Nursing Home and Outreach Services (Patio Homes, Apartments, Assisted Living, and Cottages)

We are so grateful for your prayers, support, and encouragement during this challenging time. Thank you for entrusting your loved one’s care to us. We take that privilege very seriously.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) have released guidance allowing visitation in the nursing home and assisted living settings without an appointment regardless of a facility’s COVID status.

This means indoor, outdoor, and off-site visitation is now available without an appointment. Visitor screening, masking (using a well-fitting, facility-provided medical grade mask), and all other infection control practices remain the same. Visitation is allowed in resident rooms and apartments but may not occur in common areas of the buildings.

Vaccinated residents/clients with vaccinated visitors may visit without masks and without social distancing during the visit inside the apartment or suite. However, due to the high transmission rate in our county and the virility of the new variants, we strongly encourage wearing masks.

Vaccinated resident/clients with unvaccinated visitors will still need to mask and socially distance curing the visit.

Unvaccinated residents/clients with all visitors will still need to mask and socially distance during the visit.

We continue to encourage all visitors to get vaccinated and to practice safety measures while out in the community. The CDC has released some suggestions on how to be safer in the community during the holiday season. Some of those include wearing a well-fitting mask in indoor public settings, avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated areas, and staying home and getting tested if you feel sick or have any COVID symptoms.

We continue to test staff and residents/clients according to current guidance.

Our current case counts as of 1-7-22 are:

Nursing Home – 48 residents, 157 staff, and 14 resident deaths

Good Shepherd Cottages – 14 clients, 20 staff, and 6 deaths

Good Shepherd Homes, Inc. (GSA) – 3 tenants, 2 clients, 17 staff, and 0 deaths

Good Shepherd Assisted Living (Shepherd Court) – 7 tenants, 2 clients, 16 staff, and 3 deaths offsite

Shepherd Oak Apartments – 3 tenants, 1 client, 18 staff, and 0 deaths

Shepherd Oak West Apartments – 3 tenant, 2 client, 13 staff, and 1 death

Home Health Care – 0 clients, 4 staff, and 0 deaths

Shepherd of Grace – 3 tenants, 4 clients, 20 staff, and 1 client death

Thank you for your continued support through positive thoughts, prayers, and donations. We are extremely grateful for all.

If you have questions or need assistance, please call:

Nursing Home – call your RN Case Manager or Social Worker

Outreach settings:

Apartment Tenants – call Robin at 320-259-3494

Assisted Living – call Nicky at 320-259-3465

Memory Cottages – call Niki at 320-258-8665

Shepherd of Grace/Becker Campus – call Amber at 763-450-6675

How Can You Help? 

In the wake of COVID-19, your contribution to the Good Shepherd Foundation Response Fund will aid in our efforts on every front to meet our community’s “Greatest Needs.”  Below are ways you may immediately make a difference!  


 Suggested unused personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gowns, gloves, eye protection, and general supplies including thermometers, alcohol swabs, disinfectant wipes, Lysol spray, and elastic for sewing face masks. 

All Donation of Supplies need to be made by appointment, please call Cheryl at our Foundation office at 320-259-3491 to schedule a time.  

Monetary Donation: 

Help financially support our needs to purchase items used to protect, care for, and honor our residents, care teams, and staff during this time.  


Want to Donate by Phone: Please call the Foundation Office at 320-259-3491

Want to Donate by Mail: Please mail checks payable to Good Shepherd Foundation Good ShepherdCommunity
C/O Foundation
1115 4th Ave N.
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

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