page: https://gss.org/preparations-for-covid-19/